Phrases with "jokes"

Anthony Trollope Then there were various little jokes between them, till the young lady was quite impressed with the gentleman’s pleasant affability. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The earl when he came in was very warm in his welcome, slapping his young friend on the back, and poking jokes at him with a goodhumoured if not brilliant pleasantry. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

For years Punch ran a series of jokes called ‘Servant Gal-isms’, all turning on the then astonishing fact that a servant is a human being. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

In New York, London, Berlin, Vienna, Melbourne and Calcutta vast audiences rocked with laughter over jokes which have now, almost without exception, ceased to be funny. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James But little by little they stopped, and the poor marquis began to make his jokes again. The American by Henry James [1877]

Edith Wharton Of course each human agglomeration, down to the smallest village, had its local idioms, its own range of allusions, its stock of jokes and forms of irony. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Leon Trotsky He grew unable to endure the patronizing tone of the doctors, their banal jokes and their false encouragements. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope He could make his little jokes about little pet wickednesses. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Heaven knows the young soldier’s jokes were commonplace enough; but Mary admired him as the most brilliant and accomplished of wits. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Augustine Birrell Yet when he is, his gravity was treated either as one of his feebler jokes or as an impertinence. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Henry James It turned out that even in the still air of Morgan’s various disabilities jokes flourished greatly. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Then the girls waited on us; a good-looking pair they was too, full of larks and fun of all kinds, and not very particular what sort of jokes they laughed at. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Radclyffe Hall Her jokes were dangerous, even cruel at times — in her jokes Dickie quite lacked imagination. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Edith Wharton But then Strefford was always having private jokes with people or about them; and Lansing was irritated with himself for perpetually suspecting his best friends of vague complicities at his expense. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

And so they worry up all those silly little jokes of theirs to carry it off. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

His ministers not so; and wise peopel do entertain themselfs with what I think foollish jokes a-bout a Skotch boote. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

They were laughing merrily and enjoying their jokes too wholeheartedly. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

G. K. Chesterton That all is vanity, that life is dust and love is ashes, these are frivolities, these are jokes that a Catholic can afford to utter. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson And there she sat, in the gloomy, overfilled drawing-room, and stroked the kitten, which neither cracked stupid jokes nor required her to strain her wits to make conversation. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Soon the children would be rushing in from school; then would come the men, with their loud voices and coarse jokes and corduroys reeking of earth and sweat. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

About 1928, in one of the three genuinely funny jokes that Punch has produced since the Great War, an intolerable youth is pictured informing his aunt that he intends to ‘write’. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

G. K. Chesterton Everybody was making jokes about him, as if he were the weather or the War Office or any recognised theme for the satiric artist. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Depend upon it, jokes can be sanctified by time quite as much as creeds. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton There were days when Manford liked to be “surprised” at the office; when he and his daughter had their little jokes together over these clandestine visits. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Sigmund Freud All these harmless jokes with little friends were remembered because they replaced other less harmless ones. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The cynical students near him were annoyed at his audible appreciation of time-honored jokes in the Hammerstein tradition. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins I had my share of vanity, like other young women, and I began to think of Mrs. Knifton’s jokes with some attention. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Ivan Turgenev The games of forfeits began again, but without the strange pranks, the practical jokes and noise — the gipsy element had vanished. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

In much the same manner the audience at a theatre never fail to be highly amused with any jokes at the expense of the public — always laughing heartily at some other public, and never at themselves. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Guy de Maupassan Go to the soldiers’ quarters, you will see men choking, their eyes full of tears, doubled up on their beds over the jokes of some funny fellow. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Gaston Leroux He himself had done too much in that way in his time not to recognize, in the inspector’s story, all the marks of one of those practical jokes which begin by amusing and end by enraging the victims. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He did not want to be talked over, or, as he said, “any jokes or things about it. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Washington Irving Croker, in his notes to Boswell, gives another of these practical jokes perpetrated by Burke at the expense of Goldsmith’s credulity. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

James Joyce His jokes are getting a bit damp. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Sigmund Freud There are dreams in which the most complicated intellectual operations take place; arguments for and against are adduced, jokes and comparisons are made, just as in our waking thoughts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He laughed aloud at trifles, made bad jokes and applauded them himself, and, in short, grew unmeaningly noisy. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Bram Stoker Many distinguished actors have been very fond of playing practical jokes and perpetrating hoaxes. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Jules Verne His jokes stuck in his throat. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is so flattering to a young lady to have a fellow buy a coloured lithograph, and call it by her name, and crack jokes and spout mock heroics over it. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Arthur Morrison They called it Kiddo’s Bank in the Jago, and made jokes about alleged deposits of his. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling And funny! Roma Dea! How Mother could make us laugh!’ ‘What at?’ ‘Little jokes and sayings that every family has. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Mark Twain For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

George Meredith Those dangers she named, observing that Mrs. Lupin, their aunt, might know them, but was as liable to be sent to sleep by a fellow with a bag of jokes as a watchdog to be quieted by a bone. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope She had taken them as jokes as long as she had been able to do so, but was now at last driven to perceive that other people would not do so. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Our jokes were all domestic or developed out of the daily affairs of the school; but they covered enough waste paper to stock a library. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He thought such jokes in bad taste. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Thomas Hardy The former boisterous laughter of the wedding-party at the groomsman’s jokes was heard ringing through the woods no more. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

It was very comfortable, after all that buzz of talk, and the jokes that seemed so nonsensical and tiresome. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

G. K. Chesterton But the great artist not only laughs at his own jokes; he laughs at his own jokes before he has made them. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray An honest groom jokes and hobs-and-nobs and makes his way with the kitchen-maids, for there is good social nature in the man; his master dare not unbend. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Charles Dickens More than that, he used to make songs, bringing in whatever little jokes we had between us. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

Henry James The jokes were certainly excellent, and the young man’s merriment was joyous and genial. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Then his girls had begun to make fun of it; and though he did not mind Penelope’s jokes much, he did not like to see that Irene’s gentility was wounded. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Ford Madox Ford Queer, isn’t it? Like one of those sinister jokes that Providence plays upon one. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

G. K. Chesterton Everybody is familiar with jeers against politicians, jokes about political payments, journalistic allusions to the sale of honours or the Secret Party Fund; above all, nobody is now shocked by them. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The benches along the wooden tables were packed with hungry proletarians, wolfing their food, plotting, shouting rough jokes across the room. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Lo! the poor humorist, whose tortured mind See jokes in crowds, though still to gloom inclined — Whose simple appetite, untaught to stray, His brains, renewed by night, consumes by day. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray I wish I could relate or remember half the mad jokes that flew about among the jolly Irish crew on the top of the coach, and which would have made a journey through the Desert jovial. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

William Makepeace Thackeray He is the Satyric genius we spoke of anon: he cracks his jokes still, for satire must live; but he is combed, washed, neatly clothed, and perfectly presentable. John Leech’s Pictures of Life and Character by William Makepeace Thackeray [1854]

William Makepeace Thackeray He thinks the bar-mess the most fashionable assemblage in Europe, and the jokes of “grand day” the ne plus ultra of wit. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

The jokes were fine and funny, The statesmen honest in their views, And in their lives, as well, And when you heard a bit of news ’Twas true enough to tell. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson Our powers, perhaps, are small to please, But even negro-songs and castanettes, Old jokes and hackneyed repartees Are more than the parade of vain regrets. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Washington Irving Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance; a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry Handel Richardson Coarse jokes were bandied, too, at the unwarranted intrusion. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton Fond as he was of jokes and rhymes, nothing he could write or even sing ever satisfied him like something he could do. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Guy de Maupassant The jokes are like cannon balls, smashing everything in their passage. The Mustache (Good Reasons) (Le Moustache) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray And so I put to him some other foolish jokes about soapsuds, henpecking, and flat-irons, which set the man into a fury, and succeeded in raising a quarrel between us. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Wilkie Collins The more she puzzled Sarah with these jokes and pranks of masquerade, the better she was always pleased. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

He felt that he had failed at it, not so much because of Shrike’s jokes or his own self-doubt, but because of his lack of humility. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

I think this was one of the best jokes I have ever made. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Henry Fielding Many jokes passed between the beau and the parson, chiefly on each other’s dress; these afforded much diversion to the company. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

It is one of the stock jokes of English literature, from Malvolio onwards. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope The very winks and hints and little jokes which fell from her younger sisters told her that it was so. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

He kept on chuckling to himself as if he had given utterance to one of the best jokes that ever was heard. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli His seraphic raillery elicited sympathetic applause from the ladies, especially from the daughters of the house of Brentham, who laughed occasionally, even before his angelic jokes were well launched. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arnold Bennett He was exchanging jokes with a circle of open mouths. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith Was that the game?’ Evan informed him that he never played jokes with money, or on men. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

During the war we made many jokes about the German verboten, but when I think of the parks of my childhood I think first of “Keep Off . London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Virginia Woolf They became children again when he was in this mood, and were spurred on to make family jokes at which they all laughed for no particular reason. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sinclair Lewis You two have jokes and memoriesmaybe of all the romantic passes that you’ve made at her. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Radclyffe Hall Jokes there were, but no longer directed at her — they were harmless, well meant if slightly broad jokes made at the expense of the bashful bridegroom. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Wilkie Collins I made all the necessary jokes about the strength of the vital principle in Lady Malkinshaw, and the broken condition of my own constitution; but he solemnly abstained from understanding one of them. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Miles Franklin All the men were forced to walk up hills for miles and miles in the dust and heat, which did not conduce to their amiability, and many and caustic were the remarks and jokes made upon the driver. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

They played practical jokes upon me. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had come to hate his world with its delicate jokes and politenesses, forgetting that for many years it was the only world open to her. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Washington Irving His countenance assumed a deeper cast of dejection as the evening advanced; and, strange as it may appear, even the baron’s jokes seemed only to render him the more melancholy. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells Eh? Am I talking nonsense, Foxfield? Am I talking nonsense?’ ‘The jokes of today may become the facts of tomorrow,’ said Foxfield. ‘Nonsense pro tem, let us say. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

When we drove back the bridge-menders stood aside for us while we were yet far off, and the women came to their doorways at the sound of our bells for another exchange of jokes with our driver. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Virginia Woolf It seemed to him that they were still cutting little private jokes about Jones minor winning the long jump; and old Foxy, or whatever the headmaster’s name was. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Gissing To hear him one would have supposed that he was in his ordinary mood; he laughed at his own jokes and points. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing This she had from her father, a man of quips and jokes on the surface of his seriousness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith The quips and jokes of Franko were lively, and he looked into the carriages passing, as if he knew that a cheerful countenance is not without charms for their inmates. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Bent’s manner was hearty and most friendly, and he laughed boisterously at several feeble jokes he cracked. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Washington Irving Yet it is not he who sings loudest and jokes most that has the lightest heart. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

William Makepeace Thackeray A footman was howling ‘Stop thief!’ at the top of his voice; but the country fellows were only laughing at his distress, and making all sorts of jokes at the adventure which had just befallen. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

H. G. Wells The jokes of today may become the facts of tomorrow, even as Foxfield had said. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

But obviously Raffles and he were on exceptional terms of intimacy, and I could not but infer that they were in the habit of playing practical jokes upon each other. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

G. K. Chesterton Gilbert made good jokes by the thousand; but he never (in his best days) made the joke that could possibly have been expected of him. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Isabella Bird He sings and jokes and mimics Mirza, rides a fine horse, or sprawls singing on its back, and keeps every one alive by his energy and vitality. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

G. K. Chesterton But Mr. Moon seems to think he is there to make jokes — very good jokes I dare say, but not at all adapted to assist his client. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Algernon Blackwood The thought of the stuffy hotel room, and of those noisy people with their obvious jokes and laughter, oppressed him. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

Bram Stoker Practical jokes of this nature have more than once led to serious results. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Leon Trotsky Many jokes were made about us on this score. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Zerbine, who was evidently rejoicing over some secret source of satisfaction, accepted good-naturedly all the taunts and jokes of her companions upon the irresistible power of her charms. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

William Makepeace Thackeray He says he wrote these jokes with such ease that he sent manuscripts to the publishers faster than they could acknowledge the receipt thereof. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

H. G. Wells These letters are full of the little jokes and allusions of a reluctantly dispersing household. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope The signora’s jokes were bitter enough to Mr. Slope, but they were quite as bitter to Mr. Arabin. He still stood leaning against the fire-place, fumbling with his hands in his trousers pockets. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett There had always been a great deal of laughing and talking of nonsense and the bandying of jokes and catch phrases. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Olaf Stapledon He seemed to regard the business much as they did themselves, as a tiresome necessary grind, which must be done efficiently but might be alleviated by jokes and stories. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He denied them the use of chewing-gum; he permitted no conversation, as he called it, among them; and he addressed no jokes or idle speeches to them himself. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

George Borrow Mr. Petulengro and his wife, however, returned their laughs and jokes with interest. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Andrew Lang The joker of jokes was hoaxed. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen The immediate advantage to herself was by no means inconsiderable, for it supplied her with endless jokes against them both. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

All the Simla jokes originated at the Harborough bungalow. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Virginia Woolf And she had had two jokes cracked at her already; one about an umbrella; another about superstition. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Wilkie Collins My disguise was found out, and the jokes against me were redoubled. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Meredith Their jokes at the dead were universal. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arnold Bennett And even mediocre jokes would convulse the room. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

I make one of the best jokes of my life. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Anthony Trollope Young Marcus — from whom Tiro has asked for some assistance which Marcus cannot give him — jokes with him as to his country life, telling him that he sees him saving the apple-pips at dessert. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell All Jack Marshland’s jokes and revelations, which had, I thought, gone to oblivion, were raked up to my discredit. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

She made embarrassing jokes at the expense of her children. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Guy de Maupassant They all ate heartily of the good things provided, but there were no jokes such as are prevalent at weddings of that sort; it was all too grand, and it made them feel uncomfortable. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Louisa May Alcott The younger men quiz him, it seems, call him Old Fritz, Lager Beer, Ursa Major, and make all manner of jokes on his name. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

John Galsworthy The ghastly smile one had to keep on the lips, the inane jokes one had to make. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Small-talk won’t succeed with that woman; compliments won’t succeed; jokes won’t succeed — ready-made science may recall the deceased professor, and ready-made science may do. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Virginia Woolf The English fell silent; the natives who walked beside the donkeys broke into queer wavering songs and tossed jokes from one to the other. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

So Vandeloup’s bright smiles and merry jokes failed to call forth any response from the fair Martha, who sat silently in the bar, looking like a crabbed sphinx. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Gissing Now that’s one of the finest jokes I ever heard. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Guy de Maupassan It always hurt her to hear of money being squandered, and she could not even understand jokes on such a subject. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Cicero jokes at his own solicitude, but nevertheless we know that he has felt it when, on the next morning, he sent Atticus an account of it. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He had had many practical jokes played upon him, but never before had a person come forward as his defender. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

James Hogg Nane o’ your practical jokes on strangers an’ honest foks. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

T. E. Lawrence We cracked bawdy jokes to set off the encompassing beauty. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton It is quite true that his jokes are often on the same subjects as the jokes in a halfpenny comic paper. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Not unfrequently, too, his stereotyped jokes weary. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell Betty made cumbrous jokes at Miss Eyre’s expense. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing The jokes and gossip of each morning were things of the past; she plied her needle every moment of the working day, her thoughts fixed on one unchanging subject. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Mark Twain But I don’t care, I don’t mind the terms — I’d be willing to stand a thousand such jokes to have you here. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This is so notorious that even the Spaniards themselves make jokes about it. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James He seemed to have found the country a gigantic joke, and his blandness went but so far as to allow that jokes on that scale are indeed inexhaustible. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

I shook hands cordially with him, and he drew me partly on one side with the admiral and retailed to us one of the latest jokes going about the city. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He made two jokes during the meal; he laughed often, and I began to forget the events of the previous day. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Ah, the kind man, with his soft eyes, and his nice voice, and his jokes and laughing, and him thinking the world and all of me — ay, indeed. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Edith Wharton Harpledon jokes do last, you know. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Willa Cather I know Scott’s brand of humour too well, and the kind of jokes that would be made about them. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Perhaps it should teach us to take them more kindly when other people crack such cynical jokes on our heads, or, at least, to perceive that they don’t always argue personal antipathy. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope He had accepted the kindness; but being fully alive to the purposes of matronly intrigue, had had his little jokes in reference to the young ladies. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle There were a few duels which he might have taken in ill part, and there were one or two little jokes in Paris since the peace. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

R. D. Blackmore What happens north of Teesmouth is none of our business; and we should have the laugh of the old Scotchman there, if they pay him a visit, as I hope they may; for he cuts many jokes at our expense. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

She walked hesitatingly up the slanting planks of the gangway amidst the encouraging shouts and more or less decent jokes of the men idling over the bulwarks. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Even Ellis thawed and produced several rhymes; Ellis’s jokes were always genuinely witty, and yet filthy beyond measure. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry James When there are no jokes you’ve nothing left. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He broke into a cry, a little wail, such as many legends have recorded and many jokes mocked. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Willa Cather At medical school, though he was a rather wild boy in behavior, he had always disliked coarse jokes and vulgar stories. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Gissing Was he—hideous doubt—preparing himself for an even worse disillusion? Undoubtedly the people on board had remarked his attentions; for all he knew, jokes were being passed, nay, bets being made. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope And it was known also, of course, that there was a young lady down on the sea coast beyond Ennistimon, and doubtless there were jokes on the subject. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The gay songs he sang amused her, and so did his continuous banter of jokes and jibes characteristic of the Paris streets, this being still new to her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

William Makepeace Thackeray Hark at the dead jokes resurging! Memory greets them with the ghost of a smile. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope Mary’s jokes had appeared so easy too; they seemed to come from a heart so little troubled. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Why, our very names and phrases, the very bets and jokes in which the whole thing began, will never be translated. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

G. K. Chesterton The only silent jokes are the practical jokes. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Louisa May Alcott She eats and drinks and sleeps like a sensible creature, she looks straight in my face when I talk about that man, and only blushes a little bit when Teddy jokes about lovers. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]