Phrases with "lady"

In one of the rooms a lady was playing upon an instrument resembling a harp. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Charles Dickens Open the door, sweet Mrs Quilp!’ His obedient wife withdrew the bolt, and her lady mother entered. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Makepeace Thackeray Aha! my Lady Fanny, I knew what it meant when a young pretty lady like you was absent, and on the look-out, and only half answered the questions put to her. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

DEAFIE [singing]: With my willy willy, WITH my willy willy — MRS WAYNE: Ah, dearie, as soon as I set eyes on you I knew as you was a lady born and bred. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Ever seen a lady sawn in half, Williams?’ ‘Many’s the time. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Andrew Lang The lady clapped her hands, and in came the Dark Man and kissed her and the baby, and praised me, and gave me a bottle of green ointment to rub the child all over. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Over the burnt turf toward a gate that led to the house, a lady was walking, and by her side there walked a gentleman. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth And my lady ordered her own footman to ride along with me; and I have come post, and have travelled night and day, and will never rest till I get back. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Ford Madox Ford The lady was subsequently, on several occasions, though I do not know how many, unfaithful to me. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

My lady had better take care that she don’t get a bowl of poison mixed for her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope Had the young lady been about to marry his son,—had there been such a son,—he could have blessed her; and he felt that his own personal dignity did not admit of an expression of sorrow. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather It was a music-box, you know, and the Turkish lady played a tune while she smoked. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell But the young lady denies that she was there at the time. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Kate Chopin The lady in black was reading her morning devotions on the porch of a neighboring bathhouse. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Elizabeth Gaskell His mother, as haughty a lady as you would wish to see, came travelling through Wales last year; she stopped here, and, I warrant you, nothing was good enough for her; she was real quality. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle To my surprise, the young lady held up her gloved hand to detain me. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Edgar Allan Poe The garden like a lady fair was cut, That lay as if she slumbered in delight, And to the open skies her eyes did shut. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Then a faint music, troublous in its voluptuous wild sweetness, floated on the air, and they beheld a lady enter on the dais. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Virginia Woolf There’s the Maze, there’s a nice place for having tea — I forget what they call it — and then, if the young man knows his business he contrives to take his lady upon the river. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Christmas was near at hand, and the young man had brought his liege lady tribute in the shape of a bundle of Christmas literature. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Margaret Oliphant He followed the lady into the house with a little reluctance, the scene was so enchanting. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

It could not walk, and it was manifestly impossible that the young lady should carry him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Henry James I myself am assured that a lady may travel in this manner all over the Union (the Union of States) without a loss of consideration. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Kate Chopin Farther down, before one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down, telling her beads. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Charles Dickens As the countenance of the stout lady began to clear up, she ventured to inquire how far it was. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Makepeace Thackeray As soon as the young lady playing “the Violet” saw us, she quitted the hall and retired to an inner apartment, where she resumed that delectable piece at her leisure. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Yes; there were two cabs, one laden with luggage, the two cabmen busy about the doors of the vehicles, a little group of stragglers waiting to see the invalid young lady alight. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope But there were other troubles in store for Mrs Wortle. Before she had repeated her visit to Mrs Peacocke, a lady who lived about ten miles off, the wife of the Rector of Buttercup, called upon her. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Lady Tringle, being a lady of rank and wealth, was afraid, or pretended to be afraid, of the lions. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There it stands, however, and is supposed to be proof of what might be done for a Roman lady in the way of perpetuating her memory. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope Indeed at this time no gentleman or lady held any intercourse with Caldigate except his father and Mr. Bromley the clergyman. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

And the young lady bemoaned her disappointment, and wept over the hardships of her lot; very much as she might have cried for any new plaything a few years before. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Perhaps this young lady can tell me what you cannot. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The lady who had been with us in the carriage that day. Going through the Tunnel by Ellen Wood [1869]

Thomas Hardy The lady turned her head somewhat, and, though she was veiled with unusual thickness for the season, he seemed to recognize Nichola Pine–Avon in the form. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Theodore Dreiser From the first I myself admired her, because I found her to be a lady to the manner born — she was interesting. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith Landlord, landlady, and hostler besought the lady to stay for the fixing of a ladder. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

One lady said she always preserved the menû and got the guests to write their names on the back. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

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

George Gissing Have you seen father yet?” “Seen him, but not spoken,” Isabel returned, seeming to regard a lady who stood near. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Look, did you ever see a stone like that?” He passed it over to Mrs. Ferguson. “Look at the colour, isn’t it exquisite?” “What is it?” the old lady asked. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Henry James My lady has taken a younger person. The American by Henry James [1877]

Virginia Woolf To propose a vote of thanks to the gifted lady . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

George Meredith The lady passed through the trial submitting, stiffening her shoulders, and at the close, shutting her eyes. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry James By the time she had made these reflexions she became aware that the lady at the piano played remarkably well. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Godwin She was at the house of an old and intimate friend, a lady of the name of Cotton, whose partiality for her was strong and sincere. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Old Tabaret was running after the lady in the blue brougham. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell Now, while they went to find this worthy chaplain, the poor lady was left alone in her bed-chamber, and looked about for means of escape. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Wilkie Collins Emily introduced Mrs. Ellmother to Francine. “It may be worth your while,” she hinted, “to hear what this young lady has to say. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

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

Henry Handel Richardson I do want you to remember that you are a lady though you are poor and must behave in a ladylike way. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Everything in the unknown lady involuntarily attracted her, and inspired trust. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

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]

Henry James She felt irritated; the dying lady had not “la main heureuse. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope What did the prince do?” “He was tooling his own drag, and he had a lady with him on the box. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Seen from behind, she had the air of a very stout lady of forty, but withal she possessed a good face, and no unkindly character. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Montalais turned to listen, and Raoul was already rising, when a lady entered the room quietly by the secret door, which she closed after her. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Henry Handel Richardson Evelyn could not answer, for the lady in pink had leant back and tapped her with her fan. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James This lady is so every blessed minute, and to every blessed male. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

R. D. Blackmore Was it possible that she suggested to him the destruction of the wicked instrument? Ladies had done queer things, within his knowledge; but this lady showed herself too cautious for that. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope Now, you’re a lady that have nothing to prevent your going anywhere. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell It will be a great advantage to you, my dear, to have a lady who has trained up several young people of quality always about you just at the time when you are growing up. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith If a ghost should come a ghost will go: No more the lady said, Save that ever when he in wrath began To swear by the faith of a living man, She answered him, You are dead. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith Still, the great lady was hard to read. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Edgar Allan Poe A lady of ton has dropped, some where in the street, a diamond ring of very unusual value. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence Perhaps he might ha’ done better for himself —” Here we heard the heavy tread of the old lady coming downstairs. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy The punishment of instant dismissal, with which at first she haughtily threatened him, my lady thought fit, on reflection, not to enforce. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Still, the dreadful manner in which the poor old lady had been killed no doubt influenced both jury and judge. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

This lady was one of those modern inventions known as a frisky matron, and said and did all manner of dreadful things, which people winked at because — she was Mrs Meddlechip, and eccentric. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

There was a fourth, Mademoiselle De Lafontaine, a lady such as you term, I believe, a “finishing governess. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell The doctor says the old lady yonder can’t last many days longer, and it seems so lonesome for her to die with no one but Margaret and Mrs. Davenport about her. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Mrs. Gaskell Every lady wrote down the sum she could give annually, signed the paper, and sealed it mysteriously. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Anthony Trollope There has not been a moment since you told me of your love for this rich young lady in which I would not have helped you had help been in my power. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I went to learn typewriting, and the lady who taught me asked me in the end to stay with her as an assistant. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Bram Stoker They be all very well for comers and trippers, an’ the like, but not for a nice young lady like you. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James It was a curious position for a lady — this being known as a repudiated wife; and it is worthy of observation that the Baroness carried it off with exceeding grace and dignity. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Sinclair Lewis For an hour, late that afternoon, after various classes in which every one looked at him respectfully, Elmer tried to prepare his address for the Y.M.C.A. and affiliated lady worshipers. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence And the old lady pottered off gleefully. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

This view was encouraged by a lady medium at whose feet he sat. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Walter Scott She started, dropped her needle, and repeated hastily, and almost in the same breath, the contradictory answers: “Yes, madam — no, my lady — I beg pardon, I did not hear. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Wilkie Collins I was fortunate enough to find a home for her, in the house of a lady who had been my mother’s oldest and dearest friend. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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]

I met Trevick on his motor-bicycle going after Miss Stretton and Mr. Penrith. He wanted to give the lady a letter. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

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

Sinclair Lewis Miss Theresa was a large young lady with a bust, much black hair, and a handsome disdainful discontented face. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Shall I see the little old lady who got up in the court?” “I should think so,” Freda assured him. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith He is a deep scholar, broad over tongues and dialects, European, Asiatic-a lion to me, poor little mouse! I am speaking of Herr Professor von Karsteg, lady aunt. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Virginia Woolf Had she ever tried to convert any one herself? Did she not wish everybody merely to be themselves? And she watched out of the window the old lady opposite climbing upstairs. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

The poor young lady was drowned — there’s no doubt about that. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Originally a small tradesman’s daughter in Birmingham, she was now ridiculously upstart, and put on more airs and graces in an hour than a lady born and bred would in a lifetime. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Charles Dickens The gentleman was on the window-seat, supporting the lady in his arms. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

The gentleman and lady dined early, between five and six. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James The way that lady took her in, moreover, added depth to his impression of what Miss Gostrey, by their common wisdom, had escaped. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Anyhow, as the old lady was there I haven’t, I may say, looked at a girl in all my life. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

There were not many, and he was about to turn toward home, when he saw a lady step upon the platform whose appearance was so familiar that he stopped, disbelieving the evidence of his own senses. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing A bad night had left the old lady with a ghastly visage, but she smiled with grim contentment as her secretary entered. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith As a consequence of express injunctions given by my lady five years previously, the assistant-manager sought an interview with her. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

William Makepeace Thackeray The lady brought the painter a handsome little fortune of a couple of hundred pounds; and as long as this sum lasted no woman could be more lovely or loving. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

July 1st, I attended a lady in labor, who was afterwards quite ill and feverish; but at the time I did not consider her case a decided puerperal fever. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

There was my lady’s cambric handkerchief, soaked in eau-deCologne, lying on his forehead; and there was my lady herself, kneeling down and looking at him, he with his arm thrown around her there. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

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

Henry James He said HE would relieve my lady, and ordered me back to bed; but as I stood there, unwilling to turn away, the door of the room opened and my lady came out. The American by Henry James [1877]

Jacques Futrelle Then, an instant later, a lady come running along the hall, sir—that way,” and she indicated the rear of the house. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

My lady looks out surreptitiously from the corner of her window as Mrs. McAlpin’s carriage bowls along the road beyond the field. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edith Wharton It was undeniably exciting to meet a lady who found the van der Luydens’ Duke dull, and dared to utter the opinion. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For instance, we have heard that you were seen at the Milan on the night the young lady was killed. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli And then — for she was a lady who never lost a moment — she resumed some work, did not interfere with their conversation. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

William Makepeace Thackeray We’ll take a public-house and I’ll make a lady of you. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

That lady will marry me when she pleases, but she shall not be entrapped into a clandestine marriage for your convenience. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope He had said all this before Phineas could see who the lady was. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli The lady stood leaning on a chair, pale, and trembling like an aspen, but gazing steadfastly on the animated portrait. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson From these, that on the ground repose, Their lady lately re-arose; And laying by the lady’s name, A living woman re-became. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was used to being shouted at, but I did not like this lady to shout at me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Lord Lovel thought that there had been no correspondence while the young lady had been at Yoxham. There might have been, but had not been, a clandestine marriage. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett Just one walk round the Garden and then the tall lady sat down on a seat to watch them play. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

G. K. Chesterton When I came the lady was alone, with two children; she was not a widow, but her husband was away. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Gissing Presently there came speeding towards him a lady on a bicycle, and he was sure that it was Constance. She did not slacken her pace; clearly she would not stop. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

William Godwin The lady pretended not to believe that the tomb was wide enough for its purpose, and inveigled the credulous Merlin to enter it, and place himself as one dead. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Benjamin Disraeli Between astonishment and fear the lady was tearless. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Thomas Hardy Melbury rang at the tradesmen’s door of the manor-house, and was at once informed that the lady was not yet visible, as indeed he might have guessed had he been anybody but the man he was. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But the young lady who lingered in their midst looked at no one, turned to no one. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle I only gather that we are going to see the lady who is behind all this mischief. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Meredith The lady smiled and said: ‘He is not hurt much?’ She thought for them about her. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

D. H. Lawrence The indefinable repose and inevitability of a ladyeven of a lady who is nervous and agitated — this was the problem which occupied Lottie’s shrewd and active, but lower-class mind. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But he did do so and sat quite silent while the lady went on. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She knew moreover that this lady didn’t make it better by adding in a moment: “Of course we shouldn’t dream of a whole house. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing Starting back, she saw a lady from whose pale, beautiful face a veil had just been raised. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling There was too many buryin’s thin to ask questions, an’ the docthor — he ran away wid Major — Major Van Dyce’s lady that year — he saw to ut all. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Henry James This contention on my part had at first of course been jocular; but strange to say it was quite the ground I found myself taking with regard to our young lady after I had begun to know her. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

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

There was nobody adventurous enough to imitate the audacities of a lady of fashion. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

But my heart was too full of the beautiful lady of the Belle Étoile, to allow our interview to close without an effort to learn something about her. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Andrew Lang The lady who furnishes it is well known to me, and it was verbally corroborated by Miss Angus, to whom the lady, her absent nephew, and all about her, were entirely strange. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry James I like it better than anything else — a thousand times better (I’m sorry to have to put it in such a way) than tossing up my head as the fine lady of a little coterie. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Isabella Bird I found that I could not leave Detroit before the next night, and at most hotels a lady alone would have been very uncomfortably placed. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her wardrobe did not require much arrangement; if it had done, the poor lady would not have had much money to appropriate to the purpose. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins I asked first, of course, for the lady of the house, and hearing she was in the grounds, joined her there. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Maria Edgeworth That lady was in the habit of speaking and writing ambiguously, so that even those who knew her best were frequently in doubt how to interpret her words. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Conan Doyle I removed the lady so suddenly that no one can possibly know where she has gone to, and I have spread such reports as to her condition that no one down here would be surprised to hear of her decease. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Victor Hugo Besides, was he likely ever to see the lady again? Most probably not. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The lady turned and looked towards him. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

And, hurrying forward, he succeeded in following the lady into the house. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James The thing indeed that now came out in its simplicity was that even in her shrunken state the lady of Ricks was larger than her wrongs. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

H. G. Wells And even now I can see my lady dancing — dancing joyously. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Charles Dickens A gentleman or lady receiving visitors from without, or going out to tea, counts, as it were, accordingly; but visitings or tea-drinkings interchanged among Titbullians do not score. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins We both ran up, and there we saw the lady laid on the sofa, with her face ghastly white, and her hands fast clenched, and her head drawn down to one side. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Charles Dickens My lady stops me again, before I go any further, by laughing exactly in her old way and waving the feather of her pen at me. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Harris is a very pleasant and loyal lady and there was little need for effort in our welcome to her. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell She had a nurse, too, a French bonne, whose mother had been about my lady from her youth, who had followed my lady to England, and who had died there. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Wilkie Collins He opened it for me respectfully, and bowed — he treated me like a lady to the last! It was evening when I left the studio in that way. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

This was a most delightful place, and so homelike; it was with regret that I left it behind, Mrs. Burgess being the last white lady I might ever see. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Wilkie Collins A German lady was his first wife, and my mother. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Samuel Johnson We did not perceive that this tract was possessed by human beings, except that once we saw a corn field, in which a lady was walking with some gentlemen. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Henry James There was the taint of her sister-in-law: did her husband judge only by the Countess Gemini? This lady very often lied, and she had practised deceptions that were not simply verbal. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

In the first place, a lady must be above the sordid anxieties in every way. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell Down the causeway of this street a naval officer with a lady on his arm was walking briskly, with a step that told of health and a light heart. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

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

Wilkie Collins We laughed at his words, but the lady fainted at his looks, and we had a scene of hysterics and hartshorn in consequence. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Henry James The lady brushed past him in her walk; her much-trimmed skirts were voluminous. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Wilkie Collins We had been out, I should think, more than half an hour, when we overtook a lady walking before us on the beach. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope If that kind of thing is to go on, any young lady will be entitled to ask any young gentleman not to say a word of marriage, just at her request. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The girl was in fact so patient with the old lady that she had not yet noticed that she was never given an opportunity to be patient. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

She was amazed there to see a lady dressed entirely in black, and with the old-fashioned hood over her head. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry James Searle, I think, had prefigured to himself some proud cold beauty of five-and-twenty; he was relieved at finding the lady timid and not obtrusively fair. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Benson said boldly out, “The lady I named in my note, Sally — Mrs Denbigh, a distant relation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

This is a favourite diversion all over Germany. They are little machines fixed upon a sledge, that hold a lady and gentleman, and are drawn by one horse. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Charles Dickens The letter was lying before me just completed, when I was told that a lady waited, who wished to see me. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Wilkie Collins Summoned to explain who the nameless lady mentioned in his letter could possibly be, Julian had looked at her adopted daughter. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Andrew Lang The lady jumped up and brought a large golden basin, into which the bird flew, reappearing directly after as a handsome man. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James The trouble, I believe, was that my lady would give very little money, and all the other gentlemen asked more. The American by Henry James [1877]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The lady held an Italian greyhound by a blue ribbon, and the gentleman stood booted for the field, and falcon on fist. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Gissing You don’t forget that this admirable lady will suffer a good deal if she is compelled to believe that her friendship has really been a cause of injury to you?” That stroke told. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope But I cannot fancy myself much in love with a Western lady, or rather with a lady in the West. They are as sharp as nails, but then they are also as hard. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Greene was not a lady who hid either her glories or her griefs under a bushel, and, though she spoke only in English, she soon made her protestations sufficiently audible. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It would be unjust to say that he deserted a lady in distress, for she did not look in the least like a distressed lady, and he himself was a very distressed gentleman. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Some pass a great part of every afternoon on the trolley, and one lady has achieved celebrity by spending four dollars a week in trolley-rides. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

I was very sorry I could not eat of as many as the good lady would have had me, who was very earnest in serving me of every thing. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Edith Wharton As I told one of my nieces the other day, there are certain emergencies for which a lady should always be prepared. Xingu by Edith Wharton [1916]

Anthony Trollope I knew the man did not in truth want me to stay, as a lady and gentleman were waiting to go in the moment I went out; but I did not the less value the assurance. North America by Anthony Trollope

Down, Sappho! See, this brown, curly-eared lady is friends with me at once, and Cato looks civiller than he did just now. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I pretended for greater safety to be paralysed, and no one ever connected a poor invalid lady with Queen Beelzebub.” “I did not, I assure you. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Nathaniel Hawthorne Sometimes a lady passed, swelling roundly forth in an embroidered petticoat, balancing her steps in high-heeled shoes and courtesying with lofty grace to the punctilious obeisances of the gentlemen. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Andrew Lang Thus Lord St. Vincent, the great admiral, heard nothing during his stay at the house of his sister, Mrs. Ricketts, while that lady endured terrible things. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Love is to be the test: and if a lady ceases to love her husband . Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

So we got Stan in — the old lady was there and the house was lit by this time — and I went to the phone, but Miss Sharpe said: ‘That’s no use. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Sir Walter Scott She hastily wiped them, and answered to the anxious enquiries of Rowena — “I am well, lady — well. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

William Makepeace Thackeray My lady in this house kep all these matters to herself. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Anthony Trollope I think it was a mistake when they made a lady of me. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Does it make you less of a lady because you live in an unpretentious way? Not a bit of it. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

He is a man of a jealous temper, and did not live altogether happily with the Italian lady of whom you were talking. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Wilkie Collins On the third night the lady went to a grand ball; the servants relaxed in their vigilance while her back was turned, and Poulailler slipped into the room. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

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]

Jane Austen This lady was one of my nearest relations, an orphan from her infancy, and under the guardianship of my father. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Theodore Dreiser Going to Miss Osborne’s that afternoon, she found that little lady packing and singing. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

James Joyce Boylan plunged two quid on my tip Sceptre for himself and a lady friend. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins She moved forward a few steps — and I said to myself, The lady is young. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It is in reference to the young lady who was with us at Mrs. Clemmens’ house this morning. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

She had seen from the first that this foreign lady was very different from those that usually passed through the village. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anthony Trollope The man himself was missing, and was accurately described both by the young lady from the refreshment room, and by the suspicious pundit who had actually seen the thing done. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope