Phrases with "decided"

He bowed, and in the instant of passing her decided that she was certainly a pretty looking woman, but older than, at a little distance, he had thought. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

Jack London You, de Villehardouin, I have not decided in what manner I shall kill. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

In the hope of distracting his thoughts from his disappointment, Prince Pückler decided to make a lengthened tour through Wales and Ireland, and with this object in view he set out in July 1828. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Theodore Dreiser He decided he would take them. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins Mr. Finch decided on stepping out of his secondary position by forthwith taking a course of his own. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

T. E. Lawrence So I decided to go my own way, with or without orders. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Then he decided for what he believed quite firmly to be omniscience. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli He decided every thing, at least to his own satisfaction; and if his opinion were challenged, remained unshaken, and did not conceal it. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Noticing the boy’s remarkably good parts, as well as his most decided bent for knowledge, he had taken him to train him for a lawyer. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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

Anthony Trollope But now what should he do? There was only one thing on which he was altogether decidednothing should separate them. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The presiding magistrate decided upon this that a second examination should be made, and that the member of the medical experts should be increased. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Andrew Lang The little thing smiled so sweetly at the fairies that they decided to do all they could for her. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I decided to wire for Mary when I had seen a doctor, and to get as soon as possible into a nursing home. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Andrew Lang Long did the old man and the hare puzzle together how this was to be done, and at last they decided that they would make two boats, a small one of wood and a large one of clay. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton But at the last moment it occurred to him that suspicion might turn toward so obvious an opportunity, and he decided on a more tortuous course. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He knew by their threatening gestures and by the expression upon their evil faces that they were enemies of the others of the party, and so he decided to watch closely. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Wilkie Collins He decided that the one chance of restoring me to my better and brighter self was to try the stimulant of a life among new people and new scenes. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sinclair Lewis Instantly and ecstatically, while the lawyer droned senseless advice, Sidney decided to go home. Land by Sinclair Lewis

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

Wilkie Collins At last he decided to go back to the churchyard, and retraced his steps accordingly. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

George Gissing I’m a stranger to everybody — I may tell you I’ve been abroad for several years — and they don’t seem very ready to put trust in me; but I decided at last that I’d come and speak to you. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Theodore Dreiser Not long after the management decided to transfer the show to London. A second summer season did not seem to promise well here. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It was cold, raw, and foggy, and most of their fellow-passengers at once hurried below, but Mrs. Archdale decided to stay on the upper deck. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

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 Presently he decided to retire, and picked a cot, also removing his shoes. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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

He wanted us to go to evensong tonight, and said no one had the right to stop us, but we knew how the people would stare, and so we decided to keep away. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Jules Verne Then Jean Cornbutte decided energetically that they should at once set about devising means of safety. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells Rud decided to conclude his sham work with a sigh and turned his face towards his visitor. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sophie had very advanced and decided views as to the distribution of money: it was a pleasing and fortunate circumstance that she also had the money. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Wilkie Collins The magistrates had decided that the first inquiries should be conducted with the greatest secrecy. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Several sharp encounters followed, as the army of Quito fell back on Xauxa, near which a general engagement decided the fate of the war by the total discomfiture of the natives. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jules Verne The expedition was decided on. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Sinclair Lewis Immediately after it he decided that this noon it was too late to walk. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

But there, just ahead of me, was the big wood, so I decided I must be right after all. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald A passing storm decided to break out, and to his great impatience the sky grew black as pitch and the rain began to splatter down through the trees, become suddenly furtive and ghostly. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim He decided that the time had come for action. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Radclyffe Hall Should she try the right side or keep to the left? She decided to try the right side. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

This was such an excellent place that we decided to remain for the rest of the day. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

John Galsworthy Two days later the Cherrell family met in conclave because of a sudden summons received by Hubert to rejoin his regiment in the Soudan. He wished to have something decided about Dinny before he left. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Bram Stoker My surmise is this, that in London the Count decided to get back to his castle by water, as the most safe and secret way. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Gertrude Stein Finally and not after much delay, Monsieur Bouteleau of Stock saw Gertrude Stein and he decided to publish the book. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

He decided that his prospects for a dinner were slim in any case, and that his only hope of breaking fast that day lay in the use he might make of one of his three talents. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith The matter may be decided one way or the other in a very short time, or may linger on for days to give time for public anxiety and fears to be allayed and to calm down. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

But a swift reflection that he could do nothing until the next morning — since Penn had to be coaxed on to the aeroplane and certainly would decline a night-run — decided him to wait. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton The belated French newspapers were beginning to be disquieting, and we decided to hasten our return. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

John Galsworthy Ring the bell? Hammer on it and attract the maid? She decided to do neither, but went to the window and stood watching the street. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Our elders had decided for us that we should celebrate peace in the traditional manner by whooping over the fallen foe. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

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]

Jules Verne The captain then decided to take more direct means. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The young women learned the proportion of men with syphilis and gonorrhoea and decided it was wrong to marry them. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Baldwin Spencer The twist in the branch is not a matter of importance, in fact, some of the best trumpets have a decided twist or bend and it is surprising how much difference there is amongst them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She decided to put Etienne, now nearly eight, into a small boarding-school on Rue de Chartres for five francs a week. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sinclair Lewis He decided that Biddy was rougher and more practical than the other children, and in a sidelight, at dusk, he imagined a copper shade on her camellia cheeks. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence In the morning she had her trunks sent to the station, without telling Clifford. She decided to see him only to say good-bye, before lunch. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather He decided that he would not go back to flag this time. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arthur Morrison The Jagos were in some sort in the situation of hosts, and it had been decided after debate that it would ill become them to take their places till their guests were seated. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

My information about Inanda’s Kraal decided Arcoll’s next move. Prester John by John Buchan

Thomas Hardy When Albert came back all was silent, and we decided that it was only a drunken shout, and not a cry for help. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Morrison He decided not to trust to the needle, which might possibly leave a stone or two undiscovered, but to split up each panel carefully into splinters so as to leave no part unexamined. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

I’ve given the matter a lot of time and a lot of consideration, and I’ve decided that I can’t do better than drive in a stake for myself in this new country of yours. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Wilkie Collins It had been decided between them that the offence of the lecture should be passed over in discreet silence. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

H. G. Wells Why should she not hear of him sometimes — painful though his name must be to her? Miss Winchelsea decided it might be permitted, and Fanny kissed her good-night with unusual emotion. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne This decided the captain to alter his course. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Arnold Bennett But long ago she had decided that she would never “go into the shop. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Carlyle was the greater genius; but the question which was the greater mind must be decided by the conflict between logic and emotion. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

When it was officially decided to admit the physically suffering an extraordinary scene began to be enacted. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had about decided to brief the work in its present condition and publish it in an undocumented volume of a hundred thousand words as an introduction to more scholarly volumes to follow. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arnold Bennett He meant, by the School of Art, the evening classes at the School of Art. His father had decided absolutely against the project. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Why he should have decided in favour of England, and have rejected Germany and Pannonia, both of whom were of nearer kin to him than the Island of the West, I can only hazard a guess. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He decided that burial was after all preferable to cremation, and he smiled at his old boyhood choice, slow oxidation in the top of a tree. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Dickens He was almost as good as Low, though the latter was great at all times — a decided brute and villain, beyond all possibility of mistake. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

In him were combined all the qualifications which any ambitious woman would desire in a husband — and she decided that he should be her husband. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Robert Louis Stevenson There was no constitution could bear so violent a strain — his least of all, that was unhinged already; and I decided in my mind that we must bring this monstrous situation to an end. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Then her fate would be decided — and his. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Their fate is decided for them, and they submit to it; whereas those who decide their fate are always rebelling against it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

George Gissing What’s the next to deal with?’ ‘I haven’t decided yet,’ replied Harold, merely to avoid argument. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing She spread her fan upon her lap, and, ruffling its edge of white fur, said negligently: ‘So you decided to waste an evening, Mr. Egremont.’ ‘I decided to have an evening of rest and enjoyment. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells We decided to transfer ourselves to country lodgings for the summer. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells We struggled to Lewes and then on to Seaford. We decided I must really be overdoing this exercise and we went into lodgings for a rest. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Ivan Turgenev Then Fabio decided to defer his conversation with Muzzio until the following day; and both the young people retired to rest. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

As he drove home he decided that he would not stop at The Franchise. It was unfair to bring Marion to the gate just to give her news that could be told over the telephone. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

It was finally decided that we should go in a body that night to the field again, so as to give the two doubters the benefit of hearing anything there might be to hear. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Sinclair Lewis You may not agree with me, but I’ve decided that you and I are precisely alike. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It had only just been decided — decided by his friend and himself — that the seat should be given up when the journey to Persia was undertaken. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

This decided on, he returned to his rooms and began further to consider matters, walking up and down the while. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Thomas Hardy Elfride decided to like her still. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Now he decided he must do something, and, walking about, saw another day go by, bringing him down to his last twenty cents — not enough to eat for the morrow. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells At last he decided to put the beef loose in his pocket and abandon the tin. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith She signified a decided negative. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell As it was, she unselfishly brought all her mind to bear upon the subject; admired this, thought and decided upon that, as one by one Philip showed her all his alterations and improvements. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Jules Verne It was a reddish incandescence which increased by degrees, a decided proof that the projectile was shifting toward it and not falling normally on the surface of the moon. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Maskull decided that it was love — but what love — love for whom? it was neither the shame-carrying passion of a male, nor the deep-rooted instinct of a female to obey her destiny. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

He decided that Beatrice and Lady Mentone were the prettiest, Eva lacking their gentleness of feature. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

H. G. Wells In the end I decided to keep on with him, and see the business through. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Edith Wharton You decided as seemed best to you,” he said. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry Kingsley Captain Brentwood had lately been trying homeopathy, which in his case, there being nothing the matter with him, was a decided success. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anna Katherine Green Then the People’s counsel and the counsel for the Defence and such clerks and hangers-on as still lingered in the upper end of the room experienced a decided sensation. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even if they could send one, our fate will in all human probability be decided long before it could arrive in South America. We are, in truth, as far from any human aid as if we were in the moon. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Wilkie Collins Impatient to return, and resolved not to lose sight of the coffin till he had seen it placed in Wincot vault, Monkton decided immediately on hiring the first ship that could be obtained. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

I was pretty dazed and wild, and I decided that it was all up now, when suddenly the whole business took a new turn. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Theodore Dreiser He decided to write her care of the West Side Post-office and ask for an explanation, as well as to have her meet him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Radclyffe Hall Then Angela decided the matter by laughing: ‘I’m so sorry, Miss Gordon, he’s feeling peevish. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope She had her theories about women’s rights, and the decided advantages of remaining single, and the sufficiency of a lady to stand alone in the world. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

William Godwin I now apprehend these to have been the symptoms of a decided mortification, occasioned by the part of the placenta that remained in the womb. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Later, after being tempted by one wineshop after another, they finally decided to return to their jobs, but were still dragging their feet. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But he decided to slip it into his waistcoat pocket, when he noticed a small piece of ham wrapped up in paper, and the remains of a loaf on the chest of drawers. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing There was still twenty minutes, and he decided to use the time in offering solace to the army of women who, by force of mere statistics, are fated to the frustration of their raison d’etre. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton New York, to ease its mind of the matter, had finally decided that Hayley Delane was “queer. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Jack London I decided to kill Cecil Winwood. You see, Morrell was gone, and Oppenheimer, until the outbreak that finished him, had remained in the silence. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Wilkie Collins If Miss Fairlie ——” “Not to be thought of for a moment,” interposed Miss Halcombe, in her most decided manner. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anna Katherine Green It was daring in its nature, but what of that! The gate must be passed, Mr. Benson must be seen — or so my adventurous curiosity decided — and to do it, something must be ventured. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

G. K. Chesterton In the dullest mediæval morality we might have a joke about a progressive gentleman who, having passed heaven and come to purgatory, decided to go further and fare worse. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This was Von Salzenburg’s headquarters before Behrling decided to establish himself here. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Dickens It decided your niece on taking the journey; and it led the way to saving a man’s life. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Victor Hugo Barkilphedro overheard this; it decided him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arnold Bennett Elaborate affairs were decided in a moment and undertaken with extraordinary lightness. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

D. H. Lawrence Gudrun was the more beautiful and attractive, she had decided again, Ursula was more physical, more womanly. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Several months after the situation between the two women had become untenable, Janet decided to leave home. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Philip Moultrie, juror No. 1, decided that Cowperwood was lying. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Victor Hugo Ursus assured himself that the question would be decided at once. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Theodore Dreiser In about an hour he was all secure on this save one lot of two hundred barrels, which he decided to offer in one lump to a famous operator named Genderman with whom his firm did no business. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells They were beginning to talk about the thing to each other, when a flying bullet kicked dirt into the artist’s face, and they decided abruptly to crawl down into the cover of the trenches. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Edith Wharton He decided that his first step was to see Judith; and he was down at the pension before the shutters of her room were unlatched. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

But after a short reflection he decided to show neither annoyance, nor even surprise. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Anthony Trollope So they have decided among them that I am to be sent away, and that you are to come in my place. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray Strolling round the town after service, I saw more decided signs that Protestantism was there in the ascendant. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jane Austen Mr. Knightley, who had nothing of ceremony about him, was offering by his short, decided answers, an amusing contrast to the protracted apologies and civil hesitations of the other. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope That affection was, however, strong enough to induce Mr Prong to take a decided part in opposing the Rowan alliance. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now go, and may prosperity attend you!’ “‘All shall be decided today,’ said Macassar, and as he spoke an unusual spark gleamed in his eye. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Alaric was then there, and the magistrates had decided on requiring bail; he had, in fact, been committed. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Benjamin, glancing in the mirror, decided that his hair needed a new application of its brown dye, but an anxious inspection of his bureau drawer disclosed that the dye bottle was not there. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jack London He moved them inside the moccasins and decided that they were numbed. Lost Face by Jack London

H.P. Lovecraft With the passage of time Kienze and I decided that we were still drifting south, meanwhile sinking deeper and deeper. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Edith Wharton Halo Tarrant, when she and Vance decided to come to Paris, had looked forward to the adventure with dread. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Webster said it would take six months to do it, and I decided suddenly to clear right out for a time. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Guy de Maupassan Jeanne, unprepared for this, answered, “Yes,” and this simple word decided her, and without saying a word to her father, she asked Aunt Lison to take the boy to the catechism class. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton He decided that if he spent the day hunting for Chris he had the right to an amusing evening, and that there was no reason why Floss’s presence should prevent his taking it. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He had evidently decided that the game was up. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins On our journey to London I did own that it was your charming letter which had decided me on returning. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

T. E. Lawrence Nasir called Auda, who called the Howeitat, and they went off silently to lay the trap: but just before they got there our scouts decided to do their unaided best, and opened fire against the coaches. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sinclair Lewis Professor Planish decided that the passengers on the chair-car from Chicago to Kinnikinick hadn’t even noticed him. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton The whole problem of the two entangled cultures and traditions is much too deep and difficult, on both sides, to be decided impatiently. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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

H. G. Wells He decided to abandon the shattered flying-machine. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells It was also very cold, and Bert decided to keep rolled up in his blankets on the locker until the bugle summoned him to his morning ration. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

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]

Before I decided on my marriage with Idris, I resolved to see him myself again, and to judge of the probability of his recovery. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Selina decided that it should be spent, or at least a portion of it, in completing his education in a more advanced manner—though, no doubt, Stephen would have liked to get hold of the money. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

H. G. Wells Accordingly we decided to experiment with food and drink so far as the resources of the Camden Town and Tottenham Court Road luxury trade permitted. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Lucy Maud Montgomery Matthew decided that he would give her one; that surely could not be objected to as an unwarranted putting in of his oar. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Andrew Lang This they did not like at all; so after much deliberation they decided to get married. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang She decided to buy a strong ass to do the work, and having chosen one, and after some bargaining with the owner as to its price, she went to the cupboard in the wall to fetch the money. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Leon Trotsky After he decided that such an amputation was essential, Lenin began to try to win over other leaders. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Mr. Gresley decided to lay the matter before him, and to consult him as to his responsibility in the matter. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Gaston Leroux Yes, they have decided on that. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

From below, on the spot, will be decided the questions of division of the land. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

A remembrance of that evening in the Strand came to him, and he decided to take his time. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Meredith Here, as it was getting too dark, I decided upon stopping, a decision which gave me occasion to see one of the finest sunsets I ever saw. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

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]

There began now to be a decided change in the appearance of things. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The baron could not resist its imperious voice, and the moment that he decided to obey it he directed his steps towards Zerbine’s room. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was with this party, more especially with Gloria’s part in it, that a decided change began to come over their way of living. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins It seemed at least to be my duty to make myself acquainted with the true state of his feelings, before I decided to bear the burden of silence with me to my grave. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

She decided it would be silly to deny herself a little pleasure when her husband had been out on the town for three days. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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]

Wilkie Collins In the interests of peace we decided on waiting until the next day. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

He decided to go to Delehanty’s for a drink. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Robert Louis Stevenson I think it not wonderful we decided on the active part. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Voltaire decided to aim at something higher and more important, something more original and more profound. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing It was to Warburton. Briefly she informed him that she had decided to join her sister in the south of France, and that she was starting on the journey this morning. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Henry James You decided it was best because you were so much attracted. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory decided that he probably held the world back, but he wouldn’t have changed him. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leon Trotsky Nevertheless, after consulting my friends, I decided to go. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing And with no less apprehension he decided at length to keep the secret, which might so easily become known hereafter, and would then have such disagreeable consequences. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Theodore Dreiser Back in the flat, he decided he would play no more. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth had, in fact, decided to snub the Eurasians. She did not know why Flory was allowing them to hold him in conversation. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli He was disturbed in his own mind, too, on greater matters, and seemed to feel every day that it was more necessary to take a decided step, and more impossible to decide upon what it should be. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Besides these there were several newly-picked leaves and young shoots of a pinkish colour, the whole shewing a decided taste for the beautiful. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells She decided that my uncle “wanted smacking. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

G. K. Chesterton And Bernard Shaw found Plato from his point of view so much more advanced than Shakespeare that he decided in desperation that all three were equal. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I decided to allow the letter to pass into my employer’s hands. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence To make matters worse, James Houghton decided that he must have his sewing-machines driven by some extra-human force. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Miss Waddington was almost tired of Gaza and Arimathea, and Miss Baker seemed to have a decided preference for London news. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. Nesbi All through tea she had been thinking of what to say; she had decided that “I know all,” or “All is known to me,” or “The terrible secret is a secret no longer,” would be the proper thing. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

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

When the pig was fattened — and the fatter the better — the date of execution had to be decided upon. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

Arnold Bennett On the third morning she decided that driving exercise on the Embankment would be good for her health, and thereupon ordered a carriage and issued forth, arrayed in a miraculous putty-coloured gown. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

The doctor went on in a decided tone: “I have not the slightest doubt of the nature of his fatal illness. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Mrs Villiers intended to have come, but at the last moment was seized with one of her nervous fits, so decided to stop at home with Selina for company. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

She was surprised, and began to wonder if her son were really as decided as he appeared to be, when a slight event changed the aspect of affairs. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

I decided to go straight for the latter. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

H.P. Lovecraft At first I decided that it was the queer other-worldly quality of the art which made me uneasy. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Only Rouse looked worried, and Lucy decided that her face looked better worried than smug, and withheld her sympathy. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Henry Handel Richardson But he was beginning to stand in awe of her sharp tongue and decided opinions; and, in the week that followed, he took himself resolutely together, and did not let a certain name cross his lips. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson