Phrases with "letter"

William Makepeace Thackeray We descorsed on the subjick of the comady; and, after sefral glases, we each of us agreed to write a letter to the other, giving our notiums of the pease. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

He might be useful to me, might really explain matters to the Captain–General, or might even, as a last resource, take a letter from me to the British Consul. But I should have to be alone with him. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing The letter of two lines and an enclosed cheque would as likely as not plunge her into depths from which she could never be rescued. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope But if you don’t mind, my dear, I’ll take the young man’s letter out to Mr Comfort, and consult him. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing On the table lay that letter of Emily’s; he had read it many times, and was reading it when the knock disturbed him. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Washington Irving All this, too, was after Griffiths had received the affecting letter from Goldsmith, drawing a picture of his poverty and perplexities, and after the latter had made him a literary compensation. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

John Galsworthy Before reaching Wistaria Avenue he removed old Jolyon’s letter from his pocket, and tearing it carefully into tiny pieces, scattered them in the dust of the road. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

The letter had never been posted at all. Prester John by John Buchan

Gertrude Stein In the meanwhile Gertrude Stein had received a letter from Fernande, very dignified, written with the reticence of a frenchwoman. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Eliot But at the word ‘servant’ he could not avoid starting, and looking off the letter towards the bearer. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Twice Cheshire drew the letter from his pocket and each time he replaced it. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Anthony Trollope Surely you can understand that such a letter might make a man angry. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I have her ladyship’s letter for you, sir. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope The letter was from Exeter. His father had been taken ill, and had very quickly been pronounced to be in danger. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy On a certain day in February — the cheerful day of St. Valentine, in fact — a letter reached Mrs. Fitzpiers, which had been mentally promised her for that particular day a long time before. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Hope He had the letter now, and a gleam of joy danced in his eyes as he tore it open. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

They took turns to write her a letter every day, declaring their love for her, speaking of their sufferings and of her beauty. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith On the back of the mare he passed her window, after lifting his hat, and he thumped at his breast-pocket, to show her where the letter housed safely. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

R. D. Blackmore But I never could have hoped that even you would bring me a letter gratis. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Jane Coney had received a letter from her mother by the afternoon post, saying she might not be home for some days to come. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Anthony Trollope I shall get there by twelve o’clock to-night by going through Colmar, and I shall endeavour to intercept the letter before Urmand would receive it tomorrow. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Stephen’s letter was concerning nothing but oneness with her: the review was the very reverse. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The letter was from his mother. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He stuck the letter in an envelope and went out and posted it at the post office on the corner, spending his last three halfpence on a penny stamp and a halfpenny stamp out of the slot machine. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth I forbear to question your messenger, as you desire; and I shall not show your letter to Henry till after we have dined. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Miles Franklin None but Pa ever wrote so much as a letter to the newspapers, which put him among those sneered at as windbags trying to be important. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope If necessary he would call upon Lady Anna in Keppel Street. After some delay and much consideration, the Countess sent the attorney’s letter to her daughter, and Lady Anna herself wrote a reply. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The letter was then placed in an envelope, which was sealed with the imperial arms. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Thomas Hardy On receiving the letter from her he had taken to thinking over these things, and had not answered it at all. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing In the course of the afternoon, Godwin sat down to pen the rough draft of a letter to Lady Whitelaw. When the first difficulties were surmounted, he wrote rapidly, and at considerable length. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Dickens As to the first letter of that lawyer’s name now. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells Perhaps you will think it silly of me, Mr. Bastaple, but last night before I went to bed I sat down to write my sister a letter and tell her all about things while they were fresh in my mind. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Only a really creepy one, please!”   “Here’s a pretty mess!” said Eustace on the following day as he threw a letter across the table to Saunders. “It’s your affair, though. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Guy de Maupassant Then I received a letter from New York. She was married and wrote to tell me. The Wreck (L'Épave) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Theodore Dreiser The letter added that he would be home the next morning. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather She hung upon any sort of word from Chicago; a card from Bowers, a letter from Mrs. Harsanyi, from Mr. Larsen, from her landlady, — anything to reassure her that Chicago was still there. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

It was a letter precisely calculated to draw an unsophisticated amateur mind away from any other mortification, to pour balm upon any unrelated wound. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

When he left his cell, without knowing whether or not his letter had availed, he counted the condemned with poignant anxiety. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Rafael Sabatini He suspected — no doubt with reason — that this letter was from La Binetti, and that it was she herself who had put about these calumnies. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Wilkie Collins Her letter was full of instructions for buying things that she wants, before I leave London. I read on quietly enough until I came to the postscript. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins In this retirement — a Patmos amid the howling ocean of popery that surrounds us — a letter from England has reached me at last. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Meredith Upon that came a letter from Caroline: ‘Do not misjudge my brother. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

E. F. Benson This letter was, in fact, quite as discouraging as Wordsworth’s silence to Branwell, and its discouragement was, for the present, effective. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Wilkie Collins The last sentence in Mr. Marmaduke’s letter was the only part of it which I failed to read with pleasure. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The letter really was important. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

What letter is this?” “M.” “Yes, see how it sprawls. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith She awoke about midday, and found a letter on her pillow. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

I wrote a very satirical letter to Merton, the wine merchant, who gave us the pass, and said, “Considering we had to pay for our seats, we did our best to appreciate the performance. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Thomas Hardy The letter of acceptance was to be written that night, after which his departure from Hintock would be irrevocable. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But on the next I received a letter that came to me at the hotel where Viola and me were then stopping. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope MARY ASKERTON.’ Clara’s first impulse on receiving this letter was to go off at once to the cottage, and insist on her privilege of choosing her own friends. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Karl Philipp Moritz I have also, during this period, become acquainted with Baron Grothaus, the famous walker, to whom I had also a letter of recommendation from Baron Groote of Hambro’. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Henry James But he remained silent, and she only got a letter from Florence and from the Countess Gemini. Ralph, however, spoke at last — on the evening of the third day. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The coach had brought a letter from him to say that important business in the House detained him, but that he would ride down next morning. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

On the very day of the discovery he wrote a letter to Quintilian, according to his fantastic custom of epistolizing the ancients. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Adders may have slipped there and put the question to him in a wrong way by asking, as he did, if Larose had taken a letter from anyone which did not belong to him. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins Ernest sent a letter of apology to Mrs. Call ender, alleging extreme pressure of business as the excuse for breaking his engagement. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Then he walked forth, having the letter hidden in his hand, and finding his wife alone, gave it her to read. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The letter had served its object: ever since the transmission of it the menaces and insults had ceased. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The letter had really turned out interesting. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Now, a letter like that sets one to rights! I might still be sad after reading that letter, but I was more composed; not exactly cheered, perhaps, but relieved. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Lady Morgan I left this letter behind me unfinished, for the purpose of filling it up, on my return, with answers to those I expected to receive from you. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Virginia Woolf Her ignorance upon other matters as important” (here Mrs. Ambrose’s letter may not be quoted) . The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anatole France At this moment she recalled suddenly the letter that was still in her pocket. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Fanny Fern The letter stated that a copy of the paper had been sent her, but she had not yet received it. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

The letter seemed instinct with the dignity of truth. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

That letter was an elaborate attempt on the part of an accomplished young man to release himself from sacred engagements. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Maria Edgeworth But read her letter — that will speak better for her, and more to your satisfaction, no doubt, than I can. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Bram Stoker For a beginning, then, let me say that Lady Arabella’s letter makes clear some things which she intended — and also some things which she did not intend. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Leon Trotsky Krupskaya had already received his letter of apology, but she could not show it to Lenin, for his condition had grown worse. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle The point of this interview is that I have had a letter from Mr. Cornelius to say that we must at once take another line. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The letter was all tenderness: a letter of renunciation and farewell, eloquent with saddest feeling: a letter which to a less imperious nature might have been salvation. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Edith Wharton He had left Paris abruptly, without warning or excuse, he had not even followed up his vague telegram by a letter of explanation. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Jane Austen But no letter appeared, and she was completely puzzled. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Wilkie Collins I was almost inclined to hope that my aunt might (as Mr. Keller had predicted) recall me to London. From these reflections I was roused by the appearance of a waiter, with a letter for me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

D. H. Lawrence Once I am with you again, I shall ask no more than to rest in your shelter all my life —— This letter she wrote, sentence by sentence, as if from her deepest, sincerest heart. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson Catriona went straight to the boat; the officer met her with civilities; they had ten words together; I saw a letter changing hands; and there was Catriona returning. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Morrison Mine hasn’t got any letter on the back, you see. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Marjorie Bowen May I go to him? — may I see him? If he has done it, then indeed I am as much to blame as he, it was that unhappy letter — I should not have asked for it — a letter to restore my character. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Guy de Maupassan What did money matter? He had written to her! And she ran, weeping for joy, to show this letter to the baron. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Of course the letter was not shown, but Lizzie received it at the breakfast table, and read it with many little smiles and signs of satisfaction. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He read the letter through twice and thrice, and then sat silent with it in his hand thinking of it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Gertrude Stein MUTTON. A letter which can wither, a learning which can suffer and an outrage which is simultaneous is principal. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Wilkie Collins The letter was directed, sealed; it only remained for him to place it in the post-bag, lying near at hand. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Henry James She left her companions together and Gaston returned to the subject of Mr. Munster, Mr. Dosson’s former partner, to whom he had taken a letter and who had shown him every sort of civility. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells Look here, Smallways, I shall write a sort of letter — And there’s her portrait. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Some letters had come, but none from Mortlake. His letter to Alice was still unanswered. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Charles Dickens The letter has got the Swiss postmark. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

The well seemed to draw me downwards with its slimy mouth and icy breath; and I thought I read, at the bottom of the water, characters of fire traced upon the letter the queen had touched. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope Sir Francis when he was left alone took out Miss Altifiorla’s letter and read it again. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

It was at this period that Paniagua arrived off the port with Gasca’s despatches to Pizarro, consisting of the emperor’s letter and his own. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

On her return from her enjoyable afternoon visit Elaine found an express messenger letter waiting for her. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

When Hyde departed to keep his marriage engagement, Ketira the gipsy had again disappeared from Church Dykely. In less than a month afterwards, Abel Carew received a letter from her. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Henry James HENRI-URBAIN DE BELLEGARDE.” Newman put the letter into his pocket, and continued his walk up and down the inn-parlor. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope She is bothered by business, and I have to see her about a letter that came this morning. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Por Dios! I do not know how all this is to be accomplished, for not one word did his letter contain in respect to a crew or to the expenses of this navy. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope The letter was from Polly herself, and was written as follows:— Alexandra Cottage, Hendon, April 10th, 186—. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Then comes a letter with the post-mark London very clear, from which I transcribe an extract. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle The letter had, as I said, been burned and it was not all legible. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The letter was an appointment, and he was going to keep it. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

T. E. Lawrence I grew seriously disturbed in the conflict of rumour, and sent Adhub, who might be trusted not to lose his head, to Salt with a letter for Chetwode or Shea, asking for a note on the real situation. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hobbes But if by the letter be meant the literal sense, then the letter and the sentence or intention of the law is all one. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Why not try for it? If you like I’ll give you a letter of introduction to him, and will tell him at the same time that I shall consider it a personal favour if he will take you into his employ. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Ivan Turgenev I had been getting ready to go away, but that letter has hastened my project. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

The Squire read it aloud to every one, as the soundest letter he’d ever seen written. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

That morning’s post had brought him his first letter from Marian — an innocent girlish epistle, which was as delicious to Gilbert as if it had been the chef-d’oeuvre of a Sevigné. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You will see what he says, Inspector.” He passed Mr. Poulton’s letter to the inspector, who read it through and returned it without comment. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Walter Scott Lady Ashton answered his letter by his own messenger, who was not allowed to remain at Ravenswood a moment longer than she was engaged in penning these lines. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope Arthur also got up, and promised that he would send a letter over from Bowes the first thing on the following morning. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Charles Dudley Warner In a letter dated October 5, 1826, he says: “We have had much bustle in Paris of late, between the death of one king and the succession of another. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

I need some good advice bad but cant state my case in a letter as I am not good at letters and it would take an expert to state my case. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

The critics have boggled at every word they could boggle at, and refused to take the spirit rather than the letter of our discourse. The Meaning of Truth by William James

The hand which took my letter was very large, very white, and looked as if it would feel horribly flabby. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arnold Bennett The next morning Cyril received a letter which, he said — with no further explanation — forced him to leave at once. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing When, in a few days, a letter came to her from Miss Barfoot, she tore it Open, and there — yes, there was Everard’s handwriting. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins His letter only reached me after an unusually long delay. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Gissing Before going to bed he wrote a letter—a letter to Miss Sparkes. Would she see him the day after tomorrow, Sunday, if he strolled along Shaftesbury Avenue at ten a. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell You shall write me a letter confessing your hoax — a letter that I can show. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I recognised the hand-writing of the land-steward of R— sitten; but, quite upset by my trouble, I did not venture to take the letter out of the old gentleman’s hand. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Maria Edgeworth When I first mentioned it to him, Lord Davenant coldly said, ‘It can’t be done,’ and his pen went on very quickly with the letter he was writing. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

To read her letter again I had stolen to my nook, and now, sure that none saw me kiss it, I replaced it in my bosom. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Henry James But he took up the tale with an effective dryness: “I found a year ago, in a box of very old papers, a letter from the lady in question to a certain Cynthia Searle, her elder sister. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Mr. Edmonstone was disappointed that Guy would not set about fixing the day, in time for him to announce it in a letter to be written in the course of an hour. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope The memory of Amelia was at the present moment distasteful to him; and he would have thrown the letter unopened into the fire, had he not felt it might be dangerous to do so. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett All was well there however—marvellously well it seemed, even when he held in mind a letter from Robin which had ended:— “He has not come back. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Andrew Lang A letter of February 9 unconsciously corroborates. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott She had retained in her possession for some time a letter which Julian had, by some private conveyance, sent to her charge, for his youthful friend. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Wilkie Collins What is the plain conclusion? My letter has never reached him. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

George Eliot At the instance of Mr. Turnbull, the medical man, Gore’s letter was brought and laid on the bed, and the previous impatience seemed to be allayed. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

He had refused any explanation, but had immediately sat down and written a letter which with a great affectation of secrecy he had consigned that same evening to the post. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing An hour later, when his meal was finished, and he sat on a straight-backed chair meditating in the twilight, a rap sounded at his door, and a letter was handed to him. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

George Gissing Every letter would have seemed unimportant, compared with that he carried in his pocket. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He wanted another chocolate parfait, but being reluctant to bother the busy waiter any more, he opened the letter and spread it before him instead. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope Have a letter written to him,—to frighten him, you know. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Thomas Hardy As the postman had already left Little Hintock for that night, he sent one of Melbury’s men to intercept a mail-cart on another turnpike-road, and so got the letter off. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Her letter was amiable and well-worded as Alma’s own. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Edith Wharton Charity snatched the letter with a laugh. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Marjorie Bowen Miss Chressham tore the letter addressed to Selina Boyle into fragments and suddenly hurried on, the scraps of paper crushed in her hand. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Henry James A month later I got a letter from Simmons assuring me that it seemed a very good show indeed and that he should be greatly surprised if I were unable to do something. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

The letter would be in Lee’s packet, of course — which I delivered to him. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Mark Twain Thus they were willing to commit a sin against the spirit of religious law, in order that they might preserve the letter of it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing Why haven’t you replied to my letter of a fortnight ago? Nothing yet from The Critical. If you are really at work as usual, come and see me tomorrow evening, any time after eight. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Lord Dumbello took the letter and read it very slowly, standing, as he did so, with his back to the fire. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Mrs. Lessingham’s letter was not yet finished when a servant announced Elgar’s arrival. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He would show her the letter that same evening when he went down to Brighton, and they would talk it over together. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Sometimes he merely alters a letter or two; sometimes he twists off the head or the tail of the unfortunate vocable altogether. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Thomas Hardy The letter was brought to Owen Graye, the same afternoon, by one of the vicar’s servants who had been to the box with a duplicate key, as usual, to leave letters for the evening post. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Radclyffe Hall Joan held the letter out towards her. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Robert Louis Stevenson He had received a letter such as this; and he submitted to my approval an answer, in which he offered to resign a third of his possessions. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Give me a letter to her, signed and sealed, saying you retract and that she may marry me with your blessing, and I will take it to her at the convent and bring her out. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins I had my own suspicions of what that letter might contain; and I regretted that Miss Jillgall had sent it back without first waiting to consult me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope It was very painful to her to leave unanswered so kind a letter as that, and it was quite impossible that she should write of Harry in the old strain. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

I dare say you think my letter already long enough. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

George Gissing When he entered at mid-day on Monday, his mother pointed to a letter on the mantel-piece. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

As he passed the ring and letter back to his father, he spoke. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Maria Edgeworth The letter required the doctor’s immediate attendance. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

No doubt this was a letter for Mr. Sleuth; the lodger must have relations and acquaintances somewhere in the world. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

H. G. Wells But it was queer that no letter nor telegram nor message came through. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith Dressed in her own attire again, Polly felt in her pockets, and at her bosom, and sang out: ‘Oh, my—Oh, where! Oh!’ The letter was lost. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

I have had, I grieve to say, by this morning’s post a most serious letter from London;’ the attorney shook his head, while searching his pocket. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ivan Turgenev I remember at the end of my letter I spoke of the painful position of a girl who is conscious of being solitary, even among her own people. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

The letter from the executioner’s assistant satisfied the master carpenter that those were the men he expected. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Wilkie Collins Give my letter to your mother. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Gissing He went forth, took a hansom, and drove as far as Portman Square, then walked to the door of the house and rang the servant’s bell as he dropped his letter into the box. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arnold Bennett The nurse asked about the posts, and said she had a letter to write and would write it there if she could have pen and ink. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

What is more, the Colonel knows that even if we had taken a sudden aversion to Stilton or been forbidden it by the doctor, we should still have written a letter of hearty thanks around it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

This letter had been written on the previous day, asking her father to go late and meet Anson at the office, where, the next morning, he had been found dead. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

A letter was a rarity in any household of the Lastra. Lippo broke it open, and slowly spoiled it out, syllable by syllable. Signa by Ouida

Virginia Woolf She half shut her eyes, and then, involuntarily, she saw her own hand take a letter from the hall table. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

In a quarter of an hour Athos joined them and at the same moment Charles brought in a letter for D’Artagnan, which a messenger had just desired might be instantly delivered. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

I remember that in my letter to the latter I expressed a facetious hope that my bag of cock would be more successful than his of foxes had been. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Leon Trotsky A week later a letter comes from Nikolayev, or sometimes a telegram, offering five kopecks a pood more. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arnold Bennett And when she’s expecting a letter from you and it doesn’t come, it makes her ill. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins The next day’s mail brought me a letter on business. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Thomas Hardy A letter from Caroline, another from mother; also one from each to my father. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The Times has printed that miserable letter with your signature. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Anthony Trollope During the whole interview Lady Eardham continued to press Neefit’s letter under her hand upon the table, as though it was of all documents the most precious. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins The letter was short enough to be soon read. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

A letter from the president was then read from the pulpit. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Charles Dickens But, him I could never see; for my letter had been too explicit to suggest a hope; and I could not, for shame, attempt to meet him in his walks. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Charles Dickens Having replaced the receipt and locked up the iron chamber, he had leisure to notice Obenreizer, reading the letter in the recess of a window at the far end of the room. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

DEAR SIR, PYOTR IVANITCH! I got your letter yesterday, I read it and was perplexed. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

I have had a letter from London this morning that assures me of that. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope He had clearly shown in his second letter that he had abandoned all idea of making the match as to which he had shown so much urgent desire in his first letter. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Gissing In a letter received this morning she remarked significantly that of course it was not worth while to take up any other pursuit again. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

The man, however, did not take notice of Archie’s gesture, but walking forward to Madame, laid the letter down before her. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell About a year after he had left them, Nathan received a letter which bewildered and irritated him exceedingly. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Jim got a letter from Jeanie, all the way from Melbourne, where she’d gone. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. Rider Haggard I had meant to keep it till you were calmer; but I have a letter for you. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing But—I forgot to tell you—in a letter to Mrs. Baker I spoke of our plans. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

To-day it is too late, for this morning a packet arrived from Mr. Tamworth containing another letter of such length that I am sure it must be one of complete explanation. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Guy de Maupassant In your last letter to me, you say: “When I know how people love in a country, I know that country well enough to describe it, although I may never have seen it. Marroca by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Robert Louis Stevenson His letter to Mr. Erskine, subsequently Earl of Mar, testifies, in its turgid, turbulent phrases, to a perfect passion of alarmed self-respect and vanity. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett Finally, Madame Foucault had been suddenly called away that morning by a letter to her sick father at St. Mammes-sur-Seine. Sophia was delighted at the chance. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Washington Irving In the month of December, a letter from Mrs. Bunbury invites him down to Barton, to pass the Christmas holidays. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

George Gissing My father has written to The Times about it, and his letter will probably be inserted tomorrow. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Hope Then the worst we feared was that the letter should come to the king’s hands. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins The devil was in me to be off on the tramp, and father’s letter did the rest. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

William Makepeace Thackeray I was sure my letter was read, for Captain Potzdorff began asking me some days afterwards about my family, and I told him the circumstances pretty truly, all things considered. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Bram Stoker I wrote him a letter simply telling him that you were coming, as Miss Westenra was not so well, and that I should let him know if need be. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]