Phrases with "knew"

I knew that here in the crater valley we would find some very peculiar things. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Ivan Turgenev Yefrem told her what he knew and ended by asking “Is he awake yet, or not?” “The Lord only knows,” answered his wife. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Foot by foot we moved through the dusky fields, we knew not whither. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

But now they knew something must go, or else the ship; the suspense was awful, but very short. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Victor Hugo He knew how to tear himself in time from the horrid bird-lime of the quicksands. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

She knew that she had the more substance of the two — you needn’t try any cheap jokes, I am not talking of their weights. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. F. Benson Suddenly a voice which I knew well broke the stillness, the voice of Mrs. Stone, saying, “Jack will show you your room: I have given you the room in the tower. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Elizabeth Gaskell I looked to the unburdening of my heart and conscience by telling all I knew to my best and wisest friend. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Henry James I knew there were many other people that did n’t agree with me, and I can only hope for them that their conviction was as quick and positive as mine; it all depends upon the way a thing strikes one. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Ford Madox Ford She knew that his poor mind was empty of facts and of names; but her mother said he was a great help to her. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Edith Wharton The Mission door was locked, but Willard was not surprised; he knew the precaution was sometimes taken on feast days, though seldom so early. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

H. Rider Haggard On the other hand, he knew Hilda’s proud and jealous mind. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Olaf Stapledon If we knew enough, it was said, we should be able to predict the electron's leap; and we should be able to correlate its speed and its position. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

He had an extraordinary power of winnowing the chaff from the corn in the floating scandals of the Boulevard. He knew what to accept and what to reject. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

I’m afraid Mr. Preen knew better. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I think, if I knew a little more of her brother — certain qualities so run in families — I should be able to make a better guess. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I had not seen her before, but from her likeness to Mrs. Rainton I knew at once who she was. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Andrew Lang Now when the boy had come to his full strength the King of that country fell in love with his mother, and wanted to marry her, but he knew that she would never part from her boy. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Before last week I knew nothing of Danville, except that his arrest on suspicion by Robespierre’s order was, as events turned out, the saving of his life. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Anthony Trollope The attack came upon him so much by surprise that he knew not what else to do but to grunt. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He was a grotesque figure, and he knew it, a white-polled giant squeezed into a small seat in a classroom, listening to instructors younger than his own sons. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

He knew not on whom to fix as the successor to Kelly for consulting the spirits; but at last chose his son Arthur, a boy of eight years of age. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Rudyard Kipling He was a particular friend of mine, and I knew that he knew how to love a dog properly. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

George Meredith She knew so much of one man, nothing of the rest: naturally she was curious. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I was forced to tell my tale, and I told it unhesitatingly, for I knew I could not save him — if I wanted to — and I knew I should save her or die in the attempt. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

She knew too well that Serge would have the worst of it if he got into her black books. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Thomas Hughes And this I could not see, but I saw myriads on this side, and they too worked, and I knew that it was the same work; and the same seal was on their foreheads. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Abraham Merri It was as though they knew he had failed. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

A day of strange happenings, and, surely, one not the least strange — Maude McIver knew at last she was in love. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Sir Walter Scott The younger part were in arms and clamorous for revenge, although they knew not upon whom; the elder were taking measures for the relief of the distressed family. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Edith Wharton She knew he never sat long at his work, and it seemed unaccountable that she should not hear him moving about the drawing-board. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Sick! All the while he knew that he did not mean any of it, that Eino was probably an excellent fellow. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

As I stood in the tram on my way back to Brussels I felt like a man recovering from a terrible debauch, and I knew that the brief hour of my pride was over, to return, perhaps, no more. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Olaf Stapledon Later he discovered that his father knew the Chairman of the Council. Ought he to resign? Probably, but he would not. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

I left Oxford under a cloud, because I could not explain something that I knew to be a mistake on the part of the authorities. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Machen Then I knew I what had made my very heart shudder and my bones grind together in an agony. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

M. P. Shiel My aim was London. But even as I set out, my heart smote me: I knew nothing of the metals, their junctions, facing-points, sidings, shuntings, and complexities. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

He knew this — and knew how frail the tenure by which he held his position, and how dire the crash which would hurl him down to ruin. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

One-armed men are not uncommon; and I knew of two cases where an arm was chopped off in these encounters. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Maria Edgeworth To the right they turned, into a glade of the park, which opened to a favourite view of the general’s, to which Cecilia knew that all attention must be paid. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London This was Henderson Creek, and he knew he was ten miles from the forks. Lost Face by Jack London

He knew the country well—its most tortuous and obscure trails through the great wilderness of brush and pear, and its camps and lonesome ranches where one might find safe entertainment. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

He must have been a great Bugis dandy in his time, for even then (and when we knew him he was no longer young) his splendour was spotlessly neat, and he dyed his hair a light shade of brown. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins He complained to the proprietor of the hotel of the rude treatment that he had received, and asked if Mr. Tracey knew anything of Mr. James Brown. Mr. Tracey knew nothing of him. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope I say it boldly; I have become an altered man since I knew you. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Rudyard Kipling I had never spoken to him of it, but he knew it. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

I knew men no more than I knew women, and yielding to her importunities, I promised to see Edward and plan for an interview without her guardian’s knowledge. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens I could tell her nothing but that there was such a sister; beyond that, I knew nothing. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arthur Morrison The coroner signified that he was ready to hear whatever Mr. Cripps knew of this matter. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith And wherefore had he journeyed down? Had he come to haunt her on account of the money he had poured into her lap? Rhoda knew in a moment that she was near a great trial of her strength and truth. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But he walked to the church without any assurance that he knew the distemper, or could heal it. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Walter Scott Menie knew the hand-writing and watched her father’s looks as he read it, thinking, perhaps, that it had turned on a different topic. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She knew it and it angered him that she knew it. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Von Arnim He knew exactly what there was for supper. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

He knew this; for in his wife’s face there was no token of that dark knowledge, and she, of all people, would be least skilled to deceive his scrutinizing eyes. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And he knew what that kind of manners was built on—just decent faithfulness and honest feeling. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Victor Hugo He knew her thought; he knew not her life. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle It seems that she already knew me by sight, for she turned to me at the end. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Gissing I knew my own weakness when I yielded to it; I despised myself when it brought me comfort; I could laugh scornfully, even “cupide meis incumbens miseriis. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft Steps sounded again, and Olney edged round to the north; but before he could find a haven a voice called softly, and he knew he must confront his host. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

No one who knew the horse could possibly suspect you of wanting to get it back again. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Willa Cather He knew the painter had married a woman with money and had been able to keep such of his pictures as he wished. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They knew what it meant when Daddy Green wrote with that particular pencil on that particular block of paper. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She knew now where the letter was — she knew as well as if she had put it there herself. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

M. P. Shiel She knew pain and fear in that hour. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Edith Wharton But then I knew how the real quality can keep their feelings to themselves. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Jane Austen He knew his uncle too well to consult him on any matrimonial scheme. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

At the same time, Sir James Graham, the Home Secretary, did all in his power to defeat Ashley’s bill by bringing forward alternative proposals, which he knew would be unacceptable to the workers. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Meredith Georgiana knew what he meant, and looked at him fondly. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

No doubt Fyne knew something of a woman who was Captain Anthony’s sister. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Hardy None knew of the fevered youthful ambitions that throbbed in two breasts within the quiet creeper-covered walls of the millwright’s house. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence When he did move, he took his flute and played he knew not what. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Then I began to make an effort to gain some control over my emotions, for I knew he had not forgotten me, and that he soon would be in the vestibule at my side. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

Despite the affectionate tone of the letter, he knew the woman with whom he had to deal. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I tell you I knew how it was going to be. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He said: “We have been very old friends; I knew you would feel for me, childless as I am. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim Of Austen Abbott, on the other hand, he knew a great deal—and nothing of good. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

The poor dumb creature looked into my eyes, and I thought I knew just what he would say if he could speak, and so asked Mr. Berry what he would sell him for. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

D.H. Lawrence She knew that I was an inhabitant of lands which she had never seen. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

G. K. Chesterton I knew pages of Shakespeare’s blank verse without a notion of the meaning of most of it; which is perhaps the right way to begin to appreciate verse. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

William Harrison Ainsworth I knew what had happened, and did not approach him. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until he knew all about them he meant to conceal so far as possible his own interest. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

I wish I knew something about her mother. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

John Galsworthy The meetings between ‘Old Mont’ and ‘Old Forsyte’— as she knew Bart called her father when speaking of him to Michael — always made her want to laugh, but she never quite knew why. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald He knew it led through a bathroom right in to Jack Berners’ office. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, as may be supposed, we felt not altogether secure; for there was that in the growling which now filled the darkness, that seemed demoniac, and we knew not what horrid Powers were abroad. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

We were friends for nearly a year, close friends, and I remember trying all I knew one Saturday when I spent the whole day with her in our class-room, till dusk came and I could not get her to yield. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Mark Twain Tom felt happy in his success, for he knew it was the boat’s last trip for the night. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Edith Wharton Briga relied on her as he did on no one else; but he did not love her, and she knew it. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

I knew nothing of that secret life of feeling at the time; such expression as it found was all beyond my schoolboy range. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Jack London Perrault knew dogs, and when he looked at Buck he knew that he was one in a thousand —“One in ten t’ousand,” he commented mentally. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

George MacDonald In a moment he knew that it was North Wind. “I am very stupid,” he said; “but I never saw you so small before, not even when you were nursing the primrose. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope Lady Anna knew that she was in disgrace, and was ignorant how much of her story had been told to the two elder ladies. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

I knew it was your habit to work alone, and was sure you would confide in no one until you had unearthed the motive that lay behind the threat. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Edith Wharton When one has a “way” with one — as, in all modesty, Millner knew he had — not to utilize it is a stupid waste of force. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Marjorie Bowen But all I knew and cared for was that I was free! At first, indeed, it seemed to promise little good. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Theodore Dreiser He thought then of a lawyer by the name of Jenkins, whom he knew in a casual way, but Jenkins was not at his office. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Kingsley I knew that he was dead: but there came over me the strangest longing to see that dead man’s face. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry Handel Richardson And yet every one who knew her agreed that she captivated less by reason of her comeliness, than by the ease and elegance of her manner. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anatole France She knew she would meet Jacques Dechartre in Paris. They would have liked to arrive there at the same time, or, rather, to go there together. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Anatole France She knew herself when she knew him. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Anthony Trollope Lefroy declared that he knew nothing about his brother — whether he were alive or dead. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I knew he would wait for me again in High Street, so I had no choice but to listen, and then tell him that there couldn’t be anything more between us. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

We knew later that he had been kept by what he called a long-winded client. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Andrew Lang So, one day, Kabo came and asked Pivi to sail in his canoe to a place where he knew of a great big shell-fish, enough to feed on for a week. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

M. P. Shiel The illusion of Time, for instance, ceased to cloud him: he knew the past and the future. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Robert Green Ingersoll They knew that a mechanic was esteemed as hardly the equal of a hound, and far below a blooded horse. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Andrew Lang But, all the same, he knew it wasn’t! And every morning it grew colder and colder, and the duckling had hard work to keep himself warm. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens He knew besides, what the rats were doing, wherever they were. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Your father knew him before he knew me. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle They made their way up to the farmhouse here, and presently from cries and other tokens I knew what manner of hell-fire business they had on hand. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edgar Allan Poe I knew very well that we were doomed, had we been ten times a ninety-gun ship. A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe

Ah, Athos, such encounters never take place in these times! I had a hand which could never remain at rest, a hand like quicksilver,—you knew its quality, for you have seen me at work. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D. H. Lawrence I want to finish the thing up properly,” he replied, in the utter innocence of his head; about his heart he knew nothing. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Rudyard Kipling And the cabman said that these things were the proof of progress; and by that I knew he had been reading his newspaper, as every intelligent American should. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

His idea that the amount of individual liberty in a country depends on “the pressure from the outside”, I knew to be only half-true. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Rafael Sabatini He knew that Balbi’s cell was situated immediately under the leads, and he hoped that once in it he should be able readily to find a way through the roof. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope Though he knew that the man was a dishonest liar yet he had believed the letter. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edgar Allan Poe Peters spoke little, and I knew not what to think of his apathy. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He knew that this was his only chance of getting money; so he shut his eyes to the expensive nature of the transaction, and thanked Mr. Sheldon for the accommodation granted to him. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Of course she hadn’t found a Taglioni, and none knew that better than Gina, though she did not say so, for she believed in taking what we can while we can. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Olaf Stapledon I knew they couldn’t stick it indefinitely, but I might keep them up to scratch till we were relieved. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He was so sly and deceitful that they never knew what he was doing, and could never be sure that he was speaking the truth about anything. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H.P. Lovecraft The blaze of his eyes, though, was phenomenal; and I knew that he must now be in that queerly energized state — so unlike his usual self — which so many people had noticed. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

But the perch knew that the time had come when a perch must judge for himself. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Ford Madox Ford She knew that Sylvia Tietjens knew that her husband loved her, Valentine Wannop, and that she, Valentine Wannop, loved her husband — with a passion absolute and ineffable. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

From what exaggerated sense of duty she had made that promise he knew not; but he would save her from the effects of her own perverted judgment. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Ann Radcliffe He knew his power would then place him beyond the reach of censure, in a country where the people are accustomed to implicit subordination, and seldom dare to scrutinize the actions of the nobility. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Charles Dickens Hitherto the young men I had met had a fear of being caught, greater than my desire to catch them, so our contest had been an open and equal one; but Martin Fraser knew nothing of the wiles of woman. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

H. G. Wells He knew that his ascendency meant a march towards war, war on a vaster and handsomer scale than had ever yet illuminated the page of history. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Willa Cather He knew by her low, padding step that it was Mahailey, with her apron thrown over her head. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. F. Benson Georgie knew well that this was no mere stroll; she was on her way to pay a call of the most formal and magnificent kind. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

I knew at once it would be quite hopeless for me to move for a little while, and I began desperately to rub the injured limb. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

I loved him, if possible, more than my own children, and he knew this and loved me too. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

E. F. Benson She knew she would not have a tranquil moment till she had evicted it, and she needed only a few seconds unobserved. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew that he would be true to me, for I knew one or two things about him; so I made up my mind to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my confidence. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing In some things it is certain you do; why not in the most important of all? Knowing that I was likely to see Mrs. Travis often, it was your duty to tell me what you knew of her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I walked straight up to Anabela and Fergus. Her eyes rested upon me for an instant; then she turned them, full of feeling and confidence, upon Fergus. I knew I could not speak, but I was desperate. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Edith Wharton Why, the mere threat that she would tell his mother had thrown him on her mercy — what would it be if she were to threaten to tell Anne? She knew him . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

When my second orgasm came, I indulged myself with quick, short strokes, though I knew that she preferred the long, slow movement, for I was resolved to give her every sensation this golden night. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith I knew him at once, and thought, oh! what shall I do! My heart was like a lump of lead. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

And I answered him civilly; though he must have been aware I knew what a scamp he was. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

It was mid-day — for the busy scenes of the morning had occupied but a few hours, when Sandoval remounted the good steed, on whose strength and speed he knew he could rely. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Iollan knew the appearance of Fionn’s messenger, but he was surprised to see her. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Anthony Trollope It was at least manifest in the other examination that the girls knew as well as I did who were the Romans, and who were the Sabine women. North America by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce I don’t think you knew him or perhaps you did, though. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He knew all objection would be useless, and instantly determined how to act. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I knew nothing about this case until a couple of days ago. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hardy Having noticed this I dropped behind at the first opportunity and slipped among the trees, in a direction in which I knew I should find another path that would take me home. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

If the authors of such arguments knew their own minds, they would be entirely on his side. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Virginia Woolf He guessed her difficulties; he knew in a second that she had heard nothing; he knew everything that she felt. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Florence Dixie But he knew better, and would take no denial. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He knew now why, and he was afraid of the realisation. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Henry Fielding As I knew this, I took care to sell myself and country as high as possible. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

They knew where I was staying. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

William Morris And so at last it came to their telling the other tale Of my wife and my friend; though that also methought I knew too well. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1885]

G. K. Chesterton But he knew it for a place of inhuman silence and solitude; and he felt as if he had been walking for years. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Leon Trotsky I knew Mehring too little and I had met philistines who spoke mockingly of the Russian revolution too often to be able to make out whether he was jesting or serious. My Life by Leon Trotsky

John Galsworthy She was such a decided mortal; knew her own mind so terribly well; wanted things so inexorably until she got them — and then, indeed, often dropped them like a hot potato. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Did you know me at first sight then, as I knew you?” She tried to look serious and demure, but the effort ended in irrepressible merriment. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Besides, Milady knew the masters, and did not know the lackeys; on the contrary, the lackeys knew Milady perfectly. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He knew how to work upon them. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling Father had fought in the great Pict War that lasted more than twenty years, and he knew what fighting meant. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

James Hogg If I knew a person to be a godly one, I could almost have kissed his feet; but, against the carnal portion of mankind, I set my face continually. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

George Meredith At the same time, a curious intimation, gathered she knew not whence, of the word ‘husband’ on a young wife’s lips as being a foreign sound in England, advised her to withhold it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy My brother looked a glance of agony at me, and I knew he meant, “Don’t reveal what you see; my life depends on it. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Gissing He saw himself as he would appear in her eyes when she knew all—noble, heroic. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Olaf Stapledon The boys themselves knew that there was another side to him. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins She was perfectly free to take her next walk to Browndown alone! and to place herself, for all I knew to the contrary, at the mercy of a dishonorable and designing man. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Mark Twain Then on the evening of the 26th, when he knew that Jean had been laid to rest in Elmira, he came to my room with the manuscript in his hand. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope I was going to explain it next week, but I wouldn’t leave you in suspense when I knew that that lawyer was going to trouble you. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

John Galsworthy Nobody knew whether there was anything in him except an incalculable number of secrets. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence He knew so well that Arthur, the Major, the Major’s wife, the Colonel, and Sir William thought it merely an intolerable bore. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I had found a friend, for although I knew nothing about this man, he instinctively inspired confidence, and I had absolute trust in his word. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I knew he was thinking of the dogs. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

William Makepeace Thackeray It was all up with me — I knew it was. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew those gloves well, and I understood their message. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins But I knew the voice: I knew it was Clara’s. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Morrison Don’t you?” Cater knew he was in a corner, and his face betrayed it. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne Johnson knew the maritime population of Liverpool, and started at once on his recruiting expedition. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Guy de Maupassan He knew that when the beer was placed in front of him, he would drink it; and then what would he do at eleven o’clock? So he walked on, intending to go as far as the Madeleine and return. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I have some acquaintance with the personnel of Scotland Yard. As I approached these premises I recognised one or two individuals whom I knew by sight. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Only when the talk turned on Longfellow were the jarring cross-currents dumb, and I knew that Charlie was speaking the truth as he remembered it. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

I suppose she knew I was looking at her; but she showed always a queenlike indifference about what people might think or observe. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Both of them were ready to declare that young Squire Nigel Loring knew nothing of the matter. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

He said significantly: “Must I go then?” And he knew he meant nothing of what he implied. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I knew I was undertaking a great deal for so unscrupulous a man as I was, and I dreamed the future, but never for one moment did I doubt that she was safe with me. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins In my age, I knew better, and went out philosophically to walk it off. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

If I could only find the ocean again all would be clear, for I knew one could see the island of Groix from the cliffs. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Sinclair Lewis The aged conductor knew most of his passengers by their first names, and they hailed him as “Uncle Ben,” but he resented strangers on their home train. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

The only prayer he knew rose to his lips. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Raoul knew all about swearing to a thing this time. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

He answered, “Tush, he need never blame thee, even if he knew on’t, and we can manage that. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Theodore Dreiser I thought you knew all about it. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell She never looked at any one with the slightest glimpse of memory or intelligence in her face; no, not even at Leonard. Her strength faded day by day; but she knew it not. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

He knew little of literature, either of his own country or of any other, but he was himself a wonderful artist in words whenever he took a pen into his hand. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

One report affirmed that Moore dared not come to Yorkshire; he knew his life was not worth an hour’s purchase, if he did. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

G. K. Chesterton Now he knew the truth that is known to all fighters, and hunters, and climbers of cliffs. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope Of things to be learned by lessons I knew almost less than could be supposed possible after the amount of schooling I had received. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope And yet she knew well what was the penalty of murder, and she knew also that there could be no chance of escape. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope