Phrases with "fancied"

George Meredith He fancied he was moulding her; therefore winning her. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

She fancied her husband, with all the fetters removed that had hampered his footsteps hitherto, winning a name and a place in the world. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He had seen some one else perhaps, whom he fancied better, some one with more money. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Sinclair Lewis At the picnic she had fancied that Maud Dyer looked upon Erik too sentimentally, and she had snarled, “I hate these married women who cheapen themselves and feed on boys. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Well, Maraquito fancied that if she was arrested with the knife before she could leave the neighborhood she would be charged with the murder. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He was tall, and shabbily dressed, and I fancied he was an Englishman, though he never once spoke. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells Even then he fancied the thing was but the matter of a night until he returned to the shop at Aldington Corner and discovered amidst their astonishment that he had been away three weeks. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

But Ricardo fancied he could hear faint footfalls on the open ground, and dodged quickly into the room. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy At last, in her tenseness it seemed to her that the time had already come at which the household was stirring, and she fancied she heard conversation in her daughter’s room. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

He fancied in the darkness that he recognized the young man who had questioned him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jules Verne Benito was not deceived when he said that the adventurer’s eyes were never off Joam Garral as long as he fancied he was unobserved. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray You must remember that when, on examination of my father’s papers, no will was found, I yielded up his property, with perfect willingness, to those who I fancied were his legitimate heirs. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

If I say “got-up,” it is because I knew the one, and I fancied I knew the other. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

Rudyard Kipling At his last hospital he’d been particularly doped, and he fancied that that was where his mind had gone. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Edith Wharton She fancied he did not want to be alone with her; and with a sudden pang she wondered if he repented the tender things he had said to her the night before. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

H. G. Wells Hooker, one of the Derbyshire men, fancied himself rather with the rifle, and stopped behind for half a minute to try his luck as we turned the bend. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

But he fancied that he could hardly fail to obtain some information as to their plan of life, if he could find the place where they had stayed after their marriage. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The dusky light deepened the lines of his dark, strong features; and Ellen fancied that his countenance wore a wilder and a fiercer look than when she had met him by the stream. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Her father frequently lifted her to his knee; she would sit there till she felt or fancied he grew restless; then it was —“Papa, put me down; I shall tire you with my weight. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

M. R. James It did not look as if it could possibly be worth keeping; he fancied it dank and unhealthy, little as he could see of it. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Nathaniel Hawthorne A presentiment, or what she fancied such, whispered her, that, before she had finished the circuit of the cathedral, relief would come. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Is there anything more?” “I meant to ask you that question, Mr. Verney. I fancied you might possibly wish to put some questions to me. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He fancied that there was a false beat in the engine, then it went on again, roaring away stronger than ever. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

As he made this reflection, he fancied he hard a groan in the room above him; and he thought immediately of poor Mousqueton, whom he felt it was a pleasing duty to divert from his grief. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

W. W. Jacobs There was another roar in which Sam, to his amazement, fancied that the cook joined. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

George MacDonald Sometimes he fancied he saw the eyes of North Wind looking up at him from below, but the fancy never lasted beyond the moment of its birth. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton I don’t know if it was because of my being in better spirits, but I fancied Mrs. Brympton looked better too, and seemed more cheerful in her manner. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Caroline Lamb Whilst loved by the object of one’s entire devotion—whilst surrounded by gaiety and amusement, the voice of conscience is seldom heard; and, I will confess it, at this time I fancied myself happy. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Sinclair Lewis He fancied that everyone from the porter to the silken girl across the aisle was snickering at his eccentric coiffure. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

H. Rider Haggard Just then, on looking towards the bank on our right, I fancied that I caught sight of a dark figure flitting between the tree trunks. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

You might have fancied that he was a second time recovering from drowning. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Steele Rudd Joe went about shivering in an old coat of Dad’s with only one sleeve to it — a calf had fancied the other one day that Dad hung it on a post as a mark to go by while ploughing. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

A young man was tarantula bitten, or perhaps, like many more, fancied it. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton She fancied that her companion guessed the nature of her hesitation. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Long of old, the Greeks fancied Delphi the navel of the earth, in their favorite mode of fabling the earth to be an animal. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Edith Wharton Bosworth, whose eyes were on Sylvester Brand’s face, fancied he saw a sort of inner flush darken the farmer’s heavy leathern skin. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Meredith I fancied there was a conspiracy to force me back from my pretensions by subjecting me to the contemplation of my bare self and actual condition. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

At his approach, delicate girls fell into convulsions, and hypochondriacs fancied themselves cured. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Meredith Irrationally, at a moment when reason stood in awe, he fancied it must be that her husband was dead. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jane Austen Having introduced him, however, and being all reseated, the terrors that occurred of what this visit might lead to were overpowering, and she fancied herself on the point of fainting away. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Indeed, I should have asked you many a time to let me see the quality going to Court, only I fancied you thought all such shows wicked. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Rudyard Kipling As he had rucked the shirt all over his head, I couldn’t at first see who he was, but I fancied that he was a man in the first stage of D. T. from the way he swore while he wrestled with his rags. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

He fancied himself a burden to the society, forgetting in his perfectly juvenile good faith that he had fed this society for a month; and he set his mind actively to work. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope As Eames paused on the road, he fancied that he recognised the earl’s voice, and it was the voice of one in distress. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell I am not as strong as I fancied myself. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Thomas Hardy Then something seemed to occur which his stepdaughter fancied must really be a hallucination of hers. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

I could not think why you should kill Aunt Selina. I was bewildered at the time and then —” here Juliet turned away her head, “I fancied someone else might have killed her. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Julian Hawthorne The true explanation of the mystery might not be worse than this, but I fancied it must be different — it must be something more unusual and strange. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Ivan Turgenev I fancied that she tried to avoid my eyes. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Mrs. Gaskell And we also found a little simple begging letter from Mrs Jenkyns to Peter, addressed to him at the house of an old schoolfellow whither she fancied he might have gone. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Julian Hawthorne I fancied — but I may have been mistaken — that as she passed the threshold she laid her finger upon the pearl-shell necklace. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Thomas Hardy Discovering it at length, Stockdale produced a spark, and was kindling the brimstone, when he fancied that he heard a movement in the passage. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Anthony Trollope He then heard Ussher’s footsteps up the avenue, and he fancied he could hear him speak; but he had no idea who he was; nor had he the slightest suspicion that his sister was so near him. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Looking up, Miss Sheckleton observed the door open, and Tom fancied perceived him in the perspective through it, for she rose suddenly, shut it, and he saw no more. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Jules Verne During some lulls of the wind and sea, I fancied I heard several times vague sounds, a sort of fugitive harmony produced by words of command. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Miles Franklin I thought that he fancied he could win any woman, and me without the least palaver or trouble. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Henry James Isabel fancied he had been on the point of asking about her husband — rather confusedly — and then had checked himself. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I admitted that it was impossible, and that I must have fancied it; and so went back to the matter of the playground. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

Arthur Morrison I fancied he walked rather like a policeman. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Nathaniel Hawthorne He fancied a resemblance in it to Donatello himself; and it put him in mind of one of the purposes with which he had come to Monte Beni. “My dear Count,” said he, “I have a proposal to make. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Edith Wharton She fancied her daughter’s glance conveyed a faint surprise — was it even a faint annoyance at her intrusion? “Mother, this is Major Fenno. I think you know him,” the girl said. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Henry James I don’t know when I’ve fancied anything so much as what I told you. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet for a moment he fancied that there was something portentous in the sound of the sudden raindrops pattering through the leaves of the lime trees. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

I fancied that literature, that poetry was so; and it was humiliation and anguish indescribable to think of myself torn from my high ideals by labors like those of the reporter. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

He fancied the little fellow trotting by his side across farms and moorlands, or deep into the woods to see the newly-felled timber, or to plan a fresh clearing. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

At another moment he fancied that his wife was still alive, and spoke to her, telling her that their grandchild had been christened after her, and that she was to love the girl. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith Around the office and along to the street of the cottages crowds were chattering, gesticulating; Ines fancied the foreign jabberers inclined to threaten. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I fancied all sorts of dangers in the enigmatical smile of the lank high-priest. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

One might have fancied him one of Swift’s strulbrugs, that, through long attenuation and decay, had dwindled back into infancy, with one organ only left perfect—the organ of fear and misery. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

She’s always most good-hearted, but very prejudiced once she’s fancied someone’s offended her. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

It was built entirely of greenish glass, and it was so damp and chilly that you could almost have fancied yourself under water. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy Yet he fancied that John did not come along with the same swinging step he had shown yesterday; and when the trumpet-major got nearer he looked anxiously at the mate and waited for him to speak first. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

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]

H.P. Lovecraft At times I fancied that every contour of these blasphemous fish-frogs was over-flowing with the ultimate quintessence of unknown and inhuman evil. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Theodore Dreiser His sister Anna fancied that Mrs. Semple was designing, which was, of course, not true. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

He fancied as he did so that he heard the respiration near him, and passed close to some one in the dark. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Benjamin Disraeli He was hot and cold by turns; felt awkward and blundering; fancied people were looking at him; that in some inexplicable sense he was ridiculous; wished he had never gone to the opera. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Ivan Turgenev The horses moved at a walking pace, and when they turned round before the house, Fabio fancied that in Muzzio’s dark face there gleamed two spots of white. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope He had been out hunting once or twice but fancied that people looked at him with peculiar eyes. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

He fancied that the mummy might be found under the jetty and that inconvenient inquiries might be made. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Julian Hawthorne I was to overpower him by main strength; and from what I had observed of the fellow, I fancied he would be able to make resistance enough to save my self-respect. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope Then he went back in fancied security, and found himself the centre of all those amatory ovations which Miss Todd and Miss Gauntlet had prepared for him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Gissing Several did not; they were from people whom she hoped never to see again—people who wrote in fulsome terms, because they fancied she would become a celebrity. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassan She fancied she could bear the drum as it sounded the call to arms. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Everything was so indefinite, and feeling your position to be so much wealthier than mine, I fancied I might have mistaken your meaning. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Wilkie Collins Little by little, the sound came nearer and nearer to my bed — and then suddenly stopped just as I fancied it was close by me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope He knew, too, or fancied that he knew, what would be the result of the interview. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

William Makepeace Thackeray Then I fancied I heard a voice that spoke to me from the end of the sacristy: it whispered so low that I could not catch the words. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton He fancied she might have passed this way and questioned me closely; but as it happened there had been no petticoat under my roof for three days. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is not anything more bitter than to lose a fancied friend. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Michael fancied sometimes, when he passed the draped entrance to this sacred chamber, that the portiere smelt of tobacco, but he would not have spoken of it, even had he been sure. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Guy de Maupassan He fancied he saw some people whisper, as they gazed at them, and he felt a desire to fall upon those two beings and smite them to the earth. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I fancied I detected a look of relief on the faces of my two companions, and the thought was far from pleasing to me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Guy de Maupassan As he turned his head, he met Mme. Forestier’s eyes, in which he fancied he saw a mingled expression of gaiety, malice, and encouragement. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

H.P. Lovecraft Imitating Pickman’s listening, I fancied I heard a faint scurrying sound somewhere, and a series of squeals or beats in a direction I couldn’t determine. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

One fancied that at twenty he must have looked very much like what he was now at threescore. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Meredith Once, previous to the arrival of the latter three, there was a change in her look, or Evan fancied it. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Sigmund Freud You will agree that nothing makes you so angry as having it thought that you merely fancied the scene by the lake. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Virginia Woolf He felt himself now, as he had often fancied other people, adrift on the stream, and far removed from control of it, a man with no grasp upon circumstances any longer. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Elizabeth Gaskell Some stranger (a gentleman, I think) came in; for an instant they fancied he was Currer Bell, and indeed an Esq.; he stayed some time — went away. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arnold Bennett She fancied in her ignorance that the expression of this sentiment would please him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rudyard Kipling The man came back almost immediately after he had disappeared, and at such a rate that Dumoise fancied he must have crossed a bear. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The Wanderer, indeed, is a picture of Wordsworth himself—“an idea,” as he says, “of what I fancied my own character might have become in his circumstances. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Theodore Dreiser Young Kaffrath was by no means a practical street-railway man, though he fancied he could do very well at it if given a chance. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

One might have fancied it the light of a wax-candle, only that a candle would flicker itself dim and bright by turns in the air, and this was steady and did not. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

I fancied I shouldn’t like them. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Edith Wharton Pauline, bending over her daughter’s face, fancied she caught a wan smile on it. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

William Henry Hudson I observed, too, that the alarm was spreading, and that larger birds, usually shy of men — pigeons, jays, and magpies, I fancied they were — now began to make their appearance. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Anthony Trollope To him the Republic — as he fancied that it had been, as he fancied that it might be-was all that was good, all that was gracious, all that was beneficent. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

You know I saw, or fancied I saw, this thing before, and nothing followed. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne Michael Strogoff fancied that he recognized, by certain details, the fashion of the costume of Livonia, and thought his neighbor a native of the Baltic provinces. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

James Joyce He fancied to himself the English lecture and felt, even at that distance, restless and helpless. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

He was the kind of man she fancied would be up early. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis She fancied that a man with dinner-coat and waxed mustache glanced superciliously at Harry’s highly form-fitting bright- brown suit and Juanita’s tan silk frock, which was doubtful at the seams. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy Each deposition seems to cost him a twinge; and at one moment I fancied I saw him slip his hand into his coat pocket. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Guy de Maupassan My fire was nearly out, and the few glowing embers threw a faint light on the floor by the chair, where I fancied I saw the man sitting again. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

Ann Radcliffe He listened, scarcely daring to draw breath, lest he should lose a note; and again he fancied her voice spoke in a part of the plaintive response delivered by the nuns. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope When Madame Bauche sought her out in her own little room, and with a smiling face and kind kiss bade her go to the grotto, she knew, or fancied that she knew that it was all over. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

He was so proud of his Cleopatra-like bride, his jewel beyond all parallel amid all gems, that he fancied he could not build a shrine rich enough for his treasure. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells I fancied I could even feel the hollowness of the ground beneath my feet: could, indeed, almost see through it the Morlocks on their ant-hill going hither and thither and waiting for the dark. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

In that case Hope fancied he would be once more called upon to make good the avuncular loss, and so the marriage would have to be postponed. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

He was always catching a sore throat—or fancied it. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

George Meredith He was too delicate over the idea of the married woman whom he fancied he loved in her maidenhood. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Dickens I was slow to gain strength, but I did slowly and surely become less weak, and Joe stayed with me, and I fancied I was little Pip again. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

I fancied it could not be very prejudicial to Mrs. Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

He had found rooms with the Morlands, and for a week or two had fancied that he might begin a new life. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Lambs just fallen, geese and turkies big with egg, all massacred without distinction! I fancied I heard the complaints of Melibeus for the hope of his flock. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

It was everywhere, but Maskull fancied that it was far brighter in one particular quarter. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Contrasting the stern anxiety of his present mood with the frolic spirit of the preceding year, he fancied that so much trouble had, at all events, brought wisdom in its train. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Lodore fancied that he must have seen him before under very painful circumstances. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Robert Browning Not it! I fancied Cuthbert’s reddening face Beneath its garniture of curly gold, Dear fellow, till I almost felt him fold An arm in mine to fix me to the place That way he used. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Arthur Morrison As I did so, I became conscious of a face at the window of the least ruinous house in the row, a face that I fancied expressed particular interest in my movements. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells I misinterpreted this, fancied it was a reflection of my flickering lamp, and turned again to the stores in the shed. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Sinclair Lewis He laughed; he fancied that she was laughing back, though he could see her face only as a golden blur in the thin fall sunshine. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Special trains, the best rooms in the best hotels, anything, everything he fancied — and yet all the while he worked at his books “like a navvy. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Kate Chopin I fancied your movements were directed by some unchangeable laws. At Fault by Kate Chopin

William Makepeace Thackeray The allegory is as good, as earnest, and as fanciful as one of John Bunyan’s, and we have often fancied there was a similarity between the men. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Jules Verne And he fancied he could see five or six hulking follows dogging his footsteps. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Henry James I fancied that in spite of your scramble you’d wait to cross, and it added to the reason I have for seeing you. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing When Polly at length came out she met him with a shyness and awkwardness which he fancied he perfectly understood. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Ivan Turgenev He fancied that every passer-by looked at him in a peculiar way, with a sort of sarcastic astonishment and curiosity. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

She wondered at her previous blindness; it was as if she had closed her eyelids, and then fancied it was night. Lodore by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim When in some out of the way corner of the world they had fancied themselves secure for a time, a telegram had been handed to them—“I am coming”—and the chase began anew. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Jules Verne He fancied he could perceive by touching it, that a human body lay across the passage. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

So short-lived is human happiness in this frail world! The Governor fancied that he should incur less risk if remained at Gaza for two or three days more, and he wanted me to become his guest. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

De Guiche fancied he had done everything for his friend, and soon began to think of nothing but his personal affairs. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He fancied himself working like a scientist who has collected a vast number of specimens, and is deducing principles from them. Emile Zola by William Dean Howells

Even then he could not express his gratitude to his young benefactress without assuming the tone of a fancied lover. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

He fancied this advertisement must needs bring him some tidings of his lost love. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Joseph Furphy Even in the distance, I fancied her attitude was that of a girl who had imprudently set in motion a thing that she was powerless to stop. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Catherine Helen Spence The average Englishwoman fancied her mission was to practice housekeeping, and rule over her establishment of children and servants. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Ralph Waldo Emerson Once, we fancied the earth a plane, and stationary. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Louisa May Alcott Don’t you hear often? I fancied Jo would send you volumes. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. G. Wells Graham fancied he heard a shouting through the snowstorm, and his guide hurried him on with a new spurt of haste. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Whatever game we fancied most, you joyful played it too, And rather better on the whole. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

She was subject to a sudden influx of ideas, and always fancied her ideas inspirations. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne Perhaps he hardly knew, indeed, that he was climbing at all, or perhaps he fancied he was descending. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Edgar Allan Poe While I gazed directly upward at it (for its position was immediately over my own) I fancied that I saw it in motion. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

I fancied that, if the occasion called, he might be a good man with his hands. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Tediously the moments passed; but a detective on duty, or on fancied duty, succumbs to no weariness. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Another thing, we’d been all used to having what money we wanted lately, and we none of us fancied living like poor men again in America or anywhere else. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Anthony Trollope And I have sometimes fancied that she is fond of him, too. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle The perturbation of his brain, occasioned by this pressure, and the fright he had lately undergone, gave rise to a very terrible dream, in which he fancied himself apprehended for a robbery. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

To think that she had fancied herself happy in thus following her path for thirty years, her passions silent, with naught but the pride of virtue to fill the blank in her existence. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then V—— fancied he heard a noise as of some one coming slowly and heavily up the stairs, and also at the same time a jingling and rattling of keys. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

What a foolish thing it seemed that he should be the victim of this fair enslaver! — he who until lately had fancied himself incapable of any earnest feeling or deep emotion. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I watched him, and although sometimes I fancied his lips moved, no sound came. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Edith Wharton She fancied she saw a change in his expression, and the blood rushed to her forehead. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Ann Radcliffe For a moment, Ellena fancied she saw a taper in her favourite turret, and a belief, that the nuns, perhaps the Abbess herself, were searching for her there, renewed her terror and her speed. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Jack London But these were dreams, frank dreams, fancied adventures of my deductive subconscious mind. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Only I never saw any one looking archer than Mr. Brounker did today when he told me; and I fancied from that it could not be so dull a business as merely making her his daughter. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry James I don’t see how we can have fancied ——!” I had interrupted her by the movement with which again, uncontrollably tossed on one of my surges of certitude, I turned away. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Jules Verne This phosphorescent light illumined the distance half a mile, and McNabbs fancied he saw a shadow pass across the edge of it. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton For a moment Archer fancied that Mr. Letterblair must have told her of his coming; but the irrelevance of her next remark made him change his mind. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And again —— “Get out and do some real work ——” “Stop worrying ——” He fancied a possible future comment of his own. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy He fancied he had beheld the revelation he was in search of. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James You must take it from me that I’ve never at any moment fancied I could suffer by you. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Gissing Moreover, Helen fancied she observed that the frequent visits of Mr. Heatherley were not entirely for her own sake, and it pleased her to think they were not. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

She fancied some well-meaning critic saying, “It should be on every drawing-room table,” and she almost laughed outright. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was standing by the window when he entered, and he fancied for the first time that she greeted him a little nervously. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edith Wharton When she rose he fancied that he saw her draw something from her dress and drop it into the fire; but he hardly noticed the gesture at the time. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

He fancied that he was indebted to Lady Mabel for this civility. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I fancied afterwards that that cry must have been heard, and that, if there had been any creature in the house inclined to help me, there would have come an end to my sufferings. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Fanny Fern She fancied everything in doors and out reminded her of Daisy, and kept wandering round, trying to be rid of herself. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Henry James Now I think the contrary is what you have always fancied — is the basis on which you have been building. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell I thought the Prince of the Air was abroad; and I heard, or fancied I heard. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Jules Verne One might have fancied that a rainbow, crushed in a powerful hand, bad been flung upon the ground, its fragments crossing each other as they fell. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton Medford went back to his seat; but as soon as he had resumed it he fancied that the gaze of his hidden watcher was jealously fixed on the red spark of his cigar. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

George Meredith I dreamed of one year in Italy; I fancied it might be two; more than that was unimaginable. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells He was indistinctly aware of two people hot upon his heels, and he fancied that he distinguished the outline of his assistant in front of him. The Hammerpond Park Burglary by H. G. Wells [1894]

He had been angled for by so many damsels, and courted by so many fathers and mothers, that he fancied he had but to say the word when the time came, and the thing would be done. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

M. R. James I tried the same plan with the remaining letters; but it wouldn’t work, and I fancied that perhaps the placing of dots after the three last letters might indicate some difference of procedure. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Bram Stoker Godalming told the shippers that he fancied that the box sent aboard might contain something stolen from a friend of his, and got a half consent that he might open it at his own risk. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Raoul fancied he observed in this pressure something beyond the sense his mere words conveyed. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy Moreover he perceived that at best only copying, patching and imitating went on here; which he fancied to be owing to some temporary and local cause. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope I believe that Thackeray fancied that he had spoken well of George III., and am sure that it was his intention to do so. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I thought he seemed shy and irresolute, and the tall man gave him a great jolt with his elbow, which made him stagger, and I fancied a little angry, for he said, as it seemed, a sulky word or two. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton Again and again he fancied he had established a truce with the past: had come to terms — the terms of defeat and failure with that bright enemy called happiness. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

And each time he fancied that it was louder, more distinct. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Edith Wharton I love a deserted house: I have always fancied that if one came in noiselessly enough one might catch the ghosts of the people who used to live in it. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]