Phrases with "office"

At this period lawlessness and violence appear to have prevailed to an unusual extent in the metropolis, and the office of a Bow Street justice was no sinecure. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Ann Radcliffe Edric’s office of centinel was propitious to their scheme, and it was agreed that at midnight they should descend the vaults. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

O’Brien came into the room with the casual step of an official from an office entering another’s room. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The room was distractingly neat, and as handsomely furnished as it is possible for an office to be within the closest official limits. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Willa Cather One day Ivy Peters had come into the office with a written order from her, requesting that an accounting, and all funds and securities, be turned over to him. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet, when we closed our door on Monday evening, we were as efficient an office as any in the government service. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Mark Twain Four were raised to the great office during that period. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

They fill this office properly, and are therefore always selected for it. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Wilkie Collins My letter and my card went into an office at the back, and I followed them after a while. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Herman Melville The most robust man of the country round was assigned the office of bell-ringer. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

While in this indecision, we had a visit this morning from a remarkable-looking character, Don Miguel S—— agent for the diligence office in Mexico, a tall, dark, energetic-looking person. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Prizing his independence above all things, excepting Laura, he remarked to his friends that the yoke of office would not sit lighter on him for being gilded. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

D. H. Lawrence And inside a courteous tall old man with a white beard had lifted the flap for Alvina to go inside the office and sit down to fill the form. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He was in good odour at Government House, and his office of Superintendent of Convicts caused him to take an active part in that local government which keeps a man constantly before the public. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

G. K. Chesterton It was only with pen in hand, in an office lined with works of reference, that he could feel that sense of confused responsibility that was the one pleasure of his life. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle The office was sadly reduced after that. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

Dougal telephoned to your Glasgow office and your own papers published today the announcement that you had gone abroad. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli The ministry retained office almost by a casting vote; were frequently defeated on important questions; and whenever a vacancy occurred, it was filled by their opponents. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

While still a young man, he was made master of the mint, in which he had been a journeyman, and installed at the same time into the vacant office of grand treasurer of the royal household. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Virginia Woolf But there were only two office stools empty beside Eleanor over there in the corner. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sinclair Lewis I was in a Boston office for several years. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I have a feeling that I have been ill-used — not by you, Mr Gresham, specially, but by the party; and I look upon the whole question of office with altered eyes. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

In the Court of James I. the atmosphere which a man in office breathed was loaded with the taint of gifts and bribes. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

If a learned profession was denied me I vastly preferred a veld store to an Edinburgh office stool. Prester John by John Buchan

On her way to the butler’s office she had seen a stone archway at the head of a flight of stairs leading down into darkness. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Gissing Suppose you saw your way, in a year or two, to make only as much in an architect’s office as you did in that——machine-shop, wouldn’t it be worth while?” Hilliard mused. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton It was a business communication from the office of her aunt’s executors, and she wondered what unexpected development had caused them to break silence before the appointed time. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Willa Cather I used to walk mournfully up and down before his office while all these deeds were being signed, — there were usually lawyers and notaries inside. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

What boy wouldn’t dread it? Pen-pushing in some filthy office — God! His uncles and aunts were already talking dismally about ‘getting Gordon settled in life’. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Mark Twain I did go to the Tribune office to see if such an article was wanted, because I belonged on the regular staff of that paper and it was simply a duty to do it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

F. Scott Fitzgerald As he left the office he had trouble opening the outer door. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

At ten o’clock he ordered his hansom and drove to his lawyers’ office in Chancery Lane. The senior partner had that moment arrived, so the clerk informed him. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The office was rich and comfortable. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

They would arrive on market days driving in a peasant’s cart, and would set up an office in an inn or some other Jew’s house. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

James Joyce And now it was an office or something. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Theodore Dreiser The wind veered to the east, and by the time he reached his office it was threatening to drizzle all afternoon. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis He often reflected, “Nev’ forget how old Jake Offutt said a wise bird never goes love-making in his own office or his own home. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Ralph Waldo Emerson Grudge no office thou canst render. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

He held his office during life; and any one who usurped his ensigns was punished with death. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

He’s a bit of a sportsman too — keeps a six-ton cutter, and can be seen on a Friday evening departing in old clothes from his City office with his kit in a pillow-case. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Charles Dickens Before the King’s execution, the army had appointed some of its officers to remonstrate between them and the Parliament; and now the common soldiers began to take that office upon themselves. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

H. G. Wells The office was in Southampton Street, off the Strand, and it occupied the first and second floors. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing My mother couldn’t keep me at school very long, so, at fourteen, I was sent into the office of the man who had been my father’s partner, to serve him and learn the business. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton Mr. Spragg, as he approached his office on the morning in question, felt reasonably sure of fulfilling these expectations; but he reflected that a few more such victories would mean disaster. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

At half-past one o’clock dinner was served; Philip West, his younger brother Gregory, who had recently joined him, and Mr. St. George coming in from the office to partake of it. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Thomas Hardy The office was not far from All Saints’ Church, and the church-windows being open, he could hear the afternoon service from where he lingered as distinctly as if he had been one of the congregation. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Whose door are they waiting at? He supposes another Jewish office seeks the shade of that pensive street. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Victor Hugo It was an ancient Carlovingian office — the auricularius of the old palatine deeds. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Willa Cather You are not speaking from your own room? What, from the office booth? Oh, then I understand you very well indeed!” Niel looked about in alarm. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

D’Aguesseau consented to render what assistance he could, contrary to the advice of his friends, who did not approve that he should accept any recal to office of which Law was the bearer. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

In the outer office the confidential clerk took him in hand and led him to the door of an enormous cellar, lit by electricity and filled from one end to the other with bales and heaps of books. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope But when I got to “The Grand,” as we used to call our office in those days, from its site in St. Martin’s le Grand, I was seated at a desk without any further reference to my competency. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

James Hogg I sauntered about the printing office for the space of two or three hours, during which time Watson bustled about with green spectacles on his nose, and took no heed of me. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

By contrast the lights of the superintendent’s office were subdued, so that within the walls of the police-station sounds seemed of greater importance. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

What he had come to seek in the editorial office was not controversy, but information. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Guy de Maupassant Well, from my office I could see a small bit of blue sky and the swallows, and I felt inclined to dance among my portfolios. In the Spring (Au Printemps) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

James Joyce The door of Ruttledge’s office whispered: ee: cree. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli Endymion felt it was rather a crisis in his life, and that his future might much depend on the fulfilment of the confidential office which had been entrusted to him by his chief. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Sinclair Lewis He returned to Blackwater one mid-afternoon and sought the office of the Surgeon General, or what had been the office of the Surgeon General till Sondelius had come and taken it away from him. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Mark Twain I hurried to the treasurer’s office and deposited my ten percent. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Willa Cather As they were leaving the Colonel’s office together, Gerhardt asked him whether he had got his billet. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Olaf Stapledon When one of them had to perform the office of tearing out the eyes or bowels or genitals of the sacrificial victim, he did so without a qualm. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling He has no business here out of office hours. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

It was a fair walk from the mayor’s office in the town hall to the church. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

It is needless to point out the close analogy at this point between the priestly office and the office of the footman. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing When she had done housemaid’s office in her room, she sat propping her hot brows, waiting for her mother’s descent in readiness for church. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

My bedroom and sitting-room, and the room in which Sultan Abdullah’s boys sleep are on one side, and Mr. Maxwell’s room and office on the other. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Rudyard Kipling Out of office hours he can take his coach and four and pervade society if he pleases. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Three women, each with an armful of brats, besieging the office and clamouring for a pension. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Mark Twain His office is to remind you of the lion-hearted Richard. There is something the matter with his legs, but I do not quite know what it is, they do not seem right. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

At the same time, the imperialist temper of the nation invested her office with a new significance exactly harmonising with her own inmost proclivities. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Albert entered the magistrate’s office with his head erect. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is no office or function of man but is rightly discharged by this divine method, and nothing that is not noxious to him if detached from its universal relations. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

William Cowper On the summit, see, The seals of office glitter in his eyes; He climbs, he pants, he grasps them. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Sinclair Lewis He couldn’t very well say to an office boy: “Will you tell the young lady in the blue dress that the man across the street is here?” That would be ridiculous. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jonathan Swif I was to-day inquiring at the Secretary’s office of Mr. Lewis how things went: I there met Prior, who told me he gave all for gone, etc. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sinclair Lewis Seems a shame to waste all that good space in the barn, now that you’ve gone and decided he mustn’t have his dear little office there!” “Bertie,” from Leora, “I know what we’ll do. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Oh, pray get up and go to the police office or somewhere with me. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Sinclair Lewis He entered the keeper’s office and said quietly: “I have stolen a lot of money, but I can’t prove it. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson The outer room was an office with the clerk’s chair at a table spread with law papers. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope And, therefore, before he left his office he wrote the following letter:— INCOME-tax OFFICE, December 29, 186-. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens At the police office next morning, she said it was along of trouble and a bad husband. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

So an Arabic telegram is concocted, and our fleetest runner starts off with it to Golosanèh before the office closes for the night. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

It was the day of the picnic, and I persisted in going straight to it the first thing—which put the office here in a rage, as it was busy. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

John Morley They might easily have had office if they would have come in upon the king’s terms. Burke by John Morley [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The office would probably witness the next development in the tragedy with which he was threatened. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Her name was Layelah, and she filled the office of Malca, which signifies queen; and though honorable with us above all, is among the Kosekin the lowest in the land. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

E. F. Benson There was Lucia receiving her guests and their compliments: the Mayor in his scarlet robe and chain of office was talking to her as Elizabeth stepped into what she still thought of as her own garden. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Sinclair Lewis And we want our own say, absolute, as to how we use it — to fit up an office or anything else. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

In his later years he had the office of Yeoman Usher of the Exchequer conferred upon him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Theodore Dreiser It was also made perfectly plain to him, that once he was well in office a little money for himself was to be made. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

In a moment, I had leaped from bed, crossed the office where Pinkerton lay in a deep trance of sleep on the convertible sofa, and stood in the doorway, in my night gear, to receive our visitors. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Walter Scott At the same time the voice of the vigilant Philip Guarine whispered in his ear, “Thine office for the night is endeddepart to thine own quarters with all the silence thou mayst. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

James Joyce Pawning his gold watch in Cummins of Francis street where no-one would know him in the private office when I was there with Pisser releasing his boots out of the pop. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Mr. Aislabie, whose high office and deep responsibilities should have kept him honest, even had native principle been insufficient, was very justly regarded as perhaps the greatest criminal of all. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arnold Bennett It was not because the office would involve extra work for him that he had declined the invitation, as she well knew. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

James Joyce His hand took his hat from the peg over his initialled heavy overcoat and his lost property office secondhand waterproof. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Gissing But he’s altogether below the mark in an office such as mine. Humplebee by George Gissing

Wilkie Collins The office of the lawyer whom I had consulted during my previous visit to London, lay in my way to the terminus. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edith Wharton Glennard, the next afternoon, leaving his office earlier than usual, turned, on his way home, into one of the public libraries. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

George Meredith Rather no journalism at all for him! He thought the office of the ordinary daily preacher cowlike. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Occasionally, perhaps twice a week, he went to a dusty, forgotten-looking office in the Ministry of Truth and did a little work, or what was called work. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Most offices are limited to four years, consequently he is a fool who does not make his office pay him while he is in it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was stocked with water during the day, and after dark the two clerks brought down the money from the office and stowed it in the hold. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope But on reaching his office he found that other cares awaited him — cares which he would have taken much delight in bearing, had the state of his mind enabled him to take delight in anything. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

He was succeeded in 1876 by Mr. Bloomfield Douglas, who has held the office of Resident for six years. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Olaf Stapledon In fact man should be preparing to fulfil his office as a centre in which the cosmos might rejoice in itself, and whence it might exfoliate into ever more brilliant being. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis The office routine at the Every Man a Priest Fraternity was almost too easy for him. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Harvey, from his office in London, unflinchingly supported him, encouraged by a perfect avalanche of sales which were sweeping in from every centre. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbours — and, when he is so, he becomes troublesome. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe Without deigning to answer the imputation, she desired to resign an office of which she was no longer considered worthy, and to quit the castle immediately. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Willa Cather Saves office rent,” the Captain commented with satisfaction, returning the books to his pocket. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope Whatever evil he may have done during his office, when out of office he is not worth the powder which would be expended in an attack. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He came to my office in London, before going home, and there learned from my lips how the family quarrel had ended. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope Make her your wife, and you may resign or remain in office just as you choose. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Post office girls sold shilling postal orders with a sarcastic smile, with acerbity, with reluctance — it was naught to them that the revenue was benefited and the pressure on taxpayers eased. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edmund Burke The office of execution is an office of exertion. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Theodore Dreiser For one thing, some six months after his incarceration, Edward Malia Butler died, expired sitting in his chair in his private office at his home. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Green Ingersoll I do not care: I am going to say my say, whether I make money or grow poor; no matter whether I get high office or walk along the dusty highway of the common. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Ivan Turgenev I know what: they have set up a committee at the governor’s office and are collecting subscriptions for the benefit of the people of Kasimov. The town has been burnt to ashes with all its churches. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Radclyffe Hall She drove to the telegraph office at Upton: ‘Come back, I must see you at once,’ she wired, taking great care to prepay the reply, lest Angela should find an excuse for not answering. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Guy de Maupassant His first three years of office work were a martyrdom. That Costly Ride (A Costly Outing) (À Cheval) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The office clerks went posting about Islip to find Tom; he having been out when the gig and messenger arrived. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

The notebook, from its virgin condition, appeared to be more a badge of office than the implement of a craft. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

John Galsworthy His mind was back in his own office with Gradman rubbing his nose, shaking his grey head, and Butterfield’s: “No, sir, I’ve nothing against Mr. Elderson, and he’s nothing against me. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft My uncle at once telephoned the family, and from that time forward kept close watch of the case; calling often at the Thayer Street office of Dr. Tobey, whom he learned to be in charge. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Leo Tolstoy It was the office of the justice of the peace. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

Willa Cather As there was nothing to be done on his fields in the winter, he had amused himself by pulling down the old barn after office hours. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

H. G. Wells I will, if you like, do this: come to my office tomorrow. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Henry Fielding He soon gave open proofs of his interest with the Confessor in procuring an office of some importance for one Rollo, a Roman of mean extraction and very despicable parts. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

In a physician’s office in Kearny Street three men sat about a table, drinking punch and smoking. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

His office flourishes in the shade; not in the rustic shade beloved of the violet but in the muddled twilight of mind, where tyranny of every sort flourishes. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Theodore Dreiser To think he should stoop to an office stenographer! Once on that thought, she decided that he should not be allowed to have a woman as an assistant any more. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Edmund Burke If he feels as men commonly feel, he must he sensible that an office so circumstanced is one in which he can obtain no fame or reputation. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My successor in the post office has not yet made any proposal to me with regard to the other part of the business, or the dwelling-house, so these are still in my name. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry Adams Russell had quitted office in 1866; he died in 1878; the biography was published in 1889. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins Walk in, sir! I will take care that your new office shall be a sinecure. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The office issued him a landing permit this morning. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Arrogance was its strength and weakness: a suggestion had only to be made to call down either the insolence of office or the malice of denial for denial’s sake. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The idea of spending the day in an office was distasteful to her, but it was obviously inevitable. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Gilbert Fenton left Mr. Medler’s office a happier man than when he had entered it, and yet only half satisfied. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Guy de Maupassan But, from consulting her and showing deference to her, he caused her to pass naturally from the functions of a counselor to the sacred office of inspirer. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Ford Madox Ford They had by now walked far beyond the line leading to Tietjens’ office and, close together, were looking down upon the great tapestry of the French landscape. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Every day you choose to call, my clerk will advance you a shilling; on Saturday, since my office is closed on Sunday, he will advance you half a crown. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Observe, now, the vital office of humor in Hawthorne’s thought. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Go into the office when you have finished your pipe, there’s a passport to be stamped; the party is in there. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Anthony Trollope That they must be out of office before a month was over seemed to him the opinion of everybody. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells You figure us returning after a day or so of such Utopian experiences as I must presently describe, to the central office in Lucerne, even as we have been told to do. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

All the stalls taken,” said the young man with the high collar in the box office when Kendal appeared before the window. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

It is a very short and simple one: leaving what property he had to my mother, and the business and office furniture to me. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Leslie Stephen An applicant for a desk in a merchant’s office once commended himself, it is said, by the statement that his style of writing combined scathing sarcasm with the wildest flights of humour. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Charles Dickens So, into the office they went; Mr Sampson and his sister arm-in-arm; and Mr Swiveller following, alone. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

My boy in the same office as myself — we can go down together by the ’bus, come home together, and who knows but in the course of time he may take great interest in our little home. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Mark Twain I had written news letters to the Herald sometimes, but yet when I visited the office that day I did not say any thing about writing a valedictory. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope You have been selected for the high office which you are now called upon to fill solely because it has been thought that you are the most fit man to perform the onerous duties attached to it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton And now she came back free of everything and every one, and rather like a politician resuming office than a prodigal returning to his own. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

James Joyce He had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr. Alleyne for his impertinence but he knew what a hornet’s nest the office would be for him. Dubliners by James Joyce

William Makepeace Thackeray Mr. Scully’s whole history, and, pardon me for saying so (but we men in office know everything), yours —” Lady Gorgon’s ears and cheeks now assumed the hottest hue of crimson. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

Arnold Bennett The office boy made a sign of appeal, and Edwin answered with a curt sign that the office boy was to wait. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing The Pomfrets, whom he went to see at very long intervals, supposed him to have some sort of office employment, and saw nothing in his demeanour to make them anxious about him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I passed up the High Street, Mr. McNeil ran out from his office and beckoned to me to stop. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

When we got to the Chief of Police’s office a crowd of the most dreadful-looking scoundrels, obviously police narks, informers, and spies of every kind, were hanging about outside the door. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle Rumours had reached the lodge of secret gatherings in the Herald office and of distribution of firearms among the law-abiding people. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Leon Trotsky When I telephoned my wife from the newspaper office that Petrograd was in the midst of revolution, the younger boy was in bed with diphtheria. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. Rider Haggard Thus reflected Nam in perplexity of soul, wishing to himself the while that he had retired from his office before he was called upon to face questions so difficult and so dangerous. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Walter Scott Sir John Carmichael, ancestor of the present Earl of Hyndford, was the Scottish warden, and Sir John Forster held that office on the English middle march. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no need to ask what had happened when little Joe slunk quietly into the office one morning with dishevelled hair, melancholy face, and eyes bleared with the wakefulness of a restless night. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells To go to our inner office in Raggett Street I had to walk through a room in which the typists worked. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Others are older men, stooped and tottering, with faces pale and drawn from long hours of office work and glancing nervously at their watches for fear of arriving late. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Theodore Dreiser She changed her mind, however, before she reached the office — for it was Rita Sohlberg she wished to reach first — and ordered her coachman to drive back to the Sohlberg studio. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins The clerk at the steam-packet office perfectly well remembers selling a ticket to a stranger with a terrible blue face. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing Hood paid the cabman, and walked off briskly towards the office of Legge Brothers. He stopped in the middle of the pavement as if a shot had struck him. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Henry James He was at his best in such an office and with the exception of Mrs. Wix the only person she had met in her life who ever explained. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

But Bright was not thinking of office or of breaking up Governments: he was thinking of the practical end in view. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Morrison Say Mr Martin Hewitt sends his compliments, and he advises her not to wait, as he has already left his office by another door, and has been gone some little time. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Algernon Blackwood Hibbert used to go back early to his room in the post office to work. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

George Meredith Because of that apprehension of mine, I refused the office of best man till Willoughby had sent me a third letter. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope What was he to do when his office hours were over? In the first place he had not a shilling in the world to get his dinner. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

He remembered that the boy in Gorringe’s office had spoken of just one lot of plants costing thirty-one dollars and sixty cents, and there had been two other lots as well. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton The office clock ticked exactly in the stillness. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Virginia Woolf How useful an office one’s friends perform when they recall us. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

In 1699, he was promoted to the Mastership of the Mint—an office worth twelve or fifteen hundred pounds per annum, and which he held during the remainder of his life. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Olaf Stapledon Thus it was possible for the officials in a distant government office to force upon a man an irresistible craving to carry out a prescribed course of action. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

He had an office in Minley Street. “Silver ring, probably,” said Murray. “Tell you what. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope But of this I am sure, that the facility which exists here for a minister or ministers to go out of office without disturbance of the Crown, is a great blessing. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

And shortly on this matter for to seyn, He fel in office with a chamberleyn, The which that dwellyng was with Emelye. For he was wys, and coulde sone aspye Of every servaunt, which that servèd there. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Sinclair Lewis As he drove Olivia to Lundsgard’s office in the small car, Hayden imagined from blocks away that he could hear Roxy and Lundsgard quarreling in their cab, but he had little time for imaginings. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Hosmer — Mr. Angel — was a cashier in an office in Leadenhall Street — and —” “What office?” “That’s the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don’t know. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Morrison Cater was using this room as an office in which to examine and balance his uncle’s books, and the corpse had been carried to a room below to await the funeral. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling In every country where swords and uniforms accompany civil office there is a natural tendency towards an ill-considered increase of officialdom. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

James Joyce Thom’s dublin post office directory, 1886. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Mark Twain There is no office too degrading for them to perform, for money. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Sinclair Lewis The office was his pirate ship but the car his perilous excursion ashore. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

In this revised project of philanthropy the trustees, to whom he was indebted for his office and responsible for his conduct, had not the happiness to appear. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith Mr. Redworth gruffly insists on his going back to his law-clerk’s office and stool, and Mr. Dacier says that no place is vacant. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

I recognised Larose myself, and they told me in Mason’s office who the other man was. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anthony Trollope I have to be back in my office in London this day week, and yet I have not had a single hour to myself since I have been at Killaloe. But I will certainly ride over and see your mother. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett In the private office Hilda shut the door. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sinclair Lewis Not many of them came, which was well, for the office was not large. Land by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the open door of the inner office she stopped and said: “Oh, excuse me -” She had interrupted an apparently trivial yet somehow intriguing scene. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]