Phrases with "observed"

His notice of her and his coldness of manner were observed by all. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins Before we got out of the omnibus I had, however, observed one undesirable result of my absence from home. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The Englishman observed it, and, if he had entertained suspicions before as to their complicity in the affair, this effectually dispersed them. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I observed some ancient statues of great value. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Robert Louis Stevenson Challoner observed her retreat and disappear, an almost intolerable sense of guilt contending with the profound sense that he was being gulled. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson For some time we observed something lying black and huddled in the scuppers, which at last heaved a little and moaned aloud. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

And it was to be observed that the almost febrile gaiety which distinguished her manner this evening had been as apparent when she first entered the drawing~room as it was now. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

She observed grimly that the two last sums had been payments in guineas, sixty and eighty guineas. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Ford Madox Ford Nancy had already observed very fully that Edward was strange in his manner. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Maria Edgeworth He observed that his governess was, in this respect, as scrupulous as she required that he should be, and he consequently believed in the truth and general utility of her precepts. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins I observed languidly that they were most of them portraits of ladiesfair idols, no doubt, of the Major’s facile adoration — and I cared to notice no more. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

But I observed to Fyne that, however insane was the view she held, one could not declare the girl mad on that account. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Locke Fifthly, This further may be observed concerning simple ideas and their names, that they have but few ascents in linea praedicamentali, (as they call it,) from the lowest species to the summum genus. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

But Mr Verloc observed nothing. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

E. F. Benson It arrives, that is to say, practically every day, it knocks (or makes other noises), it is observed coming up the drive (or in other places). How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

The Jew Adonijah observed me with increasing compassion and contempt. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Ann Radcliffe It was with inexpressible joy that Julia observed the kindling atmosphere; and soon after the rays of the rising sun touching the tops of the mountains, whose sides were yet involved in dark vapours. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Mr. Doubleday also informs me that he has sometimes observed a female ticking,80 and in an hour or two afterwards has found her united with a male, and on one occasion surrounded by several males. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The change I observed went deeper than that; it was more as if a light had been extinguished in her countenance. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson I was scarce back on my rock (where I went always the first thing after I had eaten) before I observed a boat coming down the Sound, and with her head, as I thought, in my direction. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain He observed that he employs nearly ten thousand of them now. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Ford Madox Ford He observed that Sylvia had been crying and was still wiping her eyes. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Panscope. I am not obliged, sir, as Dr Johnson observed on a similar occasion, to furnish you with an understanding. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

I observed with astonishment that everything seemed unfamiliar. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was something about her expression peculiarly inscrutable and yet Grant fancied that as his eyes met hers she intended in some mysterious way to let him know that she had observed his interest. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

One day, as she inspected this drawer, I observed that the play-things, and trinkets which recently formed its contents, were transmuted into bits of folded paper. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

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

Presently a young man approached, who had observed from a distance the solitary group. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

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]

Sir Walter Scott The same degree of precedence was observed in the mode of distributing the charity, which consisted in bread, beef, and a piece of money, to each individual of all the three classes. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He had seen others do that on previous occasions, and had observed that the effect was not happy. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Ivan Turgenev When Gerasim came out of the garret next day, no particular change could be observed in him. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Dickens He may have observed himself, and made the discovery. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe I observed that they always removed or settled their hats with both bands, and wore watches, with short gold chains of a substantial and ancient pattern. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Anne Bronte Hargrave, snuff those candles, will you?’ ‘They’re wax; they don’t require snuffing,’ said I. ‘”The light of the body is the eye,”’ observed Hargrave, with a sarcastic smile. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

William Dampier I observed some went purposely carrying oil to sprinkle into the lamps to make them burn the brighter. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

John Lewis Burckhard I saw no remains of any town wall, nor of any thing like a large edifice; the whole of what I observed seemed to have belonged to a small open city. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edward Jenner I observed no peculiarity in any of them previously to their inoculation, nor did any thing remarkable appear in their arms till after the decline of the disease. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

It should be observed that the process of imitation probably never commenced between forms widely dissimilar in colour. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Sir Walter Scott My father then observed them getting hatchets and crows, probably to assail the hall-door, and called aloud, “Let none fire but Hazlewood and me; Hazlewood, mark the ambassador. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Persuaded that she had not observed me, I lingered for an instant looking at her. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

Why, when people are my age —” She got no further, however, for she observed the ghastliness of Helene’s face. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She suspected perhaps more than there really was, and she was particularly kind and grave at parting, and, he thought, observed him with a sort of romantic compassion which is so pretty in old ladies. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Thomas Hardy You ought not to be angry!” He observed that her eyes were brimming with tears. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I observed this phenomenon at Pickett’s Mill. Standing at the right of the line I had an unobstructed view of the narrow, open space across which the two lines fought. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

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

John Lewis Burckhard I observed some hieroglyphics sculptured upon single stones lying about in this part. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Scott Thou canst show him the way also, in case he requires thy guidance, though thou mayst have observed it is wonderful how familiar he already seems to be with the purlieus of our camp. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

George Meredith Perhaps, consequently, they became observed with all but undivided attention. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

When he paid his first visit to the king after his consecration, his Majesty observed that his hat was a good deal larger than usual, and asked him what was the object of so very much brim. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

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

She observed the Stranger with wondering looks. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

John Locke In this case, when the positive mode has one name, and another name as it stands in relation to the law, the distinction may as easily be observed as it is in substances, where one name, v. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Arthur Conan Doyle He observed also, from the delay in reading it, that it was also in some sort of cipher. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Jaikie observed for the first time that there were no shutters. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

David Hume Suitable to this vehemence of thought and expression, was the vehemence of action, observed in the ancient orators. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

Walter Scott After an hour had passed like a moment in their expressions of mutual affection, Lady Staunton observed the Captain walking with impatient steps below the window. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Here’s Fallowby weeping with hunger —” “Shut up,” observed the latter, “perhaps he’s been out to buy a turkey. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

But, as I think I observed before at the outset of this story, we are rarely ourselves aware of the commencement of any new section in our lives. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells The mattress was partly transparent, a fact he observed with a strange sense of insecurity, and below it was a mirror reflecting him greyly. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Presently a smile came to lurk under his thick iron-gray moustache, and he observed that, of course, if I felt I must go he couldn’t keep me by main force. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

E. F. Benson Sometimes she ran on in front and observed their progress, sometimes she stood still to watch them go by. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Sinclair Lewis From the other end of the room, a matron among matrons, Carol observed Myrtle, and hated her, and caught herself at it. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I observed that Eunice had something to say to him confidentially, before they parted. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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]

James Hogg The poor fellow observed this, and tried to do away the impression by some further sage remarks of his own. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

George Borrow I observed several masts and sails of boats. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Henry Fielding During her stay here, Amelia observed the house to be in great confusion; a great bustle was heard above-stairs, and the maid ran up and down several times in a great hurry. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Then for the first time I observed that his face was deadly white—that his teeth were fast clenched—that his breathing was unnatural and laboured. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

He observed that the boy was quietly sobbing. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

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

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]

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

Jaikie and Alison, whose heads were very close together in the little balcony, observed her arrival with interest. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ivan Turgenev The elder lady observed that in her youth she had heard a fine opera — Demetrio e Polibio’— but that ‘Dimitri’ was much nicer than ‘Demetrio.’ In this way Sanin talked for about an hour. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Next day at morning lesson the teacher observed that his pupil was indeed looking pale and jaded, with listless eyes and a weary manner. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Maria Edgeworth A great deal of gaiety was now going on constantly among the young people at Clarendon Park, and this made her want of spirits more disagreeable to herself, more obvious, and more observed by others. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Ann Radcliffe She observed a darker shade pass over his countenance. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Henry Fielding Lady Booby, then casting her eyes on the ground, observed something sparkle with great lustre, which, when she had taken it up, appeared to be a very fine pair of diamond buttons for the sleeves. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

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]

The long sprays of the hawthorns, shooting out before them, served as a screen; they saw him before he observed them. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Thomas Hardy Not wishing to be observed further till she knew more of her future in this place, she withdrew with her daughter from the speaker’s side. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Sigmund Freud Here I will cite only a few of the authors who have observed and emphasized this fact: Hildebrandt (p. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Michael observed that Morris had followed him to the steps; a brilliant inspiration came to him. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Benjamin Disraeli In the evening, seated by Lady Montairy, Lothair observed on her sister’s singing, and said, “I never heard any of our great singers, but I cannot believe there is a finer voice in existence. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

I’ve got it, and you’re not to blame,” said Sir Bale. “But some one is to blame,” observed Mr. Feltram, smiling still. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jeremy Bentham Atkins the traveller observed an instance of this among a tribe of negroes:* as often as the king drank, two of his attendants “held up a cloth before his face, that he might not be seen. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Virginia Woolf Then Miss Allan observed reflectively that going to church abroad always made her feel as if she had been to a sailor’s funeral. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Paine It is also to be observed that all the religions known in the world are founded, so far as they relate to man, on the unity of man, as being all of one degree. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

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]

And this I observed generally in all I saw of them during a long time among them afterwards; but their skin, for beauty and fairness, exceeds ours very much. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Benjamin Disraeli She displayed a delicate and even luxurious taste, not only in her conversation, but (the Duke observed it with delight) in her costume. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells She observed he had given up his glasses — he had forgotten to bring them with him — and her secret fear of grave optical troubles — that were being “kept” from her —-was alleviated. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Frederick Marryat Patience observed it, and after a time said —“You will be able to watch over your sisters, Mr Armitage, as well here, almost, as if you were at the cottage. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Francis Bacon For it has not been ill observed by the chemists in their triad of first principles that sulphur and mercury run through the whole universe. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Fabrizio grew impatient, then said to himself: “After all, whose fault is it? It is due to our vanity, which this man has very well observed from his seat on the box. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

A pious heathen who was currying favour with his wooden deity by sitting for some years motionless in a treeless plain, observed a young ivy putting forth her tender shoots at his feet. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

It has been observed before that the object of Mr. Evans’ life appeared to be to give pleasure, or heap benefits upon this girl. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

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]

He observed with the greatest strictness the religious rules and ordinances. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Henry James I was on the point of raising my hat to her when I observed that her face gave no sign. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

It was a divine April night, and I observed that I wished I were in a better place to enjoy spring weather. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

E. F. Benson Then he suddenly saw that the key had been changed, but in a very inconspicuous manner, right in the middle of a bar, and Lucia had not observed this. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli One would have supposed from what might be observed under their roof, that she was some beautiful but portionless maiden whom Endymion had raised to wealth and power. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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

George Gissing In supplying them with programmes Polly observed and listened with feverish attention. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Maria Edgeworth Yet all this was visible only to her; for every body else observed that Mrs. Somers was in remarkably good spirits, and in the most actively obliging humour imaginable. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

I observed once, indeed, something like exultation in his aspect: it was just when the people were bearing the coffin from the house. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

John Lewis Burckhard This evening I observed the whole beach to be covered with shells, and in the water among the coral rocks were numberless fishes of various shapes and colours. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Borrow I produced it, and after having surveyed the marks with attention, he observed that they were highly curious, and also wondered what they meant. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

John Lewis Burckhard I observed about half a dozen marble bases of good Grecian workmanship. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

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

The celebrated sculptor, Mr. Woolner, informs me of one little peculiarity in the external ear, which he has often observed both in men and women, and of which he perceived the full significance. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edgar Allan Poe The country, as I said before, was literally swarming with the natives, skulking among the bushes and recesses of the hills, so as not to be observed from the schooner. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells If he observed these things, he made no attempt to place his observation on record. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

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

Walter Scott More mystery was observed in loading the ship’s boat with a quantity of small barrels, which seemed to contain ammunition. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Sigmund Freud Feelings of hostility towards brothers and sisters must occur far more frequently in children than is observed by their obtuse elders. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang It may be observed that Lavaterus (circ. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens However, I observed that on the back of the letter there was what we call a kiss — a drop of wax by the side of the seal — and again, you understand, that was enough for me. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Jules Verne He observed these men thrown without resources upon a desert island, but had no wish to be himself discovered by them. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins After looking about me in front of the house, I observed a flower-garden on my left hand, and walked towards it to see what I could discover in that direction. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sir Richard Burton Moreover, he observed that they were forty in number. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

They had not observed either De Guiche or Madame, the king or La Valliere. Suddenly something fell through the air like a colossal sheet of flame, followed by a loud but distant rumbling noise. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy In going hither and thither he observed in the outskirts of a small town a red-and-blue placard setting forth the great advantages of the Empire of Brazil as a field for the emigrating agriculturist. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry David Thoreau When I had mapped the pond by the scale of ten rods to an inch, and put down the soundings, more than a hundred in all, I observed this remarkable coincidence. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

As I observed him, commenting inwardly about the fellow’s coolness, I distinctly saw a shudder pass all over him. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

I observed that my Portuguese companions took quinine as a precaution. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

That took him to Central Asia, and he observed that if ever he left England again he would make for those parts, since they were the refuge of all the superior rascality of creation. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He observed Fector’s muddy eyes, his mean, bitter mouth. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arnold Benne A failure at the commencement may easily kill outright the newborn impulse towards a complete vitality, and therefore every precaution should be observed to avoid it. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

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

George Gissing He hastened to add— ‘On Monday we hope to leave the Manor.’ ‘No need whatever for hurry,’ observed Mutimer, good-humouredly. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith The Countess observed to Harry that his dear friend Mr. Laxley appeared, by the cast of his face, to be biting a sour apple. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing For a moment she observed him; then she spoke. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

Not only is it a period which criticism has gone over again and again with a microscope, but the standpoint from which such periods are observed has materially changed since his day. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Arthur Morrison The infernal loaves were made and kept reversed, to begin with, in order to stand more firmly, and — if observed — more naturally, when turned over to explode. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Ralph Waldo Emerson In Europe, crime is observed to increase or abate with the price of bread. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

James Payn We don’t see such awful beards as his in Mirk church every Sunday.” “How touchy dear Walter is upon the subject of beards,” observed Letty demurely. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Jules Verne Sandbanks and reefs everywhere! Bad quarters!” “But at least something would be left of the ship,” observed the reporter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Guy de Maupassan I observed the man with great interest. The Baroness by Guy de Maupassan

The contempt the populace felt for us was to be observed in every direction. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I observed them distinctly, one after the other; and next year, being Easter Sunday, 1550, I made the great trial. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang But it has been observed that, among most savage races, metamorphoses like that of Daphne not only exist in mythology, but are believed to occur very frequently in actual life. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott As Nigel looked upon his attendant, he observed there was a gathering gloom upon his solemn features, which expressed either additional importance, or superadded discontent, or a portion of both. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Thomas Hobbes The same also is to be observed in baptism: for to a converted Jew or Gentile, the Apostles had not the power to deny baptism, nor to grant it to the unpenitent. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Ann Radcliffe Whether she had heard my step, or observed my face, through the high lattice, or that she resented his conduct, I know not, but she rose immediately from her chair. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

The Queen observed that there was never a fire in the dining-room. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

The two fires burned brightly, and on a bed like a field he observed his humble pyjamas. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins As Amelius looked out, he observed that some person at that moment in the kitchen required apparently a large supply of fresh air. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins No doubt, miss, you have observed that circumstance yourself?” Regina resented this last inquiry as an outrage on propriety. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

Until now Rashleigh had not observed a little boat containing only two persons that had put off from the rocky islet directly after the fugitives had passed. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

George Gissing A blessed form of vanity, compared with certain things one remembers!” “She looks as if she had by no means conquered peace of mind,” observed Mallard, after another silence. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Maria Edgeworth My mother was a woman of weak health, delicate nerves, and a kind of morbid sensibility; which I often heard her deplore as a misfortune, but which I observed every body about her admire as a grace. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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]

R. D. Blackmore In no account of this great conflict is any precision observed concerning the pell-mell and fisticuff parts of it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

William Dampier The images of the horse and the elephant were the most general idols that I observed in the temples of Tonquin when I travelled there. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He returned, therefore, to the parsonage, and at the moment of closing the door was observed to look back upon the people, all of whom had their eyes fixed upon the minister. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anne Bronte Once or twice she was provoked to laughter by the wit or the merriment of some favoured individual amongst us; and then I observed she sought the eye of Richard Wilson, who sat over against her. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Maria Edgeworth He had not observed whether it came out of the room again, nor could he now conceive the cause of its yelling in this horrible manner. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Mr. Swayne observed him attentively. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

John Lewis Burckhard The only buildings which I observed to the left of the river are near to it, upon a narrow plain which stretches along its banks. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

You must have observed this that you speak of it; it sounds only too probable. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Jeremy Bentham The same thing may be observed with regard to such as are mischievous only by affecting the universal fund. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

In or about 1818, Lord Grenville, when visiting the Lakes of England, observed to Professor Wilson that, after five years’ study of Kant’s philosophy, he had not gathered from it one clear idea. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Jules Verne Moreover, he would not, in any event, abandon Aouda, but would escort her to Hong Kong. “But the steamer leaves at noon!” observed Passepartout, nervously. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

There was a kind of tender radiance about her which Janet had never observed in her before. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Thomas Hardy He observed that it was not one of the homely flys from the under-hill town, but apparently from the popular resort across the bay. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Olaf Stapledon I shall therefore refer to him simply as Paul. I had already observed him on an earlier visit, but now I proposed to follow him through the most critical moment of the career of his species. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

It may be observed that there was a proper proportion in his sentiments toward the governor of the prison and the minister—toward the subordinate and the master. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Matthew Arnold But it is evident that this affinity, even if proved, can be no very potent affair, unless it goes beyond the stage at which we have hitherto observed it. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Walter Besant When our coachman drew up before a kind of wicket, I observed first that the gate was guarded by a dozen or twenty men, in scarlet jerkins, and caps of some old fashion; these are the buffetiers. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Robert Louis Stevenson The nature of a bill, and the precautions that are to be observed about discounting it, are expounded at length and with clearness. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope All which Miss Dawkins observed with precision. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

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]

Andrew Lang But little Du Monstier observed him, and said furiously to the Cardinal, that a holy man should not bring thieves and robbers in his company. The Library by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe The seasons changed and melted into one another, and they observed the seasons. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the fourth I observed a slight glazing of her eyes, accompanied by some dilation of her pupils. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson For all his hurry, it took him a long while to pull across the bay; and I observed him several times to pause, go into the stern, and look over curiously into the wake. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Olaf Stapledon This same conflict was to be observed in all those worlds that were of our own mental stature. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Whether she was suffering or not, I observed that her hands and feet (whenever I touched them) remained equally cold. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

I observed your blind idolatry of the Madona’s picture. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

He could not see me, but I had a fair view of him, and I observed that he also was watching the girl in green. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Watkin Tench The Indians for a little while after our arrival paid us frequent visits, but in a few days they were observed to be more shy of our company. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Jane Austen Edmund did not wonder that such should be his father’s feelings, nor could he regret anything but the exclusion of the Grants. “But they,” he observed to Fanny, “have a claim. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

But Mr. Ferris, who had observed this movement with an air of some uneasiness, suddenly stepped forward and stopped him. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson Once this fear offered, I observed his conduct with sedulous particularity. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Whew! There’s the wind again — AND rain — well it IS a night!’ Rough weather indeed!’ observed the strange man. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

George Meredith And reflect whether you have not been intoxicated, for these young people have been wretched, and you have not observed it, though one of them was living with you, and is the child you love. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

I observed that, while she talked to Bra, she glanced, from time to time, sidelong at my young friend. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

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

Jules Verne The latter, after having observed the animal attentively, called the engineer. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Wilkie Collins On the wooden table, I observed a bottle of the English beer which my friend prized so highly, with glasses on either side of it. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

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]

H. G. Wells People must have observed his movements, and it was necessary to do something promptly. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

As I passed out, I observed that many of the women were vaporizing and many of the men smoking. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]