Phrases with "decided"

Henry Lawson His mates were for waiting till the overseer went out on the run, and then trying their luck with the cook; but the self-assertive and diplomatic Mitchell decided to go. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

E. F. Benson She felt she had to yield, and so decided to do so in the most complete manner. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Tod decided to wake the man and stirred him with his toe. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

However, as you say, nothing need be decided on the spur of the moment . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The rest of the money — a considerable sum for me, I decided to borrow from Anton Antonitch Syetotchkin, my immediate superior, an unassuming person, though grave and judicious. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

H. G. Wells It acquired as much, decided as much and was exercised as much as if it had been inside the skull of a university scholar. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Walter Scott If he abides by his message, it must be decided as such affairs usually are. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

It was the sum of the spontaneous efforts of a multitude of people of all types and degrees, who had decided that they were tired of toy-shops and blind alleys and must break for open country. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins Feeling a professional interest in the subject, he decided on putting his opinion to the test. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Browning, drumming the pack of cards on the table, and quite ready to begin dealing, decided the matter by saying, ‘Rounds are sixes, and three dozen counters cost sixpence. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

From it another low ridge bore 23° north of east, and I decided to travel thither. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Wilkie Collins Is it an indiscretion on my part to ask if you have decided yet on a course of proceeding? “So far as it is possible to decide, Mr. Hartright, I have decided. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arnold Bennett Then she looked round the dining-room, and, while admiring the diners, decided that the room itself was rather small and plain. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arnold Bennett She decided to give Constance a fairly full version of the conversation between herself and the doctor. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Marjorie Bowen She decided that it would be only possible for her to remain in this very desirable post if she could gain the confidence of the Duchess, who regarded her, she knew, with an increasing hostility. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Olaf Stapledon We decided that immanent metaphysics, though its conclusions must always be suspect, was not in principle impossible. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He decided that he would go out and find Felix; but almost immediately the door was opened and that very person was shown in. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Dickens As he decided against entering, and turned away, Mrs. Grazinglands becoming perceptibly weaker, repeated, ‘I am rather faint, Alexander, but don’t mind me. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Guy de Maupassant They were a long time before they decided to come and deliver us, for one cannot set foot on the ground until the bag is almost completely deflated. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Mrs. Gaskell She also (as I think I have before said) set up her cow; a mark of respectability in Cranford almost as decided as setting up a gig is among some people. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Theodore Dreiser He decided to do so, anyhow, for truly he desired her greatly. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells He decided to say nothing further about the events of last night. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

But in the meantime he gave no decided opinion, as the anaemic nervous affection, for which the patient had been treated so long, made him fear unforeseen complications. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

M. R. James At that he dropped all thought of politeness, decided to run, screamed and woke himself up. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

And after stealing my revolver, too!” He had suddenly decided to speak about it, because this frankness could not make the situation much worse than it was. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In fact I decided to do so at the instigation of one of the Lords of your Admiralty, to whom he is personally well known. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope But on this occasion he decided on permanent misery. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

He decided that he was being fussy, and joined Kevin and his law friends with relief. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Gertrude Stein Before I decided to write this book my twenty-five years with Gertrude Stein, I had often said that I would write, The wives of geniuses I have sat with. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Arnold Bennett When the moment came for serving M. Niepce’s breakfast, Sophia hesitated, and then decided to look after the old man personally. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thus ended a day memorable to me; it decided my future destiny. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He wore a wig of a decided green tinge, the effect of keeping, perhaps, and his skin was dry and shrivelled as an Egyptian mummy’s. Going through the Tunnel by Ellen Wood [1869]

Edith Wharton She understood that he was preparing to leave, and that he had probably decided to go without seeing her. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

He decided that when he came alongside of the Broadway file he would get out, and go to the side door of the bakery and watch the men receiving the bread. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Then reflecting that Maître Ambroise Paré might not be at home, and that there might be some delay before he saw him, he decided to employ the intervening time. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

He decided to go downstairs and have his hair cut before he left the Marine. He was to remember that haircut. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Rudyard Kipling That decided me — my good lady, rather and he made me pay an extra thousand for it. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Virginia Woolf He heard her voice, so low and yet so decided in its tone; she spoke reasonably of indifferent matters. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood, disappointed by the outcome of his various ingratiatory efforts, decided to fall back on his old reliable method of bribery. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser Sitting around the house, he decided to wear some old clothes he had. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Leon Trotsky I decided to try to go with Chernov in the automobile away from the crowd, in order that I might release him afterward. My Life by Leon Trotsky

On the day when there was a full chamber-pot under the breakfast table I decided to leave. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Wilkie Collins At the period of which I am now writing, the home government had decided on sending a special diplomatic mission to one of the native princes ruling over a remote province of our Indian empire. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Baldwin Spencer The leader had, during the day, consulted the older men who were especially associated with him, and it had been decided what brands should be painted on the various young men. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy At first he was in doubt what to do, but soon decided to stay where he was till the morrow. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Now, do you honestly think they can?” Marilla decided that Anne’s religious training must be begun at once. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Algernon Blackwood And the woman, now faced for the first time with this entirely new situation, decided automatically that he should learn to need her. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope But should her stepmother have once refused her permission, then the matter would have been decided against her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I had drunk more champagne than was good for me, and in a flash of folly I decided to see the situation through. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne It was very evident that no decided opinion could be pronounced on this question until after a complete exploration of the island. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

D.H. Lawrence I decided to take a franc’s worth of train-journey. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

But the razor was blunt, and the corrugated surface seemed very tough and unmanageable; so George Sheldon decided that this kind of operation was an affair which might be deferred. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells They decided not to resurrect, Last Trump or no. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

So decided West Lynne, when they found which way the wind was going to blow. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jane Austen His unsettled affections, wavering with his vanity, Maria’s decided attachment, and no sufficient principle on either side, gave it possibility: Miss Crawford’s letter stampt it a fact. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At five, then, with a tremendous effort at concentration he decided that he must put more variety into his canvassing. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

John Stuart Mill It is quite true that things which have to be decided everyday, and cannot adjust themselves gradually, or wait for a compromise, ought to depend on one will; one person must have their sole control. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

G. K. Chesterton Anything would serve, however, that was likely to confuse their trail, so they both decided without need of words to use this tree also as a ladder—a ladder of descent. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

E. F. Benson She decided on the latter, and putting on a shady straw hat with a crêpe bow on it, and taking a copy of the poems from the shelf, hurried out into Perdita’s garden. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Rafael Sabatini And then in rebellion against fate he decided that, come what might, dinner and bed should not be forgone. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Theodore Dreiser She decided at last to veil herself heavily and attend the funeral at the church. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy After several minutes’ vain endeavour to account for any design Mrs. Jethway could have in watching her, Elfride decided to think that, if it were the widow, the encounter was accidental. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jack London A “miners’ meeting,” called on the spot, decided that the dog had sufficient provocation, and Buck was discharged. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Guy de Maupassant He decided quickly, ran across the street, in order not to have time for reflection, and rushed into the store. The False Gems (Les Bijoux) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I decided to make for our last camp on the creek, distant some five-and-twenty miles north-east. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

After thinking it over thoroughly I decided to sell my raccoon collar. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I decided that I would watch him for a little while to make sure that he did not turn savage again, and then go home. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence And then, like a revelation, he decided he would come back. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis Seems a shame to waste all that good space in the barn, now that you’ve gone and decided he mustn’t have his dear little office there!” “Bertie,” from Leora, “I know what we’ll do. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells She decided to plead in extenuation. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Abraham Merri Thought it was a lightning bolt, I figure; decided I had been stealing Norhala’s stuff. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell Until it was made, he decided in his own mind that he would not speak to Ellinor on the subject of her lover’s letter. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

So at last the Baron decided that mademoiselle should marry, whereby he might be rid of her, and of her complaints, vagaries, ill-tempers, and general dissatisfaction. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Maria Edgeworth But you are not a woman to be decided by personal accomplishments. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett True, the children would have opposed anything spectacular; but had municipal opinion decided against the children, they would have been compelled to yield. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I have just decided that I don’t believe in immortality. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Linda never actually assented, but after many discourses it seemed to be decided that it should be so. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Arnold Bennett Constance, faced with the fact that her mother’s shoes were too big for her, decided to preserve her eyesight. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne After due reflection and discussion, Glenarvan had nearly decided to follow the coast road to Sydney, when Paganel made an unexpected proposition. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Careful consideration that morning had decided Captain Wragge on advancing matters a little nearer to the crisis. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

But he felt he could no longer rely on his troops, and he decided on a third course, most unexpected. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anna Katherine Green But he had never absolutely forbidden me to exercise my talent this way, and when on the day I mention I had a few hours of freedom, I decided to begin a piece of work of which I had long dreamed. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Olaf Stapledon He decided to try to stop the sparking of his motorcycle engine. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Mrs. Rylands decided to deal with Bombaccio herself. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The colleges took it in turns for the contests to be decided upon their respective grounds, and this year it was at St. Benger’s that the sports were to take place. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Being pencil drawings, and not done with a view to Mr. Dawson’s process, they have suffered somewhat in reproduction, but I decided to let them suffer rather than attempt to copy them. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Anthony Trollope His lordship in his evidence before the magistrate gave on his oath a decided opinion that the man he saw was Mr Finn — and on that evidence Mr Finn was committed for murder. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

They were there, and I decided to turn them over to the police. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Leslie Stephen The queen, meanwhile, might die at any moment, and some decided course of action become imperatively necessary. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

He decided to return to the house and march bravely into the presence of the dreaded enemy. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Leslie Stephen A discussion then took place as to whether it would be worth while for Burke to take so much trouble with speeches which never decided a vote. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

She paused uncertainly; then she decided at least to try. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

His one play is Francesca, da Rimini. His novels are all interesting, and written in a style of decided distinction. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He was a man named Carmichael, and quite a different type from the neighbors who held up horny hands when the Bishop decided on his raid. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Arnold Bennett They decided to go out marketing together. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He decided to take the streetcar as far as Vine Street and walk the rest of the way. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Ford Madox Ford But Edith Ethel went on: ‘We’ve decided to have a little evening festivity. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Meredith Mrs. Lackstraw thought it prudent to hint at the latter idea to Jane while she decided in her generosity to embrace the former. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Theodore Dreiser He decided to escape and seek a more secluded hotel. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins The landlady of the lodgings decided what was to be done. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Guy de Maupassan I decided to risk it, and one day, after greeting him, I said: “It is a beautiful day, monsieur. Minuet by Guy de Maupassan

F. Scott Fitzgerald But when he thought it over he decided that he couldn’t spare a better man. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Theodore Dreiser It was at seventeen that he decided to leave school. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

But chloroform administered while the heart was in such a state would have a decided tendency to accelerate the fatal result. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

William Godwin It was now decided that the only chance of supporting her through what she had to suffer, was by supplying her rather freely with wine. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

So she kissed her friend on the forehead, gave me a gracious nod, and, declining the offer of my carriage, walked with her usual brisk, decided tread down the short path towards the town. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

T. E. Lawrence So I decided to postpone the hazard for the Arabs’ sake. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

She did not know how he would regard that miserable episode, and she decided that she would not take the responsibility of throwing him and Annette together. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Abraham Merri I was sensible of a decided stimulation, a pleasant tingling along every nerve, a gaiety almost light-headed. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells He made a motion pocketwards, that gave us an invincible persuasion that he had a sample upon him, and that at the last instant he decided not to produce it prematurely. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

He decided to accept the risk, however, commending himself to his lucky star. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Theodore Dreiser At once he decided to look that up. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Finally, the novelist decided to proceed to the spot and investigate the matter personally. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Arthur Conan Doyle When I rose from my chair my future movements were finally decided upon without my having been conscious of any process of thought. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

On the termination of this engagement he decided upon a literary career, which he began by contributing articles to the Edinburgh Encyclopædia. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Theodore Dreiser She decided to take up that opportunity on the morrow. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Mrs Creevy was a woman somewhere in her forties, lean, hard, and angular, with abrupt decided movements that indicated a strong will and probably a vicious temper. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jack London I was not wrong when I decided that his days had been spent on the sea. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence She decided that what he wanted was that she should love him. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe It is obvious that here the victory can be decided (the players being at all equal) only by some recherche movement, the result of some strong exertion of the intellect. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Olaf Stapledon In addition, Sir Geoffrey decided to make some discreet investigations about the doings of the other personality during the previous three years. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Among other things he was a decided epicure, and loved a good dinner as well as any of his compatriots. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Anthony Trollope That evening their plans were decided on as to leaving Jerusalem—the plans, that is, of those whose fortunes we must follow;—Miss Baker, namely, and her niece; Sir Lionel and his son. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Andrew Lang At last she decided on two very kindly and cheerful fairies, and asked them to the christening feast. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Helen Zimmern She decided Captain Beaufort and her niece to make her happy by completing their union, and letting her feel that she did not prevent the felicity of the two persons she loves best now in the world. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

D. H. Lawrence And why-why? She decided it was a question of knowledge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather They decided that for such an occasion she must have a new dress. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

She did not wish to die; so it had been decided that surgical science should do its best to win life for her. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

But as his letters would have to be mainly political, and as he might be expected to act as war-correspondent, which was scarcely in his line, he decided to refuse the offer. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells He decided to go into number seventeen. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He decided this just previous to the expiration of his sentence, when the cloud that oppressed him had lifted, leaving him in a deep, dispirited lethargy. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Maria Edgeworth That young lady had given a decided refusal; and some circumstances, which we cannot here stop to explain, rendered Marcus and his father easy under that disappointment. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Goldwin Smith Under this, in the most essential respect, unhappy influence, Cowper and Mrs. Unwin together entered on “a decided course of Christian happiness. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Sinclair Lewis He was in his pajamas (very refined mellilunar ones, a dark-blue silk with a fine silver stripe) and under the close-tucked bedclothes before he decided that he had to do better than this. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle She had a decided genius that way witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from ali the other papers of her father. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Dickens The accommodating judges decided in favour of this wicked nonsense; and here was a fatal division between the King and the people. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

The decided Yes which he received made further questions unnecessary. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy This decided on she slipped the bracelet into her pocket, and played her voluntaries with a light heart. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Willa Cather Enid decided that she would be married in the first week of June. Early in May the plasterers and painters began to be busy in the new house. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ford Madox Ford Just as they had decided to move Tietjens came back. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Wilkie Collins Hearing this, the council decided that there was no need, on our own showing, to confront us with the informer. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

These homely people, considering this an act of impiety, decided to oppose the Emperor’s agents. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Anthony Trollope The principle is, that either at the beginning, or ultimately, such questions shall or may be decided by the national tribunals. North America by Anthony Trollope

This matter is not to be decided by an appeal to unschooled nature. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

By the time our conversation was finished I had taken a decided fancy to the old fellow, and with Alie’s permission enrolled him there and then as my second in command. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Walter Besant Yet nothing was decided upon until the meeting, wherefore all spoke truth in saying at their trials that the business was not premeditated. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

This business has become too big for us to handle ourselves and so I’ve decided we must go to Scotland Yard and put down our cards. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Gissing After an hour or two of purposeless rambling, he decided to ask for an interview. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing At first she decided to accompany her son and be present at the funeral; after changing her mind twenty times, she determined not to go. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson In the interval the girls did all the housework, but when she was recovered, Aunt Branwell and Mr. Brontë decided that she was not up to her work, and must go. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Frederick Marryat This sudden attack from behind decided the affair. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

He decided on Carrick, found a map and planned his journey. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was as though they had all convened and decided upon that rejoinder. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

I had by this time decided upon taking her on to Bodmin, and finding her a temporary home in my steward’s family. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Wilkie Collins But he was too sensible a man to be content with wondering — he decided on keeping his engagement. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

He had been about to rise, but her decided approach caused him to remain on the seat. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

George Meredith They decided that there should be no whisper of the marriage until the couple were one. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Having decided on murder, he should plan it all with the utmost cunning, and only slip up over some tiny unforeseeable detail. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis But I’ve decided I don’t care to live without my wife. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Willa Cather I decided that I could miss them. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

They believed that they had been brought there to die-what did it matter if the white man had decided to cut them to pieces first? More, they were undernourished. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When Mr. Haight told her that the trial would not take place until autumn she decided that without telling Anthony she would go into the movies. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Radclyffe Hall Her skin was very white, and Stephen decided that this woman would never have a great deal of colour, nor would her rather wide mouth be red, it would always remain the tint of pale coral. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

The butcher, whom we decided not to arrange with, called and blackguarded me in the most uncalled-for manner. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

In this dilemma he decided to do the one thing for which Nature intended him — to become a writer of fiction — and he held fast to this determination in the face of most discouraging obstacles. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Elio Mrs. Phipps was a woman of decided opinions, though of wheezy utterance. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

F. Scott Fitzgerald Instead of being the warm centre of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe — so I decided to go East and learn the bond business. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton He had apparently decided that his arguments were unintelligible to her, and under all his ardour she felt the difference made by the discovery. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Between twenty and thirty of the most erudite citizens decided upon forming a phrenological society. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Wilkie Collins This master-stroke decided the victory. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Thomas Hardy Feeling himself absolutely free he had, on arriving at Southampton, decided to make straight for the Cape, and hence had not gone aboard the Occidental at all. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

D. H. Lawrence So we decided to go to the port—and to walk. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Ivan Turgenev Her nose — like most Russian noses — was rather thick, and her complexion was not translucently clear; nevertheless Arkady decided that he had never before met such a fascinating woman. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope It was already decided that the Colonel should be there to meet her, and the conspiracy was formed with the object of getting Ayala out of her cage at the same time. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri Our rifles would be worse than useless, we knew; our pistols we decided to carry as Drake put it, “for comfort. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We decided to make a quick dash as soon as the light was strong enough for accurate work. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Mark Twain The mouse is missing: the question to be decided is, where is it? You can guess both verdicts beforehand. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

T. E. Lawrence However, we decided that to regain the initiative we must ignore the main body of the enemy, and concentrate far off on his railway flank. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arnold Bennett When Darius Clayhanger, in his audacity, decided to print by steam, many people imagined that he would at last be compelled to rent the ground-floor or to take other premises. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing As an amusement, she had decided to keep her promise to Mr. Edmund Widdowson. She was curious to see him again, and receive a new impression of his personality. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Valery reminded me that Boccaccio, standing near it of old, first felt his fate decided for literature. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Thomas Hardy Meanwhile, in view of her coming marriage, the Countess decided to abandon the remainder of her term at Fernell Hall, and return to her pretty little house in town. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Jules Verne But, contrary to my expectations, the Nautilus took a decided retrograde motion. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope Tell her specially that I have not decided without absolute knowledge. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

When the Commissioners decided to purchase his picture for the nation, he refused to take more than £200 for it, though he might easily have obtained a far higher price. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry James You should have decided sooner. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Marjorie Bowen He looked at her keenly, decided she was not foolish, but exalted, and wondered still more in a kind of shame. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

When he was two and a half years old we decided to break him in. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton For two days I struggled with my dread; but on the third evening I pulled myself together and decided to go back the next morning. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Radclyffe Hall They decided to spend two months on Lake Como, and went to the Hotel Florence at Bellagio. The hotel gardens ran down to the lake — it was all very sunny and soothing and peaceful. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

But it doesn’t matter, because I decided for myself that the “mad” theory didn’t work. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Augustine Birrell The temper of the City, which was fiercely anti-Rump, may have decided him. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

He is an Oxford scholar, and has decided literary tastes. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

He also suppressed any allusion to the circumstance which was known to every one in the convent but myself, that my appeal would be decided on in a few days. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Another Englishman and myself decided to go back to the Hotel Continental. There was a lot of firing in the distance, but seemingly none in the Ramblas. On the way up we looked in at the food-market. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But while Pizarro decided to march into the interior, it is doubtful whether he had formed any more definite plan of action. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Thomas Hardy Cytherea saw that he noted in her face what had passed in her heart, and that noting it, he continued as decided as before. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Queen Victoria also wrote from London; and, in face of a possible coalition against them, the Germans decided that it was wisest to abstain from all aggression. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anna Katherine Green As the woman thus significantly assailed noted this and saw with what suspicion others noted it also, a decided change took place in her aspect. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

I was obliged to regard it seriously, and so I decided to shirk it. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells