Phrases with "getting"

Isabella Bird They either have the goods from which they wish to make a choice brought to their houses, or their servants bargain for them, getting a commission both from buyer and seller. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Guy de Maupassan And now that it is a question of getting us out of a difficulty she puts on virtuous airs, the drab! For my part, I think this officer has behaved very well. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

George Eliot Her heart swelled with a horrible sensation of pain; but, alarmed lest she should lose her self-command, she grasped Mrs Transome’s hand, getting some strength from that human contact. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

It was the fact that he’d lost a good job and, with his besmirched character, he’d have difficulty in getting any work at all when he came out of prison. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

H. G. Wells What exactly was Blake getting at in this stuff about “Albion?” He seemed to have everything to say and Judd seemed to have nothing to say. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Our linen was getting filthy, and it was three weeks since I had had a bath; Boris, so he said, had not had a bath for months. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Where is Otter? Let us pay him a visit; I want to see how the god is getting on. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne Shandon understood the necessity of getting out of it and going further ahead. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Face smarts, does it?” “I never thought to meet you like this, Master Johnny,” said Eliza, getting up and speaking through her tears. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

William Morris But then came four on together, whereof one, a gaunt, oldish man, was saying: It is not so much how long we shall be getting there, but what shall betide when we get there. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Edith Wharton It was awkward getting it round the turn of the stairs. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Gissing Christopher ate without consciousness of what was before him, and talked ceaselessly of his good fortune in getting a berth at Swettenham’s, the great house of Swettenham Brothers, tea merchants. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

The difficulty must consist in getting over it. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Bram Stoker But, oh, is he on land or sea? Where is he, and how? I am getting fearfully anxious about him. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope So you would not see the bishop? As to getting an interview, I could manage that for you without the slightest annoyance to yourself. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne And Mrs Barnett soon discovered that the chief difficulty was not getting into the but, but remaining in it when there. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

But there was no getting over the fact that she was doing this, and most deliberately. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

A swarm of bearded and turbaned tribesmen came forward from all directions, surrounding the machine and effectively preventing anyone from getting out of it except the pilot. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Arnold Bennett The fact is, we’ve spoilt you, and instead of getting better as you grow up, you’re getting worse. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Willa Cather The weather, too, had changed, come on suddenly hot and sultry at noon, as if getting ready for a storm. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Meredith Emilia saw many lying about, getting rest where they might. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jules Verne There would be no difficulty in getting over the first thousand miles, the distance between Moscow and the Russian frontier. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Had Arnold only been a little older when his father died, he should have succeeded to it himself: there would have been little chance of Mr. Tamlyn’s getting any of it. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

H. G. Wells You see, it was either getting drunk or running away. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Jules Verne Bell succeeded in getting up the tent again, which, though it did not protect them from the cold, kept out the snow. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

He seemed to be getting on in his profession, when last year, about S. Barnabas’ day, he went to play at ball on the castle green. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Leslie Stephen Johnson went on to speak of the difficulty of getting biographical information. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Margaret Oliphant Is Miss Vincent with you? It is pleasant to get out of town for a little, even though one has to preach; and they will all be interested in ’Omerton to hear how Vincent is getting on. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Meredith Only I do say it ‘s getting terribly hot in London for somebody. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Theodore Dreiser She had talked so much about getting more salary and confessed to so much anxiety about her future, that now, when the direct question of fact was waiting, she could not tell this girl. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Ah! well! When I got on the bridge at last the beggars were getting one of the boats off the chocks. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Isabella Bird In getting to him my mule went down in a snow-drift, out of which I extricated him with difficulty. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Eliot But there’s a chance now of the city getting into order once more and trade going on. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle You are justified in getting down to the facts, whatever they may be, and I think the more of you for it. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Herman Melville For here, by your account, have you been these two months and more getting from Cape Horn to St. Maria, a distance which I myself, with a good wind, have sailed in a few days. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

He just thought of nothing but getting away quickly from the scene of his crime. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Slight decline in closing prices for the King; getting on French bay rather heavily at midnight. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Thomas Hardy The dairyman’s pupil had lent a hand in getting the cows together of late, and at the fifth or sixth time she turned her eyes, as she rested against the cow, full of sly inquiry upon him. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

But there was no chance of getting at the truth while Mrs. Carney glared at her son, so Forde held out his hand in a friendly fashion. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

H. Rider Haggard This man would, he felt, be able to put him in a way of getting through his time. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Unhappily, there is no getting away from it. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

There will be only one chance of getting them both together,” and Larose had gone off very pleased with his evening’s work. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have studied the organisation of your factory all the way through, from the basement to the clicking room, and you’re getting altogether behind the times. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Nellie Bly If he were in, would he not recognize me? And then all would be lost so far as getting to the island was concerned. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Theodore Dreiser If only she could hold him — always! The details of getting Vesta established once adjusted, Jennie settled down into the routine of home life. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell I’m getting low and faint, lassie; but thou must remember this: God knows more, and is more forgiving than either you to me, or me to you. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing For my own part I am getting a little tired of life, though I hold with the old philosophers that no man should desert his post till Fate calls him from it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Do you mean to say you were quite certain of getting away whenever you wanted?’ ‘Quite certain, Cornelis. You see, I have been wicked in my time and know something about the inside of prisons. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry Kingsley There were two tables in the room, at one of which a pool was getting up, while the other was empty. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins I’m always moving about at home from morning to night, to prevent myself getting fatter. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry Handel Richardson Aha! but that was one of the chief merits of “the hoops,” declared Zara; that, and the possibility of getting still more stuff into your skirts without materially increasing their weight. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Joseph Furphy How are you getting on with Satan?” “Bad,” replied Jack humbly. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Then I had a still more difficult time getting inside the castle. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Lucy Maud Montgomery They’re getting alarmingly frequent. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Fancy any one, reduced as I am, getting well again!” I am a bad one to keep up “make-believes. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

H. G. Wells It was very jolly was it not? getting that letter from Fred and by this time I daresay he is reading all the letters you have been writing him since the war began. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton We have been at work ten years buying property and getting compulsory powers and fixing compensation and squaring vested interests, and now at the very end, the thing is stopped by a fool. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope He made a great mistake in getting into the House. It is a source of misery to everyone connected with him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather The weeds are getting away from me. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli I feel that I am getting less sceptical, perhaps I should say more credulous, every day; but sorrow makes us superstitious. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry Kingsley By the time these two had got to Henley Bridge, Lord Welter had heard the name of every horse in the Ravenshoe stables, and Charley was rapidly getting learned in Lord Ascot’s racing stud. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

How are you, Hyde?” “Oh, getting on slowly,” he said, with a peculiar smile. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Pendarvon started with five hundred pounds; we seemed to be getting incapable of thinking of anything under. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Charles Dickens Pray, pray!’ She trembled, and was excessively agitated; getting behind Rachael, when Rachael tried to reassure her; and not seeming to know what she was about. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Florence Dixie We were therefore obliged to relinquish all hope of getting any guanaco ourselves that day, our only consolation being that Mr. B.‘s prolonged absence boded that he at least had been successful. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

H. G. Wells There would be no great difficulty in getting as far as the ravine if the attention of Ratzel’s particular bodyguard could be detached for an hour or so. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Wilkie Collins So neatly expressed!” Lucilla persisted in getting up; the announcement of the neatly-expressed message to be read next, produced no effect on her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They were all getting what swagger they could out of this ignominious return. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Your tea is getting cold, sir. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Sinclair Lewis The only trouble with her is, she went to school instead of getting educated. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen Want of arguments would be supplied by personality, and the champion would avenge himself by brutality on an opponent who happened for once to be getting the best of him. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

My one solid bit of comfort was that Haraldsen was rapidly getting back to normal. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Meredith Now she more than half defends him—a naval officer! good Lord!—for getting up in a public room to announce that he ‘s a Republican, and writing heaps of mad letters to justify himself. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Sinclair Lewis Here’s some news you won’t have even in the office yet, Dormouse. The forest fire’s getting nearer. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells They may find quite different ways in getting a vital drive out of sex. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith He leaned against a corner of the window, and spoke without directly looking at Mrs. Chump; so that she was some time in getting to understand the preliminary, “Madam, you must leave this house. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope It was not till Aunt Emmeline had spoken out in her third letter that he seemed to recognise the possibility of getting rid of Ayala altogether. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

In fact, he seemed to be getting along very well without it, or else he was feeling that mysterious control from the Altrurian which I had already suspected him of using. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells His name is Johnston. I’m getting his address from Milne. Love to the Dad and Frank. Your very affectionate son,Bertie. Lynton, Maybury Rd., Woking, Surrey. Friday, Jan. 24th, 1896. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

M. R. James A good many of them were rather hurt in getting out of the room, and I don’t suppose one of them closed an eye that night. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

But as it turned out there had really been no need for him to have given the order, for he never succeeded in getting to sleep. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Sarah Orne Jewett I knocked him right over into the bottom o’ the bo’t, getting by to catch hold of the sheet an’ untie it. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

John Galsworthy And, getting up, she put on her dressing-gown and slippers and stole out. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson I was for getting angry, and appealed to the rich man (Hector Maclean was his name), who had been a witness to our bargain and to my payment of the five shillings. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Radclyffe Hall All this trouble and risk of getting wet through was being taken for people who would probably laugh at her the moment she was safely out of their house. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing I was in the laundry nearly six months, and became quite clever in getting up linen. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

D. H. Lawrence She’s not much chance of getting off. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Bombay then asked for cows for the Wanguana, getting laughed at for his audacity, and the king broke up the court and walked away. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Anthony Trollope And so this was completed, the circle getting ever larger and larger. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry Lawson You’re getting a bit mixed, old man. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Elizabeth Gaskell It would be folly to do so, while there is so little likelihood of our ever getting pupils. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Darling, you must be getting on. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Jules Verne In a word, they behaved like chickens in a coop; they were getting fat. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

John Galsworthy There’s no getting away from that. To Let by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell Press-gangs and coast-guards harm me i’ my business, and keep me fra’ getting what I want. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

I was just getting up to shake the mud out of my boots when I squatted down again, for I was the spectator of a sudden marvellous sight. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins He was of opinion that my brief absence, while I was taking that fatal “breath of air” on the banks of the river, had offered to Cristel her opportunity of getting away without discovery. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson We are now at 7 o’clock getting the cable end again, with the main cable buoy close to us. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Have you any remark to make on this curious circumstance?” Thus far, Emily had allowed the woman to ramble on, in the hope of getting information which direct inquiry might fail to produce. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

It is characteristic of the times that Locke was “much in pain” about their getting back safely to town, the days being then so short. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Thomas Hardy But the world has a way of getting used to things, and the intelligence of the return of The Honourable Mrs. Northbrook’s long-absent husband was soon received with comparative calm. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Dickens For about two hundred yards his speed seemed to defy his pursuers; but, getting entangled in a thicket, he was captured. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Gertrude Stein Advertising would of necessity be too expensive; I had to keep my money to print my books, as my plans were getting more and more ambitious. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

I honestly can no more help getting drunk than a lunatic can help screaming and gibbering. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

You’re such a clever one at getting ‘old of the pieces, you are, and always have been. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

On the highroad half a mile below me, I saw a figure on a bicycle mounting the hill, and then getting off to mop its face at the summit. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry Kingsley I suppose I am wrong, for I am getting too old to appreciate new ideas, but I am afraid of our getting too soft. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Edith Wharton I only meant that he used to be rather changeable in his tastes, and that getting married has given him an object. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Seeing the results, people sometimes suggest that the solution lies in getting book reviewing out of the hands of hacks. Collected Essays by George Orwell

John Galsworthy She went on the following Sunday, looking so determined that she had some difficulty in getting a cab at Reading station. To Let by John Galsworthy

Maria Edgeworth Favoretta usually slept in a little closet within Mrs. Grace’s room, so that she foresaw no difficulty in getting her to bed. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Handel Richardson Not that Henry really needs the money; he is getting on so well; and I have. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It’s getting unconscionably late, and I shall scarcely get back in time to change my clothes for dinner. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Well, how oddly things fall out, to be sure, me getting into your carriage like that. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

E. F. Benson And how is your planchette getting on? I’ve been lazy about my crystal, but I get so tired of my own nose. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

And, sir,” said he, getting warm, which instantly affected his pronunciations “if there’s a hinsect in the ouse, I’ll heat im. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

R. D. Blackmore But love’s indignation is soon cured by absence, and tones down rapidly into desire to know how the sinner is getting on. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

She had Dod, Burke, and Foster before her, and was getting up the authentic pedigrees of our noble families and their ramifications. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton His cigar had gone out again, and he threw it into the fire and vaguely meditated getting up to find another. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Guy de Maupassant As soon as he joined them he asked his wife, with a visible desire of getting angry: “What have we for dinner?” “Some chicken with flageolets. Alexandre by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

When Captain Thompson was in command of the Pilgrim, there was as much preparation and ceremony as there would be in getting a seventy-four under way. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Jack London I’m going to Dawson.” Thornton stood between him and Buck, and evinced no intention of getting out of the way. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle We were just getting over a stile to cross old Brown’s ten-acre lot, when Mr. Cronin pulled up, and remarked that he thought we had better get into the road. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell At length Lord Hollingford said suddenly — ‘Gibson, I wonder if you’d give me some lunch; I’ve been a good deal about since my seven-o’clock breakfast, and am getting quite ravenous. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

This board and the low roof which covers the whole produce the complication in getting in and out. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Jack London By four o’clock there were thirty-four in line, the last ten hanging on in the slender hope of getting in by some kind of a miracle. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Henry Kingsley Half-way up the reptile’s back began a row of sapphires, getting larger towards the neck, each of which was surrounded by small emeralds. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Thomas Hardy The woman whispered; she was imploring and anxious: “Come, come, it is getting dark, and this nonsense won’t do. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Or getting sloppy and lazy and thieving, as the Southerners claim their colored servants do. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

When at last I crossed the divide, I had a horrible business getting down from one level to another in a gruesome corrie, where each step was composed of smooth boiler-plates. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

There’s no hope of getting a talk with Miss Lantry before she sails. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

The night was getting bitter cold, as happens before dawn. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Charles Stur He was pretty sure of the thief, however, so we did not despair of getting it back again. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Kenneth Grahame If that’s not good enough for you, say so, and I’ll be getting on. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

He was evidently getting ‘a spot’ before the places closed. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary had poured out speech as rapidly as she could as they had come down the Long Walk. The chief thing to be remembered, she had told him, was that Colin was getting well — getting well. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My nerves were getting worse and worse. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Willa Cather He had begun, indeed, to feel the exhilaration of getting free from personalities, of being released from his own past as well as from Thea Kronborg’s. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

This arrangement was very convenient so far as getting in again was concerned. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Anthony Trollope This plan of throwing up £1,200 a year would badly assist him in getting rid of this incubus. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe We careered round and round for perhaps an hour, flying rather than floating, getting gradually more and more into the middle of the surge, and then nearer and nearer to its horrible inner edge. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Frances Hodgson Burnett The room had become so much darker that it must be getting late. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray Then we had the pictures at the quay: the ferryboat, and the red-sailed river-boat, getting under way, and bound up the stream. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

E. F. Benson I shall be very sorry when it’s over, for I felt terribly pleased to be getting back to Tilling this morning. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Charles Dickens She hadn’t had her hair curled when she went to bed, and she didn’t seem quite up to brushing it herself, and its getting in her eyes put her out. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

E. F. Benson Now we’re getting on beautifully. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

I do really think I should have gone mad else, thinking of the dreadful long months and years that lay before me without a chance of getting out. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

M. P. Shiel However, I was no sooner out of Wo-Ngwanya, with my head still on, than I was playing to get her yet, and, when next in the Witwatersrand, I set about getting together an expedition to kidnap my lady. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Anthony Trollope But then the squire had not done less in getting rid of Fillgrave and reinstating Dr Thorne in possession of the family invalids. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

One must know how to speak jesuitically; and, in order to advance, one must be clever in getting one’s ideas to walk on crutches. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

When Renzo had succeeded in getting off his waistcoat, the landlord took it, and put his hands in the pockets to see if there were any money in them. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

M. P. Shiel On getting near I saw that it was covered with millions of Ross’s gulls, all dead, whose pretty rosy bosoms had given it that appearance. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Thomas Hughes And this new boy would most likely never go out of the close, and would be afraid of wet feet, and always getting laughed at and called Molly, or Jenny, or some derogatory feminine nickname. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

But I had quite enough to think of in getting Blenkiron along that ledge. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Be hanged, sir! but when I reflect on the amount you’ll have to pay to get me to face to-night’s storm again, you seem to be getting off dirt cheap!” cried I, slapping my palm on the table. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Willa Cather Bergson had spent his first five years on the Divide getting into debt, and the last six getting out. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Thomas Hardy They looked, and perceived that a child, in getting over an adjoining stile, had fallen on his face. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope But Barrington seems to think that you managed as well as you did by getting outside the traces, as he calls it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

James Payn What nice macaroni that looks—I find such a difficulty in getting it in the country pure. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Eliot I don’t care much about the tall candlesticks he has put on the communion-table, and I shouldn’t like to spoil my temper by getting up to early prayers every morning. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

You ought to be getting some notion by this time what these Octavius folks of yours are like. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope But what exertion will not a politician make with the view of getting the point of his lance within the joints of his enemies’ harness? Frank made his speech, and made it very well. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It’s getting — getting — getting a great deal. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

It was not going to prevent her getting Coupeau’s dinner ready as soon as she was indoors; then she might perhaps lie down on the bed a little, but without undressing. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jules Verne There was not much chance of getting it all done before the end of September; and after that date, the winter, with its first bitter frosts and long nights, would arrest all further progress. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope There was some delay in getting Mountjoy to consent to a reply. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

While the two men are getting to high words about her, Aurora is seated in her dressing-room, listening to Lucy Floyd’s babble about the ball. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

But I didn’t want to get in-I was jolly scotty with myself for getting in. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

E. F. Benson Mr. Cochrane tells Duncan that his wife is getting better, and Duncan has only got to walk home, and finds it is so. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Marjorie Bowen His thoughts were: ‘The time is getting on. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

H. G. Wells They were a necessary part of the process of getting Homo sapiens out of his cave and down from his tree. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

As it is, there will be numerous insinuations uttered by men on the force, and many a whisper will go about that Gryce is getting old, that Gryce has seen his best days. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

And, Todhetley, I must—I must get another one made,” he added, getting more and more excited; “and there’s no time to be lost. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Andrew Lang And as the sun is getting low in the sky, it is time for you to begin your homeward journey. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hughes As the hymn after the prayers was being sung, and the chapel was getting a little dark, he was beginning to feel that he had been really worshipping. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Every sick person has done something or other by somebody’s advice, or of his own accord, a little before getting better. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I can imagine a young ant getting a severe earwigging from one of the major-domos for its stupidity. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Wilkie Collins Instead of getting more letters to look over, I pulled down two newspapers. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

It was Sandy Lett; he had walked over on the chance of getting to see her. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

D. H. Lawrence Only she was getting thinner; even the housekeeper noticed it, and asked her about herself Even Tommy Dukes insisted she was not well, though she said she was all right. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope At last it was felt necessary to get rid of them both; and Louis was not long in giving them an opportunity, by getting tipsy twice in one week. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The chief actress is an overgrown dame, all fat and dimples, who kept up a constant sobbing and heaving of her chest, yet never getting rid of an eternal smirk upon her face. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Ford Madox Ford So there was no sense in getting the draft off before five, and it was still dark then: too dark for the ‘Un planes to see what was moving. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Marjorie Bowen Doubtless he, victorious as ever, was reconnoitring some stronghold of the enemy, or their encampments outside Milan. Still, in the palace some were getting anxious; there was no word, no message. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Charles Dickens That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton And now he was getting away from it again, getting back into an atmosphere which to him seemed charged with the dust of ages. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sinclair Lewis It must have seemed so to every one, for Mrs. Dodsworth observed, “You’re getting out more now, Olivia. You look much livelier for it. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

William Morris We will look at them later in the day, perhaps: but we ought to be getting on now. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, as matters now were, I felt myself (and, having a decided tendency towards the actual, I never liked to feel it) getting quite out of my reckoning, with regard to the existing state of the world. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

I never met a staff officer who was so quick at getting a point or at sizing up a situation. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

I’m getting awfully economical. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

You live in a different kind of world from me, and every year you’re getting less and less of a Scotsman. . Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Should the straw break, the loss of time in getting up the pieces is much more than the loss of the money. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Jack London The Iron Heel is getting bold. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Darget and Chasot both succeeded in getting through the wires; they obtained leave to visit Paris, and stayed there. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

William Makepeace Thackeray But this India naybob’s will was at Calcutty, or some outlandish place; and there was no getting sight of a coppy of it. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Daisy, come, dear! you must put on a heavier frock; it is getting toward sundown. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Anthony Trollope I am so anxious to hear that you are getting on. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Stories of shipwreck on desert islands, and long delay in getting back to civilised lauds. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]