Phrases with "forty"

Unable to arrive at any conclusion, I asked the sacristan, and was told it was by a certain Dedomenici of Rossa, in the Val Sesia, and that it had been painted some forty or fifty years ago. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

A breach between thirty and forty feet in length had been made in the wall, and through this they dashed. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Meredith At twenty forty is charming; at forty twenty. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Jules Verne But the moon’s shadow was not to fall completely on the earth, hiding the sun, until between forty three minutes past eleven and forty-seven minutes fifty-seven seconds past eleven. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Carrots took the inventory: a revolver, two gum hooks, a fur cap, a nickel-plated watch, a pipe, a pack of new cards, a gum sack, forty pounds of spruce gum, and a frying pan. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

There was enough water power to have lit forty houses as large as his. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Guy de Maupassant Old Baron des Ravots had for forty years been the champion sportsman of his province. The Snipe (Contes de la bécasse) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Henry David Thoreau For myself I found that the occupation of a day-laborer was the most independent of any, especially as it required only thirty or forty days in a year to support one. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

John Lewis Burckhard Last year, however, it was calculated that their money yielded forty per cent. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Meredith I fancy that at forty I am about as young as most young men. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Rudyard Kipling What’s that little black blur on the Snows? CAPT. G. A snowstorm, forty miles away. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Though there is no excitement in it, you can easily believe that the sitting still in the buckle with the thermometer perhaps forty degrees below zero is the hardest work an Inuit knows. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Tobias Smolle Besides his half-pay, amounting to two and forty pounds a year, this indefatigable oeconomist has amassed eight hundred pounds, which he has secured in the funds. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Along the edges of the fields channels are hacked out to a depth of thirty or forty feet to get at the tiny trickles which run through the subsoil. Collected Essays by George Orwell

There were about forty men and eight ladies present besides Aunt Maggie and I. You’d never have known the third richest woman in the world. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The marriage might be considered as the result of an early engagement, though there had been two intermediate weddings on the lady’s part and forty years of celibacy on that of the gentleman. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

We could get no water, and camped after a day's journey of forty miles. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James Surely, with your habits and tastes, you can’t live on forty pounds. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jack London As by magic, forty thousand soldiers of the regular army surrounded the malcontents. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Sinclair Lewis But Little was so hysterical that they laid him on a kitchen table and decorated his naked back with forty slashes of a steel ramrod. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Isabella Bird After two days the Patriarch arrived from Gahgoran with nearly forty persons. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

John Lewis Burckhard During my stay at Djidda, scarcely a day passed without some arrival by sea, chiefly from Yembo and Cosseir; and there were constantly forty or fifty ships in the harbour. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

He naturally bears the mark of forty years’ sojourn in the wilderness. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope This belongs to my brother, and I pay him forty pounds a year for it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mark Twain Heavy as lead, and flexible as India-rubber, usually about forty inches long and tapering gradually from an inch in diameter to a point, it administers a blow which leaves its mark for time. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

But bear in mind that thou hast pledged thy promise for the safety of these good yeomen for forty days. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Virginia Woolf There were only forty people at luncheon, instead of the sixty that there had been. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Abraham Merri Its walls were all of forty feet high and hundreds of feet on each side. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather On the top shelf stood a long row of thirty or forty volumes, bound all alike in dark mottled board covers, with imitation leather backs. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

John Lewis Burckhard All the governors are thus married to females in almost every considerable village; Hosseyn Kashef has above forty sons of whom twenty are married in the same manner. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Robert Green Ingersoll But instead of forty thousand they had three millions. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jonathan Swif The fifteen images that I saw were not worth forty pounds, so I stretched a little when I said a thousand. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The massive Fredoniad of Dr. Emmons, in forty cantos, I never read; but as I did not meet a single native who had, I hope this want of poetical enterprise will be excused. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

But the same asyntactle disorder is equally found in the History of Britain, which he had in hand for forty years. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Jack London Of course, this was verification absolute of all the fabric of lies that the poet-forger had spun for Captain Jamie. The forty lifers were caught in red-handed readiness for the break. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

It was only just eleven o’clock, and the two and forty days would not expire until half past. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

William Makepeace Thackeray They don’t know their own pictures, very likely; if they did, they would have a meeting, and thirty or forty of them would be deputed to thrash Mr. Leech. One feels a pity for the poor little bucks. John Leech’s Pictures of Life and Character by William Makepeace Thackeray [1854]

I divided the remainder of our money — something over forty pounds — into two equal portions, leaving one for her, and putting the other in my pocket. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Galsworthy Your affectionate wife, Fanny.” Parted with her emerald pendant! The thing had cost him ninety pounds, and he supposed she had got thirty or forty for it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

John Lewis Burckhard This happens also in the Azhar at Cairo, where I have seen more than forty different persons occupied at the same time in delivering their lectures. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Rudyard Kipling The sins o’ four and forty years, all up an’ down the seas, Clack an’ repeat like valves half-fed. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

They look like gigantic dust-heaps, and stand from thirty to forty feet above the plain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Where you measured there’s no bottom to it, but where the stone fell in it ain’t more ‘n forty feet deep. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

G. K. Chesterton But among the fragments of advice also occurs the following suggestive and even alluring remark: “Every man over forty is a scoundrel. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jack London If, at two o’clock to-night, you don’t catch the forty I shall name with their clothes on and wide awake, then, Captain, you can give me solitary for the rest of my sentence. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Charles Dickens He went aboard The White Ship, with one hundred and forty youthful Nobles like himself, among whom were eighteen noble ladies of the highest rank. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson The party of artificers and seamen which landed on the rock counted altogether forty in number. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells A state of five million people with half a million of useless hands, will be twice as unstable as forty million with two million standing off. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Henry Fielding This house was formerly built by one Boyce, who, from a blacksmith at Gosport, became possessed, by great success in smuggling, of forty thousand pound. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Joseph Furphy Cross gave the alarm, and, in the meantime, went hand-under-hand down the rope, intending, like Bruce, to ‘mak sicker’; for the shaft was only about forty feet deep. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Eighteen days! What could he not do in eighteen days? He could walk thirty miles a day — forty miles a day — that would be six hundred miles and more. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The poor father — a man of forty with black, bushy side-whiskers and a pathetic gash on his freshly-shaved chinthanked us all, swallowing his tears. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Thomas Hughes Now the clock strikes the three-quarters; there is only a quarter of an hour more; but the forty lines are all but done. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Wilkie Collins Where am I, now that there is plenty of light to see by? Apparently in a banqueting-hall, fifty feet long by forty wide. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If I could only sleep for forty days. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jules Verne In addition to these, there were to go forty Indians, forty blacks, Fragoso, and the pilot who was to take charge of the navigation of the raft. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

W. H. Hudson I was riding with a friend along the cliff when the majestic bird appeared, and swooping downwards hovered at a height of forty feet above our heads. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Elizabeth Gaskell I admire your kindness of heart; and in three-and-twenty we do not look for the wisdom and experience of forty or fifty. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

John Lewis Burckhard There are only forty Turkish families, and twenty Enzairie. The inhabitants make cotton cloth for shirts and gowns, and have a few dyeing houses. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Wolfe The unit of the quota system was “the point”, and a point was forty dollars’ worth of business. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy Instead of that, forty years had passed — forty years of severance from Avice, till a secondly renewed copy of his sweetheart had arisen to fill her place. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Sinclair Lewis Can you stop by at the house in not over forty minutes? Good.” That there was to be a council, even that Vestal was to be there, Neil did not guess. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

I haven’t done such a thing since I broke into neighbour Brown’s woodshed to steal his tame ‘possum, and that’s forty years back. Greenmantle by John Buchan

She appeared to be just waking up from the enjoyment of forty winks. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Mary Porteous was making a noise at the piano, but in spite of the noise she made Mrs. Crashaw was having forty winks upon an easy-chair. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wheat was sold the year of his arrival on the Nepean river at seventy shillings per bushel, and maize at forty shillings, very little of either being in fact procurable at all. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Arthur Conan Doyle Their governess is a Miss Burnet, an Englishwoman of forty or thereabouts. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Jules Verne He was rather more than forty years of age. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The idea of marrying Herbert Fardale had previously presented itself only in connection with forty thousand a year. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Rudyard Kipling He was fighting for his life and for Unda — pretty little Unda with rings on all her toes — for Unda and the forty rupees. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The older dwellings now begin to look weather-beaten, through the effect of the many eastern storms that have moistened their unpainted shingles and clapboards, for not less than forty years. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Sir Richard Burton Moreover, he observed that they were forty in number. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf About the age of forty he would have shocked the authorities. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Rudyard Kipling Fifty men at twelve bob a head, plus five pounds for the Dove as a captured officer, and Kyd here, his junior, three, made about forty quid to Burden & Co. They crowed over us horrid. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle A stern, fierce soldier he was, as I know well, having fought back to back with him for forty minutes by the clock, against a troop of Sarsfield’s horse. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Nikolai Gogol Far beyond all his hopes, the director awarded neither forty nor forty-five rubles for Akakiy Akakievitch’s share, but sixty. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

With apparent nonchalance she settled the scarf on her shapely shoulders so happily that the fish bit, and the scarf went into its carriage; forty guineas, or so. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was something preposterous, he thought, in a man nearly forty years of age being in love with a girl of twenty. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Isabella Bird Two small bottles of saccharin supply the place of forty pounds of sugar. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jack London Thirty or forty huskies ran to the spot and surrounded the combatants in an intent and silent circle. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope It was a chamber over forty feet long, with dark flock paper and dark curtains, with dark painted wainscoating below the paper, and huge dark mahogany furniture. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He expects to arrive in forty minutes and he hopes that as many people as possible who were in the room will remain. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Kingsley There’s forty and more promised already. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope That purpose will necessarily be better fulfilled by a man of forty than by a man of sixty. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard The rocks are all in perfectly horizontal layers, some of which are thirty to forty yards in thickness, while others are only a few yards. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Most of these rebuilt places are fitted with cold-lunch bars, and drinks are more varied than they were forty years ago. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Most of these reptiles, at present known, are of great size, some having attained a length of forty feet or perhaps more. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Sir Thomas Browne Pineda * Pineda, in his “Monarchia Ecclesiastica,” quotes one thousand and forty authors. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Henry James Concord is some twenty miles from Boston, and even to day, upwards of forty years after the date of Hawthorne’s removal thither, it is a very fresh and well-preserved looking town. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

One of our richest seams runs under this house, and there are upwards of forty men at work in it a quarter of a mile below our feet here every day. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

H. G. Wells He said things about Botticelli that a more mercenary man might have made into a little book and got forty or fifty pounds for. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The latter appears at present in the shape of a fish-pond, measuring sixty by forty metres; sunk below sea-level, fed by percolation, and exceedingly salt. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Rudyard Kipling It took about forty pages,” said Beetle. “I helped him a lot. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope From a baby to a back-tooth, he attended to everything now, as he had done forty years ago. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Is not that odd? I would give more for one of his books than for forty of the common saleable things about town. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson They blew a trumpet at the cross, Some forty men, both foot and horse. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne The two great sails were hoisted, and under the pressure of the wind the sledge slid over the hardened snow with a velocity of forty miles an hour. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Ford Madox Ford In the name of heaven why did not he borrow another forty — or eighty — or a hundred, rather than be distracted and distract Mark and his unhappy girl? . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

If she had stayed at Hazlewood, that silent struggle might have gone on in the lawyer’s breast for years; but her sudden departure had taken the grave man of forty off his guard. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

When with this intent I turned round my camel I found that the gallant officer who had passed me by about thirty or forty yards was exactly in the same predicament as myself. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

The savings of a dowager countess even in forty years of seclusion could be but a small fund to draw upon for the expenses of life at high pressure. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle The forty are drunk, and the three are but indifferent sober. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Arnold Bennett She too could be formidable, and when her lips took a certain pose, and her eyes glowed, he would have put on forty mufflers had she commanded. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Adams Englishwomen, from the educational point of view, could give nothing until they approached forty years old. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells Stop on the way and get forty pounds — notes and gold. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The largest dwelling that I saw in motion was one containing two stories of four rooms each; forty oxen were yoked to it. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Here in Victoria, a hundred and forty miles out of America, the mail brings me news from our Home — the land of regrets. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The firm know that, and I’ve had their confidence for forty years. Prester John by John Buchan

His story and the story of Lord Maulevrier’s infamy might be town talk again; as it had been forty years ago, when the true story of that crime had been happily unknown. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anton Chekhov He wondered how it had happened that for the last forty or fifty years of his life he had never once been to the river, or if he had been by it he had not paid attention to it. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Nobody could know what his forty years or more of sea-life had been, unless he told them himself. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Benjamin Disraeli We used to sit down forty or fifty every day to dinner, entirely maiden aunts and clergymen, and that sort of thing. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

And now have the heathen men held that land in their hands forty year and more; but they shall not hold it long, if God will. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Wilkie Collins Half an hour passed; forty minutes passed — and then his voice reached her from among the distant trees. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I happened to me once — forty years ago, when I was a wild young buck — one of the worst rows I ever was in. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Och musha, musha! what’ll I do at all? Faix, forty pounds won’t clear what this turn is like to come to; an’ all from your dirthy undherhand schaming ways. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

A good cigar was better than a knock on the head — the sort of wel- come he would have found on this river forty or fifty years ago. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Anthony Trollope A woman at forty is quite old, whereas a man at forty is young. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett At forty he looked back at the time when the incongruousness, the abnormality and the unsteadiness of the foundations on which such personages stood first struck him. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Thirty or forty men were tapping the pillars and steps of a carnelian shrine heavy with gold. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Yes, Sahib, for I have three little children whose stomachs are always empty, and corn is now but forty pounds to the rupee. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Guy de Maupassant He was scarcely more than forty years of age, though his hair was quite white; but his beard was still almost black. The Hermit by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

The Tanganyika Lake, lying between 3° and 8° south latitude, and in 29° east longitude, has a length of three hundred miles, and is from thirty to forty broad in its centre. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Leon Trotsky I recall to mind the second grade of the St. Paul realschule in Odessa. The forty boys there did not differ materially from any other group of forty boys. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence He was a man of forty or so, hard to tell, swarthy, with short-cropped dark hair and a smallish head carried rather forward on his large but sensitive, almost shy body. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He mentioned that he had known of as many as forty people being injured by a single “amok” runner. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

I sat in their midst, and made forty little piles of silver, one for each, naming each pile. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Virginia Woolf She was a woman of forty perhaps, very well set up and erect, splendidly robust, though not as tall as the upright carriage of her body made her appear. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

What was time with such an end in view? Jacob served fourteen years for Rachel, and this was only forty weeks for a fiddle! Joe was diligent every Saturday sweeping the drive. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Thomas Hardy An hour and forty minutes later, and she was in Stephen’s arms at the Plymouth station. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sir Julian Bott is discovered shot through the heart within forty feet of your bungalow. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle You will be amused to hear that forty men were watching you at your supper. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Jules Verne In France the circle of Cantal measures six miles across; at Ceyland the circle of the island is forty miles, which is considered the largest on the globe. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Jonathan Swif I was complaining to a lady that I wanted to mend an employment from forty to sixty pounds a year, in the Salt Office, and thought it hard I could not do it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope They pay some trumpery thirty or forty pounds a year, and then they seem to think that it’s almost the same as though they owned the property themselves. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson They made no more fuss over the reception of forty patients suffering from typhoid into the house than they would have made over a few friends dropping in to tea. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Gissing I knew how I was going to get the money—the forty guineas. A Capitalist by George Gissing

John Lewis Burckhard According to the most moderate calculation, the number of slaves actually in Egypt is forty thousand, two-thirds of which number are males, and the rest females. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Mark Twain Our forty were miserable enough in the first place, and they lay about the decks seasick all the voyage, which about completed their misery, I take it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

John Lewis Burckhard At two P.M. we started, and at the end of an hour passed the tombs of the Martyrs or Shohada, the followers of Mohammed, forty of whom, it was said, lie buried there. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

John Lewis Burckhard Several Indians have acquired capitals nearly equal, and there are upwards of a dozen houses possessing from forty to fifty thousand pounds sterling. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

One might lay one’s fingers no matter where, and carry off thirty or forty francs by merely closing the hands. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells There begins in its mind the development of the most wonderful of all conceivable apparatus, a subtle and intricate keyboard, that will end at last with thirty or forty or fifty thousand keys. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

John Lewis Burckhard I heard from a well-informed person, that the daily consumption of Medina was from thirty to forty erdebs, or twenty-five to thirty-five Hedjaz camel-loads. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

William Blades I knowe a merchant manne, whych shall at thys tyme be namelesse, that boughte ye contentes of two noble lybraryes for forty shyllynges pryce: a shame it is to be spoken. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

G. K. Chesterton I gathered that what it really meant was something like this: that every man over forty had been all the essential use that he was likely to be, and was therefore in a manner a parasite. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Benjamin Disraeli Thus the law of force reigns almost exclusively at forty or fifty leagues from the capital. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

William Makepeace Thackeray Buckmaster died, leaving nothink; nothink except four ugly daughters by Miss Slamcoe: and her forty pound a year was rayther a narrow income for one of her appytite and pretensions. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It took me, perhaps, thirty or forty seconds to get the key out of my pocket and unlock the door. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Jules Verne Will this frail float, forty feet by twenty, bear us in safety? Sink it cannot; the material of which it is composed is of a kind that must surmount the waves. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

He had heard his enigmatical words very well, but attached no undue importance to what a mere man of forty so hard hit was likely to do or say. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Thomas Hardy To this the face he once kissed had been brought by the raspings, chisellings, scourgings, bakings, freezings of forty invidious years — by the thinkings of more than half a lifetime. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The inexperience of a man of forty is a much more serious thing than the inexperience of a youth of twenty, for it is not helped out by the rashness of hot blood. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Ford Madox Ford The horse was worth from thirty to forty pounds and Edward might have known that the gift would upset his wife. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Galsworthy Give you my word, Miss; I was dead to the world before I had that forty winks, and now I could talk to you for hours. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassan Everybody had grown tired of seeing him, day after day for forty years, dragging his deformed and tattered person from door to door on his wooden crutches. The Beggar by Guy de Maupassan

F. Scott Fitzgerald There had been the large retainer’s fee to Mr. Haight; there were stocks bought at one hundred, now down to thirty and forty and other investments that were not paying at all. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rudyard Kipling There was a rush from without, the short hough-hough of the stabbing spears, and a man on a horse, followed by thirty or forty others, dashed through, yelling and hacking. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In gross it amounted to this: Mr. Goodge had pledged himself to hand over Mrs. Haygarth’s letters, forty or so in number, to Hawkehurst in consideration of twenty pounds. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Niccolo Machiavelli All of these companies arranged thusly would therefore cover (an area of) one hundred forty one arm lengths long and two hundred wide. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

I am sure you will like Mrs. Raymond, she has been in our family forty years, and is a most good-tempered, chatty old lady. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Oscar Wilde She was now forty years of age, childless, and with that inordinate passion for pleasure which is the secret of remaining young. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Anthony Hope We were now very near the hunting-lodge, being about forty yards from the front of it. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Not a young bachelor; midway, he may have been between forty and fifty. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Herne had procured his fair share of animals, and we mustered from forty to fifty camels and six or seven ponies and mules, including those I brought. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Have you observed that old woman who always accompanies me to the carriage with my shawls and wraps? She is Raymond. She was papa’s nurse, and has lived in the family more than forty years. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Richard Burton He also despatched forty Coptic and forty Greek artists to carve the marble pillars and the casings of the walls, and to superintend the gilding and the mosaic work. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

At one time — forty years or so before — it must have been a powerful face; now it was beautiful only in its soft, harmonious whiteness. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Packing two horses with water, I intended to carry it out to the creek, which is forty miles from here. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Theodore Dreiser His wife’s property, represented by this house, some government bonds, and some real estate in West Philadelphia amounted to forty thousand more. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis Oh, Sam, I’m absolutely not going to let my life be over at forty — well, at forty-one, but no one ever takes me for more than thirty-five or even thirty-three. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett And four thieves passed and repassed behind the screen hiding the doors, and reappeared nine times as four fresh thieves until the tale of forty was complete. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Cheese an’ cider ye shall have, an’ I pray the mixture may turn your forty stomachs. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Rudyard Kipling Ahi! — she dropped her head on Holden’s shoulder — ‘I have counted forty stars, and I am tired. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Kingsley This is the heaviest gale for forty years. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Mark Twain The green plumes were worn by forty or fifty Austrian generals, the group opposite them were chiefly Knights of Malta and knights of a German order. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Margaret Oliphant How long is it—near five and forty years? Dear me, it is just wonderful how time runs on. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Andrew Lang In forty days he must build me a palace, in which every room shall be filled with different furniture from a different country, and each more magnificent than any room that ever was seen. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne They were now on the summit of the Nevadas of the Cordilleras, and could see over an area of forty miles. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Watkin Tench He came out to this country as superintendant of convicts, at a salary of forty pounds per annum, and brought with him a daughter of twelve years old. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Ford Madox Ford Well, he must needs go to the tables and lose forty thousand pounds. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

One towering white figure, forty feet in height at least, faced outward toward the sea. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle Down the centre of this room there ran a long and massive table, which was surrounded by thirty or forty people, the greater part of whom were men. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne His sufferings had already continued for the space of forty hours, and, as the doctor had supposed, he was to have perished in the blaze of the noonday sun. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

When we arrived, we found dinner laid for forty persons, and the table ornamented by the taste of the gardener, with pyramids of beautiful flowers. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arnold Bennett But it would not be a real twenty-seven; nor would Sam’s forty be a real forty, like other people’s twenty-sevens and forties. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope I have just been five hours and a half at it;’ and Fidus looked at his watch; ‘five hours and forty minutes. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Now forty leagues is one hundred and twenty miles, consequently we ought at the most to be within twelve or fifteen miles of the water if any should really exist. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy Yet in the natural course of life he might possibly have to linger on earth another thirty or forty years — scoffed at; at best pitied. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Guy de Maupassan Ideas may be modified and renewed, so that in forty years of life we may, by gradual and constant transformations, become four or five totally new and different beings. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

Jacques Futrelle One hour and forty minutes! In another half an hour the little bell over his desk should ring. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Abraham Merri Staring out that window the black priest saw in the livid dusk the crumpled body of Bel’s priest — dead, white face raised to his own, forty feet below. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins A police-officer of forty years’ experience, with a secret to keep, sees before him and behind him, and on his right hand and his left, at one and the same time. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

John Galsworthy And look at himself, for the first time in forty years on thin ice, and suffering confoundedly. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope He had driven forty miles on that day, and was rather late for dinner. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

I arrived at the meet considerably heated, and found myself one of some thirty or forty riders, who, with traps and bicycles and footpeople, were jammed in a narrow, muddy road. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Inside were thirty or forty hard chairs, a harmonium, and a very gory lithograph of the Crucifixion. Uncomfortably we took off our caps and sat down. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell