Phrases with "lady"

Anthony Trollope Lord Chiltern has been with him, and Mr Erle.” “Has no lady seen him?” asked the Duchess. “Not to my knowledge. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith And a purse found under the seat of a fly in London would have a poor chance of returning intact to the young lady losing it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope Clara had seen Mrs Askerton in the meantime frequently, but that lady had kept her promise almost to Clara’s disappointment. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith C. D. will give Nesta and some lady dinner. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Anthony Trollope Becky brings him down word from his sister’s room that the old lady is too ill to see him. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Be you very sure, Joyce, many a love-passage had passed between them two; but I suppose when my lady was thrown in his way he couldn’t resist her rank and her beauty, and the old love was cast over. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Rudyard Kipling Didn’t you notice the old lady at the window where we saw the man in the night-gown? I thought night-gowns as sleepin’ rig was extinck, so to speak. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

By that time the old lady had vanished. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James I was with him, and so was Mr. Urbain. My lady had been to receive the doctor from Paris, and she didn’t come back with him into the room. The American by Henry James [1877]

Even by a lady one does not care to be called over the coals—and such coals!—for nothing at all. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

She had a secret worth a farm in Brie. But the old lady was extravagant; her expenses and her demands have increased year by year. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I asked the lady to have a look at your lambrequins. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

One writer, for instance — a lady — had vilified Mormonism because “some rude men in Salt Lake City had walked over a bridge before her. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James My lady was always about; her face was as white as her husband’s, and she looked very proud, as I had seen her look when her orders or her wishes had been disobeyed. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray Miss Rumbold, his sister lives with him, by the way; but with that young lady of course we have nothing to do. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

My great-aunt Maria is a very old lady — she looks a hundred years. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Maria Edgeworth But, indeed, I never could have prepared myself for the strange manner in which this lady thought proper to manifest her anger this day at dinner, before a large company. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There was nothing to prevent their union, for the lady was very well disposed to listen. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

A new nurse was engaged for the son and heir, a lady of many love-affairs, who made Mary her confidante, and induced the child, then nine years old, to write an imaginary love-letter. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry James When this young lady appeared Fleda tried, so far as the wish to efface herself allowed, to be mainly the person to take her about, show her the house, and cover up her ignorance. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing She was the woman whom he reverenced above all others, worshipping her with that pure devotion which young men such as he are wont to feel for some gracious lady much their elder. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Wilkie Collins Be pleased to understand once for all, Mr. Silas, that not so much as the thought of making love to the young lady has ever entered my head. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Louisa May Alcott A key is thrown in, which unlocks the door, and in a spasm of rapture he tears off his chains and rushes away to find and rescue his lady love. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Ford Madox Ford A lady governoress or other was always wanting something done by the School to celebrate something. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

The particulars weren’t numerous, and if the old lady had been half sharp she would have bowled me out. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith A lady sits with it—Lady Ormont, they call her—a very kind lady. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins I positively ordered my servants to let no lady in deep mourning pass inside the garden-door, without first consulting me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

One of their most treasured possessions is a big photograph of Lady Fitz–Tootle set in a thick silver frame and given to them by the great lady herself. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle A lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in the window, rose as we entered. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Benjamin Disraeli Indeed, I shall go and tell my lady that you are lying down as it is, and very drowsy;’ and, so saying, Mistress Pauncefort caught up her candle, and bustled out of the room. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Suddenly the door opposite that by which he had entered opened, and two pages appeared, lighting a lady of noble bearing and exquisite beauty. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing A lady may do good, we know that; but she can’t be the friend of the poor as I understand it; there’s too great a distance between her world and theirs. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I’m sure I had cause to say so by the one that fell to my share, as that there dear good lady knows,” pointing to Miss Deveen. In high dudgeon, Helen pushed the cards together. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray We did not fall off again, but held on very tight, and just as we were reaching Killarney, saw somebody else fall off from another can But in this instance the gentleman had no lady to tumble with. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There never was such a lady for punctuality as Mrs. Dewar.” Roger pushed open the baize door, walked down the passage, knocked at the door of the office and was immediately bidden to enter. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

How, in this quietness of spirit, could she have thought she wanted anything changed? But the old lady had wanted to help, and though now she did not need the help, the goodwill remained. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not clear’ — here she turned eyes upon my companion — ‘who this young lady may be. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Before he joined the Fianna he had been in love with a lady of the Shi’, named Uct Dealv (Fair Breast), and they had been sweethearts for years. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Henry James Before she uncovered her face again that lady had left the room. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle The lady broke away, and I’ve got her in a cab downstairs. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

The Tzarina, in whom Marya recognized the lady of the garden, said to her, graciously — “I am delighted to be able to accord you your prayer. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

But, when Sir Peter brought her home, the wonder to the neighbourhood was, what could have induced the young lady to have him; for she turned out to be a mere child in years, and very beautiful. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope The lady in such a case can always tell her story, with what exaggeration she may please to give, and can complain. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The lady pulled her veil over her face when she saw Susan staring at her, and went away with great speed. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Andrew Lang At the head of the table sat the lady of the house in a golden chair. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

One of these marks was somewhat effaced, as though the lady whose gown was scored had made a faint effort to brush it off, but had tired of the attempt and had abandoned it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Walter Scott The lady maintained in the meanwhile the manners of a stranger of rank. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Henry James THE lady of Eastmead fronted her neighbour with a certain grimness. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Miles Franklin He laughed very much, and, leaning over to the red-bearded man, repeated the joke: “I say, this young lady is afraid I might hurt the chow’s feelin’s. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Pentreath, I have a host of questions to ask you and Mr. Munder about all the extraordinary things that happened when the mysterious lady and the incomprehensible foreigner came here. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The fact that the old lady in Leeds, and the child in the hospital in Bridgwater, and the lighthouse-keeper in Scotland hadn’t been listening either made no difference. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope The lady who was a lady had begun to feel that in the troubles of her life she might find a much less satisfactory companion than the lady who was not a lady. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Your lady will return with Madame de Protocoli.’ He rejoined her. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Each lady contributor takes it in her turn to keep the basket a month, to sew for it, and to foist its contents on a shrinking male public. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

At the end of a moment’s conversation, in which Porthos hinted that a lady of elevated rank had condescended to relieve him from his embarrassment, Mousqueton entered. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Would he consent to forego the sport that day and lead his horse to Mr. Peveril’s? If so, he would accompany the young lady and give her the support of his arm. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

I shall tell you by the lips of my witness, that if he took the lady away from her home, she being of full age, she went freely consenting, and with knowledge of his purpose. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Gissing How do you think about it?’ The lady instanced cases that naturally presented themselves. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells And in the other room at the back there’s a German lady who teaches — well, anything she can persuade anyone to be taught. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells Graham was in one of the upper galleries in conversation with a bright-eyed lady on the subject of Eadhamite — the subject was his choice and not hers. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope During the performance they all changed partners more than once, but each lady came back to her own after very short intervals. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

As he came out of this lane he saw the figure of a lady in mourning a little way before him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Guy de Maupassant The officers next door had been told that the lady was ill, and they did not trouble themselves about that in the least, but soon, that woman whom they never saw, irritated them. The Mad Woman (La Folle) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope That letter there is from the lady with the Italian name. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The first wheat was introduced by a Spanish lady of Trujillo, who took great pains to disseminate it among the colonists, of which the government, to its credit, was not unmindful. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

With this poison he set out for Verona, to have a sight of his dear lady in her tomb, meaning, when he had satisfied his sight, to swallow the poison, and be buried by her side. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

The lady was an invalid, and was a good deal of trouble, my landlady took occasion to tell me, as she had no maid of her own. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I know you well; you go to extremes in everything, and the lady you love does so, too. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith If I mistake not, she saw the young lady you acknowledge to be your ward. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H.P. Lovecraft One day she found a neat but costly purse in the dark; and after seeing that there was not much in it, took it to the rich lady whose card proclaimed her ownership. Sweet Ermengarde by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson When he was liberated and came back, with his fingers singed, in December 1680, and late in the black night, my lady was from home. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope And yet she could not put him down as another young lady might put down another young gentleman. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling From unseen thickets came the shouts of those who bathed, and — oh shame! round the corner strolled a venerable old lady chastely robed in a white bathing towel, and not too much of that. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Andrew Lang The next night, however, he was on the watch, and by the clear moonlight he saw that the sorrowful lady at the window was Fiordelisa herself. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf Let him feast his eyes on the fine facestaste ’em, sample ’em, say: “That’s the fine lady I danced with . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Willa Cather When I returned, the old lady thanked me, motioned to a chair at her side, and asked if I had time for a cigarette. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Anton Chekhov The lady looked round at the room, glanced sideways at the man and the little girl, shrugged her shoulders, and moved to the window. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Wilkie Collins As a lady yourself — I will even go the length of saying a cruelly used lady — you will, I am sure, understand —” I could endure it no longer. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope And as for Captain Batsby there could be no chance for a man whom the young lady could not be induced even to see. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The lady had the clearest voice imaginable: infinitely softer and more tuneful than could have been reasonably expected from forty years, and a form decidedly inclined to embonpoint. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope I doubt whether he knew it himself; but from what I had heard I thought it probable, and, as I conceive that any young lady would be fortunate in becoming my cousin’s wife, I had no scruple. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In the first place, he is a gentleman, and in the next, has a right to make himself attentive to any young lady in your position. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy While they moved slowly through it a lady appeared on horseback in the middle distance, the line of her progress converging upon that of Melbury’s. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Belt would have dearly loved to have a good laugh at the very thought that he was now driving a lady whose house he had been intending to break into only a few nights back. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Anthony Trollope When the dance was over, as a matter of course, he offered the lady his arm, and as a matter of course she accepted it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Likewise, I have lodging here my niece Sabine — old Jack Beauforest’s daughter — you mind Jack of Dorchester, my lord? Come to think of it, Sabine is as near kin to your deceased lady as to me. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Wilkie Collins Poulailler was far too well off to care about taking them, and far too polite, where a lady was concerned, not to send them back again, under those circumstances. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Willa Cather Your uncle bought you some kind of a mechanical toy, a Turkish lady sitting on an ottoman and smoking a hookah, wasn’t it? And she turned her head backwards and forwards. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

A man had once told him that the best way to see the City was at night, but that if you were taking a lady you should choose a Sunday morning, and go there on the top of a ‘bus. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Gissing Learning how matters stood, he forthwith gave battle to the besiegers, hoping to rescue the lady he still loved, or, if that might not be, willing and glad to yield his life in her service. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

With our beautiful English butterflies, the admiral, peacock, and painted lady (Vanessae), as well as many others, the sexes are alike. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins I have my information from the poor lady herself — who honored me with her confidence and friendship for the best part of her life. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins The death of his first wife left him with one child — once my playfellow; now the lady whose visit has excited your curiosity. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry Fielding However, as she had no doubt but that the visit would be reasonably short, she resolved to receive the lady with all the complaisance in her power. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Her step-sister was there, Miss Gamer, to whom the house was to descend, a well-dressed lady of thirty, amiably disavowing responsibility for Isabel in every phrase and gesture. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Sinclair Lewis She’s the first lady Messiah, and I’m afraid she’s going to get the entire Messiah industry in wrong. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

A woman appeared—the lady whom the waiter had said he believed was a Mrs. Jaynes, and who had advanced that curious story about a mask being made to imitate the human face. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope It was the lady of whom he had never ceased to think from the day on which he had been allowed just to touch her fingers, now five years ago. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The pair were not ill-matched, though the lady perhaps had some advantage in acuteness, given to her no doubt by the experience of a longer life. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Then, perhaps, my lady would deign to drive with me, and I might have speech with her. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Marjorie Bowen She could not think of Robert Morrison with equanimity even now, and the kind old lady patted her hand, where it rested on the arm of the hooded chair. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

On the green lawn at the back of Rose Villa—a pretty detached house, about twenty minutes’ walk from the town of Lefford—sat a lady in a gay dress. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Henry Handel Richardson We were riding to Geelong together, he and I, two carefree young men — heigh-ho! — and not many hours after, I had the honour of meeting a certain young lady . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

To the great lady she had given a heart vile and venal; to the SOUBRETTE she had given the heart of a duchess. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The lady at the window shrieked again; but Coconnas rose instantly; he had knelt only to avoid the bullet, which struck the wall about two feet beneath where the lady was standing. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

She was an English lady that I had met at Calais, who desired me to let her go over with me in my cabin. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Andrew Lang After dinner the lady said kindly to Elsa, ‘Kisika has begged me to let you stay with her, and you have told her you would like to live here. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford The lady said that it was precisely giving lessons in history to the dissolute aristocracy of the Old World that was her mission in life. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Walter Scott The displeasure of the former lady was in no measure abated by this communication; in which, indeed, she affected to take very little interest. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

H. Rider Haggard Doubtless also his anxiety to win fortune had to do with the lady whose name was written in the prayer-book. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins He stopped, noticing something entirely new in the look with which the young lady was regarding him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

There is the girl, as much a lady as any you’ll find in the land, and she has chosen you for her husband. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell Can the little lady hold her tongue, think you?’ asked she. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Ann Radcliffe This lady was the younger daughter of a Sicilian nobleman, whose avarice, or necessities, had devoted her to a convent. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anthony Trollope He can take the London lady if he likes. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev The lady hurriedly drew back her hand. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Lucy Maud Montgomery Miss Rogerson was a middle-aged lady who had taught a Sunday-school class for twenty years. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Margaret Oliphant She’s a great deal too feelin’, Mr. Vincent. But I don’t approve, for my part, of a minister marrying a lady as is too grand for her place, whatever Phœbe may say. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Rudyard Kipling From that day dated the mutiny of the Mavericks, to the joy of Mulcahy and the pride of his mother in New York — the good lady who sent the money for the beer. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Hope But, glancing at Flavia, he lowered his voice, as he went on: “It is thought that he may have followed a lady here. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

George MacDonald The lady stepped on the firm land, but the leopardess between us, roused once more, turned, and flew at the throat of the terror. Lilith by George MacDonald

Robert Louis Stevenson Between the old lady and myself I think there was a real attachment. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Two or three of them he selected, and ordered to be sent to a lady at Gunnersbury. On his way out he came upon an acquaintance making a purchase in another department of the shop. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Rudyard Kipling But this ship was not full of lady passengers and well-dressed officers. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Rudyard Kipling Disappeared, too, the old lady from Chicago, and the others. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The horribly ladylike lady who kept the teashop was a semi-friend as well as an employer, and thus could sweat and bully Julia to the tune of ‘dearest’ and ‘darling’. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He took the photograph, and Lady Cantrip said very much to him about his grandmother, who was the old lady in question. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Her costume had evidently been designed for a lady not divinely tall, but considerably less of flesh than the wearer. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope I know it seems unromantic to urge a lady with any pecuniary considerations, but I think that under the circumstances, as I have explained them, you will forgive me. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry James This personage played his part with difficulty: he uttered a remark as a lady fires a pistol, looking the other way. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins The pawnbroker himself appeared — looked at the pearls — looked at the veiled lady — and answered as the jeweler had answered, but less civilly. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Here she entered hurriedly and ascended to a room where a handsome young lady in an elaborate house dress was looking anxiously out the window. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

The lady seemed less impatient; she sat no longer looking at me, but across the room, so that her profile was toward me — and strangely changed, dark and witch-like it looked. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

The three met in a private sitting-room on an upper floor, the detectives entering first and the lady coming in soon after. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells She came and left him as that dear lady leaves so many of us, alas! not sparing him one jot or one tittle of the hollowness of her retreating aspect. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Sinclair Lewis The lady Storm Trooper firmly removed the thermometer, and crowed, ‘You haven’t even half a degree of temperature. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald Looked at from a distance, however, the hen resolved itself into a bonnet, and the countenance of a stout old lady beamed down into the room. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This lady was not personally known to Kant; but she was greatly delighted with his little present, and still keeps the rose as a frail memorial of her transitory interview with the great philosopher. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Virginia Woolf One or two people were passing; they peered in curiously, looking at the footmen, at the bright big hall; and at the old lady who paused for a moment on the black-and-white squares. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry James I asked Miss Tita if the old lady were seriously ill, and she replied that she was only very tired — she had lived so very, very long. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

One piece in especial, which showed the difficulties of a lady of fifty who fell in love with her stepson, he seriously reprobated. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing You might take some lessons; it would be easy to find some lady quite competent to help you in the beginning. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Oscar Wilde He accordingly went to Boulogne on a visit to the father of the young lady in question, and while he was there induced him to insure his life with the Pelican Company for £3000. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Maria Edgeworth Lord knows, I advised my lady not to go with the young horses, no later than —” “Hark!” cried Belinda, “here they are. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

E. Phillips Oppenheim A client of mine—Mr. Wilfred Haven, son of Norman Haven, the great American financier—gave a cheque an hour ago in my presence to a certain young lady in this office. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Robert Green Ingersoll Do you know that this world has not been fit for a lady and gentleman to live in for twenty-five years, just on account of slavery. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Between the two windows a portrait of a lady was hung. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins The delicious silence of the hour is softly disturbed by the voice of the younger lady in the garden. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

At the moment I came up to the door, a lady was issuing, muffled up, and in some measure disguised. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell See, the vintagers have tied bunches of the finest grapes on to a stick, heavier than the children or even the lady can carry. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Maria Edgeworth One night at the Opera, the Comtesse de St. Cymon was in the box opposite to us, no lady with her, only some gentlemen. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

William Makepeace Thackeray And then Giglio asked the conductor if he knew where the lady was? “What lady?” says the man; “there has been no lady in this coach, except the old woman, who got out at the last stage. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Ivan Turgenev Having consigned the scared maiden lady to her natural belongings, I turned away to a window, folded my arms, and began to await what would happen. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Henry James Yet the gentleman might have said “I should like a portrait of my wife,” and the lady might have said “I should like a portrait of my husband. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

D. H. Lawrence Hannele wondered if the little lady was just fooling her. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He was not alarmed; but she went to the door and took her babe in her arms, and when the women observed the lady holding her own little one, their looks were softened. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells So he went out and (historical moment) bought that red tie! “Blood colour, please,” said Lewisham meekly to the young lady at the counter. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli He was about to retire, when the lady added, “I must give you this copy of my song. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

She found that lady deeply depressed. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The lady appeared to bend forward and study the cart with every mark of sharpened curiosity, the slimmer gentleman still keeping in the rear. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Dickens My lady saw that I was troubled, and did me the honour to comply with my request. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

Now ye are certainly taken; unless we can make a truce I shall bind you in your bed, ye may be sure of that!” All laughing the lady shot those jests. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

The lady neither stirred nor moaned. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

There are one or two things about which we should like to speak to you, this young lady and I, after he has gone. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Edith Wharton Years before, a philanthropic Boston lady who spent her summers at Newport had invited her friends to a garden party at which Isadora Duncan was to dance. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Maria Edgeworth It expresses only my opinion concerning a lady who stands almost as high in your esteem, I believe, as she does in mine. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton As she approached, the young lady at Boyne’s side said severely: “Child! Why haven’t you got on your coat? Go and ask Scopy for it at once. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Anthony Trollope Then he added that, as far as his memory served him, he had not the honor of knowing the lady who was addressing him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The lady was a Miss Harkle.” “Not a daughter of Canon Harkle?” “Can’t say, I’m sure. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Her dress was in excellent taste, tending to elaboration, such as becomes a lady who makes some figure in the world of ease. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The lady had passed the bloom of youth, and even mid life; she was verging on fifty, but she had every appearance of having been transcendently beautiful. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy She spoke to Marty, who turned and courtesied, and the lady fell into conversation with her. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins The tall young lady sank softly into a chair opposite me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Julian Hawthorne Not but she treats ’em kind enough, ye understand, as a lady should; but ’tis the kindness of a lady, and not of an equal, and there’s not one of ’em staunch enough to hold out against it. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

The door was locked on the inside, but some one close to it said from within, “Hush, hush!” Much alarmed now, the same lady knocked violently at the door. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry James And she’s the most charming young lady I’ve ever seen. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Geoffrey Chaucer My lady queene hath child, withouten doute, To joye and blisse to al this regne aboute. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

George MacDonald The lady rose and walked away — not all ungracefully, I thought. Lilith by George MacDonald

Really,” said Mrs. Makely, “I don’t believe I can tell you what a lady is. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

I want to get to bed early to-night, as I’ve an important appointment with a lady at eleven o’clock tomorrow and must keep it. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

George Gissing On the Palatine, it was at first received with roars of laughter, in which the lady Muscula’s shrill voice had its part. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope Let the young lady who took upon herself to own him have an eye to that. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

That she feared so small an establishment would not suit her, and if my lady pleased, she would like to leave at once — that day. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Gaston Leroux The lady over there continued to pile coal into the furnace. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Now wil ye vouche sauf, my lady deere?” “Gladly,” quoth she, and sayd in this manére. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

I was disposed to hurry, for I had no desire to take a lady through the streets of Pekin after dusk. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

When he was scarcely more than half a mile from the lodge gates of his own home, he became aware of a lady walking along the footpath in front of him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

George Gissing If it were true that Marcian had travelled in this direction with a lady under his guard, Basil could not doubt for a moment who that lady was. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Your youth, in this instance, Eleanor, happens to be an advantage, as the young lady requires a companion of her own age. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Edith had seemed to think that the man was entitled to have a lady of his own to love; and if so, Ada seemed to think that the place would be one very well suited to herself. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That lady has an income of twenty thousand a year. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Henry David Thoreau A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Arthur Conan Doyle I was beginning to be quite an experienced young lady by this time, you see, and to understand certain inflections of the masculine voice, which are only to be acquired by practice. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins He returned the pressure — but he looked at the wrong lady — the lady on the other side. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Thomas Hardy He said with a puzzled air to the first person he encountered, “Who is coming to live at the Hall?” “A lady of the name of Templeman, I believe, sir,” said his informant. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells The little old lady asked him, a trifle archly, after his sister, and he promised to bring her again some day. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Sir Richard Burton He alighted at the door and entering the saloon, found the lady seated on the couch. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Andrew Lang No sooner were they uncorked than the blue vapours poured out and became transformed to living people, in whom the lady joyfully recognised her many servants and attendants. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The moment the man entered I told him —“the blind woman you described to me has this instant followed a lady in that direction, try to overtake her. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

Let me quote: The lady takes the gentleman round the neck with one arm, resting against his shoulder. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce