Phrases with "declined"

Maria Edgeworth I was quite natural; I thought only of myself; I declined all invitations to dance, declaring that it was so long since I had tried an English country dance, that I dared not expose my awkwardness. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

The train stopped for five minutes at Basingstoke, and Brian offered his wife tea, lemonade, anything which the refreshment-room could produce, but she declined everything. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope He would go to Harold Smith, and say positively that he declined it. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

He smiled sullenly and said: “My Vasily! He declined a defense, and doesn’t want to palaver. Mother by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim I offered to hear what he had to say and to give it my consideration, but I declined to treat his visit, or any offer he might make, as confidential. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Walter Scott To her surprise, Ratcliffe declined the fee. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Ismail was no longer Khedive, and Tewfik, his successor, who regarded the idea as chimerical, declined to be bound by any promise of his father’s. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins Lady Janet declined to see the letter. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

He held the office of Poet Laureate from 1813, and had a pension from Government. He declined a baronetcy. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Wilkie Collins No! He declined to go on until I had finished what I had to say to him first. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

William Makepeace Thackeray But, with the cautiousness of age, the monarch declined this offer; he preferred, he said, throwing himself upon his faithful people, who, he was sure, would meet, as became them, the coming exigency. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

I declined joining their breakfast, and, at the first gleam of dawn, took an opportunity of escaping into the free air, now clear, and still, and cold as impalpable ice. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins She has already declined to submit to your father’s decision, and she now refuses to be silenced by Mrs. Lecount’s letter. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arnold Bennett In the meantime, I feel fairly sure that Levi declined to produce Prince Eugen’s required million. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Tobias Smolle The other postponed till to-morrow the explanation he demanded, but in the meantime unbound his fetters, and, as he declined eating, left him alone to his repose. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

I offered entertainment and warmth below, but he declined on the ground that Davies would be tempted to cut the tow-rope and make us pass the night on a safe sandbank. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope I declined the commission, however. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Some folk wanted me to fit out trading schooners for the South Seas, and were not polite when they found that I declined to invest my money in concerns of which I had not the very slightest knowledge. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

E. F. Benson If, in view of her exemplary position, Worship declined to play Bridge for money, far be it from us, said Tilling, to seek to persuade her against the light of conscience. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

He asked Sir Lyon to join them there; and Blanche saw the look of real chagrin and annoyance which passed over his face when Sir Lyon declined the invitation. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

William Makepeace Thackeray Squintoff, the Rowski bowman, declined to attend; so great was the envy of the brute at the youthful hero’s superiority. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

I wasn’t going to be bluffed, so I declined again. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Eyrecourt declined to comply. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Lady Valeria declined Hilda’s cup of tea, proffered with a tremulous hand; and directly the man had gone, she coldly pursued her interrogation. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope I was especially called on to perform a task which was most congenial to my feelings — and I declined because I was afraid. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She declined the dainties Rosamund pressed on her. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Maria Edgeworth The watches had been so damaged during the two months they had been in his lordship’s possession, that Jacob declined taking them back. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Vanstone declined accompanying them on account of her health; and Miss Garth only engaged to make one among the audience conditionally on not being wanted at home. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He wanted to send Antonia home in his chair, but Thornton declined the favour laughingly. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope Nickem had seemed to think that the triumph would not end here, but had declined to make any very definite statements. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Lord Hollingford knows him well; but when we asked him before, he declined coming, and assigned no reason. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

At that time he declined it; and I really believe that he would have done well to have declined it now. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

The Squire declined for himself, though Sir John had wanted him also. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

He declined the proffered secretaryship. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Of course I declined to meddle. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope He had explained to her what he was willing to do on her behalf, but she declined his aid. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I declined to trouble him to accompany me or to make up a bed in the lonely house. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Margaret Oliphant She declined the invitation with gentle distinctness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

