Phrases with "begun"

H. G. Wells Human thought has begun to free itself from individual entanglements and dramatic necessities and accidental standards. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

The experiment of a representative assembly, begun in September 1654, broke down in January 1655. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Thomas Hardy THE CORONER: ‘Had Mrs. Manston begun to undress, when you came back?’ ‘No, sir; she was sitting on the bed, with everything on, as when she came in. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing He was grievously perturbed in mind by his position and prospects; and want of exercise had begun to affect his health. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It’s begun by going out to dinner, and afterwards none of the young men about here were ever good enough for them. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Anthony Trollope She had not therefore made herself unhappy about her son for a few years after his first entrance on a life in London, but latterly she had begun to be a little uneasy. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He answered by a wink! Looking next towards Mr. Blake, I found him as restless as ever in his bed; fretfully wondering why the influence of the laudanum had not begun to assert itself yet. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The bedding from the berths was then spread on deck, and dried and aired; the deck-tub filled with water; and a grand washing begun of all the clothes which were brought up. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Gissing In these last few months, I must have begun a dozen different books; I have been ashamed to tell you of each new beginning. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing An omnibus took the three into Piccadilly. They were not too early at the hall, for the accustomed crowd had already begun to assemble. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens As the King’s ruin had begun in a favourite, so it seemed likely to end in one. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Another hunt had begun — the convict-hunt. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Eliot While she was speaking, the landlord had come in and had begun to look at her as earnestly as his wife had done. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Marriage had at least agreed so far with her that, in the very first year, she had begun to thicken. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The conversation continued for a few minutes, and then the professor, getting up, moved over to the sideboard and busied himself with a kettle that had just begun to boil over a spirit lamp. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

James Anthony Froude It was the more creditable to Bunyan, too, because the spectres and hobgoblins had begun occasionally to revisit him. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Wilkie Collins Her few trifling indoor resources had, as I could see, begun to lose their attractions for her at last. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Miles Franklin Pa hadn’t begun yet, so Ma was taking time by the forelock, as she often adjured me to do. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

On the sand were still many bathing-machines, but many others had begun to climb for greater safety during the winter to the street above. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope And an idea had begun to creep upon him that Madame Goesler would take him were he to offer himself. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Their path took them within five paces of where that half-breed ruffian lay who had begun the talk to which they had listened. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James Even in his days of distress he had always begun with a smile. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

His colour had begun to come back. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

H. G. Wells Supper had indeed begun noisily and vigorously, and Miss Poole, still leading, was hailed by a group of people who seemed to be not so much supping as laying in provisions. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Arnold Bennett From the next room came a regular, muffled, oratorical sound, as though some one had begun many years ago to address a meeting and had forgotten to leave off and never would leave off. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope He had not, perhaps, found the Paradise which he had expected in Queensland, but he had found that he could grow sugar; and having begun the work, he was determined to go on with it. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Yvonne thought “So they have begun at last!” The same moment she rose with a faint, heartsick cry. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Henry James At last he proposed that we should go out; and we passed in the street, where the shadows had begun to stretch themselves. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

H. G. Wells He scamps his thought and finishes his performance, and before he is dead it is already being abandoned and begun all over again by some one else in the same egotistical haste. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Trollope From the moment in which Mr. Western had first begun to pay her attention, the name of Sir Francis had never been mentioned between the mother and daughter. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson He had hardly begun anew when the door of his room was unceremoniously opened, and Dove entered, in the jocose way he adopted when in a rosy mood. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Genuine English prose had begun to exist indeed, but had not yet been revealed to the world. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Anthony Trollope Ontario, who had begun to guess the truth, said not a word. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Had begun to work when it was she and not someone else who found the little rosette. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

George Meredith Hardly had she begun to think of love ere the apparition arose in her path. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson The idea of life at home attracted her as little as ever — Mother had even begun to hint as well that she would now be expected to instruct her young brothers. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope The lady who was a lady had begun to feel that in the troubles of her life she might find a much less satisfactory companion than the lady who was not a lady. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason I had already begun to regret the impulse which had brought me, and I welcomed the excuse with which the absence of a costume provided me. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Willa Cather We have just begun the evening. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

G. K. Chesterton The tiny point of panic, which had begun to worry and eat away even his rocky stolidity of mind and body, was the fear that his fantastic explanation had given his enemies another sort of opportunity. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Mark Twain I begun to suspicion something. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Ko S’la’s wives had begun their morning quarrel. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Having heard enough to satisfy me that Penrose had really begun the good work, I quietly slipped out of the waiting-room and left the hotel. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Andrew Lang Now there were so many sledges that the Lapp did not notice for a long while that one was missing; indeed, he would have entered the town without knowing if snow had not suddenly begun to fall. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing He had lost the conscious dignity of manhood; nay, had perhaps never possessed it, for his battle had begun at so early an age. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope He had not begun by making love to her, or expressing admiration, or by doing or saying anything which could at all lead her to suspect his purpose, or put her on her guard. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had already begun to feel that the Duchess and Mr Sprugeon and the borough had thrown him over shamefully. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing An’ she cried so, it fair went to my heart, the poor thing! An’ I begun to be that afraid as she’d die. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens As I had grown accustomed to my expectations, I had insensibly begun to notice their effect upon myself and those around me. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even the English sensationalists have begun to trust us. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

As Oliver Doncaster had just begun “It seems to me —” her words caused, even in that company, a moment’s attention. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Henry Handel Richardson Or only that of his watch which, hanging above his head, had suddenly begun a frenzied ticking. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The bat had begun his supper, and the man and the mixture had provided it for him. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Jane Austen But she had more than fears of her own perseverance to remove: she had begun to feel undecided as to what she ought to do; and as she walked round the room her doubts were increasing. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Arthur Conan Doyle My beard had begun to grow also, and I have no doubt that I should have made as fine a sailor as I have a soldier had I chanced to be born to that branch of the service. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

The day had begun fine and sunny, but a high wind had arisen. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

John Galsworthy Not wanting her to see him thus, he waited till she had begun to play, and stole off to the little study. To Let by John Galsworthy

Thomas Wolfe His face was so red that it seemed to throw off heat, and if at that moment smoke had begun to issue from his nostrils and he had burst out in flames all over, George would hardly have been surprised. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Willa Cather Yes, with her sons-inlaw she had begun the game of being a woman all over again. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

G. K. Chesterton The great Strike that had begun far away in the mines had been going on for nearly a month. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing Only in advanced spring had she begun to go beyond the grounds of the Manor, and it was still unusual for her to do so except in her carriage. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He was addicted to study, and imbued beyond his years with learning and talent: report said that he had already begun to thwart his mother’s views, and to entertain republican principles. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope I suppose you don’t like my calling you Clara.’ ‘Now you’ve begun you had better go on. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe Mr. McHarg, it seemed, had given an interview to reporters, and to the astonishment of everyone had begun to talk, not about his own book, but about Webber’s. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing She had scarcely begun to read it attentively, when the door opened and Miriam came in. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It was one o’clock when Captain Jernam found himself once more in the familiar seafaring quarter; early as it was, the noise of riot and revelry had begun already. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing When he first proposed it, I declared that I was weary of philosophy, and had begun to wander at my will over the fields of poetry. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope Had he begun about his office Lily would have been ready for him, but Alexandrina had never yet asked him a single question about his official life. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The men on the other side had begun to use ball-cartridge. Prester John by John Buchan

Mark Twain The skinning was begun and had to be finished. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing Wilfrid did not notice it; he had already begun to think of other matters. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Wilkie Collins The subtlety and truth to Nature required for the pursuit of it now, had hardly begun to be thought of then. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was a hot Friday afternoon in May, and as he walked from the pier he realized that Saturday closing had begun and he was free until Monday morning. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jack London It was evident that they did not like the outlook of a voyage under such a captain and begun so inauspiciously. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In this dénouement he found it impossible to realize that he had ever begun such an entanglement, such a mess, a sordid mélange of worry and pain. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James During the few weeks preceding the moment at which we meet him again, he had even begun to lose faith altogether in his earthly destiny. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

These two fathers must both have died in India, before my inquiries had begun to travel in that direction. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

George Meredith When they know they feel, they have begun to reflect. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Lots of men had begun that way that had things against them as bad as us, and had kept steady, and worked through in course of time. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Jack London It was impossible for one uninformed to escape the vague yet certain feeling that all the land was ripe for the revolt that had already begun to break out. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Made sad by the pause between playing and eating, he had gone to the piano and had begun a piece by Mozart. It was the first time he had ever voluntarily gone to the piano. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

George Gissing Having begun the studies, he carried them through just for consistency, but long before bowing to the Benchers of his Inn he foresaw that nothing practical would come of it. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Scarcely had she begun to read, when she uttered a great cry — oh, a terrible cry! We hastened to her; madame had fallen on to the floor, as one dead. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Florence Dixie The ostrich, Gregorio, and the dog have reached the plain, and as I gallop quickly down the hill I can see that the bird has begun doubling. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

M. R. James Asked if he had observed anything particular as to the pond of water, he said, ‘No, except that it begun to have a very ill smell and the cows would not drink of it for some days before. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

My heart has melted and begun to burn. Mother by Maksim Gorky

During this interval, his thoughts had recurred to his home; and imagination had already begun to paint the memory of that home, in brighter colours than the reality. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George MacDonald The arc she made was very low, and now she had begun to descend rapidly. Lilith by George MacDonald

His sympathy with the Dutch farmers had begun in 1872, when he made a long, lonely trek through the Northern Transvaal, and it lasted through life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

John Galsworthy The dew had begun to fall, and into the blue twilight the ground mist of autumn was creeping. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton I’ve begun my talk to you with that one word because it seems to me to sum up our whole case. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

As has been indicated in an earlier chapter, there is reason to believe that the institution of ownership has begun with the ownership of persons, primarily women. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Eliot But she had begun to find him amusing, and also rather irritating to her woman’s love of conquest. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Sinclair Lewis Why, the entire chemistry department is housed in two rooms in what was a cowshed! And — “Can’t do it, Doctor. Impossible. We haven’t begun to pay for this church. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I had just begun this morning to make a sketch for the future Sibyl picture, when the Sibyl herself burst into my studio in a great hurry. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Her youth had begun with that almost miraculous appearance of David there in the Wasdale Inn. She had loved him at sight, and thrown herself at his head and won her liberty. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Which army commenced hostilities, I couldn’t tell; the one was as eager for it as the other; and in two minutes the battle had begun — begun in earnest. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

George Gissing The desire to see Godwin took such hold upon her, that she had already begun to think over the wording of another note to be sent to him the first thing in the morning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Then slowly and distinctly in the sinister tones he had already begun to shiver at: “Very good. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

After we had been a few weeks on shore, and had begun to feel broken into the regularity of our life, its monotony was interrupted by the arrival of two vessels from the windward. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Ivan Turgenev In conversation she often speaks of Akim and declares that since she has understood his good qualities she has begun to feel great respect for the Russian peasant. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Victor Hugo He watched the infant’s renewal of life; the completion of the resurrection begun by himself filled his eyes with an ineffable brilliancy. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope When she had begun her campaign as the Prime Minister’s wife, one of her difficulties had been with regard to money. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Had he begun to love her when she met his eye after her mishap on the tower? He had simply thought her weak. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

William Makepeace Thackeray Pantheism is the word now; one and all have begun to éprouver the besoin of a religious sentiment; and we are deluged with a host of gods accordingly. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

M. R. James The day thus begun went on dismally enough. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

As he approached, “Come hither!” said Porthos. “You only landed yesterday and you have begun your tricks already. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith He would have begun to think Mr. Barrett the Irish widow, and Mrs. Chump the organist. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Mark Twain And at last they took a change and begun to lay their heads together in the wigwam and talk low and confidential two or three hours at a time. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Goldwin Smith On that occasion the reconciliation, though “impossible,” took place, the lady sending, by way of olive branch, a pair of ruffles, which it was known she had begun to work before the quarrel. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

John Galsworthy The City had just begun to disgorge its daily life. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle Already they have begun to sell part of it, which seems safe enough to them, since they have no reason to think that anyone is interested in the lady’s fate. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing In a day or two the sisters had begun a life of orderly tenor. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Simon, the banker, had also begun to talk, after a tactful cough, and was saying: “If Your Royal Highness will allow me to say so, we ought surely to preserve a sense of proportion. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Henry James Why was such a man so often afraid? It must have begun to come to her now that there was one thing just such a man above all could be afraid of. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Claude had already begun to cost them quite a bit. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Eliot For the first moment or two he made no answer, but looked at her with the concentrated, examining glance which a man gives to an object in which he has suddenly begun to be interested. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

M. P. Shiel The fact is, Man has never begun to live, but still sleeps a deep sleep. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

D. H. Lawrence They represented in Poland the new movement just begun in Russia. But they were very patriotic: and, at the same time, very “European”. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Florence Dixie There was evidence, by a nearly finished glass, that Lady Wrathness had already begun the morning with one. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Olaf Stapledon We had, in fact, begun to extend our powers of imaginative exploration. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

A taste for general information, not promptly checked, had soon begun to sap his manhood. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Eliot Some were Mediceans who had already, from motives of fear and policy, begun to show the presiding spirit of the popular party a feigned deference. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The friendship thus begun continued without break or coolness to the end of Gibbon’s life. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Jules Verne The work had begun immediately and carried on with indefatigable energy. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Margaret Oliphant She had half begun to wonder herself that nothing further came of it, and that he did not speak the words which would settle every question, so far at least as he was concerned. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton In the cool blue the lemon tint of the lamps had already begun to flame, and as Rupert and I passed them, Rupert talking excitedly, one after another the pale sparks sprang out of the dusk. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Anthony Trollope I’m blessed if she hasn’t begun to cut down a whole side of a forest at Portray. She has no more right to touch the timber, except for repairs about the place, than you have. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser All these months since they had first begun to reach out to each other he had been hourly contrasting her with his wife. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve begun to feel that I was meant to lose this chance. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George MacDonald Before he got home again, he had even begun to understand that no man can make haste to be rich without going against the will of God, in which case it is the one frightful thing to be successful. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Wilkie Collins The beauty of health claimed kindred now, in her pretty face, with the beauty of youth: the wan cheeks had begun to fill out, and the pale lips were delicately suffused with their natural rosy red. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The law was, however, uncongenial, and he had already begun to write. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Henry James As dinner proceeded the feeling grew within me that a drama had begun to be played in which the three persons before me were actors — each of a really arduous part. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Henry James The sun had begun to sink, the air was a golden haze, and the long shadows of broken column and vague pedestal leaned across the field of ruin. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Hope Surely it’s not possible that you’ve begun to take anything seriously?” The princess seemed to hold of the King much the same opinion that Lady Burlesdon held of me. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The palace, begun by Augustus, he esteemed the most curious masterpiece of rococo architecture. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Henry James Indeed at the risk of presenting our young man as too whimsical a personage I may hint that some such sickly glow had even now begun to tinge one quarter of his inward horizon. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

This London excursion, which had begun in sunshine, threatened to end in storm and darkness. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

John Galsworthy And what will you do, pray, without your money?” But secretly, the idea of wresting the house from James and his son had begun to take hold of him. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

In the summer of 1814, Scott took up again and completed—almost at a single heat,—a fragment of a Jacobite story, begun in 1805 and then laid aside. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Anthony Trollope That he was under difficulties even in that fight he had already begun to know. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

And what ‘av you been learning, Maud, my dear cheaile — music, French, German, eh?” “Yes, a little; and I had just begun the use of the globes when my governess went away. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mark Twain Whenever his liquor begun to work he most always went for the govment, this time he says: “Call this a govment! why, just look at it and see what it’s like. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope The parish clergyman with the neighbouring squire and his wife and daughter did come one day — to the relief of M. Millepois, who had begun to feel that the world had collapsed. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri As dusk began to fall he had reluctantly arisen and begun the row back to the inn. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Schomberg experienced mingled relief and apprehension, as if suddenly an enormous savage cat had begun to wind itself about his legs in inexplicable friendliness. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Charles Dickens Her friend had begun his labours only on that day. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I am afraid poor Brian has hardly begun fighting yet. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells The Modern State, which had to be evoked everywhere, could be begun anywhere. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

It is too late for the devil; the cocks have already begun to crow. In the World by Maksim Gorky

The medicines were strong, and took hold and gave a check to the disorder which was destroying him; and, more than that, they had begun the work of exterminating it. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope This had been in December. After Christmas, the foundations were to be begun at once, said Mr. Puddleham, so that the brickwork might go on as soon as the frosts were over. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope The countess had apparently addressed herself to Mrs Mackenzie, who had been the foremost to enter the building, and our Margaret had already begun to tremble. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Leon Trotsky Czech officers vied with Russian. Affairs begun in the drawing-rooms of Kazan ran their course and reached their finale in the cellars that served as shelters from the bombs. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Mary Webb Hazel saw nothing amiss with it, for though she had begun to grow accustomed to respectable middle-class meals, life at the Callow still seemed the homelier. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

William Makepeace Thackeray The owner of the house had, however, begun to add to it; and there, unfinished, is a whole apparatus of turrets, and staring raw stone and mortar, and fresh ruinous carpenters’ work. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Olaf Stapledon He had already begun to feel an obscure impulse to devote himself to ends beyond private gratification. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett The annoyance had begun exactly three months after his first tooth, such being the rule of the gods, and it had grown more and more disconcerting. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing But it was years now since she had begun to accept Walter in the place of her own dead son, and in that spirit she desired his return from the exile of twice twelve months. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Mark Twain Anyway, he set there, and pretty soon he begun to smile, and says: “Mf! It’s a VERY tough question, AIN’T it! YES, sir, I k’n tell you what’s tattooed on his breast. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Arnold Bennett In the garden of the Governor’s house tennis had already begun when the official brought back his convoy. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rudyard Kipling Even in December people had no more than begun to trinkle back to town. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Arthur Machen We have just begun to navigate a strange region; we must expect to encounter strange adventures, strange perils. The Terror by Arthur Machen

On the whole, she had begun to feel a little angry with Lieutenant Jocelyn for having swept her off her feet and acted so hastily upon the spur of the moment. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry James He had not begun to undress; he was thinking of a good many things. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Henry Adams His reform of the system would have begun in the lecture-room at his own desk. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry James It wasn’t a bit true I had ceased to care for knowledge; little by little my curiosity not only had begun to ache again, but had become the familiar torment of my days and my nights. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

But the process must have begun earlier than that, and it must be due ultimately to un-healthy ways of living, i. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

The business of disgracing the doctor had got to be begun all over again. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The solemn shadow of the inevitable, the sorrows of human life, had now for the first time begun to touch her young face. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Wilkie Collins Nearly all the guests had by this time begun to dance again. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Henry James He had already begun playfully to exchange his identity for that of the earlier Clement Searle, and he now delivered himself almost wholly in the character of his old-time kinsman. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Marjorie Bowen Rose Lyndwood very faintly smiled, his lids had a weary droop, but under them his glance was keenly on his brother, who had begun to fumble in the ruffles at his breast. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

This log-cabin had a loft, where we boys slept, and in the loft were stored in barrels the books that had now begun to overflow the bookcase. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Henry James They were Cornelia’s contribution, and as soon as she had begun to talk of Mrs. Worthingham — he didn’t begin it! — they had taken their place bravely in the centre of the circle. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

Night after night I promenaded up and down that Monkeys’ Parade full of an unappeasable desire, with a thwarted sense of something just begun that ought to have gone on. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins I had just begun to write my reply, gladly accepting the invitation, when an ominous circumstance occurred. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

In time she learned to love him ten times better than if she had begun all flames. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling We thought we were living in it last year, but we hadn’t begun to. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

No sooner had the son begun to grow warm than there was another knock. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Gissing Why, have I not already begun to earn money for my pictures? Here, Mr. Tollady, take these five shillings you gave me today. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Dale. I hadn’t begun to write when we were — dedicating things to each other. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Of late years these morbid moments of disillusionment had begun to be more frequent. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The old familiar tyranny had begun again. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Elio I was very thankful she did so: I believe a great change of feeling has begun in her. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Mark Twain He just stood up there, a-sailing around as easy and comfortable as if he warn’t ever drunk in his life — and then he begun to pull off his clothes and sling them. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Theodore Dreiser But life cannot exist on that diet alone, and so by degrees the difficulties had begun to manifest themselves. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Niccolo Machiavelli The Venetians also, and the Duke of Ferrara, begun it, but did not pursue it; which was due to their fault, and not of their men. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

George Gissing The lawyer laughed at me, but I’m sure I should have laughed at myself if I’d dressed up as a gentleman and begun to play the fool in my old age. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope Upon hearing this, Mr. Emilius bowed low, and before the street door was closed against him had begun to calculate how much a journey to Scotland would cost him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And you know he had already begun to be aware of an evasive feeling in his mind that at times she did not altogether do herself justice—he scarcely knew as yet how or why. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

And Helene’s heart was again flooded with emotion, as a few minutes before when Charles’s-Wain had slowly begun to revolve round the Polar axis, its shaft in the air. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells I’ve begun to see what life has been for you, and how I’ve wasted—wasted. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing She too had begun to feel the chilly air. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins Having begun by quarreling with him, I was in a fair way to end by respecting him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

An idea had begun to push its head insidiously up from among the confusion of his thoughts. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

He carried on the canal begun by his father, and opened the waterway between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.10 No enterprise was too difficult, no project too vast, for his ambition. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

As for Lady Bligh, she had begun by being kind enough; but her kindness had run to silent sadness. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Wilkie Collins The performance had begun some time when he got in. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]