Phrases with "find"

Edith Wharton She would tell him the whole story in the morning, and try to find a way out with him: Susy’s faith in her power of finding a way out was inexhaustible. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Anthony Trollope I think the old people find it easier with me than with the tenants. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet this other must have a meaning, or why should she risk her life to place it in our hands? It would say little for our wits if we could not find out what that meaning might be. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Meredith Here is a true man; and if you can find me any of your heroes to match him, I will thank you. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins You have been long enough in the family to find out Farnaby’s weak side. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Henry James When he pressed her she said she would see later, perhaps, if she should find she wanted something. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Charles Dickens My dear, you never have found Number Eighty-one Norfolk Street Strand advertised in Bradshaw’s Railway Guide, and with the blessing of Heaven you never will or shall so find it. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings by Charles Dickens [1863]

Andrew Lang I have a son — a wooer — as clever a youth and as good a son-in-law as you will find in your whole kingdom. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James By so much as they must have remained traceable to you, shall I find them of interest and profit. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I had inquired about accidents, and was glad to find that thirty years’ practice had eliminated the worst dangers and reared a race of flying men. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

George Eliot That’s the fault I have to find wi’ you, Bessy; if you see a stick i’ the road, you’re allays thinkin’ you can’t step over it. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

You won’t find any one there now. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry James They say that old people do find themselves at last face to face with a solid blank wall, and stand thumping against it in vain. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins I tried to find Naomi, without success. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

No, my friend, let us find what the generally accepted views are, and as fast as we find them set our heels on them. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Ivan Turgenev I wanted to tell you this, to find out what you will say and to ask you to marry me, because, of course, I’m not rich and I feel ready for any kind of sacrifice . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

It is pleasure involving no duty that should be given up, if we find it liable to lead us astray. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gerard had rigged up what he called a jury curtain, to shelter the truckle bed from those piercing currents of air which find their way alike through old and new window frames. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett An’ what tha’ll find out tha’ll find out soon. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

She will, therefore, find herself obliged to buy it, and since only a few spangles are lacking, she will buy the veriest strip. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

E. Nesbi She racked her brains to think of some way of helping the Russian gentleman to find his wife and children. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

There you will find those who are like yourself; there you can love and be happy. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Sir Walter Scott Years, however, glided away ere we find it possible to resume the thread of our narrative, and Time must be held to have galloped over the interval. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The disappearance of Marco’s body troubled him, though he had made no effort to find it. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

And the next thing I remember is waking up with a jerk to find my wife standing beside me. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James It offends my sense of propriety to find him here. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Bram Stoker Still I try and try, till all at once I find her and myself in dark, so I look round, and find that the sun have gone down. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Tod was surprised to find that he was just as truculentas as he had he had been the other night. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Arthur Conan Doyle He puzzled and puzzled, but could find no satisfactory solution to the problem. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

These crises of the soul produced their own capacities, and though too often the capacity faded as the crisis passed, it was better to make use of it at once than to find reasons for neglecting it. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I find that, whilst my other young ladies are not slow to avail themselves of their privileges, you are seldom, if ever, seen in public. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The police would find out that its owner was Teddy Binks, and then in no longer time than it would take to wire to and receive back a reply from Darwin, they would be hot-foot upon my track. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith It is a gift that may now and then be the ruin of promising youths, though as a rule they find it helpful enough. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

But it was no easy task to find port in such a place in such weather. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

It was good thus to come home to his own, to find the candles shining and his own things about him, and his children, whom he loved, longing for him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The more widely and the longer a man reads, the more constantly will he find that Scott has been before him, and has “lifted” just the touch that he wanted at the time and in the place. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Henry James Unfortunately here, also, I find the individual native in the minority. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy But I’ll find out; I’ll go to her now. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Francis Bacon But it is a safer conclusion to say, This agreeth not well with me, therefore, I will not continue it; than this, I find no offence of this, therefore I may use it. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Anthony Trollope And Gresham has begun to find something is wrong. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

All over the country, north and south, wherever you find a group of hills or a pleasant bit of water or a stretch of coast, you’ll find some such refuge as this for our weary toilers. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott He will certainly find his way to the gallows at last. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Anthony Trollope No woman was disgraced by a divorce, and they who gave over their husbands at the caprice of a moment to other embraces would usually find consolation. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Once in Brussels, they must contrive somehow to find Austin Lovel. Of her plans for the future — how she was to live separated from her husband, and defying him — Clarissa thought nothing. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I find this empire of the floor much more vivid and detailed in my memory now than many of the owners of the skirts and legs and boots that went gingerly across its territories. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

To find out a husband’s virtues, you must marry a poor man. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Richard Hakluyt I am surprised to find Dr. Deane, in a note on this passage, endorsing Hakluyt’s unfounded charges. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

So as I could not trust him I would not sleep with him and as I told the boarder to find a new place because I thought maybe he was jealous of something I slept in the boarders bed in an other room. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Anthony Trollope But Mr. Moss was anxious to find out whether any money arrangements did or did not exist between Miss O’Mahony and the lord, and was resolved to ask the question in a straightforward manner. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I was told to find Mr Craw at the Back House of the Garroch and keep him hidden till the Evallonians left Knockraw. I have fulfilled them to the letter. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I find no pleasure in such a confession as this. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing You see I find the gift valuable. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Edna St. Vincent Millay I wish I could walk for a day and a night, And find me at dawn in a desolate place With never the rut of a road in sight, Nor the roof of a house, nor the eyes of a face. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Arthur Conan Doyle As for me, I find it easier to go out and meet danger than to wait for it. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

In Gothicism, if we examine closely, we find the beginnings of many forms of supernaturalism that are crude here, but that are to develop into special power in later novels and short stories. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

How are they to find out that we had any hand in it?’ ‘That’s what I’m dubersome about,’ says father, lightin’ his pipe again. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

I was afraid to go away and leave him with it in case he sold it to someone else, or I couldn’t find him again. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope It was such a relief to him to find that his daughter’s feelings and his own were now, as they ever had been, in unison. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser We certainly ought to find some method of ending his career here if possible. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I find that a game of Patience stimulates the digestion after meals and conduces to quiet reflection. Greenmantle by John Buchan

A quarter of an hour, however, passing with no sign of him, they had become anxious and, finally, with great reluctance, had retraced their steps to find him. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

I’m not going to have anybody find this. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Virginia Woolf If you want to find out how much wealth is desirable, expose it in a rich man’s presence; how much learning is desirable expose it in a learned man’s presence. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

George Gissing He’s painting here, I suppose? Where can I find him?” “I don’t know his address, but I can at once get it for you. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The people of the neighborhood had ended by greatly esteeming her, for one did not find many customers so kind as she was, paying punctually, never caviling or higgling. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jack London The certain chance to find Winwood would be in the dining-room at dinner hour. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

James Joyce He’ll find himself on the horns of a dilemma if he meddles with a bull that’s Irish, says he. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I’ll go indoors, and see if they can’t find me some better. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He left a letter telling me where to find a large sum of money which he had put on one side. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle You can imagine my feelings to find the room empty and the lady gone. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope I only hope we shan’t find the house very cold. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle With so light a breeze, and such a fog, he could not hope to find her under sail. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

When she reached Summerfield, it was to find her telegram to her husband lying unopened on the hall table of The Haven. Frank, it seemed, had slept in town the night before. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

And this is the only trace of him that the succeeding ages may find in the marriage register of the parish. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Jack London Columbus sailed to find a new route to the Indies. It is so stated in all the history books. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Arnold Bennett She knew that on going up again, after tea, she would find the devastated tray on the doormat. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Handel Richardson At home in the old country we’d find our little nook, and jog along decently to the end of our days. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Where can he find it?” “It’s at the very bottom of the top left-hand drawer of the chest of drawers, in a box that had a scent-bottle in. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Gissing She had felt that she would like to talk with Totty, yet now she could find nothing to say. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

William Henry Bragg I remember that for some unjustifiable reason we expected to find these α particles penetrating the air to the longer range of 7cm. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anthony Trollope Looking to my profession, I find that many things are open to a barrister with a seat in Parliament, and that the House need not interfere much with a man’s practice. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Of the universe, as a whole, they said, man knows next to nothing; but in our hearts we find that in right personal relation man fulfils himself. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

So George Talboys fell into a heavy slumber, and dreamed that he went to Ventnor, to find his wife alive and happy, but wrinkled, old, and gray, and to find his son grown into a young man. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. Rider Haggard That dream was done with, and even if they escaped, it would be to find himself more utterly beggared than before, for now he would be a married beggar. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

It gave me quite an eerie feeling to find them, all three, sniffing curiously just outside the hall door. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing You, Mrs. Wade, are not likely to find fault with me for that. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The Countess reentered her boudoir, closed the windows hastily, and was glad once more to find herself in the noisy salon. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

John Galsworthy He had a hurried bath and came down to find Holly alone — Val had gone to Town and would not be back till the last train. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Gissing She was without relatives in London, and Miss Barfoot’s endeavours to find her proved for several weeks very futile. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

It is perhaps a too materialistic ideal, and the mind of M. Anatole France may not find in it either comfort or consolation. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anatole France I could not find the very one fit for it. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

We never were able to find either her dwelling place or the glade and the fountain again. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells I must confess that I find it hard to keep my mind on the play when the moonshine comes into my room. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Gertrude Stein Nowadays. I find this a very pleasant pencil. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope Even if they could prove that they did not belong to me they should find them — gone. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Elio And she threw out this taunt simply as the most intense expression she could find for the anger of the moment. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

I awoke with the dew of terror on my forehead, to find Miss Bennett leaning over me in a scarlet cloak with a hood over her head, and shaking me by my coat sleeve. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

James Payn The find kept on increasing, till it rose to four hundred ounces daily, when we employed eight hands to clear away the tailings. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Arthur Conan Doyle If I return, I’ll find myself a bit of a celebrity. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

At the age of twenty we find Thomas Carlyle Craw in the last year of his Edinburgh arts course, designing to migrate presently to a theological college. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Above all, he wanted to find out where the midnight intruders had climbed the fence which surrounded all the Hilary estate. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Sir Richard Burton Hereat said one of the robbers: “Grant me leave that I fare and find out such tidings in the town and bring thee word anon, and if I fail of my purpose I hold my life in forfeit. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Sinclair Lewis I tell her that if she is patient and looks for it, she’ll find just as many kind-hearted and understanding people among the whites as in our own race. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope You’ll find that he is more of an Annesley than a Thoroughbung.” “My dear,” said the mother, “your husband will, as a matter of course, think most of his own family. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe Some natural phenomenon is observed, and the poet taxes his ingenuity to find a parallel in the moral world. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I believed I had a right to endeavor to find her. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Dan wondered why a clever woman like Mrs. Jarsell should interest herself in such a creature, and to find out cautiously introduced the lady’s name. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Margaret Oliphant He knew what was in it; but he read it as eagerly as if he expected to find something new in the mild little epistle, with its gentle attempt at congratulation. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Thomas Hardy Whenever I find you have done a foolish thing I am glad, because it seems to bring you a little nearer to me, who have done many. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

It was strange, indeed, for me to find myself so suddenly the centre of interest and of generous intentions. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Virginia Woolf She had come to find Ralph Denham. She hastily turned back into Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and looked for her landmark — the light in the three tall windows. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Niccolo Machiavelli And if they should look into this, they will find that it would not have happened because of a defect in the means, but of the organization which was not sufficiently perfect. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Anne Bronte I find it very difficult to conceal it from my aunt; but I don’t wish to trouble her with my feelings till I know whether I ought to indulge them or not. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not thicker than a clothes-line, but it was of great strength, and though we could not make a bridge of it, we might well find it invaluable if we had any climbing to do. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jane Austen As a walking companion, Emma had very early foreseen how useful she might find her. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. G. Wells As we pass from the more organized to the less organized intellectual activities, we find conservative influence declining in importance, and a freer play for the creative drive. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was impossible for me to remain there any longer, and I determined to take my life into my own hands, and, if necessary, find a situation. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson When I had done so, I thrust the jewels, which I was surprised to find had been respected, into the bosom of my dress; and seeing a silver bell hard by upon a table, rang it loudly. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope It’s not so easy to find a good servant. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

And who knows but he may be some rich father’s child, and make our fortunes? Any way, the township will give us credit, and he can go to the Innocenti to‐morrow if we find no gain in him. Signa by Ouida

George Elio I couldn’t find your best black gown, but this will do. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Of course Inspector Stone was over-awed by the fellow having so much money now, and he had allowed him to meddle in their trying to find out who had killed the major. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Andrew Lang But now I find that he was a wizard, and was not dead at all, for his grave is empty and he is wandering about somewhere in the world. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He isn’t at all the sort of man I should have expected her to find attractive. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells I was not surprised to find myself there or anything of that sort, you understand. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James Looking over the volume I am rather surprised to find that whenever I draw a comparison between the two people, I almost invariably cast the balance against ourselves. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It would be posted, she said, by a friend in Paris. She could not yet tell, even to a friend so kind as he, the address which would find them. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Tobias Smolle Besides, they will find it their interest to have recourse again to his alliance; and in that case some of us may expect to profit by his restoration. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

It was rather too late in the day, when you had waded half-seas over in your translation, to find out either that you yourselves were ignoramuses, or that your principal was an ass. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

There was some fishy business going on and, as far as Mason was concerned, he intended to find out what it was. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Walter Scott Enough, that I find thee not as yet enlightened with the purer doctrine, but prepared to profit by it when the spark shall reach thee. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope If that’s what you want, I won’t say but Ahalala is as good a place as you’ll find in the colony. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

He was surprised to find they interested him so slightly. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

But yet he said to himself, “More seemly would it be to find out by asking what she would. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Especially we find him at home in the house of one of the Parliamentary women, the Lady Margaret Ley, a lady “of great wit and ingenuity,” the “honoured Margaret” of Sonnet x. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

I didn’t want him to find it on me. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Jacintha therefore hastened alone to Antonia’s assistance, and great was her amazement to find her extended upon the floor. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins Helena won’t find me a simpleton when I go home. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing I find it inspiriting to be with him. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Mark Twain We are The Reasoning Race, and when we find a vague file of chipmunk-tracks stringing through the dust of Stratford village, we know by our reasoning bowers that Hercules has been along there. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Guy de Maupassan But we must certainly find out who it is, and then he will have us to deal with. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

If you swore you did not love me I should not believe it, and if you swore that you did I should only find it harder to repeat what must again be said, that a union between us can never take place. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells It was astounding to find how superficial loyalty to the Empire had always been. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

G. K. Chesterton Hume, who was just behind the detective, said to him in an undertone: “What do you expect to find growing in the old man’s garden?” Hayter looked over his shoulder with a grim geniality. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

I could not tell whether they would not try to find out what became of him. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Algernon Blackwood It seemed no common wrong to her, to him, to me, and yet we three, working together, alone could find it and replace it. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle They did not find him till next morning, for, curiously enough, his neighbour, the Jewess, never heard the sound of the accident. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

James Joyce And to find a locus for an alp get a howlth on her bayrings as a prisme O and for a second O unbox your compasses. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Does he mean to be reconciled with Francis? He will not find it so easy. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope At no period of his life do we find Cicero not doing what he was minded to do for want of money, and at no period is there a hint that he had allowed himself in any respect to break the law. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

James Anthony Froude He will still find the work as hard as Bunyan found it. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Andrew Lang Two men must have known it; we have killed one, we must now find the other. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On the other hand, when he did chance to find it, he never left it for hours together. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

John Galsworthy Miss Pole, find Mr. Better for me, will you?” The girl, now in the black and white creation, went out. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy He jumped up and looked for his hat, but was unable to find the right one; glancing again out of the window he saw that he was too late. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He was glad, so glad, to find a subject that interested her, and that might make her stay a few moments longer. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

A. E. W. Mason He is quite alone and — here is what I find interesting — he has no valet. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Andrew Lang But, as we almost always find ghosts and a Supreme Being together, where we find either, among the lowest savages, we have no historical ground for asserting that either is prior to the other. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton It was an old habit of Mrs. Quentin’s to seek in the enjoyment of the beautiful the distraction that most of her acquaintances appeared to find in each other’s company. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

He came now in the name of his nation, to tender their obedience to the Spaniards, assuring them they would find his countrymen as faithful in peace as they had been firm in war. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

John Morley Nobody, indeed, has ever pretended to find one jot or tittle of direct evidence that Burke himself took a part in the gambling in India or other stocks. Burke by John Morley [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It brings you into touch with the class of people among whom I am likely to find clients. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Caroline Lamb Weep; for thou wilt never find again another like her. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle If she is not quite convalescent, you will find that a hint that we were about to telegraph to a young electrician in the Midlands would probably complete the cure. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Hardy He deserted from the Dragoons at Cheltenham some days ago, and was tracked; but the search-party can’t find him anywhere, and we told ’em if we met him we’d hand him on to ’em forthwith. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Dickens I was disappointed to find that the day was a holiday; no children were there, and Biddy’s house was closed. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Jane Austen They had need be all in love, to find any amusement in such folly; and so they are, I fancy. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

M. P. Shiel Having previously arrived at the conclusion of London as the meeting-place, I could not now fail to go on to the inference of the Thames; there, or near there, would I find those whom I sought. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Bram Stoker It appeared so strange that Adam suggested trying to find a way down, so that they might see it more closely. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Meantime de Sigognac, Scapin and Lampourde, having a chance to look about them, were horrified to find that they were prisoners in the room where the battle had been fought. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Anthony Trollope Margaret was surprised to find how many dear friends she had who were interested in her welfare. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry James Accordingly on their next encounter Peter saw at a glance that he had now, in the interval, divined and that, to sound his note, he was only waiting till they should find themselves alone. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

Jane Austen I shall be at Portsmouth the morning after you receive this, and hope to find you ready to set off for Mansfield. My father wishes you to invite Susan to go with you for a few months. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

It is not enough to look for evidence where you expect to find it. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling Send a man in by rail, and I’ll find the beast and return him. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

John Galsworthy You’ll find her in the hall if you go through the curtains. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Hoping to find the temper of the natives somewhat subdued by these reverses, Cortes now determined, with his usual policy, to make them a vantage-ground for proposing terms of accommodation. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Where were the arms, the leader, the discipline? At any rate such arguments put me to sleep before dawn, and I wakened at eight to find that nothing had happened. Prester John by John Buchan

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]

H. G. Wells You began to find sinister possibilities in the most ordinary relations. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Say, if you look in my suitcase you’ll find an X-ray of my lungs, taken a few years ago. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

His business was to find Darking, and for that he must get him to Mother Sweetbread. The distance was not more than five miles, and he knew every cranny of the countryside. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Machen You struggle to find your way; but again and again you ask yourself whether, for you, there is any way. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

George Gissing And you remember that I never had any fault to find with his—his character. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If there are, dear, they will find your husband only too eager and proud to be their friend. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

H. G. Wells We should probably find that for commonplace team-work and the ordinary demands and sudden urgencies of life, the 2nd dozen was individually quite as good as, if not better than, the first dozen. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

I had turned, sought to find and to face these dastardly foes; they contrived to elude me. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Henry Kingsley When you meet my Lord Saltire, whom I am surprised to find absent tonight, will you tell him that I presented my compliments, and thought that he had used me very well on the whole. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

In such cases they lost the trail, and it required all Lecoq’s sagacity and all his companion’s good-will to find it again. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

James Joyce Just go round and try and find out how they’re getting on. Dubliners by James Joyce

Andrew Lang You should take him into your service too, as you will find him a great help. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What I have further to relate may be thought a made-up story, such as we find in fiction. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Luckily we remembered that the hotel was on a sort of canal, and when we struck the canal we were able to find our way back to the hotel. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

George Meredith Well, I talk with them, and I find they’ve left their brains on the ladder that led them up; they’ve only the ideas of their grandfather on general subjects. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope If he did not find the lady at home or disengaged on the first visit, or on the second, he might on the third or the fourth. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

It smelt of scented woods and spices and the dust of ages, and it was hard to find your way about in it with no light but the owner’s little green lamp. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

So she concluded that she would not find God to her taste among them. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

If I had loved her I could not have succored her, for I did not know where to find her. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I’m going to find out all the particulars without seeming to want to know one of them. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]