Phrases with "laugh"

Anthony Trollope When she heard the girls laughing in the public gardens she would long to stay and laugh with them. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

And yet there are some people who laugh to scorn the doctrines of Calvin, and say there is no such thing as predestination. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

But was he brooding? That sound of iron clattering upon iron! That smothered exclamation and the laugh which ended it! Anger and determination rang in that laugh. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Walter Scott G-d, how he used to laugh when he showed us how he fetched him off the perch!’ ‘Well, but it did up the trade for one while,’ said Jack. ‘How should that be?’ asked the surly villain. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But, good God! my hair is standing on end, and I seem to be entreating you to laugh at me in the same sort of frantic despair in which Franz Moor entreated Daniel to laugh him to scorn. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Guy de Maupassant And even — some times — in the evening — I offer to myself a pretty play — yes, pretty — if you only knew! But no, you would laugh at me. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

My method has been to laugh away resistance, as my wife will acknowledge, who was the cruellest she I ever tackled, and had baffled all her other servants. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

U Po Kyin, put in a good temper by his thoughts, greeted Ba Sein with a laugh and waved to the betel box. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edith Wharton The scandal of the monasteries was so flagrant that it was safe to laugh at it. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

I burst into a laugh which only increased the coldness of her observing stare. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

That is a science; and what can a man be more than scientific?” “It is so easy to laugh the subject down in that way, George,” returned the mother with a sigh. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James Of course if you choose to laugh at me for it you’re very welcome; but I think on the whole I would rather be myself than you. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now don’t laugh at me, for I can’t bear it to-night. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Marjorie Bowen Visconti noticed it, and looked with a smile at da Ribera, who in his turn smiled also and passed a light word on at which the laugh was general. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson And for jealousy, what ground have I? A dog-in-the-manger jealousy is a thing the dogs may laugh at. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Louisa May Alcott I won’t see him, and you two can laugh at me and my jelly as much as you like. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins Will you promise not to laugh at me?” “Anything to please you, my dear. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson Her father had always been ready to crack his jokes; and had liked nothing better than to hear her laugh and see her merry. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James But doesn’t it at any rate make something rather beautiful of the relation between them as affected by our discovery —?” I had a laugh for her plural possessive. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Not a common man by any means, and with a laugh that was like music—a man for a woman to adore; and yet Marie wavered in her fidelity directly a fashionable dandy made love to her. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Margaret Oliphant He was crying like a child, and ready to laugh too like Hamish. “My bonny dear,” he said; “my bonny dear——” and could not command his voice. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

You and the whole race of men, and the race of the beasts and the race of the fish and the winged race are dropping like a candle that is nearly burned out, but I laugh out because I am in my youth. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Robert Louis Stevenson His words offended her to sickness; his appearance, as he grovelled bulkily upon the floor, moved her to such laughter as we laugh in nightmares. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett What was “Mother” like? Did he kiss her? What pretty stones there were in his clasps and buckles! How nice it was to hear him laugh and how fond he was of laughing. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft He did not laugh as I paused, but asked quite seriously about the boy who went mad in 1793, and who had presumably been the hero of my fiction. The Unnamable by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And Mr. Longcluse and he laugh boisterously and oddly together. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

D. H. Lawrence It was his custom to laugh a great deal, in his acquiescent, wilful manner. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant How we used to laugh about Miss Williamson! But I knew all the time it would come true. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Rudyard Kipling There they began to laugh — laugh as only boys can. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

His face might have been made of wood, but it seemed to say: “Well, make haste; laugh and be done with it. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Sinclair Lewis It was better to laugh at the Thankless Republic than to grow faint and whining. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith Changeful ocean seemed to laugh at the spectacle. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry James Fleda broke into a laugh which gave him a surprise as visible as the emotion it testified to. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Sinclair Lewis Juanita says she has to laugh till she almost busts every time she sees Mrs. Kennicott peerading along the street with that ‘take a look — I’m a swell skirt’ way she’s got. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I swear to you that, not only shall no one either laugh or boast in any way, but no one even shall fail in the respect due to your rank. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sinclair Lewis And I’m bringing a whale of a lot more souls into churches than any of these pussy-footing tin saints that’re afraid to laugh and jolly people. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant The idea of giving up her body to the coarse caresses of such bearded creatures, made her laugh with pity, and shudder a little with ignorance. The Awakening (Reveil) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Perhaps; but the laugh must have been somewhat forced — what the French call “yellow. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Elizabeth Gaskell When I tell her of it, she denies the charge warmly; then I laugh at her. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

His father, who was always down at eight, secretly admired his son’s aristocratic habits while he affected to laugh at them. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

With these thoughts, came Miss Anna Perkins, skipping to the gate, and casting such sheep’s eyes at the window opposite, as made me laugh loud enough to be heard next door, I dare say. My Lodger by Mary Fortune

She was massive, enjoyed bright colours and had a laugh like a trooper. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Dickens They laugh at me, but don’t harm me in it. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At first he felt that it was funny, and had an inclination to laugh when he thought of it. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Lucy Maud Montgomery She saw nothing to laugh at in the situation, which to her eyes appeared very serious. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

William Makepeace Thackeray Bob Swinney used to say that he charged two of the horses to the Company; but there was never believing half of what that Bob said, he used to laugh and joke so. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Gertrude Stein They both began to laugh uncontrollably. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Meredith The dear innocent girl gave this pleasing promise; moreover, she could be twisted-to laugh at herself, just a little. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was the sound of the grinding of brakes, the usual hoot, the porter’s bell, muffled voices outside on the pavement, a woman’s laugh in the hall, the clinking of spurs, then again silence. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Virginia Woolf The grown-up people did not know whether to laugh or to cry. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf Now to laugh with him, to laugh with him at Neville — that was what I wanted, to walk off arm-in-arm together laughing. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, when she saw that I was hurt by her caprice, she would laugh and apologize so sweetly for her rudeness that I was more her slave than ever. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Robert Green Ingersoll But let us be careful how we laugh about those things; let us not pride ourselves too much on the progress of our age. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D. H. Lawrence She began to laugh nervously and hurriedly at the very thought. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan Labouise sat down to laugh more comfortably, while Maillochon reloaded the weapon, so happy that he seemed to sneeze into the barrel. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

These things made Gerard laugh now and then; but the gay scene could not really enliven it, for his heart was not in tune with it. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Leslie Stephen He was as ready to join in a laugh at himself as in a laugh at his neighbours. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Guy de Maupassan I do the best I can, and try to laugh in spite of everything, but I do not always succeed. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

Edgar Allan Poe So the loud laugh of scorn, Out of those lips unshorn From the deep drinking-horn Blew the foam lightly. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

She had just donned her traveling bonnet and veil, and though I heard her laugh slightly once, I did not see her face. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling You’d never laugh at children, but I thought — I used to think — that perhaps you might laugh about them. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Wilkie Collins My father’s brother paid us a visit in our solitude; discovered what was going on between Mary and me; and was, at first, naturally enough, inclined to laugh at us. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

M. P. Shiel Her face was just crimson, and I never heard such a thing, it made me want to laugh and cry myself. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

That devil, Porthos, is a man of prodigious strength; still, if Athos joins us, well, we shall be three of us to laugh at Aramis, that little coxcomb with his too good luck. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Maria Edgeworth When I thought on the cause of her particularity about Rachel, I could not laugh any more at her strangeness. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

W. H. Hudson What can this portend?” The others stared at the trees, but could see no motion, and began to laugh and jeer at him. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Edith Wharton Suddenly Charity heard a woman’s laugh behind her. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Meredith Now it’s his whisker, And now his nose, and ear: he seems to get Each moment at the motion brisker! To see him squat like little chaps at school, I could let fly a laugh with all my might. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Kate Chopin It made Thérèse laugh and turn very rosy in the moonlight. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Henry Handel Richardson Three pleasant-faced, merry-eyed little girls emerged, who soon learned to laugh and play again, and filled the dead house with the life it needed. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling Now for a native to laugh aloud, without reason, publicly and at high noon, is a gruesome thing and calculated to chill the blood. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I don’t see that you can laugh at Lodge and Crookes and the others. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The coadjutor possessed, perhaps, as much wit as all those put together who were assembled at the court to laugh at him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Marjorie Bowen He made an effort to laugh into their faces. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Sir Walter Scott The topics were treated with military frankness, and the jest and laugh went round the hall. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Charles Kingsley They are the attempt of the strong man fettered to laugh at his own consciousness of slavery — to deny the existence of his chains — to pretend to himself that he likes them. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

D.H. Lawrence The old Signore gave his little neighing laugh at the idea. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Meredith I shall never laugh again for many years. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

George Gissing Naturally she does not dance with sufficient liveliness to please Bob; he seizes another girl, a stranger, and whirls round the six-foot circle with a laugh of triumph. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Leslie Stephen Associates, made of sterner stuff, probably despised him; but from their own, that is, the selfish point of view, he was perhaps entitled to laugh last. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was exciting coming out of the wet fog — with the doors banging, to stand and laugh and quiver with emotion, wind in their ears and rain on their clothes. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James He continued to laugh and after an instant he replied: “ Why, I suppose I must have told her. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle You can’t laugh away evidence of that kind. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Thomas Love Peacock But you are welcome to laugh if it so please you. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Mark Twain While he was deep in his musings, Becky woke up with a breezy little laugh — but it was stricken dead upon her lips, and a groan followed it. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Jane Austen And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

D. H. Lawrence They only think you’re a fool when you give it to them, and if they got a chance, they’d drive you out to work in gangs, and fairly laugh at you. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Temple punned on the loss of my watch, and excused himself for a joke neither of us had spirit to laugh at. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Then everywhere windows were raised and rows of haggard faces appeared demanding to know why people should laugh in the starving city. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Frances Hodgson Burnett She knew how they would laugh and her mistress would make some silly joke about Robin’s being too much for her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope She would weakly resolve that she would laugh no more, and that she would live in truth in a valley of tears. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling What are you going to laugh at?” I had made no sound, but she knew. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray There are soldiers, just as in Paris, better dressed, and doing a vast deal of drumming and bustle; and yet, somehow, far from being frightened at them, I feel inclined to laugh in their faces. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

And grief is forc’d to laugh against her will. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Ford Madox Ford He is under no obligation to understand his officer’s witticisms, so he can still less be expected to laugh at or to repeat them with gusto. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Henry James Her profuse preparations had all this time had no sequel, and, with a laugh that she felt to be awkward, she hastily complied with his request. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

M. P. Shiel If you see A Winter’s Tale, you weep more, laugh more—but sigh less, smile less. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Edith Wharton Well, they were having their laugh out now — there were moments when high heaven seemed to ring with it. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Margaret Oliphant She heard Julia’s laugh ringing through like something fiendish in the midst of her suffering. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

He remembered faces, too, a cross old woman who cursed him, a man who seemed to be always laughing, and whose laugh he feared more than curses. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

James Joyce A frown of scorn darkened quickly his forehead as he heard again the silly laugh of the questioner. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

John laughed a harsh wild laugh under the solemn overarching trees. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing Tarrant gave a laugh of irate scorn. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Oliver Goldsmith They were very long, and very dull, and all about himself, and we had laughed at them ten times before: however, we were kind enough to laugh at them once more. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

When one of the workers occasionally stopped to light his pipe the others kept plodding past him, without sparing a laugh or a word to a comrade. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing When we join them down there, they will laugh at us and say we have been quarrelling as usual; in future I think we mustn’t quarrel, we are both of us getting too old for the amusement. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

He refused to do either, and told us that the police would laugh at a charge founded upon such slight grounds. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Matthew, coming in with a lantern, caught her at it and gazed at her in such consternation that Marilla had to laugh through her tears. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Eliot There’s poor Mr. Tilt got his mouth drawn all o’ one side, and couldn’t laugh if he was to try. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Edith Wharton And you can laugh at me just as much as you like . Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

I’d like to help you, Mullens, but they’d laugh us out of the Senate chamber if we were to try it. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

It would perhaps be gratifying to the section to learn that he ate little, drank little, slept little, and was never heard to laugh by any accident whatever. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope From yours, Moonlight. Edith attempted to laugh at this letter, but Peter made her understand that it was no laughing matter. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mark Twain And besides, I didn’t come over here to laugh at you that night. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

I couldn’t tell now, off-hand, whether it’s an air-ship you’re planning, a hydraulic machine or — or —” He stopped, with a laugh and turned towards the book-shelves. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

When any person attempts to convince the Arabs that this is the sole object, they only laugh with incredulity. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson To his jarred ears, her very laugh sounded less fine. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Gunch was so humorous that Mrs. Babbitt said he must “stop making her laugh because honestly it was hurting her incision. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith They say that some of the servants who were crying outside, positively were compelled to laugh when they heard her first outbursts. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James I did not laugh all day — that I do recollect; the case, however it might have struck others, seemed to me so little amusing. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Guy de Maupassant It sips wine gracefully and knows how to laugh with refinement, while the broad-bearded jaws are clumsy in everything they do. The Mustache (Good Reasons) (Le Moustache) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Leo Tolstoy Whenever the children made fun of him, he would either laugh or be silent. Alyosha the Pot by Leo Tolstoy

Edith Wharton She steadied herself with a laugh and drew back; but he was enveloped in the scent of her dress, and his shoulder had felt her fugitive touch. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Andrew Lang Nay, they differ one from another, not less than did Plutarch and Porphyry and Theagenes, and the rest whom thou didst laugh to scorn. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Von Arnim It was bitterly cold, and Minora was silent, and not in the least inclined to laugh with us as she had been six hours before. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

And quite right, too!” “Don’t laugh at me!” cried the boy, his lost colour rushing back. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

W. H. Hudson I tried to laugh off my nervousness. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Charles Dickens Then a laugh or two, some expressions of disappointment, and a slackening of the pressure and subsidence of the struggle. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Bram Stoker And all for what? She is dead, so! Is it not?” “Well, for the life of me, Professor,” I said, “I can’t see anything to laugh at in all that. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James I never saw her do anything but laugh at her poverty. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Gissing Her laugh now and then rose to a high note; her companion threw back his head and joined in the mirth. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle I began to laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight of his face. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He put the lovely relic in an order quite apart, saying:—“I don’t dare to laugh at anybody’s misidentifications; I make so many myself. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Olaf Stapledon Suddenly he stood upright, with a laugh that was also a sigh, stretching himself as though in relief after some kind of bondage. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Guy de Maupassan Go among the bourgeoisie, when they are amusing themselves; you will see them laugh to suffocation. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Oscar Wilde They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Madame Putois offered to retire because according to her it was not a matter to laugh about; besides she would not touch a thing, the food would do her no good. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Walter Besant For my own part, I saw nothing to laugh at, for the verses were all about everybody being an ass —— a thing to make people cry, rather than laugh. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

And sure you made us laugh ‘artily, Meester Pepper, when you said, says you, ‘That ’ere voman is a rum blo” en. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

W. H. Hudson The young enthusiast, hurrying about London to speak his farewells and look after his outfit, will perhaps laugh at this, for his delusion is still dear to him. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Herman Melville Not the mere grin or laugh is here meant. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

George Meredith As we were ready to laugh at anything Saddlebank did, we laughed at this. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Thomas Hardy The reddleman vented a low humorous laugh when he saw his adversary return with these. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins I heard her hoarse chuckling laugh as she locked the gate behind me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

It was merry laughter, and there was no ring of falsehood in it, but why should she laugh at all?” This was a question I could not answer; who could? Juliet is beyond the comprehension of us all. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

William Makepeace Thackeray To laugh at such is MR. PUNCH’S business. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It made her laugh a shade hysterical. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Virginia Woolf They laugh when Mr. Binney helps himself to salt instead of sugar. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Nellie Bly I always have an inclination to laugh when I look at the Japanese men in their native dress. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Andrew Lang May I ask where you are going?’ ‘I will tell you,’ answered Desire, ‘though most likely you will laugh at me. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan Never did Labiche or Meilhac make me laugh as I have laughed at the comical inscriptions on tombstones. Tombstones by Guy de Maupassan

George Eliot The first sound Tito heard was the short laugh of Piero di Cosimo, who stood close by him and was the only person that could see his face. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Thomas Wolfe She made an effort to laugh and joke. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the contrary he was a powerfully built, square-shouldered fellow, full of vitality, with a voice like a bull and a laugh that could be heard across the meadows. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang There was a M. de Puimorin who, to be in the fashion, laughed at your once popular Epic. ‘It is all very well for a man to laugh who cannot even read. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton What business had he, at such a time, to laugh in the old way? “I’m sorry; but there is no other way, I’m afraid. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Kate Chopin It made her laugh to think of Désirée with a baby. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins I feel ——” She stopped, and tried to laugh it off. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

On seeing his ante-chambers, formerly thronged with flatterers and office-seekers, empty and deserted, he laughed, and his laugh was unaffected. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

In The Albigenses the winds are diabolically possessed and laugh fiendishly instead of moaning as they do as seneschals in most romances of terror. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

William Makepeace Thackeray The British Snob is long, long past scepticism, and can afford to laugh quite good-humouredly at those conceited Yankees, or besotted little Frenchmen, who set up as models of mankind. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

George Meredith His Rebecca could describe him; I laugh now at some of her sayings of him; I see her mouth, so tenderly comical over her big “simpleton,” she called him, and loved him so. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope There was no moment in his life in which Cicero was not able to laugh with the Curios and the Cæliuses behind the back of the great man. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Kingsley You young folks shouldn’t laugh at us though. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then I gather up my wits and check the dry little laugh which somehow has forced its way from my lips. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Virginia Woolf What was it, she wondered, sadly rather, for it seemed to her that they would laugh when she was not there. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

I laugh and wonder as I write these words; but the man did look upon it as a war and nothing else. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells We laugh now; it is all so IMPOSSIBLE. Few of us actually realize these were flesh-and-blood sufferings that living men and women went through only a century and a half ago. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing Their voices sounded from all parts of the garden and the farm-yard, Jane’s clear-throated laugh contrasting with the rougher utterance of her companion. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

M. P. Shiel I was reminded of maniacs that laugh now, and rave now—but never smile, and never sigh. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

You will, probably, laugh at it; but it must out nevertheless. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gertrude Stein It was a mistake to state that a laugh and a lip and a laid climb and a depot and a cultivator and little choosing is a point it. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She was beautiful but—it seemed to reveal itself—not like the Lady Downstairs. She did not laugh very much, though she laughed when they played together. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

She would tell him his brain was unstrung, would try to laugh him into scepticism. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He was ready to quarrel with Sir Gabriel, whose fine clothes offended him, his idiot laugh and aggressive geniality. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Victor Hugo The contagion of Gwynplaine’s laugh was more triumphant than ever. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing Imagination, excited by nervous stress, brought before him a clear picture of the beloved Fanny, with fluffy hair upon her forehead and a laugh on her never-closed lips. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton She was not afraid that the discovery would diminish her in Strefford’s eyes: he was untroubled by moral problems, and would laugh away her avowal, with a sneer at Nick in his new part of moralist. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

People laugh mockingly: as you have heard me say. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

Sir Walter Scott I trust, however, the hospitable gossiping Laird h$s not run himself upon the shallows, and that his chaplain, whom you so often made us laugh at, is still in rerum natura. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Adam Lindsay Gordon But I must turn from those who chide, And laugh at those who frown; I cannot quench my stubborn pride, Nor keep my spirits down. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Edgar Allan Poe Oh thou! whatever title please thine ear, Dean, Drapier, Bickerstaff, or Gulliver! Whether thou choose Cervantes’ serious air, Or laugh and shake in Rabelais easy chair. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Florence Dixie Maeva’s laugh was a singularly sweet one. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

James Payn Letty was looking at her friend, in hopes that she should get her to laugh at her high and mighty brother; Rose did not dare look up, for fear she should do so. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Anthony Trollope He might proclaim the offender to the world as false, and the world would laugh at the proclaimer, and shake hands with the offender. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Suddenly he laughed; but his laugh was like a distorted echo of some insincere mirth very far away. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope She encountered them without horror, welcomed them without shame, and spoke of them with a laugh rather than a shudder. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Rudyard Kipling Maisie looked at the blur, and a lunatic desire to laugh caught her by the throat. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope He was almost inclined to be jocular, and did laugh at Sir Harry in a mild way when told of the threat. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Guy de Maupassan His eyes rested again on the Figaro, and he thought: “She has read it! They laugh at me, they deny me. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

M. P. Shiel Looks Spanish to me rather—staid face—pale, strong-boned, grave—— I’ve seen her laugh merrily, but never saw her smile. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Amid the assumed consequence which passion, whether natural or artificial, always gives to a man of mediocrity, he felt himself withering in the wild laugh of the stranger. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Always ready to laugh or chaff or go on with monkey tricks like a boy. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Guy de Maupassant She grew calmer and continued, smiling: “How you would laugh at me, if you knew, if you knew how I pass my evenings, when the weather is fine. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Guy de Maupassan Then, nerving himself to the effort, he set off at a little, waddling gait, which shook his fat paunch and made the whole detachment laugh till they cried. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis Uncle Whittier and Aunt Bessie assumed that it was their privilege as relatives to laugh at Carol, and their duty as Christians to let her know how absurd her “notions” were. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

However, those laugh best who laugh last, and though he has had a very fair innings so far, we will see whether he can beat me in the end. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

When he is here at home we laugh and laugh for hours together. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Edith Wharton Still humming to herself: “I’ve been cut by Mrs. Glaisher — Mrs. Glaisher — ” Halo thought: “How I shall make Vance laugh over it!” and she tried to catch his voice among the others. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope Mr Butterwell was standing close to him, essaying to laugh mildly at Sir Raffle’s jokes. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope