Phrases with "himself"

Anthony Trollope When inside he shut the door, and seated himself on the bed close to his brother. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Redgrave has built himself what he calls a bungalow, somewhere near the house; but I didn’t see it. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hughes Why can’t you let him go about by himself and find his own level? He’ll never be worth a button, if you go on keeping him under your skirts. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

H. Rider Haggard His father had left two sons, himself and a brother, many years his junior. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

E. Phillips Oppenheim He has barricaded himself up in that little house in John Street as though it were a fortress. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Gissing What gave me courage was a word that fell from Bessas himself when I sat at table with him yesterday. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing Here’s my husband offering himself as a Liberal candidate for Dunfield at the election coming on. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells He’ll have only himself to blame if he gets knocked on the head. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

She knew that to himself death was a release: he had ceased to find pleasure in life. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In a narrow lane which communicates with the shady street I discern the rich old merchant putting himself to the top of his speed lest the rain should convert his hair-powder to a paste. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Edward Bellamy It was for his interest that no more of it should be produced than he himself could produce. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

John Locke The wrong judgment I am here speaking of is not what one man may think of the determination of another, but what every man himself must confess to be wrong. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

R. D. Blackmore Feeling something give, or show propensity toward giving, he said to himself that here was one more triumph for him over the presumptuous intellect of man. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He had shown himself to be possessed of the secret of semi-historical narrative itself in half a dozen remarkable verse romances, and therefore had less to do in engineering the prose romance. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Wilkie Collins On the point of leaving the room the restraint which he had laid on himself gave way. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing There came a knock at the door, followed by the appearance of a middle-aged man who silently proclaimed himself a secretary. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Rudyard Kipling See, down by the Convent! There’s McArthurson, who has come to his present position by asking sheer, downright asking after he had pushed himself out of the rank and file. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

How delighted the boy declared himself with every thing! He had driven over in a cabriolet, and he was awfully hungry, he informed his host. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope He took upon himself the business of the police, and arrested men at his own will and pleasure. North America by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy The sixth baronet, who, being in politics, had lived longer than the rest, had left imprints of the earlier Victorian period, his wife and daughters in crinolines, himself in whiskers. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Louisa May Alcott I can’t get a word from him, and when I threatened to shake the truth out of him he bolted upstairs and locked himself into his room. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Sinclair Lewis I don’t know what I do want to do,” he groaned, and cast himself upon his bed. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy He ascended the ladder to have one more look at the point the men had designated, and perched himself on the highest rung, overlying the tiles. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Ford Madox Ford He had then forty-eight and three-quarter hours! Let them be a holiday! A holiday from himself above all: a holiday from his standards: from his convention with himself. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

D. H. Lawrence He himself could not bear any more to put the heavy, pock-holed black cloth coat, with wild bear cuffs and collar, on to the stand. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley But, when he heard the cause of the mishap, he altered his tone considerably, and took on himself to give the young men what was for him a severe lecture. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Virginia Woolf He was congratulating himself upon the enterprise which had turned the refectory, a cold stone room with pots on trestles, into the most comfortable room in the house. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anthony Hope Mr. Rassendyll himself has confessed that in old days it went against the grain with him when Rupert called him a play-actor. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

He slept and snored, this horrible man, in the hour of his trouble, and behaved himself altogether in a manner most unbecoming in a hero. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell I can’t help fancying that he has put himself under some strong restraint for my mother’s sake, and that he won’t express much. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

He clutched it and hid himself against it; he hid his ears between its breasts and its hands, lest the night should groan again. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He himself calls it “a monster,” and a monster it is; but a monster which has never failed to convulse the heart of young readers with the temperament of intellectual enthusiasm and sensibility. Schiller by Thomas De Quincey

Andrew Lang Days and months and years passed, and the Prince grew up into a beautiful youth, and at last the King himself forgot all about the incident that had happened so long ago. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Joseph himself was on an English saddle, and I made up my mind that after the first stage, we would bribe him to make an exchange. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy But though physically himself again, he was not at all sure of his position as a patriot. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

In conclusion, he believes the entire motive of Wacks’ confession to be the desire, so often exhibited in cases of like mania, vicariously to take upon himself the burden of other people’s crimes. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Algernon Blackwood Feeling himself irresistibly driven by the sudden stress to some kind of action, he sprang to his feet — and screamed! To his own utter amazement he stood up and shrieked aloud! But no one stirred. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Jonas Hartopp himself had had the reputation of being as rich as a reasonable man would care to be. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

He’ll never dare approach David, and this scandal here will have made him so frightened for himself that you’ll never hear anything more of him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Gissing He felt better as soon as he had dressed himself and opened the window. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Herman Melville But the good augury hence drawn was suddenly dashed, by his resuming all his previous reserve, with augmented gloom, as, with half-averted eyes, he silently reseated himself on his cushions. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Which suggested that the thing was put there because only Searle himself would have the unpacking of it. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Elizabeth Gaskell It’s as clear as can be,’ lowering his tone, and addressing himself to Roger, ‘it has nothing to do with politics, if my father would but see it. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

John Galsworthy And Dornford, on his way to Harcourt Buildings, thought even more intensively of himself and her. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle Even Gibbon himself pokes fun at them; but after three years under canvas it is probable that his men had more cause to smile at their book-worm captain than he at his men. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Anthony Trollope When the house of an American is carried down the river, he builds himself another, as he would get himself a new coat when his old coat became unserviceable. North America by Anthony Trollope

Then he would set about the gathering of more evidence against me, and then — then he would find himself up against a blank wall. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Trollope He himself was driven about behind a pair of horses, and his daughters were horsewomen. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

I remember discovering that the great brand was not unfamiliar to Miss Belsize, and even gathering that it was Raffles himself who had made it known to her. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He answered me at first that he simply needed some statistics to complete a magazine article, and that Mr. C. himself had sent him here. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Sidney Colvin He was not himself an enthusiastic admirer of Endymion, and had plainly said so to Keats and to his friends. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Couldn’t you only slaughter a certain number of creatures and then come back, and breathe our air for a while?” In her cherished presence Tommy Europeanized himself quickly. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim He left one light burning in the warehouse, and seated himself behind the heavily shaded lamp on his desk. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Thomas Hardy She wondered why he did not put his arm round her waist, but he did not; he merely said what to himself seemed a quite bold enough thing: “Take my arm. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

He — Lingard — would devote himself to it. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope The master felt himself obliged to remain out at night, and had gotten food at the German’s hut. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

The officer eyed him wonderingly, then drained the glass himself and set it down. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

While this was going on, Malicorne had installed himself in the chestnut-tree, in the very place Manicamp had just left, determining within himself to succeed him in the one he now occupied. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Daniel Defoe The Stagirite himself could never shew, From whence, nor how they know. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

H. Rider Haggard All day long he stalked to and fro among his men; he would trust nothing to others, and there was no sword or shield in his company but he himself had proved it. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Then he would work himself up to such a state of indignant anger as seemed to be altogether antagonistic to good-humour. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Oh dear, no! He quite taught himself to believe that he would have hated anything dishonourable or clandestine. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The superstitious terror was for himself alone. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing At other times she behaved with such exquisite docility and sweetness that Widdowson was beside himself with rapture. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

And all the while he must keep his hatred locked up inside him like a ball of matter which was part of himself and yet unconnected with the rest of him, a kind of cyst. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Sir Walter Scott Tarleton the player himself could not so disguise himself but that, sooner or later, Doboobie would find him out. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Wilkie Collins The imperturbable man who had preserved his coolness in a situation of the deadliest danger, lost all control over himself the moment he rose to the climax of prosperity. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jack London It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. Lost Face by Jack London

He made for her a seat out of the dry branches, and, throwing himself down at her feet, lay his head in her lap and gave himself up to the dreamy delight of the passing hour. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

There had been some trouble about the gig, Mr. Preen wanting it himself that day, or telling Jane and Oliver that he did, and that they could walk. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Leon Trotsky The morning arguments in favor of an increase seemed quite senseless and criminal at night; at supper-time, I hated the person who had treated himself at breakfast. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Bram Stoker Even to himself he knew that that was an effort of imagination founded on imperfect memory. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle The man’s novel, with which he had read himself to sleep, was lying upon the bed, and his pipe was on a chair beside him. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Gissing Quarrier said to himself that there was no use in half measures. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing The gazer lost himself in memories of epic and idyll, warming through worship to desire. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But he had little faith that Dohmler would throw much light on the matter; he himself was the incalculable element involved. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tour father couldn’t rest in this house, though he had made himself such a comfortable home. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence He should pivot himself on his own pride. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She heard him sigh settling himself into the breast of night for milk of sleep, like one of the world’s good children. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

E. T. A. Hoffmann They all shyly made way for her; and when she entered the salon the king himself in his astonishment rose and came to meet her. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Meredith Rowsley was to understand that he might call himself married; she would have no flower-basket bunch of a sister-in-law thrust upon her. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Arthur Morrison The missis left the room hurriedly, and Bill, after raking out every corner of the drawer (which he himself had not opened for some time) saw not a single coin. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence He felt he was acquiescing in something illegal, taking to himself some wrong, reprehensible advantages. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Machen There could be no doubt, he thought, that living a lonely life, interested only in himself and his own thoughts, he had become in a measure inhuman. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anthony Trollope He acknowledged to himself that it was so, because of the necessity of those Oxford studies and those long years which would be required for the taking of the degree. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence This shell of himself did well. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Defoe could have seen little of the storm himself from the interior of Newgate, but it is possible that the letters are genuine, and that he compiled other details from published accounts. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

George Borrow Though under the necessity of making frequent journeys to Salamanca, he kept no mule, but contented himself with an ass, borrowed from the neighbouring miller. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Henry James He said to himself suddenly and in perfect sincerity that it was a mean class anyway, the people for whom their own country wasn’t good enough. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Sir Walter Scott He that would live by traffic, must hold himself at the disposal of every one claiming business with him. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

His judgment, as Mr. Taylor observes, was essentially unsound in all matters where he himself was personally interested. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Everything she possessed had been bought by himself with other people’s money. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope He had bound himself to make the pilgrimage from Jerusalem to the river with one foot bare. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He smiled to himself at stories too bad to tell, and called Elfride a little scamp for surreptitiously preserving some blind kittens that ought to have been drowned. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. G. Wells He was aware of himself as that same self, but with a puzzling sense of some undefined intervening catastrophe. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He hung on to himself for a moment, another moment. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

John Morley Of this violent revulsion of feeling Voltaire himself was the great organ. Voltaire by John Morley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Erwen wrote me himself that he considered Philip had a brilliant future. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Had I seen the evil one himself in bodily shape, I could not have experienced a more sickening revulsion. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope He was quite sure that the man was a scamp, utterly untrustworthy, and yet the man’s pleading for himself had been efficacious. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Marjorie Bowen As he stared at himself a slow flush of terrible shame overspread his paleness; with something like a suppressed shudder, he gave the paper to the flame, and scattered the ashes down the stairs. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

Henry James Nevertheless, I further learned the doctor had been there in the afternoon and professed himself satisfied. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had not even tried to explain to himself the harmony and gaiety of their nearness in which there seemed no separation of years. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Stranger things than this have happened; but one prefers to believe that the poet of the “Canterbury Tales” remained master of himself to the last. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Oh, yes, wouldn’t that be a nice situation! Her husband must have become suspicious already because for the last few days, at night, he would swear to himself and bang the wall with his fists. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Handel Richardson But there was no question of thus letting himself go: he had perforce to remain as dumb as the men who rowed him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Morrison In the end old Jack promised the paint a touchup, privily resolving to do the work himself in his evenings. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

F. Scott Fitzgerald I read Smith, who laughed at charity and insisted that the sneer was the highest form of self-expression — but Smith himself replaced charity as an obscurer of the light. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Rudyard Kipling The screen-work broke and fell away in a cloud of dust and rubbish, and Mowgli leaped through the opening and flung himself between Baloo and Bagheera — an arm around each big neck. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He suffered, when they were alone, no word to pass his lips, save with reference to the subject of his labours; it is certain he looked upon himself as the discoverer of terrible secrets. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James He himself could snuff a candle, etc. The American by Henry James [1877]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This is surely the wine of the Golden Age, such as Bacchus himself first taught mankind to press from the choicest of his grapes. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Algernon Blackwood He himself would be dismissed, he well knew, in another moment, for Lady Gleeson would not tolerate a third person at the meal. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I was afraid he was going to have D.T. He’s been talking and shouting to himself until I couldn’t bear it any longer. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Baldwin Spencer He himself gathered a leaf with a spider cocoon on it, which he shredded out, and, having done this, climbed the tree by means of the forked stick which was placed slanting against the trunk. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Jack London Looking back upon a life that had not been without valour and achievement, he unhesitatingly declared to himself that this return after the grip was the most heroic act he had ever performed. Lost Face by Jack London

Are you ready, sir?” Dickson not without difficulty perched himself astride the luggage carrier, firmly grasping the rider round the middle. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Leslie Stephen In his exile, Bolingbroke, though never really weaned from political ambition, had amused himself with superficial philosophical studies. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe We shall reach, however, more immediately a distinct conception of what the true Poetry is, by mere reference to a few of the simple elements which induce in the Poet himself the true poetical effect. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Jules Verne Joe at once let himself slide down the rope and secured it. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

He trembled lest he himself should lose a docile pupil, and Isis an enthusiastic servant. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Every man believes himself superior to every form of silliness, but I never saw a lover yet who did not lapse sooner or later into mild idiocy. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy When Manston was persuaded, by the feigned heaviness of her breathing, that Anne Seaway was asleep, he softly arose, and dressed himself in the gloom. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe This friend was no other than Tiger. With a low growl, he bounded into the cabin, at a most critical moment for Augustus, and throwing himself upon Jones, pinned him to the floor in an instant. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Algernon Blackwood To Devonham it appeared already certain that, withm a reasonable time, LeVallon would find himself happily at home among his fellow kind, a normal, even a gifted young man with a future before him. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Maria Edgeworth Oliver was delighted to find that he understood Howard’s manner of explaining: his own opinion of himself rose with the opinion which he saw his instructor had of his abilities. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

He had been waiting for her—he would have been ashamed to acknowledge to himself for how long, though he knew that she was never late. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Forestus pronounces the man to be a lycanthropist, but he does not say that the poor fellow believed himself to be transformed into a wolf. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned back with a clouded face, and threw himself into an easy chair. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

William Godwin He purchased himself a house to which to retire in 1636 at Hersham near Walton on Thames, having, though originally bred in the lowest obscurity, twice enriched himself in some degree by marriage. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

At any rate he has buried himself here. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Virginia Woolf No, Mr. Carter is playing by himself — This is BACH,” she whispered, as Mr. Carter played the first bars. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Louisa May Alcott There was nothing he didn’t offer, from his own dressing gown to himself as escort. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

G. K. Chesterton He is trying to be reasonable; but in spite of himself he is inspired. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He himself had not touched Ossington, but Ossington had touched him. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Grimaud had, indeed, during twenty-two years of service, seen his master extricate himself from so many difficulties that nothing less than Athos’s imminent death was likely to make him uneasy. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry Handel Richardson John, stalking solemnly and noiselessly in a long black coat, himself led the two women to the bedroom, where he left them; they sat down one on each side of the great fourposter. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf He then sat himself down rather heavily at the head of the oval dinner-table. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

R. D. Blackmore This made him counsel with himself just now. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

This he must do, not merely because his readers would expect such literal accuracy from him, but because to himself that narrative was the very truth which he was, undertaking to deliver. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

G. K. Chesterton He had flung himself on a pile of pine-needles to enjoy the gathering darkness of the pinewoods as the moon sank behind them. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

But before he and the terrorist had parted for the night Peyrol could regard himself as the owner of the tragic tartane. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

And then it was discovered that the name was not Crew but Carew. Abel himself corrected the coroner. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Wilkie Collins How sadly disappointed he looked! And how rashly he had placed himself just where he could be seen from the back windows! I took his arm and led him to the end of the garden. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You, for instance, would not have talked about such things in the light you do, if you had not been encouraged in it, by seeing a clergyman conducting himself so. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

To himself he was only a foundling, as he was to everyone else; picked up as any blind puppy might have been, motherless, on the face of the flood. Signa by Ouida

The incident carries us back to those old days at Tours, when, as a boy, he often laid himself out to revive unfortunate birds and small beasts. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

R. D. Blackmore But Willie had solved at last the problem of perpetual motion, according to his own conviction, and locked himself up with his model all day; and the world might stand still, so long as that went on. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Kenneth Grahame But Toad knew his man, so he sat down and made the best breakfast he could, merely observing to himself that he would get square with the others sooner or later. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

D. H. Lawrence Now he would always be the same, coiling up in himself like a tortoise with no shell. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

The whole scheme of his existence was reduced to the question of how much ready-money he could carry out of that house in his pocket, and in what direction he should betake himself after leaving it. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Long hours of tramping and crouching among heather cramp without fully exercising the body; and unless he has the love of the thing ingrained in him, the odds are that he will wish himself home. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

He took up the newspaper with a sigh, and settled himself in front of the blazing fire, which was still young and leaping, with the enthusiasm of dry sticks not quite gone out of it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Andrew Lang Now when the horrible creatures were far in the distance, and the boy found himself on the right side of the river, he flew straight eastward, trying to seek his own country. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In letters as in other things, he was always curious to know their contents, whether they might be addressed to himself or not. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells A drowning man cannot save himself by swimming unless he has something solid to which he can swim. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Goldwin Smith Cowper himself was made to do violence to his intense shyness by leading in prayer. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Arnold Bennett He would let himself get angry and brutal. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Yet Cortes, though filled with this spirit, proposed nobler ends to himself than those of the mere vulgar adventurer. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Ford Madox Ford During the last few months he had employed himself in tabulating from memory the errors in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, of which a new edition had lately appeared. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

If his life were wrecked utterly — and from his own account of himself it must needs be so — the wreck was her fault. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is in this, also, that he rises out of himself into the higher spheres of art. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

We sometimes wish that, as in the case of Bridge and his warship, they were not so objective and external, and that, like Carlyle, he would throw more of himself into them. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Kate Chopin Many had predicted that Robert would devote himself to Mrs. Pontellier when he arrived. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Arnold Bennett It was as tight as if Julian Pidduck himself had drawn it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anna Katherine Green Nothing could have kept back the truth from him after that one glimpse he caught of himself and her in the mirror. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

D. H. Lawrence Words of reply seemed to stray out of him, in the need to say SOMETHING. But he himself never spoke. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim P. S. I wouldn’t mind meeting you anywhere else! David laughed softly to himself as he tore up the letter. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Andrew Lang But one afternoon, when the boys were given a holiday, he took a long walk, and found himself in a place where he had never been before. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray The now reigning Duke of X—— himself married four years after his first wife’s demise, and Geldern, though no longer Police Minister, built the grand house of which Madame de Liliengarten spoke. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

He could look unutterable things, but he had not, as he himself expressed it, “the gift of the gab. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

D. H. Lawrence The real content of the words he never really considered: he himself knew better. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Horace himself (unless I am entirely mistaken) will not hold you to the explanation that you have promised. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

The cavaliers found Alvarado unhorsed, and defending himself with a poor handful of followers against an overwhelming tide of the enemy. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

I saw very well that there was no more connection between the Casa Riego and the rascality of Rio Medio than there was between Ralph himself and old drunken Rangsley on Hythe beach. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was Sir Robert himself who gave me this one. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins The astonishment of everybody was of course unbounded, and the nearly universal suspicion that I must be as mad in my way as Monkton himself showed itself pretty plainly in my presence. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins It was addressed to my aunt by the lawyer; and it announced that he had decided on accompanying her to the madhouse — without pledging himself to any further concession. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Serge anxiously asked himself whether Pierre had spoken. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

He went back to the Castle more at ease with himself than he had felt for some time. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing Yule was at his blackest; he gobbled a few mouthfuls, then occupied himself with the evening paper. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli A sickness came over him, and ere he could recover himself his Hebe tapped him on the shoulder. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Algernon Blackwood Finding himself close to LeVallon when the darkness came, he had kept hold of him and hurried him out of the house at once. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Machen And, in fact Merritt looked dignified, remained silent, and helped himself to port. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Jeremy Bentham Well, then, let Ravaillac, the son, not facilitate his father’s escape; but content himself with conveying poison to him, that at the price of an easier death he may escape his torments. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Suliman by my side, with the instinct of a monkey, made a violent spring and swung himself by a bough immediately over the beast, whilst Faraj bolted away and left me single-gunned to polish him off. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

By this time Uncle Silas had raised himself form his reclining posture, and was sitting, gaunt and white, upon the sofa. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Under the guidance of the chief he had made a first journey of exploration, and had seen for himself that the place was a marvel of natural beauty and fertility. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Morrison But, as he neared Weech’s coffee-shop, scarce half through Meakin Street, there stood Weech himself at the door, grinning and nodding affably, and beckoning him. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope He did not want a great deal of attention and was fairly able to get about by himself without calling upon his future wife to be always with him. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope And Mr. Harry himself never thinks of things at all. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Frenchy had stationed himself forward. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

He himself said, in reply to an interviewer’s question, that he was an optimist and hated it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

She kisses its nose and tail with the most affectionate fondness, and soon the lost lamb is seen helping himself lustily, and frolicking with his tail in the height of his contentment. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Of course the avocat did not commit himself by any avowal to this lukewarm patriot; but he casually mentioned that Henri Glaire was about to take his leave. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Walter Scott But, with the shrewd caution of his character, he was never heard to boast of having fired the lucky shot which repossessed his lady and himself in their original habitations. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Willa Cather After he reached the Twenty-third Street station, he consulted a cabman, and had himself driven to a men’s furnishing establishment which was just opening for the day. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Adam at last said, “O my dear master, I die for want of food, I can go no farther!” He then laid himself down, thinking to make that place his grave, and bade his dear master farewell. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

E. F. Benson If he wanted to run the risk of being the prey of the legendary nocturnal monster, or quietly drink himself to death, it was his affair. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

Andrew Lang He could be silent as the grave, and prided himself on his obedience. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang