Phrases with "dinner"

Those three were not wont to be gay when they sat at meat together; but the dinner of to-day was of a gloomier pattern than usual. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

During dinner the conversation happened to turn on chess, and I told them all about Captain Barker and the many games I had had with him. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope Is there more than this dinner to disturb you?’ Oh, yes; — more than that. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The dinner was not concluded before I had arranged that Evan should resume (gratuitously, you know) his post of secretary to him. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Trollope He was glad when he found that dinner was at hand, and that he could not now see his sister until after he had fortified himself with drink. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Even at tea the floor rose beneath their feet and pitched too low again, and at dinner the ship seemed to groan and strain as though a lash were descending. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

James Anthony Froude He discovered the Recorder and Lord Will be Will at dinner in Mr. Carnal Security’s parlour, and ceased to communicate with them. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Charles Dickens A cordial note from Obenreizer invited him, on New Year’s Day, to a little family dinner in Soho Square. “We shall be only four,” the note said. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arthur Machen By the ravenous hunger and thirst displayed by the late patrons of the theatre, you would imagine that they had gone without dinner for a week . Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

An extra glass at his tavern, an invitation to dinner from some friend in the bill-discounting line, were the most exciting events the season was likely to bring him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Sinclair Lewis Dinner was comfortable — and Jean Windelbank’s new gray dinner dress was excellent. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

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

Radclyffe Hall I’ve just got your letter, sent back from England. Funny isn’t it? Why not come to dinner to-night if you’re freeeight o’clock. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

He gives a total of 70,000 dishes; but it is not entirely clear whether these refer to the 38 dinner parties of importance, or to the 25,000 of inferior note, or to both. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Jonathan Swif I heard at dinner that one of them was killed last night. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

His wife, a bustling young woman, not more than half the age of her husband, set to work at once to get our dinner ready. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Arthur Morrison It was not until after dinner that Mr. Crellan saw a favourable opportunity of sounding Miss Garth as he had promised. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

So she quietly said: “Well, well, my girl, whenever the lad is hungry you must keep him to dinner — that’s all. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

His favourite amusements were a country walk or ride with Forster, or a dinner at Jack Straw’s Castle with him and Maclise. He was likewise happy at home. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anatole France The dinner occurred at Maillot. There was a policeman in the procession. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens We went to Gerrard Street, all three together, in a hackney-coach: And, as soon as we got there, dinner was served. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Neverbend, too, ate her dinner without a word. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

The relief, however, of getting rid of him, if only for the time being, was so great that to celebrate the occasion I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner and invited Dayus to share it with me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence After dinner it was even worse. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis Just because he had induced her to stop for dinner the poor man thought his masculine superiority had been recognized. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang This time it was a stout old woman in the dress of a peasant, who also was after a hare to provide a dinner for unexpected visitors. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope There is no getting out of it — is there, Mr Kennedy?” Then dinner was announced, and Mr Kennedy walked off with the French Republican on his arm. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Mary had no appetite for her own dinner when she arrived at home again. Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

They were about to sit down to dinner when he came, five o’clock being the hour for late dinners then in ordinary life. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Maria Edgeworth Dinner-time came, and Mrs. Bolingbroke appeared at dinner as usual. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Guy de Maupassan That evening at dinner Jeanne said to Julien: “I tried to persuade Rosalie to tell me the name of her betrayer. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

William Makepeace Thackeray She came when the Captain had gone to his business; she stayed to a two-o’clock dinner with Morgiana; she drove with her in the pony-carriage round the Park; but she never stopped later than six. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

I could hardly eat any dinner that night, and my brain was too unsettled to do any serious thinking. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry James Morris Townsend accepted her invitation with equal good grace, and the dinner took place a few days later. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

E. F. Benson But it was odd and distasteful to wait to be asked to dinner by anybody in Riseholme instead of everyone wanting to be asked by her. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell There were only seven gentlemen at dinner besides Mr. Smith, but of these five were critics — men more dreaded in the world of letters than you can conceive. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Meredith As for sending them to school after giving them power, it’s like asking a wild beast to sit down to dinner with us—he wants the whole table and us too. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Guy de Maupassan Julien came in to dinner in a very good temper and full of plans for his wife’s pleasure. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope He was very particular about his clothes, and I was told by Lieutenant Crosstrees on the first day that he would resent it as a bitter offence had I come down to dinner without a white cravat. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson On the way to dinner the Admiral showed him where to buy gloves, and made him buy them; where to buy cigars, and made him buy a vast store, some of which he obligingly accepted. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

They ate and drank till they could eat and drink no more, and at dinner they talked about the food and disputed lethargically, preparing for a big quarrel. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope About an hour before dinner there was a knock at his door, and the earl himself, when summoned, made his appearance in the room. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She asks me to lunch and dinner every day. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Anthony Trollope The lunch was much more tremendous to Miss Tallowax than had been the dinner at the deanery. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Our sail over, we were at dinner in the bar-parlour of the Whistling Wind. “Surely you won’t do it, Tod!” “Surely I shall, lad. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a dinner between cordial, even intimate friends. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

For indeed her dinner had consisted of some bread-and-butter in the kitchen, eaten over the French stew-pans. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Willa Cather We are to have a lot of people to dinner to-night, and Winifred’s lying down. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

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

The jolly crew, unmindful of the past, The quarry share, their plenteous dinner haste. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

After dinner they would play backgammon till bed-time. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He seemed even better looking in his well-cut dinner clothes than in his tweeds, and most of the boarders who could catch Freda’s eye came up to be introduced. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Mark Twain The dinner had to be suspended. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Seated between Helen Brabazon and Bubbles Dunster, he had thoroughly enjoyed the delicious New Year’s Eve dinner composed by Varick’s chef. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

After a dinner party I gave last night I found he had been drinking heavily, and when I remonstrated with him he was insolent. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Elizabeth Von Arnim At dinner Irais surveyed her with her head on one side. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Anthony Trollope There will always be dinner for you and Emily, just as though I were at home. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle In short, Mrs Baynard did not produce herself, till about a quarter of an hour before dinner was upon the table. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope But a good dinner is a good dinner,—especially the best dinner in Brussels,—and Sir Magnus felt that something ought to be given in return. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

After this, dinner was an uncomfortable meal. Burmese Days by George Orwell

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]

Sinclair Lewis It was a dinner without a soul. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton He was at dinner when the message reached him, and he knew from the tightening of his mother’s lips that she too interpreted it in the same way. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

John Galsworthy And silent was that half-mourning dinner in the heat. To Let by John Galsworthy

Lucy Maud Montgomery That dinner was a very dismal meal. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

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]

E. F. Benson It must be dinner then, and we shall have time to think it all over. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

David and I had accepted a very short notice invitation to dinner from Clara. We were in Town and she rang up from her flat. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

William Makepeace Thackeray Champion Major, come to dinner at five. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

John Galsworthy With difficulty Edward noticed that his brother was never asked to dinner again. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

After dinner I ensconced myself in a quiet corner of the lounge and prepared to consider my position for the hundredth time that day. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Andrew Lang When they got home they said to their wives, ‘You needn’t begin to cook the dinner to-morrow till we send the provisions home. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The dinner party was not a very joyous festivity, but everybody felt, nevertheless, that it was a great social success. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

Anthony Trollope And then the dinner came, spread over half an acre. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When dinner was over Mrs Parker helped the servant to remove the dinner things from the single sitting-room, and the two men went out to smoke their cigars in the covered porch. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

What a confounded country this England is! This is the first time I have gone without my dinner for ten years, and it is generally my best meal. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton When dinner was over Mrs. Hochmuller invited her guests to step out of the kitchen-door, and they found themselves in a green enclosure, half garden, half orchard. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Anthony Trollope In such matters he took what was provided for him, making his dinner off the first bit of meat that was brought, and simply ignoring anything offered to him afterwards. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

After dinner we proceeded through, or across, the third amphitheatre, the range in front appearing thirty to forty miles away. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

E. Phillips Oppenheim I saw the Duchess in the Park this morning and she told me that if I didn’t ask her to dinner the very day François arrived she’d never speak to me again. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Andrew Lang But dinner does not take very long when you are all by yourself, and very soon she sat down cosily in the corner of a sofa, and began to think about the charming Prince she had seen in her dream. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Though three parts of London were in flames I should no doubt expect to have my dinner served to me if I lived in the quarter which was free from fire. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli Endymion at dinner sate between two M.P.‘s, whom his experience at the House of Commons allowed him to recognise. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Afterwards, he changed his clothes at the usual time and sat down to a tete-a-tete dinner with his wife. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

She told more than once, however, of how she had been pressed here or there to stay to dinner or supper, and how she had excused herself. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The hour of dinner soon arrived. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton When Mrs. Tracy, four hours later, came in to set the table for the midday dinner he started up out of a deep sleep on the springless divan. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The dinner which speedily followed the refreshments was superlative. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A fair-headed man, in dinner jacket and black tie, became at once their spokesman. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Guy de Maupassan These gentlemen and I will wait dinner for you. The Marquis by Guy de Maupassan

And now, my hear, can you come to dinner to-night?” “Well, I don’t know. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

But she was determined not to offend the Duchess, who had been so particularly gracious, and who had sent Captain and Mrs. Winstanley a card for a dinner to be given on the last day of the year. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

All went on pleasantly; but when the elaborate dinner gave place to dessert and wine-drinking, the company became rather noisy. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

It was in this year that Balzac, as belonging to the Club, gave a dinner to its members, the chief guest being Rossini. Nodier, Sandeau, Bohain, and the witty Lautour-Mezeray were also present. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

F. Scott Fitzgerald Muriel was resting her brilliant cheek against the lapel of Maury Noble’s dinner coat and her powdered left arm was apparently twisted around his head. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins Madame Duparc and her daughter, seeing the condition she was in, undertook the preparation of the day’s dinner themselves. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Paralysis of the thoracic duct enables the patient to accept as many invitations to dinner as he can secure, without danger of spoiling his appetite. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Gertrude Stein As I said being invited to dinner I rang the bell of the little pavilion and was taken into the tiny hall and then into the small dining room lined with books. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing On an evening of June in the year ‘84, he was interrupted whilst equipping himself for dinner abroad, by a thunderous rat-tat-tat. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

After dinner we lit our pipes, and sat talking in the verandah until about nine o’clock, when I craved permission to retire. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

Anthony Trollope It was nearly six o’clock, and the hour of dinner at the brewery was long passed, when Mrs Tappitt sat herself down by the bedside determined to reap the fruit of her victory. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The Christmas dinner was in course of preparation, and Sing Sing, that villainous Chinese cook, had absconded. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing At dinner he found himself behaving circumspectly. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jane Austen An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already had Mrs. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping, when an answer arrived which deferred it all. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Lily kept him to dinner three or four times a week. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

The third night we were bidden to dinner at Moellendorff’s, so we put on our best clothes and set out in an ancient cab. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Samuel Johnson After dinner we took a boat, to explore this curious cavity. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

We were so taken up with observing these people, that we got home but just as dinner was carrying in. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Miles Franklin Let’s get in to dinner at once,” said grannie. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

George Gissing After dinner he went and sat alone in the study. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence You’ve left your dinner so long, you might as well do it now before you have it,” came a woman’s plangent voice, out of the brilliant light of the middle room. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Savilia appeared to give way, and invited Guidice to a dinner party. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Anthony Trollope And here’s the way everybody is to take everybody down to dinner for the next fortnight. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James When she was upstairs with them after dinner Adela could see her look round the room at the things she meant to alter — their mother’s things, not a bit like her own and not good enough for her. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Edith Wharton After dinner the two went to Kate’s sitting~room. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

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

I noticed at dinner to-night that you were holding your knife as if you had a blister on your hand — the kind you might have got from digging here. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Sinclair Lewis She was talking at dinner to a generalissima of suffrage. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

William Godwin For herself, she proposed coming down to dinner on the day immediately following. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Anne Bronte The reading and answering of my letters, and the direction of household concerns, afforded me ample employment for the morning: after lunch I got my drawing, and from dinner till bed-time I read. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I suppose any old gentleman going home between three and four o’clock in the morning—in dinner clothes too—runs a bit of a risk,” Padgham reflected. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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]

Edith Wharton They wandered delightedly from one subject to another, and toward the end of dinner the conversation touched on the supernatural. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Willa Cather After the dessert he went to take his usual Sunday afternoon nap, and Mrs. Kronborg carried some dinner to a sick neighbor. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Charles Dickens So I reversed my previous answer, and sat down to dinner in ten minutes afterwards; and a capital dinner it was. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Sinclair Lewis I wanted you to come to dinner with me! Do, please! If you haven’t a date. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins The marquis asks him to dinner once a year, and leaves a card for my mother before he returns to town for the season. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells The dinner was a plain one — a soup, some fresh mutton, and cheese — and there was very little talk. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Walter Scott Upon the present occasion the dinner passed pleasantly away. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Every other branch of his duty was neglected, except maintaining a stern discipline about the dinner table. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

He could not stay in the cafe; it was the hour of dinner for many, and the odors, joined with the noise, were insupportable to him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell But I thought that dinner would never, never come to an end. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope It was her turn on this occasion to send up whatever meal in the shape of dinner Castle Morony could afford. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray You may be sure they had a very good dinner — let every boy or girl think of what he or she likes best, and fancy it on the table. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Miss Deveen and Cattledon had gone out to dinner some ten miles away, and were not expected home before midnight. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Virginia Woolf At dinner he would sit right in the middle of the view. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Jonathan Swif I walked lustily in the Park by moonshine till eight, to shake off my dinner and wine; and then went to sup at Mr. Domville’s with Ford, and stayed till twelve. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope A cab for going out to dinner was a necessity — but his income would not stand two or three cabs a day. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving Poor as he was, he had his flatterers poorer than himself; for every dinner he gave them, they returned him an equivalent in praise; and this was all he wanted. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

R. D. Blackmore Matilda, my love, you know my maxim —‘Duty first, dinner afterward. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

They halted for dinner and during its preparation explored the desolate camp. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Radclyffe Hall For ten days Stephen heard nothing more, of Brockett; then he rang up to announce that he was coming to dinner at her flat that very same evening. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence After dinner the three sat cosily round the kitchen fire. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

At dinner there was a new patient, very mild and silent, with a beautiful large brown eye, like some gentle animal’s. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson To him they gave ten crowns, and promised a share of a two-crown dinner on the morrow; whereat we may suppose his mouth watered. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell I was at my desk by eight o’clock, home to dinner at one, back at the office by two. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

What was going to happen to them now? One evening in December they had no dinner at all. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

On special occasions, in the middle ages, after the dessert, hippocras was served, as they have liqueurs to this day on the Continent both after dinner and after the mid-day breakfast. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

In 1786 appeared The Lousiad, a Heroi–Comic Poem, taking its name from a legend that on the King’s dinner plate there had appeared a certain insect not usually found in such exalted quarters. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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]

D. H. Lawrence So you’d better go out by yourself this morning — and we’ll be in to dinner at one. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy It was hot too, and after dressing for dinner he lay down on the sofa in his bedroom to rest a little. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens The fire blazes high in the kitchen chimney of these well-fed hypocrites, and the rich steams of the savoury dinner scent the air. Sunday Under Three Heads by Charles Dickens [1836]

Sinclair Lewis The dinner was lush but difficult. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

The landlady brought in Gerard’s dinner smoking and savoury. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

Arnold Bennett Besides, suppose he forgot to wipe the bottle?’ ‘Prince Eugen is always served at dinner by Hans. It is an honour which the faithful old fellow reserves for himself. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Wilkie Collins As good a dinner as I wish ever to eat;—shall I get a little nap after it? The fowls, the dogs, the hammer, the children, the waggons, are quiet at last. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The family of General V——a were there, and, this being the day of a great diplomatic dinner given by Santa Anna, various officers and diplomates came in late and in full dress. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Kate Chopin The dinner was the last straw; you might have dispensed with it. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I guess I have lost half a stone since dinner to-night. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

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]

Jules Verne My dinner was served in my room as usual. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope The dinner was dull enough; for, of course, as long as the man was in the room there was no talking on business, and, in his present frame of mind Barry was not likely to be an agreeable companion. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope They dined at seven, and after dinner strolled out into the horse paddock, and down to the creek. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Tod had ordered dinner to be on the table. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Virginia Woolf What with recurring dinner parties and Sunday calls, and country visits lasting far beyond the week-ends of our generation, the fabric of friendship was solidly built up and carefully preserved. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anthony Trollope He must go out and look for a dinner among the eating-houses. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ivan Turgenev Sanin played with her until dinner-time and after dinner Pantaleone too took a hand in the game. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

I booked a room and, after a cold shower, was just ready in time when the gong sounded for dinner at six o’clock. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

At dinner Alfred was so fortunate as to sit opposite a gentleman, who nodded and grinned at him all dinner with a horrible leer. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jonathan Swif It took fire in the upper rooms, while he was at dinner with Monteleon, the Spanish Ambassador, and other persons; and soon after Lord Bolingbroke came to us with the same story. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Theodore Dreiser Mindful of this, Cowperwood, with a now splendid scheme in his mind, one day invited John J. McKenty over to his house to dinner on a social pretext. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser When she came to the table — breakfast, luncheon, or dinner — she was to him always a charming object to see. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope He had been expected to dinner at seven, and the first attempts of Murray in the kitchens of Grey Abbey had been kept waiting for him till half-past eight; but in vain. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

It began thus: In the morning he would write a note and sent Pavl somewhere with it, and before dinner he would say to Larionovich: “1 am going to the bath today. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

Anthony Trollope When two fellows offered me a dinner at the club on the score of my chances, I wouldn’t have it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

They had the housedog for dinner that day, though, from some false notion of hospitable etiquette, the woman and children did not take any. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

George Gissing That evening Richard had for guest at dinner Mr. Willis Rodman; so that gentleman named himself on his cards, and so he liked to be announced. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray We had our dinner of eggs and flaps of bread, and the sunset gun fired: we had our pipes and coffee again, and the night fell. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Wilkie Collins This is my private sitting-room, and I am to eat my little bit of dinner in it all alone. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Ursula took her dinner to school, and during the second week ate it in Miss Schofield’s room. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Electric light, bathrooms, central heating, radiators, dinner lift, luggage lift,” Ted’s voice broke down, and struggled on in a strangled whisper. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

It was the tenth of July. After dinner was over I repaired, with my friend Dr. Hammond, to the garden to smoke my evening pipe. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassant The family sat at dinner in the shadow of the pear-tree planted before the door — the father, the mother, the four children, the two maid-servants, and the three farm laborers. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Anthony Trollope Pheasants at dinner are rubbish — mere rubbish. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

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]

Yet better the dinner of herbs, and love and peace withal, than the choicest fare or the most perfect service. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson And it is not till dinner is on the table, and the inn’s best wine goes round from glass to glass, that we begin to throw off the restraint and fuse once more into a jolly fellowship. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot But if you’ll take my advice, Bessy, you’ll put the dinner forrard a bit, sooner than put it back, because folks are late as ought to ha’ known better. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

He was in the chair that evening, and a better chairman of such a dinner I have never seen. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Meredith The dinner failed of the pleasure he had expected from it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James They were to go together after dinner to a couple of balls; a diversion which struck her as ghastly for people who carried such horrors in their breasts. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Even so, when her mother asked him at dinner whether he had any family in England, she was conscious of a vague surprise that he should be possessed of anything so mundane as relations. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]