Phrases with "helped"

G. K. Chesterton It may seem strange at the first glance to say that Sam Weller helped to make the story serious. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Oscar Wilde Basil would have helped him to resist Lord Henry’s influence, and the still more poisonous influences that came from his own temperament. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser As they went out, he took her arm and helped her into the coach, and then they were off again, and so to the show. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy They helped him a little — prescribed by the greatest of all doctors, our natural taste. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Marie Corelli He was helping to earn daily bread for his deserted mother whose maiden name he then bore; and I helped to train his evident genius in the way it has since developed. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

A mob of emus came to inspect us, and Mr. Tietkens shot one in a fleshy part of the neck, which rather helped it to run away at full speed instead of detaining, so that we might capture it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Gaston Leroux I saw her, and that helped to relieve my chaotic state of mind. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Charles Dickens They helped me out, and I said to a waiter, whose bare head became as white as King Lear’s in a single minute, “What Inn is this?” “The Holly-Tree, sir,” said he. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

H.G. Wells He helped himself to an extra glass of sherry before he put away the wine in the cellaret. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

This was the very gentleman to whom I had spoken at the bureau; who had helped me in the matter of the trunk; who had been my guide through the dark, wet park. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Thomas Hardy He grew up and was helped out in life. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett Maggie helped the body to feed itself at table. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Mowgli helped Messua through the window, and the cool night air revived her, but the Jungle in the starlight looked very dark and terrible. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

He knew, too, that Doctor Holt himself had helped the educational effort along by providing some really wonderful lantern slides, done by micro-color photography. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

Thomas Wolfe On this condition they all helped themselves to fruit, which they pronounced delicious, and the lady promised that she would later investigate the chicken. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Guy de Maupassan Two other sailors helped to shove off the boat from shore, which was not easy on the shingly beach. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf Turning very slightly, Evan ordered something — a bottle of wine — from which he helped Jacob, with a kind of solicitude, with a kind of paternal solicitude, if that were possible. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

The hotel housemaid helped Mrs. Fyne to put Flora de Barral to bed. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

He had himself helped Ballantyne to a higher line of business than any hitherto aspired to by him. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

The presence of that odious woman—Mrs. Layburne, I think he calls her—in his house has always been an abomination to me; indeed, I doubt it helped to break my poor sister’s heart. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing Horace’s example on the one hand, and that of Jessica Morgan on the other, helped her to contemn mere social excitement and the idle vanity which formerly she styled pursuit of culture. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

She helped him buckle his knapsack, cartridge-box, and belt, and showed him how to load the chasse-pot rifle, holding it on her knees. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins The quiet of the house helped her; the darkness of the room helped her; the stupor of mind into which she had fallen had its effect on her senses; she dropped into a broken sleep. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Miles Franklin Mrs. Crasterton said that helped my quaintness. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

George Meredith And it helped the plea in his own excuse, as Colney pointed out to the son of Nature. That, he had to admit, was true. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Isabella Bird The kind friends here have lent me a few winter garments out of their slender stock, and have helped me in every way. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells The child’s mother and nurse would be helped to acquire almost insensibly a sound and confident pronunciation. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Guy de Maupassant Certainly, little Baron de Isombal would never have asked her in such a manner: “Do you want me to help you?” He would have helped her, he was so witty, so funny, so active. The Assignation (Le Rendez-vous) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He clasped her fingers for a moment before he helped himself. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Pu Songling The two old people followed; Kiun and his young wife, the charming Seaweed, helped them as well as they could. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

A. E. W. Mason They helped him to betray no panic, by assuring him of its futility. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The dis- position had to be helped up pretty sharply sometimes, he admitted. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Henry James But this only helped me the more to be artful, to be adroit, to allow time to elapse before renewing my suit. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Andrew Lang One day, as the princesses were talking with their father, the younger one asked him whether it might not have been their servant who had helped him so much. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle We helped him to a rock, where he sat shivering with his face buried in his hands. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

George Gissing His fears on her own account were not excessive; the state of vigorous health into which he had grown during late weeks perhaps helped him to avoid thoughts of a desperate kind. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Theodore Dreiser One thing that helped in providing a nice harmonious working atmosphere was the obvious warm affection of Cowperwood for his wife. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Elio Unselfish tears began to flow, and sorrowful gratitude to Sir Christopher helped to awaken her sensibility to Mr. Gilfil’s tenderness and generosity. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Arthur Conan Doyle They have worked out the great problem upon their own lines, and their isolated geographical position has helped them to come to a conclusion of their own. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jack London But Canada crushed her own socialist revolution, being aided in this by the Iron Heel. At the same time, the Iron Heel helped Mexico and Cuba to put down revolt. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells She helped herself at the sideboard and examined her mail with her usual air of serene detachment. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

D. H. Lawrence Those short sleeves, and Miriam’s brown-skinned arms beneath them — such pitiful, resigned arms — gave him so much pain that they helped to make him cruel. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald I helped him to a bedroom up-stairs; while he took off his coat and vest I told him that all arrangements had been deferred until he came. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells No expedient was too mean, no lie, no trick too contemptible if only it helped thwart and disillusion Ford. And they did thwart and disillusion him. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Julian Hawthorne As I helped her out she looked me sadly in the face, and said: “‘Come to me to-morrow afternoon — for the last time. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

With considerable lack of foresight, too, he had himself helped to bring about this unfortunate condition of affairs. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Perkins the butcher observed to the coroner that the box must have been changed since Mrs. Reed helped herself from it. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve been a good salesman; I’ve helped spread mechanical conveniences among a lot of stubborn dumb-bells, and I’m glad of it. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne Mr. Bellot helped us for half an hour, and talked to us about the danger of our situation. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Sinclair Lewis She bent over him to hear his whisper: “If it doesn’t keep you from your dinner, my dear, I think I’d like to be helped up to bed. A Letter From the Queen by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim With its passing, helped by the gentle pressure of her fingers, he felt an amazing, a bewildering sense of relief. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

If there is a weakly one among them, some arrangement is sure to be practicable, whereby he or she can be helped to follow more leisurely, and can remain longer at the hospice. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Edith Wharton Uncle Fred helped me, of course. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Willa Cather Tillie, who always helped Mrs. Kronborg with the family sewing, was for letting Miss Spencer challenge Chicago on Thea’s person. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But he had never been upstairs in his own house since the spring he helped Marilla paper the spare bedroom, and that was four years ago. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Then he explored the other two rooms, and coming upon a large box of chocolates, helped himself generously. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Andrew Lang He said, ‘Shame for the wit that helped you; but I have a worse job for you to-morrow. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling As Miss Copleigh and I limped up, he came forward to meet us, and, when he helped her down from her saddle, he kissed her before all the picnic. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The little fellow said lessons to Mr. Archdale. There was nothing unreasonable in their length, and his friend Mary helped him. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon The virtues prized in a commercial class are likely to be those which helped it to gain and retain power — in fact, the business virtues of prudence, reliability, and individual initiative. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jack London Churchill paid, and was helped into the skiff. Lost Face by Jack London

Joseph Furphy I helped B—— to work out a new and rotten idea of a wind-mill pump; Dick handing me things, and holding the other end. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. G. Wells And then when it was all over, he helped me crawl out and we started doing what we could for the other people. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Thomas Hardy And he reined in the horse, and waited till she’d come downstairs, and then helped her up beside him. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

They helped and encouraged the police in every possible way. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Meredith He chid her for being on the field and rejoiced in a breath, for the carriage and its contents helped to rescue his wounded brother in arms from probable death. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Morrison I outed the chap, an’ you took care o’ the ha’pence; so we helped each other, an’ done it atween us. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

John Galsworthy She was greatly helped by the way everybody took it. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard For their opinion, too, and that of the society which they helped to form, she had a most complete and wrong-headed contempt. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

T. E. Lawrence To-day I helped him by smiling to Rasim that we were moving at intervals of a quarter-day in echelon of sub-tribes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Washington Irving His mother was his constant attendant; and he seemed unwilling to be helped by any other hand. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Meredith Coldly she had the knowledge that the considerate withholding of it helped her spirit to escape a stain. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

You have been so helped hitherto, that I think you will be helped still. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

She helped herself to a quarter of mutton, and said she would come again. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Eliot I’ve helped to fatten one or two. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Gertrude Stein This helped me to learn something of my new business, but the real difficulty was to get to the booksellers. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Thomas Hardy Tell Cytherea that I apologize for having caused her such unnecessary pain, as it seems I did — but it cannot be helped now. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Rudyard Kipling Now the Line’s but a man with a gun in his hand, An’ Cavalry’s only what horses can stand,  When helped by, etc. Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle The grotesque nature of the event helped to detract from its importance, for the papers were disinclined to believe the facts as reported to them. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim An earnest and profound religious belief had helped him to find every crisis in life simple. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins Has it helped the wily old creature to look into my inmost thoughts? Impossible! To-day, Miss Jillgall returned, looking hideously healthy and spitefully cheerful. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Sebright helped Seraphina down into the boat, and ran up again nimbly. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson I refuse to help you; I refuse to be helped by you. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Her house, since she had been its mistress; but never hers in the sense of her having helped to make it. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy So Grace pottered idly about, while her father and his wife helped on the preparations. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells But the very crowding of the hall helped to keep the peace. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

He helped them with the fishing, and they found he was the best fisherman of them all. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Edith Wharton Her daughter might perhaps have helped her; but it was not Miss Hicks’s way to mother her parents. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Then home to bed at half-past eleven! Truly excellent life helped out by the visits of the Padri, just fresh from burying somebody down below there. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It can’t be helped — we have simply to face it. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

George Gissing This, again, helped to confirm the impression that Harvey held her in small esteem. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

He never recognized the meaning of the artistic movement of his age, and overvalued those of his works which the Unities helped to destroy. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Charles Kingsley He was half dead when we got him on board; but the week’s sea-air helped him through; so I must not grumble at these northerly breezes. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Edith Wharton Nothing I could have told you would have helped you to find your husband. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Edith Wharton She was just going about her business as if nothing had happened that needed to be accounted for; and a long inheritance of moral modesty helped her to keep her questionings to herself. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Thomas Hardy And that is helped in him by his faculty of being uniformly pleasant. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Broome made no comment, but sitting down at the end of the table, helped himself to some of the fish remaining in the dish and commenced to eat. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

I reached for the things — swaddling clothes I called them — and Severnius helped me to array myself in them. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Henry Adams Alexander Agassiz and Phillips Brooks led it; H. H. Richardson and O. W. Holmes helped to close it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells I think he had admired her and been perhaps helped by her when they were young folk at Midhurst. He was one of the witnesses to her marriage. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell The master of it, she especially regarded as a valuable friend, whose advice helped to guide her in one very important step of her life. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rudyard Kipling I helped to organize the corps. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Andrew Lang They are certainly not enlivening — those cumbrous “atlas” folios of 1803–5, and they helped to ruin the worthy alderman. The Library by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson Yes, his acquaintance with and affection for her was the one thing that helped him over the blank disappointment of these early weeks. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson The look of the thing helped me. The Sea Fogs by Robert Louis Stevenson

He quickly rose to the surface, and was helped into the boat by his anxious follower. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry Handel Richardson The excitement of the wedding, new frocks, new dolls, helped them over the break. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Matthew helped his master out of the carriage, and then came a revulsion. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins And, mind you, the luck helped him. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle And all on account of this dear fellow here who has helped me. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Henry Kingsley Well! it can’t be helped now; I must look round and get a job somewhere till I get a chance to join him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anthony Trollope When dinner was over Mrs Parker helped the servant to remove the dinner things from the single sitting-room, and the two men went out to smoke their cigars in the covered porch. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I’ve helped him to pen many a line for bread. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The Assistant Commissioner was duly helped into his coat, and let out at once. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Wilkie Collins While he was assuring her of this the tea came up, and the sight of it helped to restore Rosamond to her usual spirits. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Thomas Hardy The man came round with the trap, and Jude helped her into it, perhaps with unnecessary attention, for she looked at him prohibitively. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Eliot All the well-dressed hearers turned away too, thinking they had had the cream of the speech in the joke against Johnson, which, as a thing worth telling, helped to recall them to the scene of dinner. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H.P. Lovecraft It was hard going, and Armitage had to be helped more than once. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Rudyard Kipling It is a kindly land, this land of the South. See how we have been helped since the dawn!’ The lama bowed his head in benediction. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

It helped to stop us from thinking, and every week we had a bigger deposit-receipt in the bank where we used to sell our gold. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Algernon Blackwood Except to Fillery and Devonham, he talked little, but was an excellent and sympathetic listener, a quality that helped him to make his way. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He embraced the old gardener who had made the first garden at Villa Diana six years ago; he kissed the Provençal girl who helped with the children. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton I discovered early that crying makes my nose red, and the knowledge has helped me through several painful episodes. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle This is Lord Roxton who has helped me today. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Had he been of a dishonest turn, he could have helped himself before, for a good deal of my cash passed at times through his hands. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

If he had gone into the church Maulevrier could have helped him; but I daresay his ideas are too broad for the church; and he will have to starve at the bar, where nobody can help him. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle I helped him to readjust his ideas. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

The circumstances of the origin of this ‘poetomachia’ are far from clear, and those who have written on the topic, except of late, have not helped to make them clearer. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

Henry James He helped her into the car, the conductor pressed a fraternal hand upon her back, and in a moment the young man was seated beside her, and the jingling had recommenced. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Machen No doubt, the spectacles helped to create the remote, retired, Dominie Sampson impression. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Augustus stripped him of his frock, hat, and worsted stockings; and Paul, hardened by necessity and companionship, helped to tie the poor ploughman to a tree. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Occasionally he helped to pass the time by inventing stories, which he told with all the vividness of which he was master. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Abraham Merri And there went a cuirassed Roman, gripping a short sword of bronze that might have helped cut out the paths the first Caesar trod. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Sinclair Lewis Little had to be helped into the truck that took Loveland and him to the Trianon concentration camp. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

After all, as far as I helped you, you only took from those who had plenty, and you were paying back to society part of the debt that is owing to me. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Harvey helped himself to another whisky and soda and threw himself into his chair. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Maria Edgeworth Whom do you mean by the good gentleman?” “The good gentleman, sir, that I saw with you at the watchmaker’s, the day that you helped me to carry the great geranium out of my grandmother’s room. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

But she would like Mrs. Jasher to be helped out of her difficulties and have a fair start. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

And I did not mean to be helped any more. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was no want of a sanctuary where he might harbour until troubles blew by; and accomplices helped each other with more or less good faith. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim The banker murdered his friend, dragged his body into the safe deposit vault, of which no one but he had a key, helped himself to the bonds and met his engagements. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Edith Wharton He stooped now, even when he was on his feet; he was prematurely aged; and the fact perhaps helped to connect him with vanished institutions to which only his first youth could have belonged. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Meredith These nightly torments helped him to brave what the morning brought. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With the female the matter was more difficult, but Raja helped us out by growling savagely at her whenever she bared her fangs against us. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H.P. Lovecraft I met them first in the Himalayas, and have helped them in various ways. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

H. G. Wells You will be helped now and let off afterwards. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells They clambered slowly and one urged and helped the other, slipping and pausing ever and again, amidst a constant trickle of fragments of broken tile. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Arnold Bennett Edwin helped her with the mackintosh, and she liked him for the awkwardness of his efforts in doing so. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He helped the young ladies over crevasses of carpentry and along narrow paths of planking, on which they had made their way unassisted before. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Theodore Dreiser Sometimes his father, sometimes other people, helped him with suggestions as to when and how. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle I helped him out of it, while Holmes knocked a blaze out of the logs in the grate. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He also often helped his mistress mourn his lord. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Thomas Hughes Two or three of the boys who had helped to roast Tom came up and begged his pardon, and thanked him for not telling anything. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

She had to find it, or rather something in it, something which helped to compose it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne As Nadia helped the old Siberian, so in the same way did Michael render to his more feeble companions in misfortune such services as his situation allowed. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

They tell us that there’s strikes a-going on in many parts just now; these strikes have to be helped as well as the operatives here; and so it makes the allowance small. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

This gratuitous, wicked, humbugging terrifier helped to cause another defeat. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Edith Wharton Though few they were well-chosen, and the fact that their number was so limited probably helped to fix their contents in my memory. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Leon Trotsky He, for his part, firmly protected my interests, helped me in my purchases, drew my attention to all the hollows in the sidewalks. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Some of us helped to wait on them, and that was the best fun of all. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

The branch of a tree and the wind may play strange pranks, but they do not produce the longs and shorts of the Morse Code. This was where Peter’s intelligence work in the Boer War helped him. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing To recover tone he helped himself to a stiff glass of whisky. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Andrew Lang The witch was enchanted at this sight, and eagerly helped her brother to set down and open the chest, which was full of the ghastly food she had been longing for. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather His gargle had helped her, and he gave her things to make her sleep at night. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

You ought to have lived with me at Sarah Island, Mr. Short. Don’t know!” “Well, Captain Frere, it’s an accident,” says Short, “and can’t be helped now. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

And now, mademoiselle, it is I who ask your forgiveness, for it is I who have almost been an obstacle in your life; I, too, who have been wrong, for, in deceiving myself, I helped to deceive you. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Eliot It was the last thing he would have done to join in riot or to hurt any man, if he could have helped it. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Gissing Oh, I knew something was going to happen! Didn’t I say so?’ Mr. Ruddiman helped her into the trap; they shook hands silently, and Miss Fouracres drove away. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

An indirect question to one of the clerks helped him to an explanation of this. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Sir Reginald Eversleigh is a coward; but he is helped by one who knows no human weakness — whose cruel heart was never softened by one touch of pity — whose iron hand never falters. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells When somebody wanted junket, he had made no fuss, he had just helped them to junket. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

He offered her his arm in the twilight of the staircase, and she was glad to put her trembling hand through it, and keep it there till he helped her into a hack which he found for her. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell They had been his father’s, he told me; and as he helped me to dress, he went on with his communications on small family matters. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Thomas Hardy And it helped to make me worthy of you. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry James Even Mr. Chayter, the immemorial blank butler, who was so like his master that he might have been a twin brother, helped to remind him that he must be good. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

He had thanked her for her thought of him, but he had never seemed to think it possible that it could have helped him in any way to fame. Signa by Ouida

So we can quite understand why Mrs. Baxter had not dared to broadcast her suspicions at the time, even though they might materially have helped the authorities in their investigations. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

He was flustered, out of breath, when she helped him in and followed herself. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Wilkie Collins It ran through me like fire; it helped me to speak. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Sinclair Lewis Only Kennicott, Guy, and Vida helped her. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis You know how often I’ve helped you. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Willa Cather I’d never have another hour’s peace if I helped to make you do a thing like that. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Charles Kingsley But she never dreamt of him as her husband: only as a friendless stranger to be helped and comforted. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Henry James A glance at the lady helped to remind me of this paradoxical law: she also looked too distinguished to be a “personality. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

A friend of his, Latouche — soon to become an enemyhelped him to liven up the walls of his study with the famous blue calico that had adorned his room over the printing office. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Frances Hodgson Burnett He added to neither her fatigue nor her pain, but rather helped her to forget them. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing Kingcote believed that Mr. Meres might have helped him, but in that quarter he could not apply. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle I spotted the bottle in which this preparation was kept, and when they were all gone, I helped myself to a little of it. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Rudyard Kipling It may be more important that men should be helped to think than that they should be helped to live. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells I’ve helped it out with diagrams and here and there pictures seem to have got themselves in when I wasn’t looking. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Henry James She evidently wished to say something, and Newman, perceiving it, helped her to begin. The American by Henry James [1877]

Willa Cather After the boy had been bandaged and sent away with his father, Thea helped the doctor wash and put away the surgical instruments. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell Lottchen had brought up cold dinners for a regiment of men; every one came and helped himself. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

He helped him with that last lot of cattle that you noticed. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

In that moment I knew what it would be like to tell her how I, having eaten her salmon, and capped her quotations, and drunk her best port, had gone forth and helped to steal her horse. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Yakob helped him to rise, and led him to the fire. Mother by Maksim Gorky

At once all sympathy, Dr. Hendrick helped her on to the sofa and insisted she should have some brandy. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Anthony Trollope Nobody should say that he was unwilling to accept kindness at his cousin’s hands, and he helped himself liberally. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Andrew Lang At the sight of the yarn the old woman was struck dumb; but when at length she found her voice she asked the girl what magician had helped her to do what no one had done before. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He helped her, however, into her little pony carriage, and at parting she gave him her hand. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope