Phrases with "chatting"

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle She was never, as I think I have said, ostentatiously affectionate, but she was heard by the coachman chatting with the colonel in a friendly fashion. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

D.H. Lawrence All the time Vera was heard chatting with affected brightness to her mother, addressing her in fond tones, using all her wits to recall bright little incidents to retail to her. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson Now don’t keep me chatting here any longer. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson We had known him a magician that controlled the elements; and here he was, transformed into an ordinary gentleman, chatting like his neighbours at the breakfast-board. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had not been five minutes in the parlor, chatting gaily with Mr. and Mrs. Marston and their pretty daughter, when Mademoiselle de Barras entered the room. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing She doesn’t laugh quite so much as she used to, but I can always make her as bright as possible by chatting with her in my foolish way for a few minutes. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton Several nuns were already behind the grate, chatting with a group of fashionable ladies and their gallants; but Fulvia was not among them. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle The men broke into little groups, chatting in hushed tones over their recent experience. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

On the pier they found Rose and Anna Bosanquet; and in chatting with them Nancy’s mood became more cheerful. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Virginia Woolf Turning, he saw that she was chatting with Mrs. Rogers. Turning again, he saw that Mrs. Rogers had moved on. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

George Eliot I shall never get her away from them; and I want her to have delicious do-nothing days, filled with boating and chatting and riding and driving; that is the holiday she needs. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Aurora loved nothing better than to ride from cottage to cottage, chatting with the simple villagers, and finding out their wants. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassant Ladies are walking slowly across the sand of the avenue, followed by children rolling hoops, or chatting with gentlemen. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Charles Kingsley Jovial voices are chatting round the fire. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

E. Phillips Oppenheim A moment before they had all been laughing and chatting volubly with the vivacity of children. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Later, they sat out two dances and were soon chatting interestedly as if they were quite old friends. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

The anglers walked briskly up the wooded road, chatting and laughing, with now and then a sage and critical glance at the water, of which they caught many glimpses through the trees. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Guy de Maupassan The people of the neighborhood, stupefied at first, had gone chatting from their own firesides into the street, from one threshold to another. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Mr Towers stood there chatting for about twenty minutes, and then took his departure without making his way into the room. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Nearly all the benches were filled with ladies, who were chatting as if they were at a theater. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

But Jamison had left the room, and I heard him chatting and laughing softly with some visitors in the press-room outside. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Introduced to Robert, Larose regarded him with some interest, liking at once his bold bearing and the way he carried himself; and in a few minutes the two men were chatting easily together. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

On the third of August of this present year I was standing in Tiffany’s, chatting with George Godfrey of the designing department. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Thomas Hardy A door opened from the hall into the garden, and she somehow found herself outside, chatting with Mr. Bellston on this topic, till she thought that upon the whole she liked the young man. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Here we sat for some time chatting about the weather, the approaching vintage, and so forth, and watching the sunset. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Guy de Maupassant I had remained late, chatting with your wife and our friend, who had brought me in his carriage, when he suddenly fainted, and in spite of all we have done, he has remained unconscious for two hours. An Artifice (Une Ruse) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Charles Dickens Two or three hundred foot-soldiers were under arms, standing at ease in clusters here and there; and the officers were walking up and down in twos and threes, chatting together, and smoking cigars. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

The manager and I had often to sit up with him into the small hours of the morning, chatting and trying to make him keep his mind off his pain. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He probably deemed between connections great ceremonies might be dispensed with, and he sat a quarter of an hour, chatting to amuse her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

So round to the flower garden she took him, chatting animatedly the whole time. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

E. F. Benson I’ve spent such a long time chatting to all your friends. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Guy de Maupassan A party of men were chatting in the smoking room after dinner. Mother and Son by Guy de Maupassan

Jonathan Swif I was weary of the Coffee-house, and Ford32 desired me to sit with him at next door; which I did, like a fool, chatting till twelve, and now am got into bed. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Kenneth Grahame A third had strolled in among the company, and was chatting to a young gentleman, with whom she appeared to be on the best of terms. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Porthos followed, chatting with Aramis. On their way they met Grimaud. Athos made him a sign to come with them. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Two women close to her were chatting about their own affairs. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Presently Dorothy nodded a smiling good-bye to the little group who had gathered round her and moved away, but Hardacre remained where he was, chatting to two men friends. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Now he was in his usual place, sitting at the table, studying the Book. When Mrs. Bunting went back to the others they were chatting merrily. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Charles Dickens But, the theatres were all well filled, and the people poured cheerfully out as he passed, and went chatting home. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing The children did not notice that Mrs. Ormonde and her companion had entered; they were chatting gaily over their meal. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

G. K. Chesterton Like all ingrainedly idle men, he was very fond of lounging and chatting in places where other people were doing work. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hughes They all know our sportsman, and we feel a reflected credit when we see him chatting and laughing with them. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

When I gave him the sealed paper, and he went away, I came out before the tent, and remained chatting for a few minutes. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

He will pass through the office, will see Marechal, and however eager he be, will lose a quarter of an hour in chatting to him. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray He took up the willow-twig again and began carving a head of Rudolf at the other end, chatting and laughing, and singing a ballad the while. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arnold Bennett Fearns and Cheswardine were standing in front of it chatting (doubtless of affairs) with that important adult air which Edwin himself could never successfully imitate. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson She had, too, so sweet and natural a manner that Polly was soon chatting frankly about herself and her life, Mrs. Glendinning listening with her face pressed to the spun-glass of Trotty’s hair. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope And thus he had sat for the three hours after dinner, chatting comfortably with his young friend, and holding this letter in his pocket. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Old cattlemen stood, reminiscent and candidly pleased, chatting with brothers of former camps and trails of the days it brought back to mind. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George Meredith Careful that no pause should follow, she commenced chatting to the ladies and gentlemen alternately, keeping Vittoria under her peculiar charge. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

On the afternoon of the same day, Catherine and her daughter were chatting together about their favourite theme, Gerard, his goodness, his benefice, and the brightened prospects of the whole family. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Theodore Dreiser He took a car and went down to the club, strolling about the different rooms and chatting with several people whom he encountered. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting with whomsoever he knew. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anna Katherine Green I hardly dared to look at the ceiling, for she was watching me and kept me chatting and wondering till all of a sudden I noticed that one of the sofa-pillows was missing from its place. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

T. E. Lawrence Afterwards, with the embers of our coffee-fire pleasantly red between us against the cool of this upland north-country, we sat about on the carpets chatting discursively of this remote thing and that. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle Charles Westmacott had ceased to knock the tennis balls about, and was chatting with Clara Walker, while Ida and Harold Denver were still talking by the railing with little outbursts of laughter. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Grimm glanced around at him, and with a slight motion of his head summoned two men who had been chatting near-by. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Andrew Lang Certain purchases having been made, he invited the new-comer to refresh himself and in a short time they were chatting pleasantly together. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Kingsley He came up to the knot of chatting sailors. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle To listen to her he might have thought that it was Ida, and not her staid and demure sister, who was chatting to him. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

His meal over, he went into the bar and sat chatting there with the landlord and the few customers who came in. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope When chatting voices and jokes were to be heard at the Cottage, the sound of her voice was usually the foremost; but now she sat demure and quiet. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan But Loiseau, leaving his seat, went over to the innkeeper and began chatting in a low voice. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Bram Stoker After supper I smoked, as on the last evening, and the Count stayed with me, chatting and asking questions on every conceivable subject, hour after hour. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The front door of the house was open, so the mummy case had apparently arrived before its time, and had been taken to Braddock’s museum while they were chatting in the kitchen garden. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Charles Kingsley Next morning Mark started with Tom to call on Elsley, chatting and puffing all the way. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

So it was that, after a very few moments, Ivy found herself chatting to him almost happily. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

He was determined to enjoy himself that evening, and was chatting in the easiest way possible with the others in the room. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Andrew Lang Instead of chatting with them in the dusk, he wandered about the woods, whispering to the moon. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

So they stepped along toward Tuxford, chatting and laughing, until they came nigh to the town. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Guy de Maupassant German soldiers could be seen along the roads, on the edges of fields, standing in front of gates, or chatting outside cafés. A Duel (Un Duel) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

D. H. Lawrence But he was very happy sitting chatting tête-à-tête with Alvina. “Where is your wife?” said Alvina to him. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen She opened it, she could see her father and the guard chatting over winecups by the sundial in the garden, they were not looking; she crossed like the shadow of the bird upon the floor. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing With Mrs. Widdowson he was soon chatting in his easy and graceful way, Miss Barfoot putting in a word now and then. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

They were soon chatting easily and naturally to one another, but each with a set purpose in everything they said. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Algernon Blackwood And nothing — no amount of blazing fire, or chatting on ordinary subjects — could make that camp exactly as it had been before. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Guy de Maupassan She walked slowly, chatting to Bertin, giving him her reflections on the children, the nurses, and the mothers. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

E. F. Benson He could visualize with awful clearness the chatting groups in the High Street which would vainly endeavour to suppress their smiles as he approached. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

George Eliot He was striding along at his usual rapid pace, and Arthur pushed on his horse to overtake him, for he retained too much of his boyish feeling for Adam to miss an opportunity of chatting with him. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

W. H. Hudson The conversation had been carried on in a low tone, and the sudden loud exclamation startled them all — all except the Niño, who continued smoking and chatting pleasantly to the twins. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Thomas Hardy He merely calculated on meeting her and her husband in an ordinary manner, chatting a little while, and leaving again. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence As it was, he had gone his uneventful way amiably, chatting with many a girl, but remaining unattached, free of trouble for the most part. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James He took no interest in chatting about his affairs and manifested no desire to look over his accounts. The American by Henry James [1877]

Ralph and she had rather awkwardly broken off and begun chatting — quite quietly chatting — instead. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

At the same time, from the other side of the building, I heard my knot of men retreating beachwards, spitting and chatting as they went. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Gissing There sat ‘Arry and a kitchenmaid, very close to each other, chatting confidentially. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Guy de Maupassan Now they were chatting and talking nonsense, while gently gargling their throats with Chartreuse. In fact they did not in the least know any longer what they were saying. Joseph by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne The happy group moved then into the tall herbage, across the thickets and under the bushes, chatting and laughing. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Mark Twain Tom skimmed up the shore through the long twilight, chatting cheerily with Huck, and landed shortly after dark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

You may be sure I made the most of it, and we whiled the time away chatting pleasantly on various subjects. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Mr. Kerrigan, when other duties were not pressing, was usually to be found standing chatting with several friends and surveying the wonders of his bar trade, which was very large. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He greeted them cordially and then, as they stood chatting together for a minute or two, the hall chauffeur appeared to drive the car into the garage. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry Handel Richardson She had not been able to master her French lesson for that day, and seeing Mrs. Gurley chatting to a governess had gone thoughtlessly up to her and tapped her on the arm. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope They all went to church, and then sat round the fire chatting until the four o’clock dinner was ready. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley He had paced up and down in the gusty darkness for some hour or more, exchanging a passing word now and then with the sentinel, when two men entered the battery, chatting busily together. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

The lights had gone up again in a few minutes and they had sat chatting together, awaiting his return to resume the play. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Anthony Trollope Then they walked on, chatting indifferently about the Landleaguers till they reached the Castle. “The people are not cowards,” Captain Clayton had said. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anton Chekhov Liharev wrapped her up, chatting gaily, but every word he said lay on her heart like a weight. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Nothing daunted — frantic — I screamed in my despair, seeing the carriage drive swiftly away — seeing Cousin Monica’s bonnet, as she sat chatting with her vis-à-vis. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Alphonse Daudet Thus chatting and philosophising, the caravan proceeded. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Henry Kingsley At the entrance to Rotten Row he joined an old gentleman and his two daughters, and they rode together, chatting pleasantly. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

James Joyce Their conversation was evidently about Kathleen for they both glanced at her often as she stood chatting to one of her Nationalist friends, Miss Healy, the contralto. Dubliners by James Joyce

A number of well-dressed and quite normal-looking persons of both sexes were either reclining in comfortable deck-chairs or walking and chatting together. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Charles Dickens In all weathers, fair or foul, calm or windy, we were every one on deck, walking up and down in pairs, lying in the boats, leaning over the side, or chatting in a lazy group together. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

James Joyce So they turned on to chatting about music, a form of art for which Bloom, as a pure amateur, possessed the greatest love, as they made tracks arm in arm across Beresford place. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins We sat sociably chatting over our claret till past eight o’clock. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

And all the time he spoke with the least possible movement of the muscles of his face and with his eyes never long away from Dr. Benmichael, who was chatting with other patients upon the lawn. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Louisa May Alcott He’s almost forty, so it’s no harm, Marmee. After tea and a go-to-bed romp with the little girls, I attacked the big workbasket, and had a quiet evening chatting with my new friend. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Washington Irving The young noblemen and their sisters, as the day was fine, preferred strolling home across the fields, chatting with the country people as they went. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

The night before our departure she sat with us in our room, chatting a little farewell gossip. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is certain that it did not diminish her appetite for the coffee and the scrambled eggs, nor prevent her from chatting a good deal about her approaching wedding. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

She understood him very well by this time and took no notice, but went on chatting gaily, and made his tea as he liked it; and he dried his tears hastily, thinking she had not observed. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle A group of men were smoking and chatting round the fire. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

George Meredith To listen to the tattle of a chatting little slut, and condemn the whole sex upon her testimony, is a nice idea of justice. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I then saw him take an opportunity of chatting with Lady Mary, and was, as one always is, perfectly aware of being the subject of a distant inquiry and answer. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ivan Turgenev One fine evening, Andrei was sitting in the garden with her, chatting about something; Ivan Semyonitch went up to him, looked sullenly at Varia, and called Andrei away. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Guy de Maupassan Yvette darted forward, delighted, laughing with her whole heart, chatting with everybody, stirred by the movement and the noise. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassant He found the commanding officer in his tent, chatting with the old man whom they had come across during the night. Lieutenant Lare’s Marriage (Le Mariage du lieutenant Laré) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

I stopped a little while chatting with the cook, and then going out into the garage started my motor bike before I wheeled it out of its stall. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith The feasters showed immediately that they felt released by rising and chatting in groups. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Cayrol was sitting chatting with Marechal in his room. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Jules Verne On hearing them chatting away together, Michael Strogoff said to himself: “Those are inquisitive and indiscreet fellows whom I shall probably meet again on the way. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Algernon Blackwood Laidlaw was already chatting gaily and easily about a dozen other things that interested him. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

At last, however, they all appeared again, and the inspector and Carmichael chatting pleasantly together, they set off leisurely to leave the place. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

T. E. Lawrence When its constant hour drew near the Arabs would saunter, chatting in parade of carelessness, towards the rock. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

E. F. Benson Instead they had advanced, chatting gaily together, solid as a phalanx and Mapp had been forced to retreat before them and turn up a side street. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

James Joyce Two men in outdoor dress had taken possession of the fireplace and were chatting familiarly with Miss Healy and the baritone. Dubliners by James Joyce