Phrases with "being"

Willa Cather If she tried to write him anything definite about her work, she immediately scratched it out as being only partially true, or not true at all. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is strange, with all her delicacy and fragility, the impression she makes of being utterly sufficient to herself. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

By that means great fortunes can be reconstructed, and families, instead of being divided by a variety of interests, become united by one common desire. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

It happened during the Reign of Terror. He was all-powerful in Montaignac; and I was accused of being in correspondence with the emigres. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing In very truth they had nothing more to say to each other, being now hardened in obstinacy. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Charles Dickens He is not coming down to the country house for a week or so, being due somewhere else. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

James Joyce Some slighting phrases she had used still rankled in his memory; she had once spoken of Gretta as being country cute and that was not true of Gretta at all. Dubliners by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli All seemed hushed, and still, and shrouded in what had the reputation of being a palace of pleasure. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Henry James When I remarked that the eye seemed what the printed page had been expressly invented to meet he immediately accused me of being spiteful because I had been foiled. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Virginia Woolf And the leaves being connected by millions of fibres with his own body, there on the seat, fanned it up and down; when the branch stretched he, too, made that statement. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Didn’t they like it here? It was as comfortable as being at home. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Meredith Obeseness is the most sensitive of our ailments: probably as being aware, that its legitimate appeal to pathos is ever smothered in its pudding-bed of the grotesque. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Edith Wharton She had a way of involving people in her complications without their being aware of it, and Garnett had pictured himself in holes so tight that there might not be room for a wriggle. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

In any case, no one else had a motive for being in the gymnasium at six o’clock this morning. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Robert Louis Stevenson As it was given, it succeeded in being wrong in art without being true to nature. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Suddenly, as she knelt there, a slight sound fell on Barbara’s ears; she knew it at once as that of the door, leading from the great hall to the vestibule, being quietly closed from the inside. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

If I could only manage to get up there without being caught the appointment would suit me in every way. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Mr. Higginbotham was as well known at Parker’s Falls as any citizen of the place, being part-owner of the slitting-mill and a considerable stockholder in the cotton-factories. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Edith Wharton He wondered if that were another of the peculiarities of being in love. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Charles Dickens After dinner, being merry, he took it into his head to put his friends inside and to drive them home: a postillion riding one of the foremost horses, as the custom was. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Margaret Oliphan Seldom, very seldom, did an object appear within reach of that penetrating light, which could be drawn lovingly or made to appear as a being to be loved. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

Frances Hodgson Burnett It WAS like an Englishman. Lord Coombe had the character of being one of the worst among them, but was too subtle and clever to openly offend people. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It is through not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

F. Scott Fitzgerald Peter Himmel, escort to the lovely Edith, was unaccustomed to being snubbed; having been snubbed, he was hurt and embarrassed, and ashamed of himself. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. Rider Haggard My horse was speedily killed under me, but luckily I had a fresh one, my own favourite, a coal-black mare Nyleptha had given me, being held in reserve behind, and on this I afterwards mounted. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope She had been injured in being brought to such plight as this, but she would bear her injury as best might be within her power. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

The man had been complaining of being out of sorts for some time before. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Francis Bacon For in each of these experiments they imagine that the rarefied air escapes, and that its quantity being thereby diminished, the water or flesh comes up into its place by the motion of connection. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

I do not remember being so pleased with it at first. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Willa Cather Sometimes it is the children, or the grubbiness of being poor, sometimes a second infatuation. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

He and his Amazons, however, being thoroughly defeated before the walls of the town, had to return home in what to any other power would have been utter disgrace. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Virginia Woolf Questions, therefore, being sensitive, impulsive and often foolish, have a way of picking their asking place with care. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Gissing Doubtless she fulfils her promise of being beautiful?” “Yes; there is no denying her beauty. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

His knickers were open at the knee, and the black stockings below them were wrinkled slackly down his thin legs, being tied loosely above the calf with dirty white strips of cloth instead of garters. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Jane Austen The most objectionable part is, that the alteration of manners on being introduced into company is frequently too sudden. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

H. Rider Haggard The conformation of these mountains is unlike that of Sheba’s Breasts, being sheer and precipitous, instead of smooth and rounded. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Dakers had contributed a small untidy parcel, labelled: “To remind you every morning of our first meeting!” which on being opened proved to be one of those flat loofahs for back-scrubbing. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The elder practitioner, being then sufficiently recovered, returned to his practice, but the first patient he attended was attacked by the disease and died. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Gissing This can happen only in a calm of the senses, a surrender of the whole being to passionless contemplation. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Sir Walter Scott The whole scene had a repose, which was still and affecting without being monotonous. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

I have looked at being poor in the face, and it is not half so bad as rich people seem to think. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Thomas Hardy This being ended, he said heartily, “Here’s welcome to the new-made couple, and God bless ’em!” “Thank you,” said Wildeve, with dry resentment, his face as gloomy as a thunderstorm. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

That night it snowed, and the next morning we started amid a heavy rain, being anxious, if possible, to make my own place that night. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

He had a couple of mighty good dogs, which he lent freely, being a good-natured fellow. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim The two people who were being ushered to a seat in their immediate vicinity were certainly of somewhat unusual appearance. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George Gissing But pursued it, and without fear of being diverted from the generous path. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope Frank says that it is simply the feeling of being beaten,—the insult not the injury, which is the grievance; but they both rankle with me. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Edith Wharton The humiliation of being treated like a sick person at length roused Mrs. Clephane, and she got to her feet and followed the maid. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Henry James Her white skin had a singular look of being drawn tightly across her face; but her features, though sharp and irregular, were delicate in a fashion that suggested good breeding. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The Mpongwe, whom the French call “les Gabons,” are the aristocracy of the coast, the Benga being the second, and the Banôkô and Bapuka ranking third. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Gertrude Stein It was at this time that Jean Cocteau who prides himself on being eternally thirty was writing a little biography of Picasso, and he sent him a telegram asking him to tell him the date of his birth. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Wilkie Collins When the morning lessons were over, one of them was reading the newspaper to the other, in the empty schoolroom; I being in the passage outside, putting on my cloak. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins He found no fault with them for being rusty. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

G. K. Chesterton He had a profound fear, which also had in it something better than fear, of being ultimately found in the wrong in a police court or a public inquiry. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Jack London Between being driven to the parish for relief and being an out-and-out pauper there is a great difference, yet London supports 123,000 paupers, quite a city of folk in themselves. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Jules Verne The “Jeune–Hardie”, drawn by the currents in those parts, was in danger of being engulfed by the Maëlstrom. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells I don’t mean that there is any sort of crash in view, but that industrially and financially she is being passed and overshadowed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Meredith She was considerately treated, and was aware of being dandled, that she might have sleep. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

She beheld prosperity made stable by incessant work, respect gained by spotless honesty; she had attained the goal which she had marked out in her ambitious dreams, as being paradise itself. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But in English you can’t be heroic and gallant without being a little absurd, and you know that too. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence He seemed to be holding something back all the time, unconsciously, as if in his very being there was some secret. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing You wouldn’t mind, I daresay, being my agent for Dunfield—for the fire-escape, you know? I’ll communicate with you, don’t fear. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Thomas Hardy When they were walking together, mostly in back streets for fear of being recognized, Marcia was often silent, and her imperious face looked gloomy. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

E. F. Benson The Royce makes nothing of the steep hill from Starling Cottage.” Georgie was disappointed at the ruby velvet not being the only sartorial sensation of the evening, but he took it very well. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

On the following morning, Sunday, a letter was delivered at Caramel Cottage for Mr. Reste, the postmark being London, the writing in the same hand as the last—Captain Amphlett’s. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson I carried her in to his lordship my papa; and his Advocacy being in a favourable stage of claret, was so good as to receive the pair of us. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne If unfortunately, it should come down in mid-ocean, nothing but the happy chance of some passing vessel could save them all from the certain fate of being drowned. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli It contained a sonnet, delineating the feelings of a lover at the first sight of his beloved, a being to him yet unknown. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

I believe you’re the little man I saw last week at the Black Bull. Be so good as to explain why you want to murder me?” Explanation was beyond Dickson, but his conviction was being wofully shaken. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle But to-day being Saturday rather complicates matters. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Theodore Dreiser He really strolled about, thinking, and then, the weather being cold, stepped into a hotel. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

There, too, Ruth and Tiny made some friends, being charmingly treated by people with whom they were unable to converse, while Erskine attended to the business matter which had brought him over. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

That he had been in a desperate struggle, too, was evidenced by his jacket being almost torn off his back. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anthony Trollope The under-sheriffs of the City, praiseworthy gentlemen not hitherto widely known to fame, became suddenly conspicuous and popular, as being the dispensers of admissions to seats in the court. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang They cannot, in fact, be strictly called service-books, being intended only for private devotion. The Library by Andrew Lang

Jack London And down to the corner I went, but, it being church time, the “pub” was closed. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

He was very near to being a wise man. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Late one evening, Bordeini Bey went to visit him in the palace, which was being bombarded by the Mahdi’s cannon. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Edith Wharton She even acquired as much of the jargon as a pretty woman needs to produce the impression of being well-informed; and Moffatt’s sailing was more than once postponed. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

And then—could it be? Yes! A window was being opened close at hand. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Algernon Blackwood By George, I shall make a permanent camp here and come when it is time to die!” The good man was merely giving vent to his delight at being under canvas. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

But I did not like to propose the journey to you without being sure that it would please you. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Fortunately, Moxdale, being a sensible fellow, realized this and took my advice. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry Handel Richardson As the days went by, however, these grew rarer; it also seemed to him that he paid dearly for them, by being afterwards more miserable, by suffering in a more active way. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

William Godwin The infernal spirit did as he was ordered, shewed the student publicly alive, and having done this, suffered the body to fall down, the marks of conscious existence being plainly no more. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Stuart Mill From being a means to happiness, it has come to be itself a principal ingredient of the individual's conception of happiness. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Katherine Mansfield Anna and her friends referred to it as her “journey to Rome,” and Sabina longed to ask questions, yet, being ashamed of her ignorance, was silent, trying to puzzle it out for herself. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Anthony Trollope A man in a hunting county who opposes the county hunt must be a misanthrope, willing to live in seclusion, fond of being in Coventry, and in love with the enmity of his fellow-creatures. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

She had evidently stood there some time, for a small group of half-grown lads were watching her with every symptom of being about to break into a mischievous display of curiosity. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

They were all styled the Counts von Stalkenberg, being distinguished by their Christian names — all save the eldest son, and he was generally called the young baron. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

In spite of being told not to do so, she bewailed her condition, and fidgeted about in her bed. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Baldwin Spencer Without a moment's pause, stones and earth are piled on the Yalmuru, one special large stone being placed on top, the men pressing down hard with all their might to keep it in. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope Then he departed, it being at that moment after nine in the evening. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

He’d have liked us to know the last part, for he wasn’t fond of being beaten. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

You gave your consent to Archie being engaged to me in exchange for one thousand pounds. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle For the rat, mark you, being a foul-living creature, hath a natural drawing or affinity for all foul things, so that the noxious humors pass from the man into the unclean beast. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Hope The queen was clad in a long white robe, and her hair hung on her shoulders, being but loosely bound with a ribbon. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle It is believed, however, that the police have a clue as to the real culprits, and that it is being prosecuted by Mr. Athelney Jones, of Scotland Yard, with all his well-known energy and sagacity. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence And you mustn’t leave off being Count Johann Dionys. If you do I shall have to leave off being Daphne. I like your name so much. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith To appease the chivalrous little woman, General Pierson hinted that his nephew, being under the protection of General Schoneck, might get some intelligence from that officer. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Augustine Birrell And you may be sure that I will not stirre without speciall leave of the House; that so you may be freed from any possibility of being importuned or tempted to make any other choice, in my absence. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

That’s what’s worrying me, Williams. He seems much more occupied with not being chucked out of the order than with being run in for murder. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Rudyard Kipling Now, the Mother Superior of a Convent and the Colonel of a British Infantry Regiment would be justly shocked at any comparison being made between their respective charges. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Gissing And he cannot help being grateful to me as long as he lives. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

R. D. Blackmore Even a man who had never been known to change his mind began to condemn other people for being obstinate. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arnold Bennett And despite all her pride and independence, she dwelt with pleasure and longing on the vision of being his, of being at his disposal, of being under his might, of being helpless before him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Ann Radcliffe From reflections like these she was roused by a summons to supper: the repast was a melancholy one, it being the last evening of Louis’s stay at the abbey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Wilmot seemed a little hurried, which was far from being his usual demeanour, but he politely bowed her back into his front parlour. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

This, with some delicate finishing and adjusting, was his province in the business, the larger, constructive work being done by his workmen. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry Handel Richardson Even after she had ceased speaking he sat meditative — and so used was Mary, by now, to being instantly downed and dismissed, that this very silence fed her hopes. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had not known or expected and conditions other than those she was familiar with—the conditions of being fed and clothed, kept clean and exercised, but totally unloved and unentertained. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He had what Mrs. Eccles defined as “such a way with him;” his way being to make every woman he met think that she was particularly interesting in his eyes—for the time being. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Jules Verne Very soon light reappeared and grew, and, the sun being low on the horizon, the refraction edged the different objects with a spectral ring. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

When the sun rose they all went to the shea-oak hill southeast of the siding, and pitched camp there, the crying and wailing being resumed every night. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Sinclair Lewis She put her hand to her mouth, her forefinger and thumb quite painfully pinching her lower lip, and frowned, and enjoyed being aloof. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It is something like being abroad, staying here; one more Englishman would have spoilt the fun. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

No man’s nerve could stand more than a day of being spied on. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D. H. Lawrence You know I should always have been second to Lettie, and the best part of love is being made much of, being first and foremost in the whole world for somebody. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy She could remember still how she had felt, being thirteen, when Hubert, not quite eighteen, had gone off to the war. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Walter Crane Pencil drawing is capable of being carried to a greater pitch of delicacy and finish, and has a silvery quality all its own. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

George Meredith It’s a place for being quite independent of neighbours, free as air. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

William Hope Hodgson It is the rattle of the latch, being slowly lifted. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Washington Irving Their ambition, being now no longer restrained, broke out into a blaze, and they openly took the field against the family of the butcher. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope He had been accused of being unconstitutional, revolutionary, and tyrannical. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Such were the companions of Paul, the unique being whom I had so carefully prepared for this experience. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang On being left a widow she devoted herself almost entirely to the education of the two charming princesses, her only children. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The comb is unknown, its succedaneum being a huge bodkin, like that which the Trasteverina has so often used as a stiletto. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Nathaniel Hawthorne By this time, Peter, being as determined as fate and as diligent as time, had made an end with the uppermost regions and got down to the second story, where he was busy in one of the front chambers. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Now, it may be thought that Mrs. Jacobson, being a kind old lady, might have told him to come in for some soup every cold day. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Guy de Maupassan I was not afraid of him, not afraid of his presence, in which I did not believe; but I was afraid of being deceived again. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

Helen Zimmern She writes:— I was always fond of being loved, but of late I am become more sensible of the soothing power of affectionate expressions. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

There being two refreshment-rooms on the up platform, I had two drinks at each of them. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The Prince of Wales and John Milton; the first being then about sixteen years old, the other about eight. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

D. H. Lawrence The big, gaunt collier was still being fooled. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Funny it should stay so bright a color after being in the water so — Potticary’s blue eyes widened suddenly, his body becoming strangely still. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Wise women often justly accuse us silly susceptible men of being caught by a pretty face. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Edith Wharton But they opened it for Ellen, it seems, and she told me what a darling little place it was: she says it’s the only house she’s seen in America that she could imagine being perfectly happy in. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

This being our post-humian and post-kantian state of mind, I will ask your permission to leave the soul wholly out of the present discussion and to consider only the residual dilemma. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Theodore Dreiser When he came in, sugar was being auctioned. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

You may, therefore, if you have the pleasure of being experienced in this sort of thing, guess a little of what her inward life was. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells It had the effect of being quiet, but in its unobtrusive way knobby. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I shall give directions that you may remain behind when the others go, so that you may copy it at your leisure without fear of being overlooked. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

And indeed it was capable of being so; the extreme endeavour to shine took off from that ease in conversation which is its greatest charm. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Everything was well protected from the damp by being carefully wrapped round in a groundsheet. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

The next thing I knew we had drawn up outside a door in a street, and were being welcomed by some noisy gentlemen with rosettes. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Theodore Dreiser It’ll be better than being down in that hole,” he concluded. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne The postmaster not being able to supply them with fresh horses until the next morning, a whole night must be passed at the house. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

All had signed the register, writing their names in big struggling letters with the exception of the bridegroom, who not being able to write, had put his cross. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

They live to a great age, sometimes as much as twenty supintroes, their climate being so wholesome that even the aged have to sail to a distant island in order to die. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

A proposition that had seemed insoluble the night before was simple to the point of being obvious in the light of morning. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Willa Cather It was the same way with most of the fellows in his battalion, he had found; they were terribly afraid of being disliked. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ann Radcliffe It was spacious and almost beautiful, the bed and every thing around being in one stile of elegant simplicity. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

H. G. Wells The pretence of being a Conference upon communications and associated matters had to be dropped. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Galsworthy What IS the use of my being your love if you won’t let yourself go with me?” “Why should I worry you with what can’t be cured?” “I exist to be worried by you. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen It was a great satisfaction to Elinor that Mrs. Jennings, by being much engaged in her own room, could see little of what was passing. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Ford Madox Ford A thin, under-vitalized being that you never saw. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jules Verne The man had evidently had a long and painful journey; his shoes being in a state which showed that he had been obliged to make part of it on foot. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Théodore, being the best mounted and the best rider, kept on the heels of the pack with incredible zeal. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins I never hated any human being as I hated Romayne at that moment. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence He was glad in his soul, but for the time being he was not alive. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’ve no intention of being homesick, I can tell you. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Wilkie Collins I walked with him on Sundays. He was a good ten years younger than I was; and, being only a journeyman, his worldly station was below mine. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Hope Go and bring dinner, and not a word of the King being here. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

She insisted on having her washing brought home without a single article being kept back for the sake of order, as she said. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Nathaniel Hawthorne He, however, was satisfied with the prospect of success, and, being much interested in the lovers, employed his leisure moments, unknown to them, in making a crayon sketch of their two figures. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope If I can’t be a lady without being made one, I won’t be a lady at all. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

She could have contrived to be happy with Roderick even here; but of course the Abbey House was, in her mind, a hundred times better, being just the one perfect home in the world. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I mean, that M. de Saint–Aignan being a friend of the king, the affair will be more difficult to manage, since the king might learn beforehand—” “Oh! no; that is not likely. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Handel Richardson He chid, laughed, rallied, was earnest and apologetic, and all this without being conscious of having done wrong. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jack London At last was being realized Karl Marx’s classic: “The knell of private capitalist property sounds. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Wilkie Collins Her ambition was to gain her living independently, if she could, by being a seamstress. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Arthur Conan Doyle His blood was up, and there was nearly being a pretty scene before the clerks. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Gaston Leroux There being no hope of overtaking him, we fired our last cartridges at him. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

The cold bath quelled his violence, and, being laid beneath the shade of a rock hard by, he fell into a condition of great muscular exhaustion, and slept. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope I should ill do my duty to an old client whom I respect did I not dare, as being older than he is, to give the advice which as a bystander I think that he requires. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Either the human being must suffer and struggle as the price of a more searching vision, or his gaze must be shallow, and without intellectual revelation. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had wanted to go to bed, but Dixon had persuaded her to lie down on the sofa, and have her tea brought to her there; it would be better than getting restless by being too long in bed. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Andrew Lang After walking for a great many days without being able to find any work, she came to a large farm where they were in want of a shepherdess, and engaged her gladly. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins In this way I kept turning the subject over and over again in my mind, being quite free, let me add, from looking at it in any other than a practical point of view. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Henry Handel Richardson And now John’s link was being forged . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Fielding Certain it is, I was very far from being what is generally understood by that word, being a most cunning, designing, arch knave. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope And in regard to being a gentleman; she rather thought that she liked him better because he wasn’t exactly what some people call a gentleman. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Gregory’s first impression was that Ludding had been merely romancing when he spoke of the stranger being an Indian; the face that confronted him was surely as European as his own. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Thomas Hardy He had been ordained; he was in a comfortable parish, where he would exercise almost sole supervision, the rector being infirm. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

It would have been a great pleasure to Barbara to have had the company of Lucy Kemp, but she had not dared suggest it, being afraid of a refusal. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

George Meredith The lawyer went on to say, that he had conformed to the desire of the testatrix in communicating the existence of the aforesaid will six days subsequent to her death, being the day after her funeral. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Sir Walter Scott Annot Lyle shortly after glided into the room, not ill described by Lord Menteith as being the lightest and most fairy figure that ever trode the turf by moonlight. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

A number of young men also joined this party without having previously taken any interest in such matters, being attracted by the power and the licence which it gave them to do evil. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman In common with all other life forms, the human being must express itself in normal functioning. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Sinclair Lewis He was the freak of the class, and aside from the submerged tenth, his classmates were afraid of being “queered” by being seen with him. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But in this belief she did some injustice to Dolly. He was quite alive to the disgrace of being called obtuse, and quick enough to avenge himself at the moment. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry James That I consistently escaped being might indeed have been the meaning most marked in our mute recognitions. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Cracked poets may be all the better for being cracked — cracked doctors are dangerous. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

You cannot be used to being treated as I have treated you in many ways. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Leslie Stephen A pygmy or a giant endowed with all our functions and thoughts would be exactly as interesting as a being of the normal stature. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Riches is being able to thumb your nose. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

This question of the lights being lost sight of when the boat could not have been more than a quarter of a mile from the ship was a matter for much discussion. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

These old methods being difficult, therefore let people hold on to these: manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Robert Green Ingersoll Of course I did not intend today to tell what we must do in the election for the purpose of being saved. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wherever Grijalva landed, he experienced the same unfriendly reception as Cordova, though he suffered less, being better prepared to meet it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]