Phrases with "card"

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have had to lay off my work waiting for a cable from Singapore. Come along,” he added, rising to his feet and making for the card table. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

That same evening when he was dressing to go out, a card was brought. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton Then he remembered that he had not put a card with the roses, and was vexed at having spoken of them. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

William Makepeace Thackeray Every card they backed turned up in their favour. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Theodore Dreiser When the boy presented his card she suffered an upwelling of feeling — a wave that was more intense than that with which she had received him in the olden days, for now her need of him was greater. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Here is my card — Major Tobias Clutterbuck, late of the 119th Light Infantry.” The servant disappeared with the card, and presently returned with a request that he would step up. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Gertrude Stein Plead the use of a magazine and send more card paper, this is so tiring and reading a letter is the same as writing an answer. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

E. F. Benson Put that big cupboard there against the wall, and a couple of card tables. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Leon Trotsky I came to school on time, my kit was in order, my card was always in the left pocket of my jacket. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He gave Frisby a card and said to tell my uncle he wished to see him about the green box. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

He is going to the Kirkleathams’ to-night — I saw the card stuck up. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

James Joyce He had reached the open backdoor of All Hallows. Stepping into the porch he doffed his hat, took the card from his pocket and tucked it again behind the leather headband. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

You told me this morning: ‘May without a sou’— that’s the trump card in our game!” “Nonsense! Before we begin to lament, let us wait and see what happens. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Hope If that last card must be played, he would win the hand with it. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins Reaching the cottage at night, Emily found the card of a visitor who had called during the day. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Some one slipped a little square card into her hand on which was printed a number—34. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Wilkie Collins The card sent in bore this inscription: “Brother Bawkwell, from Tadmor.” Amelius looked at the card; and ran into the hall to receive the visitor, with both hands held out in hearty welcome. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

James Joyce A card Unfurnished apartments slipped from the sash and fell. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Sinclair Lewis To him was brought the card of Loren Larimer Dodd, M. A., D. D., LL. D., president of Abernathy College, an institution of Methodist learning. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope The bridesmaid’s names had just been written on a card as Mary entered the room. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott What shall we do when we can’t eat anymore?” asked Laurie, feeling that his trump card had been played when lunch was over. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He drew a card from an hides box and began to write. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Inside the case, inscribed in gold letters, was the name of a well-known Bond Street jeweller, and there was also a card with “R. R. Scrutton” written upon it. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He hesitated for a moment, then he tore the card into small pieces and, placing them in an ash tray, laid the cigarette which he had been smoking on the top of them. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope The card and the Colonel’s own name, and the name of the pundit of the peace together, had their effect, and after a while. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jacques Futrelle Hatch handed a card bearing only his name, to a maid, and after a few minutes Mrs. Greyton appeared. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

I was not going to subject Lena or myself to another midnight walk through Twenty-seventh Street. FOOTNOTES: The next day at noon Lena brought me up a card on her tray. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing A card or something has been put in. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is a false name on the registration card but the original number was the registration number of Horace Florestan.” “Thank God you let me into this,” Cheshire declared. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle How peaceful and quiet the three houses are over yonder! It seems quite sad to see that ‘To Let’ card upon number one. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Hope I could not listen; and James, Mr. Rassendyll’s servant, being informed of the summons, was at my elbow with a card of the trains from Strelsau to Zenda, without waiting for any order from me. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Which card the servant glanced at as he carried it away. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

E. F. Benson Olga came back on the next Monday, and immediately after Lucia received a card for an evening “At Home,” with “Music” in the bottom left-hand corner. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Washington Irving The librarian now stepped up to me, and demanded whether I had a card of admission. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Sinclair Lewis There was a business-like desk, a phonograph for dictation, a card catalogue of possible contributors to funds, a steel filing-cabinet, and the bishop’s own typewriter. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson She left a card on me, or rather her footman popped it into my letterbox, without asking if I was in. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

James Joyce Two letters and a card lay on the hallfloor. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

John Galsworthy Mrs. Mont was here a minute ago; I’ll take your card up to her. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

He sent his card to Mr. Millard, with a line written in pencil to request an interview on urgent business. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope It was quite a special invitation, because it came in the form of a card — which was unusual between the two families. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The ring business and the card point to premeditated murder for some private reason. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

William Makepeace Thackeray This, too, was evident from the inscription writ on card or parchment, and sewed on the bag. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Almost at the same moment the butler approached him with a card upon a salver. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Wilkie Collins I only relate these trifling particulars to show you how little worth keeping such a card could be, in such circumstances as ours. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Sinclair Lewis Well, where did you go? I got the card you sent me from Chesterton with the picture of the old church on it. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He was lingering over his last cup of tea, surrounded by an ocean of newspapers, through which he had been swimming, when John Bold’s card was brought in by his tiger. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

He threw himself into a Chair which stood near the Table. He saw the card with Elvira’s address. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Maria Edgeworth I would not print a card for his majesty at this time of night,” replied the sullen workman, throwing his hat upon his head, in token of departure. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Your card puzzled me at first, but when I came to think it over I soon understood who you were. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Gertrude Stein Matisse showed Gertrude Stein a card that had been in it. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Guy de Maupassant You find them very amusing when you visit them; they give card parties; they have dances and suppers; in short, they offer you all the pleasures of social life. Yveline Samoris by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

When it had cleared one room it was coaxed on to a card and thereon transported to the next, and so it went the rounds. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Lord Mallow was glad when the next day’s post brought him a card of invitation to the ducal dinner on December the 31st. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

G. K. Chesterton There’s my card,” and he flung down the blue card upon the table. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton Floss’s having written her message on the back of that particular card seemed part of the fairy-tale enveloping him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

But one strong card yet remained to be played, and at last the moment came upon which the conspirators had pinned their despairing hopes. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

In an instant I realized how the shock of seeing that card had been too great for the soul of wife or friend to bear. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Wait till my card is brought you, and then judge for yourself whether I am a person in whom you can trust. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He pushed the card toward her, and as he did so his eye fell on it, and he saw, too late, that it was one of those he had rather fatuously had engraved in French for his continental travels. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Wilkie Collins The card informed us that he was Mr. Playmore, now one of the Agents for the prisoner. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James The porter replied, as porters always reply, that he had gone out about twenty minutes before; whereupon Henrietta presented her card and begged it might be handed him on his return. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

John Galsworthy In these circumstances we thought it right to examine his effects, in order that we might communicate with his friends; but the only indication we can find is a card of yours. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton On the back was engraved: Duca di Spartivento. “Is it meant for you, sir?” the page asked; and Vance, with a shrug, pocketed the card and went out. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Sinclair Lewis There are offices, card indices, bacteriological examinations of patients and of rats. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

They waited in an anteroom with their guide, who had given her card and a penciled message to one of the half-dozen uniformed page boys who lounged there. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

She glanced at it, turned pale, and said to the secretary: “Very well, let him wait!” She threw the card on the table. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Nellie Bly He made a practice every evening after dinner, of putting the same number of lines on a card as there were gentlemen at the table. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

John Galsworthy He sent his card in and waited in the hall with no precise knowledge of what he wanted to say. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Henry James Lady Canterville had at the end of three days sent him an invitation — five words on a card — asking him to dine with them on the morrow quite en famille. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Ivan Turgenev Count Malevsky showed us several sorts of card tricks, and finished, after shuffling the cards, by dealing himself all the trumps at whist, on which Lushin ‘had the honour of congratulating him. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

A. E. W. Mason But as he read the card his countenance fell. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

He didn’t know one card from another. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arnold Bennett But on the top landing he had no difficulty, for Ingpen’s card was fastened with a drawing-pin on to the first door he saw. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

When I reached my office I took the card from a drawer, which Mr. Edward Bayley had sent to me, and despatched it by special messenger to the office of the famous mining company. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Meredith Skepsey’s card was taken in the passage of the hotel. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sinclair Lewis And Axel Egge’s, like home, lots of Swedes and Norskes in there, and a card of dandy buttons, like rubies. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson Diva dropped a card on the floor, face upwards, and put her foot on it so nimbly that nobody could see what it was. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

He searched the man’s pockets and, from a card in his wallet, saw that his name was Husson and that he represented a firm of estate agents in Paddington Road. He was authorised to collect rents. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Sinclair Lewis But the other card was baroque. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

When Corey’s card was brought into the family-room where he and Penelope were sitting, he went into the parlour to find him. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

He made a note upon a card which he had taken out of his desk. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Wilkie Collins Six months ago, there was no need for me to leave a single complimentary card anywhere, for weeks and weeks together. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

She went in radiant, with a quick step, holding the card at arm’s length. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Every vestige of the writing had faded! The card was blank! The woman lay there dead. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Wilkie Collins Accordingly, while I was waiting, I took out my card and wrote under my name “On important business. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope Crosbie took the card and read the name. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Grotesque and foolish as this will seem to the sober reader, it is absolutely true, and what is more remarkable, I found the card game and several others we played extremely interesting. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Elizabeth Gaskell A quick motion, and out of the unpromising heap, all confused together, presto! the right card turned up. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Gissing This same evening she posted a card to her brother, asking him to be at home to see her early the next morning. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I’ve seen two card tables laid out, but that may be only bluff, and although young Grain told me positively that he was coming — they may have ‘phoned him at the last minute to put him off. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson The walls of the room expanded, then fell in, like the sides of a card house. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang In the daytime she sat down once more beneath the windows of the castle, and began to card with her golden carding-comb; and then all happened as it had happened before. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing It was a fellow called Crowther; he lived in Dean Street, Soho; in a window on the ground floor there was a card with “Sums from One pound to a Hundred lent at short notice. A Capitalist by George Gissing

Anthony Trollope The card said half-past eight; but the Sun had not yoked his horses so far away from her Tyre, remote as that Tyre had been, as to have left her in ignorance that half-past eight meant nine. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

James Joyce She folded the card into her untidy bag and snapped the catch. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins In another minute I was at the stage-door, and had sent in my card to “Mademoiselle Fontenay.” While I was waiting, I had time to think. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

G. K. Chesterton For standing at it was Lord Ivywood, reading the card with tranquil lowered eyelids, that set off perfectly the long and perfect oval of his face. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

E. F. Benson They were recaptured, and all the hands were found to be complete with the exception of Miss Mapp’s, which had a card missing. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Wilkie Collins I had just dismissed him to his workshop, and had just begun coquetting with my coins, when Louis suddenly made his appearance with a card in his hand. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes drew his card from his case. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Wilkie Collins The boy made his way back to Gray’s Inn — got your card and message — called — and failed to find you. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

William Makepeace Thackeray I offer him my card — my winning card. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

I showed him my card of the “Press” and asked him if he would kindly sign and thus authenticate the sentences on Paine he had used in his address. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Henry James To-day, when this card was brought me and I understood a Clement Searle to be under our roof as a stranger, I felt I ought to do something. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle The card he had meant to lay upon my body was lying beside his own. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

George Meredith Toward evening, a carriage drove up to the door of the muted house, and the card of Lady Racial, bearing a hurried line in pencil, was handed to the widow. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Thomas Hardy At the end of a quarter of an hour, after several ineffectual attempts, he found that each photograph would peel from the card on which it was mounted. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins By the summer the apartments were ready, and the card was put up. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Mitty’s present, and a Christmas card from a friend, the Latin master’s youngest daughter, came for John, but they were unopened. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jacques Futrelle When a card bearing the name of Mr. Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen was handed to Mr. Meredith he went wonderingly into the reception-room. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

James Joyce Some weeks Jack Lawton got the card for first and some weeks he got the card for first. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim A great deal more so, however, was the card which he had presented. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James So had the case, wonderfully, been arranged for her; there was a card she could play, but there was only one, and to play it would be to end the game. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

And perhaps another one into the bargain!” As Jammy was shot downwards in the lift he flicked the card in his hand with a reflective thumb. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

G. K. Chesterton Our exquisite friend handed in what looked like a paper or a card and said: “At once. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Try the seventh card from the middle if you want to play, Melville.” Melville did as was suggested and turned up a king. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Thomas Hardy And now he’s drowned and gone from us!” As she spoke the girl drew a card from her pocket and looked at it with a sigh. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce Glass. Mr Bloom, without evincing surprise, unostentatiously turned over the card to peruse the partially obliterated address and postmark. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Well, I sent up my card to Miss Barlock, but by the mercy of God I didn’t send up Clanroyden’s chit with it. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

I know him capable of any crime; but, by — — his last card is played, and the game is up. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope In nothing was this more apparent than in the visiting card which she had prepared for her use. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

When I showed my card to the poste restante clerk, he went carefully through the letters bearing the initial of my name and denied that there was any for me. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant scribbled the name of his hotel and the number of his suite on the back of a card and passed it across. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Olaf Stapledon But one day the light card was removed and a fresh card, darker than the original dark card, was put in its place. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins My letter and my card went into an office at the back, and I followed them after a while. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray Sir George Gorgon called upon his colleague the very next day, and brought with him a card from Lady Gorgon inviting Mr. Scully to dinner. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman But the chief card was the food and service. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Sinclair Lewis He managed to imitate Tom’s writing on a card which he left with a bunch of jonquils in Nelly’s room, and nearly persuaded even Tom himself that Tom was the donor. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett Neither Samuel nor Constance saw the card again. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Mr. Jellicoe would have to play the trump card that he had been holding back in case the Court should refuse the application; a card that he was evidently reluctant to play. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

And he was all of a sudden aware that she was afraid to take that card to her husband. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Ford Madox Ford The hotel servant approaching him, he had produced a card and had given it to the servant, uttering three words. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Henry James Hyacinth is to receive a card of invitation to a certain big house,” he went on, “a card with the name left in blank, so that he may fill it out himself. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Wait!” He scribbled on a card and flung it across the room. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Henry James She made him write the word on a card and saw a messenger despatched with it to the Rue de Richelieu; and all this without loudness or insistence, parenthetically and authoritatively. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing He found a letter at Ewell. It contained a card of invitation; Mrs. John Jacks graciously announced to him that she would be at home on an evening a week hence, at nine o’clock. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Abraham Mollett. I can’t say that your friend seems to be very respectable, in spite of his gig,” and Herbert handed the card to his father. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Vsevolod Krestovsky The evening when his capital had almost melted away and the shadow of ruin lay heavy upon him, he happened to be present at a reception where card play was going on and considerable sums were staked. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Nellie Bly However, I had one card to play and I risked it. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

T. H. Huxley He was a tall, shrewd-looking old gentleman, with a broad Scotch accent — and I think I see him now as he entered with my card in his hand. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

James Joyce His fingers found quickly a card behind the headband and transferred it to his waistcoat pocket. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arnold Bennett The name on the lady’s card ran thus: ‘Baroness Zerlinski’. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

I presented Sheldon’s card and stated my business, of course acting on that worthy’s advice. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I signed the card ‘Mary,’ because Mary was my favourite name, and I thought too I had heard the man say ‘Mary’ to the girl as he had got out of the car. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

She handed me a card bearing the name of the Marquis de Villarel. “How did you come by this?” I asked. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

All the same, Louis, we will go on to the agents and get a card to view, whether we use it today or not. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Coming out the cloister way when it was over, and so down Edgar Street, Mrs. Jacobson espied a card in a window with “Lodgings” on it. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray A two of clubs may be a good, handy little card sometimes, and able to tackle a king of diamonds, if it is a little trump. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

John Ruskin The water had gutted the whole first floor; corn, money, almost every movable thing, had been swept away, and there was left only a small white card on the kitchen table. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

Yes, Lady Roding was at home, he was told, and upon presenting his card he was shown into a small room, whilst the butler went off to find out if she would see him. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He’s a cousin of Lord Wain, and he’s that Colonel Alan Jasper who was mixed up in the Hatherleigh card scandal, about four years ago. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He made a mental note to leave a card at the Embassy that afternoon. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

G. K. Chesterton The strident, tearing gale in that garden carried away the stranger’s card to join the wild waste paper of the universe; and that great western wind shook the whole house and passed. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

She was giving them to her husband, for there was a card inside, ‘From your loving wife, Hilda.’” He chuckled. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Wilkie Collins He had his little letter-tray in his hand, with a card on it, and a sheet of paper beside the card, which looked like an open letter. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

But she was determined not to offend the Duchess, who had been so particularly gracious, and who had sent Captain and Mrs. Winstanley a card for a dinner to be given on the last day of the year. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

John Galsworthy A card was handed to him as he entered his hotel. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Afterward, my letters will be received by the English physician whose card I inclose. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Oliver Goldsmith Towards the end of the week we received a card from the town ladies; in which, with their compliments, they hoped to see all our family at church the Sunday following. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

It doesn’t seem possible, does it, that a simple white card with some words scrawled on it in purple ink could effect a man’s undoing? And yet that was my fate. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle An instant later the maid, who looked as tousled and bewildered as if she had that instant been aroused from the deepest sleep, appeared with a card upon a tray. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Anthony Trollope How could he explain to a messenger that his son had been unjustly convicted of bigamy and was now in prison as a criminal? So he left his card and said that he would call again at two. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

I’ll come next Wednesday. What’s the station? Fardles? Send me a card to tell me the best afternoon train and have it met. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Andrew Lang Next day the tailor’s wife said to her husband, ‘I have some girls coming to-day to help to card my wool there is a great deal to do, and we must be very busy. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But one of them sent this —” She passed over a slip of card bearing a word or two —”‘How goes it? N. C.’” Roger jumped forward. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope The man said it was a flurried young gentleman who wouldn’t leave a card — but who wanted to see Mr Boncassen most special. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am going to hold every card in the pack. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

I kept the card by accident, and I keep it still by design, for the sake of that inscription. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

De Malfort went on fooling with Lady Lucretia, whose lovely hand and arm, her strongest point, descended upon a card now and then, to indicate the play she deemed wisest. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry Adams After a long and desperate struggle, the American Minister had trumped their best card and won the game. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins Would you like to come in and rest, sir? I will see that your card is taken care of, if you wish to leave it. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing The lodgers who had occupied this part of the house had recently left; a card was again hanging in the window of Bessie’s parlour. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

A stroll over this cool and comparatively healthy escarpment ended by leaving a card at the Paço do Governo. Lopes de Lima (vol. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli I told him your ladyship was going out and could not see him, but he put his card in this envelope, and requested that I would hand it to you, madam. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins It was the card that Regina had given to him — the card of the cottage to let. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I had Monsieur Maurice’s card in my hand. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Again, because it is always well to have a strong hand, and a card that one’s adversary does not know of. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins If I can ever be of the smallest use to you (there’s my card and address in London), let me know it; I entreat you let me know it. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Have you the card with you?” “Rather,” said Dick, “always take the card with me since I was kicked out of a miner’s hop at Broken Hill because I forgot it. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins My card was in his hand: he was nervously rolling and unrolling it, without a moment’s cessation, in his anxiety to hear what I had to say. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins There is a card with my address. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sinclair Lewis Her card read “Mrs. Daniel Judique.” Babbitt knew of her as the widow of a wholesale paper-dealer. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy This coolness in his relations distressed Clare less than it would have done had he been without the grand card with which he meant to surprise them ere long. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Theodore Dreiser She even answered for a waitress in a small restaurant where she saw a card in the window, but they wanted an experienced girl. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton She pushed a card toward him, and after a moment’s perplexity he wrote: “I thank you, Cousin Lucilla,” addressed the envelope, and walked out with a lighter step. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

William Makepeace Thackeray About a month after came a card of “Lord and Lady Tiptoff,” and a great piece of plum-cake; of which, I am sorry to say, Gus ate a great deal too much. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

John Galsworthy He waited till two more pictures had been sold; then, leaving his card with directions for the despatch of the Hondekoeter, made his way up St. James’ Street and on towards home. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

They accordingly adjourned, and, picking up Maas and Foote in the street, proceeded to the Club. Tiffin was almost at an end, when a servant entered and placed a card beside their host’s plate. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Willa Cather They rose from the dessert and went into the parlour to arrange the card tables. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Wilkie Collins Without being seen or suspected, I, in my turn, slipped the card under the door. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He betrayed none of the curiosity that was usually rampant on a man’s face when the inspector followed his card into a room. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

If you will kindly hand my card to his sister. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope Our editor was still in his wrath when he saw his prey come forth from the House with a card — no doubt his own card. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Haughtily presenting his card (which, she could see, had lamentably failed to produce an effect), he demanded to speak to Simmonds, with whom he had important business. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope She called therefore at Manchester Square on the day before she started for Matching, and left a card and a note. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The card was the nine of diamonds. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Olaf Stapledon Behind the darker card there was food, behind the other nothing. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins Another visitor, without an appointment, had called; the clerk appeared again, with a card and a message. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry Lawson He had Mrs Jones’s card in his window, and he left the shop in charge of his missus and came round with us at once. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson