Phrases with "dinner"

John Galsworthy That evening after dinner he went to his study and took a sheet of paper. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson Come in: dinner will be ready. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

He received me pleasantly, and took me home to dinner with him. Prester John by John Buchan

Isabella Bird But the three hundred people who sat down to dinner were, as some one observed, three hundred reasons against eating anything. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Sinclair Lewis I wish you and Mrs. Babbitt would come to dinner some night. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton One night at a dinner in this milieu — I think at Lady Ripon’s — I found myself next to a man of about thirty-five or forty, whose name I had not caught. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Anthony Trollope In the House, at least, he was always so dressed, and at dinner tables. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anton Chekhov At dinner again there would be a flare up. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Anthony Trollope Do you go up and tell Georgiana all about it — and have dinner put off half an hour. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The Head might have told him this, and much more; but, after an hour-long dinner in his company, the Head decided to say nothing whatever. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Morrison You might come and have a bit of dinner with me tonight, Mr. Telfer, and take it then. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Guy de Maupassan The dinner was excellent and everyone was delighted with it. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing He passed the hours till dinner in rather comfortless solitude. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You were out to dinner last night. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He had his dinner at the inn, along with Mr. and Mrs. Lammerby. She was always kind to him, and made him puddings and things when he was ill. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

At dinner that evening Mr. Woolfield had a friend to keep him company, a friend to whom he had poured out his heart. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Wilkie Collins At dinner she joined us again, and was more easy and more herself with Sir Percival than I have seen her yet. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Florence Dixie By the time dinner was over we were altogether out of sight of land, the rain was still falling heavily, and prognostications of dirty weather were being indulged in by the sailors. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Guy de Maupassan He was asked to dinner the following week, and after that he visited the château regularly. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

H. Rider Haggard Presently dinner was announced, and the three sat down at a small round table in the centre of the big dining-room, on which was placed a shaded lamp. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens In proof of it, he connected him with every possible topic, from the Monte Pulciano wine at dinner (which was grown on an estate he had owned), to the big bed itself, which was the very model of his. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

It’s refreshments,’ she whispered back, and Laura thought ‘refreshments’ meant an extra nice dinner provided on such occasions. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Andrew Lang Oddly enough Douglas Jerrold enthusiastically assured Tennyson, at a dinner of a Society of Authors, that “you are the one who will live. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

When Mr. Sheldon pleased to invite him to dinner on Sunday he gladly accepted the invitation, and this Sunday dinner became in due course an established institution. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Machen The breakages were also charged excessively, but the bed is cheap at three shillings, and the dinner most reasonable — provided that the dishes were good of their kind. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Charles Dickens With dinner we should like to have toast-and-water. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

Anthony Trollope Dr Gruffen had once been asked to dinner at Guestwick Manor. “Just a bachelor’s chop,” said the earl; “for there’s nobody at home but myself. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang After dinner the lady said kindly to Elsa, ‘Kisika has begged me to let you stay with her, and you have told her you would like to live here. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Now below, amidst all the troubles of Mrs Mackenzie and the tyranny of Grandairs, he began again: “Do you like London dinner parties?” “I never was at one before. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

After dinner they looked over several volumes of autographs, in which Oliver Cromwell’s was the only one that would today be more valuable than Hawthorne’s own. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

An unpleasant smell of salt fish made me ask her what the dinner consisted of. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle No dinner would he have, but work, and work, and work. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope I could not go down to dinner in my stocking feet, nor could I put on my black dress trousers, over a pair of mud-painted top-boots. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope At half-past one they were to dine, each of them having calculated, without, however, a word having been spoken, that Lord Hampstead would certainly not come till the ceremony of dinner would be over. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Though what she means by that, with late dinner and afternoon tea every day of her life, is more than I know. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope Before dinner on the following day the Dean was in Minister Court. “Oh, papa,” exclaimed Mary, “I am so glad to see you. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anna Katherine Green I will eat dinner in the public dining-room to-day with the rest of the boarders. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Sinclair Lewis The Jewish buyer had two new anecdotes (against his own race, naturally), and they flowed down to dinner in a group. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis I could invite a Miles Bjornstam to dinner without being afraid of the Haydocks. . Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope At last there came a note from Sir Thomas to Patience. “I shall be home to dinner to-morrow. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sinclair Lewis But won’t you come here to dinner tomorrow evening — eight-thirty, black tie?” “Be pleased to. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett The dinner was silently eaten, and Constance having rendered thanks to God, Sophia rose abruptly to go. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rudyard Kipling I had only just come back to England when Mrs. McPhee invited me to dinner at three o’clock in the afternoon, and the notepaper was almost bridal in its scented creaminess. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Mr. Carlyle hesitated, and looked down at his dress — a plain, gentlemanly, morning attire, but certainly not a dinner costume for a peer’s table. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Isabella Bird After dinner Mr. Forrest and I used to take lengthy rides, along wild roads, on horses of extraordinary capabilities, and in the evening we used to have bagatelle and reading aloud. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Rudyard Kipling At dinner they are impertinent. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

John Galsworthy Soames liked to talk during dinner about business, or what he had been buying, and so long as he talked Irene’s silence did not distress him. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott I have walked my clothes dry, or nearly so, but I will not refuse your offer in kindness; for my dinner yesterday was a light one, and supper I had none. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Meredith I promised to, and he promised he would have dinner for me at Richmond Hill, in the country, and he would bring friends to hear me. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope Had I been a man of the world, living for the world, careless as to my own home except as to the excellence of my dinner and the comfort of my bed, it might have been possible. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Samuel Johnson A dinner in the Western Islands differs very little from a dinner in England, except that in the place of tarts, there are always set different preparations of milk. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

We had some dinner and a most agreeable rest — “'Neath the gum-trees' shade reclining, Where the dark green foliage twining, Screened us from the fervid shining Of the noontide sun. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edith Wharton After dinner he followed her to the drawing-room. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

D. H. Lawrence They invited George and me to dinner on the Friday evening. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells My father usually bought the meat for dinner himself, and that had to be cooked and the table laid in the downstairs kitchen. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

After dinner he went to the telephone box and put through a long call. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing The announcement that dinner was ready allowed him to quit the subject. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins I will only ask you, Father, at what part of a dinner an oyster-omelet ought to be served?” Father Benwell seized his opportunity of discovering Mrs. Eyrecourt’s present address. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Andrew Lang If you are hungry take this little table and rap on it, saying, as you do so: “The dinner of an emperor!” and you will get as much food as you want. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Presently Anne and Stephen were walking in to dinner together. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Charles Dickens A dinner party takes place at five; and at an evening party, they seldom sup later than eleven; so that it goes hard but one gets home, even from a rout, by midnight. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

James Payn The gentle folks, to be sure, dine with them, but you never catch them (Mr E. has observed) doing much in the way of drink at a three o’clock dinner in a marquee. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Algernon Blackwood He returned to a life somehow mean and meagre, resuming insignificance with his dinner jacket. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Wilkie Collins But I can write no more on this disastrous day: I must either go mad, or go to dinner immediately. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Leon Trotsky Mother came from the mill I could recognize her voice at once; the sound of plates being prepared for dinner came through, and I heard Mother calling me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry Kingsley The dinner time was past some ten minutes, when they saw a man in black put his hand on the garden-gate, vault over, and run breathless up to the hall-door. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry James Coming home to dinner I found the two volumes on my table, and I sat up with them half the night, dazed, bewildered, rubbing my eyes, wondering at the monstrous joke. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Nellie Bly One never realizes, until they face such contingencies, what an important part dinner plays in one’s life. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

In the afternoon I rode over to the market-town to see my builder, and got back only just before dinner to learn that Greenslade had returned. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Guy de Maupassant Eight servants were at dinner around a large table. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I called at your apartments late last night, hoping to see you, on important business, but you had not returned from a dinner to which you had been invited. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Gissing Please let me have my dinner alone. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

On the last day, he had me to dinner at a restaurant which he knew I had formerly frequented, and had only forsworn of late from considerations of economy. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. Phillips Oppenheim Since that young soldier gentleman came to dinner with her, she seems a different person. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Mr. McIver was very merry at dinner that night and commiserated with his niece that she had not been at the races in the afternoon. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Andrew Lang When the King of the Peacocks wanted his dinner there was nothing in the pot and nothing in the pantry. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis Madge Dedrick was so elevated a personality, so close in station to an archbishop or a woman-author-lecturer, that one dressed for dinner at her house without inquiring. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Roger came to dinner and made a song about hating to send in such a bill to people who had no money to spare, so I talked it over with Michael and sent Roger a cheque. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Richard Burton At two P.M. we were roused to a dinner as simple as the breakfast had been. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edith Wharton Then it occurred to him that it was the first time she had appeared at dinner since his arrival at Givre, and the first time, consequently, that he had seen her in evening dress. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

To-day is—Tuesday. Come to dinner on Sunday and pour the vials of your ridicule on my want of success. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Bram Stoker He had a dinner knife in his hand, and as I saw he was dangerous, I tried to keep the table between us. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Guy de Maupassan She would never move about again, nor speak, nor laugh, nor sit at dinner opposite little father. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

He was at his early dinner of bread-and-butter and salad when she walked in and astonished him. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Nellie Bly At dinner one night I saw a “Jap” woman in a low cut evening dress, with nothing but white socks on her feet. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

I think a Lapham dinner would be delightful. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope When he sat down to his solitary dinner at his club, he was very tired with his day’s work. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And so that you need have no misgivings,” she went on, “let me tell you that Mrs. Dewar only charges half a crown for a guest at dinner and the food is quite eatable. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The dinner was not protracted, and when everyone was in the lounge, Larose slipped away and, as arranged, hid himself behind the thick curtain in front of one of the long windows in the drawing-room. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

William Makepeace Thackeray There was a dinner one day, and Harry waited all through the dinner. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

F. Scott Fitzgerald During dinner she slipped into a moody depression which gave Dexter a feeling of uneasiness. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Nellie Bly Butter is never allowed at dinner nor coffee or tea. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Wilkie Collins Thus there was every facility for Magdalen’s leaving the house in disguise, and leaving it unobserved, provided she went out before the children came back to dinner at one o’clock. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

After dinner I returned to my study, wrote two or three letters, and then drawing my chair up to the fire, sat down to think. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Gissing But at dinner he was opposite Cecily, and he thought he had never seen her so brilliant. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope He had hurried away to Plumstead as fast as two horses could bring him, and now, finding himself there, he was willing to accept the reprieve which dinner would give him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Lady Morgan At that moment Glorvina was summoned to dinner by a servant, for she only is permitted to dine with the Prince, as being of royal descent. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Virginia Woolf Or he might sit at the head of the table dead silent from one end of dinner to the other. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

D. H. Lawrence There had been a show — and then a dinner given by the governor of the town — some capital or other. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The Hindu agitators at the cavernous dinner under the House of Commons came to the conclusion that Benham was a dreamer. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let your children eat what they desire, and commence at the end of a dinner they like. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Elizabeth Von Arnim The morning after the first dinner together, she woke up in a condition of regret that she should have been so talkative to Mrs. Wilkins the night before. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

For the rest of dinner I obeyed my orders to the letter. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Virginia Woolf Feeling this painfully, I invited him to dinner with ardour. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

We had a Wretched dinner of stringy mutton, boiled with vegetables, and a white cheese strong enough to raise the dead. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I was down here in the midsummer holidays once, you know, while you were in India. But I give the message as the Major gave it to me; and you are to come to dinner whenever you like. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope Arthur Herriot had not tried to exert himself, and the dinner had been a failure. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

William Black His friends invited the author to dinner as a prelude to the play; Dr. Johnson was in the chair; there was plenty of gaiety. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Jules Verne So breakfast as a man who will most likely not have his dinner till very late. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

What happened early this morning was the result of the unsuitable dinner he took last night, followed by his drinking a large quantity, I understand over a pint, of iced shandy-gaff. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Charles Dickens The dinner hour was half-past one. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

After dinner you will take the same class for two hours’ reading until four; from four to five you will superintend the needle-work class. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Andrew Larkspur hurried away to eat as good a dinner as he could get through in ten minutes, and Honoria went to her dressing-room to prepare herself for her journey. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Morrison Further: this with more trouble: that one pot of beer before dinner is enough for any man seriously bent on the pursuit of art. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Mr. Tapster had already singled out Bubbles Dunster at dinner the night before. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Anthony Trollope The people of the country rarely drink wine at dinner in the hotels. North America by Anthony Trollope

Unhappily, Sir Guy was giving a dinner to the hunt, and had been drinking. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gissing And I knew he was in torture; I saw at dinner that pain was racking him. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Sinclair Lewis Vito looked confidently at Olivia as he took her dinner order, and she seemed contented now to be accepted as merely a woman, betrayed and lost to scholarship and generally happy. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang Serviceable family spirits, who continually provided an excuse for a dinner of roast beef, were to their liking. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry James She will invite us to dinner — very late. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Naturally, I stand a better chance than the men who’ve finished off a day of peg-drinking by a heavy indigestible dinner and half a dozen different wines. Sir Julian Garve by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Rudyard Kipling I seem to have read lately of a cook whose notion of a twelfth course of a dinner to some returned voyagers was ten boxes of sardines made into a pile with bacon and pastry to match. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli It was a dinner where there could not be two conversations going on, and where even the silent take their share in the talk by their sympathy. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anne Bronte Almost immediately after dinner Annabella went out with her husband to share his moonlight ramble, for it was a splendid evening like the last. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was after dinner in Crowley Castle. Sir Mark and Duke sat alone, each pensive at the thought of the coming parting. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Benjamin Disraeli The repast was sumptuous; Lothair thought the dinner would never end, there were so many dishes, and apparently all of the highest pretension. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Sinclair Lewis Cass got what solace he could from the fact that Jinny and he would have dinner by themselves tomorrow evening. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling You might, if you were a sufficient pig, eat your dinner off any portion of it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Also, I had my dinner from the workhouse table, and it was one of the biggest meals I have ever eaten. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope On men of that class politics do make a great demand — at the hour of dinner and thereabouts. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky At dinner we were given thin vegetable soup and unpolished buckwheat, served on plates adorned with eagles. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton Sometimes one is tempted to wish that in the long Dickens dinner the sweet courses could be left out; but this does not make the whole banquet other than a banquet singularly solid and simple. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Margaret Oliphant Vincent declined to share the dinner which the other offered him, as one duellist might offer hospitality to another. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Where was she? Had she heard the gong? Oughtn’t it to be beaten again? Suppose she didn’t come to dinner after all. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Edith Wharton You won’t go back to school till Monday, will you? Can I come out early tomorrow, and have dinner with you?” A shade of apprehension crossed her face. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Rudyard Kipling By dinner King will have scored off some unlucky child of thirteen; he will repeat to us every word of his brilliant repartees, and all will be well. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

DEAFIE: When I was a stooard in the P. & O., we used to meet them black Indians two days out at sea, in them there great canoes as they call catamarans, catching sea-turtles the size of dinner tables. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

We were all pretty well tired when we got home, and did full justice to a very good dinner and first-class Perrier-Jouet. After dinner we adjourned to the hall to smoke. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell They ate their dinner quietly; for to all it was an effort to speak: and after one or two attempts they had subsided into silence. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James The dinner was dull and the conversation rare; the governess ate three olives and looked at the figures on the spoons. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Nikolai Gogol The dinner was magnificent; there were sturgeons, sterlets, bustards, asparagus, quail, partridges, mushrooms. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

We shall be a party of six, and after dinner we must induce Don Pedro to relate the story of how the mummy was stolen. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Let what will happen to break hearts and ruin fortunes, dinner comes as long as the means last for providing it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry James I recognised her at dinner and I was afraid she didn’t. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

H.G. Wells Everyone seems anxious — willing at any rate — to give this Pain. Everyone seems busy giving pain —” “Or avoiding it,” said the Vicar, pushing his dinner away before him. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

George Gissing It was not till after dinner that the inevitable subject came up between them. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

E. F. Benson Georgie, however, would see Olga before Lucia came to dinner on Sunday and would explain her abhorrence of the instrument. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The English dinner is precisely the model on which our own are constructed in the Atlantic cities. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope To give some immediate pleasure was the great delight of his life — a sovereign to a schoolboy, gloves to a girl, a dinner to a man, a compliment to a woman. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

E. F. Benson But if one occurred while she was cooking my dinner or beginning to come downstairs, she might fall into the fire or tumble down the whole flight. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Afternoon tea we do have, he can’t prevent that, but Father kicks at anything but one o’clock dinner and meat tea at six, and I suppose he always will. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

E. F. Benson My hosts were at the house when I arrived, and we spent a cheerful two hours before dinner in such desultory and eager conversation as is proper between friends who have not met for some time. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

The dinner was not such a dismal feast as he had imagined it would be. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Maria Edgeworth At dinner he placed me beside Anne, little sister Anne; but no caressing tone, no diminutive of kindness in English, or soft Italian, could touch her heart, or move the gloomy purpose of her soul. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis What — er — what —” “Mr. Bates, will you take me out to dinner some time this week; or next?” “Will you come tonight?” “You have no engagement?” “No, no! Expected to dine alone. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy After dinner she set the electric piano-player going. To Let by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton To dinner at Count Trescorre’s where, as usual, I was the plainest-dressed man in the company. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells We’re late for dinner as it is, so it won’t make much difference for us to go home by way of Clapham. We’ve got to get to Surbiton, anyhow. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Leslie Stephen At dinner Wilkes, placed next to Johnson, took up his part in the performance. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

There was nothing else, and the funereal function of dinner drifted on. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope But it was essential that he should now do something, and before he sat down to dinner he did show Clara’s letter to his mother. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The dinner party was a great success. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

D. H. Lawrence As the smile died from their faces they looked down sadly, and until dinner was announced they were very still and heavy with melancholy. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan The dinner was simple and did not last long, contrary to the usual Norman custom. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

After dinner he told us all about it. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Grant had come to Trimmings after dinner, tactfully allowing for the fact that dinner at Trimmings must be very late on broadcast day. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Blessed with an oracle irrelevantly fluent, and dumb to the point, she had asked him to dinner with maternal address. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle After dinner we were all shown into a small ante-chamber, set round with velvet settees, where we were to wait till the Duke was ready to see us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell There were mutton kidneys, and sausages, and broiled ham, and fried beef and onions; more like a dinner nor a breakfast. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

I feel certain that after dinner you will be ‘drawn through the clefts of confession’ by Miss Barker, the woman in the high dinner gown with orange velvet sleeves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

E. F. Benson By the way, I am sure that man who waits on us at dinner is a sensitive. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

Robert Louis Stevenson Come, then; dinner waits; join me again and tell me your adventures of the night. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang During dinner he had ‘a rising in his throat’ (a slight sickness), ‘a thing which had often happened to him before. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She knew that it was her lot to be driven about slowly in a carriage with a livery servant before her and another behind her, and then eat a dinner which the cook-maid would despise. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Juanita’s best friends, Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Dashaway, passed large dinner plates, each with a spoon, a fork, and a coffee cup without saucer. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sarah Orne Jewett Where’s William?” “He went right back; said he expected some schooners in about noon after bait, but he’ll come an’ have his dinner with us tomorrow, unless it rains; then next day. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

James Joyce It was his first Christmas dinner and he thought of his little brothers and sisters who were waiting in the nursery, as he had often waited, till the pudding came. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Zona Gale After dinner they sat long on deck. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Wilkie Collins My good old friend did not relish meeting a man at dinner who was described as “half tiger, half monkey;” and the privilege of sitting next to Lady Clarinda rather daunted than delighted him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Willa Cather Day after day ten ravenous men sat down at the long dinner table in the kitchen. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Virginia Woolf And when that is burnt, retire once more to the kitchen, Madam, and learn, if you can, to cook the dinner which you may not share. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope And, look you, the next time I ask you to dinner I will promise you that Mrs Bonteen shall not be here. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley You must go in to dinner with him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins The dinner in the kitchen was flung under the grate; the cloth was off the parlor table. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I call on her once a year, and she returns the call a fortnight later; they ask us to dinner in the summer, and we ask them to dinner in the winter. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Towards the end of dinner she said: “I shall be obliged to run away so soon as the ladies leave the room to you and your cigarettes and gossip. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

In the store that afternoon I said casually to Japp that I had noticed visitors at the door during my dinner hour. Prester John by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling On that occasion —’twas at the Bohemian Club — I heard oratory with the roundest of o’s, and devoured a dinner the memory of which will descend with me into the hungry grave. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

What about it coming on at dinner tomorrow night? It would be a great surprise for Uncle.” Mrs. Rayneham shook her head. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

William Makepeace Thackeray After dinner he writes his letters, if he have any letters to write: but he has very little to do in this way. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

R. D. Blackmore It is out of my power to help admiring things which are utterly beyond me to describe, and a dinner of such cooking may enlarge the tongue, after all the fine things it has been rolling in. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

That dinner was a turning-point in young Gourlay’s career. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Charles Dickens Very much so!’ ‘He’d eat his dinner with an appetite, whoever he was, if it smelt like this,’ said Meg, cheerfully. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

H. G. Wells He described his dinner before his benefactions began. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Theodore Dreiser The dinner he had was no stay for such work and the cold was telling on him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis They never dared, after trying it once, to go down to dinner in tweeds and be stared at by the English tourists of the pay-inguineas classes as though they were polluting the dining-room. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

The dinner he ordered was simple and I had not the heart to interrupt his enjoyment of it. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Mixed dinner parties of ladies and gentlemen are very rare, and unless several foreigners are present, but little conversation passes at table. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

They went in to dinner and the hum of happy voices soon pervaded softly through the room. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]