Phrases with "keep"

We hold a most unflattering opinion of the man who will thieve a dog, but between him and the man who will keep one, the moral difference is not so great as to be irreconcilable. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I made up my mind when I was at the office today that I would begin to keep a diary. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arnold Bennett There are two of you, so you must keep an eye on the former occupiers, if they return, and on Miss Spencer, while I nurse the patient. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Mark Twain If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, pledge him to keep a journal a year. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling To keep the Queen’s peace is of course only a small portion of Police duty, but it is trying. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing Women must be taught to keep their eyes on that, as the irreducible minimum of their demands. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Where he went mattered little, but it was necessary for him to be active, to keep pace in bodily exertion with the hurrying current of his thoughts. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins The chief’s son, whose heart the Captain’s kindness had won, could be trusted to do this, and to keep the secret faithfully for his good friend’s sake. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

So he trotted out of camp behind a milk-cart, his hands assisting an empty drum to keep its balance. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins It was all I could do to keep myself standing upright. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Jonathan Swif I told them I had no hopes they could ever keep in, but that I saw they loved one another so well, as indeed they seem to do. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Gissing We shall have to take another house, of course, and we can’t keep them from knowing that there’s money fallen to me. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He may wonder, and probably does, at her unexpected presence here, on this day of all days; therefore he may suspect a confession by his secretary, and will keep his eyes open. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Whoever had been there had come provided with food to keep a long watch!” But Royne was not impressed. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Bram Stoker I told her that she was to have all the papers in the safe, and all the papers or diaries and phonographs we might hereafter use, and was to keep the record as she had done before. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

And Miss Dewey has to keep step with the rest of us. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope But she contrived to keep her hands locked together, so that he merely held her gently by the wrist. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony: Why, Gloria — Gloria: When we have to keep selling bonds to even pay our bills, it’s time to cut down on excess generosities. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

G. K. Chesterton When the world needs a Crusade for communal ideals, it is best waged by men without ties, like the Franciscans. But when it comes to a fight for private property—you can’t keep women out of that. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

James Joyce A man with two establishments to keep up, of course he couldn’t. Dubliners by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle He might have added Major Clutterbuck’s thousand pounds as another item to be cleared, but he thought it as well to keep silent upon the point. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Indeed, if it were not for that discovery, he thought he would not have come to keep any vigil at all that night. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

The applications, internal and external, were powerful, and I gave him strict directions to keep warm and sheltered, telling him it was his only chance for life. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

It began to try and keep a difficult balance, for it seemed to be slipping and sliding on the floor and by throwing itself one way and another just not falling. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Amid the hurly-burly of artificiality, it was all his cleverness could do to keep its head to the wind; and he was only able to remain afloat at all by throwing overboard his humour. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

F. Scott Fitzgerald His mother had been a successful actress; Joel had spent his childhood between London and New York trying to separate the real from the unreal, or at least to keep one guess ahead. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

D. H. Lawrence He shuddered violently, clenching his teeth and fists hard to keep control. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James It affected her like the crack of a whip, but she confined herself, with an effort, to taking it as a reminder that she must keep her head. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

On the morning of departure, I was stationed at the Casbîn gate to keep order, and to prevent any impediment to the Shah’s passage. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Theodore Dreiser The State had to keep on good terms with them, especially in times like these. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

You see his two aunts who live at Woodlands are nasty, scheming old maids, and they contrived to keep him away from his great-uncle, Mr. de Crespigny, who is expected to leave him all his money. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Just to keep enough grip to run the machinery of the day: and beyond that, to let yourself drift, not to think or strain or make any effort to consciousness whatsoever. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But the misery, the agony, had been then present with him during all those hours — and had been made the sharper by his endeavours to keep it down and banish it from his thoughts. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Lucid mind! But keep your lucidity on the practical aspect. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

As I have said, I hope the police will keep their eyes on you. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

For three days the unhappy man had contrived to keep life and freedom, in order to get speech with the one being who, he thought, cherished for him some affection. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James If he didn’t want to take up the subject, he at least wanted to take her up — to keep his hand upon her as long as he could. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

And all I have asked of you is to keep the solemn vows you made to me in that sweet time when we were both so happy. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Elizabeth Gaskell She’s bed-fast, but she were raving and raging to know where her dunder-headed brute of a chap was, as if I’d to keep him — as if he were fit to be ruled by me. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell Anyhow, I’ll have time to go home and rate my missus for worritin’ hersen, as I’ll be bound she’s done, for all as I bade her not, but to keep easy and content. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope He quite understands that they were my own property, and that I had a right to keep them in my desk if I pleased. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson But when, in an evil moment, I asked to be allowed to kiss one of them, she could keep herself no longer to herself. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

I wanted to hustle, but he bade me keep in step. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope I slept in a tent, and managed to keep my body warm by an enormous overstructure of blankets and coats; but I could not keep my head warm. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins We manage to keep our heads above water, thank God! and don’t want to do no better than that. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

William Makepeace Thackeray The money’s as much mine as it is yours, and I’ll have it or keep Walker’s body, that’s what I will. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

So Hester Pollard had nothing to do but to keep very quiet, and patiently await the time when Mary might be disposed to talk to her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope But Mr. Fenwick is bound to keep up the fight; and Mr. Puddleham considers it to be his duty to put down Mr. Fenwick and the Church Establishment altogether. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Maria Edgeworth It is impossible always to keep a guard over our manners: it is sufficient, I think, to guard our words. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing At all events, they’d agreed to keep the books and lose the house. Christopherson by George Gissing

Arthur Morrison Why didn’t you give me the tip to keep him?” “That wouldn’t have done. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

William Makepeace Thackeray But though ’tis an interesting one, and though the Margrave won, yet he could not keep his attention on the cards: so agitated was his mind by the dreadful secret which weighed upon it. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

But they were soon impeded, for they were compelled by the fog to keep within sight of the line-of-battle, behind which were swarms of men, all in motion across their way. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

A crony of his had nudged him; and he had thought that it was so much the better; the silly fellow would keep everybody else off. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Anthony Trollope Everybody likes to keep what he’s got, and to get as much as he can. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Maria Edgeworth I must have some passion to keep me alive. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Henry James I know not at what age he began to keep a diary; the first entries in the American volumes are of the summer of 1835. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Radcliffe were intending to keep it, and had bidden their friends to an entertainment. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

It is one of the present Lord Thralldom’s fads to keep the water always fresh, and a very good fad too. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Ford Madox Ford Supposing you detailed outside section leaders and another file to keep in touch with the Wiltshires and they did the same. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells One million was just to keep — one could never bear to break a single million — but all the rest was to be spent and distributed magnificently. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Ford Madox Ford That could be trusted to keep on for ever . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray As for Mrs. Gashleigh, the only feasible plan of economy which she can suggest, is that she could come and live with her daughter and son-inlaw, and that they should keep house together. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

George Gissing I can’t keep this attitude any longer. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. Nesbi And she could keep a secret, a tolerably rare accomplishment. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Wilkie Collins What’s to be done now? Nothing that I know of, except for you to keep your temper, and for me to begin it all over again for the third time. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Sir Walter Scott The Court desire to keep well with the young Templars in these times of commotion, or he had not come off so well. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Henry James If you happen to like her so much the better; if you don’t be so good as to keep it to yourselves. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells Then below, where those very high cliffs come, we had to keep on dodging across the river — I should say we crossed it a dozen times in a couple of miles. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

George MacDonald But I gets more coppers now than I used to, and I can get summats to eat, and take browns enough home besides to keep her from grumbling. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

He wouldn’t keep her longer than that. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

I shall probably keep going till some unearthly hour of the morning. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Anthony Trollope Circumstanced as I am, I want something to help to keep the pot boiling. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nellie Bly The impudence and rudeness of the servants in America is a standing joke, but if the servants on the Victoria are a sample of English servants, I am thankful to keep those we have, such as they are. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Adam Lindsay Gordon But I must turn from those who chide, And laugh at those who frown; I cannot quench my stubborn pride, Nor keep my spirits down. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Jane Austen If you could do without her, you would not wish to keep her at home?” “To be sure not, but I cannot do without her. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

M. R. James I dare say the other one doesn’t want to keep it for long. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Margaret Oliphant It is brutal of me to keep you here. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Each time that Maximus had taken troops out of Britain to help him to conquer Gaul, he used to send the garrisons more wine — to keep them quiet, I suppose. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli Ah! you can keep a secret, but you see it is no use having a secret with me. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Both nuns and mothers worship images, But those the candles light are not as those That animate a mother’s reveries, But keep a marble or a bronze repose. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Anthony Trollope He certainly was tipsy now, but not so drunk as to be unable to keep himself on his legs. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather The Professor had found that the best method, in winter, was to turn the gas on full and keep the window wide on the hook, even if he had to put on a leather jacket over his working-coat. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Wilkie Collins My host being too respectable a man not to keep early country hours, I went away, as usual, about ten. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson Master Francis carried a mantle, like a prudent man, to keep him from the dews (SERAIN), and had a sword below it dangling from his girdle. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Margaret Oliphant Now he was left to himself; no one contending with him—no one helping, even by contention, to keep him to an actual point, and give energy and definiteness to the mental process going on within him. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They keep him altogether in the background, pretend he just buys and sells for them here and there, but I believe he is one of the principal figures in the whole organization. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

John Galsworthy His plan had the merit of all great plans, an almost brutal simplicity he would merely keep at her elbow till she got in, and get in quickly after her. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Miles Franklin I shut my eyes against the whirling grit and wrapped my cape around me while Eusty urged poor old Bandicoot to keep toddling. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He must not only stay, but he must also keep his promise to Abdulla, the fulfilment of which would make her safe. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope And there he is, left high and dry, without a horse or a hound that he can venture to keep about his own place. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nor can I keep all my observations to myself. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle And tonight I should have finished my task had it not been for the unfortunate circumstance which has caused me to reveal so much which I should have wished to keep concealed. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

D. H. Lawrence For this reason our Catholic religion tried to keep the young girls in convents, and innocent, before marriage. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Nothing I could say sufficed to keep him. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope It isn’t only that he has got plenty to live on, but he knows how to keep it as a man ought. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sidney Colvin However, au revoir, God keep us all well! I start tomorrow Morning. My brother Tom will I am afraid be lonely. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Anthony Trollope He had promised the trip to a friend, and would like to keep his promise. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli A party or two come on to keep them company. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

George Gissing What’s the odds? All us girls are the same; we have to keep on the two jobs at the same time. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Being anxious to keep my visit secret, I stayed with Agnes but a short time. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

If you want to live with death, Archie, keep hawks. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. G. Wells Experience shows that a child can keep separate in its mind two or three languages — at first the speech-sounds, later the expression. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins He allowed Noel Vanstone to keep possession of his hand, and to heap one series of shrill protestations and promises on another, until he had regained his usual mastery over himself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells Just as the feudal concern had been to keep the board clear for hunting and war. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Virginia Woolf The sex distinction seems, according to Whitaker, possessed of a curious leaden quality, liable to keep any name to which it is fastened circling in the lower spheres. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

H. G. Wells I felt myself sinking down again, and I threw my arms about to keep steady, and the whole lot rolled free of me and shot down as I went up — ” He paused. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He had so often shunned her, taking such obvious trouble to keep his distance; but he could hardly absent himself from her wedding. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry James He had a great plan for that, which of course he told her too, a bequest of money to keep it up in undiminished state. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

R. D. Blackmore They keep their business too tight, master. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Jules Verne The necessity was becoming more and more urgent to get at the true hour of the approaching contact, but the professor seemed to grow more obstinate than ever in his resolution to keep his secret. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Algernon Blackwood Only one thing he now understood quite clearly: it was their purpose to keep him here. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

I was told that it is most needful that you, my lord, keep out of men’s sight yet awhile; therefore, while you are in my company we will court no questions. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle I paced up and down the room, humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling that I was thoroughly earning my fifty-guinea fee. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Lucy Maud Montgomery In fact I may say that Matthew is disposed to keep her. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Even if I were to ask the director himself to be my second tomorrow, he would be bound to consent, if only from a feeling of chivalry, and to keep the secret! Anton Antonitch . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

But another couple that had been sitting together like lovers stood out on the floor at the same time, holding one another’s hands and moving their feet to keep time with the music. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

I stumbled on blindly, without a notion of any direction, determined only to keep going to the last. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle He was so furred to keep out the cold that he could not lay his hand on his pistol. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H. G. Wells I must confess that I find it hard to keep my mind on the play when the moonshine comes into my room. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Gissing Look back over the bay to Naples!” But in a minute or two the other subject was resumed, again with a suddenness that told of inability to keep from speaking his thoughts. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Other means must be found to keep the wolf from the two doors of his coupe. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

H. G. Wells If the State does not keep faith, no one will keep faith. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Rudyard Kipling Always keep hidden as much as possible, even if you have to go a mile out of your way. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

George Gissing She doesn’t care a scrap for all I say to her, though she knows well enough it’s as much as her father can do to keep things going at all. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

She knew because she used to rebuckle them so as to keep the straps from banging about when she cleaned them. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Victor Hugo For pity’s sake, keep silence. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

We’ll keep each other company. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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]

We’ll go easy and keep our eyes out for hares. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

James Payn The fact is, I’ve got no money to keep her. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

He set his teeth and breathed hard through his nose, trying to keep silent as long as possible. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis He clenched his hands to keep from bursting out with all the pitiful tears which were surging in his eyes. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

James Hogg Something always prevented me, till at length I thought no more of it, but resolved to enjoy his fascinating company in private, and by all means to keep my own with him. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

That’s where we keep the prisoners who are awaiting trial — Tennant’s in there. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Nathaniel Hawthorne You know not how far it throws its light, that lamp which you keep burning at her shrine! I passed beneath the tower last night, and the ray cheered me, because you lighted it. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Wilkie Collins What is it for?” “For six weeks’ keep of a child, at ten shillings a week. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope The object has been to keep the old family, and the old adherences, and the old acres together. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Leslie Stephen His pension would have sufficed to keep him, only that as soon as he received it he retired from the sight of all his acquaintance, and came back before long as penniless as before. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Only by rigid, jealous independence could he keep his self-respect. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope If I had just money enough to keep it for myself, I think I could live alone there and be happy. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He had better keep on his present course. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

I mean to keep and hold the prize I have won. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton After a moment she added: “A nice stepmother for my children! Do you wonder I’m putting up a fight to keep them?” From across the table Mrs. Lullmer was speaking in a low piercing whine. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Sir Walter Scott Neither duty nor infirmity could keep youth or age from such exhibitions. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Bram Stoker Not knowing what to trust, I did not know what to do, and so had only to keep on working in what had hitherto been the groove of my life. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Ford Madox Ford All that he required to keep himself a decent member of society was, that the girl, five thousand miles away, should continue to love him. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Arthur Conan Doyle Sigismond von Baumser was a political refugee from the fatherland, who had managed to become foreign clerk in a small London firm, an occupation which just enabled him to keep body and soul together. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope My mother, through her various troubles, had contrived to keep a certain number of pretty-pretties which were dear to her heart. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James Newman, to keep near him in the crowd, took his arm; after which for some time, the marquis walked straight along, in silence. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Morris But we might not keep them with us; they are gone into their own country. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

D.H. Lawrence I wanted to arrest my activity, to keep it confined to the moment, to the adventure. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Guy de Maupassant I heard my mother mutter: “‘He would do far better to keep quiet. My Uncle Jules (Mon oncle Jules) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Shure, id ain’t in airnest she is, young man, is id?” said the querist, appealing to Rashleigh. “Oh yes,” asserted the latter, to keep up the joke. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

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

While this celestial ceremony proceeded, Margaret could not keep quiet. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Alphonse Daudet I tell you, my poor Monsieur Tartarin, you have to keep your peepers jolly well skinned in this deuce of a country, or be exposed to very disagreeable things. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Leon Trotsky Thirty men had to keep jumping off their cars to push them along. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’ll go today and talk to Blount, and suppose you come to me tomorrow evening at Mortlake. Will nine o’clock do for you? I sha’n’t keep you half-an-hour. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Meredith She patronized blasphemous and traitorous law-breakers, just to keep up the pluck of the people, not with a notion of maintaining our English aristocracy eminent in history. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Edith Wharton And now he was on his way to keep his promise. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

I will look after the people, and will keep the keys of the doors. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope I don’t like to keep Papa up late; and if he is tired he won’t speak to you as he would if you came early. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

At the same time I asked her to keep her eyes open for a boat, or at least a spar of some sort, upon which we could support ourselves until we could find some safer refuge. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Wilkie Collins Heaven forbid! but till you can do better, I want you to keep my cottage warm for me. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Hughes Thus you see, so long as he chooses to keep his left elbow up, regardless of cuts, he has a perfect guard for the left side of his head. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

And the Saracens keep that place full dearly, for the profit that they have thereof. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

A. E. W. Mason You keep the feather which he sent, but he is dead. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

So, while George Vane’s two estates had melted away, and his three fortunes had been expended Mr. de Crespigny, who was an invalid and a bachelor, had contrived to keep his land and his money. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He was master of an involved comic rhetoric that permitted him to express his moral indignation and still keep his reputation for worldliness and wit. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

My happiest hours, aye! all the time, I love to keep in memory, Lapsed among moors, ere life’s first prime Decayed to dark anxiety. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Rudyard Kipling He had not purchased a decent cash-box to keep his papers in, but one of those native imitations that you buy for ten rupees. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Meredith In the latter one could perceive the palpably suitable mate for Edbury. I felt that my darling was insulted—no amends for it I had to keep silent and mark the remorseless preparations going forward. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing The money which is mine, I mean to keep to myself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Your business is worth nothing as yet; it would not keep you in gloves. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Anthony Trollope She would always remember, that though it was in her power to keep her pledge, it might too probably not be in his power to keep his. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim That’s one reason why I want to keep Dave.” “If you wanted to keep him, what did you start with selling him for?” she asked lazily. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Bronislaw Malinowski In some of the northern tribes she has to keep silence. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The hard earth resounded, and many would have liked to have moved about to keep themselves warm. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope You are here under our keeping, and as long as you remain so, we are bound to do what we can to keep you from killing yourself; you ought to be in your bed. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli It will be all over by May.” Prince Florestan had arrived in town, and was now settled in his mansion in Carlton Terrace. It was the fashion among the creme de la creme to keep aloof from him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson Papa held their hands and they started quite nice; but soon he forgot about them, and walked so quick that they nearly had to run to keep up, and could look at each other across behind him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

It might be that she was not able to help herself; that she had done no worse than keep Fabian’s secret: it might be that she had wanted him gone just as much as Dan Jenkins had wanted it. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Virginia Woolf Didn’t she write her poetry in a book bound like an account book lest Giles might suspect? She looked at Giles. He had finished his fish; he had eaten quickly, not to keep them waiting. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

D. H. Lawrence He thinks because YOU’RE earning he needn’t keep the house any longer. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy I can’t keep him on tenterhooks. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Or perhaps he had prevailed on her: anything to keep her tolerably quiet. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

And when you run down what you call the middle-classes that do three-quarters of the world’s work and keep the machine going and the working man in a job, then I tell you you’re talking havers. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

The almost incessant drone of Judge’s voice, as he explained his property, detail by detail, began to exercise a soporific effect upon her, and she had a hard task to keep her eyes open . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Jules Verne Master Zacharius found it difficult to calm her; but made her promise to keep on this subject a silence which she never was known to observe. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He’s taken good care to keep her away from all of us?” Mannister leaned back in his chair and smiled to himself thoughtfully. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Andrew Lang Now you know what the rose did to the cypress; and now you must keep compact with me. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence She primmed up her mouth tighter and tighter, puckering it as if it were sewed, in her effort to keep her will uppermost. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

He held his head down, and seemed afraid to keep his ears open. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Wilkie Collins It was necessary to do this, and doubly necessary to keep my mind employed on anything that would help to distract my attention from myself, and from the hopeless future that lay before me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell But my little lady still heard the weird child crying and mourning; and not all we could do or say could keep her from wanting to go to her, and let her in from the cruel wind and the snow. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Rudyard Kipling His idea, to keep things going, was Big and Little Side Paper-chases thrice a week. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

In the meantime, exactly at a quarter past nine, manage somehow to keep all the maids in the kitchen. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells No man can keep sane if night after night —” “Have you been walking along this coast alone?” “Yes.” “Silly sort of thing to do. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]