Phrases with "keep"

D. H. Lawrence And if he doesn’t, we’ll manage to keep clear of him. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I have seen him, my dear — I have seen him! How could you possibly think I felt lonely? I am so inordinately happy that I am obliged to knit to keep myself quiet. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James She leaned her shoulder against it; it seemed to her that she would do anything to keep him. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There seemed but one thing to do; that was to keep on sailing straight before the wind — since we could travel most rapidly along that course — until we sighted land of some description. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H. G. Wells I signalled for full speed ahead and brought her head upstream, and held on like grim death to keep her there. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Wilkie Collins I have no right to keep you here, after behaving as I have done. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling Then we come back to our territorial headquarters for six months, to educate the Line and Volunteer camps, to go to Hythe, to keep abreast of any new ideas, and then we fill up vacancies. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was coming back at nine o’clock and he wanted to keep himself fresh and new for the thing he must say then. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Good, then I’ll keep him in view,” and, separated only by a few yards of bracken and the width of the road, the two ran in parallel lines towards the rendezvous that Ephraim Smith had arranged. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Theodore Dreiser He had better keep an eye on her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

His secret object was, however, to form a body guard to keep his own people in check, a sort of black Swiss regiment, so alike is the policy of all tyrants. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Sigmund Freud His wish to oversleep himself and to keep to his sexual object at home (that is, masturbation) corresponds to his resistance. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The father, in his new-found admiration for his lot, was content to face all weathers; the son found it an effort to keep pace with such vigour. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Wilkie Collins Run and tell him I have other business on hand, and I can’t keep my appointment to-day. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edgar Allan Poe During the hour and a half, or thereabouts, which we passed in this place, it required much caution on my part to keep him within reach without attracting his observation. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

George Eliot Nobody can say different of me, if they’ll keep to the truth. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope If you’ve got any secret, I’ll keep it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Robert Burns Our second Right — but needless here is caution, To keep that right inviolate’s the fashion, Each man of sense has it so full before him, He’d die before he’d wrong it —’tis decorum. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Frances Hodgson Burnett He told them to take it off and keep me out in the fresh air. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

I would keep away as far as possible from Sturm, the medium, as I was intending to keep away from Sturm, the man! One consolation I did have, I told myself. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

She allowed her to keep the goods and chattels of the deceased, forfeited by his attainder — with one exception. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Mark Twain THURSDAY. — They keep two teams of singers in stock for the chief roles, and one of these is composed of the most renowned artists in the world, with Materna and Alvary in the lead. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling What have you done with it? Where d’you keep it? A sheep would know more than you do, Postey. You’re lamentable. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

They always seem to keep together. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Sinclair Lewis And to keep it up for — good Lord, how long?” He enjoyed being sick in February; he was delighted by their consternation that he, the rock, should give way. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Paine In short, to keep up a distraction here, that the force sent from England might be able to conquer in “one campaign. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Jules Verne I held my head between my hands to keep it from bursting. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She laughed unexpectedly — had to shut her mouth hard to keep from emitting an absolute peal. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nana had served her guests very politely at first, but now she had given way to her passion for grilled bacon, trying to keep every piece for herself. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sarah Orne Jewett I keep a-watchin’ them doors as if she might step in to ary one. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Willa Cather She was remonstrating with Horace about his losses at bridge, begging him to keep away from the cardroom. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Walter Scott But being contraband goods, and on board my vessel, and I with my sailing orders in my hand, why, I am to forward them as directed — I say, John Roberts, keep her up a bit with the helm. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Baldwin Spencer They become very excited and, far away in the bush, you can hear this peculiar striking sound, because the time they keep is perfect. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Leslie Stephen Though his anxiety to hide the connexion with Vanessa may only mean a dread of idle tongues, it is at least highly probable that Stella was the person from whom he specially desired to keep it. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Henry Kingsley I cannot go on being driven all over the country in November to keep him out of the way. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Virginia Woolf But she died before that happened —” We told her to keep to the point. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Anthony Trollope If a gentleman does keep a horse, it should be well groomed. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

T. E. Lawrence We sent my peasants into the villages below us, to get news, and warn the people to keep within doors. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton But what I want to beg of you is this — let her have her adventure, give her her innings, keep up the pretence a little longer. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Oscar Wilde The whole palace seemed asleep, and even where the shutters had not been closed, heavy curtains had been drawn across the windows to keep out the glare. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Ford Madox Ford And you probably would want Michael to be brought up at Groby, in which case you couldn’t keep the girl there, even if you camouflaged her as governess. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

If mortals on yon planet’s shadowy face, Can match the tenor of my heavenly race, I strive with fruitless speed from year to year To keep precedence o’er a lower sphere. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

It will help to keep off that decline. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Margaret Oliphant And however ye may remind yourself that you are but a servant, and service is no heritage, yet it’s not easy to keep yourself from becoming attached. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I send with him my heaviest fur, which I suppose with such overcoats as you may have with you will keep you from freezing on the road. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Henry James The music was not there now, to keep them silent; yet he remained quiet, even as she did, and that for some minutes was a part of her addition. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Isabella Bird There are nearly 50,000 Germans, and I believe 40,000 Irish, who distinctly keep up their national characteristics. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

H.P. Lovecraft By the time I laid the frightful letter aside I could understand the fears he had come to entertain, and was ready to do anything in my power to keep people away from those wild, haunted hills. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

E. F. Benson What does that mean? Is it possible that she wants to keep him to herself? She has done that sort of thing before, you know. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

And you have been spending your money day by day to keep me alive. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton It was a fact that I could scarcely keep on my feet; yet I had no fancy to spend a solitary evening in my room. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Perhaps they were deliberating about throwing me overboard in order to keep possession of the boat. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

The old lord of that people knew well how to keep up a jest. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

She’s by way of being our prophetess, but she is no fool, and, besides, there’s any number of sober-minded people to keep her straight. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Isabella Bird It has some resemblance to a keep with out-buildings, and its irregular form seems to have been dictated by the configuration of the rock. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Andrew Lang And they gathered round to admire his beauty, and whispered one to the other: ‘We will make him alive again, and will keep him for our brother. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I want you to keep your eyes skinned, and write privately to me if you want any help. Prester John by John Buchan

He is a fellow to take offence for the least little thing — regular Dutchman — and I want to keep friendly with him. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

William Morris Ten months I wore away at the edge of the wildwood, and sometimes in it, with a sort of fellows who taught me many things, but not how to keep my hands from other men’s goods when I was hungry. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

I do not know that I had any occupation to keep me away from it; the truth of the matter is that on board that ship we were leading just then a contemplative life. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Henry James One wants really — for fear of some accident — to keep him in view. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

She would find a couple of rooms near her friends in London, and the Prisoners’ Aid people would find him a job, or if not, she could earn their keep with her needle. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The extraordinary thing is how people keep their levels, fulfill their promises, seem actually buoyed up by an inevitable destiny. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anne Bronte But then he never will do anything of the kind; for I keep him in too good order for that. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

At the end of that period it occurred to Mrs. Jacob that she should like to keep it for herself, as a sort of country house to retire to at will. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Henry James She couldn’t keep it from me — though she left her post on purpose — came home with me to throw dust in my eyes. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am exceedingly glad to hear that you still keep Tabby” (considerably upwards of seventy). The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing Temperament and circumstances may enable one to keep a bright view of life. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith He had to hold his money-bags tight, to keep them from plunging into monstrous gulfs. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Hope But that I keep faith with men, and honour with women, maybe I am, my lord. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

To keep drink from complicating the problem and derelict native and half-caste women from the camp was a full-time task. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anna Katherine Green X does not keep a man-servant — men of his intellectual type seldom do — but does own a limousine and consequently employs a chauffeur. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet there was special reason why upon this occasion the bowmen wished to keep the deed in their own hands. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson You keep your traditional fancy picture of semi-birds and harps and crowns. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope I believe that you still keep your uncle’s carriage, in which case it would perhaps be unnecessary. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I will cut off my right hand if that will serve him; if that will keep his soul here and hereafter. Signa by Ouida

Jules Verne The Nautilus did not keep on in its settled course; it floated about like a corpse at the will of the waves. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I don’t keep myself shut up like an unset diamond in a jeweller’s strong-box. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing You look very well now; keep it up, and you’ll knock ’em. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope You mustn’t keep me now, as I am ever so much too late. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Poor Grumps! I expect she is on bread and water now; but if she makes herself half as disagreeable to the Vice–Chancellor as she did to me, I don’t believe that they will keep her long. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

They had agreed to give us warning before doing so, but there was no certainty that they would keep to their agreement. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Joseph Furphy Now, Mary, I’ll keep this paper, and show it to you again when you’re a great scholar and a great poetess. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The wind, high that day, was taking her muslin petticoats, and she had some trouble to keep them down. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Sinclair Lewis All day long after their departure he thought of the emancipated house in which he could, if he desired, go mad and curse the gods without having to keep up a husbandly front. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Of course, there’s raw nature with the small ‘n’; but if you come up against that, it takes you all your time to keep alive — the Nature we gas about is licensed, nicely blended and bottled. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling What? A locked box in which to keep holy books? Oh, that is another matter. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

To keep on the office seemed only a farce. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is such a crowd here too, that they will not keep our table much longer. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Rudyard Kipling You can’t mean to keep them! Good God alive, man, they’re all I’ve got in the world!’ Torpenhow watched Dick’s face and whistled. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith Ottilia did not keep me waiting. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Dewis tried to keep it from the others, but they found out. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Arthur Machen His income would keep him in chops and steaks, with an occasional roast fowl, and three or four weeks on the Continent once a year. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Look, Adela, you’re not hardhearted, and you know how it used to pain you to read of the poor wretches who can’t earn enough to keep themselves alive. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My business is important and I keep it to myself. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins Say that you choose to keep your own secrets, and I shall understand what you mean. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

H. G. Wells It was his habit to keep them waiting and then appear with an air of having been working intensely on matters a little above and beyond them. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope But perhaps he hardly knew how best to keep the butter going. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker It wrung my heart to think that I had had to keep anything from her and so caused her inquietude. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Why didn’t you tell me so before, and not let me keep on going round just like a common person?” Irene laughed as if she liked to have her sister take his praises in that way rather than another. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling At the same time men took off the nuts of two of the great holding-down bolts that serve to keep the engines in place on their solid bed. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Thomas Hardy I have vowed a vow not to further obstruct the course you had decided on before you knew me and my puling ways; and by Heaven’s help I’ll keep that vow. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Wilkie Collins They keep her bright brown eyes wide open, staring with unwinking pertinacity at the light before them. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

His whole soul is centred on one thing, to keep his feet. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

I must take my chance of that, and hope that something might happen which would confirm my tale in the eyes of the Government. My first job was to keep going for the next three weeks. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

She took me, examined me, fed me, and said: ‘He’s a strong, healthy child; and we’ll keep him since his mother has been so wicked as to abandon him by the roadside. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot He’s rich — has more money than Garstin — but he doesn’t want to keep it to himself. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

To admire nothing is almost the one and only thing, Numicius, which can make and keep a man happy. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

George Gissing When mother died, and Marian married, it looked as if I had only myself to look after: then came Will’s death, and half my income went to keep his wife and child from the workhouse. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

I resolved now to keep all my passion for some Di Vernon in the future. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

He was all fidelity, inflexibility, and sombre conviction, but like some great saints he had very little body to keep all these merits in. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

But it can’t be many days, I’m sure—and—I won’t keep you up any longer, dear old Dulcibella. I’ve been very selfish. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

For I have to keep away from the police, and the poor woman refuses to be parted from me. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

There they remained standing all the time on tip-toe, each trying to keep his face above his fellow’s, that the eunuchs, as they came out, might see them. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Joseph Furphy By keeping straight on, I must soon strike the old horse-paddock fence, where the splitters used to keep their bark; and in an hour and a-half more, I would be at my camp. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

I endeavored at the time to keep up my acquaintance with him; but he took measures effectually to close it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Washington Irving It seemed to be his great delight during supper to keep a young girl next him in a continual agony of stifled laughter, in spite of her awe of the reproving looks of her mother, who sat opposite. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Gissing Of course it was not necessary to let Mary know with what heart-breaking coldness Tarrant had communicated the fact of his return; but she preferred to keep silence altogether. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

It appears they did not keep Roussillon in half-bottles. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle How shall I keep in touch with you?” “The Carlton Club will find me. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edith Wharton But she looked surprised, and said: “Oh, no; I hate the sun; it’s such a bore always having to keep the blinds down. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

But Hugh had not been able to keep the treasures of this early experience. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sir Walter Scott I’ll keep my heart doun as weel as I can, and stroke him wi’ the hair; and if the warst come to the warst, it’s but wringing the head o’ him about at last. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Isabella Bird They are almost invariably closed, with glass sides and front, and are constructed with a view to keep out the intense heat of the summer sun. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson Play in its wide sense, as the artificial induction of sensation, including all games and all arts, will, indeed, go far to keep him conscious of himself; but in the end he wearies for realities. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Renew your promise to keep the great calamity of my life a secret, on your honor and on your oath. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Gissing I criticise myself ceaselessly; expose without mercy all those characteristics which another man would keep out of sight. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Jane Austen This weather will keep many sportsmen in the country. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

It was a party of more than twenty people, and she was able to keep out of his way without obvious avoidance of him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

E. F. Benson Dear me, it is close on twelve, and Sophy will scold me if I keep her waiting. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

He would just have squandered it away in Paris, at his gaming-tables, and what not; and then have asked you to keep him. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn said to himself, almost spitefully, as she snubbed Nelly, “Too good for us, is she?” But he couldn’t keep away from her. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim For that reason, I meant to keep her here for a week, and I think that, if she had got over the shock of finding herself alone with me, she would probably have remained my guest for that period. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

It is really not fair to expect you or me to keep people like that. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott I will work in the garden, and work in the forest, mark my own trees, and cut them myself, keep my own accounts, and send Saunders Meiklewham to the devil. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Margaret Oliphant It is possible that had the connection been by Mrs. Methven’s side she would have known more about it, and taken more trouble to keep up her knowledge of the family. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Lord Mallow had a much wider range of subjects than Mr. Vawdrey. He had read more, and could keep pace with Lady Mabel in her highest flights; science, literature, politics, were all as one to him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell And Sunday is Sunday; and that’s another thing; and if I keep it, I’m a Christian, which I humbly trust I am. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They would never know she had found out: Whatsoever she discovered, she would keep to herself. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Gustave Flauber Spendius found a plant with broad leaves filled abundantly with juice, and after declaring that it was poisonous, so as to keep off the rest, he fed himself upon it. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H.P. Lovecraft I must, I reflected, keep command of myself, for the chances were that this genial friend knew nothing of Akeley’s profoundest and most stupendous probings into the forbidden. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

He looked like a frightful and elaborate scarecrow set up on the poop of a death-stricken ship, set up to keep the seabirds from the corpses. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells But Mr. Butteridge, having once made his demonstration, intended to keep his secret safe from any further risk of leakage. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Choor? Mallum?’ His Hindustani was very limited, and the ruffled and disgusted Kim intended to keep to the character laid down for him. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Rudyard Kipling You wouldn’t keep a horse the other day when I suggested, because, you said, it might fall lame, and whenever you cross the street you take a hansom. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Porthos could hardly keep his countenance. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Handel Richardson I’m not a one, love, to sit by and see a cheat and keep my mouth shut. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ll keep all the forward young women away and guide you along the safe paths. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Wilkie Collins Saints! Oh, Mr. Hethcote, what will you accuse us of being next? I declare your suspicions of the poor Socialists keep cropping up again as fast as I cut them down. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Whether the horse-shoe still remains upon the door of the haunted house, to keep away other witches, is uncertain. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Borrow Nevertheless, in order to keep up a semblance of authority, they that night placed two men armed at the door of the posada where Antonio was lodged, as if he himself were a prisoner. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Robert Louis Stevenson They are perhaps the only two great masters of expression who keep sending their readers to a glossary. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe I now determined to keep a journal of my passage, reckoning the days from one to twenty-four hours continuously, without taking into consideration the intervals of darkness. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He followed, but had hard work to keep up with her. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell I had the hardest work to keep him from confessing all before witnesses, who would have been bound to repeat it as evidence against him. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Each workman must keep to his trade, however. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins Leonard, hearing her moving about, advised her to keep quiet on the sofa. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle Every effort has been made to keep the secret. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anthony Trollope I don’t suppose you ever think of such things?’ ‘I like to keep my feet dry. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are the one person whom he might suspect, and for that reason, however much I might want you to come, I have to keep you away. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

If ye keep on lang eneugh, ye’ll put a bonny end till’t or ye’re bye wi’t — the lot o’ ye. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson Fy, sir, keep your dishonours to yourself!” Simon was deadly pale. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells And the only force behind it to keep it working well is the conscious common sense of mankind. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Rudyard Kipling When there’s a press of work they make a good deal by overtime, but they don’t seem to keep it. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Fielding It was resolved, therefore, to keep him secured that night, and early in the morning to carry him before a justice. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

H. G. Wells But should I let him?” They talked it over long and earnestly, and Miss Winchelsea was careful to keep the veil over her heart. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope After having made the promise, he had found himself bound to keep it. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet I live and keep bees upon the South Downs.” “Curse you, you double traitor!” cried the German, straining against his bonds and glaring murder from his furious eyes. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wish that fellow would keep away with his beastly mutton broth. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Marjorie Bowen Prudence was Giacomo Carrara’s ruling quality, and helped him now to keep his wits. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

In those days, especially at his preparatory school, Gordon’s life had been one long conspiracy to keep his end up and pretend that his parents were richer than they were. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope It was now of no matter, as she had determined to keep her own history to herself. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry James Alphonse and Maxime now recognise that it’s best to leave Mr. Flack alone, hard as it is to keep one’s hands off him. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

If we intended to keep faith with the lady who provided them, I should certainly have worn them. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

All the time the storm was tearing at my body, and I had to grip hard by hand and foot to keep my place. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Then was it worth while my continuing to keep up any longer the pretence of perfect innocence? I set my face hard as a flint to think. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Wilkie Collins I think the giving him this unheard-of chance among us is, in plain words, pretty much like giving him hush money to keep him quiet. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They keep each other up to any high point. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Sir Walter Scott They have hitherto behaved very well, as we are forced to keep them in good-humour. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

So it went on, pull devil, pull baker, the wretched girl screaming all the time, and Bob letting out a yell now and then to warn his boat to keep well clear of the ship. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell Who could help it, seeing her as I have done? Her character as unusual and rare as her beauty! God bless her! God keep her in her high tranquillity, her pure innocence. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Sometimes it was as much as I could do to keep it back, so strong was the craving to let her know how much she was to me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Henry Kingsley All I ask of you is to keep Charles with you. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Leslie Stephen To correspond with a Paoli and with a Chatham is enough to keep a young man ever ardent in the pursuit of virtuous fame. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was only her pride which made her insist upon coming as Gracie’s governess, and I suppose it is the same feeling which prompts her to keep herself so much aloof from us. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe The penguin’s nest consists of a hole in the earth, very shallow, being only just of sufficient depth to keep her single egg from rolling. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

I usually discard them for straight-forward fiction, keep them for complex non-fiction works. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Arthur Conan Doyle By Jove, it will be hard luck if we can’t get in!” There was a crowd at the door and a man was facing them from the top of the step, waving his arms to keep them back. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Rudyard Kipling And keep your eyes on your lawful own  And your feet to the proper path. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

To begin with the youth, or the military orbs, they are circles to which the commonwealth must have a care to keep close. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Henry James She liked having done with them, as she assured herself she had practically done, and the strange thing was that she neither missed the procession now nor wished to keep her place for it. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Being a country girl, unversed in the ways of pawnshops, it was unlikely that she had stolen that watch to sell it; she had taken it to keep for herself. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Henry Handel Richardson However, he answered in a frank way, doing his best to keep down the sentimental tone that had invaded the conversation. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It is generally considered an offensive thing for a gentleman to keep his seat while another is kept standing before him, and we presume the same law holds with regard to ladies. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford You mean to say they’d keep a man like Christopher anywhere he didn’t want to be . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Andrew Lang They believe that these roots keep off the wild animals. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope But, even in private life, I have been unable to keep down the feeling that I have always been walking over smothered ashes. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne It was necessary, then, to cross this fleet of mountains, for prudence prompted them to keep straight ahead. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Mark Twain We came very near expressing interest, sometimes — even admiration — it was very hard to keep from it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Meredith It does wonders within its period; it does all except to keep up in the race; it is short-lived. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]