Phrases with "eight"

Arthur Conan Doyle After eight months of anxiety and toil, ending in success, captain — I am proud to be able to say the words — some little licence must be allowed. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell Returning to Avallon, there is a very bad coach to Sémur, another very pretty place, with a delightful church; seven or eight leagues off. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Guy de Maupassant They are darlings, coquettes, arranged in eight rows to the right, eight rows, the left, and so laid out that they look like two gardens springing up from under my feet. A Divorce Case (Un cas de divorce) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson Breakfast was at half-past seven: by eight o’clock, all trace of the meal had been cleared away. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells By the time he was seven or eight quite a number of people had asked: “What can you do with a boy like that?” Nobody had found a satisfactory solution to the problem. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sinclair Lewis For he was one of the lonely men in New York. He had dined out four times in eight years. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins Toward eight o’clock that evening the doctor himself would call and see that his patient wanted for nothing. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charles Dickens At an early hour they all meet together for these festive purposes; at eight o’clock refreshments are served; and at nine they separate. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Arnold Bennett It was nearly eight o’clock. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jules Verne At eight o’clock prayers were read as usual, the lamps were extinguished, and all retired to rest. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Accordingly, somewhere toward eight o’clock in the evening, he sought her out with the bold resolution of forcing her to satisfy him on this point. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Isabella Bird These ladies have thirty boarders in their school between the ages of eight and sixteen, a previous knowledge of reading acquired in the village schools being a condition of admission. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He then went out for air and exercise, fished all the morning and killed eight fish. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

John Lewis Burckhard About three hundred and fifty pounds weight English of melons sell at Tabaria for about eight shillings. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Margaret Oliphant The train goes at eight or nine o’clock—I forget which. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Benjamin Disraeli At last the movement was effected, and the army reached Antioch, where the cholera broke out in its ranks, and where eight days were lost. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

I assure you, I myself, from having lived at Slumberleigh eight months, became quite excited at the prospect of so much dissipation. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson She was composing a list, and every now and then, after an inward calculation, she lowered the pencil to note such items as: three tipsy-cakes, four trifles, eight jam-sandwiches. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Sir Walter Scott On the left side of this chapel is a small oratory, eight by six in the thickness of the wall, with a niche in the wall, and enlightened by a like loop-hole. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

It was all up-hill work; and at eight o’clock, when we went to breakfast, things were nearly where they were when we began. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

So, that evening she dined as usual; and when she and Coralie went into the drawing-room at eight o’clock, she said her head ached, and she should go to bed. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Jules Verne The party breakfasted and set out on the return journey about one o’clock P.M. The night was passed as before in an ice-cavern, and the route resumed at eight o’clock the next morning, March 9th. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Willa Cather She had married at eighteen and had had eight children; but some died, and some were, as she said, scattered. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

George Gissing She wrote in reply that she would be standing at the front door at half-past eight on the following evening. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing Thus ranged they were seen to be eight in number. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing For fifteen years he had walked to and fro over Blackfriars Bridge, leaving his home in Camberwell at eight o’clock and reaching it again at seven. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

William Dampier We kept within two mile of the shore, sounding all the way; and found at six miles distance from land 19 fathom; at eight miles distance 21 fathom, gross sand. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Rudyard Kipling He had been out since early dawn at the seal-holes, eight miles away, and had come home with three big seal. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Thomas Hardy It was between eight and nine o’clock when he reached her door. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

William Hope Hodgson Yet, the part on which we stood, for about six or eight feet forrard of us, was still firm. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Jules Verne At eight thirty-five a dull explosion was heard, much less loud than any one would have supposed. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

After the letter alluding to little M.‘s death, there is a hiatus of eight years. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

If you like it, come to me at eight o’clock in the morning; if not, why, stay away, and no harm’s done. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James They strolled up dispersedly — there were eight or ten of them — and the circle under the trees rearranged itself as they took their place in it. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton Why else had she suddenly grown interested in Selden? She had known him for eight years or more: ever since her return to America he had formed a part of her background. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Jules Verne Toward eight o’clock in the evening, after supper, while Lady Helena and Mary Grant slept in their berths, Paganel and his friends conversed on serious matters as they walked up and down the deck. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope The usual price is two dollars (or eight shillings) a bottle. North America by Anthony Trollope

At half-past eight a visitor called to see the doctor. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

At eight o'clock again to-night a thunderstorm came up from the westward; it sprinkled us with a few drops of rain, and then became dispersed to the south and south-east. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Tea-things about at eight o’clock! It was all of a piece together. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy That’s what happened to my brother Eddie, when he was about eight year old. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edgar Rice Burroughs By the time I had eaten eight meals and slept twice I was convinced that I was upon the wrong trail, for between Phutra and the inland sea I had not slept at all, and had eaten but once. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Half-past eight found me ascending the great, dim staircase of the house in Nevill’s Court preceded by Miss Oman, by whom I was ushered into the room. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

For eight days he did not leave the house or show himself at the office. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Jules Verne That was to be its last resting-place, its last halt, after its voyage of eight hundred leagues on the great Brazilian artery. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

At the station he captured Miss Lantry out of the gadding mob at eight thirty-two. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Sinclair Lewis The eight kicked him in the head with their thick marching-shoes. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

They will get eight or ten thousand pounds by it, and I shall get more than by all my literary labours put together—nay, thrice as much. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

John Hill Burton Period of Redemption.] And such new three-and-a-half per cents shall not become redeemable until the fifth day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

H. G. Wells About eight the Bingen was rushed by an armed mob, and all its defenders killed after a fierce, disorderly struggle. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Then, for the message to Sloop, I cut out eight letters to form the words ‘All right’ from a newspaper, and gummed them on to a piece of its blank margin. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Jules Verne He had two whitish tusks, beautifully curved, and about eight feet in length; and in these the shanks of the anchor had firmly caught. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Anthony Trollope There certainly was no man for whom she cared a straw; nor had there been for the last six or eight years. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The arrangements were primitive, but the building was of considerable size, and some eight or nine animals were in the boxes. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

There was a candle burning, and I saw that the room measured fifteen feet square by eight high, and had eight beds in it. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Now, I’m going up to M. Marchurst’s house, so you can meet me at the top of the hill, at eight o’clock tonight. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Thomas Hardy Manston received a message the next day requesting his attendance at the House punctually at eight o’clock the ensuing evening. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Mark Twain We took our last look at the city, clinging like a whitewashed wasp’s nest to the hill-side, and at eight o’clock in the morning departed. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Richard Hakluy To the north of this place eight leagues we had a perfect hope of the passage, finding a mighty great sea passing between two lands west. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

William Hope Hodgson And surely we slept and waked, and there had gone eight good hours, and naught was come anigh to us to harm us. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Tod, and Richardson, and Lord Gaiton, and the two men from Magdalen, and—well, it’s no use enumerating—seven or eight in all. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

In a similar manner, eight bulls were done to death. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edgar Allan Poe There were several active servants in attendance; and, upon a large table, at the farther end of the apartment, were seated seven or eight people with fiddles, fifes, trombones, and a drum. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle The voyage lasted eight months, but the ship had only been out two months and a half when your husband died. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell However, I enjoyed the walk inexpressibly, and would not have missed the spectacle on any account” She did not achieve this walk of seven or eight miles, in such weather, with impunity. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

In the caves during to-day it was 98°, and at eight o'clock at night outside it was 101°. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope If any gentleman had said a soft word to Clara eight years ago, that soft word ought to be repeated to him now. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The man brought his clothes, and again informed him that the automobile would be at the door at eight o’clock: or at least so he made out. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne I reckoned then we should have eight hours to swim before sunrise, an operation quite practicable if we relieved each other. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Wilkie Collins At eight o’clock his servant brought him up a cup of coffee. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Mrs. Arnold, too, no doubt agreed with Carlyle. During the first eight years of their married life, she bore him six children; and four more were to follow. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

He was in the office opening the letters by eight o’clock. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Jules Verne At eight o’clock it descended the farther slope, the acclivity of which was much less abrupt. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Florence Dixie Dismounting hastily he approached within eight or nine yards of the growling animal. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

I’d cursed her for a whining woman, and told her I’d take a whip to her, always moaning about her belly as though she’d a child there and was eight months gone. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

At eight bells in the first watch it began to thunder and lighten furiously; but the thunder, though close, was quite inaudible in the tremendous uproar of the wind and sea. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Charles Dickens At eight o’clock in the morning Mr. Sleary and the dog reappeared: both in high spirits. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

A. E. W. Mason Now unexpectedly, at half-past eight in the morning, and in evening dress, he calls upon me. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Anthony Trollope He went down from the Committee room into the House, and he dined at the House, and remained there until eight or nine at night; but Fitzgibbon did not come. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather At eight o’clock the next morning Ray greeted his ladies and helped them into the car. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Land can be purchased for eight shillings per acre on terms of deferred payments. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

At its foot, and directly in front of them, was a strip of sloping bank some six or eight feet in width. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

It’s stood for eight hundred years, and that’s a long time, you know. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Thomas Hardy It was about eight o’clock, and Lucetta was sitting in the drawing-room alone. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Walter Scott HENRY MACKENZIE. The little party at the Lodge were assembled at supper, at the early hour of eight o’clock. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Henry Kingsley About six or eight months ago — let me be particular, though,” said he, referring to some papers — “that is rather a loose way of beginning. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

It was then agreed that a meeting should take place at Mr. Percy Noakes’s chambers on the ensuing Wednesday evening at eight o’clock, and the visitors departed. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Durrah (Sorghum), per Ardebb (each = twelve Kaylah), seven and a half to eight dollars. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But that was in the year 1420, and the eight years between had made us more than eight years sadder. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

H. G. Wells It is quite impossible for the ordinary reader to imagine those eight days. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Jack London I prefer to skip the details of much that happened in the next eight days. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Gaston Leroux He must be a man about five feet eight in height. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

It was but eight o’clock, and they had dined at five. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I was Governor of an impoverished rock on which I had wasted the toil and thought of eight good years of my prime: my title was hereditary, but I had in those days no son to inherit it. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Robert Louis Stevenson From half-past eight till six, he must ‘file and chip vigorously in a moleskin suit and infernally dirty. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

This lovely child was nearly eight years of age. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells It consisted of eight words written disconnectedly: “George Bessel . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Andrew Lang You take a piece of the commonest wooden board, say the lid of a packing-case, about a sixth of an inch in thickness, and about eight inches long and three broad, and you sharpen the ends. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Edgar Allan Poe The eight ourang-outangs, taking Hop-Frog’s advice, waited patiently until midnight (when the room was thoroughly filled with masqueraders) before making their appearance. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Judging by the windows, it did not contain more than six or eight rooms in all. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Once again they were just overtaking him when he slipped in among seven or eight big trees. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. F. Benson But it would never do to hurry Foljambe, who was a little upset already by the fact of there being eight to dinner, which was two more than she approved of. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

He seemed to Mangan to be in the best of spirits and invited him up to dinner at the Embassy that evening at eight o’clock. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope But there were eight horses, and eight horses with three servants and a carriage made quite a throng. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Took larboard watch eight bells last night, was relieved by Amramoff, but did not go to bunk. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He had neither had a home nor any relatives to speak of since the most infantine period of his existence, but had been thrown upon the world a sharp-witted adventurer at seven or eight years old. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

At the beginning we had been issued with a packet of cigarettes a day, then it got down to eight cigarettes a day, then to five. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Anthony Trollope Now, at length, we will come to Margaret Mackenzie, the sister, our heroine, who was eight years younger than her brother Walter, and twelve years younger than Mr Rubb’s partner. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Catherine Helen Spence The State provided free schools with trained teachers, but did not take children under eight years old. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Anthony Trollope It was now something beyond the middle of October, and at present it might be eight o’clock. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing By half-past eight the second was gently steaming at her elbow. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jack London From the deck to the truck of the maintopmast is something over a hundred feet, while the foremast with its topmast is eight or ten feet shorter. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson Sometimes, seeing them stand so tall and sturdy before him — a well — grown girl and boy of seven and eight — he grew quite confused. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

William Dampier The next day he sent for Captain Read to come ashore, and he with seven or eight men went to wait on the sultan. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Jonathan Swif At eight I went again to Lord Masham’s; Lord Treasurer is generally there at night: we sat up till almost two. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jules Verne At eight o’clock this morning Curtis asked our attention for a moment. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

He died on the twenty-first of April, in the fifty-third year of his age, after a reign of twenty-two years and eight months wanting a day. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

William Makepeace Thackeray And if any of you gents like a glass of punch this evening at eight o’clock, Bob Swinney’s your man, and nothing to pay. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Mark Twain Well, here’s your bad luck! We’ve raked in all this truck and eight dollars besides. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Joseph Furphy Alf, it appeared, had left the station six or eight weeks before, bound for no one knew where. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

He started a little over eight to one. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell I got here a little before eight o’clock. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Hope Hodgson We had gone below for the eight to twelve watch, and my last impression of the weather at eight o’clock, was that the wind was freshening. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Leo Tolstoy A boy of eight was bending over the table, drawing, with his feet doubled up under him in the armchair. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

Arthur Machen The prisoner’s two clerks, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Nichols, swore that their master had not stirred out of his counting-house from dinner time till eight o’clock in the evening. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

He had been called out to a patient at eight o’clock, and had not yet returned. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Arthur Morrison He did not however, for that same evening a gang of seven or eight fell on him with sticks and belts. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Nathaniel Hawthorne When the brigade had advanced about a mile, however, it found itself impeded by a ditch ten or twelve feet wide, and six or eight feet deep. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Jules Verne Here a little girl, seven or eight years of age, with rich brown hair and lustrous dark eyes, beautiful as one of Murillo’s angels, was peeping shyly through the branches. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Him he commissioned to bargain for certain articles of vertu which Lazard, the famous dealer in antiquities, quoted too deareight hundred francs for a mirror, and five hundred for a statuette. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

G. K. Chesterton From the height of eight hundred years ago, or of eight hundred years hence, our age must look incredibly odd. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope The club, so called at Dillsborough, was held every Saturday evening in a back parlour at the Bush, and was attended generally by seven or eight members. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle You are crouded into the carriage, to the number of eight persons, so as to sit very uneasy, and sometimes run the risque of being stifled among very indifferent company. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The back is divided into eight panels by gold and silver cords, and in each of these panels is a four-petalled flower with small circles. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

John Lewis Burckhard They travel across the mountain to Berber (where Bruce’s Goos lies), eight days journies distant, and import from thence all the different articles of the Sennaar trade. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Dickens HAVE you as many as eight vacancies?’ ‘I have just eight, ma’am,’ said Mrs. Lemon. ‘Most fortunate! Terms moderate, I think?’ ‘Very moderate, ma’am. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

Guy de Maupassan About eight o’clock it began to rain, a fine icy rain, driven by a light breeze. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett During eight years the moth Charles had flitted round the lamp of her brilliance, and was now singed past escape. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

About eight o’clock in the morning they came in sight of a little town. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Saw seven or eight hobaras, but too windy for the hawks to be flown. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Is there such an anomaly as a boarding-house lady? Anyway I’d have a negress and keep about eight people in the summer and two or three, if I can get them, in the winter. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald Emily was well spoiled — eight years of men had assured her they were not good enough for her and she had accepted the fact as probably true. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Tobias Smolle In our journey hither, we generally set out in a morning at eight o’clock, and travelled ‘till noon, when the mules were put up and rested a couple of hours. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Jules Verne At eight o’clock a steward entered the car and announced that the time for going to bed had arrived; and in a few minutes the car was transformed into a dormitory. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

William Dampier The 5th day of May we ran down on the west side of the island Nicobar properly so-called and anchored at the north-west end of it in a small bay in eight fathom water not half a mile from the shore. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

This operation lasted so long that, after crossing, we made for the nearest village in the Uvira district, and completed a journey of eight miles. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Jonathan Swif They say you have had eight packets due to you; so pray, madams, do not blame Presto, but the wind. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins After your last confinement but eight you became, I remember, hysterically irresponsible. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There were Jews, who ought to know, who said he was worth one million eight hundred thousand pounds, and that his annual income was considerably more than a hundred thousand pounds a year. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Rafael Sabatini It was an eight days’ journey on foot, but not as the friar understood it. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

William Makepeace Thackeray I take you to be some seven or eight and thutty years old —“in the morning of youth,” as the flosofer says. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Anthony Trollope It had been eight o’clock before the party had left the inn, and had wandered with great imprudence further than they had intended. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins Mercy preserve us, the same grandeur everywhere! I wondered if even such an income as eight hundred a year could suffice for it all. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Jules Verne This voyage of eight hundred miles was a perilous venture on a craft of twenty tons, and at that season of the year. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

One loaf was equal to ten pounds; this brought the commodity down to eight pence a pound of fifteenth century money. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Mark Twain Time, eight minutes, forty-one seconds. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Leon Trotsky The battle went on for about eight hours, and both sides had losses. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Numerous round tunnels, varying from half an inch to seven or eight inches in diameter, lead down through the mounds of earth; and many more from some distance around, also lead underneath them. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

William Dampier Here are seven or eight white cliffs by the sea, which are very remarkable because there are none so white and so thick together on all the coast. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Andrew Lang A hundred chariots followed, each drawn by eight horses, and filled with officers in splendid uniforms, and a thousand guards surrounded the procession. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He will be here punctually at eight o’clock to-night. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

D. H. Lawrence William was engaged now to his brunette, and had bought her an engagement ring that cost eight guineas. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London On the morning of the third day, shortly after eight bells, a cry that the boat was sighted came down from Smoke at the masthead. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The evening had been chilly, and there had been a fire burning since about eight o’clock, and the assassin took a sure way of getting rid of any incriminating finger-marks. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some say that the salvo was fired from the Delaware, some that it came from the Lion. Out of eight shells, four fell direct upon the deck of the Bayern and plunged down into her magazines. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Fanny Fern Eight cotton and eight linen shirts! Can anybody tell what he got married for? I don’t know. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

George Meredith A householder’s life is often begun on eight hundred a year: on less: on much less:—sometimes on nothing but resolution to make a fitting income, carving out a fortune. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Richard Hakluy Hee landed all his men, and only the sea men remained in the shippes, which in eight daies, going vp with the tide euery day a little, brought them vp vnto the towne. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Seven or eight days ago, a man having received behind the Arsenal a stab with a knife, I sewed up the wound, and cured him. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

He was digging up a plot of ground some seven or eight feet square under the branches of the summer-apple tree, which grew at this upper end of the garden, nearly close to the yard. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Willa Cather One should help others who are less fortunate; at present I am supporting just eight people, besides those I hire. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Mark Twain Our eight sprang in at the same time that another party of pilgrims did, and nobody screamed once. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling After that we can press our inalienable rights to eight quarts o’ oats a day, two good blankets, an’ a fly-net an’ the best o’ stablin’. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

One day, a little more than a week after their arrival, it was my good fortune to accompany her on a riding excursion to a waterfall in the hills, distant some seven or eight miles from the mine. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

We could only go slowly, mile after mile, rising sand-ridge after sand-ridge, until twelve o'clock, not having been able to trace him more than seven or eight miles since morning. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

It was past eight o’clock when Mrs. Marston awoke next morning. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And they have in every foot eight toes. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Henry Adams As for the White House, all the boy’s family had lived there, and, barring the eight years of Andrew Jackson’s reign, had been more or less at home there ever since it was built. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Rudyard Kipling What could she say? As the world went, they had known each other rather less than eight and a half hours, but the matter was one that did not concern the world. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

No longer any sitting up for poor Bertie Tamlyn in this world! It was about eight o’clock when Dr. Knox entered the sick-chamber. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

Watkin Tench Baneelon, who towered above the majority of his countrymen, stood barely five feet eight inches high. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

There isn’t any need for a guest to appear at eight o’clock breakfast, anyhow. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Anthony Hope If the king’s delay seemed strange at six, it was stranger at seven, and by eight most strange. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

I was in the gaol last evening at eight o’clock. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Now, to take them home fresh, it would not be prudent to make them travel more than seven or eight leagues a day. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

At about half-past eight he got out of bed, and said he was ‘plus adroit’ than he had been for three months past, and got into bed again without assistance, better than usual. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

The dwarf pillar with the mysterious cup is reflected by the Nubians, who hollow out the upper part of the stela to a depth of eight or ten inches without adding any ornament. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Towards half-past eight that evening — Pierre, watching, saw Virginie arrange several little things — she was in the inner room, but he sat where he could see her through the glazed partition. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

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 free — eight o’clock. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling Then, again, it will come on through the first and second dog-watches — four to eight p. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope In Ireland, let the estate be ever so small — eight hundred a-year, we will say — all the working of the property is managed by the agent. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Queenie, in her childhood, had been ‘brought up to the pillow’, sitting among the women at eight years old and learning to fling her bobbins with the best of them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

John Lewis Burckhard A loaf of the same size as that which at Cairo is sold for two paras, costs here, though of a much worse quality, eight paras. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Ford Madox Ford Is Lordship ad fair done it to im, Gunning, isself when e lef is missis then eight and a arf munce gone to live with old Mother Cressy! The child was bore dead. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

D. H. Lawrence Then the factory closed at six instead of eight on Thursday and Friday evenings. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell Blindness is very common: Mr. Burton has often seen six or eight blind men walking in a string, each with his right arm on the shoulder of his precursor. The Shah’s English Gardener by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

H. G. Wells By eight three hours’ clear start, three hours’ knowledge ahead of everyone. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Ivan Turgenev At eight o’clock next morning, Emil arrived at Sanin’s hotel leading Tartaglia by a string. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Baldwin Spencer After eight days had been spent in the performance of ceremonies, it was evident that an important change in the proceedings was about to take place. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins John Herncastle.” That was all he ever wrote, and that came regularly to the day; until some six or eight months since, when the form of the letter varied for the first time. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]