Phrases with "obtained"

H. G. Wells Of these conflicting reports, the former was the first to be generally circulated, but the latter, in view of the bizarre presence and eccentric ways of the newest inhabitant, obtained wider credence. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

They obtained some water, by the application of which he partially revived; but he was no sooner able to stand than he got up and ran off at full speed. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Guy de Maupassan She obtained a third at Chaton, a fourth at Ruril, and got home late for breakfast. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Theodore Dreiser It was that of a girl of fifteen or sixteen, of whom he obtained but the most fleeting glance. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell I felt in my heart she would die, if she did not go home, and with this conviction obtained her recall. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

C. obtained Royal favour, printed from 80 to 100 separate worksmany of them translations of his own — and died almost with pen in hand in 1491. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

We dug a well under a sandhill, but only obtained brine. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

William Henry Bragg Moulin obtained the positive result (loc. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell She could not help wondering whence he obtained the money to pay for his dress, which she thought was of a very expensive kind. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Anthony Trollope It was just possible to obtain five scourgings in one day at Winchester, and I have often boasted that I obtained them all. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

On the 28th of May we encamped on the banks of Pernatty Creek, where we obtained a few wild ducks; the country here was very good, being open salt-bush country. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

After his second voyage he obtained a fortnight’s leave and hastened home. Cupid and Psyche by Guy Boothby

Anthony Trollope Sir Simon put his questions so as almost to reassure the witness; and very quickly — only too quickly — obtained from him all the information that was needed on the side of the prosecution. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The usage had obtained the strength of law, but the General was not on that account debarred from city employment during the interval. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli Knowledge is not a mere collection of words; and it is a delusion to suppose that thought can be obtained by the aid of any other intellect than our own. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Thomas Hardy I have already obtained this precious document. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

In the afternoon he obtained further doles of food, a promise of some money, and a supply of mats for his men to make shelters for themselves. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Richard Burton When I shook my head, he addressed me in Persian. The same manœuvre made him try Arabic; still he obtained no answer. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Fabula ostendit that a “twice-told tale” needs not necessarily be “tedious”; a reasonable degree of interest may be obtained by intelligently varying the details. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Stores and equipment I obtained from Broome, also a cook who was a Maori half-caste, for Broome was mostly “breed” in those days, with just a few decent whites to leaven the mass. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

George Gissing What do you think of doing tomorrow?’ By feminine device of indirect question, Alma obtained some understanding of the change that had come upon Mrs. Abbott during the past three years. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

I obtained from my father a respite of some weeks. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Wilkie Collins I obtained the order of admission to the prison the next morning. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Anthony Trollope Madame Staubach had, in the first instance, obtained the co-operation of Herr Molk and others of the leading city magistrates. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

M. P. Shiel She rose then; and opening a cista behind the altar, obtained two others; and was about to light them, when I, buying up the opportunity, stepped boldly forth. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell Many volumes of poems are now published every year without attracting public attention, any one of which if it had appeared half a century ago, would have obtained a high reputation for its author. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Having finished his pipe and obtained a bit of candle in a tin candle-stick, Citizen Peyrol went heavily upstairs to rejoin his luggage. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Borrow After walking about three hours, we obtained a view of the bay of Coruna, in which, even at the distance of a league, we could distinguish three or four immense ships riding at anchor. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Ann Radcliffe The spirit of the Abate was roused by this menace; and Julia obtained from his pride, that protection which neither his principle or his humanity would have granted. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

The tin sheet lead used for lining tea chests will also answer the purpose, and may be obtained from any wholesale grocer. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

Sigmund Freud After he had left in the Ischl train, I was asked to leave the platform and return to the waiting — room; but after some difficulty I obtained permission to remain. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

So he obtained an order from the authorities to see her, and prepared to start next morning. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle It was taken, as will be remembered, from the jewel case of the duchess two months ago during the night, and though the police have made every effort, no real clue has been obtained as to the thief. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

King William obtained a standing army from Parliament, but not so large an army as he wished, and it was soon afterwards still further reduced. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

She perceived that it would be wiser, temporarily, to keep her curiosity in her pocket, and to allow him to finish his meal in peace, which she did and obtained her reward. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Mr. Burns, after having obtained from me a solemn promise to give him a kick if anything happened, went frankly to sleep on the deck close to the binnacle. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope Then he proceeded to explain how absolute evidence might be obtained at San Francisco as to his brother’s death. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I had begun to hope for some coming result, obtained by the lad’s confession. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

I obtained three months’ pay and a five days’ leave, and made a rush for London. It took me a day to get there and pretty well another to come back — but three months’ pay went all the same. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Petrarch passed almost the whole of the month of September, 1347, at Avignon. On the 9th of this month he obtained letters of legitimation for his son John, who might now be about ten years old. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Further evidence of his straits is to be found in his having, in the year 1398, obtained letters of protection against arrest, making him safe for two years. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

He seems to have had plenty of money at his command—whence obtained is another question. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

He had just obtained an excellent job. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

His labours and his abilities obtained gradual but sure success; and he now enjoyed the blessings of a competence earned with the most scrupulous integrity, and spent with the most kindly benevolence. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Jules Verne Nadia Fedor then asked, and easily obtained from the Russian government, an authorization to join her father at Irkutsk. She wrote and told him she was starting. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Gissing In other words, the average man who is past middle life has obtained what he strove for—success in his calling. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arnold Bennett He saw a linen bag crammed with four-shilling pieces (whenever Darius obtained a double florin he put it aside), and one or two old watches of no value. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Cruel, blood-thirsty and quarrelsome in his manhood, he demanded and obtained his first wife, hurrying up the ceremonies connected with her entry into womanhood. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Fortunately we obtained a boat and crew from another chief, at the extortionate charge of four kitindis and four dhotis merikani, besides the usual sailors’ fee. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

William Henry Bragg There is another case in which a partial solution can be obtained and is very useful. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

The blow was struck; the aristocracy obtained all they wished, and they subscribed to a twelvemonths’ bill, which levied twenty per cent on all the rent-rolls of the country. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy There I stayed till six months ago, when I obtained a situation as improver, as it is called, in a London office. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins Having obtained leave of absence from his Imperial mistress, he returned to France to ask leave from his own sovereign to marry the Empress. This permission was readily granted. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

But the real mystery, and it was indeed a mystery, was how Eva could have obtained the “cash” which was noted on every one of the receipted accounts she had just looked at in such careful detail. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

The Duc d’Elbeuf obtained payment of certain sums due to his wife, one hundred thousand francs for his eldest son and twenty-five thousand for each of the three others. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Meredith Say that I obtained it from my friends. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

You see the inference? The programme was obtained before——” “Perhaps. Well——?” for Carrados had broken off abruptly and was listening. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Rafael Sabatini The lady’s shoulder was towards him, and he obtained no more than a fleeting glimpse of her profile, yet something familiar about it drew his attention and piqued his curiosity. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

He should have obtained an acquaintance with logic rather by example than by precept; while the acquirement of the elements of music and drawing should have been pleasure rather than work. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

The pair decamped to the continent; and in 1779, after the marquis had obtained a divorce, they were regularly married. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

George Gissing Without difficulty she obtained her cup of tea, loitered over it as long as possible, strayed yet awhile about the Downs, and towards half-past six made for the railway station. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Gomez was then plied with further questions, based upon the information obtained from Ferreira. It was quite true, he admitted, that there was a plot to buy over Don Antonio’s son. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Maria Edgeworth Excellence in the poetic art cannot be obtained without a degree of application for which a girl in her situation could not have leisure. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Samuel Johnson Thomson obtained likewise the notice of Aaron Hill, whom, being friendless and indigent, and glad of kindness, he courted with every expression of servile adulation. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing Another autumn came, and Cecily at length was mute; the most pressing letters obtained no response. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Let us pass on into fresh fields; what cannot be obtained must needs be left. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Edmund Burke Whoever came in, or however he came in, whether he obtained the crown by law or by force, the hereditary succession was either continued or adopted. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Can I bring them here? On seeing all this luxury, this insolent display of my folly, they would ask each other where I obtained all the money I have spent on you. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith With difficulty Vittoria obtained leave to drive him on to their commanding officer. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle Would it be indiscreet if I were to ask you, Dr. Hill Barton, how you obtained this?” “Does it really matter?” I asked with as careless an air as I could muster. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

The Commonwealth, generally, should be consulted, they insisted, and help obtained from the Melbourne and Sydney police. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Pierce then proceeded to the quarters of General Worth, in the village of Tacubaya, where he obtained an hour or two of repose. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

When, having complied with all formalities, he obtained an entrace, and obtained permission to visit that person, it was her pleasure to keep him waiting for some time for his audience. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Lewis Burckhard When I was at Djidda, the rotolo or pound of milk (for it is sold by weight) cost one piastre and a half, and could only be obtained by favour. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

If I had considered a little further as to how to broach the subject, I should perhaps have proved more successful; but by not doing so I rushed the question and obtained no satisfaction. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Victor Hugo The special officer charged with the appointment desired and obtained by Barkilphedro was invariably a confidential man. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins We denied that sufficient proof had been obtained in the case now before the court. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

In the winter of 1602 Harington came again to Court, and this time he obtained an audience of his godmother. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Jules Verne Of the two hundred Maories present everyone obtained a share. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Having obtained the necessary authority to open any luggage that Sorrell might have left, he repaired to the left-luggage room, where a highly interested official said, “Yes, sir, I know them. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

There are trattorie and cafes at the hospice, where refreshments may be obtained both good and cheap. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Jules Verne The manufacture of a hand-saw cost infinite trouble, but at last an instrument was obtained which, when vigorously handled, could divide the ligneous fibers of the wood. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

As they were only a short distance from the grog shanty that Snowball knows so well, he made all speed, obtained help, and fetched her to the place in an unconscious condition. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Tobias Smolle But this was not the only triumph our hero obtained over the wine merchant. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

John Lewis Burckhard Hares and wolves are found, but are not common, and the Bedouins sometimes kill leopards, of one of which I obtained a large skin at the convent. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne I stepped then toward the stern, determined to ask the same question about the Captain. But when I approached the steersman, he waved me away with his hand, and I obtained no other response. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time, I recognize the difficulty of such a request, since rare results must be obtained when and how they can. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Miss Graham, I believe, obtained a situation in the family of a surgeon resident in Essex. Indeed, it was I who recommended her to that gentleman. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope He had, moreover, obtained for John Eames that situation under the Crown which he now held. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

He obtained an interview with some of the principal chiefs, and expostulated with them on the conduct of their prince. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Following this valley still northwards they reached its head in about six miles, but could discover no place where the natives obtained their supplies of water. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jules Verne After placing it above the first six letters of the paragraph he obtained the following formula: O r t e g aP h y j s l “Nothing!” he said. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

In every case in which many specimens were obtained the differences were constant. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anatole France He had a wide knowledge of the world, obtained by the frequentation of all sorts of companies. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Defoe’s first conspicuous literary service to King William, after he obtained Government employment, was a pamphlet on the question of a Standing Army raised after the Peace of Ryswick in 1697. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Alfred Ainger At some date, unfixed, in the two years following his removal from Christ’s Hospital, Charles obtained a post of some kind in the South Sea House, where his brother John held an appointment. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Guy de Maupassan She spoke of a voyage to England, having, she said, obtained the necessary funds. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

R. D. Blackmore However, he obtained reproach — as always seems to happen — for those doings of his early days which led to their existence. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

William Godwin She was in the habit of composing with rapidity, and her answer, which was the first of the numerous ones that appeared, obtained extraordinary notice. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

George Meredith I obtained some praise for my style and bearing among his acquaintances. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I have now obtained all for which I seemed to linger. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Andrew Lang Kant pined to see Swedenborg himself, and waited eagerly for his book, ‘Arcana Coelestia.’ At last he obtained this work, at the ransom, ruinous to Kant at that time, of 7£. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith In this instance, when the need of a worshipper was sharply felt, he obtained no signs at all. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I obtained many an ethnological item of value by watching the children playing. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

But at last the husband, thoroughly alarmed by the rapid changes in her appearance, obtained an unlimited leave and took her away from the capital to his parents in the country. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

The work gained for him the patronage of the Duke of York, through whose influence he obtained the position of purser on various warships. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Thomas Paine It never depreciated by any advantage obtained by the enemy. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Experience has taught that snakes do not wander very far when good and nutritious food is to be obtained by intrusion on the cosy quarters of a pet hen. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins His little friend (as he reasoned) had, no doubt, remembered the invitation to the Deadhouse, and had obtained admission through the interference of the strange gentleman who was with him. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Like most Globe trotters, I am writing an account of my travels, and information obtained first hand is, of course, very valuable and occasionally hard to obtain. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

We were not expected to march again, but being anxious myself to see more of the river, before starting, I obtained leave to go by boat as far as the river was navigable, sending our cattle by land. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli Know then, madam, that in order to prevent the intercourse between you and Mr. Cleveland from proceeding I obtained his friendship, and became the confidante of his heart’s sweetest secret. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

When we needed them, we obtained them from the Museum. In full corroboree paint, the natives marched mornings and afternoons along the Hay Street pavements, two abreast, to the recreation oval. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Sometimes he obtained medical books that showed in color the red and blue and green ravages of leprosy and skin disease, the mounds of shattered cells, the verminous tissue and brown corrupted blood. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

John Lewis Burckhard It is a general opinion with these people that inscriptions indicate hidden treasure; and that by reading or copying them a knowledge is obtained where the treasure lies. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Nellie Bly Level places for buildings are obtained by blasting, and every brick, stone, and bit of household furniture is carried by coolies from the town up to the height of 1,600 feet. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

The chief delicacy at these teas was ‘baker’s cake’, a rich, fruity, spicy dough cake, obtained in the following manner. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Maria Edgeworth Some months afterwards Manon, pleading that she was thoroughly reformed, obtained from this lady a recommendation to Mad. de Fleury’s school. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins Before I was so unfortunate as to meet with Mr. Tenbruggen, I obtained a chance of employment in a public Institution, on condition that I included a clergyman among my references. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Andrew Lang The youth went to the King and asked for all the things that Dapplegrim had named, and once more, as the King thought that it would be disgraceful to refuse them to him, he obtained them all. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And I am so sure, that I will be quite frank with you—why should I not? I know that those papers were not obtained by means of a dream. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Rudyard Kipling At the same time, the Government secured a victory and the Regiment obtained renown. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Wilkie Collins We appealed to the old English law, that there should be no conviction for murder until the body of the murdered person was found, or proof of its destruction obtained beyond a doubt. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

The slaves were obtained at the great market of Azcapotzalco, not many leagues from the capital, where fairs were regularly held for the sale of these unfortunate beings. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

My stepfather had only just returned from his travels, and had obtained a post somewhere. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins If all the property which Fabio’s ancestors wrongfully obtained from the Church were restored to the Church tomorrow, not one paulo of it would go into my pocket. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Anthony Trollope The gentleman replied that that information was to be obtained from the result of the schooling of the population generally. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Beyond the blazing lakes of Eadhamite he came to the warren of the jewellers, and, with some difficulty and by using his signature, obtained admission to these galleries. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell They stirred about it, obtained advice at the English Embassy; and hence that letter to the lawyers, calling upon Sir Hubert to relinquish title and property, and to refund what money he had expended. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Forgetting, in the excess of his joy, that this flattering result had been obtained by threatening the woman he loved, he waited upon her at the appointed time, accompanied by only a few followers. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Perplexed and annoyed, he obtained permission to quit his bounds for a few hours, and called upon the man of law. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Charles Kingsley You will observe that this result is obtained by mere common sense. Science by Charles Kingsley

Augustine Birrell To raise this revenue was difficult—in fact impossible, and the amount actually obtained was always far below the estimates. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

George Meredith The precious metal, which is Knowledge, sir, is only to be obtained by mining for it; and that excellent occupation necessarily sends a man out of sight for a number of years. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope Lady Selina saw that nothing more could be obtained from her mother, no further intelligence as regarded the embryo party. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy By this time they had obtained another light, and pursued him closely along the back quarters of the mill. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Gissing In a moment of courage, prompted by desperation, he obtained the consent of Dora and Gerda to this unwelcome change of abode. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Caroline Lamb Mediocrity and a common lot, a man of this disposition cannot bring him self to endure; and he wilfully rejects the little granted, because all cannot be obtained to which he had aspired. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Samuel Johnson Having yet no public employment, he obtained (in 1699) a pension of three hundred pounds a year, that he might be enabled to travel. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

H.P. Lovecraft Statements were also obtained from the officials who had visited the bungalow after the unpleasant incident of the motor truck robbery. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

He felt that melancholy triumph which the conqueror is unable to enjoy; that triumph which announces a victory over the weakness of others, obtained at the expence of a greater weakness in ourselves. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

He obtained great fame as an architect, as well as a dramatist. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Andrew Lang He therefore went to the royal castle, obtained an audience of the Princess, and told her about the strange things he bad seen in the underground palace. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy His stained and weary appearance obtained for him but a modicum of civility, wherever he went, which made his task yet more difficult. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Jules Verne This felt could then be obtained by a simple operation which, if it diminished the flexibility of the stuff, increased its power of retaining heat in proportion. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

I gave her very high wages, and she staid till she had obtained several expensive articles of dress, and then, UN BEAU MATIN, she came to me full dressed, and said, “I must go. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

The coadjutor alone obtained nothing. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

There was no explanation of the reason for this hurried journey — a strange omission between men who were on terms of such perfect confidence as obtained with these two. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

D. H. Lawrence What would she do if he went to some other pit, obtained work, and got in with another woman? But she knew him too well — he couldn’t. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Naturally Voltaire was profuse with promises, and a few days later, under a royal licence obtained for another work, the little book appeared in print. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Thus he obtained as a reward the promise of a bride, his master’s daughter. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Gissing Alice obtained a situation as nursery-governess at sixteen pounds a year. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing He succeeded in forming a new branch of the Union in Clerkenwell, and by contributing half the rent obtained a room for meetings. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Bronislaw Malinowski J. Bulmer, Lake Tyers, Gippsland, says that among the Gournditch-Mara the majority of wives were obtained by exchanging a sister or a near relative. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Guy de Maupassan She obtained a very profitable engagement, and her reputation increased with every part she played; and before the end of a year after her first appearance, she was the lioness of society. In His Sweetheart’s Livery by Guy de Maupassan

Miles Franklin Where I obtained my information, unless it was born in me, I do not know. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jules Verne A furnace was constructed for the decomposition of the carbonate which is so large an ingredient of these shells, and thus the lime required was obtained in the space of a few hours. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle The untimely visitor must either have used considerable violence in order to force his way in, or he must have obtained possession of the keys. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

An adequate rent may be obtained from the skill and substance of a free tenant who fertilizes a grateful soil, and enjoys the security and benefit of a long lease. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Thus we obtained an additional three feet, making in all nearly fifteen feet, which, when we had added our own length, should carry us down to the ledge with a foot to spare. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Ford Madox Ford Not infrequently they obtained both peerages and millions. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Anthony Trollope It is open to any American publisher to reprint any work from an English copy, and to sell his reprints without any permission obtained from the English author or from the English publisher. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott Nigel took the first opportunity which his host’s attention to the yeoman of the royal kitchen permitted, to discharge his reckoning, and readily obtained a direction to the wicket in question. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Charles Dickens There are no medicines to be obtained in this lonely place. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell But the only answer she obtained was a simultaneous ‘hush. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins It is necessary to add, that the man’s own testimony was never obtained to confirm this view. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Ivan Turgenev He had even obtained a sumptuous English keepsake, and (oh shame!) gloated adoringly over its ‘elegantly engraved’ representations of the various ravishing Gulnaras and Medoras. . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

I believe a good supply might be obtained here. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Both these had excellent runs for their day, and she obtained a firm footing in the theatrical world. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

If you stay in town, or in any place where excitement can be obtained by any means, you will be in Swift’s Hospital in a week. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Anna Katherine Green See here: this is an impression I obtained from the inner edge of the pedestal in question. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Through the open door of the salle he obtained a glimpse of Arlette sitting upright with her hands in her lap gazing at somebody he could not see, but who could be no other than Lieutenant Réal. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He set up an expensive establishment, kept a retinue of servants and several horses, and, thanks to his good looks and attractive manners, obtained an entrance into the most “exclusive circles. Old Coloured Books by George Paston [1905]

The cardinal shewed the forged document to the jeweller, obtained the necklace, and delivered it into the hands of Madame de la Motte. So far all was well. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

A young Spanish nobleman had died, and Vesalius, who had attended him, obtained permission to ascertain, if possible, by a post-mortem examination, the cause of death. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

From Mr. Harrison the captain obtained much information respecting the secret of all the sorrow that had befallen his niece. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Hardy In the usual course he would have obtained a couple of properly qualified servants immediately; but he lived on with the one, or rather the less than one, that this cottage-girl afforded. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Thus arose a new visual art, which, by means of highly abstract signs charged with the emotional and intellectual experience of the race, obtained the far-reaching effect of great poetry. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope You did not call Miss Dale by her Christian name till you had obtained permission, I suppose?” “You used to let me call you so. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim You see, Miss Medlincott had interviewed Mrs. Dewar earlier in the afternoon and had obtained her permission for us to stage this small surprise. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

A practitioner in Leith having examined in Dr. Simpson’s house, a portion of the uterus obtained from one of the patients, had immediately afterwards three fatal cases of puerperal fever. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Benjamin Disraeli No information could be obtained of them from any quarter. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

George Meredith She obtained permission to keep the letter, with the intention of transmitting it per post to an advertising interpreter of character in caligraphy. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Samuel Johnson The number of this little community has never been counted by its ruler, nor have I obtained any positive account, consistent with the result of political computation. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Conan Doyle About eleven o’clock we started for a walk, and he obtained leave to take the black spaniel with us. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

At last a small boy obtained one for us, and when the luggage had been placed on the roof we took our seats in it. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ann Radcliffe With a heart saddened by disappointment, and having obtained only a reluctant permission to enquire after the health of that lady on some future day, he then took leave. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Sigmund Freud And apart from this, the explanation of the symptom which I had hitherto obtained was far from fulfilling the requirements which I am accustomed to make of such explanations. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

From this singular cup we obtained a sufficient supply of that fluid so terribly scarce in this region. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Having obtained possession of the patient, he carried him away to a hut outside the town and took him in hand there and then. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Anthony Trollope She did not tell him with what determined vehemence she had obtained this concession in his favour, nor did she mention the price she was to pay for it. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He obtained a loaf wrapped it in the piece of paper he had brought — small bakers decline to supply paper for this purpose — and strode joyously homeward again. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thereupon he had paid her clown a hundred sols to buy the lad a dress, and had obtained permission to carry him off. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

In about twelve miles Alec Ross and Tommy found a place where the natives had formerly obtained water by digging. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

From this gentleman Mr. Hawkehurst obtained a box-ticket for a West-end theatre; and, armed with this mystic document, he felt himself able to present a bold countenance at Mr. Sheldon’s door. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

The crime was committed by means of chloroform; therefore, if the prisoner was guilty, he must have purchased the chloroform in some shop, or obtained it from some friends. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Gustave Flauber The following week, Theodore obtained meetings. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Henry James It was true that, long before, she had obtained a “hold” of him, as she called it, different in kind from that obtained by Mrs. Beale and originally by her ladyship. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Walter Scott But she had now a judge of a new character, whose applause, if bestowed, must have something in it intrinsically real, since it could only be obtained by affecting his head or his heart. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Sir Walter Scott Her first employment, when she became capable of a little work, was to make a small velvet bag for the scheme of nativity which she had obtained from her husband. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]