Phrases with "feigning"

Anthony Trollope In feigning to like to do this with an old man, in acting the raptures of love on behalf of a worn-out duke who at the best would scarce believe in her acting, there would not be much delight for her. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

It will correct you of feigning more valour than you possess. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Rudyard Kipling Here they found the ghost of a patch of lucerne that had refused to die: there a harsh fallow surrendered to yard-high thistles; and here a breadth of rampant kelk feigning to be lawful crop. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Wilkie Collins Medical men, consulted about her case discovered certain physiological anomalies in it which led them to suspect the woman of feigning dumbness, for some reason best known to herself. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But I was not feigning madness; my madness seemed but all too real for me. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassan Annette, from her window, cried: “Fetch them, Julio, fetch them!” The excited spaniel, growing bolder, barked louder and ventured as far as their cruppers, feigning to be about to bite them. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing There was no feigning in this outbreak of passion, it was a genuine gleam of womanly nature making itself visible amid the foul gloom of a desecrated humanity. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Julian Hawthorne All this time I had not moved, but lay with my back turned, feigning slumber. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

I then thought she was feigning sleep only, and that she was really watching me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Niccolo Machiavelli You also deceive the besieged by drawing them outside the town and distant from it, by feigning flight when they assault you. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Anthony Trollope Having given up the document, he turned round to the wall, feigning to blow his nose, and then sat himself down on the old dean’s dingy horsehair sofa. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett He bent over his block, feigning an intense absorption. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

John Galsworthy Old Jolyon watched him, feigning sleep. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anthony Hope I, feigning a toothache, muffled my face closely. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Henry James I had never encountered such a violent parti pris of seclusion; it was more than keeping quiet — it was like hunted creatures feigning death. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Now as to whether he’s feigning sleep, or is awake and has been spying on us. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

James Joyce He pushed onward nervously, feigning a still greater haste and faintly conscious of the smiles and stares and nudges which his powdered head left in its wake. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli He was, indeed, greatly interested by her, but he was an habitual gallant, and always began by feigning more than he felt. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Edith Wharton She turned as he entered, feigning surprise. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Hullo! who’s this?” This was Maria, feigning exhaustion, and noisily treading water at the boat’s side. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Kenneth Grahame She began the conversation, while I hopped backwards and forwards over the ditch, feigning a careless ease. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Lady Morgan Without informing them who I was, I made a feigning wish to make the place a pretext for visiting it. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Edith Wharton In the light of this discovery she saw the need of feigning complete indifference. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Emilia suggested Maraquito feigning to be an invalid, so as to make things safe. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Gissing The shock had left her trembling, and the necessity of feigning calmness was a new trial of her nerves. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

James Joyce Mr O’Madden Burke fell back with grace on his umbrella, feigning a gasp. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith Say first, I am your sworn cavalier?’ ‘It does not become me to say that,’ she replied, feigning a demure sincerity, on the verge of her patience. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson Here, now, in feigning to imitate the unfortunate Hempel, he was sheerly irresistible. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith No one save Mrs. Chump listened to him until he mentioned the name Miss Belloni; and then it was curious to see the steadiness with which certain eyes, feigning abstraction, fixed in his direction. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jane Austen Mrs. Weston was acting no part, feigning no feelings in all that she said to him in favour of the event. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Wilkie Collins I asked if he suspected the Prisoner of feigning conversion to please the Minister. “She shall not discover it,” he answered, gravely, “if I do. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Since it seemed that rage had deprived her of the faculty of speech, I endeavoured to explain the situation by feigning ignorance that there was a situation to explain. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

F. Scott Fitzgerald Gloria, feigning to be heavy with sleep, gave a quiet little sigh and slipped into his arms. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Iago, feigning indignation that his honesty should be taken for a vice, asked Othello, if he had not sometimes seen a handkerchief spotted with strawberries in his wife’s hand. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

I did what I could to reject it, by feigning an indifference to his jokes; I even frowned a measure of disapproval; but this merely stimulated his ambition. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

The miller watched and saw the gallant on the other side of the Morelle, stretched out upon the grass and feigning to be asleep. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

James Joyce The sweet creature turned all colours in her confusion, feigning to reprove a slight disorder in her dress: a slip of underwood clung there for the very trees adore her. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He never makes a fool of the spectator by feigning that passion is a reason or justification, or that suffering of one kind can atone for wrong of another. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Arnold Bennett She felt a tremor; it was as though the entire King’s Road had quivered for a fraction of a second and then, feigning nonchalance, resumed its moveless solidity. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arnold Bennett He frowned, feigning more diligently than ever to be occupied. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Abraham Merri But why was Olaf feigning ignorance? “This man is a sailor from what we call the North,” thus Larry haltingly. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

John Morley He owed an example to his parish, as if the example of feigning a belief which he repudiates could be a good example for one to set in any parish. Voltaire by John Morley

James Joyce Stephen felt that his anger had another cause but, feigning patience, touched his arm slightly and said quietly: — Cranly, I told you I wanted to speak to you. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope He sat hour after hour with the Countess in Keppel Street — sometimes seeing the girl as she lay unconscious, or feigning that she was so; till at last he was daily at her bedside. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He was still reduced, in fine, to getting his rare moments with himself by feigning a cynicism. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

John Bunyan What tho? But it is feigned: What of that I tro? Some men, by feigning words as dark as mine, Make truth to spangle, and its rays to shine. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

James Joyce He kept on the fringe of his line, out of sight of his prefect, out of the reach of the rude feet, feigning to run now and then. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George Meredith It is by dissembling, feigning immunity, that we are imperilled. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope So she sat silent in the corner of her sofa feigning to be asleep, but pondering in her mind what sort of penalties were the penalties of imprisonment, how dreadful, how endurable, or how unendurable. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson I peered out from between my fingers, and saw there were three of us slumbering, or feigning to slumber, on the lockers: myself, one Dutton and one Grady, both resolute men. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marie Corelli Some of them pretend to believe, because they think it best to be on the safe side even by feigning — and they are the worst hypocrites. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft Several seemed quite dazed and stupid; and after satisfying myself that they were not feigning their weakness, I excused them from their duties. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

A harder jolt than usual having made the unfortunate gallant groan aloud, Scapin immediately opened his attack, feigning to feel the liveliest commiseration for him. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]