Phrases with "getting"

D. H. Lawrence This is what he’ll do — he’ll let you go on, getting worse and worse, till either you clear out or he clears you out. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Stur It was generally thought in Adelaide that having started so late in the season, I should experience some difficulty in getting feed for the cattle. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Thomas Hardy Who is getting up this performance?’ ‘The boys of the —— st. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Louisa May Alcott The first of December was a wintry day indeed to them, for a bitter wind blew, snow fell fast, and the year seemed getting ready for its death. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

My mother is thinking of getting married. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

I recognised you the other day as you were getting out of your car and I’ve heard all about you since. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Just keep moving backwards and forwards on the same little track, getting fainter all the time, like ghosts. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

With the sunrise I felt much better, and with my courage back I set about getting the situation well in hand. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope At any rate I shall not marry with a view of getting one. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen Anne found Captain Benwick getting near her, as soon as they were all fairly in the street. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

So there was a chance even yet! I had still a hope of getting the money! I came in sight of the judge’s box and saw the hoist with the numbers on it had been taken down. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

I pointed out to him that the skipper of the Patna was known to have feathered his nest pretty well, and could procure almost anywhere the means of getting away. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

With six shots between us, we ought to be quite certain of getting them both. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Not much wonder he was scared of getting in wrong. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

William Hope Hodgson When he spoke again it was on the matter of getting the Ordinary down on deck. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Willie found his secret place of getting into the grounds and, once inside, they stood still for a few moments to get their bearings. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

It’s getting late, and I suppose the George is an early house. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Robert Green Ingersoll They believe that He does His part, and that you must do the rest, and that getting to heaven is a partnership business. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James He knew himself well enough to know that he should have a night of prowling unless he should succeed, as a preliminary, in getting prodigiously tired. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

D. H. Lawrence He was one of the few surviving officers of the Guards, a man of about forty-five, good- looking, getting rather stout. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Now, it’s getting late — what about to-morrow?” “I suppose I shall have to say ‘Yes,’ since you’re so very persuasive. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

John Galsworthy But it’s getting it, and so will she. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

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

Theodore Dreiser He realized that his last hope of getting the three hundred thousand dollars was now probably gone. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson All those months, when the same blood’s running through two sets of veins — there’s no getting away from that, ever after. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot Anne, my dear, I see that fiddle- scraping is too much for you: you’re getting tired. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Before getting on horseback, and after leaving the arms of Athos: “My friends,” said he, “you bear too much resemblance to two soldiers who are abandoning their post. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells The Art official said the manners of the Science students were getting unbearable, and threatened to bring the matter before the refreshment-room committee. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. Rider Haggard I am getting very fearful about my little girl. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson But time’s getting on, Mary; you aren’t as young as you were; and you’ve got others now to think of besides ’im. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells You may say that this is a temporary state of affairs, that the fall in population will presently relieve the situation, by getting rid of this surplus of the “not wanted”. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Arthur Morrison There was no difficulty in getting about on the vessel below, and I found the keys of the bullion-room just where the captain said I would, in his cabin. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Radclyffe Hall Get him to come back with you at once; he’ll know what to bring, and send his assistant to fetch the doctor, while I see to getting this poor soul into the house. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Elizabeth Gaskell He’s getting past the age for caring for such things, either as principal or accessory. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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

Henry James It isn’t even a question, sometimes, of one’s getting to the dock — one has to take a header and splash about in the water. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

But it isn’t that; it’s getting the first footing on the ladder — that’s the thing. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Father mad; no getting into the house. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

And syne I gaed doun to my gude~brither’s to speir after his bairn, and I was late in getting back, and, thinks I, the minister will be in his bed and I’ll awa’ to mine. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

I suppose you would object to them because they’re getting rather dear; at the best of them now they ask you a dollar for the first seats. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

George Eliot He is master of the people, and the people are getting master of us. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Thomas Hardy What’s the next step?’ ‘The widow is getting rather a weight upon a feller, worse luck,’ said Jim. ‘But I must keep it up until to-morrow, at any rate. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Under the strong glass Robert saw the chip quite plainly and wondered if he had done it, getting it out from the setting. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

It was Saturday night, so the people in our bistro were busy getting drunk, and with a free day ahead of me I was ready to join them. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft Often he was left stranded somewhere as I had found him — time and again he had to find his way home from frightful distances, getting somebody to drive the car after he found it. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

They were stripped to twigs and leaves and, getting closer, he saw that they had been artificially fastened on, at equal distances from each other. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

G. K. Chesterton But to think of such a clockwork little creature of all people getting into the nets of one of Grigsby’s tales,” and he laughed out aloud in the silence. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Yvette insisted on stopping and getting out to talk to them. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

I certainly should not have done it if it had been only a question of getting out of that sleepy gulf as quickly as possible. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was just getting that tired, worn-out expression that young girls who are working purposelessly seem to develop. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Margaret Oliphant Comfort! I remember,” she said, with one of those sudden changes of tone which bewildered Mrs. Vincent, “your son once spoke to me of getting comfort from those innocent young sermons of his. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

James Joyce Must be getting on for nine by the light. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry Kingsley He is in a serious scrape, and, by way of getting out of it, he is walking into Exeter, along the high road, as if nothing was the matter. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anthony Trollope She turned round to him, and asked him some questions about Skald, and so, getting into conversation with him, managed to turn her shoulder to her suitor. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He could easily have done so by getting his men up to check his sheets or drop his peak. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson To parlezvous about old Shepherd’s sermons? You loony, it’s only for getting lollies, and letters, and the whole dashed fun of the thing. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

But Larose was already getting ideas and one was that Major Sampon had been robbed, as well as murdered. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells They think of China up, India up, Russia not caring a damn for them — and the Americans getting patronising to the nth degree. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Wilkie Collins It (without in the least knowing why) as if the one chance of getting rid of this curious incubus, was to put the persistent image of the man on paper. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Well, Mr. Tisdall, if you’ve recovered I think we’ll be getting along. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope Let any plainest man who reads this think of his usual mode of getting himself into is matutinal garments, and confess how much such a struggle would cost him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Instead of going twice a week for this purpose, we determined to give one whole week to getting wood, and then we should have enough to last us half through the summer. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Oscar Wilde The painter had been busy mixing his colours and getting his brushes ready. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Mrs. Henry, with practical sympathy, was telling Francesca two good ways for getting wine stains out of tablecloths. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Guy de Maupassan But let us go into the Napolitain, I am getting thirsty. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

They could not have worked harder, indeed, if they were getting up evidence to prove their joint title to Lord Castlemallard’s estates. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Bram Stoker In fact, he spoke quite confidently of getting his discharge at once. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The stranger, I had seen, had skinned those birds so carefully that it could only have been for the purpose of getting them mounted later on. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell And if this Henry Lennox is half good enough for her, and she likes him — well! I might find another way of getting a home through a marriage. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope He has given him warning, and he is not talking of getting another man. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling To cast doubt on the ownership of land means, in Ethiopia, the letting in of waters, and the getting out of troops. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

T. E. Lawrence The Indians, getting used to short notices, now carried their Vickers and Lewis mounted for action. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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]

The organ people are really getting quite nasty about their bill. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is the irregulars, the men who hang round on the chance of getting a paragraph or two out of something they see, or fancy they see, who are the trouble here. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

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]

Anthony Trollope They are talking of getting Monk to go back to the Board of Trade.” “Will that strengthen them?” “Bonteen would have weakened them. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The life-boat had gone away after putting Cloete on board, but was coming back next high water to take off the crew if no attempt at getting the ship afloat could be made. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arnold Bennett The chilliness was rather tonic and agreeable to his body, and he felt quite warm, though on getting down from the dog-cart a few minutes earlier he had been cold almost to the point of numbness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

There was no getting back to head-quarters that night, and there was room for but one of us inside. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Jules Verne The journey had been long, and the task of getting down the balloon had not rested either their arms or legs. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells They had no way of getting hold of a general idea except by imagining it as a person. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Andrew Lang The old true love has great difficulty in getting access to him, and in waking him from a sleep, drugged or magical. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Do you call her Euneece?” The dinner was getting cold. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

We were now getting into the big glass-roofed terminus, and the fiddler put away his old blacking-box and held out his hat for a copper, and then opened the door and was gone. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

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]

George Meredith She was always getting notice of fine dogs for sale. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Would you like to have a look at the garden while they’re getting tea? I settled it up a bit since you saw it last. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Anthony Trollope But you’ll have to pay forty shillings to the Arabs! There’s no getting over that. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

That man--such a man as you could not picture to yourself--put before me a scheme for getting even with my enemy, so devilish that at first I could hardly believe he was in earnest. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Edith Wharton It was Chris — but of course it was Chris! He came often to New York, then, in spite of what he had said about the difficulty of getting away. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Anyway, I’ll not stop you from getting up now, if you’re so minded; that is provided you eat a good breakfast first. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle I thought they were an invention of the British Government.” The poor fellows’ tempers were getting frayed and thin. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Willa Cather She was almost as much disappointed as I. She said the only thing Dr. Ripley really cared about was getting a free trip to Europe and acting on a jury, and maybe getting a decoration. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope As she could not succeed in getting into his presence she must do so by letter — and she wrote her letter, taking two days to think of her words. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It may have been Click who had the first dim idea of getting at the gorge in which the Neandertalers had their lair, from above. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

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

Upon getting closer he saw something else. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Isabella Bird One would think one was in the heart of the Bakhtiari country and not on a caravan route, from the difficulty of getting any correct guidance as to the road, distance, safety, or otherwise, etc. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Thomas Hardy A slight foot-path led along here, forming a secret way to either of the houses by getting through its boundary hedge. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Funny the luck some girls have about getting started. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

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]

Wilkie Collins At last she ceased to come and see us altogether, and only wrote to know how my health was getting on. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sinclair Lewis You’ll be surprised how you’ll enjoy it, getting away from all this unhealthy THINKING! Back into the fray! You’ll enjoy it, see whatta mean — enjoy it. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

That was something; whether we should be let enjoy it, or what chance we had of getting right away out of the country, was quite another matter. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Rudyard Kipling Now, it was obviously impossible for the Legal Member to play with a bunnia’s monkey, by way of getting understanding; but he did better. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Eliot His faculties seemed to be renewing their strength from getting a footing on this demonstration of the senses. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

H. G. Wells We had the greatest difficulty in getting a room and a change of clothes. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Sinclair Lewis He’s getting all ready to take his proper place as a colonel or something with Windrip’s wooden soldiers. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

But I’ve hit upon a plan for getting the better of him, and I want you to carry it out for me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Mr Mainsail, who had worked like a horse in getting up and arranging all the evidence on behalf of the Countess, and in sifting, as best he might, the Italian documents, was delighted. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky To abstain from political activity would mean to abstain from getting ready for tomorrow. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton She wanted to go back and hunt for it, but Darrow assured her that he would have no trouble in getting her another. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

I had positive experience on my side, since it was clear that Lilian had been getting rapidly worse under Dr. Jones’s care. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle I hold you to your word, Challenger. From now onwards you devote your energies to getting us out of this horrible country and back once more to civilization. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

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

The getting of favour leads to the fear of its loss. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

H. G. Wells Confronted they were, and there was no getting away from it. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Finally, society began to recognize the impossibility of getting nearer to Miriam, and gruffly acquiesced. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Edith Wharton The haste of getting in and the mystery of gliding out so easily into darkness and the unknown reduced his private tumult to something like peace. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

I could not spare the strength to turn my head and look at him, but every moment I heard the hiss of his breath getting louder behind me. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

On getting up the next morning, I was much surprised to see it already made, and to perceive Zeenab below, beckoning me to go to her. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Theodore Dreiser This thing is getting serious. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

And I must say we’re getting over a great deal in the time. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edith Wharton He and I never could talk to each other long without one of us getting mad, or both. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Jack London So we headed for the great labor-ghetto on the South Side in the hope of getting in contact with some of the comrades. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

E. F. Benson And shall we go into the drawing-room? Foljambe’s getting restless. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

It’s getting much too cold and damp here. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope And then he was fool enough to make way for you again, and did not perceive that by getting rid of your creditors he once again put you into a position to be his rival. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no getting away from you. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells The new world is getting impatient. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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

Toby would find some other way of getting even. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

And then of course, her sister dying only last night affords her the opportunity of getting me into trouble. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Sinclair Lewis Lots of farmers in Dakota getting ’em these days. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang But when the fire grew hotter still he moved uneasily from one foot to the other, saying, imploringly: ‘It is getting rather warm, old man. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton It was like getting back from a constrained bodily position into a natural one. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

And now I must be getting back to the railway station; if I wish to catch my train I have not much time to lose. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Then with a deep sigh he turned to face Anthony. “Well,” he said normally, “I suppose I ought to be getting back. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Even the more resolute, on any occasion of disgust or disappointment hereafter, might falter in purpose, and, getting possession of the vessels, abandon the enterprise. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He has been getting himself into money troubles, and acquiring — I’m afraid I should say cultivating — a taste for play. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He was thinking of enlarging his activity, of getting really in touch with the Mexican Junta of rebels. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells The movements that aim at getting poor people into rooms and shouting at them in an improving, authoritative way, aroused an instinctive dislike in her. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope There is no getting out of it until a man marry. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling They’re getting a bit fed up with the tune there nowadays,’ Ollyett added. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Sinclair Lewis But you’re mine! I warn you it isn’t a bit of use your getting engaged to somebody else again. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Of course he’s getting old now, but he’s still very wonderful. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

He is absolutely without hope of getting a wife, a mistress, or any kind of woman except—very rarely, when he can raise a few shillings—a prostitute. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Mrs. Gaskell I doubted her power of getting through a genealogical chapter, with any number of coughs. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Wilkie Collins Provided with food beforehand, he waited patiently, hidden in the coach-house, for two days and nights, watching his opportunity of getting into Madame de Brienne’s boudoir. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Oh, hullo, Sergeant, is that you? Yes, not the best beginning of a day, but we’re getting used to it. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

And why? That’s what I’m getting at. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

James Joyce Who’s getting it up? The curate served. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Gissing In fact, a feverish disorder had been upon him for some weeks, never severe enough to prevent his getting about, but weakening him to a serious degree. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Nothing is to be gained by delay, and if, as you say, the man has now been in England two months, he may soon be thinking of getting out of it again, if he has not done so already. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Elizabeth Von Arnim To her he was her lover, as he used to be; and she would never notice or mind any of the ignoble changes that getting older had made in him and would go on making more and more. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Renzo bore it as a restive horse bears the jerk of a severe bit, and exclaimed, ‘Patience!’ ‘Brave youth!’ said the notary; ‘this is the best way of getting off well. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Meredith But there’s no getting on without him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

He’s an egotist, of the first water; there is no getting over that. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Though Thyrza had no work to go to, she still always rose together with her sister, and, whilst the latter put the room in order, went down to assist Mrs. Grail in getting the breakfast. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He would probably have seen nothing the first time if there had been a better method of getting from that rock to the shelter of the bank than coming into the open. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Don’t trouble about getting the car for me, I’m rather inclined for a walk. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

It is well worth getting hold of some copies of the GEM and MAGNET, especially the GEM, simply to have a look at the correspondence columns. Collected Essays by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim I fear that he is getting very bad indeed. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

I was evidently getting no credit for my very irksome fidelity. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Arthur Machen I see myself getting terribly entangled with a canal which seemed to cross my path in a manner contrary to the laws of reason. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Arthur Machen Lucian had said “Bother!” in a very violent manner when the gracious invitation was conveyed to him, but there was no getting out of it. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Sarah Orne Jewett The days were getting short, and we made good runs, all well on board but me, and the crew done their work by dint of hard driving. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Wilkie Collins Let’s talk about getting aboard ship, and going a buffalo-hunting now. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell There’ll be more chance o’ getting milk out of a flint. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

William Makepeace Thackeray And how was this to he done? By getting the hairiss to himself, to be sure. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Jules Verne The doctor experienced real pain in getting accustomed to this light, rendered still more acute by the reflection of the sun’s rays upon the plains of ice. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton I’m dreadfully penitent; but luckily you won’t have me for long, for I’m getting out at Cannes, and Cannes is the next station. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Guy de Maupassant When I saw her getting thinner and thinner, and as she persisted in never taking her eyes off the clocks, I had them removed from the house. Bertha (Berthe) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Thomas Hardy The hymn is getting about everywhere this Easter.” As he walked humming the air on his way home, Jude fell to musing on its composer, and the reasons why he composed it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Me — I never can learn this cursed Italian language; Edith has an awful time getting me to say acqua fresca when I want a glass of water. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Position in life?” “A year ago was on the streets, to put it plainly; since then has been getting her living at laundry-work. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edith Wharton The taxi was close to her now, its door open, she was getting in. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

H. G. Wells That is to say their minds are getting together. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Dickens was a man like ourselves; we can see where he went wrong, and study him without being stunned or getting the sunstroke. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He was a chap who came to stay here in Burnham for some months, getting on now for about two years ago. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

There’s no playing when fellows are getting up every minute to gape after doctors’ coaches, and leaving the door open — hang it, I’ve lost the game by it — gammoned twice already. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Green Ingersoll The world is getting better and grander and nobler every day. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Miles Franklin I’m afraid to dawdle, it’s getting late. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

They can’t prevent us getting into the House of the Four Winds if we’re Prince Odalchini’s friends. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson I seem to be getting on fairly well with the people; and though the practice is still nothing extraordinary, it has possibilities. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

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

Willa Cather They were soon finding their way among shell holes, and jumping trench-tops in the dark,-beginning to feel cheerful at getting back to their chums and their own little group. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Jack London Under such circumstances I have never succeeded in getting the railroad to reconsider its raise. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Old Westerbrook rested his arms upon the top of it instead of getting over, tapping the step on the other side with his thick walking-stick. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When they did, and I’d had a bath and was just wondering how to set about getting hold of some clothes, I saw my own dinner suit laid out on the bed. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Charles Dickens But getting up several flights of stairs, even helped by the bannisters, was more, with his particular complaint, than he seemed to feel himself inclined to venture on. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Charles Dickens The ground came bubbling up above it; and the water too; and here they stand, like ghosts on whom the other world closed suddenly, and who have no means of getting back again. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

George Gissing He had caught a cold, and spent a sufficiently miserable fortnight in getting rid of it. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

They were alert enough for every chance of getting away — for every flaw of wind. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

I came straight away to England, instead of marrying him, with the intention of getting as much fun out of Daniel’s dollars as I possibly could. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

I have been getting wicked and ugly ever since I was a child. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

John Galsworthy That baronet chap was just as irresponsible — getting him to go on that Board! It all came of mixing with people brought up in a sort of incurable levity, with no real feeling for money. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope It was not simply his object to convince a body of honest men that, with the view of getting at the truth, he would be the better advocate of the two. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]