Phrases with "fancy"

Anthony Trollope I fancy there are men lying in the churchyard. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Ford Madox Ford Well, I fancy he could put up a pretty good deal of talk when there was no man around to make him feel shy. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Jane Austen Women fancy admiration means more than it does. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I wrote from Twyford, where I— I— took a fancy to sleep last night, to no human being but yourself. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I like you; I’ve already told you that we’d be first-rate company for each other; and if you don’t mind putting up with my faddy ways, I fancy we should hit it off admirably together. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Thomas Hardy Assuming that the souls of men and women were visible essences, you could fancy the colour of Eustacia’s soul to be flamelike. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Love Peacock MR. CROTCHET. I have no fancy for fighting. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Radclyffe Hall But after a while she began to fancy that Valérie’s eyes had become appraising. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

And he made of it what his fancy suggested. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Meredith He was beginning to fancy that he felt the warmth of spring sunshine on his back. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Wilkie Collins We were lovers again; we were absorbed again in each other; we could almost fancy that our marriage dated back once more to a day or two since. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope I can see it in their eyes till I fancy that I can hear their words. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell The performance was Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville,’— very brilliant, though I fancy there are things I should like better. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Sinclair Lewis McManus offered me a job, plain and fancy driving for guns. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Wasn’t it kind of him to mind that fancy of mine, when many men would have taken offence? But it is just like him all over; he is as kind as he is clever. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Edith Wharton I’ve got something you always used to fancy for supper. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Leslie Stephen I fancy that under Pope’s elaborate masks of hypocrisy and mystification there was a heart always abnormally sensitive. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Meredith I can almost fancy privation and squalor have no terrors for Janey. She sings to the people down there, nurses them. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

She saw so few men, and had no fancy for patriots; she would certainly be obstinate about it if she did chance to love him. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They partly made it up awhile back, but didn’t fancy doing it altogether by themselves. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

This morning I fancy I saw that face, in earnest conversation with one of M. Colbert’s men. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Kingsley I fancy not, unless Charles dies, in which case Ellen will be reinstated by the priest. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope I do not know whether my suspicions may be perfectly just, but I fancy that she has created this estrangement between you and me. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

I have taken the greatest fancy to her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Lady Jenkins had been pleased to take a fancy to me, had graciously invited me to some drives in her red-wheeled carriage, she dozing at my side pretty nearly all the time. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Tobias Smolle They were preceded by music of different kinds, ranged under a great variety of flags and ensigns; and the women, as well as the men, bedizened with fancy knots and marriage favours. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell It’s a girl’s fancy — just a kind o’ calf-love; let it go by; and it’s well for her he’s dead, though it’s hard to say so on a drowned man. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

But why didn’t you take me? I should have loved to see the fancy dresses and masks and dominos. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Rudyard Kipling You consider cricket beneath you, I believe “— the crowd, flannelled, sniggered “and from what I have seen this afternoon, I fancy many others of your house hold the same view. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Oscar Wilde I fancy that the true explanation is this. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Meredith I met him; I called out to him, “Good day, cousin, I’m afraid you’re beaten” and says he, “I fancy you’ve gained it, uncle. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells A freak of fancy set him wondering where and when in the future a beautiful girl with red hair might march along some splendid aisle. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Jane Austen I fancy she was wanted about the mince-pies. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Oscar Wilde The bookbinder of the future is to be an educated man who appreciates literature and has freedom for his fancy and leisure for his thought. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Maria Edgeworth Adieu, my ever amiable Gabrielle. Olivia. When the passions are asleep we are apt to fancy they are dead. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Rudyard Kipling On the whole, I fancy that you are the luckier of the two. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray I have a fancy to look into that red box which contains his papers, you say; and at noon, after parade, shall be at the inn. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Anthony Trollope We cannot but think that he was a poor creature, and can fancy that he had lived a wretched life during all the murders of the Sullan proscriptions. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I fancy somehow we shall not be wasting our time. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry Handel Richardson Of the few pleasures left him, it was by far the keenest: he relived it in fancy many a night when his head lay safe on the pillow. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

How far away his simple fancy led him from the bitter truth. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

G. K. Chesterton When I was a young man, practically every person with a large circle had one or two friends with a fancy for what would still have been called mediums and moonshine. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Suppose that I am really Zebedee Minards; or suppose that I heard your name spoken in Sheba kitchen, and took a fancy to wear it myself. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

H. G. Wells There was no variety in his posing and no fancy in his falsehoods. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In two hours, I called Joseph to carry him up again; and since then my presence is as potent on his nerves as a ghost; and I fancy he sees me often, though I am not near. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens I mean to go and live wherever the fancy seizes me — at the wharf — at the counting-house — and be a jolly bachelor. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Makepeace Thackeray Gracious powers! fancy little Lord Carabas in a nightcap ascending those steps after putting out the candle! The sight of that seedy and solitary splendour was too much for me. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

She wanted to get Ralph married, and she took a fancy to this girl, who was laying herself out to be taken a fancy to. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Anthony Trollope It often happens that ministers are a great deal better in the country than in London, and I fancy it will be so this year. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence I don’t fancy he would have wanted such people following, myself. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Mr. Grey, as he thought of these things, began to fancy that his own style of business was becoming antiquated. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Louisa May Alcott Mr. Moffat was a fat, jolly old gentleman, who knew her father, and Mrs. Moffat, a fat, jolly old lady, who took as great a fancy to Meg as her daughter had done. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

You can perhaps fancy the anxiety with which we watched them leaping down. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

E. F. Benson Yet I was a fool to fancy for a moment that she valued Edgar Linton’s attachment more than mine. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

His fancy likened it to the sensation he used to feel as a youth, when the Fourth of July reader bawled forth that opening clause: “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary,” etc. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

George Gissing Often I wander in fancy over all the parts I know, and grow restless with desire at familiar names which bring no picture to memory. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Their “long ago” is very dim in date and distance, but very clear to fancy and to faith. Signa by Ouida

M. P. Shiel Add to the lifelikeness of the bulls the raw instinctive reaction against mere imitation of nature indicated by the incoherent fancy of their wings, and you have the modern novel. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Stand aside, sir! remove your hand! See, he’s coming!” I fancy the landlord was a little taken by surprise by the way in which I whirled him round. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

She loved to see him lie there as though he were asleep, to cheat herself into the fancy that she watched his rest to wake it with a kiss on his lips. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

In reality I fancy that they like each other very much. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Maria Edgeworth They stopped to speak to some acquaintance, and he tried to look at Helen as if he were an indifferent spectator, and to fancy what he should think of her if he saw her now for the first time. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens So strong was the impression, that I stood under the beam shuddering from head to foot before I knew it was a fancy — though to be sure I was there in an instant. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope Let it be fancy or what not, I love Marion Fay, and I have come here to tell her so. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Andrew Lang I fancy the giants will enjoy themselves very much with me and my husband. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Kate Chopin But of the world beyond the bayou she had long known nothing, save what her morbid fancy conceived. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton But she didn’t fancy he had ever appeared in court; people consulted him about investments, he looked after estates. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

M. R. James I fancy I read something like ‘acted for the best’. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

William Makepeace Thackeray I can hardly bring my mind to fancy that anything is serious in France — it seems to be all rant, tinsel, and stage-play. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Arnold Bennett Rose would have left her old situation, but she had a fancy to go and spend a fortnight with a married sister at Manchester before settling into new quarters. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith I fancy she entertains an ‘arriere’ idea of proposing her flawless niece Gracey, Marchioness of Fencaster, to present you. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Aphra Behn Is it possible he can find a beauty,’ added she, ‘of greater perfection —— But oh, it is fancy sets the rate on beauty, and he may as well love a third time as he has a second. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

G. K. Chesterton I fancy they are not uncommon cases. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Walter Scott Besides, if he hath a fancy that way, thou hast a gift, Trois Eschelles, to serve him for ghostly father thyself. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Anthony Trollope I fancy that he had simply taken to ground at the first hole, as does a hunted fox. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton His first medical impulse had been to add to the Colonel’s fancy costume with a strait-waistcoat. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

There are those in whose enlightened eyes, purity herself is only a courtesan in fancy dress. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Once I deluded myself with the fancy that in his looks and tones, and even in his words, there was some deeper feeling than this careless brotherly kindness; but it was no more than a delusion. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dickens I love to fancy their spirits hovering about me, feeling still some earthly kindness for their old companion, and watching his decay. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

But you see a fancy has occurred to me and I want to realise it at all costs. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anthony Trollope The truth is simply this, Ballindine; Miss Wyndham will follow her own fancy in the matter, in spite of her guardian; but, if you make no further advances to her, of course she can make none to you. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

I fancy I was rather a success at that dinner. Greenmantle by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton Your ancestors possessed the straight swords out of some romantic fancy of being what you call straight; or, I will take a more plain example, of which I have myself experience. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Where character, beauty and grace were combined, and a good artist to embody them, it was well enough; a number of these beautiful fancy pieces are still preserved. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

George Eliot What’s the use of talking?” “But I like to fancy how it would be,” said Maggie, following him. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Virginia Woolf There was nothing to stir the fancy in that. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Edith Wharton But if somebody would come along and take a fancy to those two naked parties who are breaking each other’s heads, we’d have Mr. Caspar putting on a pound a day. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Oscar Wilde You shall see the thing that you fancy only God can see. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Andrew Lang But from the moment I saw you I took a fancy to you, so if you agree, we might be married and might live together like princes, because I have great riches. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Long shrieks of derision rent the air, as if torn out of his breast by far greater torments than any his fancy delighted to invent. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. F. Benson But fancy her leaving a card on Lucia without even asking whether she was at home! So rude. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

George Gissing If Polly were really in communication with him—“Ho, ho! Very good! Ha, ha!” “What now?” asked Greenacre. “Nothing! Queer fancy I had. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Pity we can’t manage to end every volume with a tidbit! Would it be dishonest to transfer a tale from one night or nights to another or others? I fancy not, as this is done in various editions. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith The lights in the streets after dark and the quick running of her blood, combined to strike sparks of fancy and inspirit the task of composition at night. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing I can’t say that I like her, but she is a very difficult person to understand, and I fancy she often gives offence when she doesn’t at all mean it. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Takes a fancy one day and a dislike the next. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Marjorie Bowen And it was with an instant recollection of his visionary fancy that Murdoch had accepted this invitation. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

Arthur Morrison And now certain things led him to fancy that he might be much interested to observe the proceedings at Naylor’s house on the evening after a bad settling-day. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

I have been inoculated, and I fancy I am proof against the infection. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I fancy a woman’s blushes and smiles wear longer in these calm solitudes than amid the tumult and clamour of a great city. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

But though she laughs about it now, I fancy she did not enjoy it so much at the time. Misplaced Affections by Guy Boothby

Elizabeth Gaskell I’d no fancy for her, and I’d no fancy for her making my pretty Mary into a Methodee.” “She wasn’t a Methodee; she was Church o’ England.” “Well, well, Mary, you’re very particular. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Drawn up to a little below his shoulders and folded back to show its fancy lining was an ivory satin coverlet. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anthony Trollope I fancy a new duchess shouldn’t write letters about foxes till the old Duke is buried. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Now fancy breeding shorthorns when you might breed long heads. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Little Fyne’s flight of fancy picturing three people in the fatal four wheeler — you remember? — went wide of the truth. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry Lawson I fancy I’ve seen your face before somewhere. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

I fancy he may be turned into what the French police call an indicateur, half-apache and half-informer. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Ann Radcliffe The sound of the oars ceased, and a solemn strain of harmony (such as fancy wafts from the abodes of the blessed) stole upon the silence of night. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Gaston Leroux She had a fancy not to sleep that night in her chamber, but in the boudoir with her nurses, locking the door on them. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray He has bought a snug farm in Tipperary with the money that was given him to secure his brothers; and I fancy few men of the guards ever profited so much by it. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Henry Fielding Don’t fancy yourself in the lower world again, with your privilege at your a —. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Andrew Lang Mr. Müller, however, holds that an accidental corruption of language reduced Aryan fancy to the savage level. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Mrs. Clephane suddenly exclaimed to herself: “I am rewarded!” It was a queer, almost blasphemous, fancy — but it came to her so. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

I know I used to fancy it was a dull life for her, poor soul, sitting in his room hour after hour, working while he wrote. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle I fancy that we shall get our solution before morning. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Mark Twain In the saddleabroad on the plains — sleeping in beds bounded only by the horizon: fancy was at work with these things in a moment. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Matthew Flinders Trim took a fancy to learning nautical astronomy. A biographical tribute to the memory of Trim by Matthew Flinders [1804]

George Meredith It’s his cousin and his name! I could almost fancy this trial is brought round to me for punishment. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope He does not think a name so grandly Saxon as Wharton should be changed to one so meanly Latin as Lopez.’ ‘The lady does not object to the Latinity?’ ‘I fancy not. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Gibson tried not to think about it, for he was aware that if he dwelt upon it, he might get to fancy all sorts of things, as to the conversation which had ended in his offer. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Charles Dickens Do I astonish you? Well! I have a fancy of my own for telling you what men in my situation generally keep a secret. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Rudyard Kipling It seemed he was a small chief under King Ethelwalch, and I fancy the King was somewhat afraid of him. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

George Gissing I fancy I should like to go into the country myself; Clerkenwell isn’t such a beautiful place that one can be content to go there day after day, year after year, without variety. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arnold Bennett He preferred that she should have taken a fancy to him, even though he discovered no charm in her, no beauty, no solace, nothing but matter for repulsion. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

If you don’t fancy that first floor bedroom you can make yourself up a bed in the sitting-room. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Any one may fancy how such an event as this would rankle in Charlotte’s mind. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

G. K. Chesterton And he remembered that a fly was walking along one of the parallel lines; and it seemed to his childish fancy that the corridors were all dead in front of the fly, but all came to life as he passed. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Rudyard Kipling Now, with all this fine fancy business and rearing, which must be very bad for your hocks, what do you do?” “That depends,” said the troop-horse. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe During my time I never knew any one to entertain so singular a fancy as that the universe (or this world if you will have it so) ever had a beginning at all. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The White Cat herself was riding a monkey, which climbed even up to the eagles’ nests when she had a fancy for the young eaglets. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne We fancy that we carve it out; but its ultimate shape is prior to all our action. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was queer what a fancy they had for the English, and we for them. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy But fancy Caroline travelling across the continent of Europe with a chit of a girl, who will be more of a charge than an assistance! They will be a mark for every marauder who encounters them. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell Why, there’s my boy saying now that he has no heart for ever marrying, poor lad! I wish it had been you, Molly, my lads had taken a fancy for. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

These furnished her fancy with themes for thought and dreaming, and stimulated a poetical feeling which seemed inborn, so early did it show itself. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Ivan Turgenev I can bear you away wherever you fancy — to the ends of the earth. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Benjamin Disraeli Soon after my arrival at this place this singular being was seized with the unaccountable fancy of becoming my servant. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Charles Dickens Indeed, it needed no very great stretch of fancy to detect in it other resemblances to humanity. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In fact, I had to get a lot of fancy stuff out of my head. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

John Galsworthy But considering his breeding — I fancy he’ll be a bit of a sceptic. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James People think he’s my ‘companion ‘; I’m sure they fancy I pay him. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

I know a man — he’s at Scotland Yard, as a matter of fact, and he has to see all sorts of cranks and people who think other people are conspiring or fancy they’re on the track of dope-gangs . The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Edith Wharton I fancy he knows a good deal about women, don’t you?” “About women like Lilla, perhaps. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ha! I fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H. G. Wells And turning such schemes over in my mind I pursued our way towards the building which my fancy had chosen as our dwelling. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Luckily for me, I fancy Kurtz felt too ill that day to care, or there would have been mischief. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Meredith I shall see her and study her, sharply, you may be sure; though I fancy I can rely on his judgement. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Catherine Helen Spence I fancy one must have lived up to the times to enjoy their literary flavor. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

The Miss Nightingale of fact was not as facile as fancy painted her. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Henry James A fancy had taken her, on the spot, and the fact that it was whimsical seemed only to recommend it. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

M. P. Shiel Strange how all that old life has come back to my fancy now, pretty vividly, and for the first time, though I have been here several times lately. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

I fancy he did not altogether relish my intrusion, or what he took to be such. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

But let us walk across the lawn; I fancy we shall find her at the further end. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Sir Walter Scott I fancy he had a hint from Linklater how the truth stood with me. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Edith Wharton As I read the case, I fancy there was no feeling for her left in him but the hatred occasioned by his supposed dishonour. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Thomas Hardy I fancy you thought me to mean I was nineteen my next birthday, but it was my last I was nineteen. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell I began today to suspect that the mother would not be sorry if I took a fancy to the step-daughter. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Edgar Allan Poe Raymond Lully. I AM come of a race noted for vigor of fancy and ardor of passion. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith Even then they cling to it, under an ejaculation, that it might and should have been otherwise; fancy partly has it otherwise, in her caerulean home above the weeping. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He had admired Diana; he had been touched by her girlish fancy for him, and had loved her as well as he had believed himself capable of loving any woman. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

But about this one might fancy anything. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins When I see nothing but a boat, I fancy it larger than it is. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Elizabeth Gaskell I wonder if the giver of these gifts will ever see them on the walls where they now hang; it pleases me to fancy that one day he may. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Makepeace Thackeray If she has a fancy for schoolboys, let her take ’em, sir. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

G. K. Chesterton What else can you do with a sword? Well, you can swallow it; and at one time I really had a fancy he might be a conjurer. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell He would have made a capital engineer, that I know; and he had a fancy for the sea, like many other land-locked men to whom the great deep is a mystery and a fascination. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Edith Wharton His sonorous periods, his mystic vocabulary, his bold flights into the rarefied air of the abstract, were thrilling to a fancy unhampered by the need of definitions. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Maria Edgeworth Felicity, how transient! — transient as the day-dreams that played upon my fancy in the bright morning of love. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Charles Kingsley What a fool he was, to fancy such nonsense! Here he had been slaving all his life to keep his father: and now he could keep him; why, he would be justified, right, a good son, in doing the thing. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope When I told her, I did it all of a heap, you see; and I fancy she thought I was just mad at the time. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe Here fancy flourishes — the sensibilities expand — and wit, guided by delicacy and embellished by taste — points to the heart. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jonathan Swif But yet I fancy this bad news will bring down stocks so low, that one might buy to great advantage. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jonathan Swif I fancy you understand all this, and are able states-girls, since you have read the Conduct of the Allies. We are all preparing against the Birthday; I think it is Wednesday next. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Maria Edgeworth We fancy that we can never do too much for the beloved object. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I fancy I should so like to live here, like a hermit, quite out of the persecutions of luck and the nonsense of the world. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The proles had taken a fancy to it, and in the midnight streets it competed with the still-popular ‘It was only a hopeless fancy’. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

William Makepeace Thackeray I never could fancy the Mounseers formidable at sea. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

I was one of the last: always in luck, you see, signor — monks’ sons have a knack that way! The captain of the pirates took a fancy to me. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Take a fancy to some of the young people who belong to the right set. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Ivan Turgenev I fancy I shall try not to think, and shall force myself to take interest in some trifle simply to distract my own attention from the menacing darkness, which is black before me. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Robert Louis Stevenson She seems really better; I have a touch of fever again, I fancy overwork, and today, when I have overtaken my letters, I shall blow on my pipe. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jonathan Swif I fancy I shall have reason to be angry with him very soon; but what care I? I believe I shall die with Ministries in my debt. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

E. T. A. Hoffmann The Duchess de Bouillon, being asked by him during her trial if she had seen the devil, replied, “I fancy I can see him at this moment. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Was it fancy that showed him, on the surface of the rising column, the mangled carcase of the dog? The chasm into which John Rex had fallen was shaped like a huge funnel set up on its narrow end. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I had a fancy about him that if their foray failed he’d die; and, sure enough, he died. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

And I’d taken a fancy to mademoiselle, too, outside her appearance, as I was telling her just now. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

It was dead low water, and, far away to the south, between dun swathes of sand, I thought I saw — but probably it was only a fancy — two black stranded specks. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Meredith And, Cecilia, you can fancy the sort of stuff he would make of it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Meredith I fancy I hear him thanking you for “making a man” of me. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

After all, I fancy not much harm comes to the devoted boy from his enthusiasms for this imperfect hero or that. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

As it is difficult to believe the excellence of those who praise themselves, so it is difficult to fancy those criminal who condemn. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The eye stretches vainly to define the objects that fancy sometimes suggests, and the ear is strained to discriminate the sounds, real or unreal, that seem to mingle in the uncertain distance. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

The sound which the bouradi makes is like the clear yelping of a puppy-dog, and you fancy he says “pia-po-o-co,” and thus the South–American Spaniards call him piapoco. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arnold Bennett Having a fancy that a little movement would be beneficial, she had even got up for a few moments and moved about the room. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

I fancy that Christabel and Walter will be here more frequently. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

I felt the beneficial result of such excitement, in a renewal of those pleasing flights of fancy to which I had long been a stranger. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The theme had a strange, archaic flavour, as though it had come down through the centuries, yet it was so appropriate that Isbel could almost fancy it to be the voice of the landscape. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

I fancy this business may be a trifle long. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

G. K. Chesterton At last, when I began to fancy that I was spirally climbing the Tower of Babel in a dream, I was brought to fact by alarming noises, stoppage, and the driver saying that “it couldn’t be done. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]