Phrases with "left"

It cleared from the east next day, and I raced him there, winning hands down, left him at Tönning, and in three days was in the Baltic. It was just a week after I ran ashore that I wired to you. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Gissing She left The Firs to return to town, and thence in a week or two went to Cowes, a favourite abode of her mother’s. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Virginia Woolf William left us alone, and we sat and talked. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arthur Morrison The moment his right foot dropped behind his left, and his left hand rocked, knuckles UP, before him, he was a competent workman, with all his tools in order. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne Yaquita had not left her room since the evening before. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson He left her, lovedeserted her for another woman . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

They left little pits in his skin which did not disappear for two years. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Andrew Lang If I put the ring upon the little finger of my left hand, then I can fly like a bird through the air wherever I wish to go. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Like swift poison the old morbid mood in which I left London spread through me. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Sir Richard Burton And he did with the bridegroom as he had done before; to wit, he took him and laid him at full length in the jakes and there left him dried-up for excess of fear and trembling. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Panine, left alone, threw himself on a couch and slept for a few hours, but it was not a refreshing sleep. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Guy de Maupassant Besides, she had a little money, left her by a female oyster-dealer, who had picked her up when she had been left on the quay at Havre by an American captain. Boitelle by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

M. R. James And after that he left off talking about it, and asked me how long I’d been here, and where my people lived, and things like that: and then I came away: but he wasn’t looking a bit well. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

George Meredith She left Victor uncomfortably rufed: and how? for she had none of the physical charms appealing peculiarly to the man who was taken with grandeur of shape. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He told Gilbert, as he left the house, that the old man’s life was now only a question of so many days or so many hours. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Walter Scott Le Balafre alone, perfectly indifferent on the subject, so soon as the countermanding signal was given, left the door at which he had posted himself, and in a few minutes was fast asleep. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Gissing I must go at once, Mrs. Byass.’ She would hear no objection, and speedily left the house in Mrs. Griffin’s company. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have just supplied her with the Canadian Pacific Agent, and so left her in good hands. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells They left you in doubt about it. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

At the termination of this was a cross-gallery, one end of which — that to my leftterminated in a great window, through which the dusky night-view was visible. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I left my chair and knelt down beside the godmother. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edith Wharton Did she really think that to solve such a problem it was only necessary to define it? The contact with her unfaltering assurance would once have given him a momentary glow; but now it left him cold. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

These were all who were left of the little troop. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

By the admission of Ulianov–Lenin himself, the situation of the extreme left wing of the Social Democrats in Russia is very favourable. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Why? Because his memory had not left him his free deliberation, judgment, and discernment. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot He went home persuaded that between this interview and the next which they would have together, Harold would be left to an inward debate, founded entirely on the information he himself had given. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

There are five left and that is plenty. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins When the doctor left Miss Jillgall, in anger and in haste, he had determined on taking the course from which, as a humane man and a faithful friend, he had hitherto recoiled. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Theodore Dreiser She had to say that she had left him — to give the impression that it would be she, if any one, who would permit him to return. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing She made an excuse that the house could not be left to one servant; but in any case she would have remained at home, for her presence must needs be an embarrassment both to father and daughter. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Five minutes later they had left the wood and were on their way along the road upon the other side. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope He had not pluck enough left to grumble: but he grunted his displeasure. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo Having exhausted calls and cries, nothing was left but to break in. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Gilbert Blythe spelled her down in class and left her clear out of sight in mental arithmetic. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He’s no trouble when he’s left alone. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray A scream of rage followed the last thrust; and no wonder:— it had penetrated the Rowski’s left eye. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Charles Dickens As I left Dullborough in the days when there were no railroads in the land, I left it in a stage-coach. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Morrison Yours, M. H.” I had scarce a quarter of an hour, so I seized my hat and left my chambers at once. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope Necropolis sounded well, they said, and argued that though no actual remains of the body might be left there, still the tablets would remain. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

The chairs and tables had been pushed against the wall, the carpet thus being left clear. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

What must he do? The child must not be left here in this bitter cold: he could see that it was very warmly wrapped. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope He hardly knew why he should endeavour to say a word to her before he left Wharton. And yet he felt that it must be said. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Woodward leaned over and caught her daughter’s clothes; while Linda, who had seen what had happened, stood shrieking on the barge, as it made its way on, heedless of the ruin it left behind. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy She summoned courage to mount the stairs; the bedroom-door was open as she had left it. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Dickens I had just sense enough left to make another struggle before my mind broke loose like a frightened horse, and ran away with me. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope But, as that could not be, her mother must be left to succumb, and the fight must be carried on afterwards as best it might. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott Since my recovery, they had discontinued locking the door; though the utmost severity was denounced against me if I left these precincts. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope His wife had died very shortly after his promotion, and he had been left with one only daughter on whom to lavish his cares and his affection. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing She said good-bye without a tear, refused to let him accompany her, and so, even as she had resolved, left in her husband’s mind an image beckoning his return. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Not only is it unlocked, but to our surprise, it has been left a few inches open. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

M. R. James John: holds inscribed book in left hand; with right hand blesses, with two fingers. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

I have heard nothing of Clanroyden since we left London. But I know that he will be there, for I have an assignation with him, and he will not fail me. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Sir Oswald left town an hour after his interview with Reginald Eversleigh. It was ten o’clock when he alighted for the first time in a large, bustling town on the great northern road. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And after I was eleven, and before we left Bromstead, all the delight and beauty of it was destroyed. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There was no limit to Martha’s wrath when she learned that she was going to be left behind. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

F. Scott Fitzgerald Basil, isn’t it wonderful?” So when Basil left at eleven, there was no misery in their parting. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

William Makepeace Thackeray As Sir Gottfried, likewise armed and mounted (for his horse had been left at the ferry hard by), advanced up the road, he almost started at the figure before him — a glistening tower of steel. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

So intent was I on my work that I left my lunch untouched, only stopping work when the clock of St. Jude’s struck four. August Heat by W. F. Harvey

Her father had left her for a moment in Cayrol’s care; but she had not seen him for more than an hour. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Edith Wharton The preparations for the Life led her through by-ways that the most scrupulous of the previous biographers had left unexplored. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Charles Dickens We left Kingston for Montreal on the tenth of May, at half-past nine in the morning, and proceeded in a steamboat down the St. Lawrence river. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Guy de Maupassan I spoke in the beginning like a man of sense whose duty it was to warn you; and now there is left in me only one man — the man who loves you. A New Year’s Gift by Guy de Maupassan

W. H. Hudson The upland geese are excellent eating, and it was our custom to make an early breakfast off a cold goose, or of any remnants left in the larder. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Larose left them at it, and a few minutes later, the musician returning into the hall, the Australian sidled up to him as he commenced to tune up the violin. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

There were, of course, plenty of cautious people left who waited to hear the verdict of the jury before committing themselves, and who still believed him to be guilty. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Sir Walter Scott When they were left alone, she desired her young friend to come from behind the chair on the back of which she still rested, and sit down beside her upon a stool. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

D. H. Lawrence Ah well! She left off her thoughts and went through the hall to the drawing-room. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber Their frightened companions left the spot. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

She left her sewing and her thimble in the window-seat, and followed her uncle where he led. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You really, Sir, left me no choice. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett He spoke in a queer, hard voice; and instantly left the room. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anna Katherine Green I heard the order given just as I left Headquarters.” The judge showed small satisfaction. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Tobias Smolle But his generosity rested not here; for before he left the ship he made me a present of a chest and some clothes that enabled me to support the rank to which he had raised me. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

His father had left him about six thousand dollars and during the twenty years he had kept books in the hotel, he had saved at least ten more. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

John Galsworthy Save for a little becoming pinkness there was nothing left when she stood before the mirror. To Let by John Galsworthy

Ten minutes later, carrying the spade and pick-axe with him, he was wheeling his bicycle with all haste to where he was hoping von Ravenheim would have left the car. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

He left us all without a word for — for — how long is it? Seven years? Nearly eight years. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hardy Newson left home again on the Newfoundland trade when the season came round. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Walter Scott The etymology of the name is left uncertain, though the German fort-ganger, i. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

I asked her where her mistress was, and she said she had gone in the motor with the other lady and had left a note for me. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

E. F. Benson And would you be so kind as to get my landing-net? I left it on the bank just below the bridge. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Nor did my temerity, this evening at least, meet the punishment it perhaps merited; he was both indulgent and good-natured; not a cross glance shot from his eyes, not a hasty word left his lips. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. T. A. Hoffmann When he finished I left him, touched and ashamed. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Presently, as we drew nearer Amiens, we left it behind us, for in all the Somme valley there is some curious configuration which blankets sound. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry James I have not seen Bly since the day I left it, and I daresay that to my older and more informed eyes it would now appear sufficiently contracted. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

James Joyce The old man left the hearth and after stumbling about the room returned with two candlesticks which he thrust one after the other into the fire and carried to the table. Dubliners by James Joyce

Ann Radcliffe The boldness of the officer was repressed by the spirit and dignity with which Theodore spoke these words, and muttering a reply, that was scarecly audible, he left the room. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

There was a quarrel, and I left her. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Catherine Helen Spence A pleasant voice said “Come in,” and the young woman left me to pursue her own avocation. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Mark Twain In the place on it where Mahomet stood, he left his foot-prints in the solid stone. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

He was leaner than when he left London and there were pouches below his eyes. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Walter Scott You were dogged the whole time you were at the Shepherd’s Bush and at Mount Sharon, by a spy who scarcely ever left you. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Meet it is that I show thee in combat singular, that vauntest thyself greatest among the rebels yet left alive in this my kingdom, how much greater is my might than thine. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Anthony Trollope He expressed his belief that Mr Kennedy would abstain from making any public statement, but suggested that if any were made the answering of it should be left to the family lawyer. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim Now she had taken off all her goodness and left it behind her like a heap in rain-sodden clothes, and she only felt joy. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Meredith I left her straining for breath. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Walter Scott And here he left him with no other light than that which glimmered from the well-illuminated apartment within, through a sort of shuttle which accommodated the landlord with a view into it. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

John Galsworthy Her father had kissed her when she left him, with lips which she was sure had trembled. To Let by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope A man’s courage under calamity is only tested when he is left in solitude. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton She stood motionless where he left her, every nerve strung to the highest pitch of watchfulness. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

La Mole, left alone, looked round. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned away offended and left me. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

He is passionate and abrupt in his movements, and when angry tosses his white beard about with his left hand. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Edith Wharton She had tamed her happiness at last: the quality of fear had left it, and it nestled in her heart like some wild creature subdued to human ways. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle These were men whose horses had failed them and who had therefore been left behind on the advance, but were now hastening to be in time for the impending battle. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Seeing that she was likely to be de trop, that lady made an excuse and left the room. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Wilkie Collins He was almost always on the continent, for some years after he left college. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Andrew Lang One night, while they were seated in the open air around a blazing fire, the figure of a relative who had been left ill at home was seen to approach. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

There’s a letter, sir, that Mrs. Woolper left for you on the mantelpiece. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

But there wasn’t any way of making her tell if she didn’t want to, so I left it, and from beginning to end of the case there has been nothing to connect her with it until now. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

His all, with the exception of one diamond, worth about five or six thousand pounds sterling, was invested in the French soil; and when he left that country, he left it almost a beggar. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I might have anticipated the natural curiosity of your charming sex and made sure that the cupboard was locked before I left the room. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry James Then it left her, and, as if she were sinking with a slip from a foothold, her arms made a short jerk. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

He learned that from plans left by Maxwell who designed the same. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope There did not seem to be the slightest anger against him, in that he had thriven and had left Dick behind him in such wretched poverty. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

They had imagined all was settled, and were astonished to see me rush in, followed by the Director, with an aspect that left them no reason to hope of an auspicious result of our conference. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The persons are sparely described, and briefly accounted for, and then they are left to transact their affair, whatever it is, with the least possible comment or explanation from the author. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells They passed out of sight and left me by the roadside. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins His only unmarried daughter (he had long since been left a widower) was in the room, in attendance on her father. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

The Englishman’s first act on entering had been to light all the wax candles on the mantelpiece, which the waiters had left unlighted. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

They’ll be away a day or two, I expect, but the Doctor left this note for you. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Algernon Blackwood His qualification was a vision of an uncle at the moment of death, and the uncle had left him money. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Machen She could not pay her rent, so left her box as security. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Marjorie Bowen Visconti had not left him in charge — and for asking no untimely questions, Valentine would reward him well. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Bram Stoker I dread coming up to London, as we must do that day after tomorrow, for poor Mr. Hawkins left in his will that he was to be buried in the grave with his father. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I peered to left and right, but I saw nothing. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

When we left Monte Pocero I had counted my cartridges and found that in nearly three weeks I had fired just three shots at the enemy. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

When the will was read by Mr. Pivott on the day of Stephen Whitelaw’s funeral, it was found that the farmer had left his wife two hundred a year, derivable from real estate. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Marjorie Bowen We had to wait until the case had blown over a bit, and then we — well, we did the best we could with the time that was left us. Raw Material by Marjorie Bowen

Willa Cather Hers was a family of soldiers, but not one of the men would be left to see the day of victory. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry James Before I left him on that occasion we had passed a bargain, my part of which was that I should make it my business to take care of him. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

H. G. Wells His father had left him with a comfortable income and there was no mercenary urgency upon him. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

When we left the curb-stone behind, I felt that the last page in my adventures as an amateur detective had closed. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith Her sisters considerately left her to recover herself, after this mighty exercise of silence. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Well, this Giles died beyond question on Stoke field from an arrow in the throat, but he left a widow more evil than himself. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Bruno left Savio, in haste, thinking of the boy reaching the hill thence by the early morning time, as he no doubt had done, and finding him absent. Signa by Ouida

Mauleverer did not stay much longer with the judge; and Brandon, left alone, recurred once more to the perusal of his letters. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Russian amenities concluded, we left the ladies still under the comfortable cool dome of the Russian consulate, and went to see our own representative. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Radclyffe Hall It’s thirteen years since she left . The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope The thing that had occurred was to be told to this cousin, and Phineas left his address, so that if it should be thought necessary he might be called upon to give his account of the affair. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The movement let the light in suddenly through the small open space left by the partially closed door. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Rudyard Kipling The night had left no trace on him — not even a feather’s weight on anything that he wore; and his young face, insolent as the morning that hurried towards it, had no fear of her revelations. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson On the front verandah a rocking-chair had been left standing. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

I have recorded some of the outward events, but I cannot record the feeling they have left me with. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

For four years, waking and sleeping, the awful subconsciousness of supreme evil had never left her. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

George Gissing I thought you left England last night. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Before daylight next morning Tim left with his disconsolate captive, who wore handcuffs and was manacled to the “D’s” in the saddle of the horse which he bestrode manifestly ill at case. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

A murderer from outside would surely have left the body just where he had murdered the man. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Thomas Hardy I am now Mrs. Rondley. But the new lodging was the wretchedest and dearest I ever set foot in, and I left it after being there only a day. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Meredith She had a bit of the heroine in her and a certainty of tripping to the deuce if she was left to herself. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

The Lyrical Ballads appeared in the autumn of 1798, and on 16th September of that year Coleridge left Yarmouth for Hamburg with Wordsworth and his sister. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Another two or three drinks of whisky and much frisking about occupied the next couple of hours, when suddenly I became aware of a sharp, intense pang of pain in my left thumb. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Gertrude Stein One priest who gave us a great deal of good advice and with whom we became very friendly had only one large room left in his house. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Robert Louis Stevenson The heart, it appears, is unequal to the pressure of business, and the brain, left without nourishment, goes into a mild decline. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Hope Thus, then, we left them: the old woman terrified, amazed, doubtful; the girl with ruddy cheeks and shining eyes, clasping in her two hands the keepsake that the king himself had given her. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Ann Radcliffe They left each other with a mutual sorrow, which did honour to their hearts. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

We left the land gradually astern; and at sundown had the Atlantic Ocean clear before us. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

She will take no harm if left alone: she has taken none hitherto. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Jules Verne Glenarvan’s eyes kindled, as he said again: “Will you tell me how you left the Britannia, and why you are in Australia?” The same silence, the same impassibility. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott And Chiffinch, whom the last draught had nearly overpowered, had just strength enough left to do the same, muttering, as he staggered out, “Yes, he shall answer it. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Ivan Ilyitch, left alone, got up from his chair in confusion; he looked in the looking-glass without noticing his face. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

The garage man apologised for having said it couldn’t have been left there, so evidently the boss has been phoning up and cursing him about it. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

George Meredith But, I mean, a mother would not have left me. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anna Katherine Green She had just seen the man whom she had herself spared from an accusation which would have been his ruin accept in the coldest fashion an explanation which left her own innocence in doubt. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Heaven knows I’d have tried my best; the thing was done, and nothing else was left for us: but she has not let me. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Faye kept crowding Tod, so he left the box to sit on the ground where he could watch her better. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anthony Trollope The archdeacon then left his father, and went down to the hospital; but Mr Harding wouldn’t listen at all to the Puddingdale scheme. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin She left them in heated argument, speculating about the conclusion of the tale which their mother promised to finish the following night. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope She thought that such things should be left to men, who after all were not so mean as women;—so, at least, said Aunt Ju. And then there was new cause for wonderment. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Ford Madox Ford She left me with a fellow called Perowne, whom she had met constantly at the house of my godfather, General Lord Edward Campion, on whose staff Perowne was. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Richard Burton We have now left the land of Egypt. 1 The reader who has travelled in the East will feel that I am not exaggerating. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

E. F. Benson Cochrane got up without another word, and in silence he and Maud left the room. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Willa Cather Her hands and face were so cold that he thought there could not be a drop of warm blood left in her body. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

But mostly my mind was a blank, conscious only of extreme bodily discomfort and a dull headache that never left me a moment of ease. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Walter Scott After eating our supper, we left the hut together, and walked for a few minutes on the banks of the sea. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

But I can’t run away unless I got out of my skin and left that behind. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jacques Futrelle No one in the embassy, not a clerk, nor a servant, nor a member of the ambassador’s family had seen him since he left his office. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

John Galsworthy She ought to be left to herself and the children. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

One apparently drank beer and smoked the filthy pipe that he left on the floor by his bed, and the other smoked Abdullah cigarettes and enjoyed a vintage wine. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But the price of the bottle was seventy-five cents and I had only fifty cents left out of my chicken money. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Gissing She, ‘of course,’ kept two domestics, but was temporarily making shift with only one, it being so difficult to replace the cook, who had left a week ago. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Tobias Smolle As I did not find him at home, I left a message, in consequence of which he called at our lodgings this morning, and very humanely agreed to visit the prisoner. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Arnold Bennett She’s left it to the tender mercies of that Maria. She wouldn’t let me stay, and she wouldn’t stay herself. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope In summing up the case he certainly was not ‘flabby’; — so little so, that he left no doubt on the minds of any who heard him of the verdict at which he had himself arrived. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The servant declared that he had gone to bed before eleven o’clock, to her knowledge — for she had seen him there — and that he had not left the house afterwards. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

He left even his cart with me. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

I left her sunk on her heels before the empty chair looking after me. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She left him on a chair in the hall and wandered round the place. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Anthony Trollope You may tell Papa I don’t at all mean to be left at home. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Carlyle La carriere ouverte aux talens: that great true Message, which has yet to articulate and fulfil itself everywhere, he left in a most inarticulate state. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Bram Stoker So, quickly making her toilet, she quietly left the house, and, taking advantage of every shadow and substance which could hide her, followed him on his walk. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Those who had knocked at the door were bearing an insensible comrade, and having left him they returned at once to the ranks. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Wilkie Collins The sun rose, Mrs. Baggs left off snoring, and we arrived at the last stage before the coach stopped. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins It was addressed to me — it had been left at the studio a few days since; and (marvel of all marvels!) the handwriting was Mr. Batterbury’s. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Charles Dickens When he spoke of pile-driving and sluice-making, he left me not a leg to stand on, and I can never sufficiently acknowledge his forbearance with me in my disabled state. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry James People left it to him; he was so transparent, like a glass screen, and he never triumphed in debate. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Maria Edgeworth Berenice was an heiress — a rich heiress, and I had a small estate of my own, left to me by my grandfather. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London There is a large balance left over unconsumed. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

His eminence’s gout had left him; he was walking about his chamber in a state of great anxiety, listening at doors and looking out of windows. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells I left the filtering I was doing, and went and stared out of the great window at the stars. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]