Phrases with "help"

Arthur Conan Doyle I shall be surprised if we don’t get some help down there. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins Let her suspect you! I defy her to find a fragment of foundation for her suspicions, unless we help her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I suppose you think I have an awful temper, but I couldn’t help it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Heaven help her! Heaven help my poor, gentle, guileless darling! Surely Heaven must have had some pity upon her when her husband was not by!” The young man dashed the blinding tears from his eyes. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The two as they walked to the station in Kensington High Street could not help thinking that this way of putting it was lofty. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Jane Austen But does not Jane correspond with his sister? She will not be able to help calling. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Arthur Conan Doyle I can’t help fearing that it is all a dream, and that I shall wake up to find myself pouring out Ezra Girdlestone’s coffee, or listening to Mr. Girdlestone as he reads the morning quotations. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The rector put his arm about her to support her, and she went on: “I thought I should have spared her this,” she said, pointing to Belinda; “but I can’t help it. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim It was also worth more — Rose couldn’t help it, the thought would come — than all the prayers. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Guy de Maupassant What is their object? Mutual help to be obtained by tickling the palms of each other’s hands. My Uncle Sosthenes (Mon oncle Sosthène) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell God help me, I am a lost man, betrayed by my child!” Ellinor let go his knees, and covered her face. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Meredith But to dog a carriage at midnight, and to prefer to act startling surprises!—one can’t help thinking that he delights in being a stage-hero. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I know I’m no better than the rest of the world; but I can’t help it if I’m pleasanter. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jack London He had striven to help the unfortunate Harrison at the risk of incurring Wolf Larsen’s anger. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Why, I can’t help smiling at people, and speaking prettily to them. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Scott I am sure he maun face mair risk, God help him. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing I strove with myself to seem nothing more than friendly to her, and yet I know that at times I spoke as no mere friend would have done, and simply because I could not help it. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The habits of his life were strong enough to make him rise and dip his head in water and shake his hair dry, and go down and help the man in his stable and field work. Signa by Ouida

Edith Wharton He took her hands and pressed them together between his, counting on a friendly touch to help out the insufficiency of words. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Tactfully, Mrs. Vance avoided the subject of Hurstwood, of whom she could not help thinking. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf Let us then lay your letter asking for help to prevent war, before the independent, the mature, those who are earning their livings in the professions. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry Handel Richardson Really I can’t help wondering sometimes, Tilly, if I’ve been the right wife for him, after all. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

James Payn As the captain, sitting alone in no very enviable frame of mind, passed him afterwards upon the road, he could not help remarking to himself how old and bowed the insolent fellow looked. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

And thin, how you rattled the others about the shkulls that was pegging away at poor Roberts. I will say if you hadn’t come back to help us, he’d a bin dead now, anyway. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Robert Louis Stevenson And as for the hearthrug, it would merit an article to itself, and a coloured diagram to help the text. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth As Mr. Vincent drove toward London he reflected upon these last words; and he could not help thinking that if Belinda had more faults she would be more amiable. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Richard Hakluy The 4th of July we launched our pinnace, and had forty of the people to help us, which they did very willingly. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

William Morris Memory and imagination help him as he works. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Anthony Trollope It may perhaps help to sell an edition, but can never make an author successful. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing The incredulity she could not help must either part them for ever, or be to her an occasion of new triumph. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I could not help thinking, however, that they deserved to do so, if he had counted upon buying credit for all but L400 by a single payment of some ten per cent. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

William Morris Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wind up your hair! See on the marble parapet, The faint red stains with tears are wet; The long years pass, no help comes yet To free my golden hair. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

And Jack knew what was going on, for the princess had told him about it, and had asked would he help her, but he said he would not. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Charles Kingsley I couldn’t help that, could I? And then I heard her name; and I couldn’t help listening then. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry Handel Richardson WHAT has happened? What do you intend to do?” “Yes, what am I to do? Oh, help me, help me, Mary!” “Of course, dear, of course I will. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells Whatever had happened to Cavor, even if he was still alive, which seemed to me incredible after that blood-stained scrap, I was powerless to help him. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

I have been rather extravagant since my marriage, and have not much money by me just now, but I shall economise from henceforward; and I do not mind asking Mr. Granger to help my brother. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Walter Scott By Saint Anthony, for I will swear by no meaner oath, I stared when I saw this great lout — not that the fellow is so ill-looked neither — I stared like — like — good now, help me to a simile. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Jules Verne They could not help feeling very uneasy, as they were naturally afraid that the island might have separated into two parts in the storm. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Carrie roared at this, and even Cummings could not help laughing. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

William Morris Wherefore, in spite of himself, and though he knew somewhat of her guile, he could not help marvelling that this should be she who had lain in his arms night-long but of late. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson His mistress telling him one day to put some ferns into his master’s particular corner, and adding, “Though, indeed, Robert, he doesn’t deserve them, for he wouldn’t help me to gather them. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence She could not help feeling how sudden and lovely that moment’s grasp of his hand was: so warm, so whole. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He could not help remembering her footsteps, the rustle of her dress, her way of holding her head, her decisive manner of saying “Alvan,” the quiver of her nostrils when she was annoyed. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins Far from becoming himself again, with time to help him — as the doctor had foretold — Oscar steadily grew worse. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald After an hour and with the help of two strong whiskies he brought himself up to another attempt. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins You have a nurse who is an impersonal creature — a shadow among shadows; a voice to speak to you, and a hand to help you, and nothing more. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Oscar Wilde He would not stir to help her. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

You have all pencils and paper before you, and kindly help yourselves to cigarettes. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

She had to go and find that other self and say a kind encouraging word to it; she had to help herself. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

E. F. Benson Yes, Georgie, I’ll help you: tell Mrs. Boucher and Daisy that I’ll help you. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Bram Stoker Little help could be given to the young boy on whom rested the weight of what must have appeared to all concerned in it a stupendous undertaking. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray THAT’S why I am here, Mr. Algernon; and so help yourself and pass the bottle. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Edith Wharton How was he to help her if he took that tone? He did not give her time to answer, but went on, in a voice laboriously cheerful: “Look forward, not back: that’s the thing to do. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Ivan Turgenev Why did you send me that letter from Naples? Life here cannot help seeming dingy and poor in contrast with that luxuriance and splendour. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Jim couldn’t help bursting out laughing from time to time. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Henry James I couldn’t help relieving myself — at least by the tone of my voice — of the antipathy with which, decidedly, this gentleman had inspired me. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Olaf Stapledon I had been greatly flattered by Victor’s request that I should fill this office, but I could not help wondering why he had not asked one of his many more presentable friends. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Walter Scott If you will help me it is well; if not, let me lose no time in debating with thee, since I think every moment an age till the packet is in the General’s possession. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Walter Besant Sit down and tell me what is your trouble —— you have great trouble written on your face, my dear —— and how I can best help you. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Arnold Bennett The tide seems to be running in strongly; that will help us. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Do help me, Mr. Holmes. You see my dilemma. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry Kingsley I am as hardup as a poor cove could be; can you give me a trifle to help me along the road?” Here was a slice of good luck; to get rid of this one so easily. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Jack London I installed the mill myself, with the help of several mechanics I brought up from Queensland. “Of course there was a rival. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

William Makepeace Thackeray I can’t help saying here, once more, what I have said apropos of the excellent school at Dundalk, and begging the English middle classes to think of the subject. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Walter Besant For, oh! I have lost her to whom I looked for help at this moment, and she is gone; and I may now lose my brother, who is a prisoner, and on his way to London to be tried. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Gaston Leroux The day after the events of the inexplicable gallery I had need of help I could rely on, so I resolved to have them released at once. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Atli had good help because he was exceeding strong of kin. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Anne Bronte You needn’t look so shocked, Miss Grey; I was very discreet, I assure you, but, you know, one can’t help being admired. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

If the guards who follow their hounds happen to discover there is an issue to the grotto, there is no help for us, for on entering they must see both ourselves and our boat. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope How can I help it that I am not a man and able to work for my bread? But I am not above being a housemaid, and so Captain Aylmer shall find. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Our everyday moods not only the antagonists of our religious moods, but they resent all outward appeals to our religious moods, and they welcome every help against religious appeals. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

George Gissing But as we haven’t that, we shall have to fall back on an old rule, the rule as proves our guide in everything we do, and try to help ourselves. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He would see that it was Nina, and he would be in love with her at once, for she would not only be very pretty, but he would know that she was good, if she were willing to help her family in that way. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

All are nether millstones, so carefully smashed that one can hardly help suspecting the kind of superstitious feeling which suggested iconoclasm. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether a nation within itself might not have real wealth, sufficient to give its inhabitants power and distinction, without the help of gold and silver? 121. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Get your lantern, and I’ll help you with the trap. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Coralie says Verena is not married; but I—Heaven help me! I know not what to think. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Algernon Blackwood I also understood why the majority need priests and creeds and formulae to help them. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Meredith Mrs. Chump herself primed him with Sherry, thinking in the cunning of her heart that it might haply help the inspiration derived from his devotional exercise. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James Owen tried to help her with something: this made rather for disorder. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

You’ve got to give your mind to the horse; you can’t help it, unless you want to break your neck; but a boat’s different, and there you got to use your will-power. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

I could not help regarding her as a creature of my uncle’s, and therefore to be dreaded, even had she been in no other way suspicious. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

This indication is contained in an earnest appeal to Lord Burghley for some help which should not be illusory. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

But I could not help remembering that I had dreamed of and hoped for very different triumphs from this. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Might help some to make up for our trip. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Marchand sighed, “I must go, Doctor. May I help you in any way I can? It is a great privilege to know you. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

How she passed the night, this woman with no illusions to help her through the hours which must have been sleepless I shouldn’t like to say. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence She could not help looking with dread at the string buried under the heaped-back soil. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

We were so anxious, that I could not help coming. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Walter Scott Interrogated, if the child was alive when it was born? Declares, that — God help her and it! — it certainly was alive. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Rudyard Kipling Lord help me, I haven’t the nerve! I’ve taken up a hole and a half to get my knees well under the wallets. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins The help of a few pounds I might accept, if I fell ill, because I might afterward pay it back. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Howsomever, a cove may shave, and no harm done; or his hair may grow a bit, and how can he help it? Longcluse knows what he’s about. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope How could I help it, when you have been so anxious to deposit poor papa in that horrid place?” “He was equally anxious a few years since. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon She could not help being mortified at his indifference. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Eschew the metaphysics for a moment, and tell me — don’t you think we might offer him other ways at that moment?” “Why are we to be so anxious to help this poor man?” Chloe asked. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I must say, I can’t help feeling a sort of contempt for her sister. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth But I could not help wishing to ascertain whether I had attributed her fainting to the real cause. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Sir Richard Burton Then they came down on him with a rib-basting which burned him till he cried for mercy and help from Allah, saying, “O my master, beat me no more and I will tell thee the truth. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

I was luckier than the others, for at ten o’clock the Tramp Major told off a few men for odd jobs, and he picked me out to help in the workhouse kitchen, the most coveted job of all. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Charles Dickens I thought myself bound, in common gratitude, to help him out of his embarrassment by a timely suggestion. Going into Society by Charles Dickens [1858]

He can’t help being excitable. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Thomas Hardy God help us — all misery now!’ Edward did not answer, continuing to look fixedly at the dreary daylight outside. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Walter Scott D— n me, I respect you, and I can’t help it. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am going to help you to reinstate yourself brilliantly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle I shall want you to help me to my freedom, and to help my three companions to theirs. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Or anything?” “Help him — help Giles?” Lord Arglay exclaimed. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Fortunately, I needed no help from any one, and no medicine; and if I had needed help I don’t know where I should have found it. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Henry James These high commissions sat for several days with great frequency, and the young man could feel that if there was help for him in discussion his case was promising. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Henry James How can it help being proper, with me to set her off?” “You are the best thing she has, dear lady. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

However, she contrived to manage it, with the help of a little curtailing. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Rudyard Kipling Hit a man an’ help a woman, an’ ye can’t be far wrong anyways. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling I’ve turned in a General Call, so even if they don’t see our beam some one’s bound to help — or else we must. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Thomas Hardy The boy returned to the draw-well at the edge of the greensward, where he had left his buckets when he went to help his patron and teacher in the loading. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson But to go from here without a plan, without forethought, in the heat of a moment, is madder than madness, and can help nothing. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson You would have to; you wouldn’t be able to help yourself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

To me it need prove nothing more; to him, anguish; but I could not help feeling that even as matters stood I was quite sufficiently embroiled in these people’s affairs. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Henry James She WAS bad; but she couldn’t help it. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Anson had evidently been in a mind to help George when he came in. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Sir Richard Burton Quoth he: “What folly possessed me to buy this chest? There is no help for it but to break it open and see what is herein. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Charles Dickens What do you mean by it?” “A man can’t help his feelings, Mr. Wemmick,” pleaded Mike. “His what?” demanded Wemmick, quite savagely. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

I’ll bring you help hither to this land, from chosen knights the which till now ye have not known. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Edgar Allan Poe The truth is, I could not help regarding Mrs. Wyatt as a decidedly plain-looking woman. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing Why didn’t he help you?’ ‘We couldn’t agree. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry Handel Richardson Then I thought of you; you were kind to me once; you offered to help me. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

M. P. Shiel I could not help it, for in respect of me Huggins Lister came, and saw, and conquered! and I was as one drugged with honey-dew, and dancing drugged, in Huggins Lister’s hands. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

I was to help him abduct her last Sunday and he was going to pay me £100. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope She is stronger-minded than Uncle Christopher, and does not want any one to help her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot You go to hear the preacher of vengeance; you will help justice. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Elizabeth Gaskell Where had they sent her to? Who was her aunt that she should go and visit her? One day I met Lizzie, who looked as though she had been told not to speak to me; but I could not help doing so. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Elizabeth Von Arnim It’s the servants,” she told him; for now that he was there it seemed silly not to let him help her, in spite of her impulse to ask him to go away, and leave her to manage somehow for herself. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

By the way, what are you doing now?” “I go home to help mother at Stepney, sir, me having no call to go out to service. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He was only doing it to help his friend Pegginson, you know — the Quaker man, who is always agitating for a smaller Navy. I forget how he got involved in it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

The boy’s heart beat quickly as he went up the stairs; he was brave in a shy, silent way, and he believed that the angels were very near, and would help him some day. Signa by Ouida

George Meredith It was impossible to help being a little touched, though it was curious, very strange. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

George Gissing Her brother, leaning over the back of her seat, whispered to her,— ‘You’ll help me, Princess?’ She did not answer. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I’ve got the stripes upon my shoulder where she cut me with the whip to this day; I look at ‘m sometimes, and they help to keep me in mind. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing Here am I with one baby, and with the constant help of two people; yet he tires me out. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

God help her, poor old soul! I shall come into ’em at her death; Though she’s a hearty woman for her years, except her shortness of breath. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Elizabeth Gaskell Can thee tell me what it is?’ ‘I must, sir, if yo’re to help me wi’ your counsel; and I came up here to ask for it. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Theodore Dreiser Then they have the privilege of collecting money from those in office to help elect themselves. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Under stress of shame and intellectual self-criticism (for he could not help confuting every position as he stated it) his mind often wandered. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He cast his mind back to all he had noticed about the girls, when both at the Arragon Hotel and Wickham Towers. Certainly, there was not much to help him but he remembered one thing. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Robert had given her a promise to help the girl to an honest living. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

Wilkie Collins When I asked her to help me in another way — that is to say, when I wanted to find out where Philip was at that moment — she had no advice to give me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Katherine Mansfield Why, even a prostitute has a greater sense of generosity!” “I know,” she said, “I know perfectly well—but I can’t help the way I’m built. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Oh! these nice boys!” I could not help laughing aloud. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Thomas Hardy When I came I couldn’t help myself at all. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

And though she had never been taught dressmaking, she could make her own clothes when put to it, and was always willing to help other people with theirs. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Emily Dickinson If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Wilkie Collins It was harder work than ever, teaching without Eunice to help me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Andrew Lang Delighted at this discovery, he was about to hasten to the village when he heard a woman’s voice weeping and lamenting, and calling on the men to take pity on her and help her. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing It comes from her father; she can’t help rebelling against what seem to her unjust restraints. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope He don’t know how to live, unless he’s got a woman to help him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

I guess it’s lucky for Irene that she’s got Pen there to help entertain her company. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

E. T. A. Hoffmann O mother — Margaret — help me. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

And now I want to help her, if I can. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It was not perhaps my business to observe the mystery of his bearing, or search out its origin or aim; but, placed as I was, I could hardly help it. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope He could not talk about Gertrude, and he could not help talking of her. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And as they wish your father to preside over the petition, I suppose he can’t very well help himself. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Then some one would say, ‘How about a cup o’ tay?’ and they would all run home to fetch a spoonful, with a few leaves over to help make up the spoonful for the pot. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Baldwin Spencer Every day also she rubs her body all over with grease, as in some way this is supposed to help her son's recovery. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James She put me off with Guy, and I couldn’t help feeling it as a sign of her concentration. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Bram Stoker She help me and I eat alone, and then we wrap in fur and lie beside the fire, and I tell her to sleep while I watch. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope Do not think of it if you can help it. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen He glanced through the manuscript in his hand, and to his astonishment, he could not help thinking that in its measure it was decent work. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Since he did not in fact know what kind of help he expected from O’Brien, it was not easy to say why he had come here. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Daniel Defoe In the scripture we have some light into it, and that is all the help I find from antiquity; and it goes a great way to solve the phenomena of Satan’s appearing. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Ivan Turgenev She could not help noticing my warm sympathy, and talked eagerly with me . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells Where are the others? Is Morty getting educated? Prue must be quite grown up? I would love to see them again and help them if I can. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had removed some trying barrier for him instead of obliging him to help her to cross it and perhaps stumbling on her way. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing She could not help trying to think how Thyrza would look if ‘dressed like a lady. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens When the curtain fell for the night, we still fell back upon sandwich, to help us through the rain and mire, and home to bed. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

She was disappointed at finding thirty pounds was all the help he could give; but she was an energetic woman, full of resources, and saw her way, with this assistance, through the present difficulty. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle After working his way up in the world, to some extent, he had fallen in love with a pretty face, and mated himself to a timid, characterless woman, who was a drag rather than a help to him. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

One step into them and, unless immediate help is forthcoming, there would be no hope for you. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

No doubt her father would help her, at any rate for a while, and at the worst, though she hated even the thought of doing it, she could ask her cousin’s help a second time. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

And, since I see that you’re well-disposed, and I feel inclined to help you, I’ll give you another little piece of advice for your good. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Edith Wharton Her tone reassured him, and he laughed and kissed her, slipping his arm about her to help her down the endless windings. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins Time will, I suppose, help me to bear my sad lot. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Meanwhile she would allow no one to help her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Good-bye, my dear love, and may God help us both. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Seeing that there was no help for it, certain members of his one-time friends then started to make arrangements for him to escape from custody and be smuggled out of the island. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Wilkie Collins Assert your own power, sir, with the law to help you, and crush this woman into submission to any terms for the future that you please to impose. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Virginia Woolf I couldn’t help it; I do beg you to forgive me. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

On learning the misfortune that had befallen M. d’Escorval, Lecoq’s face wore such an expression of consternation that the doorkeeper could not help laughing. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell Altogether she went on so strangely that I could not help looking at her; and then she took up a hand-screen, and held it between me and her. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Wilkie Collins I come down here for to find out the man as once owned this,” — he pulled the lock of hair out of his pocket again — “and you can’t help me. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Sinclair Lewis And if the people laugh — oof! — God help the preachers!” “Vell, that’s how it is. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Of all the things he has ever said, I can remember nothing — and I remember his smallest words, Heaven help me! — that any sensible person could think worth repeating. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Edith Wharton Let me help you — let us try to help each other. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Anthony Trollope Not though you build palaces out into the deep, can that help you. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Clavering shy, and the secretary unapproachable — how was I to gain anything? The short interviews I had with Mary did not help matters. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James First of all, he never offered to help me to a dot and a husband. The American by Henry James [1877]

I know that it is wicked to hate people,” the poor thing said, in her simple way,” but I cannot, help hating this bad man. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

All the Captain had to do was to help him seize her one evening when she would be alone in the garden of a certain house in the country. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

I feel it my duty to help her in every way I can. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle Should we have to beleaguer it we may count upon some help from within. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing I am here because I can’t help myself; I mean what I say—I can’t, I can’t help it! Since you told me there was no hope, I seem to have been in hell. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]