Phrases with "engaged"

Jane Austen He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

It was nearly eleven o’clock when he reached Paddington. Hailing a cab, he bade the man drive him first to his hotel, where he engaged his usual room. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

But being, as I thought, engaged in the cause of important truth, I proceeded without regard to any consequences, assuring them that this publication should not be injurious to his lordship. Joseph Priestley by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape, and yet human beings with the strangest air about them of some familiar animal. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edith Wharton He and Anne went off in the early afternoon, and when they returned were, on each evening, engaged to dine with some member of the family. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

He had aged very greatly since Herries had had any long talk with him, but that was natural enough, for a number of years had passed and he had been engaged in much perilous enterprise. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing Half-a-dozen men were already present in the yard, walking up and down, engaged in conversation. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Rudyard Kipling He was also engaged at the same time in cutting his own throat with every word he uttered. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

She said that he was as good as engaged to a girl out there, and that he had never dreamt of her. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope If a gentleman were engaged to me, I should expect him to swear before all the world that I was the very pink of perfection. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is true that I am engaged to be married. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

James Payn They happened to be engaged to pass that November week at a friend’s house in the country, and left home accordingly. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Anthony Trollope The other day you were engaged to marry a peer. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I said that I had other work in prospect—could I be engaged for a fortnight? But at that the chef du personnel shrugged his shoulders and said that the hotel only engaged men by the month. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Nehemiah and Ezekiel came out to the synagogue and went home again, and went nowhere else, though well-dressed strangers in cars descended on Houndsditch, and were engaged with them over long periods. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

William Makepeace Thackeray But who knows? A panic may take place; and then these five hundred companies in which he is engaged may bring him to ruin. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anthony Trollope A little more than a year had passed, and now he was already engaged to another woman. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

When I came into our own study, I found him engaged in preparing a bulletin, (which word was just then travelling into universal use,) reporting briefly the events of the day. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

John Lewis Burckhard The town possesses about forty or fifty ships, engaged in all branches of the Red Sea trade, and navigated by natives of the town, or slaves. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins The marquis had expressly ordered that not fewer than thirty shepherdesses were to be engagedfifteen for each bower. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Wilkie Collins He was now engaged in drawing out the necessary memorials and statements, under the instructions of my aunt. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Dame Jacintha engaged to defray every expence attending the burial. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope What is the good of your being engaged if you cannot marry him?’ ‘Good! there is no good. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I’m engaged on a job where failure means the loss of innocent lives. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope He has known all along that George and Amelia have been engaged to each other as boy and girl. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Miles Franklin Mrs. Crasterton said that would fit nicely as we too would be engaged until six and had an after-dinner engagement. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He would have immensely preferred to be engaged on the home front, but he saw the force of Dougal’s argument. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Sir Walter Scott The unjust reproach, however, had the effect of firing his emulation, and making him sensible that, engaged as he was in a perilous cause, it was absolutely necessary that he should conquer or die. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He was by profession a bookmaker, which interested Laura greatly, as she at first concluded that he was in some way engaged in the production of literature. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Any way, in the spring of 1681-82, he seems to have been engaged in some mysterious political movements, the nature of which is unknown to us. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Wilkie Collins The account he had given of himself stated that he was a surveyor, engaged in taking measurements for a new map of that part of the country, shortly to be published. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

E. F. Benson The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure she will have for it, even as an accomplishment and a recreation. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

The shock of the information was so unexpected that Mrs Verloc, against her usual practice when addressed, interrupted the domestic occupation she was engaged upon. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Five minutes later I glided in after them; and found them already engaged in a game of billiards. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

He asked whether I was an experienced dishwasher, and I said that I was; he glanced at my hands and saw that I was lying, but on hearing that I was an Englishman he changed his tone and engaged me. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I do not know how you may have heard anything of Marion Fay. Had I engaged myself to her, or to any other young lady, I should have told you at once. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Borrow He laughed heartily at finding me engaged in the manner I have described. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Leon Trotsky Where does this come from? — I asked myself — from what well does it gush? When I came to a meeting and found groups engaged in conversation, often they would stop when they saw me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Washington Irving But I am engaged to achieve a great triumph of the faith, which God is to effect by miracle through my means. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Some editors of newspapers were engaged in diffusing general intelligence and elevating the moral sentiment of the public. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Ford Madox Ford She herself was engaged for those others both by her own inclinations and the strong injunctions of her husband, but Mme Tietjens was certainly ingenious. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Thomas Wolfe Yes, there was the tall, spare, brittle, sandy-complexioned figure of the banker, Jarvis Riggs, and on the seat opposite, engaged in conversation with him, were two other local dignitaries. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson This stain we set ourselves to wash away with the sea-water, carrying it in my lord’s hat; and as we were thus engaged there came up a sudden moaning gust and left us instantly benighted. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

We lay at San Pedro about a week, engaged in taking off hides and in other labors, which had now become our regular duties. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H. G. Wells A number of small happenings engaged their minds until the hustling began. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

To my eye it seems unreasonable to suppose that he should have removed his disguise while engaged in the very act of robbing you. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

A look at one of the children always brought him something else, no matter what he was then engaged on. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

William Godwin He was assiduously engaged in the search for the philosopher’s stone. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edith Wharton And the problem of getting rid of his secretary once more engaged him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins After having been engaged in this way a full quarter of an hour, they suddenly turned round to retrace their steps. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Mrs. Bunting slept well the night following that during which the lodger had been engaged in making his mysterious experiments in her kitchen. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Kate Chopin Expert and reliable packers and movers were engaged to convey the furniture, carpets, pictures-everything movable, in short-to places of security. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

James Payn She’s engaged there just at present, and—you’re a great favourite of hers; but I would recommend you to step in as you go out, instead of now. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Edgar Allan Poe The artist had engaged passage for himself, wife, two sisters and a servant. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell Just, the age that Edith was when she was engaged to Captain Lennox. Papa, we will go and see them in Spain.’ He shook his head. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Meredith No wonder that the efforts of both were heating: they were engaged in the task of ridding the globe of the larger half of its inhabitants. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Trollope In the first place, he’s engaged to another girl. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Routing her out of the kitchen, where at that early hour she was already engaged in domestic duties, I drew her into a retired corner and put my questions. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim The girl he is engaged to is a little Puritan and a fool. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Anthony Trollope After all that has passed, I could not have asked you, only that now, as you are engaged yourself, it is nearly the same as though you were married. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Continuing a long time under fire, Pierce’s brigade was engaged in removing the wounded and the captured ammunition. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Henry Kingsley Then he and Dickson went back to the inn, and after dinner started together to drive to Drumston. They had been so engaged with business that they had taken no notice of the weather. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Again, and for the twentieth time since morning, he regretted having engaged in the business. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing Your pupils would, for the most part, be engaged in work-rooms, and they rarely regain their liberty before half-past seven. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope You are not engaged to-morrow? No, I see. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

When he entered, he found the latter upon his knees engaged in his devotions, and I began to reproach myself for having allowed him to catch me doing anything else. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Sir Walter Scott The scheming ambition of Sir Frederick Langley engaged him in the unfortunate insurrection of 1715. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Indeed it is very seldom that a Gy does not secure any An upon whom she sets her heart, if his affections be not strongly engaged elsewhere. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

H. Rider Haggard I am engaged to Mr. Heigham.” “Bah, that is nothing. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Sweet prospect! How on earth am I to tell her that I am a respectable, engaged member of society and it’s all over between us? MRS. H. I’ve a heavy score against you. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I had been too much engaged with Jack and George. I turned to her, raising my hat as I did so. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Meredith Nor could one funk the tussle and play cur, if Kit’s engaged young woman were looking on. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

James Joyce The debaters were the keenest in the land, the theme they were engaged on the loftiest and most vital. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith Master Gammon was laboriously and steadily engaged in tightening himself with dumpling. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Henry James DEAR MR. LITTLEMORE— It will interest you to know that I’m engaged to be married to Sir Arthur Demesne and that our marriage is to take place as soon as their stupid old Parliament rises. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli He was generally engaged in his rooms the whole day, and seldom left them till the evening, and nobody, as yet, had called upon him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was busily engaged in tugging at the halliards, when Miss Forrester, fully dressed, stepped out of her cabin and came upon deck. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

On this work Drayton had been engaged for nearly the whole of his poetical career. Michael Drayton by Cyril Brett [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was busily engaged at it when the cabman entered the room. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Sidney Colvin Remember me to Percy St.—Tell Hilton that one gratification on my return will be to find him engaged on a history piece to his own content. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Sir Richard Burton Then we all fell to prayer and humbling ourselves before the Most High, but as we were thus engaged there smote us a furious squall which tore the sails to rags and tatters. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf Rachel.” How could they say these things of Rachel? Had any one yesterday seriously believed that Rachel was dying? They had been engaged for four weeks. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anthony Trollope If he has told you that he is engaged to marry me, he must also have told you that he does not intend to marry Miss Florence Burton. It is not for me to defend him or to accuse him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You and I engaged ourselves to each other yesterday as man and wife. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson There are many relations which go on to marriage and last during a lifetime, in which less human feeling is engaged than in this scene of five minutes at the stoke-hole. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Sails come crashing home overhead, ropes (that seem all knot) ditto; every man engaged appears to have twenty feet, with twenty times the average amount of stamping power in each. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Ellen Langton, on her return from her walk, found Dr. Melmoth’s little parlor unoccupied; that gentleman being deeply engaged in his study, and his lady busied in her domestic affairs. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Upon my return to the Commandant’s, I sat down according to my custom by Marya Ivánofna; her father was not at home, and her mother was engaged with household cares. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Ann Radcliffe On the following evening they repeated their walk; and, engaged in conversation, rambled to a considerable distance from the abbey. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

But when I put my hand up her clothes, she stopped me when I got just above her knee and said: “We’d have to be engaged before I could let you do that. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Wilkie Collins While she and her companion were still engaged over their soup, young Duparc and his mother suddenly burst into the kitchen, followed by the other persons who had partaken of dinner. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins There’s only one excuse for me, Rufus. I love her with all my heart and soul; and I’m engaged to be married to her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Henry James You’re engaged or you’re not engaged. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Machen Occasionally, a tutor was engaged to make the situation more plausible. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

I asked you for the first: you were engaged for that, you said, and would dance the second with me. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

I was a minor official in the Treasury Department, engaged in performance of duties exceedingly disagreeable not only to the people of the vicinity, but to myself as well. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Henry James She was foreign, exaggerated, she had too much expression; she might have been engaged for the evening. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

E. T. A. Hoffmann She had been engaged as first lady singer for this species of composition; and that nobody but I should write the piece in which she was to appear was simply a matter of course. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

To my amazement, I read that Gylterson and Sons had absolutely engaged Lupin at a salary of £200 a year, with other advantages. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Arthur Conan Doyle I, a gentleman, a man of honor, engaged to one of the sweetest girls in England—and yet in a moment of reasonless passion I nearly professed love for this woman whom I hardly know. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

He engaged apartments, furnished, in the vicinity of the Place Grenette. A windy, old house it was, full of doors and windows, chimneys and cupboards; and he said he should remain there. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

I also had engaged myself not to desert them; it appeared to me inhuman to ground any infraction of my word on theirs. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope But yet she had been engaged to Captain Aylmer was engaged to him even now. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Basil Ransom was conscious of all this, and at the same time he was vaguely engaged in a speculation. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope Indeed, Mrs. Proudie had been so engaged at the very time that Mr. Slope had been doing the same with the husband at Puddingdale Vicarage, and had thus in a measure committed herself. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton And this was seen suddenly; for the instant Evan engaged he disengaged and lunged with an infernal violence. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Charles Kingsley All must see of what advantage a rough knowledge of the botany of a district would be to an officer leading an exploring party, or engaged in bush warfare. The Study of Natural History by Charles Kingsley

Indeed, from the height at which she looked down he was no centre at all, except indeed that here and there in the streets she discerned a few forms engaged on precisely that wheeling worship. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

All hands are engaged upon it, and after the halyards are let go, there is no time to be lost — no “sogering,” or hanging back, then. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

T. E. Lawrence On our return to Akaba domestic affairs engaged the remaining free days. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Bram Stoker Seeing Adam from her window going through the shadows of the trees round the gate, she thought that he must be engaged on some purpose similar to her own. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope I shall still be engaged to him. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Hardy When they had engaged their respective rooms they went down to a late supper. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence Ciccio was living with the Tukes. Tommy had taken a fancy to him and had half engaged him as a sort of personal attendant: the sort of thing Tommy would do, not having paid his butcher’s bills. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Godwin Ziito was for some time engaged in quietly observing the tricks and sleights that were exhibited. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

William Godwin It was here that Cambyses, engaged in an impious expedition to demolish the temple, is said to have lost an army of fifty thousand men, buried in the sands. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

G. K. Chesterton With almost inconceivable absence of humour, he said that his master and the company were engaged and could not see any visitors. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

John Morley We stayed accordingly, engaged in that subject till almost twelve at night, and our conference ended most happily and excessively to the satisfaction of us all. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Edith Wharton We were still engaged in placidly digesting around the ravaged luncheon table when a servant dashed in to say that the Fifth Avenue Hotel was on fire. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

George Meredith Heigho!’ A youth who is engaged in the occupation of eating his heart, cannot shine to advantage, and is as much a burden to himself as he is an enigma to others. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle This was the paragraph which I had been engaged in reading when he rose from his chair. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

I attempted to draw him out in conversation about New South Wales; but he was cautious, and gave me to understand that he had been engaged in large squatting transactions in another colony. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle An honest sportsman who desired to see a fight was usually set upon by villains, against whom he had no redress, since he was himself engaged on what was technically an illegal action. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

Methought above the portico was engraved the Hic jacet of England. We passed on eastwards, engaged in such solemn talk as the times inspired. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thus, from his very timidity, the hotel-keeper found himself engaged in a conversation the thought of which filled him with apprehension. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fellows at the club think that I am engaged to her. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charles Stur Whilst I was endeavouring to penetrate into the heart of the Australian Continent, there were two other Expeditions of Discovery engaged in exploring the country to the eastward of me. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope I am going to become Daniel Tribbledale’s wife, and it isn’t becoming in you to stand here talking to a young woman that is engaged to another young man. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton He was still engaged in this study when his notice was attracted by a loud discussion going forward between a party of men at the nearest table. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

T. E. Lawrence I went away north, scouting with Awad, a Sherari camel boy, engaged in Rumm without investigation. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope I mean to say that, had I ever been engaged to my cousin, I should have been miserable at such a moment as this. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope And to have been engaged to such a man added much to the fault in his estimation. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins Faithful Philip has told his father that he is engaged to be married to Miss Helena Gracedieu, daughter of the celebrated Congregational preacher — and so on, and so on. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope He will suppose that I am some money-lender who has engaged to supply your needs while your recovered fortune lasts. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

In a little while he heard the voice of Foxley, engaged in conversation with a female. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

A Man having found a Lion in his path undertook to subdue him by the power of the human eye; and near by was a Rattlesnake engaged in fascinating a small bird. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Dickens All the time he was so engaged she kept at the uttermost distance of the chamber, and sat there shuddering, but with her face towards him. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To the natural insouciance of his aristocratic bringing up, he had added the steely reserve of a man moving in the large world, engaged more often than not in some hazardous enterprise. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry James You won’t believe the number of researches and problems you will be engaged in by the middle of the voyage. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

George Gissing If you are engaged this Wednesday, perhaps you could come next. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Arnold engaged himself as assistant to Mr. Tamlyn, who had dropped into the best part of Dr. Knox’s practice since that gentleman’s death, in addition to his own. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Anne was also engaged as governess in the same family, and was thus a miserable witness to her brother’s deterioration of character at this period. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

The inhabitants of cities, engaged in the pursuits of trade and industry, were content to acquiesce in the decisions of their judges and magistrates whenever any differences arose among them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Rudyard Kipling And so the little baby’s engaged to have a little baby of her own! Who’s the other fool? MACKESY. Gadsby of the Pink Hussars. JERVOISE. ‘Never met him. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The lady was seated, the admirable Pompey on her knee, so engaged in reading as to appear wholly oblivious that the gentleman was in her neighbourhood. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Thomas Hardy The height of the spire was about one hundred and twenty feet, and the five men engaged thereon seemed entirely removed from the sphere and experiences of ordinary human beings. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

At any other time this disaster would have excited extreme compassion among us; but it was now passed over, while each mind was engaged by the coming controversy. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James She was fortunately not challenged, the hall being empty of the other women, who were engaged precisely in arraying themselves to that dire end. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

I was afraid that some might spear me from behind while others engaged me in front. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

I am very glad that Miss Kendal is engaged to Hope, as he is a capital fellow, and will make her a better husband than I ever could have made her. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But how’s L. D. all this time?” “L. D. is engaged to be married to a man named Adolphus Crosbie,” said poor Johnny, slowly. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The failure took place on your return, and you forgot everything that had happened since you were engaged in the schoolroom looking at the atlas. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Joseph and a maid were engaged in laying the dining tables and a faint smell of cooking pervaded the premises. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It is no part of a succinct biography, such as the present, to furnish an account in detail of the various controversies of the time, as Milton engaged in them. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Wilkie Collins He had taken an early cup of coffee in his own room, and he was still engaged there in writing letters. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Busily as Mr. Hammond must be engaged in fighting the battle of life, he was in no way wanting in his duty as a lover. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope That she was engaged to marry Daniel Thwaite, who was now becoming famous and the cause of a greatly increased business in Wigmore Street, was certain. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

I can tell you one thing, and it is the sober truth--I would far rather have engaged a dozen of the strongest monks in that monastery single-handed, than have followed my chief into that room. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. G. Wells He discovered them engaged in what looked like a wrestling match with the Asiatic flying-machine. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith He cannot be engaged to another. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sinclair Lewis With the loftiest confidence he engaged a greengrocer to keep Josephus during the movie, and bought the most expensive seats. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker He was now absolutely reckless, and as Mimi was associated with him in the memory which drove him on, he wished that she too should be engaged in this enterprise. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin and Mr. Watson were seen to emerge from the gangway together, engaged in animated conversation. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The other gipsies were busy with their cooking, and the women were suckling their babes, but this man seemed to be engaged with papers and he had the lantern to light him. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Thomas Hardy The light from the water-bottle was merely engaged in a chromatic problem. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith I said, ‘I am engaged to her, sir. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Yet when the promised month had elapsed, he did not defer his journey a single day: already had he engaged his passage at Harwich. A fair wind favoured his immediate departure. Lodore by Mary Shelley

In the case of England, he was to remove prohibitions against our imports, and in return we engaged to give the French imports the privileges of the most favoured nations. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

I delivered a letter from the duchess of Blankenburg. I stayed but a few days at that court, though her highness pressed me very much to stay; and when I left her, engaged me to write to her. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

There were five soldiers, or rather matchlock-men, engaged from the fort-garrison, El–Muwaylah:— Husayn Bayrakdár; a man who has travelled, and has become too clever by half. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

She was the Diamintina, a steamer of some three thousand tons, engaged in the South American trade. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope Miss Macnulty held her tongue and was gloomy, believing that Lady Eustace was still engaged to Lord Fawn, and feeling that in that case there should not be so many visits to the rocks. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

It was well thronged with members who had been engaged in watching an exciting match between two of the champion players of the club. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Jane Austen There was nothing in all this either to astonish or interest, and it caught Emma’s attention only as it united with the subject which already engaged her mind. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

While he was still engaged with the Exchange, Nevil Bennet strolled in clad in his usual outrageous tweed, a pinkish shirt, and a purple tie. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

William Hope Hodgson We were busily engaged in making the place habitable. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope To the end of time I shall love Frank Tregear.’ ‘Tregear!’ ‘Who else?’ ‘He is engaged to Mary.’ ‘Of course he is. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy The servant informed him that her mistress had the dressmaker with her, and would be engaged for some time. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Henry Fielding He soon after took his leave, and returned home in high spirits to his Amelia, whom he found in Mrs. Ellison’s apartment, engaged in a party at ombre with that lady and her right honourable cousin. Amelia by Henry Fielding

I move away, saying angrily: “I wasn’t engaged as a yardman, anyhow. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim What help do you want, and for what purpose?” “Mr. Sabin,” Harcutt said; “is engaged in great political schemes. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Lady Morgan I have been engaged these two days in listening to, and retributing those injuries his tyranny has inflicted, in spite of his rage, eloquence, and threats, none of which have been spared. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Wilkie Collins But he willingly placed his services at my disposal; and he engaged to do his best, if I wished it, to make me up a bed for the night. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Meredith We visited a couple of beer-cellars to taste the drink of the people, and discovered three of our men engaged in a similar undertaking. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope He continued to turn over one sheet after another, as though he were deeply engaged in money considerations and calculations. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard The day after my arrival I engaged two men to shew me the way to the ruins. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

I discovered that he had already engaged a table, arranged the menu, and bespoken the wines. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

D. H. Lawrence She wished she could hear from Skrebensky, in answer to her letter, so that her course should be resolved, she should be engaged in fulfilling her fate. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Borrow He, however, recommended us to a person in the neighbourhood who kept mules for hire, and there Antonio engaged two fine beasts for two moidores and a half. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells It was as if he had been engaged in an argument and had been trapped and involved and confused. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Isabella Bird While engaged in drawing some from a stream, the branch on which I leaned gave way, and I fell into the water, a mishap which amused my companions so much that they could not help me out. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Theodore Dreiser An exceptional newspaper artist was engaged to make scenes depicting the various steps of the romance and the whole thing was handled in the most approved yellow-journal style. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope When he had married a wife, that indeed had been a great piece of business; but it had been done slowly,—for he had been engaged four years,—and he had of course been much younger at that period. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Isabella Bird There is a counter at one side, where two or three persons, frequently blacks, are busily engaged in opening oysters for their customers, who swallow them with astonishing relish and rapidity. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I’m as good as engaged to be married to another; and another far handsomer than Jem; only I think I like Jem’s face best for all that; liking’s liking, and there’s no help for it. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You were once engaged to marry the Princess von Diss, weren’t you?” “Yes, and she jilted me,” Grant acknowledged. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells He found Mr. Hart engaged with a well-known private detective, but as that gentleman accomplished nothing in this case, we need not enlarge upon his proceedings. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells She felt no fear now, and no emotion; all her mind was engaged with the clear, bleak perception of the fact before her. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

John Galsworthy The engaged couple thus scrutinized were unconscious of this passive goddess. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

And the vision of Mrs. Fyne dressed for a rather special afternoon function, engaged in wrestling with a wild-eyed, white-faced girl had a certain dramatic fascination. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]