Phrases with "gist"

Mark Twain I have hunted up the guide-books, and the gist of what they say is this: “They are there, but how they got there is a mystery. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells The gist of the matter is set out in three compilations, to which I shall refer again almost immediately. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

That was the gist of his talk. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope He did not indeed utter such reflexions in such language, but such was the gist of his thought. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson In this string of pictures I believe the gist of the psalm to have consisted; I believe it had no more to say to me; and the result was consolatory. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope The gist of the whole thing was, that there should be a Reform Bill — very generous in its enlargement of the franchise — but no ballot. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson The gist of what he said was, the boy must be removed from home at once, and placed in strict, yet kind hands. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson Her thoughts at this crisis were undeniably woolly; but the gist of them was, that life and books had nothing in common. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne There is the whole gist of the matter. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

H. G. Wells That was the gist of the present situation. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells Now I do not exactly remember the several other points he made in that elaborate critical excursion, nor did I attempt any reprisals upon his own work, but his gist was plain. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence So much she talked of religion, getting the gist of many writings. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing And Sidney, though anxiously desiring to know the gist of the conversation, in this instance was not gratified. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Gissing Perhaps I shall do best to put the gist of it into a few plain words. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

One gets hold of the Elementals.” (Well, did they? That was the gist of my perplexity. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells It beat about the bush too much to be quoted in full here, but the gist of it was a warning not to give way to a ‘fantasy-suggestion’. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Robert Louis Stevenson A hint taken, a look understood, conveys the gist of long and delicate explanations; and where the life is known even yea and nay become luminous. Truth of Intercourse by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The gist of my individual story is the growth of that apprehension, belatedly, in one fairly quick-witted but not very powerful brain. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The gist of them was that thus far we had remarkably little to show for what Raffles would call “our second innings. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

But neither he nor I embodied that, and there lies the gist of my story. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

But I shall not forget the gist of it while I live. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope She had dropped the hand as soon as her aunt began to talk of those in authority, and waited with patience till the gist of the lecture should be revealed to her. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

H. G. Wells I laughed when writing both it and Men Like Gods and The Autocracy of Mr. Parham. The gist of Rampole Island is a caricature-portrait of the whole human world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells The phrase “Permanent World Encyclopaedia” conveys the gist of these ideas. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Thomas Hardy Its gist was that he might be going to reencounter the Well–Beloved that night: after her recent long hiding she meant to reappear and intoxicate him. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell The gist of his letter to Mr. Wilkins was this. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

The gist of the matter is always the same — something ever goes indissolubly with something else. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The gist of it was that she had the strongest suspicion that Creake doctored a bottle of stout which he expected she would drink for her supper when she was alone. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

H. G. Wells He felt himself blundering directly into the gist of what he had to say. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The gist of the thing is, that after six months which turned my hair grey I got a glimmering of what he was after. Prester John by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson And they were as direct as children in their demand for the gist of the matter. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

This was the gist of his strange story: The first barrel that Grimaud had found on passing into the compartment he struck—it was empty. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing Kite wrote the oddest letter in reply, all disjointed philosophising, with the gist that perhaps Mrs. Hannaford was right. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The gist of the affair, which became clear to me gradually, was in this, that he regarded himself as entitled to some money in exchange for the girl. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Sigmund Freud The gist of the matter is the replacement of an important secretion, such as the semen, by an indifferent one. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

D. H. Lawrence I would give him the gist of what I knew of chemistry, and botany, and psychology. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Lady Selina Protest had utterly refused to do her justice, and Aunt Ju was weak enough to be domineered by Lady Selina. That, as far as Mary understood anything about it, was the gist of the story. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

The gist of the little skipper’s talk was a parental warning that, though we were well enough here in the ‘Ost–See’, it was time for little boats to be looking for winter quarters. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Abraham Merri There was more, much more, but that was the gist of it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

James Joyce The gist is the gist of Shaum but the hand is the hand of Sameas. Shan — Shim — Schung. There is a strong suspicion on counterfeit Kevin and we all remember ye in child-hood’s reverye. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

The gist of it was that if a man called Twisdon (I thought I had better stick to that name) turned up before June 15th he was to entreat him kindly. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

The gist of his report was that Mr. Haraldsen was a difficult one to manage, since he never knew his own mind. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Abraham Merri I won’t repeat it, except to give the gist of it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

But I am going to write the gist of the odd story which took my sleep away on that autumn night, with such explanations and additions I think needful. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

The gist of the whole book is summarized in these lines. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Henry James The gist of it was that he would certainly, since Miss Vetch recommended it, not hurry mamma too much. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

The gist of it was this: an impression had taken hold of her mind that her husband had not been fairly dealt with. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

H. G. Wells In this small book I want to set down as compactly, clearly and usefully as possible the gist of what I have learnt about war and peace in the course of my life. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope As regards the gist of it, or that result which Mr. Sumner thinks to be desirable, I fully agree with him, as I think will all the civilized world before many years have passed. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Virginibus puerisque! That was the gist of his objection. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]