Phrases with "knew"

Abraham Merri It shook and wavered now toward the Disk, now toward the Cross. I sensed a keying up of force within the two; knew that each was striving to cast like a net that hanging mist upon the other. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

James Joyce Well, of course, if we knew all the things. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Larose knew I was hiding something, and he would be moving heaven and earth to find out what it was. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

M. P. Shiel This was only what I should have expected: for I knew that God loved her, and hated me. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless he sent for Daniel Thwaite. After having explained who he was, which Daniel knew very well, without being told, Mr Flick began his work. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The cubs were out, but Mother Wolf, at the back of the cave, knew by his breathing that something was troubling her frog. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Willa Cather I knew English quite well at one time. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Andrew Lang Very soon all the food in the house was eaten, and he knew he would have to go out and hunt for more. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith She knew that good brandy did not give bad dreams, and was self-convicted. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope All London was talking of Rummun Loll, taking him for an Indian prince, but the colonel, who had served in India, knew better. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing Often it was with a keen sense of shame that she took the weekly rent, a sum scraped together Heaven knew how, representing so much deduction from the food of the family. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

And he said he knew well how devoted I was to my work, and how anything I did for the Church was a real labour of love, and that my heart was in my work. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Algernon Blackwood He knew the cipher and the code. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Lodovico knew at Bologna two or three servants in great houses; it was decided that he should go to the them and find out how the land lay. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Whence, then, that sadness on thy brow? What sayst thou?” We muse once again, Ere long, be severed by the main!” I knew not this — I deemed no more Thy step would err from Britain’s shore. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

So she induced a man she knew to go and threaten Vance he would shoot him if he didn’t clear straight out of the neighbourhood at once. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

James Payn She did not venture to look upon her questioner’s face, though she felt that it was fixed on hers, reading Heaven knew what. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

John Galsworthy She tried to think that was because he was now safe and married and restored to soldiering, but she knew that comparison with Wilfrid had to do with it. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Henry James What I knew however was that he abstained to please me rather than because he yielded to my reasons. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

G. K. Chesterton He knew the millionaire who owned the paper had a hobby of Spiritualism, and something might always come out of not suppressing a marvellous story. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Algernon Blackwood Yet all the time he knew it was a foolish and useless thing to do. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

I asked him again, on this day, if he knew me. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

I never set my eyes on him, but I used to feel that I knew him as if he were my own brother; but now. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He knew now what this thing was — hysteria, a snake whose scales are tiny mirrors in which the dead world takes on a semblance of life. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

We only vaguely knew that the P.O.U.M. leaders, and presumably all the rest of us, were accused of being in Fascist pay. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

H. G. Wells But there he was, before he knew it, taking up a position of open-minded inquiry close to Sir Oliver’s, and much nearer to Jackson’s omnivorous faith, than to doubt and denial. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When you went away this afternoon, it all rushed over me, and I knew I couldn’t give you up. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Olaf Stapledon She never challenged him, but he gradually realized that she knew all about it. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce I knew some-thing would happen. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Lord Arglay is expecting me; he let me come because he knew I wanted to, but I can’t wait. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

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

With almost as tender regret as he himself could have felt, the carpenter’s wife told him all that she knew of the sad story of Mary’s disappearance. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

What could I say? I knew absolutely nothing to his discredit. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope Of course, I couldn’t think of advising till I knew the particulars. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

He saw at once that nothing of what he knew mattered in the least. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

D. H. Lawrence Then, on the other hand, he knew her peculiar disinterested cleverness in affairs. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

D. H. Lawrence The sight of a policeman would send up Alvina’s heart in a flame of fear, agony; yet she knew she had nothing legally to be afraid of. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling They were unenlightened men, Ballard knew them not. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

I knew almost all our peasants, but I did not know which it was ploughing now, and I did not care who it was, I was absorbed in my own affairs. The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

Virginia Woolf So Addison, writing day after day, essay after essay, knew instinctively and exactly how to do it. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope Of what happened at the time of the wounding Rachel knew nothing. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson The sisters sat on the log-bench before the house; and, without seeing them, Mahony knew to a nicety how they were employed. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

At first we talked of various commonplace subjects, but it was not very long before we came back, as I knew we should do, to the one absorbing topic. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

The key was not likely to be found by anybody but those that knew where to look for it. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Wilkie Collins At first sight, Mary’s Scotch friends hardly knew her again. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Zona Gale Mr. St. George,” she went on, correcting the name entirely unintentionally, “my niece, Miss Holland. And I’m sure I wish I knew what the necessary thing to be done is. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Gissing Then he inquired what I knew about Everard’s present movements. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

And Davidson’s Chinaman knew this perfectly well, too. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

I knew Herr Lederbogen quite well. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

H. G. Wells In a moment I knew what had happened. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle M. Moser knew nothing of any valuable jewellery, but it had been remarked by the servants that the heavy trunk in the lady’s bedroom was always scrupulously locked. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Henry James She had, for so much coolness, the strength that she considered she knew all about Miss Dolman. “Yes — paid. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Rudyard Kipling He carried his dreams on to Number Five. They knew the symptoms of old. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Then all at once he heard the car being started up, and from the sounds that followed he knew that it was being backed and turned. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Anthony Trollope And the Brownbies knew well the estimation in which their neighbour held them. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells All the life he knew was the dull round of the village, all the speech he knew was the talk of the cottage, that failed and collapsed at the bare outline of his least gigantic need. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

All the lights save the one over the fire-place he knew could be switched on close by the door. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

He knew nothing of the vessels which we now speak of as capillaries. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Anthony Trollope I knew I was not behaving as a citizen should behave, but could not compass the exact points of my delinquency. North America by Anthony Trollope

He knew only two divisions of people — the gay and the stupid. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Elizabeth Von Arnim She knew Mr. Wilkins was telling him the story by his gestures. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

He knew the Orang Blanda were very near, although he had said nothing to us about that; he knew his great danger. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Kenyon knew the sanctity which Hilda (faithful Protestant, and daughter of the Puritans, as the girl was) imputed to this shrine. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle He knew that the waves would bear him quickly enough on to the rocks, and he reserved himself for the struggle with them. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope He knew that he and his father must at least bear the heavier portion of this tremendous cost; but to do the archdeacon justice, he did not recoil from this. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall But she couldn’t deceive me, and she knew it; I saw the ache in her for the thing she might have been. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Morris Birdalone smiled on her, and was over weary to ask what that meant, though she knew not. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Anthony Trollope And then as to that danger of which Ada had spoken, Edith knew that such perils must be overlooked altogether among the incidents of life. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Eliot The door opened, and Dinah stood before him, colouring deeply with the great surprise of seeing Adam at this hour, when she knew it was his regular practice to be at church. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

H. G. Wells They knew nothing of the remote real past. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

He boasted of his systematic abilities, as applied to seekings and searchings, but he knew no more what to be at next than the man in the moon. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Then her breathing became slow and regular and he knew she was asleep. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

I knew his master, Dryden. I have sat at Wills’s coffee-house many a night with glorious John.” “No man is glorious till after death,” said the other. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He knew her now for what she was. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Long-tried king, the hoary hero, at heart was sad when he knew his noble no more lived, and dead indeed was his dearest thane. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Edgar Allan Poe Captain Barnard, we knew very well, was engaged at Lloyd and Vredenburgh’s, and would remain there until late in the evening, so we had little to apprehend on his account. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

I have steadily ignored every report, every insinuation — have held my head as high as if I knew you were immaculate. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Willa Cather The unfinished dresses which she left hanging on the forms, however, were often so saturated with smoke that he knew she found it a trial to work on them the next morning. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

But Cortes knew the importance, above all, of not betraying his own inability to grant it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edith Wharton She knew very little of the value of money. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Guy de Maupassant She was the daughter of Spanish colonists, and had married a Frenchman, whose name was Pontabeze. He was in government employ, though I never exactly knew what his functions were. Marroca by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton And yet ten minutes afterwards, when he put his head out of the cab and made a grimace like a gargoyle, I knew that he was only like a father playing hide-and-seek with his children. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The bride whimpered, would have liked to pinch him, but dared not disobey; her papa had a crutch with which she was very familiar, and she knew that her papa would call her to account next day. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

We found it a very old and time-worn edifice, built round an ample court, and we knew it, as we had been told we should, by the cap carven in stone above the interior of the grand portal. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George Gissing He knew that she alone in the audience could comprehend his noble morality, grasp the extent of his far-sighted speculations. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Martin knew the way to the larder; and knowing this way, he took it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

And he knew that his Saeve would not have seen, and would not have cared for any eyes than his. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Willa Cather I did take something once, before I knew it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I knew that his purpose was to deluge the land with blood. Prester John by John Buchan

I knew it was hopeless, but I put every ounce of strength and will into the effort to swing it with its burden into the chimney. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Maria Edgeworth Hector’s sense of injury was acute in the extreme; he knew not how to forgive. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

Tremendous risk to me — this business is!” Joanna snatched his hand and before he knew what she would be at, pressed it to her lips. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Andrew Lang He knew he was beaten, and still holding the chaplet of stars, he turned to the girl. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith When she was capable of speaking, she said entreatingly: “I knew his brother. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I knew that Hurst had changed his servants since I was last at his house, and I knew his habits. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

H. G. Wells She knew it was her mistress’s son as well as I! And for some time she had known, she had felt. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Joseph Furphy He knew no more where he was going than the man in the moon. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

They knew he would not be unduly friendly with the village boys, he was far too much of a snob for that, but he was so good-looking that they feared for him with the village girls. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins Then his attention wandered — he knew beforehand what Sir Joseph would say. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Oscar Wilde Lord Henry had told him that, and Lord Henry knew what women were. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

John Galsworthy No movement in his wife’s face! Whether that fellow were coming or not, she evidently knew all about it. To Let by John Galsworthy

She said he had been a friend of Ellister and she believed Ellister knew where he was, though he wouldn’t tell her. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

The pavements were wet, and he had gone to the Elephant and Castle, where he knew of a pitch under shelter. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

He knew that like a fool he had given himself away. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

John Lewis Burckhard As I knew that Bedouins were always to be found in the harbour of Sherm, to transport passengers by land to Tor or Suez, I wished to be set on shore here. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Elizabeth Von Arnim She knew he was feeling having been given orders, poor Miles, and it was really too bad that he should have to go out again that cold night. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anthony Hope For I knew her and she knew me. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

She knew him to be a hedonist, a materialist, a man who had very few scruples. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

James Joyce She knew I, I think she knew by the way she. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Reaching home, he found the house, as it had been when he left it, in complete darkness, so he knew no one could prove he had not been indoors all the evening. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

At peace did I say? I have known no peace since I knew you; but I should have died and waked up in hell, if I had not parted with you. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Edith Wharton I knew nothing of its origin, and still less of the invisible character to whom it presumably belonged. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle He felt a frenzied impulse as he sat down to inform the examiners that he knew very well what they were going to ask him, and that it was hopeless for him to attempt to answer it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He knew exactly what he wanted. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They knew that presently dinner would be over and a little later the evening too would be over and casually put away. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Walter Besant He had done me no harm that I knew of, but I hated him at that moment. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

George Meredith She would have liked to guess how he knew she had a brother on the medical staff of one of the regiments in India: she asked him twice, and his cheeks were redder than cricket in the sun. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing Elgar knew well enough in what mood this lady was about to converse with him. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

For the rest, he knew that innumerable jaws and claws were tearing at his body, and that he was engaged in a mad, unequal fight to save his own life and Kennedy’s . Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Meredith As it happened cruelly for Alvan, the woman who had become the radiant indistinct in his desiring mind was one whom he knew to be of a shivery stedfastness. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Willa Cather Ottenburg knew some of the Mexican things Spanish Johnny used to sing. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope And the small free-selectors, who lived on the labor of their own hands — or, as was said of many of them, by stealing sheep and cattleknew well that he was not of their class. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

None of us knew what he was like; not even the famous Inspector Kitson, from whose State I am glad to say he came. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

But Lawyer Larkin knew the value of the precious metals, and waited for more data. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I guess the sound astonished the people above a bit, for nobody knew they were going to play. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Grant knew very well the queer indifference that London breeds in people who have lived long in it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

She had grown delirious, men had had to hold her down in bed and check her frenzy, for she knew that her master below was dying by inches; presently she had passed into stupor and death. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Surely, thought Eleanor, if Arlington knew how much she had had that day to try her, he would refrain from joke-making. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

And now but ten men were left of all those that had shot before, and of these ten, six were famous throughout the land, and most of the folk gathered there knew them. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unaccustomed to industry, he knew not in what way to contribute to the support of his increasing family. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope Then the dear old man died!” “I knew then that he had made it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope She had a certain brightness of eye when she was awakened to enthusiasm, and she knew how to make the best of herself. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence Aunt Cissie’s life had been sacrificed to the Mater, and Aunt Cissie knew it, and the Mater knew she knew it. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Not position; for what position has she as Mrs. Granger? I will take her away from all the people who ever knew her, and guard her jealously from the hazard of shame. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton He hardly understood what de Crucis was saying: he knew only that an hour before he had fancied himself master of his fate and that now he was again in bonds. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Rudyard Kipling How could I be sure of thy love when I knew that I had been bought with silver?’ ‘Nay, that was the dowry. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Virginia Woolf The passionate and feeling heart of Orlando knew the truth. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Thomas Hardy The window was open, she looked right out, and Bob knew that he had got a rise to his bait at last. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

He held on by the runner, and stared to windward at Rottum, as though he knew the place quite well. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

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

If that drive could have lasted for ever, it would have been very delightful; but she knew that those splendid chestnut horses were carrying her at a terrible rate to her new home. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She knew what love and death were—what they were—not merely what they were called—and life and shame and loss meant nothing. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

If it is necessary to ask how he knew that God was an object of the intelligence, it was not directly shown, as he was using poetic form combined with myth. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Theodore Dreiser Addison knew of no influence that he could bring to bear. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

They knew not what to think; the departure of the Unnamed in the morning by himself had already seemed extraordinary, and his return was not less so. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

William Harrison Ainsworth The clash of their steel was drowned by her shrieks as I bore her away; but I knew the strife was desperate. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Rudyard Kipling All he knew was at Apis’ disposition. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Well, they would never get it from him, he resolved, and if he knew anything of the character of his friend, the latter, too, would die rather than speak a word. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Eliot In a few months the shop in the marketplace was again to let, and Mr. David Faux, alias Mr. Edward Freely, had gone — nobody at Grimworth knew whither. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

I knew that it was possible that your suspicions might be excited; but I trusted that my simple word would cause them to disappear. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James It was Sir Claude who cultivated the supreme stillness by which she knew best what he meant. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Henry James They knew at any rate what really concerned them to-night, and Strether had begun by keeping his companion close to it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

I knew you would not refuse me”; and smiling at the poor lad she was befooling, she passed into the cabin. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

E. F. Benson But, as it was, I knew at once that there was a motor travelling swiftly just ahead of us, also that it was not going as fast as we were, or we should have run into its dust much more gradually. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

Among his unlawful activities they knew that he was trafficking in forbidden drugs, but although they had twice raided both his private house and his professional rooms, they had found nothing. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Thomas Paine They knew that whatever the pretence might be, it was they who were one of the principal objects of it. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Charles Dickens When did man ever tremble, as Redlaw trembled, in the silence that ensued! He knew it must come upon them, knew that it was coming fast. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He did not solve this social problem because he knew it was not of importance at the moment and would solve itself. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Willa Cather He knew that he was doing her wrong. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

George Gissing Its exotic name affected her imagination; as did the knowledge that Cyrus Redgrave, whom she knew so particularly well, had built it for his retreat, his privacy. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It was proper to pray, but I had to do my part by watching out and right well I knew it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Leon Trotsky He knew that revolutionary decrees were only partially carried out. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I risked things a bit, perhaps, but, then, I knew any moment he was going to anchor. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I wrote about embryology of fishes because I knew nothing about it and reasoned that ninety-nine men in a hundred would be in the same boat. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

I knew that he had saved rue, body and mind; and I looked up to him as a savage might look up to a missionary. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

Lucy Maud Montgomery She knew Mrs. Peter Blewett only by sight as a small, shrewish-faced woman without an ounce of superfluous flesh on her bones. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

I don’t think the Squire knew whether to let him off as innocent, or to give him into custody as guilty. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

For many reasons I did not care very much about this arrangement, but I knew him too well by this time to waste my breath arguing. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

W. H. Hudson He said that I could please myself and that he should stay where he was with Elaria. It was only when I told Elaria of these things that I knew how much I loved her. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Anthony Trollope She knew that George would lie; but that was to be expected from a man in his position. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edith Wharton Her “What shall I do?” meant “What are you going to do?” and he knew it, and knew that she knew it. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

E. F. Benson All that we feared at first is coming true, as I knew it would. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

George Gissing She knew the weakness of her position, and inclined ever more to make an ally of the man who had overcome her in battle and carried her off in his arms. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

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

George Gissing Mary knew of the interview between Miss Nunn and Mrs. Widdowson, knew its result; but she would not hint at this. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He knew many others much better. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

John Galsworthy He got on his feet, stood a moment to recover, and then, without his cane, walked, he knew not how, to the window of the hall that looked out on to the parade. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

She added she knew a lot about books and would be willing to come for fifteen shillings a week and her board and lodging. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

They had the advantage of knowing we had picked up the beginning of their trail before we knew that trail was going to lead us to them. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Radclyffe Hall Elizabeth knew that Mrs. Ogden hated her, had always hated her with the stubborn hatred of a weak nature. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Makepeace Thackeray Whenever anybody was ill, this little kind society knew what medicines were prescribed. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Anthony Trollope She at once felt that she had been removed from contact with Daniel Thwaite, and was sure that her mother knew her story. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf A young man rose, and said that he knew Ralph by sight. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

William Hazlitt Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew nothing, and now I am, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Even in so small a matter as a new-laid egg the Captain knew how to protect his own interest. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Machen He knew Lord Selwyn quite well and had no doubt as to his acceptance. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope Mr Fothergill, however, knew where to look for balm for such wounds, and in a minute or two, Mr Apjohn was employed quite to his heart’s content. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

All knew the helmet which Messapus lost, But mourn’d a purchase that so dear had cost. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Rashleigh knew nothing of what is called the science of pugilism, in which McCoy was very expert. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

When at last he knew in his dazed mind that he was standing securely on the ground, he knew also, under the pale light which feebly shone over the unfashioned town, that he was still alone. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Rudyard Kipling He was the head of all the Keddah operations — the man who caught all the elephants for the Government of India, and who knew more about the ways of elephants than any living man. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

He stepped right into my path, here at this same spot, as I was about to descend the Ravine, and asked if I knew him again. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Arnold Bennett Hilda knew that she could whistle, and had several times indicated to her indirectly that whistling was undesirable; but she had never heard her whistling as she whistled now. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Theodore Dreiser Then the dining-room door closed, and she knew he had gone. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

I knew it too, for it had been familiar to me from childhood. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Ford Madox Ford And Tietjens knew that the C.O. knew it; and he half suspected that the C.O. knew that he, Tietjens, knew it . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Willa Cather He had forgotten what she said, — it must have been very fragmentary, — but from that time on he knew the essential facts about Joan of Arc, and she was a living figure in his mind. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Fielding He knew I must submit to any terms with, or any treatment from, him. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Algernon Blackwood She was excited, but she knew what she was saying. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]