Phrases with "girl"

John Galsworthy In desperation the girl asked at last whether Soames and Irene were in town — she had not yet been to see anyone. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Henry James Do you think that she’s a girl to do that?” “By no means. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Gissing The girl had preserved a good deal of her sea-side complexion through the year and a half of town life, and, when happy, glowed all over her cheeks with the healthiest hue. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Such a girl as mine should mate with a duke, and could I find a respectable duke a bachelor, I would offer her to him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle She has no friends, John, and no relations, save only my cousin, Dr. George Dimsdale. Never was a girl left more lonely and unprotected. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

It must be pretty bloody when you haven’t even the money to take your girl out. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

She knew rather than saw that it was the girl she had once called her friend. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jane Austen What is the foolish girl about?” “Oh! to be sure,” cried Emma, “it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Meredith One was a girl with a babe that throve, Her ruin and her bliss; One was a youth with a lawless love, Who clasped it the more for this. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

George Gissing The girl at once left her chair and seated herself on a low stool at Helen’s feet. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing It seemed probable that she would have a place in Honours. And, meanwhile, the poor girl herself was repenting of the indiscreet boastfulness with which she had made known her purpose. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing People are so ready to misunderstand a girl who respects herself enough to be free and frank in her association with men. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle When Mary — or was it Dolly? — nay, it was Martha, the red-headed girl from the mill — when she held tight to my baldric it was like snapping my heart-string to pluck myself loose. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Gissing She had been at Bedford College, you know, and was really a girl of considerable attainments; morally, admirable. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Assist your mother in drawing up a list of the persons who are heirs, should the girl die without a will. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Rudyard Kipling Kotuko and the girl huddled into their hut quickly. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Anthony Trollope In Mrs Finn’s opinion nothing could be more unwise, and she made to induce the girl to confess everything to her father at once. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope A girl of such appearance, so charming, was Mary Flood Jones of Killaloe, and our hero Phineas was not allowed to thirst in vain for a drop from the cool spring. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The old man had never forgotten the day upon which he had been suddenly carried back to the past, by the apparition of a fair-haired girl who seemed to him the living image of his lost friend. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassant Caravan took the clock, which was one of those grotesque objects that were produced so plentifully under the Empire. A girl in gilt bronze was holding a cup and ball, and the ball formed the pendulum. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Anthony Trollope But she is a girl whom nothing can injure. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Guy de Maupassan This obstinate research agitated him; this constant preoccupation regarding the young girl seemed to open to his soul the way to tender reveries. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Many and bitter were the thoughts of this wild girl as she sat there in her eternal darkness. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

But don’t you bother your head about him; he’s quite able to take care of himself, and the less a girl like you thinks about a man like him the better for her. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Virginia Woolf And he loved a girl in Rome and she left him. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George Meredith You know the kind of girl your friend fancies. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Arthur Machen And then Mrs. Murry began boasting again about her family, and snubbing Alice and talking at her, till the girl came away quite furious, and very unhappy, too. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

John Galsworthy Very likely some American woman after all, possibly that girl — Jon’s wife! Yet no — there was something — something in the sound! And holding up the evening paper before him, he moved along. Passers By by John Galsworthy

Oliver Goldsmith The girl has a great deal to say upon every subject, and to my knowledge is very well skilled in controversy. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Anthony Trollope A girl either is in love or she is not. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser A more safely calculating and yet wilful girl than Berenice Fleming would have been hard to find. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell It was time that he should change his tactics; for the girl was becoming weary of the necessity for thanking him, every time he came, for some little favour or other. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Wilkie Collins The girl started as she met him, and turned pale at the sight of his face. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Meredith And I’m not a snivelling wench either; but she speaks of him a way to make a girl drink her tears, if they ain’t to be let fall. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy The mental clearness and power he had found in this lonely girl had indeed filled his manner with misgiving even from the first few minutes of close quarters with her. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

He contended that the fellow was very good with sheep, but was not fit for any girl to marry. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Wilkie Collins MY DEAR MARY, I received your letter yesterday, and was more glad than I can say, at hearing that our darling girl Susan has got such a good place in London, and likes her new mistress so well. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Down the hall there was a group approaching — Jack Berners, Ben Brown and several other executives and with them a girl to whom they were very attentive and deferential. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

The men went out of the room with Lady Wallingford. The room, but for the dead girl and the living girl, was empty. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Rudyard Kipling He abhorred tea, but, since it gave him a little longer time in her presence, he drank it devoutly, and the red-haired girl sat in an untidy heap and eyed him without speaking. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sinclair Lewis She had come to inquire about renting an apartment, and he took her away from the unskilled girl accountant. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

That young fellow by the tree there, in flannels and a blazer, is one, and that tall, good-looking girl in blue by the nets is another. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

If I left that house now I would never see the girl again. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Gertrude Stein My child is a girl and is still a little one. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

The photograph of the dead girl has been shown to this cabman, and he has identified it as the likeness of the little French girl he drove in his cab. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Nellie Bly Small wonder the American girl is fearless. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anthony Trollope She ought to know her away about the place, as I remember she was at the same work when I was a girl of eleven. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The girl was right — there was a sign, a call in them — something to which I responded with every fibre of my being. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The girl would have gone through fire for her “PRECIOUS Lehzen,” the “best and truest friend,” she declared, that she had had since her birth. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins The girl had ventured as far as the door; he beckoned to her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope When a girl has a mother, her aunt may be little or nothing to her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Erwen, however, was just in time to catch the girl upon the pavement. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The changeling-fantasy (a girl brought up in a poor home is ‘really’ the child of rich parents) is another favourite. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Margaret Oliphant She cast a wistful look from one to another, always drawing her faint white arm round the girl who clung to her and found security in her clasp. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Gissing In shaking hands, she bent upon the girl a gaze of affection, and, as she turned away, softly sighed. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Ford Madox Ford She, Marie Léonie, had gone to look at Mark, and the girl sat there, on the bed. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jules Verne No words had been exchanged between the two captives, but the girl was always at the old woman’s side when help was useful. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He was chewing a long cigar, and wrinkling his eyes, meditative, like a girl trying to decide which dress to wear to the party. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

The City girl was neat and severe. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The girl had never before seen the ceremony of trying a man for his life, and the silent and antique solemnities of the business affected her, as it affects all who see it for the first time. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

My girl cannot form a wish that is in the power of her father that he will not gratify her in; and I cannot in justice be less kind to thy mother. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Jan Neruda The beautiful pale girl was either just recovering from a severe illness or else a serious disease was just fastening its hold upon her. Vampire by Jan Neruda

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Miss Maubray, you are such a good-natured girl that, if you suspected the torture your story inflicted, you would invent it, rather than spare a fellow-mortal that pang. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Andrew Lang The boy you will bring up yourself, but you must entrust the little girl to a nurse. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Perhaps the Circassian girl had picked up rumours, had hinted that they would be safer in the vessel’s hold than in the house. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

The girl is here, is she not?’ the father asked, turning to me. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

The aunt, tired swiftly of the burden of this innocent girl for whom cards were too intricate a pleasure and scandal too distressing a pastime, was delighted to have her off her hands. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Meredith The dark-browed girl sent her straight eyes at him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle The girl had had no communication with any one. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

F. Scott Fitzgerald See a girl yesterday, to-day, to-morrow. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Another girl would have done so. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing It shall be to the health of that superb girl we saw in the Mercato. But, as far as I can judge yet, the Neapolitan type doesn’t appeal to me very strongly. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope Her maid had been peculiarly her own and had come to her from Exeter; but she would not talk to her maid about her quarrel with her husband, though she was sure that the girl knew of the quarrel. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

And this very girl had offended her at first sight by looking aggressively happy when the boat sailed and all nice women were in tears. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Thomas Hardy So much more important a love-letter seems to a girl than to a man. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ford Madox Ford She still wore her hair in bandeaux and her skirts as long as she possibly could: she didn’t, she said, with her height, intend to be taken for a girl guide. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

As she sat there, placid, silent, quiet, he had to admit that as Catterson had said, she was not at all the sort of girl he had imagined her to be. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Sir Walter Scott She was indeed a very pretty girl of the Scotch cast of beauty, that is, with a profusion of hair of paley gold, and a skin like the snow of her own mountains in whiteness. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins Give that charming girl a fair chance of lighting up the old flame again if she can, and then come back to St. Crux, and let me hear the result. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The girl had killed herself and with this weapon. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon Even in his present thwarted and obsessed mood, in which every well-formed girl seemed to him desirable, his interest was in part disinterested, impersonal. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

She had expected to see a love-sick girl sobbing at her feet, ready to surrender her sweetheart at the first attack. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Thomas Hardy When she came close the girl turned serenely and recognized her, the young man walking off in embarrassment. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope But that isn’t marrying; is it?” “If you would speak to her, Mr. Masters.” “What would you have me say? I couldn’t bid my girl to have one man or another. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The girl for all her experience was still too innocent, and indeed not yet sufficiently aware of herself as a woman, to mistrust these masked approaches. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Galsworthy What do you all feel about cutting children adrift at fourteen?” “Well, of course, it’ll be bitterly opposed,” said the girl at the typewriter. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Gissing One was a photograph of a girl of fifteen. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

Miles Franklin Sybylla Melvyn’s dreadful book had been written in six weeks, and when he expressed his disapproval people said, “Yes, but it was wonderful for a girl of sixteen. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope What’s the letter which a girl like that writes? When she gets tantrums into her head of course she’ll write a letter. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

She said that he was as good as engaged to a girl out there, and that he had never dreamt of her. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells If I saw, a girl I fancied so that I wanted to, I’d marry her tomorrow. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Of a girl too,” she added in a voice as if struck for the first time by the coincidence. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

John Galsworthy She is a fine figure of a girl and has become quite buxom. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood The beauty of the silent girl beside him overpowered him a little; too wonderful to hold, to own, she seemed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

There was no touch of that vulgar finery which makes a half-bred English girl odious. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Edith Wharton The girl paused, glanced along the line of seats in his direction, nodded to a deck-steward, and disappeared into the doorway of a “luxe” suite farther forward. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell Such a girl as that would win my heart, if I were thirty years younger. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Guy de Maupassan Until now all her thoughts had been given to Paul. She scarcely took into consideration that a girl had been the cause of his vagaries. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang The girl entered the hut, where her husband and his mother were getting ready to go out. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I hope to take our dear little girl to be christened on that day, and I want you to be so kind as to be her godfather. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Meredith A girl getting herself talked of at a Club! And she of all young ladies should have been the last to draw round her that buzz of tongues. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Jacques Futrelle A girl missing! A red-headed girl missing! A red-headed girl missing since Thursday! Thursday was the night of the Randolph masked ball. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

As for Rufus Dawes, the sudden apparition of this golden-haired girl seemed to have transformed him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Mr. Jukes, in moments of expansion on shore, would proclaim loudly that the “old girl was as good as she was pretty. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Thomas Hardy It is years since I was here — never since I lived as a girl at Aldbrickham, and used to come across for a trip sometimes with my young man. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Mark Twain Every boy and girl had a theory about the nature of that book; but no two theories were alike, and there was no way of getting at the facts in the case. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Anthony Trollope The girl I’m speaking of is honest throughout. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith I cannot but deem it an unworthy baseness to entrap a girl to study her without a warning to her. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Arthur Machen A strange smiling face peered out from between the leaves, and the girl knew that her heart leapt as the young man walked towards her. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Henry James At the end of a fortnight he had succeeded (so he believed, at least) far better than he had hoped, in this sense, that the girl had now the air of making much more light of her “gift. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

He had told Alma, as an argument, that she was a clever enough girl to see that she could do no better than to put her trust in a man of substance, in the prime of life, who knew his way about. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The girl stood before him with a calm face, more wistful than ironic, yet with hints of humor in the dark blue eyes. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Gilbert knew now that the girl he had so fondly loved and so entirely trusted was utterly lost to him; that he had been jilted cruelly and heartlessly, as he could but own to himself. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing The girl had visions of a life such as the heroines of certain novels rejoice in. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jules Verne Yes! he heard her, for when the young girl added, “Where shall I lead you, Michael?” “To Irkutsk!” he replied. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Take away Masha; you see very well that the girl is more dead than alive. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

F. Scott Fitzgerald That girl you brought up to New Haven senior year. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells The girl with whom she was trying to be confidential friends, noticed it and asked direct questions. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Behind them the girl tottered out, too. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

So my friend says: How sure are you, Einar, that that girl and your Mrs. Chadwick are one? And I say: Very sure indeed I am. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Ford Madox Ford She said: “What are you doing so late?” The girl answered: “Just thinking. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Algernon Blackwood He heard the cries of the dancers and their wild laughter, and with this savage girl in his embrace he danced furiously about the dim Throne where sat the Figure with the sceptre of majesty. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Rudyard Kipling Look, Maidie!’ The girl beneath the picture half turned her body but not her eyes. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Scarcely ten minutes had elapsed since a pretty servant girl came into the shop, and laid a paper on the counter, saying, “Please to make that up, young man. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins Anne dismissed the girl with a little present and a few kind words. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Where had Colin discovered this girl with her unearthly beauty and equally unearthly manner? In South America? Spanish, perhaps? She looked like a Latin of some sort. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Meredith The baroness was not so easily defended from a girl as from her husband, it appeared. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Andrew Lang She is a girl who wears a black, greasy skin, and lives at your farmer’s as hen-wife. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

They’ve got a man among them who is the toughest Communist in Europe.” The girl twined her hands. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The girl flushed brightly and rested one hand on the foot of the bed. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

It occurred to Gauntry that the girl might be hungry. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James Mrs. Westgate tells me that there’s no such thing as the fast girl in America; that it’s an English invention altogether and that the term has no meaning here. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Seraphina’s inclined pose, her torn dress, the wet tresses lying over her shoulders, her homeless aspect, made me think of a beautiful and miserable gipsy girl drying her hair before a fire. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Edith Wharton It was what Miss Hatchard was still ignorant of, but every girl of Charity’s class knew about before she left school. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Anna Katherine Green But how about your following the young girl here? How did that come about?” “That was occasioned by my anxiety for her — an anxiety which seems to have been only too well-founded. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Beyond all doubt he was properly in love, and, being so, it was not until the girl stopped writing to him that he honestly repented the lengths to which he had been encouraged to go. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Wilkie Collins I don’t like to hear my girl crying; she’s as good as gold and better. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Such a girl as you oughtn’t to go about with no better protection than Diana can give you. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope The Carroll girls would laugh at her behind her back, but no Carroll girl had been seen ever to smile before her face, instigated to do so by their cousin’s vagaries. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Anxious to conciliate the girl in every honest way, Mary behaved to her with the same external respect as ever, and without a hint of express guardianship. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Maria Edgeworth When Lady Katrine, after dinner, asked little Miss Isdall where she bought that pretty hat, the poor girl was quite out of countenance. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope Perhaps it is because you’ve been my own in a way, but I don’t see any girl like you round the country. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The girl still sat in the Poultry, and her weary geese unsold on the stones, illuminated by the hissing lamp of a man who sold rabbits and pigeons and such-like assorted live-stock. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James The girl at any rate would forget the small adventure, be distracted, take a husband; besides which she would lack occasion to repeat her experiment. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Liz was a small plain girl with a sallow face. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Immediately the door opened, and a young, vigorous-looking girl entered. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

What do I care for the girl? The girl is nothing to me. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence The elder sister, a girl of about twenty-one, gave me a smile and a bright look from her brown eyes, and went to wash her hands. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Judge at once moved to her assistance, but the girl stepped in between. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing At five years old she had begun to go to school; Mrs. Ledward’s daughter, a girl of seventeen, took her backwards and forwards every day. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H. G. Wells The girl of nineteen mingles in my memory with the woman of twenty-five. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry James He bravely pushed his advantage, such as it was, however, and, desiring his host’s definition to be defined, inquired what the self-made girl might be. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope I will not vex my uncle if I can help it, but I certainly shall not throw over the girl who loves me. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edith Wharton Eric Rauch explained who they were, what they had written or painted or carved (“That Stram girl — she’s a regular headhunter; bright idea, doing all the newcomers . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James It was exactly to her development the poor girl had the greatest right, and he shouldn’t really alter anything by depriving her of it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sinclair Lewis And I don’t seem to find any girl that will take Blanche’s place. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Pu Songling Surprised, he awoke; it was no dream; the young girl was there, near to him. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

The girl answered shyly with her dark eyes on my face. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ll tell you at once, though, that our most interesting woman boarder is a girl of about twenty or twenty-two, very rich but lame. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope But a man of thirty is still a young man, and a girl of seventeen may be a young woman. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope You hear that a girl has got money, but when the time comes it depends on the life of a father who doesn’t think of dying;—damme, doesn’t think of it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton She remembered the photograph of the tennis-court at Guise — she remembered the handsome girl at whom Guy Dawnish looked up, laughing. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Sinclair Lewis She was tired of Vernon’s one rich middle-aged bachelor; of the bouncing girl twins who always rough-housed at dances. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope And why shouldn’t you speak out, now that we are to be man and wife? I like a girl to speak out. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anton Chekhov On one of the benches, which stood in a continuous row along the wall, a girl of eight, in a brown dress and long black stockings, lay asleep on a coat lined with fox. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Charles Dickens To break off this attachment, which is more fancied than real, as you and I know very well, will cost the dear girl but a few tears, and she is happy again. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Andrew Lang Next day she called the girl to her and said: ‘Go to my sister, who lives across the mountains. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He intended to marry Lucy Morris, without a shilling, without position, a girl who had earned her bread as a governess, simply because he loved her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli A girl of singular beauty was Henrietta Ponsonby, but not remarkable merely for her beauty. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

E. T. A. Hoffmann What the relations between Antonia and the Councillor are has remained until now a secret, but this much is certain, that he tyrannises over the poor girl in the most hateful fashion. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Gissing The girl regarded him steadily, and she spoke in a low firm voice—‘I, too, believe him. Humplebee by George Gissing

Arnold Bennett A girl who had behaved as she did that night cannot effectively contradict herself! “I was just reading about this strike,” she said, rustling the newspaper. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jules Verne But they had been seen, and some of these Russians, running to them, led the blind man and the girl to a little point at which was moored a raft. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

They met a girl bicycling along the road, and to show how tough he was Hulten ran over her with his truck, after which the pair robbed her of the few shillings that were on her. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The prayer-book lay open as the young girl had left it; the page was still damp with her tears. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Rudyard Kipling The girl reached back inside the van and tossed her a paper parcel. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

George Meredith The girl had a heart of many strings, of high pitch, open to be musical to simplest wandering airs or to the gales. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Virginia Woolf And the girl I used to like — Nelly? The girl who was going to be a doctor?” “Died, I think,” said Edward. “Died, did she — died —” said Lady Lasswade. She paused for a moment. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Lucy Maud Montgomery She’s a real pretty girl got to be, though I can’t say I’m overly partial to that pale, big-eyed style myself. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wish that girl to be removed. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The girl was coming slowly towards them. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Henry James It may easily be believed that he scrutinised his infatuation even while he gave himself up to it, and that he often wondered he should care for a girl in whom he found so much to object to. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

The girl was in a condition of boundless excitement. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

The girl was astounded and alarmed by the altogether unknown expression in the woman’s face. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Guy de Maupassant Daddy Taille had three daughters: Anna, the eldest, who was scarcely ever mentioned in the family; Rose, the second girl, who was eighteen; and Clara, the youngest, who was a girl of fifteen. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The girl and the old woman who lay, both awake, in that house under the midnight sky, were at different stages of that way. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

At the corner a girl passed them, walking hurriedly. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

F. Scott Fitzgerald Outside in the crisp moonlight, Dick saw the girl tying her sled to one of the sleighs ahead. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford The word ‘Maritally!’ burst out of the telephone like a blue light! That girl with the refined face, the hair cut longish, but revealing its thinner refinement . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Edith Wharton Or the way a girl in a poultry-yard picks up downy chickens. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Never was a girl more unreasonable. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The girl belonged to a class — unhappily but too extensive — the very existence of which, should make men’s hearts bleed. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jonathan Swif Is that lad Swanton10 a little more fixed than he used to be? I think you like the girl very well. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

It was the queer little girl from the house in Palmyra Square. Her hair had grown longer and fell in wisps over her brow and her pale tear-stained cheeks. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Meredith He said: “I have but a girl to give!” He was melted. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A man certainly doesn’t respect a girl he can kiss whenever he wants to, and I want to be respected by the man I’m going to marry some day. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She was a very beautiful girl once. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

On the eighth day after Larose’s arrival at the station he drove Miss Bevan and her uncle into Meningie. The girl had some shopping to do, and Mr. Dice some business of his own too, in the township. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Anthony Trollope The moment I saw Augusta I felt that she was exactly the girl to make me happy. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The girl is an orphan, and David is her guardian, and he would like any little attention we can show her. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]