Phrases with "have"

But for leaning on it she must have fallen. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

An ungrateful, reckless —— What’s that, Squire? You’d recommend me to increase the reward? Why, I have increased it. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

That must the young man have felt too plainly. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Marjorie Bowen I, however, have seen Taddeo Gaddi paint! The angels would seem to flow from his brush as if he gave no thought to them!’ But Graziosa turned a smiling face from the boat she was unmooring. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arthur Machen You have not forgotten last night already?” “Dyson,” said the other, speaking very seriously, “I have been turning it over in my mind this morning while you have been out. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

Willa Cather I hate to have the child do it. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Guy de Maupassant One must always have principles. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Henry James I have made a great many pleasant acquaintances in travelling round (both ladies and gentlemen), and had a great many most interesting talks. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

For what would have been the good? Davidson alone was visibly married. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Indeed, I should not have minded if it had never come off at all. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Jack London Each day, pursuing him and crying defiance at him, the lesson of the previous night was erased, and that night would have to be learned over again, to be as immediately forgotten. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Reveille had been sounded rather late, for the troops, wearied with long marching, were to have a day of rest. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Willa Cather He didn’t have time really to explain to me. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

William Blades Occasionally these libraries were (I speak of thirty years ago) put even to vile uses, such as would have shocked all ideas of propriety could our ancestors have foreseen their fate. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

I have 7 children in 12 yrs and ever since the last 2 I have been so sick. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

E. F. Benson Did you know him?” “No; but surely I have heard the name. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

Wilkie Collins I thought at the time he would do instead of Alfred. Fortunately I have since asked the simple old mother about him. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The poet, in short, reflected back upon one who was too certain in the eighth century to have been the victim of dark popish superstitions, his own pure and enlightened faith. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Henry Handel Richardson And I have to go to school, because I’ve learnt all I can at home. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch No soldier could have wished for a better end. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Guy de Maupassant Will you go and dine and return in two hours: I shall then have the man here, and I shall subject him to a fresh interrogation in your presence. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

E. F. Benson Look at me; have I not done something to myself to begin with?” “You are two years younger than I,” said Darcy, “at least you used to be. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Arthur Machen But, indeed, all his conduct impressed her as indefinably altered; and she began to be a little alarmed, though she could scarcely have formed her fears in words. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas or principles that have been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

George Gissing Indeed, I should not have the courage to write at all, but that the end of our troubles is already in view. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Walter Scott You have bought the right to laugh at the sound, if you please. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

D. H. Lawrence So March determined to have it, although they were not allowed to cut any of the timber. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Our first meeting, as I have already said, took place upon the terrace. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson No fire could have dried them ere I had to start; and to pack them in their present condition was to spread ruin among my other possessions. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton It ought to have gone to you before. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have had some experience of lay phalansteries, of an artistic, not to say a bacchanalian character; and seen more than one association easily formed and yet more easily dispersed. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Machen I have heard myself called quack and charlatan and impostor, but all the while I knew I was on the right path. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

They were going to have their bit of fun after all. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

E. F. Benson A roe had fallen to Jim (one ought also to have fallen to me, but remained, if not standing, at any rate running away). The Shootings Of Achnaleish by E. F. Benson

Elizabeth Gaskell When I’m cheated, Frank, I give you leave to make me have an agent, but not till then. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

H. G. Wells At first it was very confusing to him to have these two pictures overlapping each other like the changing views of a lantern, but in a little while he began to distinguish the real from the illusory. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Oscar Wilde We have a few rose-leaves out of her garden, that is all. English Poetesses by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Ivan Turgenev But where could a dog have come from? I did not keep one; could some stray dog have run in, I wondered. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Conan Doyle It was his wish that I should say nothing, and I have said nothing. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even had he looked up he could hardly have made out the two human faces which peered down at him from the distant ledge. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Blades I have quoted this instance because I have it handy, but many worms eat much longer holes than any in this volume; some I have seen running quite through a couple of thick volumes, covers and all. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Henry James I have a passion for nothing — not even for life. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Olaf Stapledon The ban on procreation was removed, and the peoples were urged to have as many children as possible. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Guy de Maupassant He repeated almost roughly: “I have ordered you to leave us. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Pu Songling We will sell you what goods we have brought; we will buy your country’s productions, and if no harm is done we will sail away in a few days. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Watkin Tench We have found that these spears are not made invariably alike, some of them being barbed like a fish gig, and others simply pointed. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

At last I said: “Perhaps you will be interested to hear that she and I have made it up. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

What do you think of that? have I not a tender chicken to manage? Win or lose, I will not play beyond five thousand to-night, and tomorrow sees me safe out of the reach of Sir Arthur’s champagne. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Nathaniel Hawthorne Besides there were a few works on local antiquities, a county-history borrowed from the Master’s library, in which Hammond appeared to have been lately reading. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Anthony Trollope To see you treated by all the world as you ought to be treated — as I should choose that my own daughter should be treated — that is what I have desired. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray The German tales we have mentioned before. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

A little more, and she’d have had brain-fever. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Gissing When, pray, was he likely to have such a sum at his free disposal? He sighed deeply, and stared about him in the dusk. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

Guy de Maupassan Excuse me, god-father, I have such pretensions. Julot’s Opinion by Guy de Maupassan

Mark Twain He began to have a nobler opinion of himself than ever before. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Now, my theory is that the supernatural is the impossible, and that what is called supernatural is only a something in the laws of Nature of which we have been hitherto ignorant. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe These latter, like les moutons de Panurge, have been occupied in incessant tumbling into ditches, for the excellent reason that their leaders have so tumbled before. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Rudyard Kipling No more than those whom I have cheered with wayside charities. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Several situations which white ants have been known to retain for years, the raider now occupies; but it is not an unmixed blessing in a house, for its bite is hot and continuous. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Her route would have crossed me – had the tarn not interposed – about ten or twelve yards below the point at which I was sitting. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassan You know that I have no objection to that sort of thing, so go on. Julot’s Opinion by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins He is only an odious brute who happens to have made money. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Marjorie Bowen But then, you see, I have an appointment. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Olaf Stapledon You have not forgotten yourself in the cause. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Kingsley But for awhile, as I have said, that darkness, solitude, and silence were to be sought in the grot, not in the grove. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

When, for instance, the drunkard seizes the black cat and cuts its eye out with his penknife, one knows exactly why he did it, even to the point of feeling that one would have done the same oneself. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I have rubbed down too many horses these last three days not to know. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Arthur Machen Kindness and unkindness, pity and contempt had become for him mere phrases; he could not have distinguished one from the other. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

William Morris For then shall we have conquered the earth and it shall be enough; and then shall the kingdom of heaven be come down to the earth in very deed. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Charles Dickens It was lucky I heard of it in time, or I should certainly have risked a declaration when she gave me that drawing. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Edgar Allan Poe Is it any wonder, then, that I prize it? Since Fortune has thought fit to bestow it upon me, I have only to use it properly and I shall arrive at the gold of which it is the index. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

W. W. Jacobs There was an air of comfort and prosperity about this seaman, and the pawnbroker had many small articles in his window, utterly useless to the man, which he would have liked to have sold him. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Robert Louis Stevenson He began to go wrong, wrong in mind; and though of course I continue to take an interest in him for old sake’s sake, as they say, I see and I have seen devilish little of the man. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Katherine Mansfield And then: “Why have you denied us the pleasure—” “I sit alone that I may eat more,” said the Baron, peering into the dusk; “my stomach requires a great deal of food. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Guy de Maupassant When she left my house, she thought it was not enough to have deceived me, but she also wanted to drive me to despair. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

But they wouldn’t have listened to me. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Alphonse Daudet It certainly would have been better for Tartarin to have had to deal with a lioness in fury than this old virago. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Wilkie Collins We couldn’t have been less than five miles distant from the place where we had left our messmates. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Edgar Allan Poe They have fallen into the gross but common error of confounding the unusual with the abstruse. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

I expect Mr. Bowring and papa really did have a quarrel, and both of them said more than they intended to say. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

H.P. Lovecraft And it was wrought of one piece of ivory, though no man lives who knows whence so vast a piece could have come. The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

You’ll have to break it to his wife. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arthur Machen And he did beg Philip James’s pardon, and beg of him to have mercy, and he did implore him by God and man and the saints of paradise. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

Henry James Mr. Porterfield seemed to think they wouldn’t wait long, once she was there: they would have it right over at the American consul’s. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton I know what it means to have a clan against one. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Guy de Maupassant To-day I have done nothing as yet; I have been getting settled. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Pitt the foreman, he have took your place as manager, sir, and keeps the accounts. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

He seemed embarrassed, dazed, and professed to have no knowledge of what had occurred, or how he had come where we found him. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

H. G. Wells Theoretically, the drachenflieger were to have been the fighting weapon. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

You think you are going to have what you want out of me for three years, and then cast me off without hearing what I think of you. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of the structures through which I floated must have towered in the sky for thousands of feet. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Guy de Maupassant He massacred during his life fourteen gendarmes, burned down the houses of his adversaries, and was up to the day of his death the most terrible of the bandits, whose memory we have preserved. The Corsican Bandit by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle We have expected you for two days. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James To have a decent home-life isn’t perhaps the greatest of adventures; but I think she wishes nowadays she hadn’t gone in quite so desperately for thrills. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Marjorie Bowen His watch was staring on the floor beside him — it had stopped at half-past two, which must have been the hour when Loveday murdered him. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Andrew Lang Jasper, after all, was a failure as a murderer, even if we suppose him to have strangled his nephew successfully. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Various other writers have made similar or comparable statements. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

The actual summit, as I have mentioned, was a biggish clump of trees — firs mostly, with a few ashes and beeches. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry James Only that wouldn’t have prevented him, if Lance had taken his advice, from being in effect horribly cruel. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

Henry James They looked beautiful together; you would have said it was a duty for people whose color matched so well to marry. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

H.P. Lovecraft They ought naturally to have come wholly from the visibly inhabited houses, yet in reality were often strongest inside the most rigidly boarded-up facades. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

I have had a hard struggle all last night with myself, but am now resolved. The Golden Ingot by Fitz James O’Brien

H. G. Wells What a wind! If I go on fooling in this way I’m bound to have a thundering accident! . The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

Rudyard Kipling I have come through many cities — all larger than Kabul. Rawal Pindi, which is far beyond the Attock, whence came all the English who fought us in the business of six years gone. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

That I have failed is proved by my return: The spark is quenched, nor ever more will burn, But listen; and the story you shall learn. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Henry James Nevertheless if I had foreseen more vividly some of the impressions that awaited me here I’m not sure that, for my daughter at least, I shouldn’t have preferred on the spot to hand in our account. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Circumstances have lately forced it upon my attention in such a way as to compel me to review the whole question in a more candid and teachable spirit, I believe, than I ever studied it in before. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton If it had been we shouldn’t, all these months, have drifted. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

His attack on the prison system in It is Never Too Late to Mend is relevant to this day, or was so till very recently, and in his medical theories he is said to have been a long way ahead of his time. Charles Reade by George Orwell [1940]

Katherine Mansfield Do you love me still? Oh, I have been horrible lately. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Edith Wharton You’d have to if she didn’t. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

And then you shall both be safe, for no two travellers have been ever known to disappear together in those days. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

If ever anything was done deliberately, that stamp seemed to be; it could hardly have been chance. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Eliot I have no near relatives who will make up, by weeping over my grave, for the wounds they inflicted on me when I was among them. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe I was so pleased to see him that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Morrison And this man, so unflinchingly confident, must needs have reason for it. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Edgar Allan Poe This state of feeling arose, perhaps, from the Madonna-like and matronly air of the face; and yet I at once understood that it could not have arisen entirely from this. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Watkin Tench In enumerating the public buildings I find I have been so remiss as to omit an observatory, which is erected at a small distance from the encampments. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

George Gissing From the first I thought her an unusually good servant; after three years of acquaintance, I find her one of the few women I have known who merit the term of excellent. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Charles Dickens He was of a fretful, sensitive temperament; and she feared that she might have inadvertently done or said something that offended him. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Charles Dickens Said I, in self-extenuation once for all, ‘Lady Fareway, I have but to say for myself that I have tried to do my duty. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

D. H. Lawrence It seems to me just there where we have gone wrong. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Broom, I am sorry to have hindered you. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is in her name as much as in my own that I ask you what you have to say. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling It mustn’t have too much moisture in it, or it will swell and crack, and if it is too dry John Chinaman won’t have it. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James It was true that after she had said “You can always come now, you know,” the thing he was there for seemed already to have happened. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

George Gissing Do explain! Surely there can’t have been anything’ ‘My dear Mrs. Charman, it is I alone who am to blame. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

She’d have give me the skin orf her back if she could ‘ave took it orf. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle Shall we have a glass upon it?” “You were always a brave loser, Charles.” The two men walked together to the little bar in the corner. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith Hand up the chirper! ripe ale winks in it; Let’s have comfort and be at peace. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Henry James He said they have to have, when people are too demonstrative. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

William Morris It then became evident that the type was too large for a Chaucer, and Mr. Morris decided to have it re-cut in the size known as pica. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Rudyard Kipling He was not a Jute or an Angle, or even a Dravidian, which he might well have been, Best Beloved, but never mind why. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Him, too, how could one lay hold on him, to have him? Where was he, what was he? She seemed to grasp at the air. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

We have been here five months and a week, and during that time I have had four men cooks, three chief stockmen, eight inferior ditto, and ten horse boys. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Arthur Morrison A better place for the purpose than the alley leading to the head of Hole-in-the-Wall Stairs could never have been planned. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather Could you stay at the hotel for a few weeks, and let me have Black Tom? With him to help me, I’d send every one of those women trotting down the lane. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

George Gissing Emily would always have been a remarkable girl, no doubt; but, without her education, you and I should not have been talking about her like this, even if we had known her. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

He opens up with some info I didn’t have when I sold. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling I have slain none except my Mother. She (Blessing her slayer) died of grief for me. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Benjamin Disraeli Often, indeed, have I seen a whole Arab village rising from the roof of a single Egyptian temple. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

H. G. Wells It would have been amusing if one could have confronted a Regent Street shopkeeper of the nineteenth century with the development of his establishment in which Denton’s duties lay. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Therefore you see we have no choiceapart from our earnest wish — but to cross the ford before daybreak. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Elizabeth Gaskell I think it was he that should have told her what we were — neighbours’ children and early friends — not have left it all to me. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

James Clerk Maxwell We have nothing but matter and motion, and when the vortex is once started its properties are all determined from the original impetus, and no further assumptions are possible. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Guy de Maupassan Small detachments of soldiers knocked at each door, and then disappeared within the houses; for the vanquished saw they would have to be civil to their conquerors. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

My lord, have you no counsel? “Counsel I have none: in heaven above, or on earth beneath, counsellor there is none now that would take a brief from me: all are silent. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Robert Louis Stevenson But nature herself, in that upper district, seemed to have had an eye to nothing besides mining; and even the natural hill-side was all sliding gravel and precarious boulder. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James His precautions should have been those of a forger or a murderer, and the people at home would never have mentioned extradition. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

I hope that home associations have improved the poor fellow. The Fourth Estate by Ambrose Bierce

You’ll have a sunstroke, if you don’t look out. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Katherine Mansfield Yes, the truth is, I’m hard and bitter, and I have neither faith nor love for unsuccessful men. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Charles Dickens It happened in the memorable year when I parted for ever from Angela Leath, whom I was shortly to have married, on making the discovery that she preferred my bosom friend. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

E. F. Benson Never have I seen so depopulated a road. The Shootings Of Achnaleish by E. F. Benson

I shall never have done if I enumerate all the signs by which I have discovered your treachery in regard to me. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

D. H. Lawrence I have to flirt a little — and when I was younger — well, the men didn’t escape me, I assure you. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Time and again were we warned of the dykes, time and again we delayed: Now, it may fall, we have slain our sons, as our fathers we have betrayed. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Herman Melville May I ask how many men have you, Señor?” Captain Delano slightly started, but answered — “About five-and-twenty, all told. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Henry James The church had been empty — he was alone; but he wanted to have something done, to make a last appeal. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Such animals, on the other hand, as have thick and abundant fibres in their blood are of a more choleric temperament, and liable to bursts of passion. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson A sentiment of physical laws and of the scale of nature, which shall have been strong in the beginning and progressively fortified by observation, must be his guide in the last recourse. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe In Death we have both learned the propensity of man to define the indefinable. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens I have mentioned it to my uncle, and he calls the gentleman my shadow. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

I don’t mean this for you, D’Hubert. You are one of us, though you have served this usurper, who. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Kenneth Grahame But when you have girls about the place, they have got to be considered to a certain extent. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

He himself, as is well known, worked like a slave and believed in his work as few novelists have ever done. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Henry James Meanwhile, I have no right of any kind. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

William Makepeace Thackeray E, the elephants, as we have previously seen them. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

E. F. Benson And the silence I knew would always be broken by Mrs. Stone saying to me, “Jack will show you your room: I have given you the room in the tower. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

David Hume But all determinations of the understanding are not right; because they have a reference to something beyond themselves, to wit, real matter of fact; and are not always conformable to that standard. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Willa Cather But I doubt whether I have color enough in me. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

To quite a chain of events, as I have said; and to trouble and sorrow in the far-off ending. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Anne Bronte You see I have made her blue-eyed and plump, and fair and rosy. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Edith Wharton With the windows of that house looking down on us, how could I have imagined such a thing? The dogs knew better: they knew what the house would tolerate and what it would not. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

To look at us round that dinner-table, you’d have said there was nothing but pleasure in the world. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She used to have to go to the store herself, for Mrs. Babbit was afraid to let Tommy go for her, and I’ve seen her goin’ past and stoppin’ every two or three steps to rest. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Better for him (could he have pocketed pride, and gained over Brown and Co.) that he had hired himself to stand behind the evening counter and serve out the butter and cheese to the customers. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Henry James It is, however, a truly elegant city (very superior to New York), and I have spent a great deal of time in visiting the various monuments and palaces. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

And, if I err not, there is sound Scripture for the belief that these self same eminences have capacity to skip for joy. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Elizabeth Gaskell She sent them away, somehow; not politely, as I have been given to understand. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He needed the stimulus for he had to make a touch presently and he knew that money was easier to borrow when one didn’t have an air of urgent need. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Thomas Love Peacock I have suffered for it as I will never suffer again. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

No cars or carts could have taken that path; if there had been burdens, they had been carried on the shoulders of their owners. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

Henry James His widow turned the remnants of his property to better account than could have been expected and wore the very handsomest mourning. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Virginia Woolf Now that we have gratified the inner man, let us gratify the desire of the spirit. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

H. G. Wells Of course we have no means of staying back for any length of Time, any more than a savage or an animal has of staying six feet above the ground. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Sinclair Lewis Fact, I have ’em all packed already. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant I have goods on my back, and two are always better than one. The Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Guy de Maupassant [1900]

You seem to have been there on purpose. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Virginia Woolf I have a favour to ask of you, Sir. SIR S. L. . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

E. F. Benson Those who have second sight have seen such reenactments. In the Tube by E. F. Benson

Throughout French Literature, it is easy to perceive two main impulses at work, which, between them, have inspired all the great masterpieces of the language. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Algernon Blackwood Whatever the cause, the feeling of immediate horror seemed to have passed away as mysteriously as it had come, for nothing occurred to feed it. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

She has never heard anything about my people, or where they live, or don’t live, or whether I have any. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Thomas Hardy I solemnized the service, Hardcome having told me, when he came to give notice of the proposed wedding, the story of his first wife’s loss almost word for word as I have told it to you. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Time himself seems to have joined their circle, to have been infected with their politeness, and to have absolved them, to the furthest possible point, from the operation of his laws. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

What I have further to relate may be thought a made-up story, such as we find in fiction. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, we have a religion — that is, some people have. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Somewhere or other Byron makes use of the French word longeur, and remarks in passing that though in England we happen not to have the word, we have the thing in considerable profusion. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]