Phrases with "permit"

Wilkie Collins What would you do for me in return?” “Do?” repeated Louisa. “Oh what is there I would not do!” She tried to kiss her mistress’s hand; but Magdalen would not permit it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope He, Mr. Prendergast, could by a word have spoilt the game; but acting, as he was forced to act, on the spur of the moment, he resolved to permit Mr. Mollett junior to play out his play. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Maggie would not permit Mrs Hamps to be sent for. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The ladies are too actively employed in the interior of their houses to permit much parading in full dress for morning visits. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

E. F. Benson I shan’t permit that for a moment. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

H. G. Wells To permit each other freedom was blank dishonor. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

At which she reflected, deciding that for the present he might not, but when they reached her lodgings she would permit him to renew his acquaintance with Buddha, and give him a cigarette. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anthony Trollope It was nevertheless near enough to Rome to permit the conqueror from Gaul to look closely into the politics of the city. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jacques Futrelle We did not permit Mr. Herbert to come here, and it will be very hard to explain. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

I am paying a tribute that will not be paid a second time; permit me to plunge myself so deeply in my grief that I may forget myself in it, that I may drown even my reason in it. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Edgar Allan Poe I am aware that some grinders have actually afforded to “go on” for this sum; but for my part, I found the necessary outlay of capital too great to permit of my “going on” under a shilling. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Benjamin Disraeli His breathing was oppressed; he felt that life was too short to permit us to experience such scenes and situations. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Walter Scott His blood flows in my veins, and while his has been poured forth unrequited, mine will permit me no rest. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

And a Spartan, making as if he would find fault with the master of the exercises for giving him wood that would not smoke, said, He will not permit us even to shed a tear. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Jules Verne Cela permit à Frycollin de porter un regard plus inquisiteur. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

But upstairs in the drawing-room he became the victim of a restless fate, that would, on no account, permit him to sit down. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Jack London The oligarchs did not dare permit the telling of the whole truth. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Zona Gale May the gods permit the possible. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

To these, sir, permit me to appeal; by these may I adjure you, to save me from that misery which threatens to overwhelm me, and which—with my latest breath I will say it—I have not deserved. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

She bent round to look at him; he would not permit it: turning abruptly, he walked to the fireplace, where he stood, silent, with his back towards us. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Meredith All the health of her thoughts went to establish a sort of blind belief that God; having punished her enough, would not permit a second great misery to befall her. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Walter Scott But her station, and the principles of chivalry in which she had been trained up, did not permit any prolonged or needless indulgence of inactive sorrow. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Just from amiable reluctance to grieve me, she would permit the bouquet to lie beside her, and perhaps consent to bear it away. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

That she has continued to receive you is a tacit encouragement of your addresses; which I consider, permit me to say, as very honourable to myself. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

She could not believe that the Spectre had been a mere creature of her imagination; Every circumstance was impressed upon her mind too forcibly, to permit her flattering herself with such an idea. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Borrow Oh, leave off your nonsense; yet I know you will not do so, for it is the breath of your nostrils! I could have wished we should have parted in kindness, but you will not permit it. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

You will not permit the man Odell to suspect. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Charles Dickens She is kind enough to receive my visits, and to permit my wife and family to reside here; for which it is hardly necessary to say, we are much indebted to her. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Jack London A cuff from the master and a sharp word had then compelled him to permit their caresses, though he growled and growled under their tiny hands, and in the growl there was no crooning note. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli If you will permit me, I will order it for you. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arnold Bennett It seemed lamentable, pathetic, to Edwin that destiny should not permit her to remain forever in that dream. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Thomas Love Peacock But you will permit my drinking it while it sparkles. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Wilkie Collins Still sceptical to the last, he answered that one diseased imagination in the family was enough, and that he would not permit me to run the risk of being infected by Alfred’s mental malady. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Now, understand at once, that I won’t permit that. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

If you will permit it, mother, I will sleep till I am better, but no one must know that I am here. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Receive my compliments, but, since you have sent for me, permit me to give you a piece of advice. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Would not it be cruel and inhuman to wake him back to grief? Is it, then, kind to permit him to wake by the natural action of his own physical energies? I have given him the advice for which he asked. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith We could not permit him to be near a young prince. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I would not wish to put you to inconvenience, but if you will permit me to advise you you will shoot and waste no time. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Shall I confess it? my desire to behold once more the too amiable Don Christoval, will not permit my obeying her injunctions. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When you come to London, I hope that you will permit me to call and assure myself that she has not suffered. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His mouth was set tight and his eyes were narrowed as though to permit of no escape to the temper that possessed him until it should be unleashed upon its proper objective. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope The Duke had a habit of taking her hand, which she never would permit for above a few seconds. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott At the same time, those counsellors who stood around Charles, drew back on either side, so as to permit the Duke to pay his respects to his Majesty in the usual form. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Thomas Paine A nation under a well-regulated government should permit none to remain uninstructed. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Woman’s timidity, and maternal affection, permit me not to balance in the choice. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

R. D. Blackmore But as regards my duty, you know well that I permit no interference. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope She had only to be careful that she did not injure her hat or crush her clothes, and throw in a word here and there to assist the gentleman, should occasion permit it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Supply him with anything that he fancies to eat and drink, but make sure that he remains there until I permit you to set him free—a matter of an hour perhaps. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Kate Chopin She would not permit a servant or one of the children to do anything for him which she might do herself. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I was sorry that decency did not permit me to stop to consider them nearer. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Wilkie Collins After he had made me promise to be careful, he told the night-nurse to let me take her place for a little while, when the dim light in the room would not permit his patient to see me too plainly. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing Before long the firemen arrived, and within an hour the fire was got sufficiently under to permit of the shop being entered. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Valeria, permit me to compose myself. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The high contracting parties shall found the colony of Lucifer in common, and shall permit persons of any other nationality to join the same. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Walter Scott My sole comfort is, that my stay will scarce be so long as to permit you to forget one who never can forget you. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Kate Chopin But her dignity would not permit a show of disturbance; she only asked:- “How long has his wife been dead?” “Oh,” cried Melicent, in dismay. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anatole France I would not permit her to do it. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was not long before the hyaenodon’s leg was sufficiently mended to permit him to rise and hobble about on three legs. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Frederick Marryat I will remain with them no longer, but join you if you will permit me. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Cette fois, Muffat, qui jouait avec un couteau, énervé, se permit d’intervenir. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

What is it, Grimaud? Considering the gravity of the occasion, I permit you to speak, my friend; but be laconic, I beg. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Rising as quickly as his stiffened limbs would permit him, he endeavoured to recall the events of last night. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was a move to lynch the perpetrator of the horror, for Minnesota did not permit the capital punishment it deserved, but the instigators were foiled by the big stone penitentiary close at hand. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope He had done the work of life, but had so done it as to permit of his enjoying that which was left to him. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The watching of her pretty infantile tactics amused him too much to permit of a sidethought on the cruelty of the part he played. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins The result had been the institution of separate bedrooms — on the pretence that Parley’s sense of conjugal duty would not permit him to be the means of disturbing his wife’s rest. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Meredith He begged me to permit him to start: but it was too ignominious to think of its being done under my very eyes, and I refused. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I permit a picture of myself upon the railway platform. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

This is a free country and the law doesn’t permit that. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing If she would permit herself to rest upon his sinews, that was all he desired. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

E. F. Benson Would she therefore permit him to suggest her name? Lucia sat with her chin in her hand in the music attitude. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Walter Scott Their boats are already manned for their return — oh! permit your old servant to recall them. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Arthur Conan Doyle Let me see, I had got as far as the young Bavarian at Carlsruhe. I regret extremely that you will not permit me to use such slight skill in surgery as I possess. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

He approached the other door, and taking off his hat respectfully, said, “Madame, will you permit me to offer you my services? It appears to me that this cavalier has made you very angry. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was something less than a hundred pounds — a mere nothing; but in their altered relations, it would not do to permit any miscarriage of this particular bill. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett He did not, therefore, permit the accident to interfere with his sleep that night. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Charles Dickens From this state of inaction he was then recalled, shining very much and roaring violently, to partake of — well? I would rather say, if you’ll permit me to speak generally — of a slight repast. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

George Borrow It was the will of the Almighty to permit us speedily to gain this shelter, but not before the boat was nearly filled with water, and we were all wet to the skin. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Frederick Marryat Moreover, Humphrey had talents which Edward had not — a natural talent for mechanics, and an inquisitive research into science, as far as his limited education would permit him. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Willa Cather But you see it doesn’t do to permit oneself to look at it in that light. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Edward Bellamy She intimated that it would be considered an extraordinary imbecility to permit the weather to have any effect on the social movements of the people. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

George Gissing Then the present circumstances don’t permit anything of the kind, and there’s an end of that matter. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Borrow He twice attempted to fling himself down, to the great terror of his aged rider, who frequently entreated me to stop and permit him to dismount. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope It seemed as though the man had been careful to carry with him no record of identity, the nature of which would permit it to outlive the crush of the train. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Emily was too well aware of the importance of the mistress’s presence to the well-being of the school, to permit her to remain at the cottage. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Disinclined to permit my thoughts to wander from the text, at the back of my mind a dim sensation of uneasiness, almost of resentment, because of the slight audible intrusion betrayed itself. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Sir Walter Scott Plunder and revenge lay beyond the frozen mountains which they beheld, and they did not permit themselves to be daunted by the difficulty of traversing them. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

George Eliot And he ended by insisting that his daughters, who were presently coming in an open carriage, should call for her, if she would permit them. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Miss Smith, will you permit me?” She took his arm. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Jules Verne Mais, un jour, à l’époque où commence ce récit, la lunette du berger Frik permit d’apercevoir une fumée qui s’échappait de l’une des cheminées du donjon. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

It was almost daylight when we broke up, and yet I was loth to permit anyone to leave, for I feared lest with his going I should find myself in the Slough of Despond again. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

They came about half-past eight, and we had a permit to have lights in the cabin till ten to-night. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing It is now my hope that you will permit me to call upon you. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Gaston Leroux If you will permit me, I will get to bed at once. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

On this occasion, both Mr. and Mrs. Benfleet being otherwise engaged, Miss Medwin was good enough to permit me a considerable amount of her company. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

They wouldn’t permit degrees of feeling, only the furthest degree. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Gaston Leroux I don’t wish through any false pride to keep you in darkness about something which may perhaps — I say perhaps — permit you to save the general. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Anthony Trollope Will you tell your mother that I will stay here, if she will permit it?’ ‘Of course. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson I will not permit you even to gain time by your fencing. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hobbes And again, if they worship them they commit idolatry, for the Apostles would never permit themselves to be so worshipped. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Frances Hodgson Burnett One would not permit her to read the Newgate Calendar for choice. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Borrow I wished much to examine the relics of Moorish sway on the upper part of the mountain, but time pressed, and the short period of our stay at this place did not permit me to gratify my inclination. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Rafael Sabatini On the one hand did he permit himself to be outbidden his master might visit upon him his disappointment. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Theodore Dreiser Where any woman was concerned he was too chivalrous to permit fear. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Perhaps I shall get the credit also at some distant day, when I permit my zealous historian to lay out his foolscap once more — eh, Watson? Well, now, let us see where this rat has been lurking. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Nor does he permit himself to dwell very often upon what happened a few days later, when, after a most uncomfortable interval, the yacht rounded Hakodate Headland and came to an anchor in the harbour. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Your rank was too conspicuous to permit a voluntary acknowledgment. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassan She could imagine her son’s mistress confronting her at the door and asking, “What is your business here, madame?” and her self-respect would not permit her to run the risk of such an encounter. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Herman Melville Ah, Don Benito,” smiling, “for all the license you permit in some things, I fear lest, at bottom, you are a bitter hard master. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The heat of the pavement striking to his soles was the first of a hundred exquisite sensations; but Stingaree did not permit himself to savor one of them. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft Common sense bade one leave the youth alone with his freakishness, yet some deeper instinct would not permit the impression of that frenzied letter to subside. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

During the month’s grace that was allowed me, I did not permit the grass to grow under my feet. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Edgar Allan Poe LA BRUYERE. IT WAS well said of a certain German book that “er lasst sich nicht lesen” — it does not permit itself to be read. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Jules Verne Le capitaine connaissait le prix d’une heure dans ces circonstances, et ne permit pas de poursuivre l’animal. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

And yet, even with these tight limits to the misery of a boundless discretion, permit me, liege Lady, with all loyalty, to submit—that now and then you prick with your pin the wrong man. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Arthur Morrison In the meantime permit me to suggest that it will be better for all parties — cheaper in fact — if this matter be settled out of court. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Ann Radcliffe Margaritone only said, that the abbess had the goodness to permit Ellena to dine with the novices, and that she came to conduct her to their table. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps you will permit me to say that what little I have seen of you and what further I have heard of you assure to you my most perfect sympathy. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

As regards the rest of your speech, you will permit me to say that its wildness of language is only equaled by the utter irrationality of your deductions and your absolute ignorance of all legalities. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

A series of commandments, ten in numberjust enough to permit an intelligent selection for observance, but not enough to embarrass the choice. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

No one believed that he was a thief except you, you slut!” “Slut yourself, madam! You are nothing better than a cow, if you will permit me to say so. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Walter Scott The landlady ran to offer some aid, but Mr. Fleecebumpkin would not permit her to approach. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We shall not permit Austria to overstep the mark. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Wilkie Collins You will just permit me to mix a little more of the elixir of life, and then, as the poet says, my plain unvarnished tale I shall deliver. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Jules Verne The fugitives stretched on the platform did not permit themselves to make a movement by which they might be betrayed. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Sinclair Lewis The Great World does not permit such unquestioning love and ill-paid truancy. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Gertrude Stein That she would always remember their intercourse with pleasure and that she would permit herself, if ever she were in need, to throw herself upon Gertrude’s generosity. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Jules Verne Il se tint au grand frais, mais malheureusement il souffla avec obstination de la partie du sud-est et ne permit pas de faire de la toile. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

John Stuart Mill Those who first broke the yoke of what called itself the Universal Church, were in general as little willing to permit difference of religious opinion as that church itself. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

My experience of the diplomatic skill of the late Consul, does not permit me to coincide with this favourable opinion. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope There was in store for him the tranquillity of retirement which he would enjoy as soon as a sense of duty would permit him to seize it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Guests did not sleep, as in Homer, in the prodomos, or the portico — the climate did not permit it — but in one or other hall. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang I have already six kingdoms, permit me to bestow one upon you, and upon each of your sons. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth You should not, permit me to say, endeavour to criminate an innocent person. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells The lecturer went on to explain what was meant by either member of what perhaps they would permit her to call this double-barrelled social remedy. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The national and religious limitations were still too marked and hostile to permit a free survey over the historic field. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Anthony Trollope The people require to be allowed to vote periodically, and, having acquired that privilege, permit other matters to go by the board. North America by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood But I’ve taken steps to imprison it in the tent, and it can’t get out till I permit it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

So, without involving you in anything and simply for this evening, permit me to play the part of lover in your company. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Puis, Fontan voulut s’en mêler, Bosc lui-même se permit des conseils. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

George Borrow We had left the road in order to take advantage of one of those short cuts, which, though possible for a horse or a mule, are far too rough to permit any species of carriage to travel along them. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

I, supposing she desired to go downstairs, moved aside so as to permit of her passage. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Andrew Lang The most famous forgeries of the eighteenth century were those of Macpherson, Chatterton, and Ireland. Space (fortunately) does not permit a discussion of the Ossianic question. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

It had overtaken him as he was looking down upon the lake; and he now looked to his left, to try whether in that direction it was too thick to permit a view of the nearest landmarks. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Hervey, however gallantly he replied to her ladyship, was secretly vexed to find that Belinda had so little delicacy as to permit her name to be employed in such a manner. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Ann Radcliffe Her affections were now too deeply engaged to permit her to act with firmness, at the price of long suffering. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Edith Wharton But I suppose you’ve made enough money out of ‘The Vital Thing’ to permit yourself a little harmless amusement. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing I think — will you permit me to sit down? I am really very tired. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing At the worst, they belong to a reputable club, and have garments which permit them to attend a garden party or an evening “at home” without attracting unpleasant notice. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Willa Cather I am quite ready to permit myself a little extravagance to be of service to the women of my family. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

My dear Vandeloup, if you will permit me to call you so, my son Buckstone is truly a wonderful critic. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

They jerked themselves up stiffly and turned sharply in their chairs, regarding one another as far as their blinking and dazed condition would permit with hostile and suspicious eyes. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

George Meredith As it was, he dared to look what he did not permit himself to speak. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing At the close of the meal he bent towards Mrs. Liversedge, declared that he was suffering from an intolerable headache, and begged her to permit his immediate departure. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

I fear that he will become an idler unless we yield the point and permit him to enter on the profession which he has selected. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jules Verne There were several rapid locomotives on hand; but the railway arrangements did not permit the special train to leave until three o’clock. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Perhaps we may be driven to try our luck in London. In this case, will you permit me to have the honor of presenting my respects, as I ventured to propose when I wrote to you a little time since. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Mrs Marby, her son and sister were seated with their father when the latter sent for Rashleigh, and on his entrance the Colonel said, “Ladies, permit me to introduce my new servant to you. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

E. Phillips Oppenheim In fact, when I look at you”—his eyes seemed to fall almost to the ground—“when I look at you, I permit myself some slight sensation of pity for your unfortunate affliction. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

He was not unconscious that his attempts were highly criminal: He saw clearly the baseness of seducing the innocent Girl: But his passion was too violent to permit his abandoning his design. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

His old friend stole softly from the room, and cautioning the household not to permit him who must now be regarded as their master to be disturbed, he went out, and proceeded to the search. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Stay,” he said, taking out his card-case, “this is my name, and if you will permit me, I will see you safely to Paris.” “Thank you, sir. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He had not withdrawn it from the first theatre in Paris, which demanded only trifling alterations, to permit it to be cut up by a theatre of less importance. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Jules Verne Il dura la journée entière, mais cela permit d’observer la faune et la flore. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

To dare to prate of reparation after the insults that you and yours have inflicted, is adding intentional humiliation to insult — and I will not permit it. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Pray permit me!” With a remarkably light and easy step for a man of his age and size, he advanced to the further end of the library, and opened a door which led into the gallery. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell How came God to permit such cruel injustice of man? Permitting it, He could not be good. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

But permit me to ask you; Have you then any aversion to Matrimony?’ ‘That is an home question. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I entreat you not to permit any one to introduce him to you. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Victor Hugo Love comes not to permit too much of paradise. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hardy His thoughts were, that should the vicar permit him to become engaged, to hope for an engagement, or in any way to think of his beloved Elfride, he might stay longer. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

I will here permit myself a brief digression, which may not be irrelevant. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

George Gissing Let us press through the throng to the mouth of one of these and look in, as long as the reeking odour will permit us. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

His face doesn’t permit anything like that. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Willa Cather He was even delighted to find her face so inscrutable, though it chilled his own warmth and made the open frankness he had wished to permit himself impossible. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Walter Besant It is, however, the misfortune of the great that the grandeur and eminence of their state will not permit them to taste for long the felicities of a private life. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson Even with the support of the water they could bend but a few inches; and wider than ever did their legs splay, to permit of their corpulences being lowered. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Perhaps you will permit me to strike a light—my light? Your light we will examine later on. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

G. K. Chesterton If not, permit me to say what I have always said, that something went from the world when Nicaragua was civilised. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Ford Madox Ford But his loyalty to the traditions of his family would not permit him to bind any future inheritors of his name or beneficiaries by the death of his ancestors. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

He would not permit Clorinda to appear again; for, as he said, he feared her repentance more than her violence, and would not expose Ethel as the witness of a scene of humiliation and shame. Lodore by Mary Shelley

My pride, after her first refusals to see me, was too great to permit me to renew my entreaties, and so I called her a flirt, and inconstant. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

E. Phillips Oppenheim For the sake of your family, permit me to send you back to your husband’s house. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air — or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Jack London But now his waning powers would not permit such a course. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

She was altogether a very beautiful and animated girl — though as unlike her sister as the presence of those two qualities would permit her to be. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett The manners of the navvies were such that Sophia could not even regard them, nor Gerald Scales permit her to regard them, without blushing. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you will permit me to use your house for a while, I shall make it my headquarters. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins Miss Bygrave simply declines to be an apple of discord (if you will permit the classical allusion) cast into your household. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Il ne se permit aucune question, il affectait de croire que madame était en voyage. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Will Your Highness permit me to burn these writings?” The Prince remained motionless. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Gelele’s permit having arrived, the mission lost no time in proceeding northward. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope She herself was desirous of disappearing for that evening, but Lady Glencora would not permit it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jack London But the surf proved to be too great to permit the boat to land on my inhospitable shore. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The draw being lifted to permit the passage of a schooner laden with wood from the Eastern forests, she sticks immovably right athwart the bridge. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Walter Scott I will never shun them in battle, but my head” (pressing his hand to his brow) “will not, for a while, permit me to seek them in sport. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

If Heaven has suffered certain crimes to be committed, and has concealed them in the shadow of its clemency, I will not permit Madame de Chevreuse to counteract the just designs of fate. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

When Chanlouineau asked you to allow him to receive a visit from Mademoiselle Lacheneur, that was the time you should have said: ‘I will not permit it. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was nothing here he could use — the dining-room had never been included in his plans for the town was too small to permit disposing of silver. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald