Phrases with "idea"

Walter Crane This will enable you to get the joints true, and also, by altering the position of the squares, to give you a very good idea of the effect of the repeat full size. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

George Meredith Lady Jocelyn hummed till the sound of it was over, and an idea striking her, she said: ‘Ah, by the way, have you any tremendous moral notions?’ ‘I don’t think I have, madam. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Sinclair Lewis Carol had avoided exposing her plans to Vida Sherwin. She was shy of the big-sister manner; Vida would either laugh at her or snatch the idea and change it to suit herself. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Jane Austen Unwilling as she was to admit an idea so destructive of Jane’s happiness, and so dishonorable to the stability of her lover, she could not prevent its frequently occurring. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the last minute I invited a big restaurant man to be there, and while you were at the other table I sold him the whole idea of the night-club. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry James I think her idea was that I ought to make any settlement quite independent of your marrying her or not marrying her. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope William Belton might, not improbably, assist her in her want, and this idea was wormwood to him in spite of his almost formed resolution to give up his own claims. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The idea of building a house was already under discussion. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling You can see a trace of them in the mediaeval idea of the candidate for knighthood watching his arms before the altar of a church, generally full of tombs, from sunset to sunrise. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course, the whole idea is absurd, and yet I must confess that those bushes at the entrance of the cave do present an appearance as if some heavy creature had forced its way through them. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Meredith Such were the idea and the aim. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson Especially as she had not the ghost of an idea how to begin. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

I am a blind man—I haven’t seen my servant for twelve years—what idea can you give me of him? I asked you to notice. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

I mean, he has no idea how another person’s mind works. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Another fit might come on, and you, you alone, have saved her!” He signed to her that there was nothing to fear; yet he tarried, with the idea of tranquillizing her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Edith Wharton The idea of a mother’s sitting up for her daughter was so foreign to Apex customs that it roused only mistrust and irritation in the object of the demonstration. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Arthur Machen His idea of horror and of what excites horror is so lamentably deficient. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Robert Audley has thought of his friend’s disappearance until the one idea has done its fatal and unhealthy work. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ah!” he went on, thoughtfully, as if an idea had just struck him. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Algernon Blackwood The idea of the Group–Soul possessed his mind once more. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. G. Wells His idea was that meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon the planet, or that a huge volcanic explosion was in progress. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Anthony Trollope His idea had been to call for Isabel in his cab and take her down to Carlton Terrace. ‘Mother must go with me,’ she had said. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps that is the meaning of the trade of Adam. And the best popular words for rendering the real idea of liberty are those which speak of man as a creator. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells And at the time I had not the faintest idea of how the Chin imagination would take it. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

The idea of it was simply terrible. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope They had no idea of throwing over the worship of God, as the French had attempted to do at their revolution. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Though she was clever, sharp, and greedy, she had no idea what her money would do, and what it would not; and there was no one whom she would trust to tell her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Richard mused; then a most happy idea struck him. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Isabella Bird Children from their earliest years imbibe the idea that sin is sin — only when found out. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had an idea that she might at any moment collapse. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I think I had some idea of returning the box to the shelf from which I had taken it. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

The ideanever again — had complete possession of my mind. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope Could a man be honest in Parliament, and yet abandon all idea of independence? When he put such questions to Mr Monk he did not get a direct answer. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Both your young officer and Handon have entered into this idea of an impersonation and a seizure of Ratzel’s power over the Left organizations. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

George Meredith He condensed his indignant rejoinder to: ‘Madness can’t go farther!’ ‘There’s an idea in it,’ said Mr. Austin. ‘It’s an idea foaming at the mouth, then. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells In manoeuvring with my matches and Weena, I had turned myself about several times, and now I had not the faintest idea in what direction lay my path. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Wilkie Collins After a moment or two, an idea came to him. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope Thackeray then, as at other similar times, had no idea of giving pain, but when he saw a foible he put his foot upon it, and tried to stamp it out. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle The carpet seemed continuous and firmly nailed, so I dismissed the idea of a trap-door. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins The idea of possessing herself of his keys that night (if an opportunity offered when the basket was not in his hand) had first crossed her mind when she saw him go into his room. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The idea that I was absolutely going to sea at six o’clock next morning hadn’t got quite into my head yet. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope A most unselfish little creature she was, but one who had a well-formed idea of her own identity. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Gourlay frequently suspected offence, and seethed because he had no idea how to meet it — except by driving slowly down the brae in his new gig and never letting on when the Provost called to him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry James At first I was tempted to send her a reminder, after which I relinquished the idea (against my judgment as to what was right in the particular case), on the general ground of wishing to keep quiet. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton The idea was so reassuring that it restored all her clearness of thought. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

John Lewis Burckhard The camels of Taka are highly prized, from an idea that the young shoots of the acacia trees, on which they feed in the woods, render them stronger than camels fed with other food. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edgar Allan Poe Diddling — or the abstract idea conveyed by the verb to diddle — is sufficiently well understood. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald As I told you, I haven’t had more than a drink a day for over a year, and I take that drink deliberately, so that the idea of alcohol won’t get too big in my imagination. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope We need hardly say that he dropped all idea of warning his sister against the dangerous lady. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Were it not for the necessity of the present moment, no idea of a father should ever be presented to you. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope And what also if there had been no money and no jewels in that accursed box! I confess that at the moment such an idea did strike my mind. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton But suppose it was against herself that his anger turned? The idea was preposterous, yet she trembled at it. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope But she meant to be true and honest, though she often failed in her meaning, and she had an idea of her duty in life. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He’s been gloating over the idea all day. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Edith Wharton He had an idea that she knew how to take care of herself a good deal better than the ingenuous May imagined. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Edith Wharton This idea was scarcely less distasteful than the other, and for a moment Anna continued to consider her without speaking. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Trollope Susan had not the slightest idea of regarding Aaron as even a possible lover. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Berkeley Say you, I have no idea of Matter and therefore cannot explain it. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

It was a quite new idea and he was trying the taste of it, rolling it on his tongue. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

But she had no idea of the slenderness of her equipment for life and no fears for the distant future which stretched before her, years and years in which anything might happen. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. G. Wells Tremendous idea — that struggle for existence. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. Rider Haggard However, if, in face of these disadvantages, you still entertain the idea of an exchange, perhaps we had better meet . Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton The idea amused her, and she started at once warming up a can of tomato soup, and offered Vance a saucepan to heat the milk for breakfast. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your idea is an excellent one, Lord John. I myself will drive you all to London.” “You will do nothing of the kind,” said Summerlee with decision. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Edith Wharton Fact is, I’m old-fashioned; and this idea of people who’ve chosen to live together having perpetually to get away from each other . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

They had no idea where he had gone. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Florence Dixie No idea of what his thoughts had been, of the struggle he had been going through, appeared to strike her. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope It was devised with the more picturesque idea of maintaining chivalric associations. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She had an idea that she must walk for the rest of her life, wearily, wearily. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James He did everything to get her to listen to him; but she hasn’t the smallest idea of it. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope You have no idea how headstrong she can be. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen Is this your idea of playing games? I tell you, Meyrick . The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Gertrude Stein It is very difficult now that everybody is accustomed to everything to give some idea of the kind of uneasiness one felt when one first looked at all these pictures on these walls. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. F. Benson Miss Mapp meantime had sat down on her bed, and firmly rejected the idea that his call had anything to do with marriage. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

And in the last week or so he had begun to welcome the idea for a different reason altogether. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Radclyffe Hall Supposing that she did not find what she wanted in Bond Street? She had no idea where else to look — her knowledge of London was far from extensive. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Wilkie Collins The idea of making use of her — as the only living being near — to give the alarm, came to him instinctively the moment he recognized her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

T. E. Lawrence He disliked the idea very much. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edmund Burke But this dread must necessarily follow the idea of such a power, when it is once excited in the mind. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Henry James The idea of putting in a few quiet days there has taken hold of me: I rather cling to it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope He liked his glass of whisky punch dearly, and had an idea that it was good for him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

This idea made me shudder and recalled me to action. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope The idea of raising a rent was abominable to him. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope She had no idea before that she had any such talents. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon The statement that God is an eternal spirit or a supratemporal person is self-contradictory because the idea of personality involves the passage of time. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George Meredith This idea being accompanied by a sense of security delighted him; he was accustomed to inquire of Angelo’s condition, and praise the British doctor who was attending him gratuitously. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing Excellent idea of yours to strike up a friendship, wasn’t it?” The benefit was reciprocal. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

You have no idea how fidgety and miserable a fellow grows that doesn’t know what’s going on. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

This is the nicety of the art, and you can only acquire it by practice; a few examples will suffice to give you an idea of its delicacy. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Mark Twain I always had an idea that Como was a vast basin of water, like Tahoe, shut in by great mountains. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Mary Webb Vessons stared at him for some time, and, as he stared, an idea occurred to him. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

You have no idea how entirely that house is condemned and avoided, and the very name of its inmates tabooed. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James She has an idea she can— can make you say what’ll meet her views. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

One thing in our favour — he’ll never have the slightest idea we are after him. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Charles Dickens The idea of wealth has been familiarised to me from my cradle. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

At the call of an idea they had left their forests, their clearings, the protection of their rulers, their prosperity, their poverty, the surroundings of their youth and the graves of their fathers. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Walter Crane This part of the picture by itself forms a most beautiful pattern motive, while it expresses the idea of peace and goodwill. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

H. G. Wells Yet I have an idea that in some obscure manner we should come to feel at once a difference in things. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Anthony Trollope He had some idea of this, for the thought occurred to him that he would turn and ride fast at the jump. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Nor did the idea of refusing her advances even cross his mind. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The idea of making an impersonal object like a great Chancery suit the centre round which a large and manifold group of characters revolves, seems to savour of a drama rather than of a story. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Jane Austen I had not the smallest idea of their being ever felt in such a way. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope Mary did not believe all that she heard; but there was left upon her mind an idea that Walter Marrable was preparing himself for the sudden change of his affections. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

And then another idea came to me. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

But I got enough of the Lone Star in about three months, and I come back with the idea that Vermont was good enough for me. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Gissing Doesn’t it occur to you that Bella may already look upon you as her future husband? Haven’t you done your best to plant that idea in her mind?’ Malkin started, but quickly recovered himself. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She murmured: “I had an idea that Monsieur was in the house,” raising a gloved hand to lift her veil. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

John Galsworthy The idea that George should have had taste almost appalled him. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James Her ability, at any rate, was of a kind that precluded the idea of suffering, whereas Hyacinth’s was rather associated with it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Guy de Maupassan Then he wrote on “Street Lending-Libraries.” His idea was to have little pushcarts full of books drawn about the streets. The Legion of Honor by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton This trend of the English Romantics to carry out the revolutionary idea not savagely in works, but very wildly indeed in words, had several results; the most important of which was this. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Ford Madox Ford She had walked two or three times up and down the street with the idea that the girl might come out: then it had struck her that that was rather an ignoble proceeding, really . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

In a clever sort of way he had shown his hand a bit more after dinner and she had a pretty good idea that his next move would be to attempt to extort money. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

D. H. Lawrence She had no idea men did such things. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim Your idea is perfectly right, General. They are holding off until they know the truth and they are making a big drive to get to know it, too. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

He hasn’t decided yet, but I’ve got a sort of idea that a prompt bid might do the trick, if it at all appeals to you. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

E. F. Benson But beyond the fact that he was perfectly sure that a party from London was coming down for the week-end, he could form no idea of what would be the result of that. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

The idea of this Substratum or Substance is a “confused idea of something to which the qualities belong, and in which they subsist. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

D. H. Lawrence He just must, and those that deny it have got a more fixed idea than anybody. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Absorbed as I was in the one idea of getting to London, this information (which events proved to be perfectly correct) had an interest of its own to attract my attention. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Theodore Dreiser As rent day approached, an idea grew in him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

W. W. Jacobs It seemed at first an excellent reason for not finding Captain Gething, but the idea had hardly occurred to him before he dismissed it as unworthy, and manfully resolved to do his best. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Bram Stoker This gave Mimi an idea that she was up to no good, so she determined to seize the occasion for watching her in more detail. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope When she spoke of appealing to her father, no idea crossed her mind of complaining of her husband’s infidelity. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

But, once originated, the conception of the constancy of the order of Nature has become the dominant idea of modern thought. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Galsworthy Where is Nejd?” “Centre of Arabia. But Muskham will never get his idea adopted, there’s no tighter mind than the pukka racing man’s. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Meredith The idea of her being out of doors grew serious; heaven was black, hard thunder rolled, and lightning flushed the battering rain. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You didn’t give me the least idea that we were likely to meet again so soon. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Jules Verne No one, however, had an idea of giving up the enterprise. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Sinclair Lewis You’ll be lonely — you got no idea how lonely — as lonely as you’ve made Joan and me. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang But people say that underneath the black waters of the pool she has a house filled with beautiful things, such as mortals who dwell on the earth have no idea of. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Adams Perhaps the earliest known of all natural forces after the solar energies, it seemed to have suggested no idea to any one until some mariner bethought himself that it might serve for a pointer. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Grace Maubray was handsome, animated; she had that combination of air, tact, cleverness, which enter into the idea of chic. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Ford Madox Ford She had read few novels, so that the idea of a pure and constant love succeeding the sound of wedding bells had never been very much presented to her. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Elizabeth Gaskell But this difficulty in which he was placed by his connexion with Ruth, associated the idea of her in his mind with annoyance and angry regret at the whole affair. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Happily no such desperate idea ever occurred to him in connection with his grief. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

The mistress of “The Beeches” possessed a really kind heart beneath the ice of her ultra-gentility, and she was pleased with the idea of assisting in the bringing about of a genuine love-match. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

But I think, between us, we succeeded in carrying out a very fine idea at last. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Mark Twain The idea of it is to dance as wildly, as noisily, as furiously as you can; expose yourself as much as possible if you are a woman; and kick as high as you can, no matter which sex you belong to. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells At the first clash the girl screamed, stood screaming for a moment by the fireplace, and then ran to open the shutters — possibly with an idea of escaping by the shattered window. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope I have had the same idea all through myself, but as you have been so obstinate I have not liked to say so. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving Such is the account which he gives of his weariness of spirit, and of the incident which first suggested the idea of writing the poem. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Nicolou’s terror had, however, so graven the idea on his mind, that he could never afterwards dismiss it. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Abraham Merri That idea of sacrifice — it grows stronger. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins I live, Geoffrey — I live to dedicate myself to the adored idea of You. My hero! my first, last, love! I will marry no other man. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I had no idea of acting except in the most open manner, and I called at Deringham Hall yesterday afternoon, and sent in my card in a perfectly orthodox way, as you may have heard. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells Have lead-soled boots, carry a bag of solid lead, and the thing is done! Instead of being a prisoner here you may go abroad again, Pyecraft; you may travel — ” A still happier idea came to me. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope Mr Spooner had some idea of all this as his cousin drove him up to the door, at what he then thought a very fast pace. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Since Robert had come down to play his wild game of persecution at Fairly, the simple idea of Dahlia had been Edward’s fever. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

For some time I was lost in conjecture as to the cause of this, but yesterday an idea struck me, and if it is well founded, I conjure you to avow it. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She had had no idea that really all the time, beneath his charming wavy hair, he was so very much like an egg. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Kate Chopin The idea of Robert starting off in such a ridiculously sudden and dramatic way! As if it were a matter of life and death! Never saying a word about it all morning when he was with me. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Henry James He had shown her a great deal while he sat there, especially what balderdash he thought it — the whole idea of women’s being equal to men. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

I hate the idea of all this speculation as to who shall stand in a dead man’s shoes. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing My idea is that she won’t marry for some time, perhaps not at all. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Then suddenly one gets one’s own old idea — the alternative profession! My cricket — his Rational Drink! But it is no use jumping to conclusions. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

T. E. Lawrence In confidence that this weapon, tempered by myself, was enough for the utmost of my purpose, I seemed to forget the English companions who stood outside my idea in the shadow of ordinary war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

When he got his idea he had to drive it into reluctant minds, through the bulwarks of fear, of selfishness. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry James That idea that you should paint her — she appears to consider it a sort of bargain. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The idea is monstrous, I tell you —” “I— I fought him — soul battling against soul —?” she stammered, breathing faster and irregularly. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Benjamin Disraeli It would be ridiculous to entertain such an idea for a second. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jane Austen The idea of the olive-branch perhaps is not wholly new, yet I think it is well expressed. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Bronislaw Malinowski The idea of the individuality of marriage was also quite clear to the aboriginal mind and expressed itself in many of the facts connected with the marriage contract. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anatole France But they will at all events give you an idea of what will be in the future. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Guy de Maupassant The idea of seeing this terrible spectacle again so upset him that he kept his eyes closed with all his strength, as though they might open in spite of himself. Denis by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I was so annoyed, I said: “That is not my idea of bringing up children, Mrs. James.” Mrs. James said. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Frances Hodgson Burnett I don’t know whether it’s Coombe’s idea or not. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Indeed, in a way the idea was quite pleasing to him, as it would be something of an exciting adventure. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope But now, when the idea was represented to my mind’s eye, I acknowledged to myself that it would be impossible that she should be left there for the occasion. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The idea instantly occurred to him that something was wrong. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

An idea suddenly occurred to D’Artagnan; it was his first one, and we shall find it was not a bad one either. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Montfort was the only living Englishman who gave one an idea of the nobleman of the eighteenth century. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

William Hope Hodgson I had an idea then that he was jumping overboard. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Green Ingersoll His idea about politics was “Might makes right. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Walter Scott It is an idea which seems common to many nations. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

It revolutionised his idea of the Explorers’ Club’s extreme selectness, of its social purity. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Henry James The idea of being “clever” in a gondola by moonlight appeared to her to involve elements of which her grasp was not active. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Guy de Maupassant Suddenly an idea struck him, a terrible idea, and he left off drinking to mature it. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Jane Austen Poor girl! I could not bear the idea of it; so, as soon as Mr. Weston came into the room, and I could get at him, I spoke to him about the carriage. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. G. Wells The idea of using air transport as the combining and directive force for a new synthesis of civilization was already an old and familiar one. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope The idea of such a proceeding never occurred to Mr. Harding. His authority over Eleanor ceased when she became the wife of John Bold. He had not the slightest wish to pry into her correspondence. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett I knew it’d be all up — if I so much as breathed a hint of it! I don’t suppose you’ve the slightest idea how stand-offish you are!” “Me stand-offish!” she protested. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Olaf Stapledon The idea of progress, material or mental, had long since ceased to seem plausible, for society was universally regarded as perfect. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins The idea of descending any sooner than I could help into the heat and gloom of London repelled me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing The idea of this kind of life for a permanency was as absurd as most other ideas which I embrace in splenetic moods. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells It is inseparable from the modern idea of education that it should be knit up to incessant research. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell He had no idea of the misery his jokes were to the sensitive girl, who already thought herself a miserable sinner, for having slept on, when she ought to have been awake. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

H. G. Wells The idea of orange blossom and white veils had been abandoned reluctantly on account of the expense of cabs. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

He should have repudiated such an idea with scorn if he had not heard it from her own lips. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Berkeley But it will be objected that, if there is no idea signified by the terms soul, spirit, and substance, they are wholly insignificant, or have no meaning in them. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Algernon Blackwood He brought — thus the idea came unbidden to his mind — something with him that galvanised him quite absurdly, as fear does, or delight, or great wonder. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Anthony Trollope But Mr. Barry, though he had the pleasure of Miss Grey’s acquaintance, had no idea of the nature of the duties which she performed in the firm. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

So my idea was to catch him if possible somewhere on the way, as he was coming from his home. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He had never heard of this Professor Bannister before, and had no idea what sort of books he wrote. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells That’s my idea of mountaineering. Little Mother up the Morderberg by H. G. Wells [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The idea of that man falling for a pretty adventuress! Of course he was never rich enough for her even though the shop paid well in those days. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing I might have had Jane schooled and fashioned into a lady, and still have hoped that she would use the money well; but my idea went beyond that. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope There was running through his mind an idea that very much was due to him from Harry; but there was also an idea that something too was due from him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He had even proposed dining at the table-d’hôte, while they were on their Scotch travels, but this idea Mrs. Winstanley rejected with horror. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jane Austen She could not endure the idea of it. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]