Phrases with "letters"

George Meredith Her letters were really running well-waters, not a lover’s delusion of the luminous mind of his lady. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

We have several days to spare, and we have to call for letters anyhow. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

The gardener will transport all the bigger articles of furniture; but, for the books, manuscripts, and valuables, I shall be glad to have the co-operation of men of letters like you. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Leslie Stephen The letters hitherto published did not include the most interesting correspondence in which Pope had been engaged. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Thomas Wolfe It seemed to him that all the letters he had been waiting for all his life, all the letters he had longed for, all the letters that had never come, had now descended in a flood. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Sinclair Lewis And there were letters — all censored — worse than useless to a man who had been so glad to hear the living voices of his friends. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson There was, besides, a kind of manly exactness in her habit of thinking and speaking; and it was this trait her companions tried to symbolise, in calling her by the initial letters of her name. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling His name was Saggott — Barr–Saggott — Anthony Barr–Saggott and six letters to follow. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

E. F. Benson Rack her brains as she would she could think of no further task for her secretary, so Mrs. Simpson took these letters to deliver them by hand, thus saving time and postage. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

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]

I asked myself whether those letters or papers had been sold to Hawkehurst, or only lent to him, and I immediately concluded that they could only have been lent. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Henry James She would have liked to have a lover, and to correspond with him under an assumed name in letters left at a shop; I am bound to say that her imagination never carried the intimacy farther than this. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Arnold Bennett The postman stood on the steps, his instrument for knocking (like a drumstick) in one hand, a large bundle of letters in the other, and a yawning bag across the pit of his stomach. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins Signed letters came next, addressed to her father by an uncle and an aunt, both containing one and the same warning: ‘If your daughter insists on having him, tell her to take care of her money. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Borrow The robbers then burned the coach, which they accomplished by igniting the letters by means of the tow with which they light their cigars. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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

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]

WHB reacted testily to letters from the Registrar which interrupted this precious holiday time, and he was usually absent from unscheduled University Council meetings injanuary. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Arnold Bennett He thought that in letters from London he detected a softer spirit. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

I explained before, when first I was sent to Port Arthur, but the letters were never forwarded by the Commandant; of course, that’s the rule, and I can’t complain. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope As a man of letters, other men of letters who followed him, such as Thackeray, could not be very proud of him. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sir Walter Scott We shall therefore proceed with our promised extracts from Miss Mannering’s letters to her friend. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Jonathan Swif I never was in a worse station for writing letters than this, especially for writing to MD, since I left off my journals. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope Her letters lately had become but a few words each, which Mrs. Roden would put into an envelope and send to their destination. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope Tell her also that I shall expect no further interruption to my letters when I write to you — or to my visits when I can come. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The blood rushed to her face, and she sprang up angrily, half minded to tear the letters in bits and throw them all into the fire. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

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

George Gissing When, at the end of April, she took this house, there came to live with her the widow and daughter of a man of letters who had died in poverty. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He was proud (poor man!) of ‘my talents,’ namely, of prizes won at school, and congratulatory letters from my masters. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Gertrude Stein He wrote her tender letters then, she wrote him tender letters then, she never went back to live with him. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Edward Bellamy My letters gave Edith some material for forming a distinct idea of my personality, and both together sufficed to make the sad old story very real to her. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Helen Zimmern Miss Edgeworth’s letters reflect a cheerful, united home of the kind she loves to paint. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Wilkie Collins Clara’s letters to me were frequent. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Sinclair Lewis I judge from Zilla’s letters that ‘ve been forwarded from Akron that she’s getting suspicious about my staying away so long. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Dear Martha — I am always glad to get your letters and know the kids are well. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf But, according to his latest biographer, Horace Walpole’s letters were inspired not by the love of friends but by the love of posterity. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Gissing Three letters lay on the hall table; two were for Richard, the other was addressed to Mrs. Mutimer. This envelope Alice examined curiously. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

There were some letters for Madame Bernstein by the post, which the other girl took up to her bedroom. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Go down to the office, look through your orders and your letters and deal with them properly. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

William Cowper I had a brother once— Peace to the memory of a man of worth, A man of letters and of manners too— Of manners sweet as virtue always wears, When gay good-nature dresses her in smiles. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

H. G. Wells Except for the stealing and steaming of letters practised by the political police of various countries, it works fairly well. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

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]

Virginia Woolf She abandoned herself to the mercy of accidents, missing Terence one day, meeting him the next, receiving his letters always with a start of surprise. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Charles Dickens Miss Grace has had letters from her sister, saying that she was well and happy, and made much happier by her being married to Mr. Alfred: and has written letters back. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Maria Edgeworth At length his wound was well enough for him to travelletters for him arrived: a warm, affectionate one from his guardian; and one from Dr. Cambray, which relieved his anxiety. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Nathaniel Hawthorne He knew that it was Hilda’s custom to deposit her letters in this desk, as well as other little objects of which she wished to be specially careful. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Wilkie Collins Searching among the letters in it, she drew out a printed paper. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Are you telling me the truth, Steadman? Have there been no visits concealed from me, no letters kept from me since I have been ill?’ ‘I am telling you nothing but the truth, my lady. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arnold Bennett There was a fair quantity of letters in the box. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Wilkie Collins And Miss Clack, on her side, is most anxious that her letters should be produced to speak for themselves. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton All this the professor’s letters delicately and indirectly conveyed to Betton, with the result that the author of “Abundance” began to recognize in it the ripest flower of his genius. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

H. G. Wells The “numbers” of the previous guests above are complex muddles of letters and figures. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Anthony Trollope It has probably been occasioned by the fact that he caused his letters to be preserved as soon as he himself perceived how great would be their value. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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

Arnold Bennett The morning’s letters — a sparse company — lay forlorn on the floor. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

There were no letters or anything by which the rightful owner could be identified. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

The state, which is now threatened, would be safe, and you —” “And I?” “Well you — the cardinal would have given you letters of nobility. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Handel Richardson Warrenega Sunday. My Dear Laura We were very glad to get your letters which came this morning. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Bundle — that’s her housekeepersaid she didn’t know where she was, but no letters were to be forwarded and she’d turn up again in a month, so no one was to worry. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

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

That night the letters were all posted, and at daybreak were flying north, south, east and west. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Guy de Maupassan Think that never, do you understand, never, does a woman burn, tear or destroy the letters in which it is told her that she is loved. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne Good heavens! what cacophony! The lines he had formed with the letters of his alphabet had no more sense in them that those of the document! It was another series of letters, and that was all. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Anthony Trollope A.” The letter had grieved him when he got it,—as had other letters before that. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was an Italian, saving money fast, terrified lest any post might bring him his letters of recall. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Charles Dickens Even young ladies in love cannot read their letters for ever. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edith Wharton He, at any rate, was taxable with no reserves, no calculations, and his letters of farewell, from train and steamer, filled her with long murmurs and echoes of his presence. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

It was only when Laura was old enough to write their letters for them that she learned more. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Meredith The removal of a square piece of cement showed a recess, where, chiefly during the night, letters and proclamation papers were deposited, for the accredited postman to disperse them. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson A bundle of letters found after years of happy union creates no sense of insecurity in the present; and yet it will pain a man sharply. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

I bade the postmaster to destroy any letters which came for me. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne In a few hours they had forgotten the whole affair, nor once imagined that the recording angel had written down the crime of murder against their souls in letters as durable as eternity. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Charles Dickens When at last he stopped outside our door, I could hear his finger tracing over the painted letters of my name, and I afterwards distinctly heard him breathing in at the keyhole. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells Her letters become rare and insignificant. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Rudyard Kipling On either side just below the handle, where the Runic letters shivered as though they were alive, were two deep gouges in the dull, deadly steel. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Beside it were a large black japanned box and one or two bundles of letters or papers fastened together with elastic bands. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Charles Kingsley However, you can have all my letters in one now. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

The list of men of letters who welcomed him there is a long one, from Samuel Rogers to the Rossettis, and includes poets, novelists, historians, scholars, and scientists. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was these letters which preserved my reason, and consciously or unconsciously, they breathed to me ever of hope. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Walter Besant Nor would he hear afterwards what the letters conveyed to him, though Mr. Hilyard shook his head and groaned, telling me privately that our affairs were going from bad to worse. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

I concluded I would go and give her back her portrait and those letters myself. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

It is a most minute and circumstantial record, containing many letters from eye-witnesses of what happened in their immediate neighbourhood. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

But Willie’s cousin, Mrs. Page, heard from him regularly, and there were long messages to Mary. His letters were little else. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

Thomas Hardy The letters from his wife were next examined. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing The man of letters seated himself and carved angrily. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope It is, however, as a man of letters that Cicero will be held in the highest esteem. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells I had to go myself or leave my letters until the morning. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

At the close I took two letters from my pocket-book. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope But Cicero’s personality as a man of letters seems especially to require elucidation. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have not been allowed to leave the house, and all my letters have been looked over; it has been perfectly horrid. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

After that he wrote other letters to the Press, saying that there was no more liberty of speech in England, and a lot of scallywags backed him up. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling The Quebec letters fly under their fingers and leap into the docketed racks, while both captains and Mr. Geary satisfy them selves that the coach is locked home. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

During his lifetime Balzac, in an enormous eulogy of La Chartreuse de Parme, paid him one of the most magnificent compliments ever received by a man of letters from a fellow craftsman. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins Valentine and Madonna look at each other — and the girl’s fingers sign hesitatingly the letters of Matthew’s name. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn His letters and his journal bear abundant trace of these natural and deep-seated affections. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Then across the park to Sir Timothy’s mansion and on to his head gardener’s house and the home farm and half a dozen cottages, and her letters were disposed of. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins Underneath it a line was written in faintly penciled letters — “Rosamond when I last saw her. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Leslie Stephen His hatred of wasting a penny unnecessarily began at Trinity College, and is prominent in all his letters and journals. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Thomas Hardy The company soon departed when luncheon was over, and the remainder of the day passed in quietness, the Bishop being occupied in his room at the vicarage with writing letters or a sermon. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

In several of the poems the separate letters of C.’s name are introduced in a peculiar manner, and are regarded as an attesting signature. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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]

Anthony Trollope When Frank had read his two letters from Grey Abbey, he was in such a state of excitement as to be unable properly to decide what he would immediately do. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif MD’s letters may tarry, but never miscarry, as the old woman used to say. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Thomas Carlyle The letters “threw us all into tears:” figure it. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prosper was not strong enough to stick firmly to his guns as planted for him by Messrs. Grey & Barry. He did give way in some matters, and hence arose renewed letters which nearly drove him mad. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope But the hour was over, and the letters must go. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Arthur complains you do not promise to burn my letters as you receive them. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Goldwin Smith The large collection of Cowper’s letters is probably seldom taken from the shelf; and the “Elegant Extracts” select those letters which are most sententious, and therefore least characteristic. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Miles Franklin From grannie’s letters I learnt that some old sweetheart of Harold’s father had bequeathed untold wealth to this her lost love’s son. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Walter Scott It was called Littlecroft; we have dubbed it Little Croftangry, and the men of letters belonging to the Post Office have sanctioned the change, and deliver letters so addressed. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

George Gissing During these moments of silence, the man of letters had been turning over a weekly paper, as if in search of some paragraph; a smile announced his discovery. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

All that we have are the various letters which he wrote to us at various times, on business. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

George Gissing His memories of her, and the letters she had written him, coloured her personality far otherwise. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

No letters need be forwarded, for he would be constantly moving, but Mrs. McCunn at the Neuk Hydropathic would be kept informed of his whereabouts. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Maria Edgeworth By your last letters I should judge that he might be an agreeable man if his wife were out of the question. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Wilkie Collins Anonymous letters came, describing the handsome gentleman (seen under his fair surface) as nothing less than a scoundrel. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald Tout à vous, NICOLE WARREN. There were other letters among whose helpless cæsuras lurked darker rhythms. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Caroline Lamb What I speak I have written: my letters you may shew, my actions you may observe and sift. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Jules Verne And then, with a hand whose agitation nearly prevented him from writing at all, he placed the name of Ortega over the six last letters of the paragraph, as he had done over the first. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

H. G. Wells They were printed in clear black letters on cards and hung up. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She came in sideways, taking up as little space as possible in the doorway, so as not to cause draughts, and carrying the morning letters on a tray. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Jonathan Swif I would not be within, and have directed my man to give him an answer, that I never open letters brought me by the writers, etc. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins I held the leaf up to the light — and there was a complete change: the blurred letters grew clearer, the invisible connecting lines appeared — I could read the words from first to last. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Morrison At present, at any rate, we know this: that if Penner has anything to do with these letters he is not alone, because of the second handwriting. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Henry James His friend had wandered away, taking up a parcel of letters from the table where the roll of proofs had lain. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

We had brought his belated correspondence, and a lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Jonathan Swif Aire,34 they say, is taken, though the Whitehall letters this morning say quite the contrary: ’tis good, if it be true. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Bad was being made worse and worse; and then came more than Englishmen could endure in that black week across which the names of three African villages are written forever in letters of blood. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Oscar Wilde There he found three letters waiting for him. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

A. E. W. Mason Durrance was sitting at his desk with his head bowed upon his arms and all his letters unopened at his side. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Thomas Hardy I see a bundle of letters go off an hour after the death. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have also—you will excuse me—some letters to write. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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]

Alfred Ainger Of such acquaintances Manning himself is the most interesting to us, as having drawn from Lamb a series of letters by far the most important of those belonging to the period before us. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

As he sat and opened his letters a chorus of airy vocalists sang in his brain, to most exquisite music, ‘This whole concern may be profitable yet, profitable yet, profitable yet. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

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

She wrote to the count; but he returned her letters unopened. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The banker’s letters were all received at the house of business in the town. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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

The manner in which certain letters or sounds change when others change is very like correlated growth. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope In answer to Mrs. Proudie’s letters advising a course of sermons, he had pleaded that he would at any rate wish to put off such an undertaking till she was there to hear them. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Be a good deal better if you took Business English, and learned how to write an ad, or letters that would pull. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy Over the door was a stone tablet, bearing, apparently, letters or words; but the inscription, whatever it was, had been smoothed over with a plaster of lichen. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope After all her labours she was now reclining for the few minutes her husband’s absence might allow her, knowing that after dinner there were a score of letters for her to write. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Yet, however much he may have complained, when writing letters to his correspondents of an evening, he was too manly to go moping about all day long when there was work to be done. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft I have said that there were things in some of Akeley’s letters — especially the second and most voluminous one — which I would not dare to quote or even form into words on paper. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins Did Mary tell you she had a stepmother? If she did, you may guess why none of my letters were allowed to reach her. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Along the full length of the tall brick wall, in letters nearly six feet high was splashed a slogan. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

There were some letters — the first letters of that name — carved on the ruins back there. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Isabella Bird My letters have given a faithful representation of them as dwelling with their animals in dark semi-subterranean hovels. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Black His letters were left unanswered. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have had letters to write lately to Brussels, to Lille, and to London. I have lots of chemises, nightgowns, pocket- handkerchiefs, and pockets to make; besides clothes to repair. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope There are five letters to his brother Quintus, dealing with the politics of the time, especially with the then King of Egypt, who was to be, or was not to be, restored. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He was in the office opening the letters by eight o’clock. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I anticipated no overflowings of fraternal tenderness; Edward’s letters had always been such as to prevent the engendering or harbouring of delusions of this sort. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

E. F. Benson After that we feel Miss Wooler would have been quite safe not to censor any more of Charlotte’s letters home. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing Few letters came for him, and he rarely saw a newspaper. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anatole France As he was waiting he saw the letters on the tray. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Edith Wharton The other was again silent; then he said, “I may remind you that, supposing I had felt any curiosity about the matter, I had no way of finding out that the letters were written to you. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

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]

William Dampier The sultan sent for two English letters for Captain Swan to read, purposely to let him know that our East India merchants did design to settle here, and that they had already sent a ship hither. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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]

You see the letters were left here on your desk, while we were occupied with Mr. Paul in his room. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

These letters were all written by me. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells We had a brisk exchange of letters after the publication of the Science of Life. But let me return to those theatrical first nights of mine. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In our world of letters his followers have been many, though naturally enough those whose original genius impelled them to follow their own course soonest ceased to be his imitators. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

George Gissing A morning sleep held her so much later than usual that, before she had left her chamber, letters were brought to the door by the child who waited upon her. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Mrs. Gaskell The letters of Mrs Jenkyns and her mother were fastened with a great round red wafer; for it was before Miss Edgeworth’s “patronage” had banished wafers from polite society. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle Her letters are sent to him at the office. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Helen Zimmern Her letters to her stepmother and sisters during this trip are frequent and detailed. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Sir Walter Scott Two letters announced this determination to the Baronet and his nephew. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Charles Dickens He lived outside the city gates, some mile or two from the post-office, and was accustomed to walk into the city with his letters and post them himself. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle DEAR SIR ARTHUR, Just a line to report progress and acknowledge your kind letters and enclosure from Kodak’s. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Look. I had eleven letters this morning and there were also five telegrams before midday, which have tangled up everything. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Marjorie Bowen She thought of his apartment, the green desk where she had found those letters of his wife, which had proved such damning evidence against him in the end . Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

H. G. Wells There is no essential change of tone right up to the breach with Isabel. But then came letters written during our crisis, and I find a curiously false and unconvincing note sounding through them. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edith Wharton On the days when the letters came the outlines of things grew indistinct, and she could never afterward remember what she had done or how the business of life had been carried on. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

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

There were no letters from grateful mourners, no little model coffins, no photographs of marble memorials. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arnold Bennett On his left hand were an accumulation of newspapers and a book; on his right, some business letters and documents left by the assiduous Stifford after a visit of sympathy and of affairs. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Oscar Wilde At last I determined to ask her to be my wife: I was sick and tired of the incessant secrecy that she imposed on all my visits, and on the few letters I sent her. The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde

George Borrow On his arrival, he presented his letters to the individuals for whom they were intended. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

They became more and more restive, and their letters were peppered with the word ‘practical’, meaning in effect more handwriting lessons and more arithmetic. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

The letters ran from A to G, and my best continuous chance came when Böhme, reading rapidly from a paper, I think, went through the letters, backwards, from G, adding remarks to each; thus: ‘G . The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Leslie Stephen The letters which passed between the pair during four or five years down to the end of 1711, show Pope in his earliest manhood. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

He wrote one or two capital letters in a kind of rage, but he always groaned and tore them up afterward. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

H. G. Wells Those letters spread over a space of nearly two and a half years. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell Papa put into my hands a little packet of letters and papers — telling me that they were mamma’s, and that I might read them. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I have escaped to a quiet room, where I am trying to find time to make up my letters before the packet goes. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope These letters did not take long in the reading. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

There were papers and open letters scattered all about; and they sent off immediately for Mr. Dalton, the lawyer, to look to the papers, and seal up the locks of drawers and desks, and so on. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells Look there!” A crowd of people surged and roared, and Graham saw a vast black screen suddenly illuminated in still larger letters of burning purple. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins Over the larger of the two was painted in letters of goodly size:— Bradford and Son (late Joshua Grice), Linendrapers, Hosiers, &c. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle Across this bare space there was scrawled in blood-red letters a single word — RACHE “What do you think of that?” cried the detective, with the air of a showman exhibiting his show. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Gilfillan It seems that, in 1729, Pope had recalled from his correspondents the letters he had written them, of many of which he had kept no copies. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then, with the letters clasped in her hand, they helped the dazed woman into the taxicab. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]