Phrases with "obliged"

And he that will erect a commonwealth against the judgment of Machiavel, is obliged to give such reasons for his enterprise as must not go a-begging. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

G. K. Chesterton I am obliged to use Love.” He gave to the word an indescribable sound of something hard and heavy, as if he were saying “boots”. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He had been asked this question so often before, and had been always obliged to give the same reply. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell The men spoke to Mary, but though she mechanically replied, she did not stir; so, at length, they were obliged to shake her. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

The convicts in the mean time were all marched to the forecastle and ushered into a washing-room, where each man was obliged to strip, get into a large tub of water, and cleanse himself thoroughly. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Watkin Tench Most of them were obliged to build their own houses; and wretched hovels three-fourths of them are. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Wilkie Collins We tried all sorts of subjects, and were obliged to drop every one of them, because Mr. Smart would promise to make us a present of whatever we talked about. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

In view of the characteristics of this bird we are therefore obliged to modify the definitions of the classes of birds and reptiles. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Charles Dickens Ha, ha! No, no! Ha, ha! None of that till one’s obliged to do it, sir. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

John Locke This exception has so much appearance of justice, that I think myself obliged to give a reason why I have followed this method. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. T. A. Hoffmann In the last taille he was, however, obliged to cease playing, since he had again lost all the money he had brought back with him. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Sidney Colvin His mother wanted to do so, but he threatened her so furiously she began to cry, and was obliged to wait till somebody through the window saw her position and came to the rescue. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Thomas Hardy Then he had been obliged to abandon that hope, and had finally come home from sheer necessity — previously to making a new start. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Charles Dickens But here again they were disappointed, for the gate was closed, and some fierce dogs, barking at their approach, obliged them to retreat. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Wilkie Collins Every doctor in large practice finds himself, every now and then, obliged to deceive his patients, as Mr. Candy deceived you. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry Handel Richardson And so Mary obliged him by laying aside the MORCEAU she had chosen, and setting up instead a “battle-piece,” that was a general favourite. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope But as Hannah intimated that perhaps a gentleman friend would look in during the evening, she was obliged to betake herself, after tea, to the solitude of her own room. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

I came up, and then he told me he was unexpectedly obliged to leave—that he might have to go into the country that night; he didn’t yet know. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

George Gissing Gabriel did not leave his seat, merely nodded as his friend came in; it was with a distinct look of annoyance that he found himself obliged to shake hands. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing A most unfortunate thing that you are obliged to go to the hotel. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It was three o’clock when Matthew came with a doctor, for he had been obliged to go all the way to Spencervale for one. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Meredith But, more than that, she believes she is obliged to give her hand to my cousin, the squire. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Nothing serious, but been obliged to go to hospital. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

I suppose all husbands are obliged to make these domestic compromises. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Edmund Burke Instead of finding themselves obliged to conform to a fixed constitution, they have a power to make a constitution which shall conform to their designs. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

I answered that I thought I was much better, though still very weak, and went on to state that I should feel obliged if he would tell me where I was, and how I had got there. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Anthony Trollope The worst of it is that both of them are obliged to wear wigs. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I ask you whether they do not regard her as wayward and unmanageable?” He paused for a reply; and Lord George found himself obliged to say something. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Under these circumstances I feel myself obliged to earn my own living and support her. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

William Makepeace Thackeray He is a poor reader, for whom his author is obliged to supply a moral application. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

But if you are obliged to teach children rubbish, you mustn’t treat them as human beings. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jane Austen Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Mysseri, of course, still travelled with me, but the Arabic was not one of the seven languages which he spoke so perfectly, and I was therefore obliged to hire another interpreter. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Don’t be afraid; you won’t be obliged to go shares in Cecily with anybody for a good long while,’ added Mrs. Morgan kindly. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

For a man, age is nothing — for a woman, everything; and I regret to be obliged to remember that you are approaching your thirtieth birthday. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

An attendant was obliged to place himself at the head of it, and conduct it to a door. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He considered himself obliged to change doctors for his daughter, and this added to his care and anxiety. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Charles Dickens The vaults were profoundly dark, and having no torch or candle — for they had been afraid to carry one, lest it should betray their place of refuge — they were obliged to grope with their hands. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Wilkie Collins The smoke from the wood fire, thin and light as it was in the red state of the embers at that moment, had evidently obliged the man to take his face from the mouth of the chimney. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Benjamin Disraeli As for myself, I am obliged to be ambitious, but I have no ambition, or rather I would say, I think I was happier when we all seemed to be on the same side. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope But few came now, and they were those who were obliged to come. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant You will, therefore, be obliged either to open the door for me or to get rid of me. My Landlady (La Patronne) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Benjamin Disraeli Towards nightfall they reached the summit of the usual track; and as the descent was difficult, they were obliged to rest until daybreak. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Of course a nurse is obliged to watch—But Lady Maureen found something—And she was going mad and now she is as sane as I am. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jules Verne But if the engineer and the boy were obliged to give up thoughts of following a circular direction, in return an opportunity was given for ascending the cone. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell I shall be obliged to you, sir, if you will make no further reference to it. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Wilkie Collins I am obliged to leave London.” Romayne was unwilling to part with him on these terms. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Every few minutes he turned around, and thus obliged us to conceal ourselves. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Wilkie Collins I let her go on till she had worn herself out, and was obliged to lie down. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Meredith Have you been wounding him?” “It is my misfortune to be obliged to wound him,” said Clara. “Quite needlessly, my child, for marry him you must. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Meredith Her dear, warm-hearted Rowsley was shaken by the blow he had been obliged to deal to the woman—poor woman!—if she felt it. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Oh, what a state Milan’s in! What one’s obliged to see! what one’s obliged to touch! Enough to make one loathe oneself. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Andrew Lang He became more sympathetic, more tender, and was obliged to put forth that stoical self-control, and strenuous courage and endurance, through which alone his poetic career was rendered possible. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had taken short flights of a few yards and then had been obliged to rest. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

But I am very much obliged to you all the same. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James Fortunately my patience bore fruit, and I was not obliged to do anything so ridiculous. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The time was very near when she would be obliged to turn them into money. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne He knew a little of everything, and several times he had been obliged to attend to wounds produced either by a sword-bayonet or shot. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton But the hired man, though seldom loth to accept a meal not included in his wages, opened his stiff jaws to answer slowly: “I’m obliged to you, but I guess I’ll go along back. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Bronislaw Malinowski There are no statements on this point, and consequently one is obliged to draw the inference for oneself. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jules Verne Rosette, however, did not possess a reflector of this magnitude, and was obliged to content himself with the good but comparatively small instrument he had. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Sigmund Freud It is only because the analysis was prematurely broken off that we have been obliged in Dora’s case to resort to framing conjectures and filling in deficiencies. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Henry James He obliged them so far as he could, all save Julia, who didn’t clamour; and, growing rather red, he thought of Gabriel Nash while he bent over the paper. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jules Verne Besides, Ogareff meant to give such importance to the diversion, that the Grand Duke would be obliged to oppose it with all his available forces. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Algernon Blackwood We thought the world of him, respecting him almost to the point of personal affection; and this in spite of punishments his firm sense of justice often obliged him to impose. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arnold Bennett Now she would be obliged to talk. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

The principal chiefs of Tezcuco, according to its chronicler, were expressly obliged to support their prince with their armed vassals, to attend his court, and aid him in the counsel. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope They had struggled their very best, and, from the nature of the crime, had found themselves almost obliged to discover the perpetrator. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Was it because she knew the moment was at hand when their glances would be obliged to meet? Mr. Orcutt, whom no movement on the part of Miss Dare ever escaped, leaned over and spoke to the prisoner. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

It was easy, was it not, with the proofs I held against her? The fact is she adores her son, and her heart is breaking at the idea that he may be obliged to restitute what he has stolen from me. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell I am very much obliged to you. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Jules Verne Should the raft be stopped, not only would the fugitives not reach Irkutsk, but they would be obliged to leave their floating platform, for it would be very soon smashed to pieces in the ice. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Walter Scott But it was remarked, with vindictive satisfaction, that Egborough was killed by the bursting of his own gun; and that Walker, obliged to abandon his trade through poverty, became a scorned mendicant. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Jane Austen I am exceedingly obliged to you, Mrs. Elton, I am obliged to any body who feels for me, but I am quite serious in wishing nothing to be done till the summer. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Meredith It was pawned at a shop for a sum equivalent in our money to about twelve pounds, and Temple obliged me by taking charge of the ticket. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H. Rider Haggard If you refuse, the pangs of conscience will overcome me, and I shall feel obliged to place these letters, and more especially those referring to himself, in the hands of your husband. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins He decided on staying at Salt Patch until his marriage to Mrs. Glenarm (which he then looked upon as a certainty) obliged him to alter his habits completely, once for all. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jules Verne The Mongolia had still sixteen hundred and fifty miles to traverse before reaching Bombay, and was obliged to remain four hours at Steamer Point to coal up. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Our little friend is an excellent creature, but her tongue runs away with her sometimes; I am obliged to be careful of taking her too readily into my confidence. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

But she was obliged to submit, and on the appointed evening she furtively left the house, accompanied by Camille, the same servant who had witnessed Aunt Medea’s last agony. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

And thus occurred this singular inversion of positions—the greatest of Greek orators was obliged to treat these Catholic questions as mere Athenian questions of business. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Anna Katherine Green There seem to be people on the road — whom — whom you might feel obliged to entertain and as your father cannot wait —” He had wheeled about. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing You are not obliged to go into the market. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Daniel Defoe He was so obliged by the manner, and so pleased with the sum, for he had been in a terrible fright lest it had been nothing at all, that he accepted it very thankfully. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Henry James He wondered whether he were stupid and unskilled, and he was finally obliged to confess to himself that he was unpractical. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins For that reason, I am obliged to ask you to go with me as far as the boat. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

It was hard, they said, to have exposed myself for years to danger, and then be obliged to pay on returning to my native land. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Elizabeth Gaskell His sister, Mrs Robinson, had been obliged to leave him some weeks before, owing to some epidemic amongst her own children. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

It is because I love you that I propose to you this parting à l’amiable, as they say in France.” The Conte did not understand; she was obliged to repeat her statement several times. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Anthony Trollope The thing of which I am accused is so repugnant to me, that I am obliged to do something and to say something, even though the subject itself be one on which I would willing be silent. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Earlier in his illness Di had been obliged to exercise patience with her father, but she needed none now. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

It was Ruth’s fate to be obliged to do this, and to do it hurriedly, or she foresaw complications might arise. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

George Gissing Not only would his father and Sidwell be obliged to confess that his insight had been profounder than theirs, but he had the pleasure of standing justified before his own conscience. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing But I must have more books, and I shall be obliged to go to London.” “Don’t go just yet—won’t our books be of use to you?” “I shall see. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The hardiest was obliged to turn his back. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

E. F. Benson If she, like Mr. Wyse, was to encourage Puffin to hope that she would accept his apologies, she would be obliged to remit all further punishment of him, and allow him to consort with his friend again. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Being obliged to cross the Oiselle to reach the Reche, and fearing the ferryman would notice his frequent nocturnal voyages, the baron had an old boat repaired which he had not used for years. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

I am obliged to send this note privately. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But she was obliged to put down the bottle of wine very quickly; she no longer had strength to reach the bed; she fell prostrate, and she had more pains on a mat on the floor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Handel Richardson And the mosquitoes! She had been obliged to put netting round all their beds; and what it would be like in summer passed imagining. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang We are thus obliged to fall back on the reports of Mr. Leng and other native Christian teachers. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Louisa May Alcott The house is empty half the day, so come and drum away as much as you like, and I shall be obliged to you. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne It is necessary to guard against a possible attack, so that we shall not be obliged to watch every night, or to keep up a fire. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Nicor having borne a good character before seduced by Barbarsa, and knowing that an obliged enemy often becomes the sincerest friend, I pressed him again to try his friends. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

George Gissing Harvey, obliged to narrate, did so in the fewest possible words, and dismissed the matter. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Andrew Lang The king was, of course, obliged to take some notice of this brave deed, and as a reward made him one of his own attendants. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He has suffered cruelly for his opinions, in the sense of having so often been obliged to conceal them. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The death of this instructor obliged them thenceforward to rely on a system of self-education. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Wilkie Collins Looking at her with the eye of an artist, 1 am obliged to admit that Number Two is, as the painters say, out of drawing. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jules Verne And, if she were not, you cannot conceive what treatment she would be obliged to submit to from her relatives. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope There he had passed nearly the whole of one day; and he was also obliged to pass nearly the whole of another in the same office. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The rest remained at Aesernia. Felix, worn out by watching and with a slight wound in the side which began to be troublesome, he was reluctantly obliged to leave. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

For an enterprise like this you need a man of ready strength and resources; not one whose condition you might be obliged to consider at a very critical moment. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

There is a similar passage in David Copperfield. After biting Mr. Murdstone’s hand, David is sent away to school and obliged to wear on his back a placard saying, ‘Take care of him. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

William Dampier There is no fresh water at this place nor near it; therefore the inhabitants are obliged to fetch all their water from the river Colanche, which is in the bottom of the bay, about 4 leagues from it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Chief Constable, I am obliged for your assistance, but I think the situation is well in hand, and the chief magistrate can dispense with any outside help. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope But she was obliged to allow herself now to be hurried up to London. When she got into the train the little parcel was in her desk, and the key of her desk was fastened round her neck. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I was sorry to be obliged to do this. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope You had better tell Scatcherd that I am obliged to him for his offer, but that I will not trouble him. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I’m sorry, gentlemen, but I’m obliged to take no chances in this business. Greenmantle by John Buchan

She was constantly with him, walked with him, drove with him, played patience with him, painted with him, or rather watched him paint until the trembling of his hand obliged him to lay down his brush. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Wilkie Collins The master is obliged to make statues to get a living for his daughter and himself. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Victor Hugo The procession was obliged to lengthen itself out, taking the form of the corridor. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope The chopper was obliged to supply a genuine cord of logs — true measure. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Soon after his arrival at Scumberg’s, at which place they were obliged to take him in as he was still paying for his rooms, he made it known that he should start for Italy in a day or two. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Elio I think Anthony is more afraid for me than I am for myself; and since I have been riding with him, I have been obliged to be more careful, because he is so nervous about me. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

George Gissing I haven’t even spoken of it to Mr. Warbeck. I’m quite sure that you’ll understand that we’re obliged to make a few changes in the way we’ve lived. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

I am very much obliged to all of you. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

The sum he was going to demand was the same that he had been obliged to refuse Charles II. He turned towards Colbert, that he might give the blow. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson But the best means of all towards catholicity is that wholesome rule which some folk are most inclined to condemn — I mean the law of obliged speeches. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tobias Smolle You have not a front perspective; but are obliged to view it obliquely on one side, standing upon the brink of a precipice, which cannot be approached without horror. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Rudyard Kipling Jim’s mother, she didn’t like partin’ with no money, an’ bein’ obliged to write her feelin’s on the slate instead o’ givin’ ’em vent by mouth, she was just about mad. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Tobias Smolle We were often obliged to quit the carriage, and walk up steep mountains; and the way in general was so unequal and stony, that we were jolted even to the danger of our lives. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing He bought such additional furniture as was needed (the Jallands had long ago been obliged to sell much that they once possessed), and made the appearance of a modest home. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Jeremy Bentham In taking up a condition, every citizen should be obliged to provide himself with the code which relates to that condition. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jules Verne Nadia, not wishing to retard him, obliged herself to walk. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Wilkie Collins Even his bitterest enemies, sir, have been obliged to acknowledge that my interests were safe when committed to his care. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Watkin Tench Many of the settlers have been obliged to plant twice, nay thrice, on the same land, from the depredations of these reptiles. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

John Galsworthy I shall be obliged if you will kindly leave her quite alone. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

They turned their backs and decamped in another direction so as not to be obliged to recognize her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The Señora de C——a, as Madame de la Valliere, in black velvet and diamonds, looking pretty as usual, but the cold of the house obliged her to muffle up in furs and boas, and so to hide her dress. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Henry Handel Richardson Oh, how tired she was! And she was obliged constantly to dodge impertinently staring men. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Stur E. This river, instead of flowing to the N. W. led me to the S. W.; but I was ultimately obliged to abandon it in consequence of the saltness of its waters. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

William Makepeace Thackeray Poor wife! how she pines and frets, at that untimely hour of midnight to be obliged to fry, fry, fry perpetually, and minister to the monster’s appetite. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Henry James Besides, you’re so good yourself that you needn’t give a shriek if one is obliged to say what one means. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

E. F. Benson For it seems certain that the spirit of a man, after the death of his body, is obliged to reenact such a crime, with a view, I suppose we may guess, to his remorse and his eventual redemption. In the Tube by E. F. Benson

Even the lovely empress herself is obliged to comply, in some degree, with these absurd fashions, which they would not quit for all the world. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Rashleigh, who had never before worked at any species of manual labour, was quickly termed a skulker, and was obliged to endure a double share of the oppression of his overseer on this account. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope Frank had been three times told by Mary that he had better go before he did go; and, at last, she was obliged to take the matter into her own hands, and lead him to the door. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli We damsels shall soon be obliged to carry a book to enrol our engagements as well as our bets, if this system of reversionary dancing be any longer encouraged. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

This he could not bear, for it obliged him to be continually making efforts to preserve his own sense of superiority. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

You will be ready at all times to convey officials of the government to points along the coast where they may be obliged to visit. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Then she quite lost her head; she was obliged to sit down on a chair, for her legs were giving way under her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Walter Scott Know you aught of her?” The last question, urged in a tone of the most anxious inquiry, obliged Quentin to give some account of what he knew of the Countess’s fate. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Robert Louis Stevenson I thank you, I am sure, but I shall be obliged if you will leave me. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

I thought by what he said that he was absolutely obliged to go away today, by the same train as you and Miss Burnaby.” “He certainly said so,” observed Varick coldly. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Henry James How could a woman think Sarah had charm who struck one as having arrived at it herself by such different roads? On the other hand of course Sarah wasn’t obliged to have it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether it would be a hardship on people destitute of all things, if the public furnished them with necessaries which they should be obliged to earn by their labour? 214. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Andrew Lang After his departure she was obliged to recall him. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

E. T. A. Hoffmann He had been obliged to sit behind the Pyramid Doctor, whose great wig completely overshadowed him. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Anthony Trollope Her aunt would be obliged by her stepping into her room. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Ah! Gevrol, my illustrious General! you talked about a Russian princess, but you will be obliged to content yourself with a simple marchioness. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Leon Trotsky Stormy protests from the body of the gathering always greeted this, and on occasion the chairman was obliged to explain the omission of my name as a mistake. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope But on such an occasion as this he found himself obliged to acknowledge that, if the worst should come to the worst, some attempt at choking his enemy must be made. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Seriously, sir, I am very much obliged to you for your kind and candid letter. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

So far as natural resources are concerned, Peñon de Velez is a mere rock, and a part of the year is obliged to be supplied with fresh water from the mainland. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli True it is, the Holy Father is obliged to garrison the city with twelve thousand men of arms, but not against the Romans, not against his own subjects. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Leslie Stephen Nobody, according to the patent, was to be forced to take Wood’s halfpence; nor could any one be obliged to receive more than fivepence halfpenny in any one payment. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

I know it is not to be accounted for physically, but I do actually see it, though my lids are closed, and so it rocks my mind, as it were, and overpowers me, and I am obliged to rise from my knees. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Lewis Burckhard The Tekayrne went and filled their water-skins at the well, and after their return the captain obliged them to go a second time, to bring a sufficient quantity for the ship’s company. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Morville had been obliged to go to Oxford about it; but Mr. Thorndale did not profess to understand it, as of course Morville said as little of it as he could. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Jules Verne They were often obliged to unload the provisions in order to get over a steep hill, whose frozen surface gave no hold. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

My wounds had been so trifling that, except being obliged to wear my arm in a sling for a short time, I felt no inconvenience from the night’s adventure. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Henry James He had been obliged to make this rule, and had adhered to it with some success. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Phillips observed, “I am obliged to eat meat according to the Law, or I should have no peace of my life. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Daniel Defoe This obliged them in the highest degree, and as I was besieged day and night with good company and pleasant discourse, so I had two or three old ladies that lay at me upon the subject of religion too. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

So listen to me or I shall be obliged to leave you in charge of this man and go myself to inform the authorities. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

William Godwin Faustus shortly after obliged his guests with her bust in marble, from which several copies were taken, no one knowing the name of the original artist. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Galsworthy Afterwards three other new boys had complained that he was a fool for having it all eaten up like that, instead of saving it for them, and he had been obliged to sit on their heads one by one. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hobbes If a monarch subdued by war render himself subject to the victor, his subjects are delivered from their former obligation, and become obliged to the victor. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

The palest of the four, we must admit, was still Raoul. The princess, however, was near fainting, and was obliged to lean upon the foot of the bed for support. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Guy de Maupassan In another hour the streets would be absolutely deserted, and unless she could manage to pick up some belated drunken man, she would be obliged to return home alone. The Debt (Fanny) by Guy de Maupassan

The Legislature had passed a most extraordinary Bill, by virtue of which every person who arrives at Barbadoes is obliged to pay two dollars, and two dollars more on his departure from it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Gissing He looked annoyed, and would have passed on, but his acquaintance, who had perhaps exceeded the limits of modest refreshment, called him again and obliged him to approach the bar. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jules Verne The Nautilus was then obliged to stop in its adventurous course amid these fields of ice. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Gissing Of late Widdowson had grown so careless in the matter of toilet, that an unexpected visit obliged him to hurry through a change of apparel before he could present himself. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

This, of course, one can’t agree to, and the consequence is that one is obliged to witness and resist the most moving expressions of grief and fond entreaty. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope Now, when a host questions the propriety of a guest remaining under his roof, the guest is obliged to go. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens They hoped that my wife was well, — that she was not obliged to keep her chamber, — that they had not frightened her away. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Wilkie Collins The state of his wife’s health had obliged him (acting under medical advice) to try the influence of her native air. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He had yawned in her face, and had abandoned himself to moody abstraction when accident obliged him to be alone with her. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

If this were so, she or the other person would be obliged to pass around the foot of the bed in order to reach the glass, and I should be sure to see it, for I did not pretend to sleep. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells An inner necessity obliged him to read it aloud, distasteful though it was in every line. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Then he turned and said to Gretorex: “I sent my sergeant out of the room, doctor, because I am obliged now to ask you a question which I thought you would prefer to have put to you privately. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

He was coming home for a summer holiday, just when summer was at her loveliest He was not bound by public school rules, or obliged to wait for the stereotyped watering-place season. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Maria Edgeworth But Corny, if ready to give sympathy, was likewise imperious in requiring it; and Harry was often obliged to make sudden transitions from his own thoughts and employments, to those of his friend. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope And mashed potatoes—do you like them best mashed or baked?’ Mary finding herself obliged to vote, voted for mashed potatoes. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I am obliged to look at it as the world will look at it. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Leo Tolstoy The old devil saw no other way out of the difficulty and was obliged to submit. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Thomas Hardy Her foot had never regained its natural strength after the accident, and she was mostly obliged to avoid walking altogether. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy