Phrases with "fancy"

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]

Arthur Machen The fancy that sensations are symbols and not realities hovered in his mind, and led him to speculate as to whether they could not actually be transmuted one into another. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Oh! she was by no means sure of him; he was a man to do much worse than that, when a fancy for a woman came into his head. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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

Guy de Maupassant It was thus he saw her on the day when he first took a fancy for her. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

M. R. James He went on thinking of them, however, until he reached home, and particularly of one which catches most people’s fancy at some time of their childhood. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope I fancy that Gerald is clever. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I think of you in my dreams and fancy then that all the world has become bright to me, because we are walking together, hand in hand, where none can come between to separate us. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang However, the king had taken such a fancy to the youth that he said no more, and the marriage took place the following day, and great herds of cattle and a large estate were given to the young couple. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Even then I fancy I had a dim foreshadowing that I should have to find some better name for it before I died. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith You fancy me ill, don’t you, my dear?” “You do not look well, sir. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Yes, I fancy now that I saw him go to the ‘Butterfly’ with a coachman. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells Some of us have sort of fancy that in time we may know enough to take over a little more than the ventilation and drains. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

No cockney freaks of fancy disfigured the scene. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rudyard Kipling Can’t ye fancy ould Barber Brady wid a bullet in his lungs, coughin’ like a sick monkey, an’ sayin’, “Bhoys, I do not mind your gettin’ dhrunk, but you must hould your liquor like men. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith When Vittoria awoke she had the fancy that she had taken one long dive downward in a well; and on touching the bottom found her head above the surface. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have not lived in Russia for three years without finding out that for generations the Russian aristocracy and wealthier classes have had no fancy for ordinary investments. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

I fancy it is the wet snow that has reminded me of that incident which I cannot shake off now. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Gissing At such times he tried to fancy himself in the dying man’s position, and then the sweat of horror came upon his brow. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope And, as far as she could see, there was not even fancy on the young man’s part. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Louisa May Alcott I wish Fred was dark, for I don’t fancy light men, however, the Vaughns are very rich and come of an excellent family, so I won’t find fault with their yellow hair, as my own is yellower. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

At that the doctor’s heart was touched, and even began to fancy it had originated that noble speech. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They will never move Peter. Where I stay I rest! Peter has no fancy for an uneasy crown. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

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]

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]

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]

Karl Philipp Moritz And now I fancy I was about seventeen miles from London, when I came to an inn, where, for a little wine and water, I was obliged to pay sixpence. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Jane Austen The same warmth of heart, the same eagerness of fancy and spirits. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She was, however, a saturnine and silent woman, with few acquaintances, and no fancy for collecting or communicating news. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wonder what your husband will think of his crew of degenerate relations? Will he like his sister-in-law? He might take a fancy to me, you know, Félice. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Any time, too, someone else might come along and then once really in love, she would soon forget the foolish fancy that she might have had. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The young man is sure to fancy himself aggrieved. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

I don’t know all that was passing in pretty Lilias’s fancy — in her heart — near the hum of the waters and the spell of that musical voice. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Victor Hugo His fancy ran on that august world, the peerage, to which the lady belonged, and which was so inexorably placed above the inferior world, the common people, of which he was one. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jane Austen It was very strange! She had begun to think he really loved her, and to fancy his affection for her something more than common; and his sister still said that he cared for nobody else. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

William Morris Perhaps you, guest, would like a swim before we sit down to what I fancy will be a pretty long feast?” “Yes,” I said, “I should like that. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Thomas Hardy To see her hair was to fancy that a whole winter did not contain darkness enough to form its shadow — it closed over her forehead like nightfall extinguishing the western glow. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle No, I fancy we shall get no help here. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

I have no fancy for seeing skeletons. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Andrew Lang In that case fancy could find certain obvious channels, into one or other of which it must flow. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I fancy we could muster enough weekly. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope But I fancy that he was far from happy. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Meredith I went so far as to fancy I had some claim to make young Crossjay something different. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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]

M. P. Shiel I fancy she’s taken with you, fancy so, she can’t hide much from me, and in that case you are in luck’s way. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We neither of us fancy things. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Kingsley Let us go out, then, in fancy (for it is too cold to go out in person) to Hook Common, scramble down into the first gravel-pit we come to, and see what we can see. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Ivan Turgenev He did not notice me, though nothing concealed me; but I was so huddled up and shrunk together that I fancy I was almost on the level of the ground. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

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]

His wife died a couple of years ago, and I fancy he’s been going to pieces ever since. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang But your ingenuity, your completeness, your occasional luxuriance of fancy and wealth of jewel-like words, are not, perhaps, gifts which Mr. Hawthorne had at his command. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Here she comes! You are not from Worcestershire, are you, ma’am?” cried the Squire, going to the root of the question at once, in his haste to convict my fancy of its sins. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

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

You are staying at Candido’s Hotel, I fancy you said? In that case, if you take the first turning to the left, and then the next to the right, and afterwards continue straight on, you will reach it. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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]

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

Another few were pacing the yard alone, “in silent meditation fancy free”. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Wilkie Collins When a man has a nose an inch long, with the nostrils set perpendicularly, it is impossible to flatter it — you must either change it into a fancy nose, or resignedly acquiesce in it. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I had a fancy that all his natural heat had abandoned his limbs and gone to his brain. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

G. K. Chesterton I fancy we had better be getting along and collecting our baggage. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I fancy the pain of this solitary liability was disproportionately acute in my case, for I was naturally very open and very nervous. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Anthony Trollope And this sort of work is very up-hill, generally, I take it — unless, you know, a fellow has a fancy for it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding Here, I must confess, the pleasantness of the place, the variety of the dresses, and the novelty of the thing, gave me much delight, and raised my fancy to the highest pitch. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Are your faces then the same? I fancy not, yet it ought to be so. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

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]

The sky, too, was monotonously gray; the atmosphere was stagnant and humid; yet amidst all these deadening influences, my fancy budded fresh and my heart basked in sunshine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins From what I have seen and heard this morning, I fancy you have not been educated on any of the recognized systems that are popular at the present day. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

They are pleasure machines, pictures that need no frame, statues that come to you when you have a fancy to look at them nearer at hand and call them. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins For the time I am the man I fancy myself to be. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James Hawthorne took a fancy to the place, as well he might, for it is one of the loveliest spots on earth, and the great view that stretched itself before him contains every element of beauty. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

We need only provide for the present, and endeavour to fill with pleasant images the inexperienced fancy of your lovely niece. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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

Edith Wharton He had been the dupe of the old word-jugglery which was forever confounding fact and fancy in men’s minds. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Eliot But do you know, last night I was trying to fancy you in a handsome, fashionable dress, and do what I would, that old limp merino would come back as the only right thing for you. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In fact, if anything, I fancy she is worse. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

George Meredith I fancy you have partly guessed it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

So, it isn’t unreasonable to suppose that if he had taken a fancy to it, he would buy it when it came into the market. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

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]

Just as I fancy myself dropping off there comes a flash of light in my eyes, and I am broad awake again. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Do you know at one time, Kate, I feared that he might take a fancy to you. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Fung–Tching never told us why he called the place “The Gate of a Hundred Sorrows.” (He was the only Chinaman I know who used bad-sounding fancy names. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Meredith Such is the state of things to the sentimental fancy when girls are at a disadvantage. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton And yet I fancy all hobbies, like my camera and bicycle, are drugs too. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jane Austen I fancy Lord S. is very good-humoured and pleasant in his own family, and I do not think him so very ill-looking as I did — at least, one sees many worse. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Gissing I fancy it surprises her that I really do behave myself—that I don’t even say anything shocking. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I fancy I had some vague notion of falling upon him and giving him a drubbing. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

We are all mortal, and there are three years and some months to go; how will it be then? Don’t you see? Just fancy how people will talk. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope I fancy he was very nearly going in this last affair. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But I fancy that the ladies who go on to the stage are generally those who, for some reason or other, have lost their places in society. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

He could scarcely fancy that he would ever come back, and he felt a throb of compunction for those two humble friends who would wait wistfully for his return. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Any stranger with his back turned would fancy himself insulted by the speaker. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I don’t know what right I had to imagine you understood me—you seemed to understand me—to fancy that we had anything in common, that in time—” He broke into a low wretched laugh. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Theodore Dreiser You fancy I am trying to further my own interests in this way, but I’m not. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang Similar phenomena, presenting themselves to be explained by human minds in a similar stage of fancy and of ignorance, will account for the parallel myths. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

I am flattering myself with a fancy about depth and reality. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Altogether I fancy I was rather a success. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Her fancy was, and had always been, for social amenities. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Just fancy this! Nearly satisfied. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Ivan Turgenev But I fancy I have gone off too much into abstractions. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith There was perhaps enough to make him fancy it in the heavy fire of shots exchanged between his nerves and the situation; there were notable flashes. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle They little knew me who could fancy that I should submit to such a fate. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Jack London A quick flash of fancy brought a husky chuckle into Bassett’s throat. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Willa Cather He doesn’t seem to fancy me in fine feathers. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

It is — it is — fancy me with a house on my hands!” he broke off, turning to me with a laugh. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

I have never been able to understand why Aunt Emilia took such a fancy to Cuthbert and that girl. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle As to this girl’s fancy of yours, you may put all thought of it out of your head. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That time may be to-night, if you have a fancy for following me about. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

I fancy the worthy retainer had been prowling about the hall meanwhile with the hope of surprising the clue to some domestic mystery in his mistress’s face as she emerged from the study. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Another sentiment had arisen in his breast side by side with that vague terror — a fancy that perhaps there was some reason why his cousin should be pitied. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James He was, as a general thing, very little of a reader; but at intervals he would take a fancy to one of the classics and peruse it for a month in disjointed scraps. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James Why, if you valued my peace of mind, did you let him, the other day at Folkestone, dawn upon my delighted eyes? I took there in half an hour the most extraordinary fancy to him. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope Then one can drop gently in and almost fancy that one belongs to the sea as the mermaids do. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And I fancy it has already leaked out that you would have been the favourite had there been a favourite; — which might be beneficial. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You might almost fancy that you could see into it so as to read the different lines beneath the skin. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

In all this, we fancy we recognise the work of our Abou Simbel earthquake. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray But fancy being brought to the condition of the poor Light of the Universe yonder; and reconcile yourself with the idea that you are only a farthing rushlight. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Packet rats our men were, and as tough a crowd as ever sand-bagged a man’s head in; but they looked sick enough when the captain started in with his fancy shooting. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Elizabeth Gaskell But I fancy he dates from his warehouse. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

He had a fancy that St. John had named them all one day out of gladness of heart when Christ had kissed him. Signa by Ouida

George Meredith Vernon’s fancy of her must have sprung from her prompt and most musical responsiveness. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang On this particular morning the fancy took them to wander off again into the wood. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jonathan Swif I fancy I begin to sweat less in the forehead by constant walking than I used to do; but then I shall be so sunburnt, the ladies will not like me. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Holmes, in high good humour at the fare, which I fancy that my presence is responsible for, beams genially upon his better half and around the table. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

How would the Prince fancy taking on the job? I can lend him some of my clothes. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

H.P. Lovecraft His fancy had not gone so far as mine, but he felt that the place was rare in its imaginative potentialities, and worthy of note as an inspiration in the field of the grotesque and macabre. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I can’t fancy myself doing nothing down in Norfolk all the rest of my days. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Edgar Allan Poe I have sometimes amused myself by endeavoring to fancy what would be the fate of any individual gifted, or rather accursed, with an intellect very far superior to that of his race. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith We fancy you do not greatly enjoy dining there. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Guy de Maupassan Left alone with his wife, she laughed, and looking into his eyes said: “Mme. Walter has taken a fancy to you!” He replied incredulously: “Nonsense!” “But I know it. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

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

Ivan Turgenev Here, I fancy we might put a couple of cupboards with shelves of looking-glass. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson That fancy I had, and hesitated to utter because you would laugh, — the broker, the attorney, the market-man are saying the same thing. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

And I’ve a right to sell it at a fancy price if I can get a fancy price for it. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

H. G. Wells I fancy the popular expectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

The pain was real; but in my fancy I thought that a great maggot was working its way into my side between my ribs. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Meredith I fancy I’m looking at the budding of my own brain. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

All this seems modern preface, where we’re told That wit is praised, but hungry lives and cold: Against th’ ungrateful age these authors roar, And fancy learning starves because they’re poor. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

I prayed for one thing only, that God in His mercy would give me the chance of settling with Henriques. I fancy I missed some of the conversation, being occupied with my own passion. Prester John by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling I fancy I see myself taking a wife on those terms. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. F. Benson Impossible.’ ‘I fancy the Padre is arranging that,’ said Lucia. ‘For my part, I’m delighted to give them a little treat. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

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]

Thomas Hardy She began to fancy what the waterfall must be like at that hour, under the trees in the ghostly moonlight. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Yours is a sweet voice, but I fancy a little higher. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Maria Edgeworth You warned me not to fancy that he could continue always a lover. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Anthony Trollope But I can indulge my fancy without doing harm to others. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The fancy of women is more active, if not stronger, and it influences more directly the physical nature. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Jonathan Swif What do I know whether china be dear or no? I once took a fancy of resolving to grow mad for it, but now it is off; I suppose I told you in some former letter. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Walter Scott I have no fancy to fall under the displeasure of my royal brother, King Charles, for a new escapade of the same kind. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

I grew to hate what she called ‘the right,’ I wanted pleasure, a free time, and a good drink whenever the fancy took me. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson For a doctor no finer position could be imagined — and in fancy he ran up the house that was to stand there. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Mrs. Todhetley’s timid, you know, she would fancy the man was outside still, and be lying awake all night, listening for the smashing in of doors and windows. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

He could not fancy himself unconnected with Wyncomb. His labours had improved the estate too; and he could not endure to think how some lucky purchaser might profit by his prudence and sagacity. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli Yet his faithful fancy recurred to her again. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

G. K. Chesterton There drove up a dark, closely curtained carriage; and that lady we saw once before got out; a very grand lady, I am sure, though I fancy not so rich as she had been. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have no fancy to be scragged yet. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

But women who are admired by all the world have curious caprices; and it had been Mrs. Layburne’s fancy to sacrifice herself and her career to the least distinguished of her admirers. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James Catherine, meanwhile, in the parlour, picking up her morsel of fancy work, had seated herself with it again — for life, as it were. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In vain we endeavor to throw a sunny and joyous air over our picture of this period; nothing passes before our fancy but a crowd of sad-visaged people, moving duskily through a dull gray atmosphere. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Rudyard Kipling But it was Mr. M’Leod’s fancy — his wife’s rather, I believe; and since we could meet it — it was my duty to my clients at whatever cost to my own feelings — to make him pay. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

She had liked Lord Strishfogel just well enough to fancy herself deeply in love with him, and she was unconscious of the influence his rank and wealth had exercised upon her feelings. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson I fancy she was determined to save me from this humiliating action, even in spite of myself, for she never gave me the desired permission. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Her head was always high and her husband’s always low, so that I couldn’t be sure — it might have been only my fancy — that the contrast of this habit was more marked in them than usual. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

I have grown unaccountably sluggish of late and so I fancy has he. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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

Edith Wharton He knew the drawing-room above had a bay window, but he could not fancy how May would deal with it. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arnold Bennett To this cable were firmly linked a watch at one end and a pencil-case at the other; the chain also served as a protection against a thief who might attempt to snatch the fancy waistcoat entire. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson Meanwhile the sight recalled my fancy naturally to the past; and yielding to the tender influence of sentiment, I sat down opposite the door upon the garden parapet. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nathaniel Hawthorne This impression, however, might have been altogether the result of fancy and prejudice in me. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

As usual, I steeped myself in them, and the first runnings of my fancy when I began to pour it out afterwards were of their flavor. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

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

Henry James With his own hand he had given me his reward! I would have lain down in the dust and let her walk over me; I would have given her the eyes out of my head, if she had taken a fancy to them. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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

The boy soon became aware of their extravagant fondness, and could not do less in consequence than fancy himself a person of considerable importance. Lodore by Mary Shelley

On the top, methodically folded, were some hand-written directions for fancy work. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

I’ve taken a fancy to that bay horse, ‘Wild Buffalo,’ and I should like to have him; but I’m not a rich man, and I can’t afford a high price for my fancy. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope But he might turn the girl’s head with his chatter; she might be fool enough to fancy any folly; and, moreover, people would talk. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

I fancy Mr. Wylder is a resolute man — none of the Wylders wanted courage. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Poets, princes, warriors, potentates, marched before her speculative fancy unselected. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Henry James He had never especially delighted in Gilbert Osmond, having a fancy he gave himself airs. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle But just there, Watson, I fancy that it could be done. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edith Wharton He had a fancy that she knew what had restrained him . Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Anthony Trollope Why should I not? It seems the fashion for us all now to marry just those we fancy best. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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]

We will now ascend in fancy on Icarian wing and take a view of Guiana in general. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Thomas Hardy These fleshy lumps moved stealthily, as if of their own accord, whenever his fancy was tickled. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Henry James He was not fond of Ralph — Ralph had told her so — and it was not supposable that Mr. Osmond had suddenly taken a fancy to her son. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I fancy it would puzzle him to say what either of the terms mean. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He’s got some fancy of his own the same as Robin has, though you wouldn’t think it to look at him. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I should never fancy anything they touched again. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He could almost fancy that he heard the same question in the deep, monotonous ebb and flow of the rushing tide. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell But I fancy the poor child was lectured by one aunt, and frightened by the other’s sharp ways and numerous fancies. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Meredith To look at it was to fancy they had been walking under water and had now risen to the surface. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The cook said, with a frown: “The woman has tasted everything, and now she has a fancy for pastry! People like that 1 You look, Pyeshkov, before you leap. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

Arnold Bennett Besides, as regards newspapers, you ought to be glad you aren’t in New York. Just fancy what the dear old Herald would have made out of a little transaction like yours of last night. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Frederick Marryat The chaplain of Arnwood had taken a fancy to him, and taught him to read — writing he had not acquired. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Henry James It was in virtue of this principle that he gave himself the entertainment of taking a fancy to a perpendicular Bostonian whom he bad been depended upon to treat with coldness. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]