The next morning Lady Devine declined to see her son, though he sent a special apology to her. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope George Roden had altogether declined to make himself agreeable—to her; but as he was an engaged man, and engaged to a lady of rank, much could not be expected of him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry James He declined tobacco altogether and sat there without returning fire. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Charles Dickens But, as she had declined to see him before his execution, lest she should be overpowered and not make a good end, so, she even now showed a constancy and calmness that will never be forgotten. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Meredith We declined to be attended by link-boys; they would have hurt our sense of independence. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Once Silvester declined to come in. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Henry David Thoreau A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

That’s still her line!” For a month Christina declined to leave her father’s side, much against his will, but the girl’s will was stronger. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

George Gissing As to the offer, she had declined it in perfect good faith. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Next morning Dan had evidently quite forgotten the conversation of the landlady, for he made no remark, and although Freddy tried to start the subject again he declined to revert to it. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Walter Scott Nor have they declined any labour to answer the commands laid upon them to search the matter to the bottom. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

I was willing that Boris should find distraction from his cares, but I hated to see the life go out of a warm, living creature and I declined to be present. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Sir Walter Scott Morton declined eating; for the sudden change of circumstances — the transition from the verge of the grave to a prospect of life, had occasioned a dizzy revulsion in his whole system. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang The case against Clerk and Macdonald looked very black, especially as some witnesses fled and declined to appear. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Meredith We declined his offer of tea, though I fancy we could have gnawed at a bone. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Provided with a machine, he declined young Avon’s offer to accompany him, and promising to be back well before eleven, the time when the Castle was closed for the night, set off by himself. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope But Clara declined this proposition, and in a few minutes went down to the small parlour in which she had lately lived, and where she found her visitor. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli But Arundel declined this proposition. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Willa Cather At the same time, they possibly declined in the arts of war, in brute strength and ferocity. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope Without any show of violence, but still with persistent determination, Madame Goesler’s horse also declined to jump. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

John Morley Though this offer was pressed by the directors, Burke, after anxious consideration, declined it. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Wilkie Collins Can I get you a glass of water, or may I give you my bottle of salts?” Rosamond declined both offers. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Like the dead man on his flight down the hill, he declined communion. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Wilkie Collins When Rachel declined eating anything, and gave as a reason for it that she was suffering from a headache, the lawyer’s cunning instantly saw, and seized, the chance that she had given him. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

When they came to the gates of Chavasse Grange, past which their road lay, Master Arthur made a dead standstill, and wholly declined to proceed. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope So Charley drew himself up, declined to converse any further on politics with a man who seemed to know more about them than himself, and confined himself exclusively to the inner room. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith He declined to live with any other of the sex. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jules Verne Passepartout jumped at each advance; but the Indian declined to be tempted. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells She declined the Bernard’s invitation to a chafing-dish supper, and began to talk so soon as she and Trafford had settled into the car. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

I taxed him with going out too much and with over-exertion, but he declined to answer me. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson Even the four artificers who had hitherto declined working on Sunday were today most zealous in their exertions. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang As the class of facts which Hume declined to examine begins to be gradually admitted by science, the thing becomes clear. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Then when they asked me when and under what circumstances I hummed and hawed and then foolishly declined to say. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

George Meredith The old lord was very ill, and he declined to see a doctor, but obstinately kept from dying. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

James Anthony Froude The only persons with whom he declined to communicate were those whose lives were openly immoral. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Sinclair Lewis She pleasantly sat as his partner at Five Hundred, and pleasantly declined to go to the moving pictures with him. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson Ellen declined to promise any such thing, and again Charlotte pressed the point. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

She declined the use of the carriage, and drove in a cab to the Victoria Station, where she deposited her luggage. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

In the morning, in consequence of a cold and dewy night, the horses declined to drink. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Each of the men offered to go with him, but he declined their services. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

But the general, with singular moderation, declined a competition in this matter, and determined to abide a more decided expression of his sovereign’s will. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

M. P. Shiel In the evening Chris and I in the pine-avenue: Yvonne declined to come; and I unwisely glad of it. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Mr. Watkins Tottle declined the offer, the bare idea of accepting which made him even warmer than his friend. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

This building passed, the fields, hitherto flat, declined in a rapid descent Evidently a vale lay below, through which you could hear the water run. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Her reason for being sure of this was that Miss Tremaine declined to wait till another effort had been made to find Miss Dare, saying she had an engagement at twelve which she did not wish to break. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The young lady admired the verses, but, as we have seen, declined the translator. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

She declined to allow her father more than the pittance alluded to above; although, as she was now a rich widow, and of course entirely her own mistress, she might have done much more. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins What’s your pleasure?” Mr. Ronald declined to accept excuses or to answer questions. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope So he declined the innkeeper’s offer, at any rate for the present occasion. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He was now hovering about Cynthia, who had declined the offer of refreshments from Willie Osborne. Roger was tempting her, and with playful entreaties urging her to take something from him. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thenceforth the interest declined by little and little. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

A more lucrative office—the collectorship of Whitehaven—was subsequently offered to him; but he declined it, “nor would exchange his Sabine valley for riches and a load of care. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

He added that he knew a few things about old Cummings, and would invent a few about Mrs. James. Knowing how dangerous Gowing is, I declined to let him take part in any such foolish performance. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Wilkie Collins My next inquiry related to the subject of the Diamond. Had the lawyer produced any evidence to prove that the jewel was in London? No, the lawyer had simply declined to discuss the question. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Walter Scott But the teacher declined all entreaty, and took his leave upon the spot. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Meredith He “again declined any attempt towards reconciliation. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope At first he declined even to be put in nomination. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins They declined to be discouraged. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins With this motive to animate her, she resolutely declined to take the offered chair, or to enter into the proposed conversation. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But perceiving the renewed interest in the faces about him, declined to weaken the effect of the last admission, by any further questions. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

The obstinate brute declined to go mad. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli But Neuchatel declined these overtures. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Upon reflection monsieur declined this responsibility. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

He appeared to be most worried about something, but to all his wife’s inquiries he declined to give any explanations. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Charles Dickens The village shoemaker declined to have anything to do with Carrock. No visitors went up Carrock. No visitors came there at all. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

He could not for a moment conceive that Mr. Lovel declined his acquaintance as a thing not worth having. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope McKeon offered to go with him; but he declined the offer, saying, that this morning he would sooner be left alone with his doomed friend. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

The stall in which, as the most comfortable, it was decided to place her, she peremptorily declined to enter. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvia declined everything, with less courtesy than she ought to have shown to the offers of the hospitable old man. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Lucy declined him secundum artem: he went away blessing her, with a manly sob or two. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry James The fan was also adorned with pink love-knots, but the more guarded of our couple declined it, though he was very hot. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

To begin with, the bride declined to relinquish her father’s arm until he expressly bade her. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Henry James She couldn’t show much, alas, till it stopped raining, which it declined to do that day; but this had only the effect of leaving more time for Mrs. Wix’s own demonstration. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson But he, riding the high horse, declined to touch a single other of the enemy’s cases. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope He had assumed a constrained look of contempt, and would hardly notice the waiter, as he declined one after another the dishes brought to him at dinner. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

She declined the nauseous dose. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope But I can hardly imagine that they would have carried me on board with violence, or that they would have put all Gladstonopolis to the sword because I declined to go on board. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Only the other day, I heard that more than one medical man had declined to have anything further to do with the case. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton But, turning another page or two, he discovered with astonishment that, in spite of this recent accession of funds, the balance had already declined to a few dollars. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins Will you have some tea?” Anne declined again. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Meredith She nursed a rancour on account of the blow she drew on herself at Steignton, and she declined consolation in her being pardoned. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins What do you think I did when the regiment of young ladies had passed by me?” Emily declined to guess. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

The Marquis was by no means out of danger: His delirium was gone, but had left him so much exhausted that the Physicians declined pronouncing upon the consequences likely to ensue. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

James Joyce She pressed me to take some cream crackers also but I declined because I thought I would make too much noise eating them. Dubliners by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins How do you feel about it?” Mrs. Staveley declined to tell me whether she had offered a bright example of gratitude to the rest of the sex. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

If he declined his advice, there was no more to be said, but to bow his head to the storm, and that ponderous execution would descend in wreck and desolation. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Narramore, though it was his first visit to the city, declined to see anything which demanded exertion, and the necessity for quenching his thirst recurred with great frequency. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Should he get her a glass of wine?” Afy declined the wine by a gesture, and sat fanning herself. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope He had positively declined the offer of her warmer regard. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Stephen Lucius Gwynn He declined to write the Life of Canning because it would necessitate personal criticism on Lord Grey, and he felt no call to give utterance to this criticism. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Washington Irving Ahmed would have declined the post, but the Wali was peremptory. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Now, for some inexplicable reason, she suddenly changed her mind and declined to explain. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Maria Edgeworth The desire of revenging herself upon Miss Portman, for having declined her civilities at Harrowgate, had also a powerful influence in stimulating her malicious activity. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

I received no visits in the parlour, — when I was permitted to go, I declined the permission. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Wilkie Collins She declined the offer — and she has never mentioned the address. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I declined to do so at first; but he would take no refusal, and I obeyed him. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

He declined to have any breakfast, so I left him. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

This stirred my blood; I took back what I had given, and resolutely declined to be passively cajoled out of anything, let happen what may. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Anthony Trollope She was the chief sinner, in that she had refused to marry her cousin, and had declined even to listen to rational counsel upon the matter. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

But Pizarro, with more discretion, declined the honors of an ovation while the country remained in the hands of his enemies. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Ann Radcliffe A second invitation induced him, also, to alight; he was admitted to the grate, and offered refreshment, which, however, he declined staying to accept, as he had yet a lodging to seek for the night. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Robert Louis Stevenson It may be different with the rose, but the attraction of this paper drama sensibly declined when Webb had crept into the rubric: a poor cuckoo, flaunting in Skelt’s nest. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Not only had she not asked Miss Pucker to take off her bonnet, but she had absolutely declined to speak to that lady. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Bullfinch declined to accept the responsibility of recommending the Temeraire, but on the whole was rather sanguine about it. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins He declined to judge for himself; he persisted in appealing to me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

You declined my offer, and chose to go in for the business on your own hook. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing The visitors from the Mergellina declined a similar invitation. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood suggested that she should go alone, but Aileen declined rather sharply; she hung up the receiver without even the pretense of a good-by. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Ann Radcliffe Her health gradually declined under the secret agitation of her mind; her physician knew her disorder to originate in suppressed sorrow; and advised, as the best cordial, a. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

George Meredith His Aminta, pushed to it by the woman Pagnell, declined to help him in softening the virulence of the disease. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He declined to assist me with even a five-pound note. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Wilkie Collins When I complimented him on his Metamorphosis, he declined to take it as a joke. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Sheldon urged the necessity of an immediate marriage; Valentine declined to act in an underhand manner, after the stockbroker’s unexpected generosity. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Andrew Lang Now and then even scientific men have been mistaken, especially when they have declined to examine evidence, as in this problem of the transcendental nature of the human spirit they usually do. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Anne declined to return to the dinner. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He declined to receive any money, however, as he had several pieces of gold in his belt, and besides, only intended to go back on board the Sea Mew for that night. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

He hinted to Archie that a reward should be offered, but that young man, backed by Lucy, declined to throw away good money after bad. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope At any rate he declined her company, and on the following morning did go down to Framley by himself. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But the old lord had learned to feel that he was sure to fall into some pit whenever he declined to follow his son’s advice. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James She declined his arm but accepted his company, and he allowed her to enjoy it for an hour. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

The convict, however, declined to give information as to what he intended to do. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arnold Bennett But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He bought when values were low, and for many years had resolutely declined to realise on any of his possessions. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope He put his arms akimbo, resting his hands on his hips, and altogether declined to proffered civility. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The Indian envoys returned in a short time, bearing with them a present of fine cotton fabrics, of no great value, from Guatemozin, who still declined to meet the Spanish general. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

If he did, and promised to leave the district, no further steps would be taken; but if he declined to do so, his wife would prosecute him with the uttermost rigour of the law. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Charles Dickens Fourthly, to say whether the coroner and jury could have come there, to those pillows, and taken a little evidence? My official friend declined to commit himself to a reply. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

We declined wine and water, and all other creature comforts. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Lotty was frightened, but, as long as she was told that there was still hope of recovery, declined to mention any name. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You declined to give your wife her freedom, therefore I say that her subsequent life, whatever it may have been, is of your making. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Anthony Trollope He was pleased with her person; pleased with her wit; pleased that money should have been offered to him, and pleased that for the present he should have declined it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing If Mrs. Clarendon declined to accept this condition, or if she married again prior to your entering into possession, her benefit by the will was limited to an annuity of three hundred pounds. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

This Fielding, either from indolence or unwillingness, declined to do, asserting that if it was not good, the audience might find it out. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Arnold Bennett The men had been very gallant, and had requested her to stay in the Pension as their guest until she was ready to leave Paris. But she had declined that. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Hardy She declined on the plea of being tired and having to walk to Stickleford, when Mop began aggressively tweedling ‘My Fancy-Lad,’ in D major, as the air to which the reel was to be footed. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

Under such circumstances, she positively declined any communication with them. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Several persons negotiated for it; but, somehow, always before the bargain was closed they heard the unpleasant rumors and declined to treat any further. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins On this ground, I declined to answer any more questions. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft Mercy was a plain, raw-boned woman of great strength, but her health visibly declined from the time of her advent. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

George Gissing The night had after all been a troubled one: Beatrice declined breakfast and, having dressed with effort, lay on a sofa, her eyes closed. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope Her uncle tried it once, and she declined to come into his presence for a month, letting it be fully understood that she had been insulted. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Penn declined to say if his late employer had been done to death by the fraternity, but the perfume on the dead man’s clothes answered this question very positively. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

James Anthony Froude Captain Conviction declined to be an advocate for rebels, and advised them to send it by one of themselves, with a rope about his neck. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Wilkie Collins Amelius declined taking another. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope In the previous lines we have an intended portrait of Cicero, who, “thinking, no doubt, that he had done a good day’s work for his patrons, declined to run himself into more danger. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope The commissioners swept very clean, being new brooms, and in their report recommended that Mr Browborough, whom they had themselves declined to examine, should be prosecuted. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

I offered him some refreshments; but he declined to take anything, saying that he was in a great hurry; and he went away after giving me ten francs as security for the rent. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

By the way, have you any idea of his history? General Groplau informs me that some time since, when he offered him a commission, he declined the honour for reasons of his own. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

She declined giving her name, saying, however, that she would not refuse it, if it was absolutely necessary in order to be received. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins This doubt grew on me so, after he had gone, that I declined riding out with Sir Percival, and went up to Laura’s room instead. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jack London It devised a plan of reaching its subscribers through the express companies, but they declined to handle it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope With Soames & Simpson Mr. Prosper declined to have any personal communication. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith He asked to see the colonel, delivered himself of his pretensions and wishes to the colonel, and was referred to Cecilia; but Colonel Halkett declined to send for her. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James He answered by a charming letter, which I will show you – there is nothing in the least compromising in it – but he declined my offer, pleading his short stay and a press of engagements. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Very few of the regular patients of the practice declined to accept his services, and then only on the ground that he was not a married man. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

The Khurdah, or “copper-piastre,” was once worth a piastre; now this “coin of the realm” has been so debased, that it has gradually declined through 195 to 500 and even 650 for the sovereign. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Marie Corelli I can give you a letter to Rampolla —” Aubrey declined the offered introduction with a decided negative shake of his head. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell So she quite declined the part, which he had hoped she would have taken, of respondent, and possible questioner; and his work became more and more like that of a man walking in a quagmire. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Walter Scott The Master, with equal skill, and much greater composure, remained chiefly on the defensive, and even declined to avail himself of one or two advantages afforded him by the eagerness of his adversary. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

This good Samaritan bought a bag of what were called “Ginger-bread nuts”—quite a little store; which Archdale declined leaving at the boy’s discretion. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith He was offered a bed or a conveyance, and he declined both; the dog-cart he declined out of consideration for horse and groom, which an owner of stables could not but approve. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell They came back, and positively declined any compromise of their demands. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]