Phrases with "know"

John Galsworthy I have told him that if he really loves me, he will come to England to claim me; but I know he will not come. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

You know how we all feel about it: the bitter disappointment, the heart-sickening sense of insufficiency that the advertised praises of our books give us poor authors. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald Now, here’s something I do knowpersonal appearance has a lot to do with it. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Paine What the conduct of former armies was, I know not, but what the conduct of the present is, I well know. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Presently she must get up and make polite leavetaking and go to Henrietta with her story and end by saying: “And I know whose shoe it came from. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton She would have given a great deal to know Clemence Verney’s conception of success. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edith Wharton She did not know how long she sat there in a kind of brooding rapture. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

With respect to sexually-limited diseases, we know too little of the period at which they originate, to draw any safe conclusion. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Rudyard Kipling Shadow Houses. This tale may be explained by those who know how souls are made, and where the bounds of the Possible are put down. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edith Wharton You know as well as I that we have reached a crisis. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

H. G. Wells I say here now to you and to High Heaven that THIS LIFE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. I know there is a better life than this muddle about us, a better life possible now. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The thing is utter rot to start with, and yet you go on bullying the poor child until she doesn’t know where she is. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

W. W. Jacobs They know all about that, bless you, and, if they were had, they’d blab about the diamond. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Had anyone not been asked if they would be taking wine, and he seemed to know it. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

I say that we know an object by means of an idea, whenever we ambulate towards the object under the impulse which the idea communicates. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. G. Wells I had a stupid sort of pride about unrequited benefits or I know he would have done this frequently. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy I know nothing of the circumstances. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

William Morris In considering the Aims of Art, that is, why men toilsomely cherish and practise Art, I find myself compelled to generalize from the only specimen of humanity of which I know anything; to wit, myself. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

But I—I have very little money, Mr Carrados, only a few pounds, and I am not so childish as not to know that very clever men require large fees. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Thomas Hardy You know the discomfort caused at night by the half-sleeping sense that a door or window has been left unfastened, or in the day by the remembrance of unanswered letters. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Jean-Jacques Rousseau I know of nothing more contrary to the social spirit. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wilkie Collins Turlington has not always been in the Levant trade — I know that already. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

I want you to know exactly what you have let me in for. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Thomas Hardy But I was too young to know particulars. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Certainly he had no intention of letting him know they were sure that in some way he was mixed up with the gang which had been raiding those country houses with such success for so long. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Robert Louis Stevenson You know yourself how earnestly in the last months of last year, I laboured to relieve suffering; you know that much was done for others, and that the days passed quietly, almost happily for myself. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Anatole France M. d’Anquetil shouted to them: “Idiots! I really don’t know why I do not spit you on my sword. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Andrew Lang But again, if Prance did not know the details of Bedloe’s confession, how could he possibly agree with it? 76 Pollock, p. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Say nothing! I know my business. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Jules Verne The captain, who was really alarmed, did not know what course to take. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Though it had always been old Mrs. Raydon’s happy fate to invest and not to borrow, she was far too good a woman of business not to know as much as that concerning the seamy side of money. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft That question, however, he did not deem vital; since it would be unnecessary to know the origin of the symbols if, as he suspected, they were used as a cipher in a modern language. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

The shortest system of medical practice that I know of is the oldest, but not the worst. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Their claws are made to twist round, you know, and I shall put some monkeys—you know those droll chenille monkeys, Ruth—creeping up the sides to meet the cranes. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Leslie Stephen We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Gissing If you can do more, do it, and God-speed! I know myself for an exception. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells You know that blank non-existence into which one drops when one has taken “gas. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

They seemed to know about your absence from the Castle, but they believe that he can put his hand on you if he wants. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

You know we’ve got about two hundred dollars from the theatricals, but the matter seems to have stopped there, and some of us think there’d better be some other disposition of the money. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott The hereditary enemy of the House of Lacy, thus accompanied, comes hither for no good — the extent of the evil I know not, but for evil he comes. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Charles Dickens These two are the only ropes?” “The only ropes here, ma’amselle; but at the Hospice —” “If he is alive — I know it is my lover — he will be dead before you can return. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

I know not how he cometh, for it was but a rumor of this that reached me; nevertheless, I know that it is the truth. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

M. R. James If you care to know about the dark lane you might do worse than ask my housekeeper that lived at the other end of it when she was a child. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Permit me also to point out that if I had detained him we would have been committed to a course of action on which I wished to know your precise intentions first. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

That same second something happened to me, though I really don’t know what. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anna Katherine Green You know that you will be well within your rights to remain silent. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Benjamin Disraeli I know not how it is, but my energies, good and evil, seem alike vanishing. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

I know he was twenty years in India.” They talked on for some time and then went into the garden for Larose to speak to the chauffeur. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

If you had it you’d know what it was; but you’ll be comfortably asleep while I’m in agony, and nobody near me. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

One would like to know more than one is ever likely to know of the relations of the imperialist section of the Government with Mr. Stead. But it is time to return to the solidity of fact. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope I don’t know that I ever was hard upon any man. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I shall remember proudly to the end of my life that he once offered me the honor and the happiness of becoming his wife; but I know what is due to him and to you. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins Suppose we know no more of him than we know now when the trial begins? Suppose the jury —” She stopped, shuddering. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Edith Wharton I don’t know what I should have done if Alexa hadn’t been home to give me a cup of tea. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson All this made it very possible that even if none of our boys had stolen the pig, some of them might know the thief. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe It is necessary, however, to say, that, should your father not insist upon your removal, I know not how long my circumstances may enable me to afford even the humble pittance you receive here. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Robert Louis Stevenson I don’t know about Pulvis et Umbra either, but must leave that to you. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dismissing, then, altogether this legend of his blindness and self-slaughter, it must be admitted that of the death of Rameses II we know nothing certain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Don’t be alarmed, Mr. Merridew — I know what you want, at least I can guess. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

George Gissing But I don’t know what to do about the house. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

I know a place where there’s a blocked-up drain, but it isn’t blocked up when I use it. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They don’t know I know that, so it is a sort of secret. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

But it was no dream to me, Beaton. I fear I know that young girl; I also fear that I know what drove her into contemplating so rash an act. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Kingsley The more men dread Nature, the less they wish to know about her. Science by Charles Kingsley

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know the Princess and I know myself. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Wilkie Collins I say again, Lomaque, speak at once, and speak out! I know your news is bad, for I know beforehand that it is news of Danville.” “You are right; my bad news is news of him. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Today is my twenty-eighth birthday and I know I shall never be able to take in as fully as I should what wonderful things have happened to me from my early teens onwards. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

I know that you do not love Grigori, but put that thought away from you. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins If I did not know that it was simply impossible that such a thing could be, I should really think she suspected me of believing what that wretch said of her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

When, therefore, she said, “You know the rest,” I took her in my arms and gave her my first kiss. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells We have to sit on one side and look on and pretend not to see or know while your spies and experts and our spies and experts poke about trying to turn pure science into pure foolery. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Well, whatever the business may be, we shall soon know it all. Schalken the Painter by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Ivan Turgenev For instance, if you allow me, I will tell you a curious episode about the plague in Bessarabia.” “For which you won the Vladimir cross?” interposed Bazarov. “We know — we know . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

An unkempt wig, tarnished buckles and buttons, a soiled cravat, and David had learnt to know that the disarray and rebellion were more than physical. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. F. Benson A warning from Abfou.” “Well, if that isn’t convincing, I don’t know what is,” said Daisy. Georgie thought it convincing too. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Speak, you vixen; what’s been done to you?” “Don’t talk so much,” stammered Gervaise. “You know well enough. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

William Makepeace Thackeray And now, perhaps, the reader is anxious to know what sort of a man this is who wounded so many ladies’ hearts, and who has been such a prodigious favourite with men. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Ivan Turgenev He had even given her a name — the dumb know that their inarticulate noises call the attention of others. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Horace Walpole She wished to know the truth, lest she should wrong her friend by entertaining a passion for Isabella’s lover. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

H. G. Wells And they had to know him, they had to experience his personal magnetism and be quick to understand and ready to obey him. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

But know I’ll cry on a rescue shall make all Carcë run to find us, and my brothers, ay, and Laxus, if he be a man, shall deal thee bitter payment for thy violence toward me. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

M. P. Shiel You tell Spiciewegiehotiu that, she fly into a passion, she call you liar; but everybody know it, except Spiciewegiehotiu, and Spiciewegiehotiu know it, too, inside her nose. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Gaston Leroux We don’t know where he came from — or where he went. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Florence Dixie If Maeva says she’ll come, I know she will. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Rudyard Kipling The more people I know and the more I’m known here, the wider spread will be the news of the crash when it comes. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Sybil, Ralph, Henry — any of these might be looking after her; yes, but he didn’t know they were. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The souls in that place know their own proper sounds and hurry to them. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Andrew Lang If he bids in his own person some bookseller will outbid him, partly because the bookseller knows, after all, he knows little about books, and suspects that the amateur may, in this case, know more. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I’m going to ask you—you know what I’m going to ask you. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Steele Rudd The girls didn’t want to lay it on the table at first, but Mother said he wouldn’t know what it was. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

David Hume First, It must be allowed, that, when we know a power, we know that very circumstance in the cause, by which it is enabled to produce the effect: for these are supposed to be synonymous. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Guy de Maupassan You know well that you are at home here. A New Year’s Gift by Guy de Maupassan

A desire to know something at first hand. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

William Dampier What became of our Malayans I know not: Ambrose lived not long after, Mr. Hall also was so weak that I did not think he would recover. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

No, he did not know them; but because this was East Anglia they were obviously worthless. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Guy de Maupassant That day she seemed deeply moved, I don’t know why. A Parricide (Un parricide) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

George Gissing I know of a thousand things quite in the order of nature which revolt me. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Joseph Furphy In fact, I’ll require to know something of your whereabouts after you leave my premises. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Robert Green Ingersoll I hate Methodism, and yet I know hundreds of splendid Methodists. I dislike a certain set of principles called Democracy, and yet I know thousands of Democrats that I respect and like. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

F. Scott Fitzgerald If you only wanted things! Don’t you see?” “I know — like girls who stare into the windows of jewelry-stores. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When I start reading them I know beforehand everybody will talk so uncommonly well—not like——” “You and me,” suggested Annette. “Well, not like me, anyhow. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Guy de Maupassan I tell you it’s great! You see her in the distance, while still a block away; you already know that she is going to please you at closer quarters. The Unknown by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling I know now what being wiped out means. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

What do you want to do, sweetheart?” “I don’t know what I can do,” he said. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The audience shouted to know what was the matter, and all the great mass tossed and stirred. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Don’t forget we know for certain that that Halesworth butcher has been in a madhouse once, and remember — he was born near here and should therefore know every yard of the Thralldom lands. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jules Verne You know I am the piper of the place. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Henry James I know that is what strangers are supposed to do here; they always settle. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

The only thing that I wanted to know was the situation of the lands of the Gojin. On the following jom the Kohen Gadol and Layelah came quite early and spent much time. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Wilkie Collins I am living under that man’s protection, Mr. Germaine. His wife is not dead, as you may suppose; she is living, and I know her to be living. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Besides, I know your ways; I know the symptoms of the disease. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Henry James I’m not sure that anything so terrible really ought to happen to you as to know us. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Guy de Maupassant I faltered: “‘I don’t know what is the matter with me, but, I assure you, I am not well. Beside a Dead Man (Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse) (Auprès d'un Mort) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There are deep things in us and you know what they are as well as I do. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James They were too much of the same kind; the result, that is, of everyone’s seeming to know everything — to the effect, a little, that everything suffered by it. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Andrew Lang The gnomes were at first much puzzled to know what to do; then Tad, climbing on a branch of the willow tree that hung over her, stooped down, and gently stroked her fingers. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Why, if the thieves didn’t know their work better they would starve. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Can such unhallowed doings be permitted to endure longer! Oh, Spirit of Civilization, hither turn your eyes, and punish the purchasers who ought to know better, for thus only will the sale be stopped. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

William Morris Alas! alas! I know not what to do, If I run fast it is perchance that I May fall and stun myself, much better so, Never, never again! not even when I die. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

G. K. Chesterton It seemed to me that, while she might be perfectly honest, she WOULD know very decidedly whether a thing is done or not. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Abraham Merri But this I do know — that last vision was of a cataclysm whose beginnings we face now — this very instant. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle But I beg and pray you, gentlemen, that you will go from my house, for I know not what may come of it if his rage should gain the mastery of him. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Elio If the season didn’t know what it ought to do, Mrs. Hackit did. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

I know you don’t mind being alone a bit. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Rudyard Kipling We know the war prepared On every peaceful home, We know the hells declared For such as serve not Rome — The terror, threats, and dread In market, hearth, and field — We know, when all is said. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

It was a fancy of mine, and I don’t know why it should have come to me, but it proved to be a right one. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

The divil a know I know what’s happened him. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Scrap wanted to know so much about her mother that Arundel had presently to invent. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Henry James They don’t know how to drive. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

How little you know her worth! She is only waiting to be assured that you are to have my greenheart, with a reel that spins fifty yards of silk. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

A. E. W. Mason It is a great comfort to me to know that. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

And I think he knows that instinctively, poor man! But in spite of all that, in spite of everything that repels me, I know that we belong to each other. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Henry James It was easy enough to know her, if that was all the trouble. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson John heads straight for Vaucluse to apologise; and when he gets there the old man hammers the table, declares his daughter has been compromised, and ends by demanding to know John’s intentions. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Sir Richard Burton Of these forty thieves there yet remain two others concerning whose case I know naught, so beware of them, but chiefly of the third remaining robber, their captain, who fled hence alive. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

John Bunyan The end of the world is compared to our Harvest, and you know men at Harvest regard nothing but fruit. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

A. E. W. Mason I know that, so I am careful to guard against it. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson But I know this: my husband shall not stay here. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Maria Edgeworth My dear general, I know all that you can tell, all that you can hint concerning her history abroad. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Jules Verne But we know now that Captain Nemo does not fly from civilised seas, and in some days I think you can act with security. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

G. K. Chesterton What he did not know was the habit of sport and of heraldry. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Robert Louis Stevenson In what we know of his opinions, he makes a figure highly characteristic of the time. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

If you do not turn towards the light he will not know who you are. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence I don’t know whatever we shall do if you go away, we shall be that lonely!” and he flashed his old-maid’s smile at her. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

So go on, little barkie!” I cried enthusiastically, patting the bulwark with my hand, as if to encourage her, “you know how much depends upon you. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Those who surely know declare that, thanks to these railroads, our beloved country will soon be all cultivated as is a garden. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

At the same time he dreamed of a calmer life, he pictured the delights of bucolic days and longed to know when this driving slavery was to end. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

He wanted to know everything Sturm had said about the military drowned-looking old man. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Arthur Machen Nurse had told me all about them long ago, but she called them by another name, and I did not know what she meant, or what her tales of them were about, only that they were very queer. The White People by Arthur Machen

G. K. Chesterton The only man who does know is Dr. Bull. “Confound it!” cried Syme. “And we don’t know where he is. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Morrison He had no more than the word of Luker and Birks that the jewels (if they existed) were those of Lady Wedlake, and Luker and Birks themselves only professed to know from hearsay. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Elio But then, if Sir Christopher were to know all, it would add to his sorrow, and make him more wretched than ever. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Arthur Machen That was how I came to know that her stories were true and that I had not made up the secret myself out of my own head. The White People by Arthur Machen

And I don’t know what you mean. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Jules Verne A vacant seat at our table is now very rare; we are beginning to know something about each other, and our daily life, in consequence, is becoming somewhat less monotonous. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

They’ll throw buns at each other — I know they will. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

I know I went to some trouble for him years ago—and then somehow he disappeared. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Henry James She said to herself that of what it would symbolize she was content to know nothing more than just what her having it would tell her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Charles Dickens And she, being brought to see him, at first no more knew him than she would know from seeing the ruin of a Greek or Roman Temple, what it used to be before it fell; but at length she remembered him. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy by Charles Dickens [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle What is it that shifts them? Heat. Electricity. Other things perhaps of which we know nothing. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

G. K. Chesterton He knew enough about Dubliners to know that neither devils nor dynamite will stop them from reciting verse. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Then spake King Gunther: “I’d have you know that robbers slew him; Hagen did not do the deed. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Thomas Hardy When he had imparted the particulars he waited, manifestly burning to know whither these inquiries tended. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Morrison An’ if she hadn’t it ain’t likely I’d know her. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

John Bunyan Then Christian smiled, and said, I think verily I know the meaning of this. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Wilkie Collins We know that they are strangers in London — and we know no more. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Jules Verne They were ignorant of what it was, whether an island or a continent, for they did not know to what part of the world the hurricane had driven them. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim By the by, your brother entered Mr. Lugard’s service under an assumed name, did he not? Did Mr. Lugard know his real one?” She looks up at me, surprised at my abrupt question. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Guy de Maupassan The few words inscribed on the facade filled me with astonishment, and I wanted to know what was going on here. The Magic Couch by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Machen You know I think her Sunday evenings out have a rather unsettling influence on the girl. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

E. F. Benson Just for Riseholme: that’s so like her: she doesn’t know what the word ‘snob’ means. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Ivan Turgenev I don’t know whether the Tartars had wandered over it, but Russian thieves or Lithuanians, in disturbed times, might certainly have hidden in its recesses. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith When I was under your age by a long count, I dealt sanctimoniousness a flick o’ the cheek, and you shall, and let ’em know you’re a man. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Not enduring the uncertainty that now besieged my tranquillity, I resolved to know the worst; and, on a day ever memorable to me, I went down to the bookseller’s. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Anthony Trollope You know you never expected papa to pay the costs. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin I know nothing of her, except that she receipts for the amount paid her each month. At Fault by Kate Chopin

It is not enough that he knows how to effect certain desired mechanical results; he must above all, know how to effect these results in due form. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Henry James Well, I do want to know so much that it seems sometimes as if I wanted to know everything; and yet there are some things that I think I don’t want to know. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

James Joyce Digteter! Grundtsagar! Swop beef! You know he’s peculiar, that eggschicker, with the smell of old woman off him, to suck nothing of his switchedupes. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle I know because I have seen some of them. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

George Gissing I don’t know whether it’s their fault or mine. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Wilkie Collins If we know that, we know enough. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

I was often amused to see the sailors puzzled to know what to make of him, and to hear their conjectures about him and his business. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I don’t know about your job, for honestly I can’t quite see what you and Blenkiron are going to do. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I’m keeping him back, and you know I’m stronger in the dark. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle One never does know until one tries. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I don’t know how many bags each case would hold. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle You know me as the austere man of science. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

H. Rider Haggard How goes it with Swanhild now?” “I know not. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang Though how they know I cannot tell you, as nobody has ever seen it. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The soldiers were dreadfully angry when they heard this, for of course they did not know that the boy was really a prince; and they soon began to lay their heads together to plot his ruin. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I’m not supposed even to know about her. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

They don’t know I b’long ’ere. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

I have got the passwords, and I know the general idea of their aims, so, with your permission, we will set off at once. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. G. Wells I do not remember now the exact order of events in my liberation nor when it was I wrote to Byatt. But I know things were precipitated by some row of which I have forgotten every particular. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Henry Adams Meanwhile each newcomer needed to slip into a place as near the head of the caravan as possible, and needed most to know where the leaders could be found. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

William Dampier The remainder of these Islands of Cape Verde are St. Antonia, St. Lucia, St. Vicente, and Buena Vista: of which I know nothing considerable. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Jules Verne He seemed to know that I was taking my farewell, and with one last lingering hope he endeavoured to restrain me. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]