Phrases with "occupied"

Something lately seemed lost to them of that kind of glad activity; he was more aware of it than she, since he was less occupied in the aesthetic ecstasy of self-torture. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

This time he entered it with the air of a man who occupied an assured position in the world. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry James Yet his fellow-pilgrim struck him as on the whole but scantly devilish and as still less occupied with the prefigurement of so plain a man’s emotions. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D. H. Lawrence When her eldest boy was three years old Lettie returned to live at Eberwich. Old Mr Tempest died suddenly, so Leslie came down to inhabit Highclose. He was a very much occupied man. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The Nun who bore the heart occupied him entirely. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope His mind, however, was chiefly occupied for the next half-hour with thinking whether it would be possible for him to escape from Babington on the following morning. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Several pages of the manuscript were now occupied with minute statements of the writer’s earlier disappointment in the objects of his singular research. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Jane Austen Her prudent mother, occupied by the same ideas, forbore to invite him to sit by herself. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Never, Kenneth thought, had he supposed that so much of English literature was occupied either with the Graal or with madness. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Wilkie Collins All I could make out was a dim greyish mist, with something like a little spot or blur on it, at the place which the maid’s finger indicated as the position occupied by the two ships. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Ford Madox Ford Mr. Horsley’s seat was next to Miss Fox, a grey spinster, who sat, as it were, within the fortification of silver urns and deftly occupied herself with the ivory taps of these machines. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Isabella Bird As is usual in Persia and Turkey, the reception rooms, living rooms, and guest rooms are upstairs, opening on balconies, the lower part being occupied by the servants and as domestic offices. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It covered, with the subordinate edifices, as the reader has already seen, the large tract of ground now occupied by the cathedral, part of the market-place, and some of the adjoining streets. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Philip Sidney The situation that has not its duty, its ideal, was never occupied by man. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

He knew that the servants slept in a separate wing; but he thought it more than likely that her ladyship’s personal attendant occupied a room near her mistress. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins The largest of the two buildings which now shelter the lost men is occupied by the surviving officers and crew of the Sea-mew. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

He occupied Heerendorp, a ramshackle farmhouse under a kopje, and had cattle and horses, also a wife and grown-up sons and daughters. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H. Rider Haggard Soon Juanna gave up the attempt and retired to the great bed in the inner chamber, wondering much who had occupied it last. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Miles Franklin Grannie and uncle Boss sat in the front seat of the buggy, and aunt Helen and I occupied the back. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H. G. Wells The house he occupied had been built not so much to his designs as to his suggestions. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells Her aunt could be heard moving about upstairs, for they occupied adjacent rooms. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Oh, the relief of it! This tedious business which had occupied nearly a fortnight was ended at last, and his daughter belonged to him again. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Edward Bellamy The mellow light of the lamp which always burned in the room when I occupied it illumined the familiar walls and furnishings. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Jules Verne The layer of water stored in the projectile at the time of starting upon their journey occupied no less than three feet in depth, and spread over a surface of not less than fifty-four square feet. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Mahogany Dobbs and I happened to be below in the cabin, occupied —” Here Sir Joseph paused (with his amiable smile) to consult his memory. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

George Gissing Had he, in fact, any right to relate this story, to seek her sympathy in that direct way? It was one aspect of a very grave question which occupied more and more of Sidney’s thought. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ann Radcliffe They walked pensively towards the abbey, where Adeline, too much occupied by her own thoughts to bear company, retired to her chamber. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

To-morrow, it may be, the old man, the earthly man in me will be occupied with preparations for my death, and tomorrow evening at nine o’clock, you will have to leave me. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Baldwin Spencer All the day is occupied with singing and decorating. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins To Lady Lundie’s astonishment he took the first seat he came to, without appearing to care what place he occupied at his own feast. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope In the meantime Mr Fothergill had got hold of Mark Robarts. Mr Fothergill was a gentleman and a magistrate of the county, but he occupied the position of managing man on the Duke of Omnium’s estate. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I contrived to reconcile Laura to my departure by telling her that I was going to the country to find new purchasers for her drawings and for mine, and I left her occupied and happy. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence Brangwen occupied himself with the church, he played the organ, he trained the choir-boys, he taught a Sunday-school class of youths. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He could find no cure for his grief; but he did know that continued occupation would relieve him, and therefore he occupied himself continually. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

During the decisive moments of life, when one’s entire future depends upon a word, or a gesture, twenty contradictory inspirations can traverse the mind in the time occupied by a flash of lightning. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was hardly an avenue to reputation save what was occupied by one or another of those gigantic figures. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Leon Trotsky Serebrovsky and his young wife occupied an enormous and luxurious apartment becoming to a director. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope Tom’s troubles, and the disgrace brought by them upon Travers and Treason generally, had so occupied his mind that he cared but little for Gertrude and her lover. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

That night John and I occupied the back-room, having conducted Featherston in state to the front, with two candles; and both of us slept excellently well. A Curious Experience by Ellen Wood [1883]

Wilkie Collins Without intending it, I had wounded him in one of his most tender places; the place occupied by his good opinion of himself. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

A family party occupied the front window, and in the far corner were a young couple who presumably owned the expensive coupé which was backed in at the end of the garden. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The case which I heard, and which occupied more than an hour, was an accusation against a wretched Chinaman for stealing a pig. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell The present cottage was, at the time of which I write, occupied by the teachers’ rooms, the dinner-room and kitchens, and some smaller bedrooms. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Guy de Maupassant The train rolled on, always passing through hamlets occupied by the victorious army. A Duel (Un Duel) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The concluding portion of the manuscript is occupied with the civil history of the country. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The window was shut; there was a smell of varnish and whatever was inside the “suite” of which Mrs Crow occupied the sofa. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Edgar Allan Poe In about a month afterwards he paid us another visit, and found us occupied very nearly as before. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing Breakspeare knew it; every member of the committee knew it; they pretended to hope because the contest amused and occupied them. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

He did not like to see the monks idle, or occupied solely between prayers for their business, and chess for their relaxation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Walter Scott The manoeuvre was so happily executed, that before Varanes and his Arabs had arrived at the van of our troops, they found it occupied by the inflexible guard of northern soldiers. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Most of the auditory were already occupied in speculations upon the probable fate of the next prisoner, who now excited their attention as he approached in his turn to take his trial. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

D. H. Lawrence She forgot the question in others that occupied her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Most of these ladies occupied the little light park-chairs, and behind and beside them stood guardian gentlemen. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Jeremy Bentham The persons whose happiness they ought to have in view, as also the persons whose conduct they ought to be occupied in directing, are precisely the same. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Henry James He stood there a moment, first looking round the theatre; then he turned his eyes to the box occupied by his relatives, smiling and waving his hand. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson The landing-master’s crew were occupied in assisting the millwrights in laying the railways to hand. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

I took a stroll towards the N’yanza, passing through the plantain-groves occupied by the king’s women, where my man Sangoro had been twice taken up by the Mgemma and put in the stocks. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

G. K. Chesterton Of the four places laid, one at least was occupied by the paraphernalia of coffee, while others seemed to mark various stages of trifling with savouries and sweets. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jules Verne Pencroft, Neb, and the reporter remained behind and occupied themselves in different ways. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy Here she idly occupied herself for a few minutes, till finding no notice was taken of her she retraced her steps through the house to the front, where she listened for voices in the parlour. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth The enthusiasm of the moment occupied them so entirely, that we were fortunately disregarded. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

The new travelling-bag, with monograms in pink coral on silver-gilt, a wedding present from Captain Winstanley, occupied the place of honour in Mrs. Tempest’s dressing-room. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

E. F. Benson So now that the question of the staircase and the coming speech at the Industrial Sale were off her mind, these things occupied her somewhat insistently. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The rest of the morning had been occupied with routine worksettling about the inquest and such necessary formalities. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens Madame’s resolute right hand was occupied with an axe, in place of the usual softer implements, and in her girdle were a pistol and a cruel knife. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

D. H. Lawrence But it was her own self that was occupied elsewhere. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Before he could decide whether he had surprised her in the act of clasping them over her eyes or not, they changed their position, and were occupied in removing her bonnet. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wellesley Street, at least the part of it in my area, was entirely occupied with the show-rooms of various American automobile companies. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope This, however, occupied but a short period, even of those looked-for days; and in spite of her pride, and her constant needle, the weary six months went from her all too slowly. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Her grandmother was occupied with housekeeping from morning to night, with the help of Tuphyaev, a morose, taciturn man, and a fat, cross-eyed housemaid. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Eliot Ever since his interview with Jermyn, his mind had been occupied with the charade it offered to his ingenuity. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

He was seated at breakfast in the pretty sitting-room in the south wing, which he occupied in common with the heiress and her governess, when a letter was brought to him by one of the castle servants. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith But, you will say, the stronger woman would not have occupied my place. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Arthur Machen The girl slept in an inner room communicating with the room occupied by her father and mother. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins Even the moments occupied in reprimanding the servant had been moments seized on as the pretext for another delay. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Margaret Oliphant The room had evidently been occupied a very short time before. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Bronislaw Malinowski They occupied the same gunya (dwelling), they ate together, they travelled together. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Wilkie Collins In this waking condition, my mind naturally occupied itself with the discovery at the convent and with the events to which that discovery would in all probability lead. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Stur Pursuing our way down the defile it gradually narrowed, the bed of the creek occupied its whole breadth, and the rocks rose perpendicularly on either side. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Bronislaw Malinowski We see that each camp is occupied exclusively by a married couple and their small children; and that inside the hut as well as in the configuration of the camp there is a strict customary order. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Theodore Dreiser He sat close to his father as vice-president of the big company which occupied two whole blocks in an outlying section of the city. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James It left undisturbed, however, for awhile, Mrs. Beever’s meditations; that lady was thoughtfully occupied in wrapping up Doctor Ramage’s doll. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Machen The masters, in cassock, gown and hood, occupied the choir stalls. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

All hearts were at this time occupied with the public interests of the country. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Robert Green Ingersoll The religionists of our time are occupying about the same ground occupied by heretics and infidels of one hundred years ago. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Leon Trotsky In my mental equipment, nationality never occupied an in dependent place, as it was felt but little in everyday life. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Ideal politics, whether in Church or State, had never occupied his mind, which sought rather to find its informing principles embodied in the England of his own day. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Jacques Futrelle This friendship, not an unusual one in college, was made somewhat romantic by the young men styling themselves The Triangle. They occupied the same apartments and were exclusive to a degree. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

The sitting-room at Clune occupied almost the whole of what had been the original farmhouse and was now a small wing to the main building. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Leon Trotsky It was only by chance that we managed to let Byeloborodov know that our house had been occupied and that we were being carried away by force. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells It was already beyond maternal porterage, and Caddles, staggering indeed, but grinning triumphantly at quantitatively inferior parents, bore it back to the free-sitting occupied by his party. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell Within the stone wall, which keeps out the surrounding churchyard, are bushes of elder and lilac; the rest of the ground is occupied by a square grass-plot and a gravel walk. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Baldwin Spencer We may first of all briefly outline, as follows, the nature of the country occupied by the tribes with which we are dealing. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

These, with the school and about a dozen cottages occupied by the shepherd, carter, blacksmith, and a few other superior farm-workers, made up the village. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The clock pointed to ten; he had been occupied exactly three minutes. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Fearing to yield to this temptation he returned about two o’clock in the afternoon to the Louvre. As his room was not occupied this time he could enter it. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson His soul stared straight out of his eyes; he did not move or think; sunlight, thin shadows moving in the wind, the edge of firs against the sky, occupied and bound his faculties. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne All these preparations occupied about three weeks. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Sir Walter Scott Mr. Bertram, paralytic and almost incapable of moving, occupied his easy-chair, attired in his nightcap and a loose camlet coat, his feet wrapped in blankets. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Pongo-land ignores all such artificial partitions as districts or parishes; the only divisions are the countries occupied by the several tribes. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

He occupied a small apartment next the chapel, a room which had once been used as a sacristy. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The cook and the housemaid occupied a bed-room on the kitchen floor. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

Richard Burton The wells are in a Fiumara, as usual, about two miles distant from the halting-place, and the soldiers, regular as well as irregular, occupied the water and exacted hard coin in exchange for it. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf A small piano occupied a corner of the room, with the score of “Don Giovanni” open upon the bracket. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Olaf Stapledon At first the task of establishing the galactic Utopia occupied almost the whole energy of the awakened worlds. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Richard Burton Of course, no good Moslem would object to have his ground floor occupied by the corpse of a holy man. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Ford Madox Ford From tea-time that day until it was time to catch the midnight train for Bishop Auckland, he had been occupied with his son Mark in the writing-room of the club. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Thomas Hardy This was Susan herself, occupied in preparing a posset for her little boy, who, often ailing, was now seriously unwell. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Henry James They occupied a considerable part of the foreground, in the prettiest, most modest, most becoming attitudes. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

George Eliot I ought to have done it before, but it really slipped my memory, amongst the many things that have occupied me lately. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

His tale had occupied the whole day, and the sun was upon the verge of the horizon when he departed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

John Galsworthy From behind his paper Soames felt that if they were not married, they ought to be, for they were mutually occupied with each other’s eyes and hands and lips. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

The former was therefore compelled to undress, and the latter to dress for his part; which, as he found some difficulty in getting into his clothes, occupied no inconsiderable time. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Baldwin Spencer This occupied a considerable time, and then the performers, on hands and feet, hopped away along the Tjaina, and out into the scrub at the far end. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James She was a widow and occupied in Cornwall a house nine miles from a station, which had, to make up for this inconvenience as she had once told Nick, a fine old herbaceous garden. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

At that very hour he was supposed to be occupied with an inquiry into the case of an unfortunate, accused of having stabbed one of her wretched companions. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

During the time she was occupied with this work, she made a point of turning her back on Virginie. But she heard her chuckles; she could feel her sidelong glances. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Secondly, his mother’s place was occupied by a second wife, and an involuntary but strong prejudice possessed him against his step-mother. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Wilkie Collins When he was not occupied among the youngest women present — which was very seldom — he attached himself exclusively to the youngest men. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins The splashing of water in the kitchen informed him that she was safely occupied in washing. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope He talked the matter over vehemently with Mr Maguire in the little room in which he occupied himself with his scissors and his paste; but ultimately the article was inserted. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle The three of us stood in the bow window and occupied ourselves in admiring the magnificent view. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Anthony Trollope All this, however, occupied but a few minutes, and at twenty minutes past four Mr Daubeny was on his legs. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker If I may state my intellectual position I am, so far as concerns things purely terrestrial, somewhat in the position which Enoch occupied spiritually!” This was a poser to me. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins Toward eight in the evening the one small street of the village was empty, except at that part of it which was occupied by the public-house. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

D. H. Lawrence But the quick, shifty governess, occupied always in her dealings with admirers, did all she could to move the violent nature of Emilie towards some connection with men. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

They occupied apartments, for some time, at the opposite ends of the same street, and interchanged visits. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Leon Trotsky In the West, the Germans occupied Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, White Russia and a large section of Great Russia. Pskov was in their hands. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Wolfe It occupied only a scant two inches or so at the bottom of a column, but the Libya Hill date line leaped out at him: BANK FAILS IN SOUTH LIBYA HILL, 0. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

I was becoming much more occupied by this time, and one of my patients was the celebrated artist, M., whose slow death I was trying to make as painless as possible. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

The room into which he looked was the sitting-room, and it was, so far as he could judge in the first casual glance he threw into it, occupied entirely by strangers. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon Part of this outer shell was occupied by astronomical observatories, machinery for controlling the planet’s orbit, and great “docks” for interplanetary liners. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence It occupied the whole of the night, this great steady booming of water, everything was drowned within it, drowned and lost. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Baldwin Spencer In camp, when they are not performing sacred ceremonies, the evenings are always occupied with corrobborees, which may be witnessed by everyone--men, women, and children alike. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Machen This vase, I think, must have stood on the whatnot, a triangular pyramidal piece of furniture that occupied one corner and consisted of shelves getting smaller and smaller as they got higher. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Guy de Maupassant Presently they reached the villa occupied by the colonel. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Thomas Hardy In the evening he went out and paced down the lane to the Red King’s castle overhanging the cliff, beside whose age the castle he occupied was but a thing of yesterday. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Edward Bellamy The larger houses are usually occupied by large families, in which there are several to contribute to the rent; while small families, like ours, find smaller houses more convenient and economical. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

The climbing of the mountain occupied many days. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Tobias Smolle When a person dies of it in Italy, the bed and bedding are destroyed; the other furniture is exposed to the weather and the apartment white-washed, before it is occupied by any other living soul. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Anatole France I put myself out of the way against the post in the corner of a house door, so as not to be seen by them, which was a needless precaution as they were too much occupied with one another. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Ford Madox Ford She occupied Edward with getting himself transferred to a part of his regiment that was in Burma — if that is the right way to put it. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

M. P. Shiel We occupied an insignificant portion of the ground floor of one of the immense wings. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

These Waquiva, I was given to understand, occupied the steep hills surrounding this place. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Oscar Wilde He is Fact, occupied as Fact usually is, with trying to reproduce Fiction, and what we see in him is repeated on an extended scale throughout the whole of life. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The other lodging in the little house was occupied by two persons, mother and son, the Goujets as they were called. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He settled ultimately at Somerleaze, near Wells, where he occupied himself in study, writing for periodicals, and with the duties of a magistrate. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anna Katherine Green There was a picture there; a small framed photograph which occupied the post of honor on his desk. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

The absent Réal occupied all her mind. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Thomas Hardy In this cottage he occupied a couple of rooms, Jopp, whom Henchard had employed, abused, cajoled, and dismissed by turns, being the householder. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

It is occupied by Arab merchants as a central trading depôt, and is fast expanding into a colony. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Henry Handel Richardson In another way, too, their company made things easier for her: neither of them aimed high; and both were well content with the lowly places they occupied in the class. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

More than half of this great treatise is occupied with a minute description of the build of the human body — its bones, cartilages, ligaments, and muscles. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Isabella Bird The grounds contain several detached houses, occupied by the secretaries and others. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Kenneth Grahame And we were all crowded together on the precarious little platform, and Selina occupied every bit as much room as I did, and Charlotte’s legs didn’t dangle over any more than Harold’s. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

But it required more than a breath to scatter the iron soldiery of Peru. Gonzalo Pizarro, meanwhile, was busily occupied in mustering his army. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

No. He led them into a fortress which was still occupied by the Poles, and where the last stand of the vanquished revolution was to be made. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Walter Scott A temporary altar was erected just beneath the gallery occupied by the Queen, and beside it stood the hermit in the dress of his order as a Carmelite friar. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

George Gissing Nancy, too much occupied with her own troubles to ask or care whether his distress was genuine, laid Tarrant’s letter upon a side-table, and began to draw off her gloves. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Ford Madox Ford The case of Girtin interested him, and when McKechnie slid out of his seat Tietjens occupied it. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anthony Trollope Above stairs were two sitting-rooms and a colony of bed-rooms, occupied indiscriminately by the family, or by such customers as might require them. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs As Tarzan moved steadily onward his mind was occupied with many strange and new thoughts. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Lodore had forgotten Theodora and her son — had cast from his recollection the long train of misery, injury, and final ruin, which for so long had occupied his whole thoughts. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hughes His heart was still proud and high, and he walked up to the seat which he had last occupied as a sixth-form boy, and sat himself down there to collect his thoughts. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

So the mistress spoke to a servant, and Whistling Dick was conducted to a room in the wing of the house occupied by the servants. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Walter Scott He restrained his pace, therefore, and suffered the green coach to enter the avenue, with all its retinue, which pass it occupied with the speed of a whirlwind. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

How he occupied himself, or what countries he visited during his absence, was never known, nor did he afterwards make any allusion or encourage any inquiries touching his foreign sojourn. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Fourteen hours were occupied in crossing the lake, of which two were spent in brawling and smoking. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

H. G. Wells For a time I was wholly occupied in making and remaking this inventory. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Elizabeth Gaskell We had to walk fast to be back on the line before the men’s return, so we spoke but little to each other, and of course the afternoon was too much occupied for us to have any talk. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Ann Radcliffe Peter, indeed, was exempt from any evil of this kind; he knew no fear, and his mind was now wholly occupied with his approaching business. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Jules Verne This occupied them nearly forty minutes, and it was ten o’clock when they returned to Cyrus Harding whom Spilett had not left. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Gertrude Stein Education, education, apprenticeship, and all the meeting of nephews and trains and changing papers and remaining when there is no chance to go there, all this occupied a whole sentence. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Charles Dudley Warner His letters from Washington are more occupied with the odd characters he met than with the measures of legislation. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Belle–Isle, as a place of war, ought to be occupied by the king. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

She sat down on the marble bench lately occupied by Clifford, and tilting her parasol over her small head looked at him. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

A maid was occupied in inundating the old lady with all sorts of waters, in the hope of calming her nerves. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell My mind is a good deal occupied just now. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Now, when Fabrizio arrived, the room of the Passive Obedience happened to be occupied by a hundred huge rats which took flight in every direction. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Wilkie Collins The lawyer’s offer of Fifty Pounds Reward for the missing young lady ascended instantly to a place in his estimation which it had never occupied until that moment. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James She was aware of being a good deal less accessible than the previous spring, for Mesdames de Brecourt and de Cliche — the former indeed more than the latter — occupied many of her hours. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell All this enlargement of interest in the shop occupied Philip fully for some months after the period referred to in the preceding chapter. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

There are, however, some who take an active interest in politics; and in Cairo and Alexandria the opera-boxes of the Khedive and the great Pashas are nightly occupied by ladies. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Willa Cather They would have had a dismal time at the Rices’, with no beds to sleep in except such as were already occupied by Rice children. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Another half hour was devoted to china; and the floral arrangements indoors, even in this wintry season, occupied half an hour more. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells Old things came back to find their habitations still very imperfectly occupied by the new. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Oscar Wilde As it was, our bonnets were so unbecoming, and the mills were so occupied in trying to raise the wind, that I never had even a flirtation with anybody. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne If the town was abandoned, they could pass through without risk, but if, by some inexplicable maneuver, the Tartars occupied it, they must at every cost avoid the place. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Gissing There was another bed in the room which had evidently been occupied during the night, but beyond this there was no furniture. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

So it was I occupied my mind with the exact study of dead languages for seven long years. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells She could not eat or sleep or attend to anything whatever; she was occupied altogether with the thought of assuring herself to Trafford. He towered in her waking vision over town and land and sea. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

But I have been occupied entirely with your interests during my absence, and the hope of pleasing my darling sister, and adding to her happiness, has helped me to endure the long separation from her. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

That he had been present there can be no doubt—his seat had not been occupied by an obliging friend. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

They had been so occupied in their conversation that neither had observed the approach of their common enemy. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells Houses and their gear remain standing, still being occupied and used by the people who had them before — except when those people have fled. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

She passed by the door leading into the room occupied by her aunt and herself. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Gustave Flauber The other colleges occupied the lower terraces. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Arnold Bennett Politics occupied his mind, often obsessing it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

One of the houses belonging to a deceased Inca was kept open and occupied by his guard and attendants, with all the state appropriate to royalty. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

In fever cases the sensibility is so disturbed that the patient is often deceived as to the space occupied by his limbs, and he supposes them to be preternaturally distended or contracted. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]