Phrases with "forty"

Arthur Conan Doyle Have they witnesses?’ ‘We have here a list of forty witnesses, your Lordship. They are waiting below, many of them having come great distances, and with much toil and trouble. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The house which Lady Maulevrier had built for herself and her grandchildren had not been created all at once, though the nucleus dating forty years back was a handsome building. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

He bore the unmistakable impress of a missionary, and might have been anything from thirty to forty years of age. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

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]

John Lewis Burckhard The Kaaba is an oblong massive structure, eighteen paces in length, fourteen in breadth, and from thirty-five to forty feet in height. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

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

Charles Kingsley I could see her nose up in the air forty feet above us, covered with fore-cabin passengers. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H.P. Lovecraft I imagine there must have been thirty or forty blocks, some nearly buried in the sand, and all within a circle perhaps a quarter of a mile in diameter. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

She had been with the Levers — his wife was Miss Lever before she married Hellingsby — for nearly forty years, and is kicking up a devil of a row about things now. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He lifted his eyes to the sky, and then let his glassy stare descend to meet the horizon that, tilting up to an angle of forty degrees, seemed to hang on a slant for a while and settled down slowly. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Walter Scott Nearly forty persons were massacred by the troops, and several who fled to the mountains perished by famine and the inclemency of the season. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Each social period has its special voice and face, and the face of the middle-aged Londoner today is markedly different from that of his fellow of thirty or forty years ago. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Guy de Maupassan There were about twenty enthusiasts thirty or forty years ago; now there are only a few of the enthusiastic sportsmen. The Penguins’ Rock by Guy de Maupassan

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]

Henry Adams Never once in forty years of intimacy did his son notice in him a trace of snobbishness. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

That he would never see a five-and-thirtieth birthday again was certain; but whether he had passed the Rubicon of forty was open to doubt. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jack London He had not eaten in forty hours, and he was weak with hunger. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry Adams He corresponded in his powers of usefulness exactly with Lord Granville in London, who had been for forty years the saving grace of every Liberal administration in turn. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Rudyard Kipling There were about forty speeches delivered; and not one of them was average or ordinary. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

Anthony Trollope They say that forty thousand copies of The Jupiter are daily sold, and that each copy is read by five persons at the least. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Ten of the number had to return with the raft, but still from thirty to forty had been taken over, and that without any great delay. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Within a week fifty thousand women in forty counties had pictured to themselves this osculation of intellects, and shrugged their shoulders, and decided once more that men were incomprehensible. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Andrew Lang When I went to his Court he was only a little boy, but that is forty years ago, and I have been in this desolate place ever since. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle We have now marched some forty miles into our kingdom, and we have met wherever we have gone with the warm welcome which we expected. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

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]

It was a woman of forty who confronted her, but age here had nothing to say. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Mark Twain For forty years his English has been to me a continual delight and astonishment. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

George Gissing He was oldish, with bent shoulders, and wore spectacles—probably a clerk of forty years’ standing. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

About forty miles distant, S.E., is a large salt lake. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. Rider Haggard Time had not yet touched her beauty or impaired her vigorous constitution, and at forty she was still at the zenith of her charms. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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

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

H. G. Wells Only forty times had that silent revolution occurred during all the years that I had traversed. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

There were still some eight miles between me and home, but I had at least the consolation of knowing that the brown mare would easily cover it in forty minutes. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Arnold Benne Ere you have reached the station you will have brought it back about forty times. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Those of pear-shape easily fetch thirty-six to forty dollars. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jack London I knew that there were forty of them, including our own; for often I had counted them before. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Henry David Thoreau There may be thirty or forty of them to a square inch. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Jack London Instead of the great host the Mercenaries had hoped to gather together, they succeeded in driving no more than forty thousand of the wretches into the lake. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

A man cannot lead his life for forty years and retain all the virtues. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

He was between thirty and forty years of age; he was not a big man; he had dark eyes, and his complexion was very sallow. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

D. H. Lawrence I saw on a notice that the price of entry was forty centimes. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. Rider Haggard Finding that, if anything, it blew from the elephants to us, we crept on stealthily, and thanks to the cover managed to get within forty yards or so of the great brutes. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

They might be forty overproof and played by forty bands, and every darned piccolo of them out of tune, if only we were making money. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The planes average about sixty feet of perpendicular lift each, and are to support about forty tons. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu They say Chiffington lost a hundred and forty thousand. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Willa Cather The Captive, when he was put to the question, told on his fingers forty men that he had let through the underground passage into the river. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

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

All the life that I looked back upon seemed muddled and mixed up, like a dream; and I could only think of the little sister I’d said good-by to aboard the Ventur’some forty years before. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

And from Babylon where the soldan dwelleth, to go right between the Orient and the Septentrion toward the great Babylon, is forty journeys to pass by desert. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Except on one solitary occasion he never after — and that is to say for forty years — uttered a single word. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

La Chesnaye, go and see if by rummaging all my pockets you can find forty pistoles; and if you can find them, bring them to me. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

A face of brown clay, roughly modelled, with a lot of black eyelashes stuck on the closed lids and looking artificially youthful on that physiognomy forty years old or more. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

H. G. Wells It might take the form of twenty or thirty or forty volumes and it would go to libraries, colleges, schools, institutions, newspaper offices, ministries and so on all over the world. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

In the Rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin, he had ferreted out two Dresden vases, which he bought, resolving to deprive himself for a time of his grapes at forty sous a pound, in order to retrieve the money. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Ford Madox Ford Two hundred and forty times five . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Thomas Hughes He is leaning forward with his elbows resting on his knees, and dandling his favourite bat, with which he has made thirty or forty runs to-day, in his strong brown hands. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anna Katherine Green I have been here before, and if Elvira Brown could face the storms of forty years from her solitary home, I can surely face a single one, without losing my courage. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

T. E. Lawrence It ran within fifty yards of the sea, and we could go up it thirty or forty singing files abreast. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope It has also been said that he is forty years of age and still unmarried. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard Each hosh contains thirty or forty families; thus forming so many small separate hamlets, which, in times of unsettled government, are frequently engaged in desperate feuds with each other. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Robert Louis Stevenson It was judged wise to return and rally the main body, who had now been left alone for perhaps forty minutes in the bush. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George MacDonald The former was a great Italian of noble family, who died more than five hundred years ago; the latter a Scotch shepherd who died not forty years ago. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray I asked him if I could see Father Schneider? he turned towards me a hideous, pimpled face, which I dream of now at forty years’ distance. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

The thing is in four volumes, and it seems that a fifth was intended as a close: but there is no particular reason why it should not have extended to forty or fifty, nay to four or five hundred. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Charles Dickens The Danes came, with two hundred and forty ships. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

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

George Borrow About forty years ago, however, they made a somewhat notable convert. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

His course was clear, and for forty years his position was hardly questioned in all lands where the English tongue was spoken. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Yes, Mr. Duffham, it is forty pounds: and I cannot afford to lose it. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

George Eliot Lord bless you, sir — if you’ll hexcuse me for saying so — he can walk forty mile a-day, an’ lift a matter o’ sixty ston’. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Not tonight, for they’ll follow me forty miles along the road, but first thing tomorrow morning. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Wilkie Collins The next train starts in forty minutes. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope At that age he is entitled to one-sixtieth of his salary for every year he has served up to forty years. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

James Joyce Show that the 1 Twelve buttles man, twentyeight bows of curls, forty bonnets woman and every youthfully yours makes alleven add the hundred. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

It was a very pretty face, very young-looking, though Mrs. Major Lennard was nearly forty years of age. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

They advanced to the number of five, each composed of forty companies. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells I became aware of him perhaps forty feet off standing quite still and regarding me. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

T. E. Lawrence We were now only about forty left, and obviously could do no good against them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Joseph Furphy I also longed for the opinion of my mighty pipe on the dirt-question; but that faithful ally was packed among my things, forty feet away, and it might as well have been forty miles. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

D. H. Lawrence I heard he made over forty pounds on Whit Monday, here on this beach. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But I’m certain that I didn’t sleep for the last forty hours. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Guy de Maupassan He was a man of forty or fifty, tall and thin, with the restless eye of people who are worried by legitimate troubles and of hunted animals. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

He was about forty years of age, with a melancholy aspect, pale face, and soft luminous eyes. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

It had huge courtyards and out-houses, covering an acre or more, with stabling for thirty or forty horses. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

D. H. Lawrence It’s no use tryin’ to educate a man over forty — not by book-learning. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He did not come back in five minutes; nor in ten, twenty, or forty minutes. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Robert Green Ingersoll I want to know if it is reasonable He should kill people for asking for one change of diet in forty years. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

Take forty good chestnuts and roast them over a slow fire. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

Guy de Maupassan We have had more than forty in a day. The Magic Couch by Guy de Maupassan

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]

Anthony Trollope You had waited till he was between forty and fifty, and, of course, he must feel that what you would do would depend materially upon what he did. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Under the punkah a florid, fine-looking, slightly bloated man of forty was sprawling across the table with his head in his hands, groaning in pain. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Isabella Bird Generally speaking, a horse can carry his rider wherever a mule can carry a load, and will do from thirty to forty miles a day for almost any length of time. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

I then found I had several pieces between forty and fifty feet long, of which I resolved to get a good number more, to make me a drag-net that I might try for some fish in the lake. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

It is but some forty years ago that he had the dispute with his nurse about a dish of tea. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

She had come here broken spirited, perhaps broken hearted, bringing her dead husband from the little inn at Great Langdale forty years ago, and she had hardly left the spot since that day. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Rudyard Kipling Five thousand seven hunder an’ forty pounds, with costs, an’ exclusive o’ new engines! They’d ha’ done better to ha’ kept me — on the old timin’. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Jules Verne There, on a bed, lay a man about forty years of age, with a resolute expression of countenance, a true type of an Anglo-Saxon. I leant over him. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Virginia Woolf Yet they were not suffered to break up an intimacy of forty years. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Their work expresses itself in a sort of equation—whip plus food equals energy; generally it is about sixty per cent whip and forty per cent food. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle He cursed them all three, and spent forty guineas on a bangle to take with him to the lady. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Tin-mining continues to attract a steady stream of Chinese immigration, and the Resident believes that the number of Chinamen has increased from twenty thousand in 1879 to forty thousand in 1881. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Henry Lawson Sleeping, eating, gambling and cooking accommodation for thirty men in about eighteen by forty feet. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Mark Twain It is a lucrative source of emolument, and sometimes brings into the national treasury as much as thirty-five or forty dollars a year. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

We crossed the bridge that spans the gulf, and in a few minutes, with all windows open, were tearing along the foot of the range at forty to fifty miles an hour. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Rudyard Kipling For five — seven — eighteen — forty years it was in my mind that the Old Law was not well followed; being overlaid, as thou knowest, with devildom, charms, and idolatry. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

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

Anthony Trollope It was all an affair of education, and he at forty found it difficult to educate himself anew. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling There were about forty speeches delivered, and not one of them was average or ordinary. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Washington Irving The old loan of forty pounds has never been paid; and Newbery’s note, pledged as a security, has never been taken up. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anthony Trollope You have heard, perhaps, of our great run from Dillsborough Wood. We found him there, close to my place, you know, and run him down in the Brake country after an hour and forty minutes. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe It was some thirty or forty feet overhead, and constructed much as the side walls. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Oak Lodge was on the Knowlesbury side of Blackwater. The man declared he could drive there in forty minutes, and could bring Mr. Dawson back in forty more. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

AT forty years of age Canon Athelstan Morency was a fine commanding figure of a man. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells There are 168 hours in a week and I am dealing with the use of rather less than six during the school year of less than forty weeks — for ten years. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Jonathan Swif The Whigs designed to have met him with forty thousand horse. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

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

E. F. Benson It would be a nice break in her long drive down to Riseholme on Tuesday to lunch at Chequers, and not more than forty miles out of her way. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

George Gissing For three hours eight thousand British infantry supported the attack of forty thousand muffs of Russians. Wish I’d been there, don’t I just! Four English generals were killed and four wounded. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Bram Stoker Whereupon he left France, taking with him a fortune of three hundred and forty thousand francs. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Rudyard Kipling What I mean is what I’ve worked at forty years is good enough for me to stay by. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

There were about forty people in the room, and perhaps three times as many in the great courtyard below. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

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

Isabella Bird The hills again opened, and there were flourishing breadths of turnips, and people digging potatoes, an article of food and export which was introduced by the missionaries forty years ago. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope A circuit of thirty or forty yards gave the easy riding of a little bridge, and to that all the crowd hurried. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The duke thought it would be politic, and, at the same time, inexpensive, to abandon all claim to these few acres, which were now shared by forty or fifty peasants. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

I have calculated a scale of living for incomes of eighty, one hundred and sixty, two hundred, and two hundred and forty pounds a year. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Hardy There being no inheritance in question, not a soul took the trouble to go to the city church, forty miles off, and search the registers for marriage signatures bearing out so humble a romance. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

What’s ten thousand pounds to a man with forty thousand a year?” Mr. Swayne snapped his fingers. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jules Verne At six in the evening the projectile passed the south pole at less than forty miles off, a distance equal to that already reached at the north pole. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray Marriage has added forty years to my life. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Sinclair Lewis And the fellows of forty and forty-five that never relax even when they do take an afternoon off — they drive like hell out to a golf course. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens I came forty mile by Parliamentary this morning, and I’m going back the same forty mile this afternoon. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

I have twice seen sub-peduncles which bore from thirty to forty flower-buds, and which had become considerably elongated and were completely wound round sticks, exactly like true tendrils. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Willa Cather A man of Archie’s modest and rather credulous nature develops late, and makes his largest gain between forty and fifty. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H. G. Wells It was fifty yards, forty yards, thirty yards — the little group of people, still heedless of me, was larger and more important now, the green-shot sky and the fighting ships remoter. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Rudyard Kipling She’d been runnin’ eight months — two hunder an’ forty days — an’ I was three days makin’ up my indents, when she went to dry-dock. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

John Lewis Burckhard At Abou Heraze and Sennaar, Dhourra is said to be in great plenty; forty measures being sold for a dollar. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James You’ve some forty volumes to show for it — forty volumes of wonderful life, of rare observation, of magnificent ability. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Radclyffe Hall Their eyes glowed with the enthusiasms of thirty or forty years ago. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Makepeace Thackeray On the top of this my flag was planted, and the small garrison of forty men only were comfortably barracked off in the case-mates within. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

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

Thomas Hughes They have finished the regulation forty lines, and are for the most part getting very tired, notwithstanding the exquisite pathos of Helen’s lamentation. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

The top was a broad area, on which were erected one or two towers, forty or fifty feet high, the sanctuaries in which stood the sacred images of the presiding deities. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Delegates waited in line, forty of them. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Theodore Dreiser Five hundred thousand dollars was a large sum of money in those days, much more than five million would have been forty years later. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James And she had seen the greatest, the most famous, the brightest of every kind, for they all came to stay at Inglefield, thirty and forty of them at once. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Henry David Thoreau It appears from the Report that there are about forty quadrupeds belonging to the State, and among these one is glad to hear of a few bears, wolves, lynxes, and wildcats. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

I stopped at the West-end branch of the Unitas and cashed a cheque for forty pounds. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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

With industry, I may stretch that ten to twenty; and with luck I might make the twenty into thirty — forty — fifty. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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

H. G. Wells His mind could now accept the idea that he was reading a newspaper of forty years ahead without any further protest. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

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]

William Dampier After them about forty lances, and behind them as many with great swords, marching all in order. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Arthur Conan Doyle With a red sash across his chest and a straight sword hanging from his side, he stood the living example of a bygone type — the John Company’s officer of forty years ago. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim We traced the car to Salisbury, and there isn’t a village within forty miles that isn’t looking out for it. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope Sir Ricketty Giggs himself could hardly say more to defend his sins of forty years’ endurance. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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]

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]

Theodore Dreiser It was a clothing company, and more people were in evidence — well-dressed men of forty and more, surrounded by brass railings. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

This means that if a miner’s working life is forty years the chances are nearly seven to one against his escaping injury and not much more than twenty to one against his being killed outright. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope He had not done much when the Britannulists were in before, — had only made some thirty or forty runs; and, worse than that, Sir Kennington Oval had scored up to 300. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

During the first eighty years of the seventeenth century, the number executed has been estimated at five hundred annually, making the frightful total of forty thousand. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thirty or forty miles farther away, west-north-westward, other and independent hills or ranges stood, though I was grieved to remark that the intermediate region seemed entirely filled with scrub. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James When forty minutes had elapsed he regarded it as proved that she wouldn’t come, and, asking himself what he should do, determined to drive off again and seize her at her comrade’s feast. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sir Richard Burton And he ceased not to go from one to other till he had made the round of the whole forty masters, but they would not accept him either to master or apprentice. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Henry Fielding Some were assured he could pay forty shillings in the pound if he would. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

I should turn into a trick horse, who does his thirty or forty rounds per hour, and eats, drinks and sleeps at the appointed moment. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Beforehand there was his Romantic cycle to be run through, in more than forty volumes, if Laure’s statement could be believed. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

This wall, which supported a fine terrace, rose to a height of more than forty feet above the road, on its right. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Galsworthy May I say fifty? Forty? Who’ll give me forty pounds? It’s giving it away. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Sir Walter Scott We have not met these forty years — he was twa years before me at the humanity classes — he is a sweet youth. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Thomas Hardy Facing the window, in the chair of dignity, sat a man about forty years of age; of heavy frame, large features, and commanding voice; his general build being rather coarse than compact. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

T. H. Huxley Certainly not fewer than thirty or forty thousand different species of fossils have been discovered. Essays by T. H. Huxley

He grew thin and yellow, and his income of forty thousand francs was literally killing him, when a sudden inspiration came to his relief. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Sinclair Lewis Must be forty years since I’ve toted any kind of a gun — and twenty years since I’ve called anybody ‘son. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

All that loving labour could do had been done day by day for the last forty years to make this confined space a thing of beauty. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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]

Nor that the second should be driven over the roofs of the thirty or forty others which have arrived before us. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Sir Richard Burton And when the forty days of mourning were ended Ali Baba removed to his own quarters all the property belonging to the deceased and openly married the widow. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The present was no occasion for showy array; my dun mist crape would suffice, and I sought the same in the great oak-wardrobe in the dormitory, where hung no less than forty dresses. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

If this money belonged to the family, I, who drew up the deed of donation in favor of your majesty, should have added the sum of thirteen millions to that of forty millions which was offered to you. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope He was nearly forty years old, was clean, a little bald, and healthy in all his ways. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Fortunately, I had cashed a cheque only the day before, and now had nearly forty pounds in notes and gold in my purse; not very much, it is true, but amply sufficient for my present needs. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Virginia Woolf For forty years! Eleanor thought with a start. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Watkin Tench It rarely attains to more than forty pounds weight. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Anthony Trollope And yet at breakfast and dinner I made one of an assemblage of thirty or forty people. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy How near we were to doing it forty years ago, only you were so independent! I thought you would have come back and was much surprised that you didn’t. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The Manchester exhibition of forty guineas a-year would have raised this income for seven years to a sum close upon two hundred pounds a-year. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Having searched all about, we went away to some other ridges, with exactly the same result; and at dark we had to encamp in the scrubs, having travelled forty miles on fifty courses. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sinclair Lewis And in this beastly country — In Europe, a woman at forty is just getting to the age where important men take a serious interest in her. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Tobias Smolle If you eat in your own apartment, you pay, instead of forty sols, three, and in some places, four livres ahead. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells It is not merely for the benefit of some possible reader, but to satisfy my own curiosity about life and the world, that I am digging down into these obscurities of forty years ago. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells