Phrases with "effort"

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes were like slits of coal-black fire, his lower lip was dragged down, his face resembled a sculptor’s effort to reproduce the human sneer. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Jack London Oh, believe me, it required a distinct physical effort to get clear of what I had done. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

She answered the letter, however, and the effort scarce cost her less than it did her decrepid and dying relative. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing I suppose not one in every thousand uses half the possibilities of natural joy and delightful effort which lie in those years between seventeen and seven-and-twenty. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Summerlee was still so weak that it was an effort for him to stand; but the old man was full of a sort of surly courage which would never admit defeat. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anton Chekhov In the morning he got up with an effort and went to the hospital. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

I answered him, — what an effort did it cost me! — yet I answered him in all the bitterness of extorted politeness. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope That he was making an effort they all saw. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Both in her poor dress and in her mother’s there was an effort to keep up some appearance of neatness. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Zona Gale When he had finished the dark woman sat with bowed head, and St. George himself was more moved by his own effort than was strictly professional. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Sinclair Lewis He was keeping up, this while, an effort to shout which mangled his throat yet seemed no louder than a moan. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

He was soon gaining on Lad of Mine but Keys, good jockey that he was, made no effort to push his mount. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Radclyffe Hall There she would stand with her strong arms folded, and her face somewhat strained in an effort of attention. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

She suppressed the scream that rose to her lips, but the effort cost her dear. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins No effort to preserve her shall be neglected. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jack London Also, by an effort of will, I managed to sleep away long hours. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Algernon Blackwood He asked me once ‘But is no one born noble? To be splendid is such an effort with them!’ Splendour of conduct, he noticed, is a calculated, rarely a spontaneous splendour. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

As to Mrs. Marshall, she made no effort to disguise her state of mind. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

She was hedged round with a great peace, the peace of one who has attained a desired end with much effort and perseverance, and who has found it still eminently desirable in its attainment. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Jack London His eyes were closed, but the lids slightly lifted in an effort to look at them as they bent over him, and the tail was perceptibly agitated in a vain effort to wag. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Algernon Blackwood An irresistible desire came to him to question her, to summon what still remained to him of his own little personality in an effort to retain the right to his normal self. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Bram Stoker The last conscious effort which imagination made was to show me a livid white face bending over me out of the mist. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

D. H. Lawrence It was with an effort she roused herself, to write to her lawyer in London, to get her release from her English obligations. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Since then I have often tried to recall my feelings at that moment, but the effort has always been in vain. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Marjorie Bowen He made an effort to laugh into their faces. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Edith Wharton To cease from work was not to cease from thought of it; and in the unwonted pause from effort the Professor found himself taking a general survey of the field he had travelled. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He made no effort to stop her. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She made an effort which seemed almost mortal, but was conscious that the hideous thing was gone from her. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Ford Madox Ford No, you could not get the effect of that endless monotony of effort by numbers. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Algernon Blackwood No effort on my part, no evasion, no mere pretence that it was fantasy or imagination altered that. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

If he allowed his head to hang, the blood rushed to his brain, and suffocated him, while the effort to keep it raised strained every muscle to agony pitch. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James His visible insistence — for it came to that — even demanded of him a certain disagreeable effort, the sort of effort he had mostly associated with acting for an idea. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H. G. Wells From Venice hitherward he had marked with cumulative effect the clustering evidences of effort spent and power crumbled to nothingness. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jack London Lost they indubitably were; but the boat remained, and Wolf Larsen made one more reckless effort to recover it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The physician was hardly twenty leagues on his journey, before Gilles resolved to make another effort to force the devil to divulge the art of gold-making. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

E. F. Benson He came to tea and supper, but made no effort to be cheerful, rather he called attention to his dejection, and showed temper in speaking to Mr. Brontë. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

He made an effort to speak, but his tongue clove to the roof of his mouth, and his jaws stuck together. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arnold Bennett Hilda Lessways and Edwin were not gay, and Hilda would characteristically make no effort to seem that which she was not. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

At length a grave square man arose, laid aside his ample beaver, and after another solemn interval of silence, he gave a deep groan, and as it were by the same effort uttered, “Keep thy foot. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

But she made an effort to pull herself together, and to those who saw her leave the witness-box the expression on her white face appeared deeply pathetic. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Watson, too, was making an effort to appear amiable, and his wife, though her colour seemed a trifle hectic and her laughter not altogether natural, contributed her share to the conversation. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Wilkie Collins She tried faintly to free her hands — gave up the attempt — smiled — made an effort to look grave — gave that up, too — sighed suddenly — checked herself suddenly — said nothing. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He has made an effort to enter, but his long walk and the excitement of this last bitter hour have been too much for him. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

This lady had been so much with Gertrude all the evening, and had so entirely engaged her attention, that it would have required an effort of imagination to think of another. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Gissing She made one effort to rise, but could not. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

With an effort she wrested her eyes from the sight, and looked before her, only more certainly to see the dancers. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

George Meredith He helped nowhere to a lead; and so quick are the changes of mood at such moments that she was now far from him under the failure of an effort to come near. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James The effort was visible in her pale face and her silence; she looked so ill that when they left the table Rowland felt almost bound to remark upon it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins There is his senseless long dress entangling itself in his toes, and making an effort of what Nature intended to be a luxury. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells The new order cannot be brought into existence without a gigantic and more or less co-ordinated effort of the saner and abler elements in the human population. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope They made an effort to sit quietly at their work, and to talk over the doings at Mrs Tappitt’s ball; but this coming of the young man threw its shadow, more or less, over everything. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Sweetwater made no effort to deter him. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins At my later time of life, I could show my old friend that I was not afraid of him — but I was conscious of an effort in doing it. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He must make an effort, an effort of will, and then no mistakes would happen. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Should he go down to the Club for tennis after all? No, it meant shaving, and he could not face the effort of shaving until he had a few drinks inside him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Against that angry sky he came on, in that empty land his voice rang out in joy, and she tried to move; she ran a few steps forward, and made an effort to speak. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. F. Benson Somehow that little touch, his obvious effort to recall where he had slept, brought strangely home to Darcy the wonderful romance of which he was the still half-incredulous beholder. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

George Meredith The effort to restrain myself made me like an icicle. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Arthur Machen He lay back in his chair, wondering whether it were late; his eyes were half closed, and he did not make the effort and rouse himself. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Henry James She was making an effort that horribly hurt her, and, as she couldn’t cry out, her eyes swam in her silence. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

There was palpable effort in her light tone, and in the stormy sort of smile which she forced upon her blotched and perturbed countenance, but they were only too welcome to Theron’s anxious mood. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Nobody really liked being the object of one, and it always meant an effort on the part of the maker. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Gissing Then, with an effort to seem cheerful, as if ashamed of her troubled thought, ‘I had listened so long to a sound of falling water that I could not resist the desire to see it. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

T. E. Lawrence Moan was impregnable for us, so we concentrated on cutting its northern railway and diverting the Turkish effort to relieve its garrison from the Amman side. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Karl Philipp Moritz For here it is contrived, as much as possible, to place in view for the public inspection every production of art, and every effort of industry. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Arnold Bennett That such a being was hers, that she without any effort had captured such a being, flattered her to an extreme degree. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Wilkie Collins With a last desperate effort of resolution, Grace sprung forward and placed herself in front of them. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Virginia Woolf He had made no effort to tide over the discomforts of her introduction, and now, engaged in argument with his brother, apparently forgot her presence. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Still I made no effort to release myself. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

The lawyer had made every effort to lure the lost bird back to its deserted nest. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins The effort to speak was the one effort that I could make. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Jack London I tried to cheer him up, but he ignored my effort and suddenly began talking very hurriedly, in a low voice, as we passed through the station. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells He touched a lever and the throbbing effort of the engine ceased. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

He made an effort — or tried to: the smooth, sweet tide of sleep swept over him to the eyelids, leaving him still and breathing evenly on his pillow. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Don’t let him lie here, sir, without one effort to save him! This very moment life may be passing away. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton He trembled inwardly with the effort of recovery, and the shock of finding himself flung back into his old world. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Gissing But it was with effort that Miss Bygrave brought herself to speak to another of her form of faith. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

A. E. W. Mason For though the soldier carried a loaded musket and a bayonet locked to the muzzle, he had without an effort of self-defence received the Cossack’s lance-thrust in his throat. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe Without a certain continuity of effort — without a certain duration or repetition of purpose — the soul is never deeply moved. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Leon Gozlan has amusingly related the manner in which the novelist supplied their lack by an effort of imagination. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Edith Wharton She made an effort to sustain the note of pleasantry. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was a long sustained and supreme effort on the ape-man’s part — and the vertebrae of Sabor’s neck parted with a sharp snap. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

George Gissing Faithfulness would cost her no effort to purify herself in ideal devotion would be her sustenance, her solace. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Meredith Braintop, after a short struggle, and an effort at speech, which was loosely shaken in his mouth, heard that he stood a prisoner. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Virginia Woolf Then she opened her eyes wide; by an effort of will she kept them open. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry James For that particular effort Nick’s talent had taken an inspired flight. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry Adams His memory was slow, and the effort painful. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

D.H. Lawrence He wanted to lie down again, to relieve himself of the sickening effort of supporting and controlling his body. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The amalgamation of the totems is their frantic effort to coalesce. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Bram Stoker But, by the time Orton was released, in 1884, practically all interest had died away, and his effort to resuscitate it was a miserable failure. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anna Katherine Green This he was greatly averse to doing; it would be too long and painful an effort for him, and he could not trust Perry with any such piece of nice discrimination. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Marcel Prous Ses traits, comme dans des séances de modelage, semblaient s’appliquer, dans un effort qui la détournait de tout le reste, à se conformer à certain modèle que nous ne connaissions pas. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Robert Louis Stevenson Nothing is so interesting as weeding, clearing, and path-making; the oversight of labourers becomes a disease; it is quite an effort not to drop into the farmer; and it does make you feel so well. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Victor Hugo This effort could not last long. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Every effort was made to clear his lordship from the imputation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson And there, without any perceptible wrinkling, you have rendered for you exactly the fixed look in the eyes, and the unconscious compression of the mouth, that befit and signify an effort of the kind. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope He could not endure the thought of leaving London,—it might be for much more than the one day intended,—without making some effort in regard to the object which was nearest his heart. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Remark the unceasing effort throughout nature at somewhat better than the actual creatures: amelioration in nature, which alone permits and authorizes amelioration in mankind. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

Something seemed to choke her — something which she finally mastered, though only by an effort which left her pale, but self-contained, and even more lovely, if that is possible, than before. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton Mrs. Jaspar, now growing perceptibly languid, and nodding with more and more effort at Mr. Warley’s pleasantries, transferred a bunch of grapes to her plate, but nibbled only two or three. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Jack London So the dog made no effort to communicate its apprehension to the man. Lost Face by Jack London

Anna Katherine Green He sees Woman for the first time, though he had thought himself in love before and had wandered thus far in an effort to forget. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope She made an effort or two to escape, but the efforts were all in vain. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

As it went circling round them it uttered little noises of effort and pain. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

It required an effort to do this impartially, because, upon sight of Levi Gorringe, there rose up suddenly within him an emotion of fierce dislike and enmity. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope The blood flew to her face and suffused her forehead, but she did not speak, or resist him or make any effort to escape from his embrace. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

He said: “It always seemed to me in my profession that a good deal of what passed for success would be rather disagreeable, apart from needing more effort than I felt called upon to make. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

At first she had regarded him disdainfully, then it had been only with an effort that she had kept up an appearance of studied scorn and disbelief and finally her expression was a most unhappy one. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

The sidewalk contingent was engaged in comment and discussion from which it made no effort to eliminate the news that Norah Walsh was being married. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Olaf Stapledon Perceiving through all men’s sense organs, he fused without effort all their perceptions into a single orderly perception. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Another effort restored his equilibrium. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope His brother makes some faint effort at fraternization, such as he had made before, and then Robinson,—our Robinson,—is off. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

George Gissing The feeling you profess for me is unreal if you are not capable of so small an effort on my behalf. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anna Katherine Green If you have no desire to dream, and want work for to-morrow, make an effort to discover from whose clothing that fell and what was its use. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Wilkie Collins Did you walk here?” she added, suddenly, with an effort to change the subject. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope He smiled first at the one man and then at the other, and made an effort to carry himself with his ordinary tranquillity. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Looked at in an odd way by people who made no effort to join them, they moved with one exception slowly and consciously towards the stairs. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Nellie Bly I imagined, from the obvious signs, that dinner was served, but as no one had said anything to me I made no effort to follow in the hungry train. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Willa Cather McKann described to his wife this unpleasing picture only last night, while he was undressing, when he was making every possible effort to avert this concert party. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When, with a last wrenching effort of his back, Dick stood upright, the board slid sidewise and the pair toppled into the sea. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins The landlady answered with some appearance of effort — the effort of a person who was carefully considering her words before she permitted them to pass her lips. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

T. E. Lawrence Every effort was still directed against the railway. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Archdeacon Bottleworthy made an effort to pull himself together, but there was little of the old imperious manner in his tones. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope Her effort — her last final effort — must be made to secure the hand and heart of her cousin Frank. “Ah, ’tis his heart I want,” she said to herself. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The yoke he bore shall press him still,  And, long-ingrained effort goad To find, to fashion, and fulfil  The cleaner life, the sterner code. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

At this juncture it became apparent to the keen eye of Rudolf Ackermann that some effort must be made to turn this fine talent into new channels, and to organise its output. Old Coloured Books by George Paston [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The effort was very much to be respected, for it was a great one. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Edith Wharton The effort of rising, and of composing his face to meet her, gave him a factitious sense of self-control. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He was resolved to make an effort of some kind for the extrication of his sister. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jack London No effort of faith is necessary to believe in such a god; no effort of will can possibly induce disbelief in such a god. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry James It would be hard to say how well he succeeded; but the effort soothed rather than excited him, and as he had had a good deal both of moral and physical fatigue he sank at last into a quiet sleep. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell Any effort to do so roused the old stern spirit. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did so want human help in that struggle which always supervenes after a swoon; when the effort is to clutch at life, and the effort seems too much for the will. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was with an effort to relieve the tension between them that he broached the matter at dinner in what he considered a delicate way. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And yet I had — somehow, somewhere; and in the vain effort at recollection I had almost forgotten my hunger. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Jules Verne Mais un suprême effort arracha le bloc qui glissa sur la pente du mont et disparut. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Wilkie Collins Her strength had broken down under the effort which had sustained her from the beginning to the end of the inquiry. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jules Verne Every effort was made to restore the Sergeant. He was rubbed with warm rum, and gradually the circulation of his blood was restored. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells I posed as a man of promise and effort and, as I posed, I began to believe in my pose. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The coffin was like stone, which no effort could break, and the conviction that I was powerless left me unnerved, without courage to make any fresh attempts. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Henry Kingsley He made the last energetic effort that he made at all. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I knew that there never would, never could, come another such time, but Elodia thwarted my effort to hold it a moment longer. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Jules Verne Vers midi, Pencroff ayant demandé à Cyrus Smith si l’on pouvait le transporter, Cyrus Smith, pour toute réponse, et par un effort qui attestait la volonté la plus énergique, se leva. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith His effort to smile was a line cut awry in wood; his big eyes were those of a cat for sociability; he looked cursed, and still he wore the smile. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing Adela made an effort to speak in words of comfort, but her own voice sounded hopeless in her ears. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang His latest important effort was the series of drawings called “In Fairy Land,” to which Mr. William Allingham contributed the verses. The Library by Andrew Lang

A letter, a telephone message, and from this squalor he could step straight back into the money-world — back to four quid a week, back to effort and decency and slavery. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jules Verne And now no effort would avail; all was in vain; the tide began to turn; and the “Chancellor” would not advance an inch. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Marie Corelli Rallying his forces at last with an effort he made a very good assumption of his most authoritative manner. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

So it was only with some effort that he greeted Larose smilingly. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

H. G. Wells I looked up with a sense of effort and met Verrall’s eyes. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

But he tells his exploits with an air of honesty, and without any extraordinary effort to set them off in undue relief. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Wilkie Collins Just as we pushed off from the sinking ship Alfred made an effort to break from me, but I held him firm, and he never repeated the attempt. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells The effort was unexpectedly difficult, and it left him giddy and weak — and amazed. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Sinclair Lewis With effort he said, “You too — you need comforting, maybe you need bossing, when I get over being scared of you. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim He made an effort at cheerfulness. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

H. G. Wells I set to work under Briggs to devise the necessary disciplines and economies of effort for making both the written and the practical examinations in biology safe for candidates. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Kennedy had never made any effort to attack this provision-bearing visitor. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence During his recuperation, when it was really over between them, both made an effort to come back somewhat to the old relationship of the first months of their marriage. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell But she resisted his silent effort to draw her away from the path leading to the house, and turned her face steadily homewards. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Kenneth Grahame He hesitated — braced himself up for an effort and strode on. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Wilkie Collins No! try as I might, the utmost effort of my will availed me nothing. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins You complain, Alfred, that you can never count on having five minutes to yourself with Cecilia, Cecilia complains that she is perpetually interrupted in the laudable effort to improve her mind. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

John Morley It does not always repay itself, as the too neglected list of good causes lost, and noble effort wasted, so abundantly shows. Voltaire by John Morley

G. K. Chesterton It may seem that his emotion was exaggerated and needless, considering the effort of common sense by which he had conquered his nervousness about the noise on the previous night. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins With an effort I moved my head on the pillow, so as to look round on the other side of the sofa. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Meredith The poor bit of effort excited her frame to desire a spice of danger, her walk was towering in the physical contempt of a mountain girl for petty lowland obstructions. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope But his great effort of all should be made in the House of Commons. He would endeavour to make his father perceive that he had appreciated that letter. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

And it was this which at the sight of a policeman in the street led me to make an effort to escape. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

The effort to change this refusal had long been the business of his life. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

T. E. Lawrence When he-camels so baulked, they would die on their spot, after days; and I feared that now I had found the limit of effort in she-camels. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry James This required an effort strong enough to sicken him; but he had his reason, which over-mastered for the moment everything else. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

He had a heap of newspapers and magazines thrown pell-mell into the empty seat next him; and arousing himself with a faint show of effort presently, he began to turn these over with a careless hand. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton The effort set him weakly trembling, and he wanted to cry again. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Margaret Oliphant But at last Walter summoned up all his courage with a desperate effort, an effort of despair which restored him to himself and made a clear spot amid all the mist and confusion of the day. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

It was in a softer voice than his usual one that he said, making what was almost an effort to move and speak at all: “Are you sure you won’t have a drink? . All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne Some more rapid method, and one which was less likely to demolish the house, must be thought of; for the farther they advanced the more violent became the effort to break off the compact ice. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton To come to Lynbrook had required a strong effort of will; but the effort of remaining there called into play less disciplined faculties. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Morgan Robertson By an effort of will, he aroused himself and looked. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

H. G. Wells No effort of her reason could reconcile her to the inferiority of Margharita’s equipment. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing I think I could go back and live out my life at Waikiki.’ ‘It astonished me that you didn’t make an effort to go with Hugh to that great volcano. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell Ruth sat with her head drooping, more from exhaustion after a season of effort than because she shunned Mr Donne’s looks. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The stone which he had rolled up the hill with such effort had suddenly rolled down again, but he was eager to renew his labours. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Henry Adams Arrived at Genoa, the party hid itself for a fortnight at Nervi, and he gained strength rapidly as long as he made no effort and heard no call for action. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Niccolo Machiavelli FABRIZIO: I will make an effort to satisfy you, I will not reply to your questions in detail; for, when I answer one, often it will also answer another. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Elizabeth Gaskell I can meet the consequences of my painful, miserable doubts; but it is an effort beyond me to speak of what has caused me so much suffering. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edith Wharton But the close of the short dreary evening left her with a sense of effort hopelessly wasted. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He could vaguely imagine that effort at explanation would end—even begin—by being so clumsy that it would be met by puzzled or unbelieving smiles. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells And Mr. Bessel asserts that he, being alive, did actually, by an effort of will, leave his body and pass into some place or state outside this world. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James I knew of course that she would hang about till the very last moment, and that was what I perhaps a little clumsily — if it was my own fault! — made the effort to convey to you. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Bram Stoker Still she bore up bravely, and as usual the effort was helpful to her. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Merridew made an effort — a grateful effort — to look at my hair. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins She would fain have persuaded herself that she had reached these results with no undue straining of the truth as she really knew it, but the effort was in vain. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Bram Stoker The fountains of the deep were stirred, and no human intelligence could do more than guess at what might result from any individual effort of self-advancement. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Meredith It is not an effort at epigram to say, that whom she scourges most she most supports. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Willa Cather The Cumberland minister had been interviewed, and expressed his hope of yet reclaiming the motherless lad, and Paul’s Sabbath-school teacher declared that she would spare no effort to that end. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Fortunately the current helped me, and with hardly an effort on my part, I was carried towards it. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

I have got so far, and I should prefer making one effort of it. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis The one gentle effort at his salvation was that of Stella Avondene Wrenchard. The Avondenes were a Family, fond and unshakable. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wandered from the card-room, which bored him, abandoned the billiard-room without an effort to play, and finally found himself in the library, the most deserted room in the club. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]