Phrases with "himself"

Julian Hawthorne For it was evident that he himself understood the cause of Jael’s dismay; and he made a violent effort to drive the awful look out of his face. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

The old man suffering from rheumatism or gout conceives himself to be formed of china or glass, and the foxhunter tallyhos! at each new moon, as though he were following a pack. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Edith Wharton It was as though at first he had expected too much of her, and of himself in his relation to her. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He argued with himself about all things under heaven with that kind of wrong-headed lucidity which may be observed in some lunatics. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

He pulled off his nice new suit — the suit that had made him feel so guilty in that other life way back in London — and made himself hang it up. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He had held himself aloof from the Towers — that is to say, he had never presented himself there as a guest, though he had been often on horseback and on foot in the wood by the river. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald However, by the time she reappeared in the sitting-room he had explained himself to himself with sophistic satisfaction. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Thomas Hardy Venn now bethought himself of his clothes, which were saturated with water to the weight of lead. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Such an one could not mould the fates of the land; it was very necessary that he himself should be up and doing. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The man crossed himself and spat overboard. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Luigi himself came up to the table, and bowed to his customers with all the ease of a long acquaintance. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Elizabeth Gaskell Philip’s heart stopped beating; literally, as if he had come to a sudden precipice, while he had thought himself securely walking on sunny greensward. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

He himself was too astonished to make a sound for some time. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

But the guests assured him they were as ignorant as himself of the stick’s whereabouts. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

F. Scott Fitzgerald How, in the short space of four hours, Mr Rooney had got himself in such shape is explicable only by the pressure of confinement in a boys’ school upon a fiery outdoor spirit. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Rahm and his wife were unlike any Hindus I had ever read about, as they both ate anything, and Rahm himself smoked quite a lot. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

R. D. Blackmore Robin Lyth himself was ready to indulge in a careless song. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

As he went, he considered with himself eagerly, his thoughts racing. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The myriad images of himself that vacillated about him were vastly disconcerting — and there were other people too, his servant, the Hajji, Chloe. He was doing or saying something with each of them. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

A moment later he suddenly flattened himself upon the earth and lay motionless, minute after minute. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Mark Twain Why, look at one of them prisoners in the bottom dungeon of the Castle Deef, in the harbor of Marseilles, that dug himself out that way; how long was HE at it, you reckon?” “I don’t know. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Arnold Bennett He looked over the side of the boat into the brown water, and asked himself what frightful secrets lay hidden in its depth. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George Gissing Hugh Carnaby declared that the true Rolfe only showed himself after a bottle of wine; maintained, moreover, that Harvey had vastly improved since he entered upon a substantial income. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

William Makepeace Thackeray He took his bow, and one of his most elegant arrows, and poising himself lightly on his right leg, he flung himself forward, raising his left leg on a level with his ear. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Theodore Dreiser The problem of the Gerhardt family and its relationship to himself comparatively settled, Kane betook himself to Cincinnati and to his business duties. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassant After a little air had been played by the band beneath the windows, the “Rosier” himself appeared — on the threshold. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

He barely gave himself time to shake hands with me and made a rush at the narrow glass door with the words Hotel Entrance on it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell He heard a movement within; the hatch was drawn aside, and his bread and beer were handed to him by a pleasant-looking old man, who proved himself not at all disinclined for conversation. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Sinclair Lewis It was Fatty himself who protested: “Gee, I don’t like to cheat. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

G. K. Chesterton Aristotle himself couldn’t complain of my speaking for them. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Virginia Woolf And in time Terence himself would come to feel — She got up and began to wander restlessly about the room. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne In the ruins of the aftermost cabin he had found a considerable sum of money, quite enough to provide for himself and companions without applying to anyone for help. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Gissing But she could not persuade him to go back with her to Greystone to face the Doctor. Her money was a loan; he would bestir himself and find occupation. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins I can see that he has waited until he could control himself — for my sake. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He himself had seen to the wine, punch and beer. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He who undertakes an “Account of Idiots in All Ages” will find himself committed to the task of compiling most known biographies. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

After a time he strolled away to the tent where drinks were sold and enjoyed himself there in his own gross way. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton He has lately been appointed to the chair of physical sciences in the University here, and has doubtless allowed himself to publish openly views that were better expounded in the closet. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Thomas Hardy Here was a neglected heroic man, who, loving her to distraction, deliberately doomed himself to pensive shade to avoid even the appearance of standing in a brother’s way. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Almayer swore to himself with much mental profanity that he had never seen a more useless, a more stupid being. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Wilkie Collins He saw it; and confined himself more strictly to Gooseberry’s evidence when he went on. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Andrew Lang In my letter to my Lord Arlington I writt that Friday 21 Currt hee wounded himself wch he did not because hee was confronted with Ruvigny as the Gazettes speake. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson The king showed himself humiliatingly indifferent to his counsels, and humiliatingly generous towards his necessities. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord Jeffrey himself declared that it was the only rudeness of which he ever saw Scott guilty in the course of a life-long familiarity. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

In fact, in one place, Hume himself has an insight into the real nature of relations. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Gissing Generally he made for some wayside inn, where he could refresh himself with a tankard of beer, after which he lit his pipe, and walked with it between his teeth. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Kingsley Draco — a dragon — serpent — the emblem of Diabolus himself — ah! And the guardian of the golden apples of the West, who would fain devour our new Hercules, his most Catholic majesty. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope But Luke, as he walked back to Baslehurst, thinking now of his beer and now of his love, declared to himself that he wanted only his own. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He felt as though he could throw himself down amongst them and never move any more. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

He then doubled the guards, took the keys of the prison himself from the non-commissioned officer whose duty it was to keep them, and saw that the howitzer on the lower deck was loaded with grape. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edith Wharton He hardly understood what de Crucis was saying: he knew only that an hour before he had fancied himself master of his fate and that now he was again in bonds. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

In ten years’ time you will be a commonplace rich man, with scarcely any idea outside your own domestic circle, while I--well the devil himself knows where or what I shall be then. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

D.H. Lawrence He had killed himselfhanged himself — and left her penniless. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Obenreizer turned away, and warmed himself at the fire. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Virginia Woolf He took on himself the charge of deserted women and other people’s children; he paid other persons’ debts and planned their journeys and settled their relationships. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Charles Dickens Nothing has been in my thoughts so distinctly as his putting himself in the way of being taken. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

A. E. W. Mason He himself would hesitate to pronounce an opinion; though, to be sure, there was always hope of a cure. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Jules Verne Every day, Harding imposed on himself the task of passing some hours in his company. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jack London I was “Mr. Van Weyden” fore and aft, and it was only unofficially that Wolf Larsen himself ever addressed me as “Hump.” It was amusing. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He walked quietly along by the side of the yew hedge, and after a moment’s hesitation flung himself down upon the short turf in the shadow of the plantation. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

There it cowered on the floor beside his design; and lo! the figures seemed to start from the wall! Those pale accusing figures, the shapes he himself had raised, frowned at him, and gibbered. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Jack London Nay, Grey Beaver himself sometimes tossed him a piece of meat, and defended him against the other dogs in the eating of it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

We learnt afterwards that he had buried himself in a little fishing village somewhere in Norfolk.” Larose gasped. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anthony Trollope Aaron had declared to himself over and over again that that face was sweet to look upon, and had unconsciously promised to himself certain delights in talking and perhaps walking with the owner of it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Hughie had begun to learn the maps of countries, and prided himself on naming them as he turned over an atlas. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

No one but himself knows how much of it he’s got hidden below in the vaults. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells The schoolboy, rising early for his examination work, puzzled it out for himself — with the great white star shining broad and bright through the frost-flowers of his window. The Star by H. G. Wells [1897]

Ah, Manuel! Manuel! If I——— But the devil himself fathers the children of such mothers. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arnold Bennett But instead she deputed Ada. “And why not?” said Edwin to himself again. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

John Lewis Burckhard The Mek himself will play with the lowest slave, if the latter is reputed a good player. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

D. H. Lawrence He now gathered himself together. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hughes I want to be doing some real good, feeling that I am not only at play in the world,” answered Tom, rather puzzled to find out himself what he really did mean. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Andrew Lang But at this point (at Buccleuch’s reception of the news of Kinmont), Scott is perhaps overmastered by his opportunity, and, I think, himself composes stanzas ix. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle But the black warrior flung himself across their path. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

My advice to him would be to come back and give himself up. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Perhaps he even convinced himself that it would be better for her. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Willa Cather He had thrown himself across the bed without undressing, and had slept with his shoes on. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

There were a water-bottle and a tumbler upon the table near his bedside, and he reached out and gave himself a long drink. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

But still he did not dare to admit to himself Krag’s seriousness. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Olaf Stapledon The two sat closer together, and Victor had allowed himself to slip his arm under hers, and to hold her hand. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Later in the day Robins himself put in an appearance at the hotel. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Jules Verne That man is to be pitied the most who cannot wean himself from gloomy reflections by actual work, or some practical pursuit. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

John Galsworthy Wilfrid had said exactly what he himself had really been thinking ever since he came. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

On the contrary, there was a gracious condescension from the great apostle to grief, as to a passion that he might perhaps himself have participated. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

George Gissing Samuel made a joke of this, and entertained himself with a pretence of lending ear to her arguments. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope A man, if he is master, should be sufficient to himself in all emergencies. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

However, it was declined with thanks and so he himself proceeded to drink generously. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells The natural tendency of every human being towards a stupid conceit in himself and his kind, a stupid depreciation of all unlikeness, is traded upon by this bastard science. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Anthony Trollope A man in public life could not do himself a greater injury than by saying in public that the commissions in the army or navy, or berths in the Civil Service, should be given exclusively to gentlemen. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope He had playfully asked her how it had been that she had loved no other man, and then she had remained silent in a manner which he now declared to himself to be equal to a falsehood. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli At St. Alban’s he got out, took a cup of coffee with Tom Rawlins, and, although the morning was raw, again seated himself by his side. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Benjamin Disraeli The position he had taken assured him that no one could approach the villa, to which he himself dared not advance. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Charles Stur His whole demeanour was that of a calm and courageous man, who finding himself placed in unusual jeopardy, had determined not to be betrayed into the slightest display of fear or timidity. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

John Galsworthy It was, she said, unfair to Dinny, and unnecessary so far as Wilfrid himself was concerned; but of course he had always been like that. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Waymark helped the conversation by offering a cup of coffee, which he himself made. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He was still more furious because he had permitted himself to laugh, than from having seen others laugh. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Samuel Johnson Soon afterwards he married, and settled himself in a very pleasant house at Wickham, in Kent, where he devoted himself to learning and to piety. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Edith Wharton He said to himself that, since he no longer cared for the consequences, he could at least acquit himself of speaking in self-defence. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

George Meredith Bixio himself led his men, and with his aides-decamp, Cavaliere Filippo Fermi, Count Martini, and Colonel Malenchini, all Tuscans, actually charged the enemy. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

George Gissing Julian had seated himself on the couch. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

How can he be English with all that?” “There are English, and English,” said the philosophic Tata, who piqued himself on being serenely cosmopolitan. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry Fielding It is true I was not obliged to do this; but it seemed to be expected; for the captain did not think himself obliged to do it, and I can truly say I soon ceased to expect it of him. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

George Eliot He had seated himself on his painting-stool, and had taken a lead pencil in his hand, with which he was making strong marks to counteract the sense of tremulousness. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In the failure of all else he had fallen to the repetition of bare phrases, telling of the fragrance and glory of the city of God. ‘River of the water of Life,’ he said to himself . At the Article of Death by John Buchan

Jules Verne At the moment when the head of the column was about to pass the walls of the town, a man threw himself before it. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

But here was the schoolmaster discovering for himself some mystery in Blaauwildebeestefontein. I tried to get at his evidence, but it was very little. Prester John by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence Every man has made a ghastly fool of himself with a woman at some time or other. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy The couch of Ting-a-ling occupied a corner, whence he could see himself in three. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

The dog hunched himself strangely without moving his neck, and, looking at me with his green, hungry eyes, leaped into the forest, with his tail between his legs. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle All these things I conveyed over in McDiarmid’s boat, having already bound both himself and his son to secrecy upon the matter—a promise which, as far as I know, neither of them ever broke. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Duero had arranged with his friend in Cuba, when he took command of the expedition, that he himself was to have a liberal share of the profits. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Without even looking at Ravelston he went straight into his bedroom, kicked off his shoes, and flung himself on the bed. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Mark Twain Mr. Sidney Lee himself supplies us with an example of this. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Sinclair Lewis William himself had never gone to high school, and his business was only a cautious real-estate and insurance agency, his home a squatting two-story brick house in a red, monotonous row. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jeremy Bentham An individual may be confined or conveyed away, or destroyed, in order that the criminal may free himself from the danger to be apprehended from his testimony. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

It was long, very long, since Gerard had found himself in so bright a room; or in such agreeable company. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope He had been blamed, as he thought unjustly, and vindicated himself in a pamphlet. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Don’t you think he will make himself known some day?” “That kind of thing isn’t much to be depended on, it seems to me. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Victor Hugo Ursus was amazed, and restricted himself to saying, — “Murmurings are for the young, and moans for the aged. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anatole France For choice, the Chevalier de la Merlus would lose himself with Jeanne de Lespoisse, and both would return to the castle at night, full of their adventures, and pleased with their day’s sport. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Edith Wharton Before he was out of the fever she had the noose around him — he came to and found himself married. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Sir Walter Scott Mr. Bertram was not quite so ignorant of English grammar as his worshipful predecessor; but Augustus Pease himself could not have used more indiscriminately the weapon unwarily put into his hand. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Anthony Trollope Then came the departure of the two men, and the necessity for pecuniary assistance, which Mr Peacocke now passed over lightly, saying nothing specially of the assistance which he himself had rendered. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Neb had raised himself a little and gazed without seeing. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Virginia Woolf Sometimes the God himself vouchsafed his presence for a moment. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

He had armed himself against contempt, and was deaf to all insults. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Thomas Hardy Alec! A good man’s honour is in my keeping — think — be ashamed!” “Pooh! Well, yes — yes!” He clenched his lips, mortified with himself for his weakness. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing The latter raised himself to a sitting posture. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

She would have deemed it dishonourable to let anyone into the secret of his humiliation — to let his little world know that he, so superior a person, could offer himself and be rejected. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

It was not till he had seen Wang come out that he himself entered the twilight of the big room. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Now, unluckily for himself and the nocturnal tranquillity of the planter’s house, just at that unfortunate hour the coushie-ants were passing across the seat of Cloacina’s temple. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Charles Dickens From that time I was as well convinced as Bligh himself that there was no danger, and that this phantom, at any rate, did not haunt us. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

He took his seat, and diverted himself by winking gravely at a little child facing him on the next seat but one. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle He writhed for twenty minutes under the flowery and eulogistic periods of the president, and rose himself in the state of confused indignation which the Briton feels when he is publicly approved. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson The thought that prompted and was conveyed in a caress would only lose to be set down in words — ay, although Shakespeare himself should be the scribe. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle The ease with which he sat his horse, the high, bold expression upon his face, and the great length of his arms, all marked him as one who could give a good account of himself in a fray. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

A man it was, almost as skilled in darkness as Fionn himself “This is no enemy,” Fionn thought; “his walking is open. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Rex himself must be left to run the gauntlet of the dogs and guards unaided. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Certainly at first her husband had made a great fuss over her and shown himself thrilled in her possession. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A man entered, a man with the two things for which he had felt himself craving—a smile and a cheerful face—but the last person in the world from whom he was expecting to receive a visit. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But finally our friend Theodore, who prided himself upon his common-sense, found the matter getting quite beyond his patience. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Along both walls of the narrow apartment were iron doors, in deep recesses, that looked like the huge ovens of an ogre, sunk deep in the wall, and the baron looked himself not an unworthy proprietor. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Leon Trotsky Vaillant looked like a shadow of himself — a shadow of Blanquism, with the traditions of sansculotte warfare, in an epoch of Raymond Poincaré. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith Angelo, by reason of his detestation of Germans, temporarily threw himself into the part he was playing to the extent of despising him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Florence Dixie Wrapping himself up in his guanaco rug he had lain himself down just outside, and with a saddle for a pillow and his gun by his side, had passed the night in the open. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Besides, he’s always been most ready with his gun and has shot several people himself when he thought the law couldn’t get them in the proper way. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

On the contrary, it was most interesting to note the play of features in the tortured man, who after all brought his torture on himself by asking so many questions. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Andrew Lang Suppose they had fallen into her good-for-nothing husband’s hands and he had helped himself to her treasure! But no, the keys were safe in their usual place, and the cupboard looked quite untouched. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D’Artagnan, from being himself on all great occasions, extremely concise, did not draw from the general’s conciseness a favorable augury of the result of his mission. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Augustus Cæsar himself was spoken to in such phrases as these: ‘I love thee,’ ‘I beseech thee,’ ‘I thank thee;’ but he did not allow any person to call him ‘Domine,’ sir. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Arthur Machen At last he came to one of them, and crawled and abased himself on the ground and then took hold of the man’s coat and tried to pull him in the direction of the gate. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope Now he was turned out of the house; and as he walked across the churchyard to bespeak a bed for himself at the inn, and write the necessary note to his sister, he was melancholy and almost unhappy. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He waited until the lift had been silent for several minutes; shivering a little with the night cool that whipped in through his wet pyjamas, he returned to his room and dressed himself quickly. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope When he told the little children that this world should be as nothing to them, he did not remember that he himself enjoyed keenly the good things of this world. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason He began unaccountably himself to fear lest he and she should be discovered. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell For she had been sickly, dying so long, that he had persuaded himself she would not die; that she would ‘pull through. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope He was glad when he found that dinner was at hand, and that he could not now see his sister until after he had fortified himself with drink. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he dived once more into that third drawer and produced a letter addressed to himself in Mr. Roland Martin’s sprawling handwriting. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope I will not continue the stanza, because it contains the worst rhyme that Thackeray ever permitted himself to use. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle One trooper did indeed throw himself across my path, but mine old back-handed cut was too much for him. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

It seemed to Reuben that it was towards himself that the dogs were running. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Grandison had never understood how a Herries could bring himself to live out of London — it was a sort of lèse-majesté against the blood. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Olaf Stapledon These are intellectual interpretations, couched in language which, as he himself recognizes, is inadequate. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling Oh, here is my blue buttony-bokkus!’ He reached out for Mahmud’s lovely, old, lacquered Kashmiri pencase, where oddments were kept, and busied himself with the beads and sequins. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Borrow His great enemy himself grieved for him, and pronounced his finest eulogium. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

At this moment Angus, having stung himself again, swore violently and got up, kneeling on something sharp as he did so. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Arnold Bennett This whiskered Englishman had never earned money, never known the value of it, never imagined himself without as much of it as he might happen to want. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope He knew he had not thought sufficiently of this, that he had been carried away by enthusiasm, and had hitherto not brought home to himself the full reality of his position. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

At last Sebright himself appeared on the poop. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

G. K. Chesterton There was one verse of my doggerel verses which I have omitted, because it would certainly be misunderstood, as Scott Holland himself was misunderstood. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells With every year he became more and more definitely to himself a consecrated man as kings are consecrated. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Trollope It isn’t so very easy for a man not to make a goose of himself in that place. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Walter Scott He was about to call to arms, when, casting his eyes on the right flank of the crusaders, he saw that all remained quiet after the Frank Baron had transferred himself from thence. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

M. P. Shiel He had not wholly lost the old habit of study, but could no longer constrain himself to sit to read. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Vsevolod Krestovsky It was never distinguished by the number of its members, but everyone of them could honestly call himself an accomplished knave, never stopping at anything that stood in the way of a “job. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Edith Wharton He had forgotten that for anyone but himself and Laura Lou his features could be of interest. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sigmund Freud He himself describes the flight by saying that it was as though he were thrown into the air. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Larose was in the gullies, he was in the ditches, he had scooped himself a hole in the sand hummock tops. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

He resisted an impulse to retreat; he himself became bewildered; he felt with a shock that Simon was between him and the door. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The treasurer came punctually, but found himself alone. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Pulling himself together with an effort, and with no care any longer for the car and its ghostly burden, he dashed off at a feverish run, back along the way he had just come. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Virginia Woolf The man raises himself from the cabbages to stare too. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Watkin Tench The native of New South Wales believes that particular aspects and appearances of the heavenly bodies predict good or evil consequences to himself and his friends. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Henry James It seemed to him that he himself knew too much to imagine Morgan’s simplicity and too little to disembroil his tangle. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Flattening himself against the wall, he raised himself to his full height and gripped the stick in his right hand. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He would show himself high-minded, confident, generous, chivalrous, even; and he would trust to chance for the issue. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry James What had Gilbert Osmond meant by giving him two fingers of his left hand? If Osmond was rude, surely he himself might be bold. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

D. H. Lawrence His towel was red: he had hurt himself somewhere: but he felt nothing. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing At present, there seemed to be no more danger, the marauders having gone on into the Apennines; so Marcian obtained lodging for Veranilda and for himself in the priest’s house. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

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]

I was convinced that Louis himself had for a long time struggled against it, and that finally he had considered the important reasons which he had given me, necessary to decide him. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Anthony Trollope Urmand himself was quite alive to the necessity of putting an end to his present exceptionally disagreeable position. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Visconti frowned to himself as he thought of her. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Andrew Lang The King could not but be very sorry, for she was his mother; but he soon comforted himself with his beautiful wife and his pretty children. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And the worst of it is, he himself, his very own self, looks on himself as a mouse; no one asks him to do so; and that is an important point. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The victory was complete, — and Captain John Sandal, in the phrase which the King’s attachment to French manners and language was beginning to render popular, had ‘covered himself with glory. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry Kingsley The audacious magpie had perched himself on the top of her head, from which proud elevation he hurled wrath, scorn, and mortal defiance against them as they rode away. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle Drebber himself was drunk half the time, but Stangerson was not to be caught napping. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Thomas Hardy I couldn’t believe you were not the man I had engaged! Says I to myself, ‘He knows who I am, and recommends himself by this stroke. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy