Phrases with "observed"

Henry James At the same moment he observed that Lady Aurora was watching their friend as if she had at least an equal stake in what he might say. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Then you’re both gentlemen, and I like that,” observed Captain Wicks. “And then I’ll tell you I’m tired of this cabbing cruise, and I want to get to work again. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Wilkie Collins As I made that answer, I observed that he held something in his hand which was half hidden up the sleeve of his dressing-gown. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Edgar Allan Poe I observed that the outlines of these monstrosities were sufficiently distinct, but that the colors seemed faded and blurred, as if from the effects of a damp atmosphere. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

William Henry Bragg It will be observed that the other four metals all behaved alike. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

It was guarded, for he heard the tramp of a sentry, and as he pulled himself up the bank he observed a couple of long wooden huts, obviously some kind of billets. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It will be observed that the prefix Hil marks the vocative case. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Ray observed her closely in all that she did. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Susannah observed her covertly, wondering how much she guessed. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Tobias Smolle I took him by the hand, observed that I had sent for him to be a witness and sharer of my happiness, and told him I had found a father. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

And as I looked at his face for some sign of life I observed something like a faint shadow pass over his forehead. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

He observed that Mastrovin had turned his attention to the others. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Algernon Blackwood And Joan, luckily, had not observed him, her head being bowed and her eyes tightly closed while her father prayed. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

They took advantage of the desire which they observed in Charles to receive this crown without a struggle. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

His disappearance was observed on the instant by Mr. Jones, who abandoned his nonchalant immobility against the desk, and made a few steps calculated to put him between Heyst and the doorway. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

That it could be observed and surmised that one man had approached Lady Lodore with any but sentiments of reverence, was an evil to be avoided at any cost. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I observed yet another thing. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For heaven’s sake, don’t disappoint us all!” “I seem to be rather good at that,” Dominey observed a little drearily. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Charles Dickens Miss Miggs observed that she bore no malice, no not to her greatest foe, whom she rather loved the more indeed, the greater persecution she sustained. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I observed the schooner to look more than usually small, the men silent and studious of the weather. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

At present she was distant from us about six miles, and as she was still heading directly for the island I began to feel certain she had observed our signal. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James Our odd situation, that of the three of us, became perfectly possible from the moment I observed that he had more patience with her than I should have had. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Samuel Johnson It is observed that in Italy almost all assassinations are committed during the heat of summer. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Henry Fielding The gentleman lately arrived discovered a great deal of emotion at the distress of this poor creature, whom he observed to be fallen not into the most compassionate hands. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Robert Louis Stevenson At length the Master observed my signals of distress. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

He observed that she did not raise her eyes to himself; but her movements had an air of embarrassment, like those of a person who knows that she is being overlooked. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

She observed my face and I am sure she read there something of my inward exaltation. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jack London He observed the boy lay down the axe and take up a stout club. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Andrew Lang When he saw that I observed him he saluted me with great deference. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Stur At about three miles we observed a sand hill in front of us, beyond which no land was to be seen, as if the country dipped, and there was a great hollow. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Nikolai Gogol Ivan Nikiforovitch observed my sigh, and said, “Do not be troubled: I have reliable information that the case will be decided next week, and in my favour. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Edgar Allan Poe Our general routine was this:— Pompey, having rolled himself well in the mud, sat upon end at the shop door, until he observed a dandy approaching in bright boots. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

He began as he always did begin in such cases, for there had been such cases already, there had been attempts (and it may be observed I knew all this beforehand, I knew his nasty tactics by heart). Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fanny Fern Ruth observed this, and blushed deeply. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Jules Verne It was the lowest temperature observed up till then. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Rudyard Kipling He knew his ranges as well as our gunners, and he was as quick on his feet as our Carpentier. I observed him often. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James He observed that Miss Chancellor’s hand was at once cold and limp; she merely placed it in his, without exerting the smallest pressure. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Many people were moving up and down from fire to fire, and among them I observed several monks. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle The alternative was that someone passing had observed the key in the door, had known that I was out, and had entered to look at the papers. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Sinclair Lewis As he spoke she cupped her chin with the palm of her delicate hand and observed him curiously. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Watkin Tench Many fires were observed on the hills in the evening. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Maria Edgeworth Henry Campbell observed that it seemed as if the colours had been discharged by some acid. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

I observed a lunar rainbow in the northern horizon; its diameter was only about fifteen degrees. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Then I observed that myself had preposterously deceived me, that it wasn’t like that at all. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anthony Trollope Father John had not observed the occurrence; but when he was leaving the table, and as Tony was getting up, the latter whispered to him, “Blake has been called out. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I can’t say whether the young lady or the old observed the irregular worship directed towards their pew. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

One circumstance must be observed by all who travel in Mexican territory. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy I remember that, on looking round the churchyard while reading the service, I observed nearly all the parish at their funeral. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Suddenly La Valliere observed something thrown from the window where Malicorne had been standing, pass across the open space which separated the iron bars, and roll upon the floor. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Pierre looked several times in a contrite and supplicating manner towards the Chevalier de Fontane and Madame de Peyrelade; but neither observed him. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

George Eliot Presently Stephen observed a vessel coming after them. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Gazing upon this gloomy expanse, Rufus Dawes observed a strange phenomenonlightning appeared to burst upwards from the sullen bosom of the sea. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Dickens Nothing unbecoming tinged the pride; it was a natural and worthy one; but he observed it as a curiosity. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

H. G. Wells Miss Poole looked at him as though she had just observed his existence for the first time. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Charles Stur It was so narrow indeed that nothing could pass either in or out of it without being observed by the guard, so that neither could our cattle escape or the wild ones join them. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Percy Bysshe Shelley This conjecture became certainty, as, when he concluded, he observed Matilda’s face change to an ashy paleness. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Washington Irving I had repeatedly observed a long lean fellow perched on the top of one of the towers, manoeuvring two or three fishing-rods, as though he were angling for the stars. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

But will those dainty little Turkish slippers which I observed just now keep out the cold and damp?” “O, they are more substantial than they look, and the stones seem quite dry. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James He regarded its complications as more curious than edifying, and he had an idea of the beauty of REASON, which was, on the whole, meagrely gratified by what he observed in his female patients. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte observed every where a profusion of game; the pheasants scarcely flew from his approach, and the deer gazed mildly at him as he passed. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Hiuen–Tsang observed the remains of the monastery formerly standing on the site of the garden of Jeta, 2 miles below the city. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

It should be observed that, in the above illustration, I speak of the slimmest individual wolves, and not of any single strongly-marked variation having been preserved. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

G. K. Chesterton Great sociological credit is due to the man who has first clearly observed that Straker has appeared. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The next moment Mr. Preen put his in also, together with the letter addressed to Mr. Paul. “We are too late,” observed Oliver. “I thought we should be. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte soon after relapsed into a fit of musing; and his son now took occasion to lament that depression of spirits, which he had lately observed in him. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

In some instances the males alone, in other instances both males and females, have been observed thus to differ in a slight degree. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

George Berkeley And having found the sought figures, the same rule or analogy being observed throughout, it is easy to read them into words; and so the number becomes perfectly known. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

The Archbishop observed to his companion: ‘I’m not sure, after all, that it was wise of me to come. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Having been born with a certain order of brain it observed and worked in spite of him, thereby adding flavour and interest to existence. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Strangers observed them with a not altogether unsympathetic interest. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Meredith Footmen were stirring about the house, and one meeting Evan close by his door, observed with demure grin, that he could not find the gentleman’s nether-garments. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Henry James They had, in truth, observed her to have been in tears, and, supposing her to be shut up in her chamber, had not disturbed her. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Enough has been already said concerning the attitude seemingly observed by him towards the great public questions, and the great historical events, of his day. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

H. Rider Haggard Soon I observed him sitting by the bank of the stream, in which he had been bathing. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf She observed that he was compressing his teacup, so that there was danger lest the thin china might cave inwards. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

G. K. Chesterton All of us who have observed changes passing over a society know that indeterminate and yet determining instant. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

H. G. Wells It will be only when they have observed us better that they will begin to think we have minds” “When you trace those geometrical problems,” said I. “It may be that. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

He had not observed his alarm, nor his perplexity, nor his lack of penetration. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

But the Duchessa observed that, in order to notice all these points of ugliness, one had first to attempt to catalogue the Prince’s features separately. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

He observed that all the others lunched at twelve, and he resolved to anticipate his usual hour. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

All this he observed with a terror which seemed not incompatible with the fulfillment of a natural expectation. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

David Hume Besides, it happens, with regard to ambitious aims and projects, what may be observed with regard to sects of philosophy and religion. Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy or to a Republic by David Hume

Ann Radcliffe Alleyn watched the movements of the castle; he observed the lights successively disappear. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

A steamer towing a sailing vessel had been observed far out to sea for some time, and when the steamer came in alone, leaving the other outside, attention was aroused. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

When we observed this to him, he told us all to trouble ourselves about our own business, as this horse belonged to him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope On that day, and on the following, her father observed no change in her; and the mother spoke nothing of her fears. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ivan Turgenev It had many a time been observed that Gerasim could not bear drunkards. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

T. H. Huxley And this is no doubt true, but it by no means follows that the particular order and harmony observed among them should be that which we see. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Looking over his guests, Conn observed that a young man was yet standing. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

George Meredith Lady Rodwell Blachington observed to Colney Durance: ‘Mr. Radnor bids fair to become the idol of the English people. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

She observed me with her shrewd, unintelligent eyes for a bit, and then with the fatuous remark about the Law being just she left me to the horrors of the studio. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins Just before he spoke to her, he observed that she had a chemisette in her hand, the frill of which was laced through with ribbon. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Then I observed that sisters were bringing out tea or medicines to some of the patients and I thought I saw a chance of a move. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson He was scarcely gone when I observed another and a much younger man approaching hastily from the opposite side of the square. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli Among them was Miss Dacre. He had not observed her. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Watkin Tench Nothing here was observed to fix his attention so strongly as some tame fowls, who were feeding near him: our dogs also he particularly noticed; but seemed more fearful than fond of them. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Robert Louis Stevenson That train was the one piece of life in all the deadly land; it was the one actor, the one spectacle fit to be observed in this paralysis of man and nature. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli Rufus, the huntsman, who was ever prowling about, and who at all times had a terribly quick eye for a bird, one day observed the carrier-pigeon sallying forth from the window of the tower. The Carrier Pigeon by Benjamin Disraeli

Ivan Turgenev That sin’s never been observed in him. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Conan Doyle Ezra cautioned his father to sit down, for he observed a row of curious faces gazing at them over the quarter of one great vessel. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Borrow I have fervent hope that the words of my mouth sank deep into the hearts of some of my auditors, as I observed many of them depart musing and pensive. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Sir Walter Scott She was, as one of them expressed himself, ‘in a light low’ (bright flame) when they observed a king’s ship, with her colours up, heave in sight from behind the cape. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

The settler J.P. observed with a sneer, “Witnesses! Aye! I’ll be bound he has. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope They were so near that others there could not but have observed them. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Grape observed to the landlord that he should use the opportunity to go on a little expedition which otherwise he could not have found time for, and should be back before the horse was well. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Thomas Hardy They observed his altered manner, and said he was in love. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

I looked at my watch and observed that it was one o’clock. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Thomas Hardy A traveller who should walk and observe any of these visitants as Venn observed them now could feel himself to be in direct communication with regions unknown to man. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson It was the newsboy, who had observed that I was looking ill, and so made me this present out of a tender heart. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins On leaving the office the first precaution to be observed was to abstain from attracting attention by stopping to look about me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Andrew Lang So they collected their jewels and a few clothes and left the house without being observed by anyone. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jaikie observed that the bacon and eggs were growing cold, but the natural annoyance of a hungry man was lost in pity for the dejected figure before him. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James She was remarkable for a maturity of which every symptom might have been observed to be admirably controlled, had not a tendency to stoutness just affirmed its independence. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

Benjamin Disraeli A little before sunset they had completed the passage of the open country, and had entered the opposite branch of the Apennines, which they had long observed in the distance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

The First Secretary observed this play of physiognomy steadily. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Signs of mourning were to be observed on every hand. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

E. F. Benson My barometer was on the table, and I observed with dismay that it had gone down nearly half an inch. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

Yet it is strange that they should not have observed that not a single charge of a definitely unjust decision was brought, at any rate was proved, against him. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

There was but one carriage easily within their reach; and they had sprung into it, and the leader and elder already had his feet upon the floor, when he observed Mr Finsbury. ‘Good God!’ he cried. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Wilkie Collins He observed thousands of people assembled, composed almost exclusively of the middle and upper classes of society. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I observed here two distinct leading features in its physical geography. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

E. F. Benson He skipped down the steps and was observed running down the street. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle He observed with astonishment, as he drew near, that the archer’s bow was on John’s back, the archer’s sword by John’s side, and the steel cap laid upon the tree-trunk between them. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli As Cadurcis approached, he observed some low tents, and in a few minutes he was in the centre of an encampment of gipsies. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

A few rays of light still glimmered in the chamber of Agnes. I observed them with joy. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Edward Jenner Here we see a deflation from the ordinary habits of the smallpox, as it has been observed that the presence of the measles suspends the action of the variolous matter. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

John Lewis Burckhard I have not observed any specimens of jasper during the whole route from Daraou. We passed several Wadys, and saw some hares. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Olaf Stapledon I observed them inwardly, as a man may introspect his own delighting and grieving; but I observed them dispassionately. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

About ten o’clock in the morning we observed the feet-mark of the wild boars; we judged by the freshness of the marks that they had passed that way early the same morning. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

E. F. Benson Probably he too had observed this apparition, for his fingers prematurely loosed hold of the sponge, and it bounded into the street. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Walter Scott Like the feld elfen of the Saxons, the usual dress of the Fairies is green; though, on the moors, they have been sometimes observed in heath-brown, or in weeds dyed with the stoneraw, or lichen. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

E. F. Benson But such discretion need not be observed with Mary Taylor in New Zealand, and Charlotte sent her a copy of Jane Eyre, making no mystery about it, before these strenuous disclaimers. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Virginia Woolf Half an hour later, having removed the traces of sleep, they met each other in the hall, and Mrs. Paley observed that she was going to have her tea. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

As they did so, I observed a tall man rise and follow her out. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

As Jammy made his way to a seat, he observed that it was filled with the most fashionable audience that he had seen at any gathering since the Beaushire–Curzon wedding. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

On letting it go he observed that a portion of it adhered to his fingers, and running to a brook in great alarm he proceeded to wash it off. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang He observed himself, I used to think, as he observed others, and “saw himself” in every part he played. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Once or twice, I thought he wandered a little; and I observed that he occasionally moved his hand under the pillow, as if searching for something there. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Isabella Bird No intoxicating liquor was placed upon the table,* and I observed the same temperate habits at the inns in New Brunswick, the city of St. John not excepted. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle The porter had observed his hand trembling when he had held out the note. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Benjamin Disraeli I have long observed that you were formed for something better than mere frivolity. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Thomas Hardy His wife had observed the proceeding with much uneasiness; but he persuaded her to have hers laced also, and she agreed to a milder allowance after some misgiving. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson But the sparkle that came into his eye as he observed me enter, warned me to expect the worst. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

A court-martial was, of course, hasty and often unjust in its decisions; but still, it observed some of the forms of procedure practised in judicial tribunals. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Kirke observed her attentively. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. F. Benson He observed with legitimate pride that an early start would not be necessary, as the distance was only eighty miles and there were no police traps. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

Wilkie Collins Besides, I observed there was no dust on his boots (after a week of dry weather), and his walk of two hours did not appear to have heated or tired him. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle The only ship in sight was a barque flying the Norwegian colours, and we observed that it was reefed down, as if expecting trouble. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

H. G. Wells The Great Portland Street dealer did not know who the tall dark man in grey was, nor had he observed him with sufficient attention to describe him minutely. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

John Lewis Burckhard I observed also some very large lizards, at least a foot in length from head to tail. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Not knowing whether to remain or retire, the young policeman stood for a moment undecided; then he observed an open letter lying upon the carpet. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James She prolonged her vigil for something less than an hour, and then, rising, observed to Isabel that it was time they should bid the gentlemen good-night. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle Crouching down among the bushes, we observed them at our leisure. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anthony Trollope Mr Slow himself took him into the outer office, and then handed him a chair; but he observed that he was not allowed to go back into the waiting-room. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Sir Walter Scott In the vault which adjoined, and which was defended by a strong door, then left open, he observed a considerable quantity of straw, and in both were the relics of recent fires. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Several windows were lighted up, and Vanaman observed with surprise that one of the large windows on the ground floor was broken. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott On this curtain the sewer kept a wary eye; and when he observed it slightly shake, he waved his wand of office, and all expected the result. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Jules Verne The Forward, by getting nearer the Pole, had got farther away from the coal repository observed by Sir Edward Belcher; instead of one hundred, it lay at two hundred and fifty miles farther south. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Sir Walter Scott He invited Edward to walk out with him by the little river in the vicinity; and smiled in a melancholy manner when he observed him take down and buckle on his sword. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Ford Madox Ford He might of course have observed that and then forgotten it. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Leon Trotsky From the staircase, I had already observed that the two sisters were sitting on the balcony with their mother. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle She observed that the light was burning in the study, but having knocked several times at the surgery door without response, she concluded that the doctor had been called out, and so returned home. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

William Dampier On the contrary I have always observed the sea winds to be warmer than land-winds, unless it be when a bloom, as we call it, or hot blast blow from thence. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Jules Verne Oh, that to morrow were here that I might find out our longitude; really this uncertainty is terrible!” “To-morrow will come,” observed Madge. There was nothing to do but to wait. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Saint–Aignan thought it was his duty again to retire, for he observed the passionate devotion which was displayed in the king’s gaze. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Fielding I observed here my old friend displayed less courage than I expected from him. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Ann Radcliffe La Motte observed the effect of his speech, and something like remorse touched his heart. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Charles Dickens It was but the other day, on a race-course, that I observed four people in a barouche deriving great entertainment from the contemplation of four people on foot. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Kingsley Tom went in: but he observed that his companion, after standing awhile in the street irresolutely, went on up the hill, and, as far as he could see, turned up the lane to Vavasour’s. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Henry James I observed him now with a good deal of interest, for he was a rare phenomenon—the fruit of a system persistently and uninterruptedly applied. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Walter Besant For several days afterwards I observed that he was agitated, and would go a-walking by himself in the garden, shaking his forefinger as he went, as one does who is in trouble. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Washington Irving Johnson observed that Goldsmith’s genius flowered late; he should have said it flowered early, but was late in bringing its fruit to maturity. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Mark Twain She observed it, “made a mouth” at him and gave him the back of her head for the space of a minute. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Florence Dixie I observed that although his face, legs, and hands were almost as copper-coloured as those of an Indian, his features were those of a white man. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Bruce mentions a similar fact, but he says he saw it in the springs of Feriana. Part of the ancient structure of these baths still exists, and pieces of inscriptions are observed in different places. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Another day, he observed her, not casually. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

D. H. Lawrence She did not mind if he observed her hands. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She observed that he was always named before her in that euphuistic language which we naturally use when we speak to persons of those who are nearest to them and dearest to them. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Benjamin Disraeli Venetia, too, observed everything and forgot nothing. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

I observed that this even coincided with the execution of the will, and I surmised that there might be some connection between them. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Wilkie Collins I happened to be looking in at my friend the proctor’s office, and I observed that he received me with an appearance of greater interest than usual. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Mary Webb Mrs. Marston observed Edward narrowly. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Walter Scott III. The traveller mentions that some festival of the same kind was in his time observed in Gloucestershire. Another custom of similar origin lingered late among us. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

He had probably observed our mutual attraction, and was trying to detach us one from another. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Benjamin Disraeli Popanilla observed the instructions of the eminent physician to the very letter. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Sir Walter Scott They separated hastily, as they heard me rustle amongst the leaves; and I observed she turned her head and looked long after him. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Sweetwater observed him in real astonishment as he slid by and made his quiet escape. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Men observed her with a smile of interest; “A fine girl,” was their comment, or something to that effect. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Now, as I observed the acute rapacity with which he was eating, I tried not to look at him, so as not to confuse him, and, thinking of him, I was examining the room. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

Though such near neighbours, the females are never observed to kick up a row or come to blows! Another species of cassique, as large as a crow, is very common in the plantations. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Gissing When it began to be observed that Samuel talked somewhat frequently of Miss. Lord, the implied suggestion caused a tremor of confused feeling. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He had not observed them, being absorbed in his work; but he now stood up and returned their salute in kind, asking them if they’d far to travel. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Jules Verne Often have I observed your conduct. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Virginia Woolf But we aren’t; now how do you account for that?” She looked at him and observed his judicial attitude as of one holding far aloof from emotion. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Looking up, Miss Sheckleton observed the door open, and Tom fancied perceived him in the perspective through it, for she rose suddenly, shut it, and he saw no more. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

As I continued to traffic with these gentlemen, I observed with no small anxiety the eyes of Captain Oliver frequently fixed upon me with a kind of dubious inquiring gaze. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Now he remembered it, and also observed for the first time that one side of the room, that near the window, was in considerable disarray. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Here I observed a young coulacanara, ten feet long, slowly moving onwards. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Moore observed — ‘And these are our best pieces! And we have nothing more dramatic, nervous, natural!’ And then he smiled and was silent. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

To those who observed my reckless charge, without being in the secret of my object, I must have appeared demented. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu