Phrases with "object"

George Meredith Mention of Lord Fleetwood set Sir Meeson harping again on his alarms, in consideration of the vagabond object of the young lord had roamed away with. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Should Major Pountney wish to remain at the Castle over the night, the Duke of Omnium hopes that he will not object to be served with his dinner and with his breakfast in his own room. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine The object contended for, ought always to bear some just proportion to the expense. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Wilkie Collins The object immediately before us — so far as a woman can pretend to understand it — is to establish my step-daughter’s right to call Mr. Brinkworth to account in the character of his wife. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arthur Machen The object was defended, so the writer affirmed, by ‘the Dark Birds of Night,’ who resisted the master’s approach in all possible and impossible manners. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins He stopped immediately, and asked what the object was that his fingers had accidentally touched. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

I stared about me with an amazement increased by every fresh object upon which my eyes chanced to rest. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Charles Stur My object was to gain the trees Mr. Browne had noticed, as soon as possible, but did not reach them until a quarter to ten. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Edmund Burke Since you have selected the Revolution Society as the great object of your national thanks and praises, you will think me excusable in making its late conduct the subject of my observations. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins The object of my journey had been gained; and I had no desire to be employed as picture-cleaner. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope To Clarissa he certainly was heroic; to Patience he was very dear; to old Mrs. Brownlow he was almost a demigod; to Mr. Poojean he was an object of envy. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry James Such a frail creature was just an object of pity. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

James Anthony Froude No object can be pictured truly, except by a mind which has sympathy with it. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Margaret Oliphant She said scarcely anything to him, except the morning greeting, filling out his tea with a gravity which was all the more crushing that there was nothing in it to object to, nothing to resent. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arnold Bennett You will not object to the detectives looking through your rooms?’ ‘Certainly not,’ and Rocco shrugged his shoulders. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Every pretty woman was the object of her envy, I might almost say every married woman. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Edgar Allan Poe This plot is the best which could have been constructed for the main object of the narrative. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Do you own that I am right?” What his object might be in saying this — if, indeed, he had an object — it was impossible to guess. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Meredith The object of my visit was to assure myself of the integrity of my daughter’s conduct. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Wilkie Collins Having gained the object which had brought me into the study, I made no attempt to detain him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Isabella Bird Of God as a moral being I think they have little conception, and less of the Creator as an object of love. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

One after the other, with the lamp in their hand, they looked in, shrieked, and then ran back, not one among them having yet discovered what was the object of their terror. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope His object had been to save his estate from the hands of those harpies, the money-lenders; and as far as he was concerned he would have saved it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ruth set out at once over the pale stubble fields, glad of an object for a walk. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not know — she had hardly begun to suspect — that she was the object of any peculiar regard on his part, when, in this very December, he came one evening to tea. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edgar Allan Poe By the time that it wanted only three minutes to noon, the droll object in question was perceived to be a very diminutive foreign-looking young man. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith The General observed him, but as an object remote and minute, a fly or gnat. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins This time the case was the case of a grown man — and the object was to show me what strange fantastic images (utterly unlike the reality) the blind form of the people about them. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Tobias Smolle No object meets my view; no sound salutes mine ear, except the noisy wind that whistles through these vaulted caves of death. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

H. P. Lovecraft Soon we descried a white object upon the floor, an object whiter even than the gleaming limestone itself. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

Theodore Dreiser Like all women, she was there to object and be convinced. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Edgar Allan Poe This object is the depicting of a fervent and dreamy love for the child on the part of the grandfather — such a love as would induce devotion to himself on the part of the orphan. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Sarle gave him a vicious kick on the shin as he went by, and Edgehill supplemented it with a hard pull on the ear, but the object of their indignities took not the slightest notice. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Jeremy Bentham It is properly, therefore, a property not so much of the punishment as of the people: a disposition to entertain an unreasonable dislike against an object which merits their approbation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The wondrous illumination still continued, but as the lens approached the object a scene of indescribable beauty was unfolded to my view. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

The church steeples had bidden a temporary adieu to the world below; and every object of lesser importance — houses, barns, hedges, trees, and barges — had all taken the veil. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Tobias Smolle As for Mrs Jenkins, she herself is really an object of compassion — Between vanity, methodism, and love, her head is almost turned. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Did you believe me in error? Still you knew that my object was research into truth. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Gissing I can’t promise you that, but I daresay you wouldn’t object to earn a five-pound note?” “If it’s anything—underhand, I’ll have nothing to do with it. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins Her object in taking the journey to Perth was completed when her correspondence with Geoffrey was in her own hands again. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Willa Cather She doesn’t object to these diversions?” Victor lifted his eyebrows in the old haughty way. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Edith Wharton Dick’s taste ran naturally to the grandiose, and the erection of public buildings had always been the object of his ambition. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

His object was to get money from the Squire to go abroad with. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

That spirit, despised and hated by Germany and incompatible with Slavonism because of moral differences, cannot avoid being (in its renewed assertion) an object of dislike and mistrust. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft The first-comer then gave a wry smile and reached out with his left hand toward the small object on the table. The Evil Clergyman by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Arthur Morrison Reuben Penner grew up strong in his mother’s delusions, and to him and the few believers he had gathered round him at his Tabernacle, the seal was an object worth risking anything to get. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Gissing My object was to teach her to think for herself, to be self-reliant. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

David Hume The abstract philosophy of Cicero has lost its credit: The vehemence of his oratory is still the object of our admiration. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Hardly had Ibsen become the object of universal discussion than he found himself assailed, as never before, by the paralysis of poverty. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

David Hume According to the disposition of the organs, the same object may be both sweet and bitter; and the proverb has justly determined it to be fruitless to dispute concerning tastes. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Charles Stur As I had no object in a prolonged journey to the south, I turned back from this station, and retracing my steps to the water where we had left the natives, reached it at half-past six. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Walter Scott But De Vaux threw himself between the King and the object of his vengeance, and spoke with the blunt truth of his character, “My liege, this must not be — here, nor by your hand. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

William Makepeace Thackeray Only those who live in small towns know what an object of interest the street becomes, and the carriages and horses which pass therein. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Wilkie Collins I don’t object to your asking him to the house when you ask other friends. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

H. G. Wells The old European order, as I have pointed out already in the chapter on my origins, was far gone in decay, and had lost sight of any conception of an object in life. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

F. Scott Fitzgerald Fourteen eyes glared reproachfully at the barbarian; seven lips curled slightly; but the object of scorn stared stolidly into the foreground in sturdy unconsciousness of his despicable conduct. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edgar Allan Poe Opening into the garret where they caught him, was a closet, ten feet by eight, fitted up with some chemical apparatus, of which the object has not yet been ascertained. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson The object of his visit grasped, he was led into a dingy little parlour behind the shop, where, amid an overflow of jars and bottles and drawer-cases, Bealby carried on his ex-business life. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Boss must be gone off his head to be sending our steeplechase crack Out over fences like these with an object like that on his back. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Thomas Hobbes For after the object is removed, or the eye shut, we still retain an image of the thing seen, though more obscure than when we see it. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Less than this would defeat the very object for which he was to be sent. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He continued: “I have an object to gain, which I am resolved to achieve. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins The object is to produce a gentle action on your skin. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope It would have been his object to remove himself as far as possible from the Tringles, and to have enjoyed his life luxuriously with the proceeds of his wife’s fortune. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Clearly the psychologist, then, has no prima facie right to object to our anecdotes of experiences, which he regards as purely subjective. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Eliot I daresay he thinks you won’t object to his proposal. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The train was still going at full speed; the compartment was empty, save for myself and the ghastly object which lay in my arms; and yet I seemed to hear a voice almost at my ear. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

Charles Dickens There were languid invalids, to whom salary was not so much an object as the comforts of a private hospital. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

H. Rider Haggard My object was to enable us to refill our water-bottles after the first night’s march, for we determined to start in the cool of the evening. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle You don’t object to tobacco, I take it? Thank you, Watson — the matches! You are uneasy, as I understand, because your new lodger remains in his rooms and you cannot see him. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Francis Bacon And I hold the improvement of that which we have to be as much an object as the acquisition of more. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Arthur Conan Doyle A very little reading will give a man such a knowledge of geology, for example, as will make every quarry and railway cutting an object of interest. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Wilkie Collins What was the object of his admiration now? An inert burden in his arms — nothing more. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

He was gone: he could no longer injure nor benefit any, and was therefore no longer an object of fear or love. Lodore by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim His object in entering the ranks of her admirers had been boldly declared, and Powers’ defiance was no idle threat. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Henry James This prodigy was frankly there the sole object of interest; in other places there were occasionally other objects. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Wilkie Collins He had no reason to suppose that I was the object of any of the experiments, until the day before the tea-party. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

And this was Derham’s fate! — poor, mis-matched, destroyed by a morbid sensibility, an object of pity to his own young child, yet adored by her as the gentlest and wisest of men. Lodore by Mary Shelley

E. F. Benson This was a favourite place for observation, for you appeared to be quite taken up by the topics of the day, and kept an oblique eye on the true object of your scrutiny. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Thomas Hardy But as an object of contemplation for the present, as objective spirit rather than corporeal presence, Grace Melbury would serve to keep his soul alive, and to relieve the monotony of his days. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Borrow Before us, at a great distance, on an elevated ground, rose a tower — the only object which broke the monotony of the waste. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edith Wharton In the interval between writing to him and receiving his reply she had broken with Strefford; she had therefore no object in seeking her freedom. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Sinclair Lewis He was passing the door of the living room, going directly up to his bedroom, when his foot struck an object the size of a book, but hollow sounding. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Before long the object of my absurd chase entered a well-known insurance-office. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope And you need not suppose that he’ll object because of what I said about Lady Ball and myself. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Thomas Hardy The traveller’s eye hovered about these things for a time, and finally settled upon one noteworthy object up there. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Except that they could not be induced to move away, there had been little to object to in their demeanour until now. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Her object attained in astute secrecy, the heroic old woman had made a clean breast of it to Mrs Verloc. Her soul was triumphant and her heart tremulous. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

D. H. Lawrence For the only object of the mirror is to reflect images. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope His object at present was simply that of carrying out Lady Ongar’s wish, and he had thought that perhaps Sir Hugh might not object to the proposal which his wife was too timid to make to him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli His future was an object in life, and I thought I could mould it. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arrangements were made toward that object by the few people who retained possession of their senses, and for the present we separated. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Sir Walter Scott His glance was directed sidelong towards the coffin, as to an object on which he could not stedfastly look, and yet from which he could not withdraw his eyes. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Sinclair Lewis But his real object was to loll on a West and South Railroad in luxury, and go sailing out into the foam and perilous seas of North River. He passed through the smoking-cabin. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott But the old woman who was the object of the farmer’s suspicion seemed only busied about the drover, without paying any attention to the drove. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Catherine Helen Spence We object to delicate adults becoming parents, but where life is, we try to make the most and the best of it. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

R. D. Blackmore My object is to habituate your mind —” “Philippa, I beg you once more to confine your exertions, in that way, to your own more lofty mind. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins Her eyes moved uneasily from object to object in the room, betraying plainly that she suspected what my purpose was in coming to speak to her. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

If you lounge through the town, your Bond Street is the Via Dolorosa, and the object of your hopeless affections is some maid or matron all forlorn, and sadly shrouded in her pilgrim’s robe. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Arthur Conan Doyle How often I stopped with the intention of returning, and yet every time my pride conquered my fear, and sent me on again until my object should be attained. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Edmund Burke It is impossible to suppose a giant the object of love. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Walter Scott The proceeding to Glasgow seemed now no longer to be an object with her fellow-travellers. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Benjamin Disraeli His object in forming this connection was to gain an opportunity of becoming acquainted with the duties of a gentleman’s servant, and in this he has succeeded. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry James This was M. le cure, who carried in his hand an object unknown to Newman, and covered with a white napkin. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins I call them My Spinsters; and the one industrious object of my idle existence is to help them to a matrimonial settlement in life. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

George Gissing But she made no account of secrecy; her errand was perfectly simple and with an object that no one could censure. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edgar Allan Poe Mr. Goodfellow, whose zeal led him to be always a little in advance of the party, was seen suddenly to run forward a few paces, stoop, and then apparently to pick up some small object from the grass. Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

Leslie Stephen He thoroughly and unfeignedly enjoyed his own peculiarities, and thought his real self much too charming an object to be in need of any disguise. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

No other solid object can occupy the same point simultaneously. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Elizabeth Von Arnim This pond of hers, by the way, is an object of the liveliest interest to the babies. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi observed, that during this short dialogue, the Confessor had never once turned his eyes towards the stranger, but apparently avoided him, as an object too affecting to be looked upon. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Marjorie Bowen Susannah Chressham had walked steadily half-way to the lodge before she stopped and reminded herself that she had no object in going there, and that the letter she carried would never be sent. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Ford Madox Ford This particular poor —— Prize man seemed to object to noise. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Marjorie Bowen His object gained, he was impatient to return to town; a woman with red hair was waiting for him. The Bishop of Hell by Marjorie Bowen

E. F. Benson This entailed many changes in the first plan, which, with her masterly efficiency, she now proceeded to make, for the sake of the general object of them ‘all getting on. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

I’ve been meaning to run over for several days past, but I couldn’t find a moment till this morning, and I knew you didn’t object to Sunday visits. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

George Gissing You understand how I look at this business? My object in life is to gain influence, that I may spread my views. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

She, who knew the ruling passion of Welford, saw at a glance the object of scorn and derision which she had become to him. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

But what can Aramis’s object possibly be?” And D’Artagnan plunged again into deep thought. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Gissing The object of his thought now lay at a very short distance below him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Considering by whom the members are chosen, and the object for which they are elected, the result of their deliberations is, as you may suppose, pretty well known beforehand. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Charles Dickens The object that I have at heart now is, to get this system well in action without delay, so that my new partner may find it founded when he enters on his partnership. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

It was, as it were, trifling with the terrific character of his whiskers; but my object was to give him an opportunity for a good look at my cabin. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

I don’t object to him, as I know, either way, but the two things won’t mix; and I don’t propose he shall pull the wool over my eyes — or anybody else. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

But once make a woman beautiful, or in any way an object of homage to him, and Scott bowed so low before the image of her, that he could not go deep into her heart. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes she would go gathering acorns, large, fine acorns, a precious crop in that land where the fat pig was almost an object of veneration. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini It was himself was the object of it; he it was who had been fooled to the very top of his bent; he who must die under the ridicule that would convulse the town. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Mrs. Gaskell Miss Matty remained puzzled and perplexed long after I had found out the object of Mrs Jamieson’s visit. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

H. G. Wells His eye wandered from one object to another. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton He knew that Mrs. Reggie didn’t object to her visitors’ suddenly changing their minds, and that there was always a room to spare in her elastic house. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Washington Irving It was in this place my poor Olivia first met her seducer, and every object served to recall her sadness. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

About nine o’clock I got on the tram for Prospect, with no particular definite object in my mind. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Baldwin Spencer The leader of the Engwura remained in camp preparing, with the aid of the men of his locality, a special sacred object which consisted of two large wooden Churinga, each three feet in length. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

E. F. Benson But just as a microscope will show you the details of an object invisible to the eye, so there are instruments which act in the same way on sound. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

What has he done that you should object to his coming? You did not say in Boulogne that you disliked him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jules Verne It had become clear to his mind what had been the object of that secret visit to Ceuta which he had heard of as being made by the two English officers. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Thomas Hardy And so I am afraid we must break it up here, however awkward for you, poor dear!” Sue was always much affected at a picture of herself as an object of pity, and she saddened. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing At a hundred yards’ distance, scarcely an object could be distinguished; the storm-cloud swooped so low that its skirts touched the branches of tall elms, a streaming, rushing raggedness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

David Hume Where no comparison has been employed, the most frivolous beauties, such as rather merit the name of defects, are the object of his admiration. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Emerging from this tangle of ancient lava, we came out on a circular plain, brilliant by the phosphorescent light, and there in the very centre of it lay an object which set me gasping. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Henry Fielding I do not think the girl in any light an object of mercy. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Ralph Waldo Emerson Thought seeks to know unity in unity; poetry to show it by variety; that is, always by an object or symbol. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But, in fact, he did not object to her as strongly as he had at first. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Death was too definite an object to be wished for or avoided. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Wilkie Collins The discussion was becoming too ridiculous to be endured by the unfortunate person who was the object of it. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Isabella Bird The most surprising object was a new pair-horse landau, standing under a tree. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope And with the object of ascertaining this, he determined that he would pay a visit to the office in King’s Court on the Wednesday morning. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Still her thoughts were with her child in her narrow abode; every lovely object served but to recall her image, and the wafting of the soft breeze seemed an emanation from her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins So far as his main object in existence was concerned, Balzac had plainly and literally ruined him. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Anthony Trollope The object should be to train the skin, not to punish it abruptly. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The object of your suspicious is an innocent woman. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope A woman in bed was to him always an object of tenderness, and a woman in tears, as his wife well knew, could on most occasions get the better of him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell She was full of indignation against want of steadiness, though not willing to direct her indignation against the right object — her ne’er-do-well darling. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope When the gloom of the evening had come, she too came out and walked with him about the garden and grounds with the professed object of showing him whatever little changes might have been made. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

My object is to obtain from all these people reports of the most encouraging nature. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

I suppose you are in love, Mr. Audley, and are thinking of the honored object of your affections. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. Rider Haggard Then a small black object projected itself towards the feet of the sentry, who was half asleep and humming to himself drowsily. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens Also, there is a notion latent among pupils, that Miss Pupford was once in love, and that the beloved object still moves upon this ball. Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Charles Dickens [1861]

Kate Chopin He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

H.P. Lovecraft I have described my protracted digging as idiotic, and such it indeed was in object and method. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Henry James Here he sat perfectly still, with only his heart beating very sensibly and his eyes coursing again and again from one object to another. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Antonia now appeared to him an object of disgust. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Arnold Bennett He could see only half of the washstand, and at intervals Rocco passed out of sight as his lithe hands moved over the object which lay on the marble. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Washington Irving A poet, while living, is seldom an object sufficiently great to attract much attention; his real merits are known but to a few, and these are generally sparing in their praises. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anthony Trollope I object to this, that at present there exists no known mode of learning who is best, and that the method employed has no tendency to elicit the best. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

No wonder that the lover of the princely Idris should fail to recognize himself in the miserable object there pourtrayed. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Charles Dickens The most prominent object was a long table with a tablecloth spread on it, as if a feast had been in preparation when the house and the clocks all stopped together. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

David Hume We may observe, that, in these phaenomena, the belief of the correlative object is always presupposed; without which the relation could have no effect. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Wilkie Collins But my object in writing is of the particular kind. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

But to object might imply distrust, or, perhaps, disclose, in some measure, his own designs. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Eliot Then there had been the work of cleansing to the strictest purity every object in the sacred chamber, and of removing from it every trace of common daily occupation. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

James Joyce The face of a streetwalker glazed and haggard under a black straw hat peered askew round the door of the shelter palpably reconnoitring on her own with the object of bringing more grist to her mill. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope The object of the proprietor is to produce a periodical that shall satisfy the public, which he may probably best do by securing the services of writers of acknowledged ability. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James Not only had he not extended his connexion, but he had lost most of the little business which was an object of complacency to him a twelvemonth before. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Kate Chopin She had a way of turning them swiftly upon an object and holding them there as if lost in some inward maze of contemplation or thought. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins The cry had come from Elfie. She had apparently just discovered some new object in the bag, and she was holding it up in admiration, high above her head. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope That is, and always must be, the chief object of my existence. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I had devoted my life to the attainment of one object; and that object I had gained. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Meredith He was good enough not to object to the expenditure upon the transmission of the accustomed dainties. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

It was easy to guess the object upon which their frenzy would vent itself. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

He never travelled by rail, and dining out was a risk only to be run with some ulterior object in view. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether there have not been Popish recusants? and, if so, whether it would be right to object against the foregoing oath, that all would take it, and none think themselves bound by it? 292. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Baldwin Spencer The object of this singing was to protect the boys in the mia-mia against its evil influence. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Walter Scott Every object might have been for an instant seen distinctly. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Sir Walter Scott I have thought for some time, their only object was to get rid of me — one yesterday pressed money on me when I talked of going abroad, in order that I might not want the means of exiling myself. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was done with the object of instilling into our possible enemies a sense of false security. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

I made out from him that one landmark involved a sequence, and once given a bearing from an object you could keep the direction without a mistake. Space by John Buchan [1911]

Anthony Trollope She had an object to gain, and could put up with a good deal for the sake of her object. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy The only friendly object near was a lonely cottage, from its situation evidently the home of a shepherd. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Ivan Turgenev This object grew clearer, more defined the nearer I got to it. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

In short, poor Zeenab, the most miserable and neglected of human beings, all of a sudden found herself the object of universal attention and admiration. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Leon Trotsky His object was to become acquainted with me, and to question me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing Joseph surveyed every object again and again. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins Her son, Monsieur de Beauguillot, was next examined, quite uselessly in relation to the death by poison which was the object of inquiry. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The clergy are there made the principal object of ridicule, which is understood but by few among the laity. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

G. K. Chesterton He said he did not object to obscenity; “I do not care how far down you force the mind of man; so long as you do not break the spring. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell My object was to know Nelly. I was conscious of nothing more. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

E. F. Benson That night Georgie was wakened from his sleep by the thump of some heavy object on the floor of the adjoining bedroom. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Andrew Lang The somewhat similar object is Manabozho himself, on the top of his mountain. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens It has always been my object so to educate you, as that you might, while still in your early youth, be (if I may so express myself) almost any age. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]