Phrases with "object"

Arthur Conan Doyle Instead we were faced by an object so strange and so unexpected that we stood for a moment staring at it in amazement. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

George Meredith The object of the countess was to persuade him to renounce his bride. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

In fact, Beyle’s method is the classical method — the method of selection, of omission, of unification, with the object of creating a central impression of supreme reality. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton And it really seems as if the critics, by a sort of pun or perversion of meaning, associated it with a children’s pantomime; though Stevenson would have been the last to object even to that. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Thomas Hardy But she so far dominated him now that he could not bear to hear her words, although the object of her high regard was no more. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Some held her presumptuous, conceited, spoilt by adulation; some accused her of bad taste and blue-stockingism; some declared that she had no object but to win men’s admiration and outshine women. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins Acting on this plan, he had only to wait where he was, to place himself close by her — to be the first object she saw. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Baldwin Spencer This object is the most elaborate and certainly the most artistic of all those which are used in connection with the various ceremonies. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh! how easy Hester would have found it to make him happy! not merely how easy, but what happiness it would have been to her to merge her every wish into the one great object of fulfiling his will. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Walter Besant The Princess of Wales herself, moved with womanly compassion, resolved to do her best, difficult though it was, to save one of the six, and chose Lord Carnwath for the object of her mercy. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

His object in accompanying the expedition even thus far is not clear, but he evidently got some payment, and that the expedition was a hopeless one he must have known from the first. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith Science, he said, was in our days the sole object worth a devoted pursuit. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

We can now understand the meaning of the spires being invariably turned in opposite directions, in tendrils which from having caught some object are fixed at both ends. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

He had secured the wife of his choice, and the object of his life-long ambition — a public house. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I don’t object in the least to the comparison between your affairs and mine. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Wilkie Collins I have got a grievance, and I don’t object to mention it. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

I will give it to any good object that you approve; or you may have it, to do what you think best with; and I will go with Idella and I will work in the mills there — or anything. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Life was dull enough, Heaven knew, at Rozaine; and, if Philip was going to object to the Professor’s visits, she would not be able to live there at all. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

John Locke For there is not any object of sensation or reflection which does not carry with it the idea of one: but the weakness of this kind of argument we have already shown sufficiently. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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]

Thomas Love Peacock The object that most attracted Mr Milestone’s admiration was a ruined tower on a projecting point of rock, almost totally overgrown with ivy. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Anthony Trollope Dearest Mary, may I hope that you won’t object to the promotion? I have had a long letter from Mrs. Brownlow; and I ran over yesterday and saw my uncle. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

D. H. Lawrence And he held up the speared object before our faces. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope What, never? Never. What; could he swear that he had never whispered to the present object of his adoration? He had no object of adoration. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

It is wonderful how small an object gets a name in the great dearth of features. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman I suppose YOU are so strong-minded you don’t object to sleeping in a room where anybody died a few weeks ago?” she inquired of Louisa Stark with sharp eyes on her face. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

It had been barricaded by some heavy object on the other side. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Can’t build, you know, for they object to all tools, but very ready to crab. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Sir Walter Scott The object of aim to every one, he seemed as if he were impassive to their shot. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Mark Twain We have not been taught to regard him as a god, and so one good look at him is likely to so nearly appease our curiosity as to make him an object of no greater interest the next time. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins He was gone — and with him the chance was gone which had been the one object of all my labours and all my hopes. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Walter Scott Every object takes interest from its uses and associations, and the erect beam and empty noose, things so simple in themselves, became, on such an occasion, objects of terror and of solemn interest. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Sigmund Freud The ambitious man dreams of the laurels which he has won (perhaps only in imagination), or has still to win, while the lover occupies himself, in his dreams, with the object of his dearest hopes. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Ivan Turgenev Bazarov used to get up very early and walk for two or three miles, not for pleasure — he could not bear walking without an object — but in order to collect specimens of plants and insects. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton It is useless to object to man being made ridiculous. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope When it was discussed whether or no he could get a verdict, it was clearly shown that the getting of a verdict should not be the main object of the prosecution. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

It was the object of the Incas to infuse into their subjects a spirit of passive obedience and tranquillity, — a perfect acquiescence in the established order of things. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arthur Conan Doyle Year passed into year, his black hair turned grizzled, but still he wandered on, a human bloodhound, with his mind wholly set upon the one object to which he had devoted his life. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Algernon Blackwood Almost the same moment they met; they intermingled, much as two outlines of an object slip one into the other when the finger’s pressure on the eyeball is removed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

He dropped into a deep and shabby old armchair, the only object of luxury in the room, and pointed to a wooden straight-backed stool. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Wilkie Collins I am going to my brother — as you will now understand — with an object far different to the object which I put forward as an excuse to your false friend. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

William Hazlitt The speakers are like persons who have both leisure and inclination to make riddles on their own situation, and to twist and turn every object or incident into acrostics and anagrams. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Victor Hugo Community of object was visible in the embarkation. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jane Austen He began to suspect him of some double dealing in his pursuit of Emma. That Emma was his object appeared indisputable. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jules Verne His object was to strike before his opponent was aware of his approach, to strike him with a deadly blow. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Charles Dickens He lighted the candle again, without another moment of delay and, on the instant of its burning up, the first object in the room that his eyes sought for was the curtained bed. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Sigmund Freud The first step in the application of this procedure teaches us that one cannot make the dream as a whole the object of one's attention, but only the individual components of its content. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Adams His next step went far to convince him that accidental education, whatever its economical return might be, was prodigiously successful as an object in itself. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Meredith I doubt whether Charles at fifty would object to have the same said of Mr. Charles Everett. Mr. Pollingray has always looked to his health. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Anthony Trollope Mary Bold was sitting on a low easy chair, with the boy in her lap, and Eleanor was kneeling before the object of her idolatry. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

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]

Walter Scott Thus thinking and feeling, he quitted the ordinary path, and advanced nearer the object he had noticed. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins On her way back she noticed an object which had previously escaped her attention. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Victor Hugo It was an object to inspire indescribable dread. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arnold Bennett As for his own room, he would not object to the Sunday seeing it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Villiers’s cheeks glowed with shame, partly at the injustice of his former conduct — partly at being the object of so much sacrifice and beneficence on the part of his mother-in-law. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope Not for a moment did her mind run away, as they were taken homewards, from the object of her unconscious idolatry. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The visit had the sole object of mulcting me in rum and cloth, and my only wish was naturally to expend as little as possible in mere preliminaries. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

G. K. Chesterton It is not the death of Little Nell, but the life of Little Nell, that I object to. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

His health was reestablished, and the last spring had proved that his talents would place him in such a position as had been the very object of his highest hopes. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Eliot You will not, I trust, object to open yourself fully to me, as to an aged pastor who has himself had much inward wrestling, and has especially known much temptation from doubt. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

He must aim no more at the dear object of his ambition; throwing his arms aside, he must for present ends give up the ultimate object of his endeavours. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Guy de Maupassan The whole town was in mourning, as if it had lost the only object that had possession of its heart, and which it loved. The Relics by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James It was from him, from Paul Creston, the voice had proceeded: he was talking with the lady of some precious object in the window. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

That object of so much empty mouth-honour, the English classic of the last and earlier centuries, presents himself for classification under three distinct categories. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Henry Adams Italy was the prize they disputed, and for at least fifteen hundred years had been the chief object of their greed. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning You’ll take back your Grand-duke? There are some things to object to. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

George Gissing There it became an object of interest, not only to the Greeks on the walls of Portus, but to the Gothic soldiers at. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Jack London In turn he was an object of great curiosity to them. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Baldwin Spencer It is the most sacred ceremonial object of the tribe, and its origin is evidently of very early date indeed. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

On returning through the living-room, Cliona caught up a small, brightly colored object in passing, and with a whimsical smile set it beside Rhodes’ automatic pistol on the table by her bed. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott The object of the whole publication is to throw some light on the manners of Scotland as they were, and to contrast them occasionally with those of the present day. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Sigmund Freud The interpretation proceeds in such a way that the perceived object is rendered harmless as a source of disturbance of sleep, whilst it is made usable for the wish-fulfilment. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope It had been Larry Twentyman and not Jonathan Stubbs who had led the two girls over the brook — into which Stubbs had simply fallen, making himself an object of pity. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle For two hours, with most intense concentration, Holmes examined every object in turn, but his face showed that his quest was not a successful one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

George Meredith My object is to demand that you will do so immediately. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The object I now saw on the floor was advancing precisely like the measuring caterpillar. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Morrison The rope came up from its entanglement with a spring and a splash, flinging some amazing great object up with it, half out of water; and the men gave a cry as this thing lapsed heavily to the surface. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling The rent, he said, was an object to him, for he had lately lost large sums through ill-considered benevolences. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry Adams His friends were reformers, critics, doubtful in party allegiance, and he was himself an object of suspicion. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Charles Kingsley She will marry no one who will not devote himself, and all he has, to some great, chivalrous, heroic enterprise; whose one object is to be of use, even if he has to sacrifice his life to it. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

George Meredith Nevertheless, seeing no cloud on her mother’s face, or her father’s, she gave Old Tom her hand, and awaited a movement from Evan. It was too late to object to it on either side. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Victor Hugo Through the centre of this web, where one might expect a spider, Gwynplaine saw a more formidable object — a woman. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Freddy did not object to this plan, as he did not wish to leave Mildred sooner than was necessary. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

For a time she had been lulled in insanity; the birth of her child restored her to the cruel reality of things, but gave her at the same time an object for whom to preserve at once life and reason. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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

So Sid Ferris was to be the bait now, and it was Larose’s object to make Dice betray the fact that he knew the exjockey had been murdered, and knew also where the body lay. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Lord Fareham’s thoughtful face brightened with its rare smile — half amused, half cynical — as he watched Angela’s eager looks, devouring every object on the road. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The object of this, of course, was to protect the secret. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

George Eliot Poor Mrs Holt, indeed, even in the midst of her grief, experienced a proud satisfaction, that though not a church member she was now an object of congregational remark and ministerial allusion. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins But Mrs. Ellmother had another object in view: she was determined that the cold-blooded cruelty of Emily’s treacherous friend should not be allowed to triumph with impunity. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Thomas Hardy She hardly observed that a tear descended slowly upon his cheek, a tear so large that it magnified the pores of the skin over which it rolled, like the object lens of a microscope. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It is customary in such cases to duck the head and scuttle away on a keen run, an object of lively interest to some thousands of admiring marksmen. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Gissing As Helen’s eyes fell upon this object her breath stopped short, and for a moment she was deadly pale. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell But anything that might come in between me and this object would, I own, be ill tolerated by me; the very dread of such an obstacle intervening would paralyse me. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Walter Scott He was angry to recollect his own deficiency of courage, and the thrill which he felt on the preceding night, when by confederacy, doubtless, such an object was placed before his eyes. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Money was no object to me, and bringing over one of the most renowned mediums in the world, a strong-souled practitioner from Budapest, I at last succeeded in my desire. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The object of man’s brief rapacity and long indifference. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

James Payn The object of all this consideration was a magnificent bay horse, by rule of Liliput, very fitly named The King, since, if not a head taller than his fellows, he was fully “a hand. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

John Galsworthy And he watched, with a sort of amused adoration, the way in which she focussed her collecting powers on an object that had no epoch, a process that did not date. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis The object was a huge Chinese rug, blue as a June lake, with a border of dragons and fuzzy-headed lions, saffron and sage-green and yellow. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf Next I think that you may object that in all this I have made too much of the importance of material things. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Thomas Hardy In reason, a man cannot object to such a trifle. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Olaf Stapledon As a matter 'of fact he knows almost nothing about himself, and what he does know is found not by being himself but by making himself an object of a knowing act in the ordinary way. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

With regard to drawing, I do not think there is any practical difficulty; but in respect to the scientific object lessons you want teachers trained in a manner different from that which now prevails. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Olaf Stapledon The theory abstracts the pleasantness of the act and regards it as the sole object of desire. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

A sort of mystery enveloped this Youth which rendered him at once an object of interest and curiosity. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope She did mean to go down to Portray. “I couldn’t have you at the castle,” she said, smiling; “but even an Othello couldn’t object to a first cousin at a little cottage ever so many miles off. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

They add nothing to the wealth of the world, since whatever they produce is used for purposes of war, and the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Was he wrong at such a moment to save his life for the Republic — and for himself? His object was to banish Catiline, and not to catch in his net every existing conspirator. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

This constitutes symbolical writing, the most difficult of all to the interpreter, since the analogy between the material and immaterial object is often purely fanciful, or local in its application. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. T. A. Hoffmann This put Traugott in no little consternation: for he now distinctly recollected the object of his journey, and perceived where it seemed likely to end. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells Gip stretched out his disengaged hand to take this object and found merely a blank palm. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins The curiosity of which she was the object did not escape the penetration of Mrs. Lecount. “I did well,” she thought, “to arm myself in good time with the means of reaching my end. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell For he had no doubt she would like to have it remarked, and, perhaps, would not object to tell people, that it was a present from Mr Bradshaw — a token of his approbation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Elio Nay, the involuntary loss of any familiar object almost always brings a chill as from an evil omen; it seems to be the first finger-shadow of advancing death. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Tobias Smolle I had nothing to object to his proposal; and asked how soon he hoped to be happy. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

But this was highly improbable; for there could be no object in preserving the ligaments. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry James The object of his devotion at present was his country, or at least the Department of State; he had no intention of being diverted from that allegiance. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Wilkie Collins The Doctor has been watching the Princess, on every occasion when she speaks to you, with some object of his own in view. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Algernon Blackwood Our object is to hold them, isn’t it?” “You mean control them?” I said, still watching the door behind him. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

She, who so lately had been the object of his adoration, now raised no other sentiment in his heart than aversion and rage. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Arthur Conan Doyle The object justified everything. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Sigmund Freud But if these conditions are not fulfilled we mistake the object which gives rise to the impression, and on the basis of this impression we construct an illusion. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sir Walter Scott The object of her commiseration had by this time entered the dining-parlour, where his appearance gave great surprise. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Won’t it be good?” “I don’t object to farming, Jack. Anything you like. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

Wilkie Collins She returned at once to her own country, with the object of possessing herself once more of the royal power. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Astonished, for I was under no tree, under nothing indeed but the blue of heaven, I looked about for the object that had struck me. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

George Borrow There wanted nothing but this object to render the scene complete; banditti amongst such melancholy desolation would have been by no means so much in keeping. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Charles Dickens Some persons might object to the papers being signed occasionally with rather fine names, but this is an American fashion. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Louis Pasteur We collected it, after having added to the liquid a few drops of concentrated sulphuric acid, with the object of checking the fermentation to a great extent, and facilitating filtration. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Walter Crane In making a rapid sketch with the object of getting the appearance of the bough, we naturally dwell upon these accidents and superficial facts. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Virginia Woolf She might do it by bringing the line of the branch across so; or break the vacancy in the foreground by an object (James perhaps) so. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Anthony Trollope My object was to induce him to withdraw the letter — for at that time I doubted whether the law could interfere quickly enough to prevent the publication. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He therefore accosted him when he got up to him, with the object of finding out what Lucy Ferrier’s fate had been. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Colonel Selby would not object to forestall the time by that short period. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Caroline Lamb Fear not, my counsellor, that I will forsake my virgin vows, or bow my unbroken spirit to that stern despot, whose only object is power and command. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

John Hill Burton The object of morality and moral discussions is to show the former the folly of their ways, and to assist the latter in their attempts to discover the right path. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

In strict logic it may be hard to object to this course, because no one can doubt that the rudiments and outlines of our own mental phenomena are traceable among the lower animals. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

O’Connell was always an object of Carlyle’s detestation, and on this occasion he does not mince his words. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Leslie Stephen If, in fact, we ask what is the true object of Swift’s audacious satire, the answer will depend partly upon our own estimate of the truth. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

My object was to stop him getting as far as the corner. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

Andrew Lang As a general rule, marriage is prohibited between members of the stock — between all, that is, who claim descent from the same object and wear the same badge. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

His stay was not very long; not one of us divined the object of his visit, and he did not prepossesses us favourably. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith His object was to send his valet for Luigi Saracco. He had seen that no truth could be extracted from these women, save forcibly. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Morrison There must be some object in this unceasing watching, and the object could bode no good to me. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

William Black His object was to raise a genuine, hearty laugh; not to write a piece for school declamation; and he had enough confidence in himself to do the work in his own way. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

H. G. Wells It was the head of the shopman who had fallen in, but showing as a little black object against the hot western sun. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

One of them was holding a revolver—a weapon which she recognized merely by intuition, never having seen such an object before. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle What this might mean I could not conjecture, but we were soon to have an object lesson in their use. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

On this occasion, my sister was not alone; nor could I fail to recognise her companion: it was Idris, the till now unseen object of my mad idolatry. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Victor Hugo The insulter did not insult; the adorer outraged the object of adoration. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James For instance — should you object to leaving New York — to going to a distance?” “I am afraid I shouldn’t be able to manage that. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then she passed on and approached the sleeping object upon the chair. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe It is our reasoner’s object merely to show that this body is not Marie’s . The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Edith Wharton As he stooped to place his lantern on the floor he caught the gleam of a small polished object at his feet. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Victor Hugo He felt that he was the object and the instrument. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Eliot It was as if the thing were come in spite of herself, instead of being the object of her search. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

And so far as I can discover, this combination of an idea of an object with an emotion, is everything that can be directly observed in an act of volition. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Olaf Stapledon He could always go straight to the desired object with the precision of a monkey finding its way among the chaos of branches in the jungle. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

W. H. Hudson The object was at such a distance that to all of us alike it presented no definite form, but was merely something dark, standing against a hoary background of tall grass-plumes. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

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]

Anthony Trollope My object is simply to illustrate the life of Cicero by such facts as we know. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edith Wharton Vance was glad of the opening; but for Frenside’s question he would never have had the courage to mention his material difficulties, though it was partly with that object that he had called. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But how profitless all his work seemed to him now! What object had he in doing it? Was it to earn money? Money could be had for the asking, or, for that matter, without the asking. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I think the young lady rather pretty — don’t you? — and I should not object to pay my respects, if you think it would not be odd. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

George Gissing She, who always condescended to Miss. French, now lay smirched before her feet, an object of vulgar contempt. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Andrew Lang And what is the ‘mind’? As my object is to give savage parallels to modern instances better vouched for. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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

Charles Dickens It is insufferably close; and you see the hot air fluttering between yourself and any other object you may happen to look at, like the ghost of smoke. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Gissing If one loafer be tempted to come in and read, the day’s object is gained. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Margaret Oliphant But, after all, he was a very secondary object in her mind in comparison with Oona, whose course she watched in the boat, drawing a long line across the leaden surface of the water. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Walter Scott To these, Roland Graeme was of course an object of envy, and, in consequence, of dislike and detraction; but the youth possessed qualities which it was impossible to depreciate. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Walter Scott Let me not be again the object of his suspicion, the operation of which is more dreadful than that of being the object of his hate. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Anthony Trollope Individuals or companies bought it up with the object of reselling it at a profit; and many, no doubt, did make money. North America by Anthony Trollope

I dare say you might find things to object to in the sun and the moon, but do you really want to change them? Besides, there were the kids. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I object to his throwing out the contents of my Gladstone bag; not that there is anything in it he may not see, but that he puts my things where I cannot find them again. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Anthony Trollope When I came here, I did not know that the suit was withdrawn by Mr Bold, and my object was to beg you to abandon my defence. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant But otherwise she allowed in her sensible, much-reasoning, composed little mind, that there was very little to object to in Lord Erradeen. Walter himself was not half so ready to realise the position. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Jane Austen It will be a very fine object from many parts of the park, and the flower-garden will slope down just before it, and be exceedingly pretty. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Arnold Bennett There was no sufficiently definite object in leaving it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope There was some talk of Frank’s marrying Miss Dunstable; did you mean to object to that match?’ ‘Miss Dunstable was legitimate; at least, I presume so. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

You see the object of it, of course. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Tobias Smolle You, the freemen of England, are the basis of that excellent constitution which hath long flourished the object of envy and admiration. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Tenbruggen’s object in visiting me was attained; I had confirmed her belief in the delusion that Helena was the adopted child. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon Occasional jolts into minds of the same basic pattern as the original object of study are more exasperating than harmful. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James It was a blur of light, in the midst of which she saw Charlotte like some object marked, by contrast, in blackness, saw her waver in the field of vision, saw her removed, transported, doomed. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Sinclair Lewis Selig handled it with more reverence than he had given to any material object in his life. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

But it was only a Kaffir, and a miserable-looking object at that. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells The object of the Prince was simply curiosity — and extravagance. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Eliot That object was the eldest prisoner, who had wheeled round the Baptistery and was running towards the Duomo, determined to take refuge in that sanctuary rather than trust to his speed. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Meredith Matey Weyburn’s object of worship rode superior to a morality puffing its phrasy trumpet. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

He was also pursuing an object he had long had in view. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Charles Dickens All I can say is, that if you and Marion should continue in the same foolish minds, I shall not object to have you for a son-in-law one of these days. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Anthony Trollope We hang men, I believe, with this object only, that we should deter others from crime; but in hanging Bill we shall hardly deter his brother. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton It was his own absurdity he seemed to be wincing under — his own attitude as an object for garlands and incense. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Algernon Blackwood And Sangree — here his wisdom was most wisely calculated — he neglected outwardly because inwardly he was the object of his unceasing and most concentrated attention. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood