Phrases with "engaged"

I shouldn’t like to be engaged to a woman armed with the experience of a decade of London seasons. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And Larose responded to his overtures, talking freely of the many interesting cases he had been engaged upon and the many thrilling adventures he had had. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her eyes, however, were still fixed upon the person who had engaged so large a share of her attention. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

I engaged him specially for the Duke of Syria’s visit, and it would be impossible to replace him at short notice. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

The Observations are rarely, if ever, quoted as an authority of weight by any one engaged on classical or Virgilian literature. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Thomas Hardy The truth o’t is, he’s engaged just now at Portsmouth, like a good many of the rest from our ship. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

We had not this effect till we had climbed the first barrier of hills and began to descend on the thither side; but we had incident enough to keep us engaged without the picturesqueness. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy Her sudden wish had really been to discover at once whether he had ever before been engaged to be married. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Sinclair Lewis I’m engaged to both of you, and I want to know —” Madeline had sprung up. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Tobias Smolle My attention was engaged in spite of myself, and I could not help weeping with the heroine of the stage, though I practised a great many shifs to conceal this piece of unpolite weakness. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell One of my mother’s servants was engaged to him, I believe, and she is in great distress today. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell But if Maggie had had any thought for other people, she’d never have gone and engaged herself, when she might have been sure it would give offence. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

The verger was at the moment engaged on the Archdeacon’s roses, and, since Fardles lay off the main road, it was rarely that it was visited by strangers. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Anthony Trollope You know that you were engaged to me. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

There is nothing tries our patience more than that person who arrogantly is ever showing his superiority over the company he is engaged in. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

In his first years, Montezuma was constantly engaged in war, and frequently led his armies in person. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jane Austen She had fully proposed being engaged by Mr. Wickham for those very dances; and to have Mr. Collins instead! her liveliness had never been worse timed. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Meredith With the first morning light Mrs. Boulby was down at Warbeach Farm, and being directed to Farmer Eccles in the stables, she found the sturdy yeoman himself engaged in grooming Robert’s horse. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Thomas Hardy He was now engaged in abstractedly tracing a diagram in the dust with his walking-stick, and muttered words to himself aloud. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Jonathan Swif Lord Shelburne has sent to invite me to dinner, but I am engaged with Lewis at Ned Southwell’s. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells Presently he turned from little teachers’ qualifying examinations, to the widely sought after London University Matriculation. His pupils multiplied and he engaged more tutors. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James His nurse happened to be engaged for the moment, and I had to watch him. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

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

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

D. H. Lawrence Very often he was in Germany or in the South of England engaged on business. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She would not say that she was engaged to marry my uncle if it were not true. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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

Anthony Trollope So far, the enterprising adventurers had been successful, and we will now leave them in their chosen retreat, engaged on the longer operation of forcing open the iron safe. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith You will, however, be engaged in a German conversation first, I suspect. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Fielding He found the colonel in his night-gown, and his great chair, engaged with another officer at a game of chess. Amelia by Henry Fielding

We had only engaged the mules to come as far as Ocotal, and had great difficulty in getting others to go on with. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Sir Walter Scott I may be sorry that circumstances have engaged me in personal strife with such an individual; but I should feel the same sorrow for a generous enemy who fell under my sword in a national quarrel. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

M. R. James Three times, if not oftener, Frank knocked at the study door, and each time the doctor chanced to be engaged with some visitor, and sent the boy off rather roughly, which he later regretted. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Leon Trotsky The place that the revolutionary organizations came to hold later was then filled to some extent by the religious sects which engaged in successful warfare with the official religion. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope In the mean time Mrs. Hittaway was diligently spreading a report that Lizzie Eustace either was engaged to marry her cousin Frank, or ought to be so engaged. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

She proved to be the brig Convoy, from the Sandwich Islands, engaged in otter-hunting among the islands which lie along the coast. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Jane Austen He was more engaged with Louisa than with Henrietta. Louisa certainly put more forward for his notice than her sister. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

He is a receiver of stolen goods, he is engaged in the dope traffic, and he forges passports for entry into every country in the world. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

She tells a story of a young man engaged by his father’s express desire to a girl of fortune. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

The large man sat at ease, his spirited blue eye engaged in the contemplation of the navy’s commander. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Like two serpents their rapiers engaged in the candle-light. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

They were thus engaged when one of the youngsters cried out, “Look, daddy! There’s a gentleman at the fence. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

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

Wilkie Collins He had been engaged by Mr. Candy under rather peculiar circumstances; and, right or wrong, we none of us liked him or trusted him. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Seeing their guests engaged in conversation, they quietly withdrew into one corner, and waited there with profound respect. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

One not emotionally engaged in the matter, as we are. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Henry James While she was so engaged she had an inspiration. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

George Gissing For some minutes he stood here, engaged in a fierce conflict with himself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It is therefore next to an impossibility that Horatio Paget can have any idea of the business I am engaged in. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing I, just then, had my lodgings near Hampstead Road; my pupil lived at Knightsbridge; I engaged to be with him every morning at half-past six, and the walk, at a brisk pace, took me just about an hour. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Anthony Trollope You may be engaged to half a dozen girls at the same time, and be sure that each of them will be engaged to half-a-dozen men. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

I’ve engaged the new lodge-keeper and his wife. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Washington Irving When this gateway was finished he shut himself up for two days in his astrological hall, engaged in secret incantations; on the third he ascended the hill, and passed the whole day on its summit. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Joseph Furphy Whilst engaged in these not unpleasing studies, I caught a momentary glimpse of something, ten yards away to the left, which seemed to be moving slowly against the wind. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Samuel Goodrich, better known in England under his pseudonym of ‘Peter Parley,’ engaged him to edit some annuals and gift-books, an employment which the young man found particularly congenial. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

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]

Something told him that he was not alone in this business; he had the sense that somewhere else on that terrace there were human beings engaged perhaps in the same enterprise. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Nellie Bly It was part of the manuscript of a novel that M. Verne is engaged on at present. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

The best of tutors were engaged for us, and the smallest detail of our studies was attended to by my mother with scrupulous exactness. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry James These young persons had not the morning paper before them, but were engaged in languid perusal of the bill of fare. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope What did Archie think of his cousin Harry? “Why; he’s engaged to another girl,” said Archie, opening wide his eyes and his mouth, and becoming very free with his information. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swift Besides, it appeared by several instances how little the emperor regarded his allies, or the cause they were engaged in, when once he thought the empire itself was secure. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Anthony Trollope Since he had become assured that his brother clerk was engaged to marry Lady Frances Trafford, he was quite determined to cultivate an enduring and affectionate friendship. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jonathan Swift This he engaged to do, but he never performed. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Tom was a very wide awake wary man when engaged on any service . The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Machen I am afraid very little of the old science has remained with me, but now and then I come with some amusement on distinguished personages engaged in what they suppose is argument. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

To them thus engaged entered a company of four, Miss Phyllis, the Sentimentalist, the shepherd, and the tallor. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

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]

Thomas Hardy The young woman engaged to the man of fifty fainted half-way, and would have proceeded, but finding him wanting in alacrity for catching her she sat down trembling. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Thomas Hardy Nobody was present but Mr. Raunham, the nurse having left the room on Cytherea’s entry, and the physician and surgeon being engaged in a whispered conversation in a side-chamber. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope It was the volume on which the old Squire had been engaged when he read the last sermon which was to prepare him for a flight to a better world. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Margaret Oliphant Neither meetings nor anything else, however important, should interrupt a pastor when he is engaged in composition,” said the little woman, grandly. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Virginia Woolf In conversation the night before, William had indicated to Cassandra that, in his belief, Katharine was becoming engaged to Ralph Denham in the dining-room. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope Only if he is engaged to her, I think it odd that he shouldn’t write and tell us. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Mlle. Blanche de Courtornieu was seated on a bench beside an old lady, and was engaged in reading a letter in a low voice. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The vehicle which was regularly engaged by the young actress was not to be found. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

So I threw this queer little memorandum upon the open leaf of the book, and again the flight, the pursuit, and the bait to stay it, engaged my eye. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

R. D. Blackmore A parishioner of yours, when not engaged unlawfully upon the high seas. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Julian Wyllard had broken down all barriers, had asked her to be his wife, knowing her to be engaged to another man. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray But, like a gentleman, he scorned to apologise, and Sir Huddlestone received a ball through his hat, before they engaged with the sword. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

In the shop I found a mild-faced man of about forty engaged in conversation with a customer. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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]

Anthony Trollope If I understand the matter, Miss Palliser explained to you that she was engaged when first you spoke to her. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

How long Chaucer had been engaged upon the “Canterbury Tales” it is impossible to decide. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Wilkie Collins Here is my niece, Mrs. Glenarm, engaged to marry Mr. Geoffrey Delamayn. All very well, but there happens to be an obstacle — in the shape of a lady. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He was always engaged in some pleasure excursion or other, and delighted in getting somebody into a scrape on such occasions. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

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

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

Rudyard Kipling O’ the five white men engaged upon the extraction o’ tin ore and mercantile pursuits, there were three o’ the sons o’ Anak. Wait while I remember. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In 1821 he conceived, or had suggested to him, the idea of a book on Life in London as seen by a young man about town, and he engaged the brothers Cruikshank to illustrate it. Old Coloured Books by George Paston [1905]

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

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]

Benjamin Disraeli The serjeant’s companion, of course, came to his rescue, but Vivian engaged him, and attempted to arrange matters. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Charles Dickens The young King gained the day, took down the heads of his father and brother from the walls of York, and put up the heads of some of the most famous noblemen engaged in the battle on the other side. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing Before long we shall have local authorities engaged in banking, pawnbroking, coal-supplying, tailoring, estate agency, printing—all these, and other undertakings, are already proposed. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Moreover, as you know, my affections were engaged elsewhere. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Hope Even to be questioned was dangerous; to be detained meant ruin to the great business that engaged his energies. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

George Meredith Redworth’s being then engaged upon the canvass of a borough, added to the absurdity of his meddling with the dilemmas of a woman. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charles Dickens He engaged me by the six months, and my entertainment was generous. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

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

So engaged was he with the thoughts it conjured up that he quite forgot the fact that he was standing in a shop in London with hansoms and ‘buses rolling by outside. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Charles Dickens The landlord had placed a light upon the table, and was engaged in drawing the curtain of the window. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

At length, however, the old rector himself, who had hitherto been too pleasantly engaged with Hannah to care for the delay, got impatient. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

You see I am very exact in keeping the promise you engaged me to make. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Anthony Trollope When she got into that carriage she was engaged to you, and when she got out of it she was engaged ever so much more. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird The Christians, who, in this part of Kurdistan, are all Armenians by race, live chiefly on the plains and in the lower folds of the hills, and are engaged in pastoral and agricultural pursuits. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry James She’s engaged to be married and the gentleman she is engaged to is to meet her at Liverpool. The whole ship knows it (I didn’t tell them!) and the whole ship is watching her. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope In the mean time, I understand that you are engaged to marry her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope How long was it that she knew her cousin before she was engaged to him?” “What has that to do with it? You know what our wishes are; but, indeed, indeed, nothing can be done by hurrying her. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Leon Trotsky They engaged in no polemics against each other. My Life by Leon Trotsky

While engaged in this charm, they made such ugly faces, and looked so fiendish, that he was quite frightened. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He went up into the great Knight’s Hall, which had a small cabinet adjoining where Freiherr Roderick von R—— used to sleep when engaged in making his astronomical observations. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Lady Morgan I was still engaged in gazing on the sybil leaf when I heard Glorvina approach. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Sir Walter Scott But he that would avenge him of his foe must not reck though the guiltless be engaged in the ruin. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Thomas Wolfe He had seized the biceps of one muscular arm with the fingers of his other hand, and with a rueful look upon his face was engaged in flexing the aching member up and down. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells The homes he knew were comfortable homes, the poor he knew were the parasitic and dependent poor of the West, the shops, good retail shops, the factories for the most part engaged in dressmaking. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

It was obvious to the whole bar that he had been engaged only to prevent the court from appointing counsel who might possibly insist on making a defense. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Pardon me, I must regain my partner; I am engaged for this dance. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

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

It isn’t easy to be going down town to business and taking cocktails with Mr Carl Rosenheim, and next hour being engaged trying to blow Mr Rosenheim’s friends sky — high. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James He told her also how he had been a momentary ornament of a troupe of strolling actors, engaged in the arduous task of interpreting Shakespeare to French and German, Polish and Hungarian audiences. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

D. H. Lawrence He saw himself in the despicable civilian clothes, engaged in some menial occupation. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

When not actually engaged in his studies, he always liked to be in company, and enjoyed especially the society of young people and children. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Henry James The contrast between this position and any one of some half-dozen others that he supposed to have at various moments engaged her hope had an element of the tragical. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James While she was engaged in these researches, Felix Young was looking for Charlotte, to whom he had something to say. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

She had been alive indeed all these weeks, engaged on a business that she adored, but the house had swallowed her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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

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]

Jonathan Swif I went to Court after church (as I always do on Sundays, and then dined with Mr. Secretary, who has engaged me for every Sunday; and poor MD dined at home upon a bit of veal and a pint of wine. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Benjamin Disraeli Vivian trusted that she was not fatigued by the fête, and asked after Mr. Beckendorff. Madame Carolina was busily engaged at the moment in duly securing the precious preface. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

But, no matter; the election was the pressing topic, and Lake was soon engaged in it again. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anna Katherine Green It was Mr. Gryce’s custom, especially when engaged upon a case of marked importance, to receive this, his recognized factotum, in his own home. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

How think you, Mr. Finch? In this drunken, debauched world what is your God engaged upon? He is busy elsewhere improving some other planet. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

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

Three of the enemy were in the room—one senseless on the floor, one in the grip of Sime, whose single hand was tightly clenched on his throat, and one engaged with Dougal in a corner. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Young — dear me! what’s his name? — Marianne, what IS his name?’ continued Mrs. Malderton, addressing her youngest daughter, who was engaged in netting a purse, and looking sentimental. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Thomas Hardy Her right hand was lifted to her neck, as if engaged in fastening her night-gown. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

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

Anthony Trollope She still pretends that she is engaged to Frederic, and tells everybody that the marriage is not broken off, and yet she has her cousin with her, making love to him in the most indecent way. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Locke How much this is the case in the greatest part of disputes that men are engaged so hotly in, I shall perhaps have an occasion in another place to take notice. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Gradually it ceased to be the topic of conversation: Other adventures arose whose novelty engaged universal attention; and Ambrosio was soon forgotten as totally, as if He never had existed. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

He was not engaged to Lady Mabel. He had not the least idea of marrying her. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Willa Cather They are from a girl he’s engaged to, and he declares he can’t remember her at all; doesn’t know what she looks like or anything about her, and can’t remember getting engaged. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Jules Verne These beasts are engaged in a war to the death, and we shall arrive in plenty of time to pick up the vanquished. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

What would she see, if, in my absence, she dreamed of me? Her imagination would present me dressed in a funeral robe, in the depth of a gloomy dungeon, engaged with some vile criminal. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

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

And I engaged myself, as I told you, in a moment of emotion, and then hopefully set to work to make the best of it. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray As we were walking in Kensington Gardens, she pointed me out Mrs. Bragg’s nursery-maid, who sings so loud at church, engaged with a Lifeguardsman, whom she was trying to convert probably. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Wilkie Collins He could not be engaged in surveying in the dark. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Walter Scott I beg his pardon for an abruptness which the place and the time — for I was immediately engaged in a lady’s service — rendered unavoidable. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Anthony Trollope She is engaged to that Mr Isadore Hamel, the sculptor. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Two or three persons, having their backs turned towards Julian, sat round a table, and appeared engaged in writing — the voices which he had heard were theirs, as they murmured to each other. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Willa Cather But soon after they were engaged Scott began to do his daily prose poem for a newspaper syndicate. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Gissing He could hardly recall what special piece of work he had been engaged upon last night. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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]

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]

H. Rider Haggard So engaged was she that she did not hear his step, and it was not until his hard voice grated on her ear, that she knew that she was trapped. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Eliot It was all madness; he was in love, thoroughly attached to Lucy, and engaged — engaged as strongly as an honorable man need be. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

He was now engaged in the repression of heresy, but there were some who had called both him and Brother Tobias heretics, because they had followed Erasmus and the new learning. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Miles Franklin I was always forgetting things I should not have forgotten, because my thoughts were engaged in working out my story. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Anthony Trollope He had become engaged to a certain Miss Mary Tremenhere, and by her he had been—jilted. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

William Makepeace Thackeray Don’t fly into a rage, then, because I pay her attentions, when you know that my heart and my promise are engaged to you. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Anthony Trollope If we hear that Lord George is engaged to Lady Eustace, nothing, I suppose, can be done to stop the marriage. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I climbed up the ladder, and was engaged in planning how the defence could best be conducted, when I heard the clank of hoofs, and on the top of it you did ascend from below. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Florestan has been engaged in some large transactions with a department of the Admiralty. We do not wish the limelight turned upon him too fully. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Benjamin Disraeli She was probably engaged to another, and, as Bertram’s friend and fellow-traveller, he fancied he was looked upon by the family as one who had in some degree contributed to their mortification. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Walter Scott As they advanced, he heard sounds, like those of the human voice, engaged in urgent and emphatic declamation. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Once, just as I was about to enter the room with a roll of music under my arm, the voices of my companions and the tenor, engaged in an animated conversation, fell upon my ear. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Rudyard Kipling The rude boarded pavements of the main streets rumbled under the heels of hundreds of furious men all actively engaged in hunting drinks and eligible corner-lots. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

So engaged were they in their quarrel that some moments elapsed before they perceived Nikola and myself standing in the doorway. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Dulcie had got engaged to Mr. Vavasour, and Joan to Mr. Wilson. Dulcie came skimming down in the dusk the first evening to announce the event to me, her soft cheek pressed to mine. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Thomas Hardy He was now engaged in untying a canvas money-bag, from which he drew forth a handful of shillings, giving one to each man in payment for his attendance. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

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

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

Tom was thinking that the stealing away this boy might possibly turn out the most serious enterprise he had yet engaged in. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gaston Leroux Pere Alexis was not there, naturally, engaged as he was in his laboratory. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Anthony Trollope To be alone with the girl to whom he is not engaged is a man’s delight; to be alone with the man to whom she is engaged is the woman’s. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

The steward being engaged in laying the table for dinner, we could talk only with our eyes when I first went down. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

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]

Virginia Woolf But, as she had seen him once only, and was then busily engaged in pelting her royal master with nutshells, it is likely that it was his merits that won him his Dukedom, not his calves. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Sinclair Lewis Cheers!” He telephoned to Vergil Gunch, to Eddie Swanson. Both of them were engaged for the evening, and suddenly he was bored by having to take so much trouble to be riotous. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Adopting his advice, I left the same evening for Gibraltar. I took my passage in a very fine cutter, which had formerly been a yacht, and had since been engaged as a smuggler of Spanish goods. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Theodore Dreiser The sound of the hammer engaged upon the erection of new structures was everywhere heard. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott He added, that they were often taken for the purpose of illustrating popular poems, and hinted as if he himself were engaged in some labour of that nature. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She is engaged to marry Monsieur Victor, who lives in Paris. By the by,” she added, “have you seen Madame? I waited for her outside for half an hour. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Dickens Sitting upon the stairs, engaged in some slight work, was a pretty coloured boy. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Gissing Here he encountered a man who had not lost his head, a stalwart mechanic engaged in slipping clothes on to two little children. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Houghton, the survivor, showed much penitence, being convinced, from the rebukes and explanations of Colonel Gardiner, that he had really engaged in a very heinous crime. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Tobias Smolle This ridiculous oddity danced up to the table at which we sat, and, after a thousand grimaces, asked my friend by the name of Mr. Medlar, if we were not engaged upon business. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

In that sermon you were engaged in expressing yourself. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Catherine Helen Spence I think all our attendants here are members of Associated Homes of their own, except two who are engaged to sleep on the premises. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Anthony Trollope Ah, if only a time might come in which they should be engaged together as man and wife with the consent of everybody! Then there would be no more offences. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope As you and I have been engaged on the same side ——’ To be told that he had been on the same side with the late attorney-general was almost compensation to Bagwax for the loss of his journey. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Now let me sleep, Henri; for the last week I have been engaged in fuddling a monk. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne The whole time the work was going on Joam Garral had been engaged in superintending it. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Anthony Trollope He says that he would start at once if he knew that his cousin were really engaged to somebody else. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope