Phrases with "laughed"

Olaf Stapledon When I laughed over the contrast of his present cowardice and his reputed hardihood, he let slip a remark to which at the time I paid little attention, but on his wedding day it became luminous. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sir Richard Burton May Allah not send thy body health!” The Caliph laughed at him and Ja’afar took him by the hand and led him out. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle He laughed as the newcomers entered, thinking that two of his boon companions had returned to finish a flagon. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

G. K. Chesterton He laughed shortly, to think that it should be white with brown spots. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

John Galsworthy The moon! I, Hester, who always laughed —! Ah me! I have a lump of lead in my chest. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Arthur Machen He had looked out and seen his visitor on board the tram at the street corner, and he laughed out loud, and locked his door. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Afterward I laughed at the whole thing. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Katherine Mansfield She laughed and beckoned to him. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Abraham Merri And I will give it to you as a token of my love — O, Sacred Vessel of Ishtar!” “Ho! Ho!” laughed the black priest as Sharane shrank, paling. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Marjorie Bowen He almost persuaded himself that he had really cared for Miss Boyle. Certainly that night at the theatre—— He laughed a little; it could not but amuse him that he found himself there at all. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Now, gentlemen, what do you think of that? Can you conceive of a more marvellous happening?” He laughed merrily. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It’s a great comfort to think that I’ll be able to use big words then without being laughed at. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He let others talk, laughed at intervals, silently, in the savage manner of Leather-stocking, or else, he burst out like a bomb, if the sentence pleased him. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Guy de Maupassant She laughed and said to him: “I am intoxicated, my friend, I am quite intoxicated. Regret by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Henry James She laughed at him — he felt she was laughing at his expression of face — and her laugh rang through the stately gardens. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Jack London Once more Francois called, and once more Buck laughed and kept away. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Nellie Bly I looked at the tall, slender, shapely body, and recalled the imaginary short legs, holding upright a wide circumference under an ample waistcoat, and I laughed audibly. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anthony Trollope Oh, how she wept and cried and laughed at the hopes and fears and miseries of the last few weeks passed in remembrance through her mind. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

And I laughed at him; I laughed at my poor friend’s fears. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Already it knew his strong hands, it exulted in his strong clasp, it laughed and crowed when he played with it. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant There, you have my opinion—with plenty of cupids and good, fat garlands——” She laughed, and Walter laughed too, though he was not very much amused. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arnold Bennett She laughed too long and too freely while Constance stared at her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As he laughed he vanished into space. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He laughed again just as harshly. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Frances Hodgson Burnett He laughed at himself a little and then his open brow looked puzzled for a moment. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Mark Twain Yet dressed in this fantastic garb, these people laughed at my costume. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Benjamin Disraeli Hans quivered like a windy reed, and the Wild One laughed till the very woods echoed. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The whole street might have entered and laughed at him, without a hair of his body moving. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope She thought that if Sir Gregory were brought to interfere, that perhaps might have an effect; but the old clergyman laughed at this. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing Gilbert’s had a humorous expression, and Ackroyd laughed in an unmirthful way. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang And the wolverine laughed and said: ‘Oh, that will do just as well’; and began to run down the side of the mountain. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence He laughed painfully, not able to look at her. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

La Ramee laughed also and the guards laughed in chorus; Grimaud, however, did not even smile. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

E. Nesbi So she kicked Phyllis, who said:— “What are you kicking me like that for, Bob?” And then Mother laughed a little and sighed and said:— “Very well, then. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Walter Scott She laughed with him, chatted with him, and danced with him; while to Dick Middlemas her conduct was more shy and distant. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

It’s for hell she’s making——” and he laughed a jolly laugh. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

D. H. Lawrence Syson laughed in his brilliant, unhappy way. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Then a lady of the name of Barrington laughed lightly, and said: ‘Only, pray, my dear Harry, don’t call your uncle the “Great Mel” at the election. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle He laughed in his merry way when he saw my face of wonder. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He laughed under his breath, and said: “It’s a wonderful spiritual twinship, isn’t it? I can’t tell about you and you can’t tell about me!” “You have the advantage of me, though. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens But, not as she had laughed before. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

George Meredith A portion of the pit and stalls laughed too. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know it cost you something to make up your mind to speak to Mr. Gedge.” She laughed more happily. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

And all the while Robin talked so quaintly to the Bishop and the Knight that, the one forgetting his vexation and the other his troubles, they both laughed aloud again and again. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

H. G. Wells At some stage he would have laughed and given the whole thing away. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Virginia Woolf Her parties! That was it! Her parties! Both of them criticised her very unfairly, laughed at her very unjustly, for her parties. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Oscar Wilde He laughed, and it laughed with him, and held its hands to its sides, just as he himself was doing. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

And General D’Hubert, also one of the ex-masters of Europe, laughed at these serious phantoms standing in his way. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Rudyard Kipling You must leave instructions in your will that he’s never to do that, George, won’t you?” He laughed and took her hand again but said nothing till it was time to dress. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

D.H. Lawrence Then he laughed and forgot the night. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Meredith He laughed at the little sisterly revelations the ladies confided concerning her too heartily for them to have any fear that she was other than a toy to him. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

He gave his vivid word to everything he had seen and done; we laughed and exclaimed and were silent in a concert of admirable understanding. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft I hope they’ll let me alone — I didn’t like the way they laughed when they walked away. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

I laughed till my sides ached. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Henry James I laughed louder even than she, I temporised, I failed her; I told her I must think over her case. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Archie laughed idiotically, and Mr Glynde found it impossible to remain seated. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

But something made him say: ‘Come in!’ and there in the opening was something that was so unmistakably Marta’s woolly lamb that Grant laughed aloud before he could stop himself. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

He laughed about it afterwards, and told aunty in fun there must be no mistletoe about the next time, if you came up here. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Rudyard Kipling The great dripping bull broke out of his wallow like a shell exploding, while Mowgli laughed till he sat down. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

James Joyce Haines laughed and, as he took his soft grey hat from the holdfast of the hammock, said: — I don’t know, I’m sure. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Miss Martin laughed at his look of acute distress. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

D. H. Lawrence She laughed and chattered, and shook her silken stuffs, sending out a perfume exquisite on the frosted air. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Louisa May Alcott How blithely she sang that evening, and how they all laughed at her because she woke Amy in the night by playing the piano on her face in her sleep. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

During the perusal her bosom rose and sank the blood mounting to her face, and once or twice she laughed . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry James Vereker laughed out, and I was happy to be able to do the same. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Walter Scott Christie laughed and bid them follow him, saying, by way of encouragement, in Halbert’s ear, “Answer boldly and readily to whatever the Baron asks you. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Henry Fielding He who should endeavour it would be laughed at himself, instead of making others laugh. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Henry Handel Richardson His eyes lit up, he laughed and chatted, made merry repartee: she was carried back to the time when she had known him first. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton He laughed at the idea of the paralytic Professor being really a young actor dressed up as if for the foot-lights. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The Earl laughed with great good-nature. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle Mrs. Linden laughed in a satisfied way. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

George Eliot Felix laughed at her thrust with young heartiness. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Robert Louis Stevenson But it was plain he was in high spirits, thoroughly enjoying his visit; and he laughed frankly whenever we failed to accomplish what we were about. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Besides”— and he laughed merrily —“everybody knows you drive like the very devil, so you can easily pick up the lost time upon the road. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

H. Rider Haggard Then Groa laughed so shrilly that men trembled to hear her. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

She coloured highly, and said, “There is nothing so easy as to laugh, but truth is truth, laughed at or not. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Gissing I’m ready enough for a fight, on sound occasion, but I won’t fight in obedience to Dizzy and the music-halls! By jingo, no!” He laughed uproariously. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She laughed with a bright air of being much entertained. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

On being told that Jane was one of them, he laughed and asked how far she had come in that dress. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Thomas Wolfe In what sort of business? She laughed — one would never guess. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang When the Princess presented herself at the door, and said that the Queen had ordered her to place the box in her own room, the governor laughed heartily at the idea. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mr Hawkehurst laughed aloud when the Captain imparted this condition with that suave and yet dignified manner which was peculiar to him. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

And then she could thole it no longer, but must go out and walk by the burn to cool her hot brow and calm her thoughts, while the witch indoors laughed to herself at her devices. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

George Gissing Is it published?’ ‘Oh dear, no!’ He laughed and shook his thick hair about. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

G. K. Chesterton But to think of such a clockwork little creature of all people getting into the nets of one of Grigsby’s tales,” and he laughed out aloud in the silence. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

And when at last I shot through the breakers, I laughed aloud and sprang upon the beach, breathless and happy. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

We laughed and joked and told of the adventures of our tour, and even found humor in the recital of our near escape from accident in our encounter with the red-faced man. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Martha laughed as she had done the first morning. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Larose laughed a second time “Yes, and I’ve had a little talk with that chap who sold you this pub. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Meredith He had tried the voice of authority, and was laughed at. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Meredith Antics are harmless, though they get us laughed at,’ said Philip. ‘You may restrain him from excesses. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

I laughed in very lightness of heart, in a profound sense of success; I laughed, irresponsible and oblivious, as one laughs in the thrilling delight of a dream. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Some amusement must have been visible in my face, as I caught sight of various light-hearted sporting journals, for he laughed apologetically. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

D. H. Lawrence He laughed again, and the other boys joined. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

She shrugged, shook her head and laughed How odiously wide her face looked as she laughed! Mildred did not know exactly what to make of her. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The king, too, learned the tale and laughed for very pleasure. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Willa Cather Can you understand her?” Ottenburg laughed as he helped her into the carriage. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

They were only fit to be laughed at. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

So Buckingham laughed and spent his money. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Kingsley He laughed aloud, and said — “So you didn’t expect me to-night, deary, eh?” “You’ve chose a bad night to come home in, old man,” she answered. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Virginia Woolf How it rejoiced her that! Not for weeks had they laughed like this together, poking fun privately like married people. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Hardy But I am corrupted away from that by my affection for you, Tess (he laughed as he spoke), and made selfish likewise. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence He laughed grimly: ‘I want it!’ he said. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Louisa May Alcott I laughed at him, and said I didn’t throw it, but Flo, which seemed to disgust him, for he tossed it out of the window, and turned sensible again. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Miles Franklin I laughed to picture Gaddy in the middle of bridal flutter. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Rudyard Kipling The High Priest laughed and quoted an ancient saying of the Tribe when young men boasted or children wanted something they couldn’t get. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Sepp laughed from the tip of his feather to the tip of his beard. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing On my expressing myself pained and shocked at such a philosophy, Dr. Gmelin laughed and told me that it was his favourite theory. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jack London He and I talked and laughed and joked the day long and half the night. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

D. H. Lawrence She laughed upon him, blind to him, so full of her own bliss, never doubting but that he was the same as she was. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Wretched as the Jungle People were, even Hathi could not help chuckling; while Mowgli, lying on his elbows in the warm water, laughed aloud, and beat up the scum with his feet. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Henry Kingsley Yes, she had seen thus far, and had laughed at herself for entertaining such mad fancies. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Bram Stoker He laughed to himself behind his teeth as he whispered, “No need to fear there. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Hope When asked if he would go without resistance, he laughed a bitter laugh. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Charlotte Perkins Gilman And they still wear trousers, don’t they?” She laughed outright. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

George Gissing I laughed heartily at the notice, but it meant so much. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Meredith The relief of comparative obscurity helped me to breathe freely: not to be laughed at, was a gain. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Sometimes, in my solitude, I laughed with the bitterness of self-scorn, remembering how unreservedly I had given up my heart and soul to interests that were not mine. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Paolo laughed as he saw the effect the girl had produced upon the young foreigner. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

But then he laughed at everything. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Edith Wharton Will that satisfy you?” He laughed impatiently. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing Tell me this: does Mrs. Ormonde want you to marry him?’ Thyrza laughed strangely. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Guy de Maupassan She laughed angrily and cried: “Are you dumb, too? Perhaps Madame has your tongue?” With a furious glance, Duroy then exclaimed: “How dare you accost me? Go along or I will have you arrested. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Allan laughed with the rest, for his cheeks were flushed with the hope that Robin Hood had given him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

William Makepeace Thackeray He laughed when he was in a paroxysm of pain; he laughed when he won money, or when he lost it: his laugh was not jovial or agreeable, but rather painful and sardonic. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Willa Cather Her eyes, when they laughed for a moment into one’s own, seemed to promise a wild delight that he has not found in life. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Who was he, proclaiming his kingship? She laughed in her heart with pride. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Now about the cafe, is it run by Thugs?” Larose laughed merrily. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

We laughed at one another, and the company laughed with us both. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Virginia Woolf And Eleanor called him “Nigs.” She laughed at him; she preferred failures, like Morris. There she sat holding her pocket- handkerchief in her hand, smiling, ironically, covertly, at some memory. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Oscar Wilde He had listened to them, laughed at them, forgotten them. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Gissing Mother and daughter laughed appreciatively. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Several observers have stated that monkeys certainly dislike being laughed at; and they sometimes invent imaginary offences. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Hope Whereat I laughed again, and said, as I clapped him on the shoulder: “Come home to bed, old chap. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

I flung up my arms and laughed aloud. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

I had a genuine and lively taste for my compatriot; I laughed at, I scolded, and I loved him. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anna Katherine Green Not that I have much ——” Here Mr. Gryce laughed, with the result that Sweetwater laughed also. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Rudyard Kipling Somebody laughed at the little tattered figure strutting on the brickwork plinth under the great tree. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Gissing Having heard the whole story, Wigmore laughed a great deal, and declared that such a fellow as Starkey was rightly served. Topham's Chance by George Gissing

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman He laughed and began straightening the furniture which he had flung down. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

E. T. A. Hoffmann At any rate the king laughed heartily, and swore that Boileau Despreux had found his master; hence De Scudéri’s poem was popularly adjudged to be the wittiest that ever was written. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Anthony laughed again — whether she wanted a cake of ice or a marble of it, he must go down-stairs to the kitchen. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

W. W. Jacobs Instead of replying the old man slapped his leg, and with his pipe cocked at one side of his mouth, laughed a thin senile laugh with the other. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

He wrote you pleading letters; but you laughed to scorn his prayers for mercy, and at last, maddened by shame, he helped himself to the money entrusted to him by his employers, in order to pay you. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Oscar Wilde So overjoyed were they at their deliverance that they laughed aloud, and the Earth seemed to them like a flower of silver, and the Moon like a flower of gold. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

I began to wonder about Simon long before that, and I challenged him about it because of something he said about knowing I wasn’t Patrick, and he laughed and boasted about it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Nellie Bly I laughed very heartily over the implied accusation, and tried to assure him that I had never, up to date, been an inmate of Sing Sing or even ever visited it. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

F. Scott Fitzgerald After many weeks it came gradually out into the light, to be laughed and joked at. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

She laughed brightly as she tossed the last handful below, and then turned and leaned over Gethryn’s chair. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony laughed at her slip, and smoothed her hair. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I remember once asking her to come to a dance, and she laughed and said that she had not been farther than the street comer for several months. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling I— I didn’t know you were a — a —— What are you?’ He laughed outright, showing a set of splendid teeth. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Olaf Stapledon But why,” he said with animation, “do the English not read their own great literature?” Victor laughed triumphantly, and said, “Because at school they are made to hate it. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

It was now the crucial moment of our enterprise; we were now risking liberty and credit; and that for a sum so small to a man in my bankrupt situation, that I could have laughed aloud in bitterness. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. Phillips Oppenheim Immediately they were assailed with the fumes of a strange, sickly odour! Mr. Sabin laughed softly, but a little bitterly. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Look at Clive — just a clerk, and he conquered India! By George! I’ll do something in the world yet!” She laughed at my sudden Irish effervescence. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

James Joyce Look at Ireland’s hope! They laughed at his words and gesture. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Snatching a piece of paper he idly dotted down the large sums occurring to him at the moment; and quite laughed as he glanced at the total. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

D. H. Lawrence She laughed quickly at being caught. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Edith Wharton You could have got it just as easily as not!” He laughed and thrust his thumbs in his waistcoat armholes with the gesture she disliked. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Margaret Oliphant And to believe that she would mingle herself in his being which was unclean and false from its very beginning! He laughed at his own folly to think so. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry James He was almost eighty but was still shy — he laughed a great deal, faintly and vaguely, at nothing, as if to make up for the seriousness with which he took some jokes. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Lake laughed quietly at the proposition, and Mark retorted by telling him he would so insult him, if he declined, as to compel a meeting. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence What do you think of me?” “What do I think?” She laughed a little nervous laugh and shook her head. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

It was a Mad Tea–Party with a vengeance: Sibyl the melancholy little Dormouse, and Ladlaw the incomprehensible Hatter. I laughed aloud, but checked myself when I caught my cousin’s eye. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

I said: ‘In Barcelona we should have been shooting one another,’ and we laughed over this. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Paul Marchmont laughed as the door shut upon his brother-in-law. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I’m not going to be baffled in my old age by difficulties I would have laughed at a dozen years ago. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he laughed in his loud, boisterous, insincere fashion. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

She laughed and struggled, the children and Helen were as wild Indians with glee, and Tod looked ready to bring the roof down. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

Anne Bronte He laughed at my anxiety, but assured me there was no cause for it, and promised to attend to my advice. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Heyst, on purpose, laughed aloud. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I don’t like to have them laughed at or wondered over. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

But these children came from bookless homes and from parents who would have laughed at the notion that the past has any meaning for the present. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

William Hope Hodgson Ought I to tell all I knew and guessed? And then, who should I tell? I should only be laughed at — I— Williams turned towards me, and spoke. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Ann Radcliffe La Motte seemed anxious to prevent thought, by assuming a fictitious and unnatural gaiety: he laughed and talked, and threw off frequent bumpers of wine: it was the mirth of desperation. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Death laughed again, as a tomb might laugh At a burial service spoiled, And the mourners’ intentions foiled By the body erecting Its head and objecting To further proceedings in its behalf. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

M. R. James I laughed at the demise of the Turncock, the Foreigner, the Beadle, and even the baby. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

E. F. Benson But there was no need for it to have travelled even so far, for Frank laughed again with kindly, genuine mirth. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

The Registrar laughed, the barristers laughed, the reporters laughed, the serried ranks of the miserable depositors watching anxiously every word, laughed like one man. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Sam laughed at that, and ran after them himself. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Mark Twain Well, the iron-jawed man he laughed right in his face. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling He was afraid he was being laughed at, and he detested talking before outsiders; but it was the author of As it was in the Beginning who waited. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Bingham, on the platform, laughed heartily and conspicuously, as if anybody could see that it was all an excellent joke. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

They laughed even louder than the first time. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

McAlbane laughed and seemed about to make some remark, but he checked himself suddenly and frowned thoughtfully. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Anthony Trollope If anyone had told me ten years ago that I should have taken an interest in this or that man being in Government, I should have laughed him to scorn. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Someone else had laughed and agreed, supplying the motive: “Of course! You wanted that part for yourself?” And the conversation had flowed on in unbroken superficiality. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope He ate and drank like a Christian, and only laughed aloud when some true defender of the Protestant faith attempted to scare him away out of the streets by carrying a gammon of bacon up on high. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He laughed in answer; never saying that it was only shortened from Wolfrey, his real name, as we learnt later. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope Let yonder ale-swilling Athelstane defend his — ha, ha! — wife; and my Lady Rowena guard her — ha, ha! — son!” and he laughed wildly and madly. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Wilkie Collins He laughed over my retort till the room rang again. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

John Galsworthy He laughed like a man who has come across the priceless. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson She laughed and laid her hand affectionately on his. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Henry Kingsley They laughed together; then the captain shouted to Hornby, and he laughed and waved his sword over his head. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins Francine laughed scornfully — crumpled the drawing up in her hand — and threw it into the waste-paper basket. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

D. H. Lawrence She laughed to herself as she went down town in the afternoon, the pretty drops dangling in front of her curls. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood There were moments when he laughed in utter disbelief, but these were optimistic moods that did not last. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Gissing One never does know how it happens’ And Sibyl laughed with quiet merriment which had a touch of cynicism. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jane Austen When I found that he was not to be laughed out of his design, I calmly begged an explanation, and desired to know by what he was impelled, and by whom commissioned, to reprimand me. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]