Phrases with "letters"

At ten o’clock, when I was writing letters in the library, he appeared at my side. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Fanny Fern Pushing aside her papers, she discovered two unopened letters which Mr. Lescom had handed her, and which she had in the hurry of finishing her next article, quite forgotten. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

The letters which Micheline addressed to the friend of her youth, her enforced confidant in trouble, were calm and resigned. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Francis Bacon So also the letters of the alphabet in themselves and apart have no use or meaning, yet they are the subject matter for the composition and apparatus of all discourse. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Jonathan Swif Yes, Maram DD, but oo would not be content with letters flom Pdfr of six lines, or twelve either, fais. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

So I persisted in speaking, and after saying how sorry I was to have her go, asked her if she would not leave her new address with me in case any letters should come for her. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith And next day there was a murmur of letters passing between Matey and Browny regularly, little Collett for postman. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Henry James There is one thing, I hopethat you don’t show any of my letters to William Platt. If he wants to see any of my letters, he knows the right way to go to work. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Helen Zimmern I am now correcting what I had written of my father’s life, and shall be for some months, so shall not write any letters of such length as this. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Henry Handel Richardson Some girls write letters to them and say they will meet them up behind a tree in the corner of the garden a paling is lose and the boys put letters in. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Taking the two letters from him to do what I could, I carried them indoors. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Sir Walter Scott Here is a packet from him with letters of recommendation for the court of the Stadtholder Prince of Orange, to which I have added one or two. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

There were also letters from Montilla, his intended son-in-law, informing him that the state of his father’s health was so precarious, it was impossible to leave him till his fate was decided. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

I fancy the majority of Matthew’s letters must have been lost, for the dates of those confided to my hands are very far apart, and there is evidence in all of them of other correspondence. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

John Morley It forms men of letters and is above them. Voltaire by John Morley

Karl Philipp Moritz But I will not stuff my letters with many of these fabulous histories. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Arthur Conan Doyle He told me that certain letters might come to him from London which would be marked by a cross under the stamp. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Bram Stoker Last night one of my post-dated letters went to post, the first of that fatal series which is to blot out the very traces of my existence from the earth. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing At Staple Inn a pile of letters awaited him, among them a note from Christian Moxey, asking for an appointment as soon as possible after the journalist’s return. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. Rider Haggard It was open, and he was reading a selection from the bundle of letters which the reader may remember having seen in his hands before. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James Here he met Doctor Prance, for a second time that day; she had come to deposit the letters by which Olive notified a few of Miss Birdseye’s friends of the time and place of her obsequies. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Willa Cather The disquieting sound became merged, in his sleepy brain, with the big type on the front page of the paper; those black letters seemed to be flying about his head with a soft, high, sing-song whizz. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope The letters at most offices are given out through little windows, to which the inquirer is obliged to stoop. North America by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Much surprised, I looked at my hand and then saw it contained, not the letters I had intended to destroy, but the bank notes, and that the letters were in the other hand. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He invariably called for them himself, and invariably forbore to trust any of my servants with his own letters for the post. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Morrison Then fill in the blank places with the next letters of the alphabet downward, h i j, and we find that h and i fall in the places we have already discovered for them as crotchets. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

The colonel, never remembering to say How d’ye do, or to shake hands, dragged two letters out of his pocket, all in a flurry. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Maybe he is the one who your father said would carry my letters to the post. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

M. P. Shiel In big black letters on the round retreating yellow stern my eye-corner caught the word Yaroslav, as I bent over the rail to retch and cough and vomit at her. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Andrew Lang Turning to our first source, the newsletters of Rome, and the letters of Kent, the dates in each case prove that Kent, with variations, follows the newsletters. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins All letters addressed to Romayne are to be sent to his bankers. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

And when Lucetta offered the letter to Julia, she would not receive it, and chid her maid for taking letters from Proteus, and ordered her to leave the room. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

He stopped before the fireplace, after having walked to and fro some time, and began to examine some letters that lay upon the mantelpiece. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I have had letters from England. I must go; and the sea will soon be between us. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Machen The letters were in different handwritings, but, as “Granny” explained, Lord Ranelagh had hurt his arm, and sometimes made his servant write for him. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

D.H. Lawrence Two letters lay unopened on a small table. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Of course the method of telling his story in letters necessitates the acceptance of various improbabilities; reticence has sometimes to be violated, and confidences to be unduly made. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf It was only that he could make no sense himself of his extraordinary excitement, and as for writing it down —- “Jacob’s letters are so like him,” said Mrs. Jarvis, folding the sheet. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Anthony Trollope In reply to this I received two letters — one from Messrs. Smith & Elder, the proprietors of the Cornhill, dated 26th of October, and the other from the editor, written two days later. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray At night I come home and take my letters up to bed (not daring to open them), and in the morning I find one, two, three thorns on my pillow. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Maria Edgeworth I met my father with letters and newspapers in his hand. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Leon Trotsky The reactionary La Liberté was publishing, as advertisements, anonymous communications accusing us of being Germanophiles. We were constantly receiving anonymous letters containing threats. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Virginia Woolf A.B.C. A.B.C. A.B.C. Then the separate letters formed one word “Dog.” Then a phrase. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Arthur Machen This struck her as odd, for Mrs. Boale had been a very good correspondent, filling her letters with “nasty things” about her husband. The Islington Mystery by Arthur Machen

Sir Reginald had been in the habit of receiving these letters as coolly as if they had been but the fitting tribute to his transcendant merits. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing The Mercury printed savage letters from a lot of people—blaming this, that, and the other person in authority. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

It includes instruction in all the R’s, and in several other letters of the alphabet. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

It seemed to her as if ages had passed in this way, when one evening two letters were brought in. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins Henceforth, wherever my young wife was, there, and there only, would it be home for me! Late in the evening, Mr. Mannion arrived with some business letters for Mr. Sherwin’s inspection. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr. Chainmail felt curious to know from whom these letters might be; and he again threw out two or three fishing questions, to which, as before, he obtained no answer. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

He did not take any notice of the entrance of D’Artagnan, but spread above his letters and plans the large silk cloth he used to conceal his secrets from the importunate. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

I know very weel those letters are attached to the name of O’Hooligan, but they mark the place of deposition of my body rather than his. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arnold Bennett Why? Only yesterday, and she had been, an innocent, timid creature in Bursley, in Axe, a foolish creature who deemed the concealment of letters a supreme excitement. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

What a man is engraves itself upon him in letters of light. Memories and Studies by William James

In 1898 our people had read the word “war” in letters three inches high for three months in every newspaper. Memories and Studies by William James

William Makepeace Thackeray Monsieur Peytel was not a lawyer merely, but a man of letters and varied learning; of the noble and sublime science of geology he was, especially, an ardent devotee. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Andrew Lang I have been allowed to read some letters which he wrote in one of these intervals of depression. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

George Gissing After their parting, in high dudgeon, letters were exchanged, which merely embittered the quarrel. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Bram Stoker Roger wrote his mother filial, if ill-spelt, letters in French; but, for a year, the son, though ardently looking for a letter, got no token of affection from the incensed and indignant lady. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Charles Dudley Warner His letters for two years are burdened with harassments in uncongenial details and unsuccessful struggles. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Gertrude Stein She answered him by writing tender letters to him and telling very nice stories indeed in them. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing The glory of the career of letters was its freedom, its dignity! The fact of the matter was, of course, that I served, not one master, but a whole crowd of them. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Anthony Trollope As regarded myself this had reference chiefly to English letters and newspapers. North America by Anthony Trollope

There were no letters or papers of any kind in the box; so you see there was no way of finding out what the poor creature’s life had been. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Wilkie Collins For eighteen years of her life, as wife, mother, and widow, no letters came to her from her English home. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Guy de Maupassan The next day, he received the promised letter, which was written, as well as addressed, in letters cut out of the newspapers. The Man with the Blue Eyes by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Two letters were handed him, and he found from the date that they had been waiting there for some time. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope As he sat signing letters at the India Board, relieving himself when he was left alone between each batch by standing up with his back to the fireplace, his mind was full of all this. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I had the letters in my hand; just as I was descending the stairs I distinctly felt my wrist seized, and a faint, soft effort made to draw the letters from my clasp. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Alfred Ainger The letters of this year are mainly on critical subjects. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

M. P. Shiel Several letters I wrote to her, protesting my innocence in the matter of the mummy; my constant longing for her; and once received a verbal reply that she would see me shortly. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Mrs. Matthew Haygarth’s letters hint at some mystery in her husband’s life. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All I said in my letters was ‘Be a good girl and mind the doctors. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton He held two letters in his hand, letters of a very different sort, but letters that pointed to the same difficult problem. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

E. F. Benson There are several letters from Branwell to him during this year. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Benjamin Disraeli It is an agitating moment — that arrival of letters in a distant land. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

D. H. Lawrence But even from the seaside he wrote long letters to Mrs. Leivers about the shore and the sea. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She had not seen him for months, and his letters were short, unsatisfactory, and rare. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Claude’s letters kept coming for weeks afterward; then came the letters from his comrades and his Colonel to tell her all. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

A bachelor and a one-time Professor of Neurology at Oxford University, with a long string of letters after his name, he had been a nerve specialist of almost world-wide reputation. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Robert Louis Stevenson All this was our first taste of the tender mercies of Taylor (the sesquipidalian half-caste introduced two letters back, I believe). Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling If only Torp were back, now!’ But Torpenhow was in the south of England, inspecting dockyards in the company of the Nilghai. His letters were brief and full of mystery. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope There a pile of letters reached him, among which he found one marked ‘Private’, and addressed in a hand which he did not recognise. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

I have the honour to remain your sincere friend, On the sixteenth of November, Pyotr Ivanitch received by post two letters addressed to him. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

Mrs. Gaskell There was a great gap before any of the rector’s letters appeared. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Marjorie Bowen These letters that you speak of are also written to M. du Boccage.” “I do not deny it. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Anthony Trollope Therefore, though he was perplexed by letters from Australia, and though his Aunt Polly was a great nuisance, he determined to persevere at once. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells There must have been presents made by him as a lover, for examplebooks with kindly inscriptions, letters perhaps, a flattened flower, a ring, or such-like gage. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

In the ordinary way he would have had several letters from him, as they were the greatest of friends and his brother had promised to write regularly. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edith Wharton She had not heard from her friend for six weeks or more — the intervals between his letters were growing longer. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

His letters — you shall read his letters some day — so noble, so brilliant — all poetry, and chivalry, and wit. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope He wrote heartrending letters to Folking, in spite of the hard words which had been said to him there. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He looked gloomily at his new tan-leather kit bag, with the grand gold letters GP. It didn’t seem worth while to have paid so much for it. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson For at the selfsame moment he espied a bundle of letters lying on his desk. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell I have had two letters from Mary. She does not tell me she has been ill, and she does not complain; but her letters are not the letters of a person in the enjoyment of great happiness. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jane Austen I shall speak to Mr. E. The man who fetches our letters every morning (one of our men, I forget his name) shall inquire for yours too and bring them to you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The letters were folded lengthwise, without their envelopes. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Sinclair Lewis He protested, but not for long, for he hated to venture out there among the dreadfully learned colleges and try to understand stuff written in letters that look like crow-tracks. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope These letters are full of details of Roman politics, too intricate for such a work as this — perhaps I might almost say too uninteresting, as they refer specially to Lentulus himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

There was no delivery of letters at their tents or caravans. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Jane Austen I shall see her in January. But do you always write such charming long letters to her, Mr. Darcy?” “They are generally long; but whether always charming it is not for me to determine. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Elizabeth Gaskell Tell those who sent you, Bethia, that all letters for Miss Molly must pass through my hands. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing And when the letters were in his possession, he felt a joy which had no equivalent in terms of cash. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope All this was told in his monthly letters which came to be expected at Folking, till each letter was regarded as the rising of a new sun. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She wrote to him under cover to her sister; but of late Hyacinth’s letters had been rare and brief, only long enough, indeed, to apologise for their brevity. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Guy de Maupassan As she advanced she drew shapes in the sand, letters perhaps, with the point of her sunshade, and she spoke, without looking at Saval, long, softly, leaning on his arm, pressed against him. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle Send by their hand letters to every vessel. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf But it is for the reader at leisure to delve in the rich material of the later letters and build up from it the complex figure of the artist in his completeness. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Edith Wharton He had the place to himself at that closing hour, and the librarian was able to give an undivided attention to his tentative request for letters — collections of letters. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Anne Bronte He never offered to show me his sister’s letters now, and I never hinted a wish to see them. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

No letters come to the house through the post when he’s away, but his wife writes plenty, for she’s always borrowing stamps from the neighbors. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope One would fain receive such letters in private. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Also that which goes far than Cartoom. The letters which goes between Asiut and Cartoom; must pay only one piastre per ten grs. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Ford Madox Ford I figure the Major as disclosing the letters to Edward with furious oaths, then accepting his explanations that the letters were perfectly innocent if the wrong construction were not put upon them. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Arnold Bennett In his reply to her second he gently implied, between two lines, that her letters lacked quantity and frequency. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edith Wharton Suddenly she said, without turning toward him: “You’ve had no letters since you’ve been on board. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Jonathan Swif I had this day likewise a letter from the Bishop of Clogher, who complains of my not writing; and, what vexes me, says he knows you have long letters from me every week. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Frederick Marryat And now, good aunts, have you no letters for me?” “Yes, there are several; but you had better eat first. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Miles Franklin The main substance of mother’s letters to me was a hope that I was a better girl to my grannie than I had been to her — a sentiment which did not interest me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Helen Zimmern Her letters certainly showed no falling-off in power, as is amply proved by one written during this visit to her Boston friends:— LONDON, 1 North Audley street, Grosvenor square, January 1, 1844. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Oliver Goldsmith He brought my little ones a pennyworth of gingerbread each, which my wife undertook to keep for them, and give them by letters at a time. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Ford Madox Ford Practically she had promised to meet her at that spot and at about that moment, Edith Ethel proposing to sell her loveletters to Christopher — or through him. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Walter Scott My heart rises against it, especially when I sit down to record my sufferings in this journal, and I am determined, as the first step to my deliverance, to have my letters sent to the post-house. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

His letters were very brief and not very coherent, and he forgot to send messages to old Teresina or to Palma. But there was no fear for him. Signa by Ouida

Caroline Lamb She lived therefore but upon the letters she daily received from him; for those letters were filled with lamentations for her loss, and with the hope of a speedy return. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

That appears so obvious a place to secrete any letters in that no one would dream Toller had chosen such a hiding place. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope There is also a book of letters published as having passed between Cicero and Junius Brutus. The critics have generally united in condemning them as spurious. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jonathan Swif I send my letters constantly every fortnight, and, if you will have them oftener, you may, but then they will be the shorter. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

But, if they have the love of letters innate in them, it will go against the grain to send into the world their sentences without having had leisure to polish each and all. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Such were Sterling, Ruskin, Tennyson, and James Anthony Froude. Despite these successes Carlyle’s letters at this time are full of the usual discontents. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H.P. Lovecraft Private letters and diaries of the period reveal, too, a multitude of other reasons why Joseph Curwen was marvelled at, feared, and finally shunned like a plague. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anthony Trollope His letters lose their chief charm if the character of the man be not known, and the incidents of his life. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He succeeded in making himself—what he wished to be-the most notorious personality in the world of letters of our century. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Henceforward there is audible in the King’s letters a curiously elegiac note. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

T. E. Lawrence Feisal fell in with the proposal, and gave me letters to his father advising it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope Twice she returned unopened, and without a word of notice, letters which Owen had caused to be conveyed to her hand. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Now you will have the kindness to place some letters and papers upon this table within my reach. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Wilkie Collins The letters were safe now in Fanny’s hands. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins The moment I know what exact course we are going to take, I shall write to Julia to forward any letters which arrive in my absence. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Her letters appointing him to them are dated the 25th of November, 1343, the very day before that nocturnal storm of which I shall speedily quote the poet’s description. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Jane Austen I always make a point of reading Jane’s letters through to myself first, before I read them aloud to my mother, you know, for fear of there being any thing in them to distress her. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Arthur Morrison And wherever I saw bare, hairy skin, whether an arm, or the chest under an open shirt, there were blue devices of ships, of flags, of women, of letters and names. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

After this there came three letters from Dorothy, explaining what had happened. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Helen Zimmern Indeed, her earliest letters evince her practical, straightforward common sense. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Anthony Trollope To those who desire it letters are brought out and delivered by carriers, who charge a separate porterage for that service; but the rule is that letters should be delivered from the window. North America by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The ruler of the place is an owl — an owl standing upon a skull and crossbones, showing forth grimly the wisdom of the man of letters and the end of his hopes for immortality. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. F. Benson Go on writing sentimental love-sick letters to Henry and I would not give sixpence for your suit. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Henry James Three or four short letters had overtaken him in his wanderings — letters as cordial, to all appearance, if not as voluminous, as the punctual missives of an earlier time. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins Unless I am entirely mistaken, the authorship of the anonymous letters has not mystified her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James When I retraced my steps he had gone into the house, and the woman — the second London post had come in — had placed my letters and a newspaper on a bench. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Miss Granger had received numerous letters from her father during his travels, letters which were affectionate if brief; and longer epistles from Clarissa, describing their route and adventures. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens It even made some of the conspiracies it brought to light, by sending false letters to disaffected people, inviting them to join in pretended plots, which they too readily did. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Wilkie Collins Thrusting them into one of the pockets of his shooting-jacket, he took the letters out again, at one grasp, to read them when occasion served, later in the day. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell She took it up and looked at it till the letters dazzled crimson on the white paper. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arnold Bennett Yes, the packet was there, hidden, and so was another packet of letters — in the handwriting of Edwin. She was reassured. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith I guessed that in Heriot’s letters to her he wanted to make her confess something, which she would not do. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Stunned, frozen with horror, Martial scarcely had strength to return the letters to the casket and restore it to its place. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Benjamin Disraeli I thought your letters were getting dull. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

G. K. Chesterton There was more honesty, in the sense of actuality, about Piggott’s letters than about the Times’ leading articles on them. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins The packet of letters with which I had seen him occupied when I came in lay just beneath his eyes. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Looking with something like a sick distaste at the pile of letters which were awaiting his attention, he rang his bell. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

A. E. W. Mason Three feet from the floor and two feet from the right-hand corner the letters were hidden in that inner wall. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Andrew Lang These men — Longfellow, Lowell, Ticknor, Prescott, Hawthorne, and so many others — had all received the same sort of education as Europeans of letters used to receive. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Going up to it, Chicken read the letters at the top, S. A. 90. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

He did not know how long it was before he caught sight of a batch of letters on the table. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He held a leading place in society, and had an unusually wide acquaintance with men of letters all over the continent. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray Julia was now red, now white; the Colonel stretched forward, took the fork out of the calf of my leg, wiped it, and then seized a bundle of letters which I had remarked by his side. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

A sudden knock at the door made her jump; if the postman by some rare chance paid them a visit—for letters were not written in those days by the bushel—it set her trembling. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

It is not as if men had first invented letters and made syllables of them, then made words of the syllables and sentences of the words; — they actually followed the reverse order. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I wanted to say to her: “Why don’t you leave this flat? The officers write letters to you, and laugh at you. In the World by Maksim Gorky

And next time we chance to meet I’ll write the thing on him in good bold letters in my very plainest hand. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson She had several letters while she was here, in that lady’s hand. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilson even received letters addressed to “J. W., Anchor Merchant, No. 1 The Cross.” Ours is a nippy locality. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Wilkie Collins I know you dislike being troubled with letters (except on business), so I will not write too frequently. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arnold Bennett He shouted for the clerk, who entered with some letters for signature. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The letters he possesses are indispensable to me. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

As he was leaving he noticed a long strip of faded red silk, with some Chinese letters on it, which Jim-Eng had just fastened to one of the pillars. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Ford Madox Ford Damn it: I’ve had solicitors’ letters about family quarrels when I was in hospital. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Wilkie Collins My letters will say I am privately married, and called away unexpectedly to join my husband. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Willa Cather Usually he carried his letters home unread. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Her letters were full of sorrow. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft All the legends of the past, and all the stupefying imputations of Henry Akeley’s letters and exhibits, welled up in my memory to heighten the atmosphere of tension and growing menace. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope Yours, most grateful for all your long kindness, Ralph Newton. I am very sorry that you should have been troubled by letters from Mr. Neefit. The matter has been arranged at last. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Virginia Woolf The pillar-box was let into a high yellow wall where the lane met the road, and having dropped the letters into it, Helen was for turning back. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Willa Cather There are weekly letters from Emil. Lou and Oscar she has not seen since Carl went away. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Leslie Stephen Johnson exerted himself to procure a remission of the sentence by writing various letters and petitions on Dodd’s behalf. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Thomas Wolfe Then, when the first accusing letters came, he had been overwhelmed and filled with shame and humility and guilt over the pain he had caused. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope Faddle as he went down into the country made up his mind that the law which required such letters to be delivered by hand was an absurd law. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

He has been in the habit of reading his letters for the past month. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Edith Wharton The letters in fact began again — more gradually and in smaller numbers. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Leslie Stephen In his last letters to Swift, Pope speaks of the new circle of promising patriots who were rising round him, and from whom he entertained hopes of the regeneration of this corrupt country. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Anthony Trollope There is, however, a class of letters which in the States are passed through the post-office at the rate of one half-penny a letter, whereas there is no rate of postage with us less than a penny. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In becoming a man of letters, and taking that branch of letters which fell to him, he obtained the special place that was fitted for him. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Inside it were engraved, as though they had been scratched with some sharp instrument, the two letters “A. A.” Leona regarded them curiously, but indifferently. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Hammond’s letters were such as any woman might be proud to receive. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

James Joyce Two letters and a card lay on the hallfloor. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

What time would you like to come?” “I was in hopes I might remain now,” I replied; “I have some letters to write, and ask nothing better than for leave to sit here and write them. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Jack London Splashes of colour, green, amber, and ruby, caught the eye at every point, and “E. R.,” in great crystal letters and backed by flaming gas, was everywhere. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Bram Stoker He and I sometimes write letters in shorthand, and he is keeping a stenographic journal of his travels abroad. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H. G. Wells My eye would seek her as I went through on business things — I dictated some letters to her and so discovered she had pretty, soft-looking hands with pink nails. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]