Phrases with "kept"

Sally’s father had kept a cow, geese, poultry, pigs, and a donkey-cart to carry his produce to the market town. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Au revoir!” D’Artagnan arrived at St. James’s, where Charles II., who was busy writing, kept him in the ante-chamber a full hour. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Bram Stoker Poor dear, I’ve no doubt it frets her to be kept in the dark, and it may make her doubly anxious about me and the others. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I kept my head pretty well; but when I had him at last stretched on the couch, I wiped my forehead, while my legs shook under me as though I had carried half a ton on my back down that hill. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Henry Lawson He didn’t see much, but what he did see seemed to interest him, for he kept his eye there till his mates grew impatient. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anthony Trollope The visitor, whoever he might be, was not kept long waiting, for one servant was in the hall, and another just outside the front door with the car, and a third holding Herbert’s horse. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence His neighbour, a handsome tipsy man, kept contradicting and saying it wasn’t so. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope This was to have been given to you long ago, but I kept it back because of that decision. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant That would have kept on till the Day of judgment, seeing we were both drunk. A Sale (À vendre) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Henry Handel Richardson Willi had to be kept from under the wheels of the bicycles that spun along to the end of the parapet: had to be dabbed with spittle for the relief of gnat and mosquito bites. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Miss Deveen kept counsel; Mrs. Topcroft and Emma never opened their lips. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

And yet, though she searched high and low for it, she could not find the place where Mr. Sleuth kept it. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Guy de Maupassan Maillochon, who was following him, kept punching him in the back to express his joy. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle I kept on winking at you as a sign that I wanted a word with you alone. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Whatever she saw, or wherever she travelled in her trance on that strange night she kept her own secret; never whispering a word to Memory, and baffling imagination by an indissoluble silence. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope In such trials as this that he was anticipating, there is often a special cruelty in the exposure of matters which are for the most part happily kept in the background. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He had taken great trouble to discover worthy recipients of her bounty, and as yet had kept the source of it unknown. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Virginia Woolf For how could she bear to think of that tender flesh torn and that curly head rolled in the dust? She kept him with her. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

D. H. Lawrence Quiet and perceptive and impersonal as he was, he kept his place and learned how to value others in just degree. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence Only in Tripoli of Africa, and in the everlasting miracle of Jewry, had distant Semites kept some of their identity and force. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

James Joyce And who was sitting up there in the corner that I hadn’t seen snoring drunk blind to the world only Bob Doran. I didn’t know what was up and Alf kept making signs out of the door. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray You have given your word of honour to your grandfather never to play upon parole, and you know how you have kept it, and that he will disinherit you if he hears the truth. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

They kept their pity for those they thought really poor. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He held her hands, but he kept her from coming nearer. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If I kept her here by guile, I kept her here only as an honoured guest, to give me an opportunity of pleading my cause and explaining the situation. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins After receiving it, any man of ordinary discretion would have kept the fact of the Empress’s partiality for him as strictly secret as possible, until it could be openly avowed on the marriage-day. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

At Sloane Street we changed again, and were presently in the long lean artery of the King’s Road. I was now all agog to know our destination, nor was I kept many more minutes in doubt. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

He kept many kinds of birds and beasts—geese, ducks, pigeons, cranes, oxen, goats, asses, antelopes, and gazelles. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Gissing I’ve kept to lecturing; it comes easier to me. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

John Galsworthy She had watched one lover growing tired, kept her head, and dismissed him before he knew it; grown tired of another, kept her head, and gone on till he was tired too. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell She kept her head bent down over her work; but I don’t think she put a stitch in, while I was reading the letter. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

I only know that during our fortnight in Seville I suffered no wound to a sensibility which has been kept in full repair for literary, if not for humanitarian purposes. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

One he kept from first to last, and the remaining couple he got in at the beginning of his second long residence here, three or four months ago. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

But only a few were left who kept to the old country ways, and the other women were interesting, too. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arnold Bennett Strange matters and unexpected faces had been descried from the little window, and more than one European detective had kept vigil there with the most eminently satisfactory results. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

He kept growing thinner and thinner till he was like a walking shadow. A Curious Experience by Ellen Wood [1883]

Jane Austen While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself, but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The men were all bald-headed or white-whiskered, and they kept up a running fire of light repartee about 3-per cents. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I kept him out at sea all night and the voting took place without him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

A rumour had gone abroad that the chimes were to play again, but it died away unconfirmed, for Captain Monk kept his own counsel. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

George Borrow He was a leading man amongst the national guards of Valladolid, and delighted in parading about the city on a clumsy steed, which he kept in a subterranean stable. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray We had a capital fiddler, and we kept it up till a pretty tidy hour this morning. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

H.P. Lovecraft I kept with me one sledge and nine dogs, since it is unwise to be at any time without possible transportation in an utterly tenantless world of aeon-long death. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edith Wharton Chris and Lilla! She kept on her way northward, following the less frequented by~ways of the Park. It was early yet, and she wanted to walk off her agitation before joining Anne at the studio. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Gustave Flauber Spendius kept continually behind him, and when they returned the dagger had not been drawn. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H. G. Wells For it was a secret and he kept it secret in the most elaborate fashion. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Henry James He kept close to her; he argued with her; he besought her to think it over, assuring her he had brains, heart and material proofs of a college education. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Meantime, the reader has been kept long enough at Laxton to warrant me in presuming some curiosity or interest to have gathered within his mind about the mistress of the mansion. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

John Galsworthy Transplanted to Ceylon, she had kept her tastes, and spent her time in the saddle or on the tennis ground. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle He kept pointing and gesticulating, but his scattered followers could not understand what he wanted. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Henry Adams He was sober even in the excessive violence of political feeling in those years; he kept his temper and his friends under control. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Karl Philipp Moritz This kept the audience in almost a continual fit of laughter. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Sinclair Lewis Till the lantern flame died down to a red rim of charred wick, he kept it alight. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood For a long time he kept silent, the emotions in him apparently at grips. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I kept looking for you afterwards in the crowd. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Morris Now said Walter to himself: Surely all this looks toward the knife and the altar for me; but he kept a stout countenance despite of all. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

John Galsworthy What do you recommend, sir?” “Have you got money?” “Well,” answered the young man; “I’ve got a father, I kept him alive during the War, so he’s bound to keep me alive now. To Let by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson A joiner was kept almost constantly employed in fitting the picks to their handles, which, as well as the points to the irons, were very frequently broken. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence Somers kept himself hard and in command, face set, eyes watchful. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison They were mostly uncle Joseph’s, and he kept them with a lot of others in drawers. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Gissing Until he had passed out of sight, Monica kept the same direction. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell You are sorry for that refusal now?” She kept her serious look fixed upon me; but her face and throat reddened all over. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle I recognized it as one which I kept for chemical testing in my chambers. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anatole France During all the time that the painter worked in the cloisters at the history of Jesus Christ, the prior kept by his side and presented to him the precious powder in a bag which he never quitted. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Sinclair Lewis But if they are taken firmly in hand they can be kept reasonably dependent and interesting for years. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Was this genius, or impudence? “You don’t know the Campagna, yet,” remarked Madeline, finding that the other kept silence. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

D. H. Lawrence He kept the conversation as intelligent as possible: which isn’t saying much. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The fellow’s reference, sir, was actually at a London bank, where he kept a first-rate account. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Mrs. Parker gave her the incredulous, pitying, sneering, icy stare that she kept for those who failed to qualify as doctors or dentists, and led the way to the second floor back. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Afterwards Stevie had to be kept from making himself a nuisance to the single gentlemen lodgers, who are themselves a queer lot, and are easily aggrieved. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing She kept a brief silence, with her eyes on May’s countenance. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Before leaving the ship we were told that, if either of us tried to escape, we should be fettered, and only the fear of that indignity kept Aurelia still. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Willems kept on dodging about forward, aloof from the crowd, and looking at my house through the ship’s long glass. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

With guilty restless movements he kept himself apart from Barbara. He could not touch her or even look at her, and yet to escape was beyond him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle But a promise is a promise, and I kept it to the letter. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Henry James The poor man was in truth humiliated, and there were things as to which that kept us both silent. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Willa Cather His eyes looked very heavy, and he kept wiping them with one of the new silk handkerchiefs Mrs. Kohler had given him for Christmas. When the lesson was over he did not seem inclined to talk. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Charles Stur On the 19th I kept the chained line, but in consequence of the heavy state of the ground we did not get on more than 8 1/2 miles. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Agnes kept the secret, and I kept the Duenna: The Baroness, therefore, remained in total ignorance respecting the old Woman’s fate, but suspected her to have perished by suicide. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Valera now grew anxious—he always was anxious when Leona was concerned—and had some idea of going out to seek her—still, the fear of missing her kept him to his post. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Bottles of brandy and whisky were kept for these in a cupboard called ‘the stud-grooms’ cupboard’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. G. Wells It kept me at work, and if I strayed into indolence brought me back to work with a mind galled and bleeding. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Where the prairie lay smooth he kept his course straight as an arrow’s toward the east. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells Peace will have to be kept — forcibly. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Olive Schreiner And, whether as kept wife, kept mistress, or prostitute, she contributed nothing to the active and sustaining labours of her society. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

He kept hitting her until she stopped trying to hold him, then he ran out of the house. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

George Gissing He whispered a word now and then to one or the other, but Thyrza kept silence; her cheeks were flushed; she inspected all the faces about her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

A sort of dogged determination not to be worsted by a scare of this kind kept us still there. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

F. Scott Fitzgerald So did Jasmine, but she kept inv-viting them anyway. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford And Leonora kept it up jolly well, for even longer than that — she kept it up as far as I was concerned until eight days after Edward’s funeral. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

He formed many plans for the purpose; but his own troop kept him in full occupation to ensure their fidelity and safety; beside which the preacher was as cautious and prudent, as he was cruel. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope As to speaking of love, and signifying my pleasure that Don Tomas should for the future be kept at a distance, any such effort was quite beyond me. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe The keepers and kept were soon made to exchange places. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle Stevens in a cool and leisurely fashion kept pace with the preparations of his antagonist. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Her hair of dark gold showed itself beneath a hat which Eleanor Spence kept regarding with frank admiration, so novel it was in style, and so perfectly suitable to its wearer. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Charles Dickens He kept it a secret; but he would have given a very handsome sum, when the ascent began, to have been back again at the inn. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

D. H. Lawrence David kept reaching forward to play with the sleepy cat — interrupting his mother’s rubbing. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain Over it hang some fifty gold and silver lamps, which are kept always burning, and the place is otherwise scandalized by trumpery, gewgaws, and tawdry ornamentation. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Their present number is kept up by a continual supply of slaves. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

D. H. Lawrence Anna kept out of sight as much as possible. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The clergyman’s daughter also kept two christening robes to lend to the mothers, and made a new frock, as a gift, for every baby’s ‘shortening’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Baldwin Spencer The rock was too hard for him, so he went into the water pool again, where he kept his children, coming out every now and then to make rain and thunder and lightning. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins It had been kept locked since the death. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jules Verne All of them were kept on board, and beds were disposed for the new comers in the common lodging. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The keys are kept locked up in the desk in his private office. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Walter Scott The honest Quaker, who had kept out of Redgauntlet’s presence, now came boldly forward. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Henry James He kept thinking of this as he walked by her side, while she moved forward with her light, graceful dignity. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Robert kept his eyes well open. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Frederick Marryat He promised the colonel that he would watch over his family, and ever be at hand when required; and he kept his word. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Louisa May Alcott Beth kept her face hidden on her mother’s shoulder, but Amy stood like a graceful statue, with a most becoming ray of sunshine touching her white forehead and the flower in her hair. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope You shall not be kept waiting long. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf She was wounded in her pride, unmoored from her anchorage; she came of gentlefolks who kept servants —but details could wait. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown by Virginia Woolf [1924]

You’ve tamed me because you caught my admiration and kept it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu This miserable attack that has kept him here, and the risk in which he is at every day he stays in this town, it is so distracting. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Ivan Turgenev Prokovich did not take his eyes off him and kept on chewing his lips. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Thomas Hardy He was a man who kept his words well to the rear of his possible actions. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Algernon Blackwood Julius kept his eyes upon my face, as though waiting for an answer. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Baldwin Spencer All day long he kept it hidden in a cleft in the rocks. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

T. E. Lawrence He kept my journey a secret even from his slaves, and gave me an Arab cloak and head-cloth to wrap round myself and my uniform, that I might present a proper silhouette in the dark upon my camel. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Willa Cather As they crossed the pasture land the clumsy slicker kept catching in the lacings of his leggings. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The escort redeemed many a past lâche, by showing that their weapons had been kept bright and clean, and by firing neatly enough. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Cobras kept together in the same cage apparently feel some attachment towards each other. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Robert Louis Stevenson Mr. Naseby told me in a note that he had sent his letter to three other journals, and in fact threatened me with what he called exposure if I kept it back from mine. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

He kept his horse at an easy walk, and talked to me as if we were two friends out for a trip together. Prester John by John Buchan

Andrew Lang They declared that no one could have entered, for they kept such careful watch that not even a bird could fly in without their knowledge; but none of them could explain the stain of mud. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I was right enough as long as I kept to that. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The book was kept by the hall-porter, and was the pencilled record of all the casual happenings in the vestibule of the hotel. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is small, but it is airy, and the sheets are clean and kept in lavender. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

The voice which kept repeating ‘Mettetelo li, mettetelo li’ in his Holiness’s ear, whether or not it was inspired by God, was certainly inspired by political sagacity. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne Penellan would not as yet accuse him of anything, unless it was that he kept near Marie too constantly, but he did not let him out of his sight. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne And have we kept a north- easterly direction since we left?” “No, sir, according to your orders we have been sailing south- east, and here we are in the tropics. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

George Gissing The conversation was very easy to overhear; it contained no reference to the ‘copping’ of Jack. ‘Fag ends!’ this and that voice kept crying. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope Your lordship, probably, when sending me one copy, kept another. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing To Mumford’s remarks she replied with curt formality; he, prepared for this state of things, began conversing cheerfully with his wife, and Miss Derrick kept silence. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Henry James Why not stay here forever?” He kept his position for a long time and seemed lost in his thoughts. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson Through Dove, Maurice became a paying guest at a dinner-table kept by two maiden ladies, who eked out their income by providing a plain meal, at a low price, for respectable young people. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Nellie Bly I kept on trying, but when morning dawned and it was still as cold as when I went to bed, and had reduced me too, to the temperature of an iceberg, I gave it up as an impossible task. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Guy de Maupassan Lison came to Jeanne one morning and told her that the little fellow should no longer be kept without religious instruction and from his religious duties. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Nobody had yet seen it, and it was being kept a profound secret,—to be displayed only at Mrs. Montacute Jones’s party. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

G. K. Chesterton There are also genuinely eloquent things in Hypatia, and a certain electric atmosphere of sectarian excitement that Kingsley kept himself in, and did know how to convey. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Theodore Dreiser And in order for him to get these contracts the affairs of the Republican party, of which he was a beneficiary as well as a leader, must be kept reasonably straight. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The four hundred and fifty-six was repayable in monthly instalments of twenty quid, and I kept them up religiously until the sixth payment fell due. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Am I to be kept waiting for hever?” “Pardon, fair Maiden,” said he, with high-bred courtesy: “’twas not French I read, ’twas the Godlike language of the blind old bard. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

M. R. James Then he shut the window, a little surprised at the late hours people kept at Burnstow, and took his whistle to the light again. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

George Gissing A choking voice kept him silent for a moment only. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

They ‘kept themselves respectable’— kept the aspidistra flying. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Sarah Orne Jewett Mrs. Todd kept time visibly, and sometimes audibly, with her ample foot. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her father had kept a small, unprosperous corner store, and she had graduated from high school in the lowest fourth of her class two days before he died. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

George Meredith Their carriage was kept waiting an hour. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Charles Dickens The secret must be kept among us with great strictness, for to part with it lightly would be to invite fraudulent claims, to encourage a host of knaves, to let loose a flood of perjury and plotting. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

I kept myself thickly covered. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Elizabeth Gaskell When he had succeeded, she took no notice of him, although he spoke to her, but still kept looking round and round in the same wild, restless manner. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

He had been, I heard presently, kept under arrest in his cabin for nearly seven weeks. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Wilkie Collins In every other proceeding which related to his marriage, he had been kept in the background; he had been compelled to follow in the footsteps of his ingenious friend. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The light of day had given place to the darkness of a moonless night, and only the fires in the immediate vicinity of the orgy had been kept alight to cast a restless glow upon the restless scene. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Edgar Rice Burroughs This book he kept locked in a little metal box. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Jonathan Swif Lord Peterborow was making long harangues, and Eltee kept me in spite. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

James Joyce While he expressed these sentiments which bored us a little we kept silent. Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope Mamma is quite afraid of him, and does not dare say a word, because it was she who managed about Mr Traffick. What ought to be done? Of course, I don’t like to think that you should be kept waiting. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence This time we kept to the Wadi Ais almost to its junction with Hamdh, finding it very green and full of grazing, since it had flooded twice already in this winter. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith The revolver, too, was a subject of great admiration, and they kept turning, feeling, and staring at it, as if they could not make out which way the cartridges were put in. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

Guy de Maupassant And twenty times running I kept it up, soaking my feet afresh each time, and perspiring anew as I worked the handle of the pump. Old Mongilet (Le Père Mongilet) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

George Gissing Resolved not to pay him for nothing, Mr. Farmiloe kept him cleaning windows, washing bottles, and the like, until the lad fairly broke into rebellion. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

And I kept cursing myself that I’d been such a fool as to let the man go off by himself. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Anthony Trollope But seeing how woebegone he was and wretched, how mean to look at, and low in his outward presence, she had been able to assume the mastery, and had kept it throughout the interview. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The comic, or rather, the sardonic element was all out of him, and as he painted that strange scene it was with difficulty that I kept my composure. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. G. Wells They kept a distance of about one and a half lengths, so that the horns of the crescent were nearly thirty miles apart. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

D. H. Lawrence She kept looking round with bright, puzzled eyes. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Too long we have been kept back by the respect we feel for your highness, by the love which we know you to have for your family. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

He seemed to her to run swiftly, while still he kept the score or so balls spinning over him in the air, and as he went he struck against the card and it slid from its place. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

She remained to learn, unawares, the reason for which Jeanne kept her husband. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

His soul, kept quiet in the stress of love by the unflinching Freya’s influence, was like a still but overwound string. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

For Mr. Burns that photograph explained why the unloaded ship had kept sweltering at anchor for three weeks in a pestilential hot harbour without air. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Charles Dickens Does his daughter know of the relapse?” “No. It has been kept from her, and I hope will always be kept from her. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

So Brat exercised him mildly, and as he rode round the countryside kept his eyes open for a likely curing-place for Timber when the time came. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

The parlour-maid — Miss Keeldar kept no footman — came out, bearing a napkin-covered tray. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

That was the worst of Justice Hare. Let him seize hold of a grievance, it was not often he got upon a real one, and he kept on at it, like a blacksmith hammering at his forge. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Andrew Lang From her childhood she had heard stories of the terrible beings that lived in the forests and were hidden under the banks of the rivers, and could only be kept off by powerful charms. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Still, the image of the dark beauty of the morning was the one reigning image of my thoughts — still, the influence of the morning, at once sinister and seductive, kept its hold on my heart. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

At all events, he induced her to marry him, and then kept it secret because he was afraid she would lose her place at the hotel, where she was getting very good wages. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins The inhabitants of Croix-Daurade kept early hours. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The commandoes were really companies of the North Transvaal Volunteers, but the old name had been kept and something of the old loose organization. Prester John by John Buchan

John Lewis Burckhard Some public women of Damascus, who were kept by the garrison of Tabaria, had established themselves in the ruined vaults and caverns near the baths. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James He had no wish to do that; he kept the door open, on purpose; he didn’t enjoy talking to girls under Pinnie’s eyes, and he could see that this one had every disposition to talk. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell For forty years this rumour kept rising and falling — never utterly dying away. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Andrew Lang Why was he to be handled with such mysterious rigour? It is true that State prisoners of very little account were kept with great secrecy. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Yesterday we visited the Seminario, or college, a fine spacious old building, kept in good repair. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hughes But how’s this to be kept up? How’s it to be improved? That’s the question. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Jack London In camp he kept close to Mit-sah or Grey Beaver or Kloo-kooch. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I would have sent for you to hear the cross-examination but you know how keen you were to be kept out of it. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. G. Wells But he kept up his movement with all the dignity of Tristram Shandy’s bull. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Mark Twain The accidental discovery, just made, that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises, scarcely fluttered the public pulse, tremendous as the fact was. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Mark Twain But I never said nothing, never let on; kept it to myself; it’s the best way; then you don’t have no quarrels, and don’t get into no trouble. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Sinclair Lewis He kept coming back to her for confirmation. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang What am I to do, and how in the world am I to get out of the difficulty?’ As he kept muttering to himself the lizard said, ‘Make up your mind to do as I tell you at once. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope It was all that question of gentlemen and ladies, and of non-gentlemen and non-ladies! They ought, Mrs. Masters thought, to be kept distinct. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev Then she saw her husband by her side: he had been kept at the club till two o’clock at night. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing Or rather, her friends should prepare her, as she has always been kept in celestial ignorance by their care. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

D. H. Lawrence Her mouth was closed as if she were offended, and she kept her face slightly averted. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Lawson There was a bullock-driver named Billy Nowlett. He had a small selection, where he kept his family, and used to carry from the railway terminus to the stations up-country. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson