Phrases with "kept"

Andrew Lang The young man, hidden in the golden lion, kept count of everything, and marked that there were in all seven doors. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Squire Todhetley kept his farming accounts there and wrote his letters. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When I was going to try to stand that first time Mary kept saying to herself as fast as she could, ‘You can do it! You can do it!’ and I did. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

George Eliot The rigidity with which Savonarola guarded his life from all the pretexts of calumny made such interviews very rare, and whenever they were granted, they were kept free from any appearance of mystery. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

G. K. Chesterton The world has kept sentimentalities simply because they are the most practical things in the world. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry James She remained away some time and I talked with her son, who was sociable but desultory and kept moving about the room, always with his fan, as if he were impatient. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Jack London He kept it in his hand and steadfastly proffered it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli One afternoon, on his return from Cherbury, Plantagenet found the fire extinguished in the little room which he had appropriated to himself, and where he kept his books. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Richard Burton The Maharattas were not far wrong when they kept their English captives out of reach of the ocean, declaring that we were an amphibious race, to whom the wave is a home. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Norbury went on — “I was in a towering passion — I don’t mind confessing that, Mr. Orridge — but I kept it down. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

D. H. Lawrence I wish you kept a bit of it for me. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard I have seen the latter, which is kept in the Sinai convent at Cairo, but I do not believe it to be an authentic document. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Stur We then stopped to rest the cattle until the moon should rise, and laid down close to them; but although we kept watch, they had well nigh escaped us in search for water. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope But in order that the idea of omnipresent and omniscient information may be kept up, the young must be chronicled as quickly as the old. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf That’s what my unhappiness amounts to, Mary.” There were two reasons that kept Mary very silent during this speech, and drew curiously straight lines upon her face. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Florence Dixie In fact, no other method would be practicable, for if they were kept picketed during the night they would not be able to graze, and would soon become useless. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

No letters need be forwarded, for he would be constantly moving, but Mrs. McCunn at the Neuk Hydropathic would be kept informed of his whereabouts. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

She kept much within her own room, and always retired to it when visitors were announced. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Charles Stur I kept my promise with Mr. Topar, but he deserved neither my generosity nor consideration. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

D. H. Lawrence One hand must be kept fast over the money pocket, and one must be free to clutch the wicket-side when one gets there. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Gissing Last night she had hardly slept, and now, though her body was numb with weariness, her mind kept up a feverish activity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

In her estimation, to be kept out of the house like this was carrying a sufficiently bad joke a good deal too far. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Isabella Bird The door must be kept open to let in light, and it also lets in fowls and many cats. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

I kept my Mercutio down all through, so’s not to get ahead of Romeo or Tybalt in the public esteem. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Sinclair Lewis But Carol kept up the appealing bridal manner so far as possible. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker That nothing of any sort, no matter how painful, should be kept from her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Since they had been on the Hill and the visitations had grown more frequent, she felt that deep paralysis increasing, and she kept her hold on social things almost desperately tight. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

D. H. Lawrence She kept the class staying behind, till the things were found. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Newspapers could not be kept from her; she waited eagerly for the report of the inquest. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Eliot Maggie had been kept on her bed at York for a day with that prostrating headache which was likely to follow on the terrible strain of the previous day and night. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Meredith Secretly she was a feeling that lay half slumbering very deep down within him, and he kept the secret, choosing to be poor rather than call her forth. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

D. H. Lawrence He kept his finger between the pages of the book as he carried it. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He waved his whip and kept her off, and the race-horse kept tearing along. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson So I kept my temper, rid myself of an unfaithful servant, found a method of conducting similar interviews in the future, and fell in my own liking. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

She had been kept from her father by a sort of terror of him, being never very comfortable with persons who were scornful or sarcastic, or liable to sudden temper or indignation. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Edith Wharton As treasurer, Mr. Halford Gaines kept strictly to his special business, and always refused to interfere between Truscomb and the operatives. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He kept on snatching at my wrists; there was no getting rid of him. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Some fair or wake had kept the people up out of their beds. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

William Hazlitt Yet they are kept quite distinct in Shakespeare. Both were kings, and both unfortunate. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Ivan Turgenev He could hardly stand on his feet, and only kept on repeating, “Katya, Katya . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Machen You see how it is with Henry; I’ve kept him away from books up to now, and you see for yourself that I’ve lost him no time. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

She drew it from the safe repository where she had always kept it under lock and key, and unfolding its worn and yellow paper, perused its contents anew. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Wilkie Collins She cried over my misfortune, and said it must be kept secret from everybody. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing After that the evening was her own, save that the twins kept her company until their hour of bedtime. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Guy de Maupassant I was shown a little farm house, where travelers were put up, a kind of inn, kept by a peasant, which stood in the center of a Norman court, which was surrounded by a double row of beeches. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Robert Green Ingersoll The reckless men, however, kept on drinking the water, and persisted in getting well. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Louis Stevenson All the time he kept chewing gum and spitting. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope The Bishop hasn’t kept it as a secret. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Mrs. Walton my landlady who kept the sweetstuff shop, was a dear little energetic woman with a round friendly face, brown eyes and spectacles. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arnold Bennett He kept his long, thin figure perfectly erect. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing She kept a small house in London, but spent the greater part of the year at home or foreign health-resorts. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

The mixture makes the charm of Hawthorne’s youth, as the union of genius and common-sense kept his maturity alive with a steady and wholesome light. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Gaston Leroux Rouletabille kept at his heels, but he did not pass him. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

He gave his evidence gruffly but honestly, and although he kept so shady a public-house, seemed straightforward enough. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope If he kept the man he must keep him resolving that all the world should know that he kept him, that all the world should know of what nature was the married life of the assistant in whom he trusted. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy I see you’ve kept your word about the English School.” Soames attached the wire. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy She remembered Hubert having told her that he had saved the life of a Turkish officer at the end of the war, and had kept up with him ever since. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Then she added in a harsh voice: “Look you — I wish he were dead!” Laguitte caught hold of both her hands, which for a moment he kept tightly clasped in his own. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Kate Chopin Mrs. Lafirme, you know now the reason which drove me away from home and kept me away. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins Benjamin kept the conversation going in the interval. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He kept crying out about the smell of pine-trees and heather and a lot of pure nonsense about water. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Andrew Lang In a moment he felt the Princess’s hand in his, for she had always kept her magic pebble in her mouth, in spite of the prayers and entreaties of the Prince of the Air to make herself visible. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling He romped after one man’s cloak as a clumsy dog might do, but I observed that he kept the man on his terrible left side. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Miss Truscott raised her head, and for some moments kept her glance fixed upon the gentleman, as though she were trying to read something in his face. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Jane Austen But I kept my eye on it; and, as soon as I dared, caught it up, and never parted with it again from that moment. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell If he had not kept his look fixed, he would have burst out crying. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Elizabeth Gaskell She kept peeping out of her room, after she had written her little pencil-note, to see if the outer door was still obstructed. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry Handel Richardson And she kept him at it, kept him on the go till late at night, with the result that he went to bed dog-tired — too worn out to think. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf How the dragonfly kept circling round us: how clearly I see the dragonfly and her shoe with the square silver buckle at the toe. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

He kept in touch with Larose on the telephone, and almost daily talks passed between them, with both of them very guarded in what they said. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Algernon Blackwood His mind, automatically, kept repeating this comforting formula. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

R. D. Blackmore In return for this, he was always thought of first, and the best of everything was kept for him, and Mrs. Carroway quoted him to others as a wonder, though she may not have done so to himself. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edith Wharton She had promised her friend to let him hear from her, but she had not kept her promise. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

He kept Lieut. D’Hubert a few minutes longer, and dismissed him kindly. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope There had been a time when Mr. Jones kept a carriage, but that had been before the bad times had begun. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was only the lowest grade that kept on ‘like rabbits’ as you say. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

When they found Yan-coo next morning he was still kneeling on one knee, for the polished spear had impaled him, and, sticking six inches into the ground before him, kept him from falling. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

I began to perceive gradually that the firm was not satisfied with the way I kept order in the office, and our Mr. William began constantly to refer to it. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Zona Gale And for the moment, held by a common thought, every one kept silent. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The optimistic self-delusion that had kept him from misery was seen now in the golden garments of stern resolution. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang But one little feather they kept out, and told the young man that if the ogress missed it he was to thrust it up her nose. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There he kept a small cutter, and manning it himself, he would fish for hour after hour, often indeed until the daylight had almost come. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Willa Cather But Brown was not a man who could be amused and kept out of mischief in Continental hotels. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Another policeman shouted for him to get the hell across the street, but he took a chance and kept going. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Sarah Orne Jewett Then the fog kept us off the coast; and when I made port at last, it was too late to delay in those northern waters with such a vessel and such a crew as I had. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Anthony Trollope For some days after the intimation of her mother’s purpose, Lady Anna kept her bed. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather The fellows that got hurt in the gully kept stringing back here, and I couldn’t do anything in the dark. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Lawson I always thought —” But the other did not appear to hear him; he kept staring hard at the trees they were passing. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Henry Handel Richardson Avery Hill could hardly be termed third in the alliance; Maurice’s advent had thrust her into the background, where she kept watch over their doings with her cold, disdainful eye. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Morrison I kept the figures in my head till I could make a note of them, as you saw, on paper. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope He immediately got up, and the two made some trite remarks to each other, neither thinking of what he was saying, while Eleanor kept her seat on the sofa, mute and moody. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

But Denys drew his sword directly, and shouting “A moi, camarades!” kept the mob at bay. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins He read it through slowly, and when he had done, kept it open in his hand. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Willa Cather He kept clasping and unclasping his big hands as if he were trying to realize something. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

George Gissing Infinitely keener was the pang which Maurice experienced; he could not forgive himself, kept exclaiming how brutally he had behaved, and sank into gloominess. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Henry James If I tried to keep him in the dark even as he kept Mr. Bousefield there was nothing to show that I was not tolerably successful: each case therefore presented a promising analogy for the other. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It appeared that children had not lost their mothers, as at first one assumed, but that each child kept his own and gained others. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Creusa kept behind; by choice we stray Thro’ ev’ry dark and ev’ry devious way. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The coat in itself was a very good one, it kept me warm; but it was wadded and it had a raccoon collar which was the height of vulgarity. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

He kept his head most disrespectfully uncovered, and wore a tight bandage round his neck, with other contrivances on the sides of his cheeks, as if he were anxious to conceal some wound or disease. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Robert Louis Stevenson On 2nd of July 1682 the boy had an errand from his mother, which must be kept private from all, the father included in the first of them. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray In the first instance, the day for Fieschi’s death was, purposely, kept secret; and he was, if I remember rightly, executed at some remote quarter of the town. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He kept the mare in town, and on a pleasant afternoon he liked to knock off early, as he phrased it, and let the mare out a little. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Jeremy Bentham As to the question, Whether any, and what, modes of servitude ought to be established or kept on foot? this is a question, the solution of which belongs to the civil branch of the art of legislation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Robert Louis Stevenson And in the second place, there was our very irregular situation to be kept in view, and the rather scant measure of satisfaction I had given James More that morning. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

His hands and neck still kept the brown of the Texan suns and winds, and he looked as business-like as Lapham himself. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

As long as Salisbury lived, the distrust which had kept Bacon so long in the shade kept him at a distance from the King’s ear, and from influence on his counsels. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

William Morris Both Aurea and Atra kept much to themselves, and did I know not what to wear away the time; for now it was not to be looked for that they should venture out-a-gates. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Henry James The Doctor had time to take cognisance of these details, for Mrs. Montgomery, whose conduct he pronounced under the circumstances inexcusable, kept him waiting some ten minutes before she appeared. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Orlandini kept silence — the pheasant remained without moving, and at the same time Lucien took aim at him and shot. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

But there was an expression on her countenance that set me thinking at the time, and has kept me thinking ever since. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon The dignitaries of the armies, if ever they came across it at all, regarded it at first as something to be kept at arm’s length until it had been brought under proper military control. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins The gay dresses which she had hitherto put on to honor our little ceremony were all packed up, and the plain gown she wore kept the journey of the morrow cruelly before her eyes and ours. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arthur Morrison He was to make a great figure at the inquest, it appeared, and the pride and glory of it kept him nervously on the strut, till the coroner came, and Mr. Cripps mounted to the club-room with the jury. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Elizabeth Gaskell He kept pacing up and down the room; then out of it; and she heard him upon the landing opening and shutting the bed-room doors, without any apparent object. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Meredith She kept her poppy colour throughout the day, so sensitive was this pride. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

R. D. Blackmore And if anything marred his serenity of mind, it was to have dinner kept waiting. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Sinclair Lewis He kept begging Jinny not to be shocked by these cases from real life. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

The calamity had caused intense excitement in the place; and Miss Timmens, who had a very long tongue, and hated Hill just as much as she had loved David, kept up the ball. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

Anthony Trollope The branch train had come in, just as the guardians of the line then present had made up their minds that the passengers on the main line should not be kept waiting any longer. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling By virtue of his twenty-two years he had grown a neat black beard which he stroked with pride and kept delicately scented. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Mary kept her husband posted up in the events that were taking place in England, and we learn from her letters what were the chief topics of town talk in the early fifties. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Anthony Trollope Though the horses are your own property, they are kept for the services of the hunt. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Morrison The other papers kept in the same drawer are here as usual. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope But he could see that there hung down some ribbon from her waist, that her frock was not the one she had worn in the morning, and that in the article of her attire she had kept her word with him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells A sombre glow surrounded us, drew us together; an unwonted shyness kept us apart. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Margaret Oliphant Words are not kept to us, Mr. Vincent; do you expect us to keep them? Yes, yes; I know I am talking wildly. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope He had written much poetry about Lily, but he kept his lines safe under double lock and key. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

She kept all her uncle’s personal accounts, ran his household smoothly as clockwork, and was the only one of his relatives who would on any terms consent to live with him. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassan He took the visitors’ names and led them into an immense reception room, and opened with difficulty the Venetian blinds which were always kept closed. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins The maid promised to be at the place of meeting; and in memory of the five shillings she kept her word. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I have known—who has not?—interminable nights, and nights when I dreaded the morning, but I think the worst of them was easier to bear than the night I kept watch beside Essie. She was stricken. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

He had an unhappy mouth and unhappy eyes and he was always wretched about something: about the treatment he received, about being kept in the country and chained to work. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Bacon, through his spies, kept a sharp look-out. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

He and Coney kept the girls alive, if one might judge by the laughter that echoed from the other room. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

H. G. Wells The management of their estates kept them in touch with reality without making exhaustive demands on their time. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Willa Cather He kept them in an escritoire he had brought from Spain, but there were always a few of them lying about in his sitting-room. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sir Richard Burton Thereupon Shah Zaman drew back from the window, but he kept the bevy in sight, espying them from a place whence he could not be espied. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Isabella Bird The fabric seemed kept together by two large beams, which added to the top-heavy appearance of the whole affair. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

I had him pointed out to me at Epsom — a fellow a little more than your own age, Dick, who has kept his figure as well as you have, but far better dressed than you could ever hope to be. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Gissing Well, the result was—she kept me there. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

William Blake Once meek, and in a perilous path, The just man kept his course along The vale of death. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake [1790-93]

Whatever they’ve discovered they’ve kept to theirselves,’ answered the nurse, ‘but I don’t believe it’s much. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He kept fidgeting with his cap. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Thomas Hughes Tom waxing bold, kept putting his head into the school and making faces at the master when his back was turned. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

George Gissing It was natural enough that the subject should occupy her thoughts; he had several times wondered, indeed, that she kept silence about it. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Guy kept out of the way, thinking Amy ought to be left to them. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Besides, though the Blackarden estate is entailed, father has so much to leave besides that it would make a lot of difference to Chester if he kept him out of it all. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

I think this tit-bit should be kept as make-weight for the Assizes.” “Yes, I thought you would say that,” Marion said. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins For the second time she was on the point of crying for help, and for the second time she kept that last desperate alternative in reserve. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

John Lewis Burckhard The cattle is kept in the midst of the court-yard, in each of which is a large well; and the only gate of entrance is regularly shut at night. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Guy de Maupassan He must be kept like a prisoner. The Son by Guy de Maupassan

William Dampier The bark which the cloth was in Captain Swan kept for a tender. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Sinclair Lewis John spent at least five minutes in showing him the shed where Jasper had sometimes kept his car. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He has been giving me a sketch of the methods by which he avoided the English police and kept himself informed of our movements. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Baldwin Spencer The audience, seated at one side, kept time by clapping their hands (Fig. 43). Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

But I think that if Mary’s nose had been a thought longer, and if she had kept her skin free from freckles she would have been almost pretty. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I suppose animals kept in cages, and so scantily fed as to be always upon the verge of famine, await their food as I awaited a letter. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

G. K. Chesterton He kept chiefly to the great roads, so full of hansoms that a wilder pair than they might easily have passed in the press. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edith Wharton There was no way in which he could help the doomed wretches: he kept repeating that without its affording him the least relief. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

If you bother with us, I will make meat of you — see! — cold meat”, and the farmer moved aside and kept quiet. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

E. F. Benson It was he, you know, who suggested the Museum. He kept writing Museum, though we thought it was Mouse at first. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

John Galsworthy He’s deeply in love with my sister, and yet he’s kept himself in hand. Over the River by John Galsworthy

George Meredith She kept Crossjay beside her till she dismounted, and the colonel was left to the procession of elephantine ideas in his head, whose ponderousness he took for natural weight. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson He heard her breath coming quickly, and saw the kind of stiffening that went through her body; but she kept silence, and did not speak again till they were almost at his house-door. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Isabella Bird I sent the two men on in front, and by dint of calling to them constantly, kept them from getting into drifts of unknown depth. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The close intercourse between Boyle and Locke, which dated from their Oxford days, seems to have been kept up till the time of Boyle’s death. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

George Gissing His wife did not linger more than a minute behind him, and she sat in the drawing-room to await Miss Derrick’s return; Mumford kept apart in what was called the library. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Tobias Smolle Then I turned to Narcissa, who had swooned, and sitting down by her, gently raised her head, and supported it on my bosom, while, with my hand around her waist, I kept her in that position. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Robert Green Ingersoll He was to be kept miserable one day in seven, and he could slander and persecute other men all the other days in the week. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

By that time the air would have turned raw and chill, and the rain would be of a cold which it kept through the night. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins The fathers and mothers on either side kept the babies according to the captain’s principle of distribution, in despair of knowing what else to do. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle When the house was cleared I took a bucket of water out for Violette, and our peasant guide showed me where the good Mayor kept his fodder. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Wilkie Collins Every time they saw him look in this direction Gabriel and the young girls shuddered and crossed themselves; and even the child, who still kept awake, imitated their example. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

George Meredith She kept her eyes demurely downward, and then gazed at her sisters with gravity. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

It was he who caused us to be kept asunder from our infancy, fearful that nature might frustrate his plans, — it was he who reared me in sentiments of implacable animosity against you. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith There goes a Welshwoman’s legacy to the sea, with a herd of swine with devils in them!’ Mr. Camminy kept his head bent, his hand on his glass of port. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

If I sent Msalima, he would be kept ten years on the road. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

They kept no maid, they all went out to work during the day, and whoever got home first prepared the evening meal. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Gissing A stand-up collar, of remarkable stiffness, kept his head at the proper level of self-respect. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Mr. Brandon kept me to dinner. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He kept it sort of closed so we hadn’t remarked it before. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

But he said, “She seems to be kept pretty busy. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

A few days previously a calf had been born and, as he hadn’t wanted it kept alive, he had given it to his two Alsatian dogs to tear to death. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

R. D. Blackmore But as long as I live you will be here; and the place shall be kept pure for you. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He began to perceive that her fear of him had almost disappeared, that she no longer received him with the cold and haughty air which had previously kept him at a distance. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Virginia Woolf They kept their heads very low, and said things shortly and gruffly. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The next morning I was up at daybreak, and my duties on the station kept me away until nearly mid-day. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

George MacDonald Diamond kept up with her as well as he could. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Gissing In the tool house were kept several Windsor chairs; two of these were now brought forth and placed on the grass between the pear trees. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing The only interested person who had foreknowledge of Clem’s wedding was Jane Snowdon, and Jane, though often puzzled in thinking of the matter, kept her promise to speak of it to no one. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

It was purposely kept dimly lighted, and its atmosphere was one of peace and quiet. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope We are anxious to know, not in what way they may be impeached and beheaded for great crimes, but by what method they may be kept constantly straight in small matters. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope At hotels on the Continent of Europe different dinners are cooked at different hours; but here the same dinner is kept always going. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne And what was left of the respirable air must be kept for the workers. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

It was decided to try an experiment — but it was to be kept a close secret, because their friends would never have finished laughing at such parental weakness. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell During the hours of recreation, which were always spent in the garden, they invariably walked together, and generally kept a profound silence; Emily, though so much the taller, leaning on her sister. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing In any case, she would have felt embarrassment, and it was increased by the look with which Mrs. Damerel kept regarding her,—a look of confusion, of shrinking, of intense and painful scrutiny. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]