Phrases with "called"

They called him their war-chief. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins It was the ghastly popular record of Criminal Trials in England, called the Newgate Calendar. Julius showed it to his mother. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He had seen an Indian swarm up the rope and disappear—into thin air! What had he called it? Collective hypnotism? Yes, that was the expression he had used. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

When we reached the edge of the wheat field, Le Bihan, the Mayor of St. Gildas, called to me, and I tucked my gun under my arm and skirted the wheat to where he stood. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Above and below this book were placed smooth strips of wood, well greased, called “ways,” to facilitate the sliding in of the book. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

He stared at them with his round blue eyes, called out to Carlier, “Here, look! look at that fellow there — and that other one, to the left. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

She went and called on the “faery-doctor” at Cairnsfoot. As soon as he had heard her tale, he went behind the back door and began muttering, muttering, muttering-making spells. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Elizabeth Gaskell On the contrary, Mrs Hughes called it “a blessing. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Eliot You must not expect roses and glittering kings and queens, my Tessa. However, I suppose any string of people to be called a procession will please your blue eyes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells They surely might be called upon to denounce this diabolical threat to mankind. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Charles Dickens The now-opening career of this our unawakened brother might lead to his becoming a minister of what was called ‘the church. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

The elementals, summoned from their symbols, were still half-obedient to the will that had called them. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Guy de Maupassan A week afterwards, the Abbé Tolbiac called again. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton All his books might be called Great Expectations. But the only book to which he gave the name of Great Expectations was the only book in which the expectation was never realised. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells In some of her scrawled notes to him it seems Elizabeth called him “my King”. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Galsworthy As I said, your grandfather was not in partnership with Uncle Edgar, and as soon as he heard what Uncle had done, he sold his investment and saved his bacon, as he would have called it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

William Morris As the method of relief by laying light upon dark may be called the Western way of treatment and the civilised, so this is the Eastern, and, to a certain extent, the uncivilised. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson Now he called himself a fool and absurd; this was how she was obliged to be. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry David Thoreau What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

However, to continue, I called loudly for assistance as I ran on, and Blake, hearing me call, came running forward to stop the ruffian, but, as they met, he received a blow which knocked him out. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George Gissing A cheery voice called to them from within the room at which they knocked. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The Bey sent two live ones to R., besides a couple of large jerboahs of this part, called here, gundy. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray The prisoner had fired one shot himself and then called oh his companion in guilt to discharge another. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

He heard cries and laughter on all sides; a knot of hunt servants, whom they called Ragged Robins, crossed the road ahead of him at a canter. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Anthony Trollope After that lie went on to the four conspirators, as he called them, justifying the name by their acknowledged object of getting money from his client. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James That was extreme — many persons called it even morbid. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

It is like gold, or more exactly it is like the golden-coloured semi-precious stone which one sometimes sees in signet-rings, and which I think is called a chrysoberyl. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Who is Tink-a-bell?” “Yes, yes, he called me so. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Charles Kingsley And I’ve lived to see my maid do hers, as I knew she would, when the Lord called on her. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arnold Bennett He was what his superiors called ‘a very superior man. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing All at once the singing stopped, and Carrie called out, “Mrs. Pole!” “Come in, come in!” responded the latter. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton He had given very little of what Frenside called his “tissue” to its making. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

No ladies had called or sent to congratulate Mrs. Ashleigh on her return, or to inquire after Lilian herself during her struggle between life and death. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Anthony Trollope He had never intended to make what is called an elder son of Everett, and now there was less necessity than ever that he should do so, as Everett had become an elder son in another direction. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Never before had the feeling of the villagers approached a level which could be called excitement on such a matter as this. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

However, there was a bit of manana, as usual, we were not called out after all, and next morning I produced my hospital ticket and went in search of my discharge. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Men remembered how often barbarous tribes or strange and alien Scriptures had been called in to revive the blood of decaying empires and civilisations. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope It might have been all very well at Ostend; but he was not going to be called a fool in London without resenting it. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Axes, spears—nothing but huge weapons for killing and killing! ‘MURDER STONES’ he called them. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

To-night would surely come her opportunity of lifting their ambiguous relationship from the dull plane of friendship to the exciting plane of what she called love. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Why, thou lookest like a book of my grandfather’s called Burton’s ‘‘Anatomy of Melancholy;’ and faith, a shabbier bound copy of it I never saw. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Algernon Blackwood She felt your presence, and she called for you — by name. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Gustave Flauber He called but she did not answer; he quickly tore away a strip of the canvas to let in some light; the zaimph was gone. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

E. Phillips Oppenheim He also told me that he had brought me over what he called a ‘surprising present. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Sinclair Lewis Three minutes later, at another bell-ring, the sentry Vestal called out, “It’s a nice-looking young man, some kind of a soldier, in what I think is an American Legion uniform. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

He called Mongan over to him, and spoke to him very threateningly and ragingly. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

And there came to them an apostle from amongst themselves, but they called him a liar, and the torment seized them, while yet they were unjust. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Walter Scott It is the first, peradventure it may be the last time, I shall be called on to discharge it. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

And at the same moment, if you’d happened to be there, you’d have seen an interesting instance of what I believe is called conditioned reflex. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

On the threshold of my residence my servant greeted me with the information that a Chinaman had just called to see me. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Andrew Lang But he took no notice of their questions, he only said to their mother: ‘I’ve called for my barrel of meal. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells So it was I began upon that branch of natural philosophy called optics. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Then the stout, red-faced man, shouting as though he were proclaiming some great news, called for order. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sir Walter Scott The Preceptor of Templestowe was then called on to describe the manner in which Bois-Guilbert and the Jewess arrived at the Preceptory. The evidence of Malvoisin was skilfully guarded. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing She called again at seven, and Mrs. Damerel received her very graciously. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence She was very angry because Marriott, a gentleman-farmer from Ambergate, called her the little pole-cat. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

W. H. Hudson Why must my two sons be called away, while he, a youth without occupation and with no mother to cry for him, remains behind?” “You talk folly, Magdalen,” replied her lord. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Andrew Lang Once upon a time there lived an old couple who had one son called Martin. Now when the old man’s time had come, he stretched himself out on his bed and died. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Heaven grant that we may not be called to make like efforts, and to make them hopelessly, for a foundering ship! SEPTEMBER 28th. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

A. E. W. Mason He allowed a few days to pass, and then called again at Mrs. Adair’s house. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Ugly, Stevenson called himself, but this was not so. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

Anthony Trollope Then he called to the lad, and Sam was constrained to answer “Yes, Mr. Fenwick, I am here;—hard at work, as you see. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

She would have disliked making part of any gathering which could be called a party, in her present day-frock and walking shoes, charming as were both the frock and the shoes. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

A long semicircular line of black rocks in sight; some of a round form, one of which is called the Death’s Head; another of the shape of a turtle, and some two or three miles long. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Raoul, without dismounting, called to the host and announced that a wounded man was about to be brought to his house and begged him in the meantime to prepare everything needful. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jeremy Bentham In a particular case, a cestuy que trust is called by the Roman law, fidei-commissarius. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Rudyard Kipling They called it humor, but it sounded like something quite different. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Miss Albury’s horse was not only called into requisition but Miss Albury’s habit also. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The man whom the landlord called “Ben” was the first to appear on the stairs. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing We live in all but continuous darkness, and very seldom indeed breathe anything that can be called air. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith He called a second time, and enjoyed a similar greeting. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Rudyard Kipling They ‘ad called the cows ‘ome by then. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jacques Futrelle It was a special meeting of the cabinet called at the suggestion of Chief Campbell, and for more than an hour he had done the talking. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Margaret Oliphant It was me as called the cab, and I won’t deny as the gen’leman was a gen’leman. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

I accused myself of having made her childless; I called myself a murderer; I believed myself accursed; I could not find terms strong enough to express my abhorrence of my own conduct. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins The two were called respectively The Humming Bee, and The Red Cross Knight. The waiter chose the latter. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

No one had called me mate before in my life—it was the clothes that had done it. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Ann Radcliffe The enquiry which called him thither was, besides, of a nature too solemn and important to be lightly resigned; he had, therefore, told Beatrice he would be punctual to the hour she appointed. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Guy de Maupassan She must have help from some source, and she called on God now as she had summoned the physician that very morning. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling This he called a statement or purview of American politics. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Nay, they all, both he and she philosophers, beg and entreat Pythocles, for dear Epicurus’s sake, not to affect or make such account of the sciences called liberal. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

G. K. Chesterton Little Dorrit stands in Dickens’s life chiefly as a signal of how far he went down the road of realism, of sadness, and of what is called modernity. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Itching of the right hand prognosticates that you will soon have a sum of money; and, of the left, that you will be called upon to disburse it. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Gaston Leroux We have, at least, been able to interview Daddy Jacques — as he is called in the country — a old servant in the Stangerson family. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

In case I am killed, the captain’s name is Roger and the skiff is called the Lightning. A handkerchief, tied at the four corners, is to be the signal. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Andrew Lang The vision of the absent seen by a waking, or apparently waking, man is called “a wraith”; the waking, or apparently waking, vision of the dead is called “a ghost”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Cold-hearted and ungenerous he was; but he was no wretch as men and women are now-a-days called wretches. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

This is called the “Grand Customs.” Every year, moreover, decorum exacts that the firstfruits of war and all criminals should be sent as recruits to swell the king’s retinue. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

He could not be called a talkative personality; but with his detached calm manner he appeared as ready to keep the conversation going as to drop it at any moment. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

You can send the keys to the lawyers—say you were called home suddenly—anything. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The St. Pierre would here protrude her chin; she knew Madame by heart; she always called her airs of “bonté”—“des grimaces. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells He plunged headlong into a rambling description of Bonover and how he had told a lie about her and called her Miss Smith, and so escaped this unaccountable emotional crisis. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Occasionally, perhaps twice a week, he went to a dusty, forgotten-looking office in the Ministry of Truth and did a little work, or what was called work. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

John Galsworthy Jack Cardigan called it “stunning,” “ripping,” “topping,” and “corking. To Let by John Galsworthy

He was talking to the man who had called us in. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins He called to Samuel, through the window, to take his portmanteau up-stairs again, and he then put the key himself into Sergeant Cuff’s hand. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton The day had come, and Mr. Newell was to be called from his obscurity. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Wilkie Collins She produced a piece much too small and flimsy for the purpose, and declared, when he called for something better, that the day’s supply of stout paper was all exhausted. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Of what is called literary society, there is of course none — “No bustling Botherbys have they to show ’em That charming passage in the last new poem. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Meredith I have been called a Beauty. Rightly or other, I have had a Beauty’s career; and a curious caged beast’s life I have found it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Sal acted the part of the good Samaritan — took her to the squalid den she called home, and there Rosanna Moore fell dangerously ill. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope And when his wife, in the presence of Phineas, begged that bygones might be bygones, reminding him that spilt milk could not be recovered, he called her a mean-spirited woman. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang He held his horse by the bridle, and his lady by the hands; so went they along the sea shore, and on the sea they saw a ship, and he called unto the sailors, and they came to him. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

Richard Hakluyt In Florida the Spaniardes have one towne, called Sancta Helena, where they have perles, silver, and greate store of victualls. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

Anthony Trollope But yet a feeling of shamefacedness,—what some ladies consider as modesty, though it might more properly be called mauvaise honte,—forced me into temporary silence. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft In half an hour Lake called us again: “Moulton’s plane forced down on plateau in foothills, but nobody hurt and perhaps can repair. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Henry Handel Richardson Hell-gate, he called it, said he was devil’s-porter at hell-gate, and kept hollerin’ for napkins and his firesticks. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe He (the witness) now solemnly called upon the accused to state whether what he (the witness) had just stated was or was not the truth in every substantial particular. Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

On the fifth day I came to an oasis, called the Wady el Arish, a ravine, or rather a gully, through which during a part of the year there runs a stream of water. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Sir Walter Scott This was the ken-no, so called because its existence was secret (that is, presumed to be so) from all the males of the family, but especially from the husband and master. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Henry Lawson The furniture — what Mrs A. called her “few bits of things”— was carried out with elaborate care. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

M. P. Shiel As Frankl stepped down, a name was called at which Hogarth went cold as a ghost: “Rebekah Frankl”. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Gissing It would necessitate another whole day in London. He called upon Mrs. Ormonde next morning, at the hotel which it was her wont to use when in town for a day or two. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

G. K. Chesterton I called out to the enormous person going on in front, but he answered obscurely that it was a short cut. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins Yesterday, Father Benwell called at Ten Acres Lodge. He first saw my mother and myself and he contrived to mention your name. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

She called me into the little cabinet to partake of it, and there Madame Beck soon made her appearance, bringing me a glass of wine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

G. K. Chesterton In short, Stevenson’s stories were often problem stories, in the style of what were called problem plays. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Jane Austen Miss Lucas called soon after breakfast, and in a private conference with Elizabeth related the event of the day before. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Ivan Turgenev Meeting two peasant girls in the wood, she sat down suddenly on the ground, called them to her, did not patronise them, but made them sit down beside her. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Lulu’s intercourse with him had been restricted of recent years to the negative processes of being out of town when he called on her, and short of money when he wrote to her. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Samuel Johnson An invitation from Lady Cobham about this time gave occasion to an odd composition called “A Long Story,” which adds little to Gray’s character. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

He called to the girl below, and helped pull it up, as Annie could tell by the creaking of the rope, and the light jar of the finally arriving crockery. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

We tested that hypothesis by the circumstantial evidence, as I called it, which is furnished by the fossil remains contained in the earth’s crust, and we found that it was obviously untenable. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arthur Machen And she could do what they called shib-show, which was a very wonderful enchantment. The White People by Arthur Machen

Guy de Maupassant I called again during the day; my friend was still absent. The Specter (Apparition) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

A little farther a drowsy voice called “cheep-cheep” and turned again to the warmth of its wing. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Roger had read a little in one or other of the books scattered about-they were mostly what are called the “classics” of various times and languages. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Newgate, the best edifice of any; so called from being new built, whereas before it was named Chamberlain gate. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Light blue was my favourite colour and the other girls used to say I always looked what the French called chic. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang He is called ‘‘the King,’’ I am called ‘‘the Prince,’’ and that is the portrait of our sister, the Princess Rosette. We have come to ask if you would like to marry her. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison After his lunch Mr. Colson called and called again at Bedford Mansions, but neither Dorrington nor his telegram had been heard of. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

On the evening of that day I called at Powlett Streel East Melbourne, to see my aunt, who is the landlady of the prisoner. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Among all his friends, perhaps few were more affected by his death than one who had never looked upon his face--his ‘dear Æschylus Barrett, ‘as he called her. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Marie Corelli Discovering an error in one of the documents he was examining, he called Moretti’s attention to it, and the conversation drifted to everyday trivial subjects. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Virginia Woolf The suburban world of Putney had called her mad because she believed too much; the learned world of divinity had called him wicked because he believed too little. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anthony Trollope He had at this time commenced a work — an Encyclopedia Ecclesiastica, as he called it — on which he laboured to the moment of his death. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Louisa May Alcott Just as the party was setting out, Amy called over the banisters in a threatening tone, “You’ll be sorry for this, Jo March, see if you ain’t. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He took the money you sent him and counted it over, and dropped it into his pocket; and he called you hard names enough and to spare; but I brought him round, and at last he did talk. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

And what did you do? You called for a horse and rode a-hunting to Warwickshire. Your sweetheart — Fortune, I mean — was perfectly indulgent. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

I seem to remember seeing him the day I called on you. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

This play cannot indeed be called the school of good morals, but it is certainly the school of wit and true humour. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

John Galsworthy The head traveller had even called him “a find. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James At the same time she had by no means caught, as it seemed to me, what Miss Ruck called the natural American style. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

But, Ida, I am not going to be called Miss Wendover. Only bishops and county magnates, and people of that kind, call me by that name. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope She should have a little time to think about it before she is called upon for an answer. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen An elderly lady called for the ornament, the same person who had left it. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Anthony Trollope He remained at this till he was called — for a man may be called with very little continuous work. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thus – the original disease, transferable from an ulcer of the cow’s udder to the broken skin of a human being, produced what is called the kine or cow-pox. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

She had offended her brother deeply by remonstrating, or, as he called it, by “interfering in church matters,” when he nailed it up. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

These may be called (1) the period of preparation and of the early poems; (2) the period of controversy, and of the prose writings; and (3) the period of retirement and of the later poems. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Sinclair Lewis Mayor Pugh called him in and chuckled: “Doc, there’s been a certain amount of opposition to you, because you’re pretty young and not many folks know you. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

T. E. Lawrence We reached Akaba at midnight, and slept outside the camp till breakfast, when I called on Joyce, and found the caravan not yet ready to start: indeed Wood was only a few days returned. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton Tolby called it that yesterday. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Abraham Merri She laughed, called them one by one by name, then spoke rapidly. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton I’ve called a spade a spade. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry James In a simpler person he would have called it exquisite kindness; but in this young lady’s deportment the flower was one thing and the perfume another. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Andrew Lang Then he called to the raven, and the raven came flapping towards him, and said: ‘Put your hand under my right wing, and you will find there a knife sharp enough to take off his head. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The thing that had occurred was to be told to this cousin, and Phineas left his address, so that if it should be thought necessary he might be called upon to give his account of the affair. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif When I came from Lord Keeper’s, I called at Lord Treasurer’s, because I heard he was very fine, and that was a new thing; and it was true, for his coat and waistcoat were embroidered. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Edith Wharton The fellows who ‘grab’ life, as Goethe called it, are the conquerors who turn it into form and colour . The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Kate Chopin Her real name was Jacqueline, but every one on the plantation called her La Folle, because in childhood she had been frightened literally “out of her senses,” and had never wholly regained them. Short stories by Kate Chopin

G. K. Chesterton It is called the complexity of the Industrial System. But what counts for even more with the Union is the demand for recognition. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I hear him called “inconsecuente,” and capricious, but he has welcomed C——n, who knew him intimately in Madrid, with all the warmth of ancient friendship. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

William Henry Bragg The ratio of the one RI product to the other may be called the specific ionisation of the gas (k) : it is in this case 1. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Edith Wharton Socrates called the opinions of the many Lamiæ. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He called you a vile word and said that by shielding you I was probably one, too. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Why cannot it be my duty to make lists and plans for the dear garden? “And so it is,” I insisted to the Man of Wrath, when he protested against what he called wasting my time upstairs. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Arthur Machen He looked at me queerly for a minute, and told me the Herberts had left immediately after the unpleasantness, as he called it, and since then the house had been empty. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

E. Phillips Oppenheim I called out but there was no answer. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

G. K. Chesterton And then came the pamphlet from Oregon (where the thing was tried), the pamphlet called “Why should Salt suffer?” and there was more trouble. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Isabella Bird The colonists are very hardy and extremely loyal; but the vice of drinking, so prevalent in northern climates, has recently called for legislative interference. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

John Galsworthy That evening, on his return from the City, he called at Bosinney’s office. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell For a minute or two Jem stood motionless, stunned by the thoughts which the sight of Mary’s father had called up. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins Did Miss Letitia fancy she was addressing a lot of people when you were nursing her? She called out, like a person making public proclamation, when I was in her room. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson It was also in the wind, it seemed, that Devine might be called on to form a ministry. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen Our two were in a retired corner, which might have been called snug in any other place. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Guy de Maupassant Monsieur d’Apreval called her back. Abandoned (L'Abandonné) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Thomas Hardy So much is this the case that what is called the play of the features often helps more in understanding a man or woman than the earnest labours of all the other members together. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

First it is called honey-water, and is sweet and scentless; but easily ferments when transferred to the skins or earthen vases where it is kept. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

John Stuart Mill Ninety-nine in a hundred of what are called educated men are in this condition, even of those who can argue fluently for their opinions. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Anthony Trollope But he had overshot the mark, and did not know what answer to give when he was thus called upon to make a downright proposal. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy She called him to a remote place under the funereal trees. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Caroline Lamb He shook his head; and then looking fiercely at me, bade me beware of Clarence de Ruthven (for so he called you). Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Finally, since this broken state of things is intolerable, the absolute deus ex machina is called on to mend it in his own way, since we cannot mend it in ours. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald After a minute she called Jack Berners. ‘Could you possibly come up? I’ve got some title ideas. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Rudyard Kipling Then he called himself names, and vowed that he deserved a thrashing, but he was too old to take it from Strickland. Then he complimented Miss Youghal on her lover. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Snowball also busied himself with organising the other animals into what he called Animal Committees. He was indefatigable at this. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Thomas Hardy Miss Aldclyffe formed one of what was called a Ladies’ Association, each member of which collected tributary streams of shillings from her inferiors, to add to her own pound at the end. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle One morning after breakfast the elder Girdlestone called his son aside into the library. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

They were on the streets from eight in the morning till ten at night, and later on Saturdays. Screevers can sometimes be called artists, sometimes not. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Thomas Paine It is painful to see old age working itself to death, in what are called civilised countries, for daily bread. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

H. G. Wells What was the sense of being the one earnest energetic man in a world of unresponsive fools? He called Cotton–Jones into his presence. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

William Morris You will see several others in these parts; the place my great-grandfather lives in, for instance, and a big building called St. Paul’s. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Trollope Lord Fawn, who rarely forgot anything, had certainly not forgotten the Sawab; and Frank was aware that he might soon be called on to address his lordship in anything but friendly terms. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Gervaise, not daring to venture in, called from the doorway in a faint voice: “Monsieur Goujet! Monsieur Goujet!” Suddenly all became lighted up. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Rudyard Kipling That’s all!’ Even in February, the weather would, up-country, be called muggy and stifling, but Calcutta is convinced that it is her cold season. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

R. D. Blackmore But still, in proportion, they may be called as good; and in fact they believe themselves much better. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Gervaise called to Augustine to bring two bottles of wine. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang The youngest of them was called Dullhead, and was sneered and jeered at and snubbed on every possible opportunity. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens That, he called with confidence on the jury to come and do likewise. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]