Phrases with "details"

William Makepeace Thackeray But details of these quarrels, religious or political, can tend to edify but few readers out of the country. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

But the really interesting thing about these people is the way in which they have worked out the supposed implications of orthodoxy until the tiniest details of life are involved. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope The details of his work after the first month would have been inexpressibly wearisome to him. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells He began to reconsider the details of Howard’s behaviour, sinister glances, inexplicable hesitations. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jack London Now is that chess like our kind of chess?” Of course I had to reply that I did not know, that I did not remember the details after I returned to my normal state. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Edgar Allan Poe I need not go over the details of Von Kempelen’s confession (as far as it went) and release, for these are familiar to the public. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

John Lewis Burckhard Assamy gives the details of an inundation which devastated Mekka in A.H. 1039, or in the year 1626 of our era, when five hundred lives were lost, and the Kaaba in the Temple was destroyed. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

The details I shall give will relate chiefly to the first century. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Not that the others contained details which even I would hesitate to recount; it is, rather, the very absence of untoward incident which renders them useless for my present purpose. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

And, after this, I further refer the reader to a Tour in the Jereed of which some details are given in succeeding pages. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. G. Wells I find the interest of details dwindling to the vanishing point. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

At this moment, the beautiful lady, as one acquainted with the details of the house, turning with the air of a gracious monitress, held out her fair hand to guide Kate in careful descent of the steps. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

All the hints she dropped, all the details she gave, went unconsciously to prove, to my thinking, that M. Isidore’s homage was offered with great delicacy and respect. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Defoe could have seen little of the storm himself from the interior of Newgate, but it is possible that the letters are genuine, and that he compiled other details from published accounts. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Arnold Bennett Hilda, glancing by habit at the unsightly details of the deteriorating room, walked round the desk. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

M. P. Shiel Before this time, indeed, she had been interested in the Boreal, knew the details of her outfitting, and was acquainted with several members of the expedition. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

With full ranks and only the necessary details for special duty we should have had some eight thousand rifles in line. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

He went into all the details of the business carefully, setting his seal upon books and papers, and doing all that he could to make matters secure without hindrance to the carrying on of the trade. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Hope When I assented to his wishes, every shadow vanished from his face, and he began to discuss the details of the plan with business-like brevity. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Elizabeth Gaskell I cannot call them book-shelves, though there were many books on them; but the contents of the volumes were principally manuscript, and relating to details connected with the Hanbury property. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

George Gissing Such details of attire, formerly regarded with some contempt, had now an importance for her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

G. K. Chesterton All sorts of silly little details magnified the sensation. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

My advice to every teacher less experienced than myself would be, therefore: Do not fret over the details you have to omit; you probably teach altogether too many as it is. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Herman Melville Before returning to his own vessel, Captain Delano had intended communicating to Don Benito the smaller details of the proposed services to be rendered. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

As soon as I was free to leave Burwell’s bedside I returned to the officers and obtained from them details of what had happened. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

G. K. Chesterton Browning never forgets the little details which to a man who has ever really lived may suddenly send an arrow through the heart. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jacques Futrelle It was explained to you as an attempt at extortion with details which I carefully supplied. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Algernon Blackwood But, above all else, was the certainty that I remembered definite details of those Temple Days, and that I was upon the verge of still further and more detailed recollection. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here he recounted the details of his adventure, with swelling chest and so considerable swagger that he quite impressed even his bitterest enemies, while Kala fairly danced for joy and pride. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

They appointed to meet once more on the next evening at the same spot; and in that meeting were finally to be settled the order and details of the disclosure for the following day. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Anthony Trollope We had received details of the whole affair by water-telegram before the John Bright started. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

He said little, but when he spoke I read in his kindling eye and in his animated glance a restrained but firm resolve not to be chained to the miserable details of commerce. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Ford Madox Ford But as to Valentine she could not get details enough. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

G. K. Chesterton He studied in a more scientific spirit the details of the door, with its rusty bolts and hinges, when he became conscious of something very near him — indeed, nearly above his head. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Washington Irving These are simple details of simple pleasures; it is the nature of the place alone that gives them interest and importance. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

George Borrow These details I either gathered at the time or on subsequent occasions. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

When Savinien heard these details his rapture increased. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I will here give only a brief abstract of the results, retaining the details for a supplementary discussion, so as not to interfere with the course of my argument. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Charles Dickens Not only do I feel, since last night, that I dare not confide to him the details of my projects; but also I feel that if I delay, there is danger of his giving warning, and then they might escape. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

So interested was he that he resolved at any cost of trouble to himself to discover the details of the scene reproduced so often in the child’s fevered dreams. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope Then Sir Orlando moved the adjournment of the House till the morrow, giving as his reason for doing so, the expedience of considering the details he had heard. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I’m telling you these early details merely to give you a notion of the man’s idealism. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Gissing By-the-by, does she still meet her sister away from the place where she lives? Is that still necessary? However, all these details are in your judgment. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

John Lewis Burckhard But before I continue the description of my route, I shall here give some details concerning the country I had already passed through from Assouan, and its inhabitants. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne The details given by the Sergeant, the nationality of the prisoner, the murder of his companions, his escape from the hands of the Indians, all evidenced the fact. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is entirely as his attorney, sir, acquainted with details which he has directed you to mention to me, that he speaks of your call here. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

These are all details that point to one conclusion. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the other hand, if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible case against you, I do not know that there is any reason that the details should find their way into the papers. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

There were many other smaller details to think of and provide for, but eventually the scheme was complete, and now there remained only the issuance of the invitations to his guests. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Wilkie Collins I left all details to be described later in the day, and hastened back to St. John’s Wood, to see the person of whom Count Fosco had ordered the fly, when he went to meet Laura at the station. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope There may be details of evil painted so as to disgust — painted almost too plainly — but none painted so as to allure. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Scott He was too much engaged in his profession for me to intrude on him often, and perhaps his mind was too much trammelled with its details to permit his being willingly withdrawn from them. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson Such, moreover, is the complexity of life, that when we condescend upon details in our advice, we may be sure we condescend on error; and the best of education is to throw out some magnanimous hints. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

For example, he had written on 27th June 1863 from the Bonny River to Staff-Commander C. George, “Please let me hear all details about Captain Speke’s discovery. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood heard the details of the weary and unavailing search that evening. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy It went most conscientiously into all those precise bodily details which it was now so timorous and Victorian to leave out. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Virginia Woolf She arranged the details of the new plan in her mind, not without a grim satisfaction. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang The Homeric poets, like the painters of the Dipylon period, describe the details of life as they see them with their own eyes. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Very cordially, IMPEY BARBICANE, P.G.C. The American public took a lively interest in the smallest details of the enterprise of the Gun Club. It followed day by day the discussion of the committee. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Benjamin Disraeli In the adjoining room, Lady Annabel was seated with Doctor Masham, and giving him the details of the fatal event. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Anthony Trollope There had, too, been an exchange of repartee in the Senate between himself and Clodius after the acquittal, of which he gives the details to his correspondent with considerable self-satisfaction. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The details of the picture are too much insisted on, and there is too much of self-consciousness in the artist. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Murders, rapes, fires and drownings are its daily bread, and it fairly revels in detailsmeasurements and plans, names and addresses of witnesses, and appalling half-tone blocks. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

George Gissing After that, Nancy knew nothing of him, save that he was living in New York. He wrote two or three times, but briefly, always promising details in the next epistle. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The details of what he had felt and said rose vaguely in his mind. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells These details are tiresome and disagreeable, no doubt, to the refined reader, but just imagine how much more disagreeable they were to Mr. Lewisham, trudging meditative to the schools. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope The whole heinousness of the thing which she had done was given in its full details, and the details were repeated more than once. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

John Lewis Burckhard In the Appendix will be found some details of this kind respecting the western countries, which, however, are the less interesting as Mr. Browne has already elucidated the geography of those parts. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

The details of this narration given to the Figaro many years after the event24 do not read much like history. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Abraham Merri Toys! Odd that he could not distinguish their faces, nor the details of their dress. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant But excuse me for interrupting these recollections—I will enter into more details later—for I have not had anything to eat since yesterday morning. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

For details of any scandal you were safe in applying to Felix Rolleston. He knew all that was going on, both at home and abroad. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Henry Handel Richardson But, little by little, a vivid recollection of what had actually occurred returned to sting him: and certain details stood out fixed and unforgettable. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford She might get details of all sorts of queernesses that, triumphantly, to other groups of listeners she could retail as proof of her intimacy with that household. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Henry James The details always began to multiply, to abound, when once his companion was well launched — they flowed forth in battalions. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Shire by shire, demesne by demesne, he took Peter through the details of the rising. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Lucy Maud Montgomery This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly reciting the details thereof without the least apparent compunction or repentance. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Bronislaw Malinowski But we owe to some of the deeper and more conscientious observers highly interesting details in this connection. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jack London There are a thousand details in this one matter alone that I shall not bore you with, although these details did serve to keep me from being bored too utterly during that first period in solitary. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

The deceased Mattin had arranged and carried out all details of the abduction, and he, Texworthy, had supplied the money. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Olaf Stapledon All his contours were uncouth, for the details of muscles, sinews and joints were very plainly different from our own. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing The details of Godwin’s private life were noteworthy. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arnold Bennett It took Racksole, with all his genius for organization, exactly half an hour to master the details of the hôtel laundry-work. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell They had had a good deal to say to each other about some new scientific discovery, with the details of which Lord Hollingford was well acquainted, while Mr. Gibson was ignorant and deeply interested. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

A similar obscurity hangs over all the details of Voltaire’s stay. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

I need not enter into details as to its appearance. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Sinclair Lewis The details of precedence were never officially determined. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Not many men would have put up with the abstracted attention my work received, nor patiently picked up the slack of details I let go by me. Serapion by Francis Stevens

He was a man of business, and she was too young to be troubled with the sordid details of domestic life. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing Distance seemed to have no power to dim the details of the landscape. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arnold Bennett In all the details of the business he considered himself superior to his father. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope These letters are full of details of Roman politics, too intricate for such a work as this — perhaps I might almost say too uninteresting, as they refer specially to Lentulus himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

His orgy of drink and delicious torture lasted till they were berthed in the Thames; and the details remain sharp and clear in the memories of those who witnessed it. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

George Gissing I’ll tell you all the details some day—though there’s very little to tell that you don’t know. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Edward Bellamy Generally, however, all needs of this sort can be met by details from the class of unskilled or common laborers. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Arthur Conan Doyle You know I like to work the details of my cases out. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Edith Wharton The Abbot listened with the greatest benevolence to all the details of my adventure. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I shall not go into the details of its construction — it lies out there in the desert now — about two miles from here. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

T. E. Lawrence Feisal was eager to hear the details of Akaba, and laughed at our prentice wars. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The first (chapters i-vi) narrating the details of the prophet’s life, and the second (chapters vii-xii) setting forth his apocalyptic visions. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

George Gissing Difference there was, but in details to which Mutimer was not very sensitive. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell Eight o’clock was the hour fixed for the meeting; and at it were read letters, filled with details of woe, from all parts of the country. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

The details of that final journey stand out in my mind with strange clarity. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Virginia Woolf She was wounded in her pride, unmoored from her anchorage; she came of gentlefolks who kept servants —but details could wait. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown by Virginia Woolf [1924]

Anthony Trollope The details are less pleasing than was the whole in the hands of the nurse. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Yes, I think I see a lot of details now. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Now this goot bag——” Brought into fuller prominence, the carpet-bag revealed further details of its overburdened proportions. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry James Hawthorne’s stories are the old Greek myths, made more vivid to the childish imagination by an infusion of details which both deepen and explain their marvels. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

The following curious details on the courtship of one of the eared seals (Callorhinus ursinus) are given45 on the authority of Capt. Bryant, who had ample opportunities for observation. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells My mind was still busy with the details of her departure. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells I had it all down to the smallest details — in my dream. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood The details were so insignificant, so slight the conversation, so meagre the pieces thus added to Henriot’s imaginative structure. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Wilkie Collins I respect and admire, I may almost say I love, Mr. Romayne. The details which are wanting in this brief report of progress I shall have the privilege of personally relating to you. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing All would no doubt explain itself as they talked; in the meantime she told him how her days were ordered, and the details of her life. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson Richard had purposely given his wife few details of his visits to Dandaloo; but Mrs. Glendinning knew no such scruples, and cried her eyes out on Polly’s shoulder. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells The details of the struggle itself were as horrible and distressing as they were inconsequent, and there is no need whatever for anyone but the specialist to master their sequence in detail. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

These details will guide her on her part, and on your return, I shall perhaps have some good news to tell you. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing These seemed to be details which his brain was too weary to consider. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Gustave Flauber Every morning when she awoke, she saw him in the dim light of dawn and recalled bygone days and the smallest details of insignificant actions, without any sense of bitterness or grief. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

M. de Treville, who had received the account of the adventure from the mouths of the heroes of it, related it in all its details to his Eminence, not forgetting the episode of the napkin. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The details of the extraordinary story are given in a letter to M. de la Condamine by her husband, who tells them in an earnest, unaffected way that engages our confidence. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Wilkie Collins There is no need to hinder the progress of this story by entering into details in relation to this second atrocious charge. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Even if such control should eventually grow clearly picturable, the question how far it is successfully exerted in this actual world can be answered only by investigating the details of fact. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

He devoted much time and attention to the ceremonial details of his princely office. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Edith Wharton The mother pictured the eager group inspecting and admiring, the talk of future plans, the discussion of all the details of the wedding. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

He called in at the police-station; he caused a minute account to be put in the Lefford News; he related the details to his private friends. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

Anthony Trollope Biographical details have been more or less known to the world, so that, whether of a Cicero, or of a Goethe, or of our own Johnson, there has been a story to tell. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope I must now explain before I begin my story certain details of our plan, which created much schism among ourselves. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Such details did not fall within the range of Mrs. Peniston’s vision. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Every one hurried towards the middle window, which had a balcony outside, from which all the details of the slow and formal preparations for departure could be seen. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson He who would recast a tragedy already given to the world must frequently and earnestly have revised details in the study. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis Knowing nothing, never learning much, of the actual details of medicine, yet she understood — better it may be than Angus Duer — his philosophy and the basis of his work. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Rudyard Kipling Be blessed to hear some details of one of that class. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

These details were public property. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

G. K. Chesterton In the section of the painters, it was the allies or pupils of Ruskin, pious, almost painfully exact, and copying mediæval details rather for their truth than their beauty. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will not enter into details but I may say this: I am a strong opponent of one-man finance. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Algernon Blackwood Now,” he went on, “to come to the chief point, and before you give me details of what happened abroad, let me hear your own main conclusion. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

My fancy had often dwelt on that hideous drama and had constantly varied the details and touches. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

James Anthony Froude He is sparing of details of his outward history, for he regarded it as nothing but vanity; but his escapes from death were providences, and therefore he mentions them. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

I think you must have forgotten the details of the story. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle None shall ever know the details of that strange tragedy. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I must admit that the details I have not fully thought out yet, but that is a matter of only half an hour or so. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Edith Wharton Countless details that Halo had taken for granted, or dismissed as negligible, were now ripe with meaning. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He seemed to like nice details almost as much as I liked them myself: he seemed observant of character: and not superficially observant, either. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a curious fact that her details were such as she could not possibly see at the distance. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Victor Hugo At the distance at which they were placed, and in that luminous mist which is the half-light of a theatre, details were lost and it was like a hallucination. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Some doubt, moreover, has been cast on some of the reported details of his domestic life. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Joseph Furphy The details of a death-penalty, for instance, are revolting enough; and here you must judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Before the coroner it had been made public that the dead woman was in truth named Rudd; she who was injured refused to give any details concerning herself, and her history escaped the reporters. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

These details become important when we reflect that from his childhood on the author had a great deal of time at his disposal. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

These details were, however, so obscurely given, I feared to place them on my map at that time. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Henry James All this was shining in the morning air, through which the simple details of the picture addressed themselves to the eye as distinctly as the items of a “sum” in addition. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope For us, we may give here the details as they did reach the Captain’s ears in the course of the next few days. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Algernon Blackwood She carried him far beyond mere outline, however, though afterwards he recalled the details with difficulty. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Jack London I am giving these details so that the size of this little floating world which holds twenty-two men may be appreciated. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sigmund Freud In order to learn the significance of all these details I resolve to undertake an exhaustive analysis. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

There is no need to enter now upon the details of that story. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

To follow Locke into these details would be to re-write the Essay. I propose simply to direct the attention of the reader to a few salient points. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

I will see the queen; I will relate to her the details of the disappearance of this poor woman, of which she is no doubt ignorant. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anna Katherine Green I had never doubted his love for me, but I had always stood in great awe of his reproof, and I did not know where I was to find courage to tell him all the details of this adventure. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Bram Stoker In this Joseph, originally Cartaphilus, became Ahasuerus. In the long pause the story, after the manner of all things of earth, had grown, details not being lacking. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Guy de Maupassan One evening as he was arranging the final details in the office of a business man, he fell over on the floor with a stroke of apoplexy. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

James Joyce The threadbare phrases, the inane expressions of sympathy, the cautious words of a reporter won over to conceal the details of a commonplace vulgar death attacked his stomach. Dubliners by James Joyce

As I tramped along, glancing ever and anon at the sea, the sordid details of my past life rose before me. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The details of what passed within Khartoum during the last weeks of the siege are unknown to us. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne It would be idle to narrate all the monotonous and uninteresting details of the rest of the journey. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells But while such details are easy enough to obtain when the whole world is contained in one’s imagination, they are altogether inaccessible to a real traveller amid such realities as I found here. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was herself again, soignée, as perfect in the small details of her toilette as though her maid had spent the morning by her side. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jules Verne Still exactness of details was no positive proof. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But I won’t tire you with the details of how I set to work to convince my uncle that I ought now by all means to go to the capital, which, moreover, was not very far away. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

R. D. Blackmore The details are highly interesting, and the chronicle might be useful; but, alas! there is no space left for it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins I have wandered away from the simple details of my life in this place. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

And I don’t think that I missed anything; did I, Mr Grant? The details were perfect, even to the crushed hairs in the wash-hand basin and the dusty palms of his hands. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

But what did a cabbage-garden by moonlight really look like? Flaubert waited long for a propitious night, and then went out, notebook in hand, to take down the precise details of what he saw. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

But one story is of special interest because it shows us clearly how Lister, while clinging to a principle, was ready to modify the details of treatment by the lessons which experience taught him. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Elio Here I am aware that I have run the risk of alienating all my refined lady-readers, and utterly annihilating any curiosity they may have felt to know the details of Mr. Gilfil’s love-story. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Poisson had caught his wife with Lantier. Exact details were not known, because everyone had a different version. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf Again, details are lacking, for the fire had its way with all such records, and has left only tantalizing fragments which leave the most important points obscure. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

James Anthony Froude In the visions of the night it came before him in the tremendous details of the dreadful reality. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

George P. Bradford’s account of Brook Farm in the “Memorial History of Boston” 63 is not so satisfactory as it might have been if he had given more specific details in regard to its management. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Oscar Wilde What we have to see is that the details are not allowed to usurp the principal place. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser In the mean time, however, the newspapers had been given full details of the transaction, and a storm of words against Cowperwood ensued. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He describes his experiences as given in “a dream so accurate that afterwards you remember little details you had forgotten. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The magistrate obtained, therefore, an abundance of those frivolous details which seem nothing at first; but the slightest of which may, at the trial, become a question of life or death. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Mark Twain Little by little they discover and apply the multitude of details that go to make the perfect engine. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

John Morley The details are slurred, and they are not literal. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Algernon Blackwood And, as though to emphasise the eternal closeness of comedy to tragedy, two small details rose out of the scene and impressed me so vividly that I remember them to this very day. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

She undertook the direction of all those details which were to me so inexpressibly dreadful. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The details are given with fulness in the Annales Medico-psychologiques for that month and year. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The caustic asked who had made this tripe-merchant a judge in Israel. Experts complained that whenever he condescended to details he talked nonsense. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Wilkie Collins She recognized in Sir Patrick’s abrupt departure Sir Patrick’s considerate resolution to spare her from entering into any details on the subject of her position at the inn. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a Treasury note enclosed in the letter, in case any of the small details of her toilette needed replenishing. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

G. K. Chesterton The notion that a novelist takes a character bodily and in all its details from a friend or an enemy is a blunder that has done a great deal of harm. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

They are filled mostly with details of his mission life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anthony Trollope And did she find these details tedious? Oh, no; she encouraged him to dilate on every feeling he expressed, till he laid bare the inmost corners of his heart to her. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Herman Melville Don Benito, in fact, appeared to submit to hearing the details more out of regard to common propriety, than from any impression that weighty benefit to himself and his voyage was involved. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The last of my ready cash, about thirty francs, was deliberately squandered on a single dinner; and a great part of my time when I was alone was passed upon the details of imaginary feasts. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

By the time she had brought in a lighted lamp I had heard all the details which really matter in this story. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The eighth book contains a variety of details respecting animals, their food, migrations, hibernation, and diseases; with the influence of climate and locality upon them. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Chateauroy was himself present when the colts were taken into the stable-yard; and himself inquired, without the medium of any third person, the whole details of the sale and of the transit. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]