Phrases with "fancies"

Andrew Lang The airy fairy fancies of happy Dreamland never grow old; they, like the glorious stars above us, are always young. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The project of marriage, more tenaciously pursued by Balzac than by his Eve, was yet no hindrance to his fleeting fancies for other women. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

The full waters looked prosperously for my fishing, and I began to forget all fancies in anticipation of sport. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Lucy Maud Montgomery She sprang to her feet, her bright fancies fallen into cureless ruin. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Philip Sidney But who hath fancies pleased, With fruits of happy sight, Let here his eyes be raised On Nature’s sweetest light. Poems by Philip Sidney

George Meredith And in England the sums one paid for everything! “One fancies one pays for breath,” said Madame, shivering. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

He felt a sentimental desire to indulge his fancies in solitude. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

One has feverish fancies sometimes — at least I have; and I preferred being out in the rain to not being out at all. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

George Meredith He fancies he can make her of service, and he shows some skill. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

He had married at twenty years of age, and had never known those brief fancies or foolish passions which waste the freshness of mind and heart. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope An Englishman fancies that he is to be baked, and for awhile finds it almost impossible to exist in the air prepared for him. North America by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson He fancies he has a new article. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

To such dreadful fancies Macbeth was subject. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Frederick Marryat I really believe that he fancies you are the Duke of York — but he could not get any more from me than what I knew. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

E. F. Benson She’s full of absurd delicious fancies like that. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

This was a fancy; but the fancies of poets are their hell, when they cease to be their heaven. Signa by Ouida

Elizabeth Gaskell Thus we see that, while her imagination received vivid impressions, her excellent understanding had full power to rectify them before her fancies became realities. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Meredith She fancies she may know a more widely awake in the abstract. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Rudyard Kipling An empty dhow is passed which E14 was going to leave alone, but it occurs to her that the boat looks “rather deserted,” and she fancies she sees two heads in the water. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

I heard some one calling dogs, and the thought of bloodhounds added its fine suggestiveness to the other fancies appropriate to the occasion. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

But no! I know that after the lieutenant started coming here his awful fancies have come back. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Meredith Fleeting won’t sell it to me privately, because my name’s Blancove, and I’m the father of my son, and he fancies Algy’s the man. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

I find him disturbing my thoughts, perplexing my conjectures, haunting my fancies — I, plain woman of the world! Lilian is imaginative; beware of her imagination, even when sure of her heart. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Do tell them, Chiù, you go so near the sky!” “What fancies you have,” said Bruno; but the little brown hand was hot as it touched his own. Signa by Ouida

Edward Bellamy I thought I was in my bed-chamber at home, and the half-dreaming, half-waking fancies which passed before my mind related to the incidents and experiences of my former life. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

H. G. Wells But what is it, this love for you? It’s a mass of fanciesthings about you — ways you look, ways you have. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Edgar Allan Poe There were delirious fancies such as the madman fashions. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

A man’s fancies are light as the summer wind, fickle as the ocean waves: but when a woman loves it is for life; sometimes for death. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Whatever fancies it inspired did not flower at his lips. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Jules Verne Her mouth would be charming if she ever smiled, but exposed as she is to the ridiculous whims and fancies of a capricious mistress, her lips rarely relax from their ordinary grave expression. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

George Elio These fancies will spring up without the slightest foundation, especially when a woman sees few people; they die out again when there is no encouragement. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

I have terrible fancies at times, Mr. North, that seem half-memories. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Richard Arden is in a strangely nervous state; he fancies he will stop and question him, and he touches the horse with the whip to get quickly by. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett He had little fancies like that. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Hardy You know that what you have told only jars the subtler fancies in one, after all. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You know he fancies that the work he is putting together is of immense importance. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He fancies himself in a vast crowd which sways this way and that, and whose movement and doings he must obey: he fancies himself poor, orphaned, insignificant. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Gissing It is all forsaking me, the delight of imagining great things, what power I had of putting my fancies into words, the music that used to go with me through the day’s work. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Madame fancies that an unseen hand propelled him. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Bram Stoker These fancies to stray are most dangerous, and if the child were to remain out another night, it would probably be fatal. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Caroline Lamb What indeed had not appeared beautiful to her in the company of the man she loved! Everyone fancies that there exists in the object of their peculiar admiration a superiority over others. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Who knew? — patrician ladies had strange fancies sometimes; their contadini could tell rare tales of some of their love fancies. Signa by Ouida

Edgar Allan Poe A thousand vague fancies oppressed and disconcerted me — fancies the more distressing because vague. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James Poor, pretentious old simpleton! It’s not his fault, after all, that he fancies himself a great little man. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

G. K. Chesterton In a word, I want a fool; some beautiful, rounded, homogenous fool, in whose blameless face, as in a round mirror, all our fancies may really be reflected and renewed. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

She fancies in me the paltry virtues which I have only the profounder virtue to disdain. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Anthony Trollope An old man has no right to have his fancies unless he chooses to pay for them. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

G. K. Chesterton Stevenson stands for the conception that ideas are the real incidents: that our fancies are our adventures. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Being a great deal alone, in the strange place, fancies possessed her, people took on strange shapes. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice was bent on her going out into the open air; he also wished her to mix with people again, and thus rid herself of the morbid fancies that were creeping on her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Elio Girls’ fancies are easily diverted from one object to another. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

George Gissing Till late at night she watched the blue starry sky from her open window, seeming to reflect, but in reality wafted on a stream of fancies and emotions. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Cloete fancies that Stafford’s voice is talking away quite close to his ear. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arthur Machen And then he began to dream, to let his fancies stray over half-imagined, delicious things, indulging a virgin mind in its wanderings. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

He fancies I’m a fool, and that I’m wasting my time and trouble. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Meredith And my compliments to Robert, and the next time he fancies visiting Warbeach, he’d best forward a letter to that effect. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Arthur Machen I know that I dream such wild dreams and walk in such mad fancies that I have to look out and look about me to make sure that I am not still dreaming. The Terror by Arthur Machen

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was one of those enchanted chambers that grow out of fancies and disappear. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I thought of all kinds of dreadful things last night, Dick, and to-day; until my fancies almost drove me mad. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell Madame, too, has been out to market; half across Paris, it may be, in her old black gown, to some shop she knows of, where she fancies such and such an article can be had better or cheaper. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Zona Gale To Little Cawthorne, lying luxuriously in a hammock on the deck of The Aloha, fancies like these crowded pleasantly, and slipped away or were merged in snatches of remembered songs. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

They soothed him, and yet quickened the life in him, so that his fancies ranged in a happy medley. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Charles Kingsley Loose conceits, fancies of the private judgment, were excusable enough in the Elizabethan poets. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

She no longer willingly indulged in the bright and splendid fancies of her earlier days; they were too much opposed to her real circumstances, and to every probability for the future. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Meredith He must command; he must be a chief; he fancies he can intrigue poor thing! It will pass. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

For two dazzling seasons he could have been found at all the principal race meetings, plunging heavily upon his fancies and, with the luck which so often flatters a newcomer, doing quite well. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

He is run away with by all sorts of fancies and superstitions. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thomas Hardy In the midst of these whimsical fancies she heard a new strange sound among the leaves. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Oscar Wilde She can see his bright hair, and hears, or fancies that she hears, that clear cold voice. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Who was it who was condemned to push an enormous stone up a hill for ever? Extraordinary how appropriate these mythological fancies still are. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

There are cases of physical blindness past the skill of surgery, but there is no blindness more incurable than that of a woman on the verge of forty who fancies herself beloved. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy You may call my fancies whimsical; but remember, sweet, lost one, that ‘nature is one in love, and where ’tis fine it sends some instance of itself. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Ah, poor old man — last night — light-headed — fancies and nonsense of an old man — why don’t you laugh at it? I’m laughing — so light-headed, so light —” He stopped suddenly. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell A solitary life cherishes mere fancies until they become manias. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H.G. Wells It’s strange the fancies girls have. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Often and often, in her peripatetic reveries, Antonia’s fancies followed the image of Kilrush, whose continental wanderings were chronicled from time to time in Lloyd’s or the St. James’s. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arthur Machen The four farmers thought nothing of it; sheepdogs in the country are dogs to look after sheep, and their whims and fancies are not studied. The Terror by Arthur Machen

William Godwin In this emergency she applied to Mrs. Turner, a woman whose profession it was to study and to accommodate the fancies of such persons as the countess. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

He had a very good practice, and plenty of money, which he had amassed by invariably humouring the worst fancies of all the females of all the families he had ever been introduced into. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

A swarm of fancies gave every detail of the parting dramatic intensity. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Young members of three had four-and-twenty do not think much of dissolutions, forget the fancies of their constituents, and are too proud of the present to calculate much as to the future. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I am as indifferent to the facts or fancies of spiritualism as I am, for instance, to the latest mechanical application of electricity. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Thomas Hardy Like all the cottagers in Blackmoor Vale, Tess was steeped in fancies and prefigurative superstitions; she thought this an ill omen — the first she had noticed that day. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Kenneth Grahame But Selina sat on where she was, her chin on her fists; and her fancies whirled and drifted, here and there, in curls and eddies, along with the smoke she was watching. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

William Hope Hodgson Yet, when I questioned more, there was much that had been in my fancies that was foreign to her, and likewise much that had been familiar to her, that was of no meaning to me. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

As the party remounted he gave his fancies the rein, and ere he reached camp he had felt the oars in his hand and sniffed the apple-tree blossom from the distant beaches. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson And now insidious fancies stole upon him: fancies which, disregarding such accidents of the day as money and the lack of money, went straight to the heart of his most urgent need. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

M. R. James No doubt he was an impressionable man, but he never had had such fancies as this before. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Charles Dickens Again, by slow degrees, these horrible fancies depart from him one by one: returning sometimes, unexpectedly, but at longer intervals, and in less alarming shapes. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Robert Louis Stevenson It might have been a singing in his ears, but he fancies he was followed as he ran by a peal of Titanic laughter. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins My sister will tell you I take sudden fancies to people of your complexion. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Foolish fancies these, but in the gravest man’s love there is a vein of folly. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He was solitary from his dark and solemn vices — she from her beautiful fancies and her purity of virtue. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

She was at an age when a girl can make an existence for herself out of bright young fancies and vague deep thoughts. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Women will take fancies as long as the world lasts, and if they happen to fancy the wrong people the more obstinate they hold on to ’em. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

What will he think of me, mon pauvre frere? What will he say? Oh, Tobalito mio, I could have done it for naught but one thing—My Father’s Name! The girl Lucilla fancies me, I can see plainly. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

D.H. Lawrence Helena walked along, watching the flowers, and making fancies out of them. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

He has taken one of those unaccountable fancies of children for her, and can hardly bear her out of his sight. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

If his strange fancies were to take this direction again she might have much difficulty, not only in combating them, but in repelling Ribeiro’s insolent advances. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He exaggerates the circumstance of marriage; and though he finds false marriages on earth, fancies a wiser choice in heaven. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson I share none of those illusory, Utopian fancies with which empirics blind themselves and exasperate the ignorant. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Walks in his master’s shadow and fancies himself a diplomatist. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

That the spectre of the dead-and-gone Lavinia did at times appear to them, or else their fancies conjured up the vision, was all too certain. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

She fancies that the discovery of her first marriage has caused a revulsion of feeling, and that you no longer love her. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I cannot undertake to answer for her—the whims and fancies of young ladies are sometimes so odd and unexpected. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Algernon Blackwood I stepped back just in time, and went on hunting for firewood again, half laughing at the odd fancies that crowded so thickly into my mind and cast their spell upon me. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Gertrude Stein I do not believe in fancies in respect to bread. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Yet all the while I was as one in a trance, indulging the most fascinating fancies and ordering my entire intellectual life in accordance with my dream. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Sinclair Lewis I never allow fancies to bother me in office hours. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

But in philosophy, a student ought to doubt of the things he fancies he understands too easily, as much as of those he does not understand. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Wilkie Collins Hundreds of girls take fancies for disguising themselves; and hundreds of instances of it are related year after year in the public journals. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith All fancies and internal communications left her. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Meredith As soon as he fancies himself seen, he sets to work spinning a web, and he discerns nothing else. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Meredith His heart and all his fancies were in motion at the sound. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The Flowers do fade, and wanton fields To wayward Winter reckoning yeilds A honey tongue, a heart of gall, Is fancies spring, but sorrows fall. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

There is no kind of art that I love better than those first airy fancies of the painter’s mind, those jottings of inspiration. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

More than all, there are no fictitious values put upon fads and fancies of the hour, — nor even upon works of art. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

George Meredith She fancies she brings him up to the altar, in the end, by decent behaviour. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell At the same time, Molly, I’m afraid he’ll expect me to be always as good as he fancies me now, and I shall have to walk on tip-toe all the rest of my life. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Andrew Lang As a rule, fancies are capable of being arranged in but a few familiar patterns, so that it seems hardly worth while to make the arrangement. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

She encountered Mr. Carlyle. “So, Afy, you are really going to be married at last?” “Jiffin fancies so, sir. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

John Stuart Mill An Englishman fancies that things do not exist, because he never sees them; a Frenchman thinks they must always and necessarily exist, because he does see them. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

George Meredith Luciano and his band will go to Rome. Carlo fancies that another blow will be struck for Lombardy. This lady should know; the point is, whether she can be trusted. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

He never forgets the great thing he fancies he did thirty years ago, and expects the world never to forget it either. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

M. R. James Yet to me they came, even to me, leading an exceptionally happy wholesome existence, and guarded — not strictly but as carefully as was any way necessary — from uncanny fancies and fear. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Thomas Hardy She was young and inexperienced, and had hardly on his late return grown out of the capricious fancies of girlhood. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Anthony Hope By an effort I freed myself from my fancies and tried to concentrate my brain on the facts of our position. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

George Meredith How’s that? I’m not a fool, with nonsensical fancies of any kind. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope She had floating in her young mind some fancies as to the beauty of love. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The slippers belonged to the admiral, who had taken one of his unreasonable fancies to this particular pair, and who still persisted in wearing them long after they were unfit for his service. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Julian Hawthorne He may have played on the superstitious fancies which they probably shared with others of that age, and at last we may suppose he accomplished their separation. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Jules Verne For my own part, too many thoughts crowded my brain, too many insoluble questions pressed upon me, too many fancies kept my eyes half open. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope Some young girl fancies herself in love, and the man is unworthy. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She seemed to avoid all contact, instinctively, and pursued her own intent way, pursuing half-formed fancies that had no relation to anyone else. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Two fancies remained in his mind through those boyish years. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe He fancies a goblin palace in the icy network of the cascade, and peoples it in his vision with ghosts. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Catherick had her whims and fancies about it at times, and used now and then to lay claim to the child, as if she wanted to spite me for bringing it up. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Whenever a woman has or fancies she has a grievance, she leaves her husband, returns to “the paternal” and marries again. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

D’Artagnan had passed himself upon her as de Wardes, for whom she had conceived one of those tigerlike fancies common to women of her character. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

All this is plain to the eye; but I see our friend Kelleran fancies his dinner is getting cold, so we had better postpone our investigations for a more convenient opportunity. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

His idea is to invent a perfect machine and then sell it to the Government, and he fancies that if he allows anyone else to handle his aeroplanes, his secrets may be prematurely discovered. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson And so in the majority of cases, a man who fancies himself dying, will get cold comfort from the very youthful view expressed in this essay. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

She fancies she can’t eat, or talk, or exert herself in any way, but it’s all fancy. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

G. K. Chesterton Long before his fancies had begun, let alone ceased, Arthur had stepped across and taken one of Smith’s arms. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

She used to have little fancies that he would call at the house sometime, and ask for her, with his sword clanking against his high boots. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

H. G. Wells But these things came to them only through a haze of distortion, caricatured until they lost all practical significance, disguised as the foolish fancies of a race of oddly gifted eccentrics. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The boy was unlike the rest; he had wild fancies and strange inexplicable ideas. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins I owe his friendly reception of me to some resemblance which he fancies he sees between my figure and hers. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Charles Dickens Past plots of garden, theatres, shrines, prodigious piles of architecture — Gothic — Saracenic — fanciful with all the fancies of all times and countries. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Walter Besant No one, before his arrival, understood how to treat the fancies of a whimsical woman, to humour her prejudices, and to keep her in good temper. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Edgar Allan Poe It may readily be supposed that the part played by my friend, in the drama at the Rue Morgue had not failed of its impression upon the fancies of the Parisian police. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

A very long root such as I have mentioned might give nearly a bucketful of water; but woe to the white man who fancies he can get water out of mallee. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry Handel Richardson The fancies woven by quite big girls, for instance, round the physical feat of bringing a child into the world, would have supplied material for a volume of fairytales. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Caroline Lamb The mind, thus disappointed, preys upon itself, and compares its present lowliness with the imaginary heights for which it fancies itself to have been designed. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Pleasant thoughts and fancies bedecked his pages. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy Your fancies will be your ruin, Clym.” Mrs. Yeobright spoke calmly, but the force of feeling behind the words was but too apparent to one who knew her as well as her son did. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant At that touch all his fancies dispersed into the air. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Jack London His masterfulness delighted me and terrified me, for my fancies wantonly roved until I found myself considering him as a lover, as a husband. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He fancies his daughter is concealed on board. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Wilkie Collins Experience was yet to show me that the blind can live in their imaginations, and have their favorite fancies and illusions like the rest of us. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

It was the part of a minister of God to deny at the outset that the place was more than a common wilderness of rock and tree, to curb his fancies as things too vain for a grown man’s idlest thought. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Wilkie Collins Morbid fancies are realities to a man like me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Jane Austen You have some touches of the angel in you beyond what — not merely beyond what one sees, because one never sees anything like it — but beyond what one fancies might be. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Andrew Lang There are two ways of investigating the facts or fancies about the rod. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

These fancies that women get at such a time!’ She made her lie down, and sat beside her, telling her lively improper stories of her own past life. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A queer and direful flood of fancies seized upon her in those few minutes of tension. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Walter Scott At her Majesty’s particular request, I once condescended to become — ladies, you know, have strange fancies — to become the tenant, for a time, of the interior of a pie. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Mr Allins fancies himself the perfect man of the world and a great charmer. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Gissing Old fancies that I used to have somehow got hold of me again If I ever marry, it must be a woman of the world, a woman with brain and heart to judge human nature. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Adam Lindsay Gordon P.S. — Tell J. P., if he fancies a good ’un, That old chestnut pony of mine is for sale. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Andrew Lang She fancies that she loves a certain contemptible puppy called Narcissus; but I have made very short work with him. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Catherine Helen Spence Authorship is so delightful a thing that every one rushes into print who fancies he or she has anything to say. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

William Makepeace Thackeray One fancies the hall-porter conscious of the old lord’s iniquity, and holding down his head as the Marshal passes the door. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

No sooner was Dan amidst the bustle of London, than his fears and fancies left him. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

The young man’s conversation not only thus excites your fancies — it disturbs your affections. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

My notion’s they’re a deal like ourselves, and some of ’em fancies the square racket dull and safe, while some takes a deal kindlier to the other. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Benjamin Disraeli Her soul was in a tumult, oppressed with thick-coming fancies too big for words, panting for expression. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Edgar Allan Poe In this state between waking and sleeping, he fancies a spirit-land in the fogs of the valley beneath him, and sees approaching him the deceased lady of his love. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Kingsley She does nothing (or fancies that she does nothing, for you know her pretty wilfulness) without writing for his advice. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Andrea takes violent fancies like that sometimes. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

She fancies he hasn’t treated her with an excessive amount of consideration — and that’s really why the negotiations are falling on me. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe A dozen times he hears or fancies he hears the step of an observer. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Arthur Morrison Rum thing, how the fancies takes ’em when they’re a bit touched, ain’t it? All one way one minute, all the other the next. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

She wrote to me as freely as she had talked to me, pouring out all her thoughts and fancies with that confiding frankness which was one of the most charming attributes of her mind. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Is it — was it a true story, Mrs. Truax, or were you merely weaving fancies out of a too fertile brain?” I smiled, for she was smiling, and shook my head, looking directly into her eyes. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Kate Chopin She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

He had had many passing fancies before, it is true, but never had he experienced such a strong attack of the fever as at present. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne You would suppose that he must have softened the stone into wax, until his most delicate fancies were modelled in the pliant material, and then had hardened it into stone again. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Meredith Her having strength to play at fancies showed that a spark of hope was alive. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edgar Allan Poe Now, so entire is my faith in the power of words, that at times I have believed it possible to embody even the evanescence of fancies such as I have attempted to describe. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Jack London Each of you dwells in a cosmos of his own making, created out of his own fancies and desires. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

It seemed too hideous for reality; but it took possession of his mind, nevertheless, and he sat alone, trying to shut horrible fancies out of his brain, but trying uselessly. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Machen Happy fancies took shape in happier words, and when at last he leant back in his chair he felt the stir and rush of the story as if it had been some portion of his own life. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Wilkie Collins Some of those strange fancies of seeing my mother’s spirit, which used to influence me at the time of her death, came back again to my mind. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins Ah! I remember when I had my whims and fancies too, and when I looked well in anything I wore, just as you do. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H.P. Lovecraf And always the goal of my fancies was the mighty vine-grown wall with the little gate of bronze therein. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

In cases of D. T. the patient fancies he sees rats, devils, all sorts of objects. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They say that she even divorced her husband on account of a peccadillo, yet she comes here one night with some friends, some months ago, and takes one of those outrageous fancies for that young man. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Charles Kingsley She has Valencia all to herself; and Elsley, in spite of the dark fancies over which he has been brooding, is better behaved, on the whole, than usual. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells We can understand something of what was going on in their minds, those of us who can remember the fears, desires, fancies and superstitions of our childhood. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]