Phrases with "person"

But no person could surmise anything about it beyond that it was a vessel well equipped for war. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Gaston Leroux Koupriane, when he rose, said to me, ‘You have happened, madame, to interrupt the person in her operations. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

John Lewis Burckhard There is hardly a village in which several of them are not found, and every person of property keeps at least one. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

This I know, that many stories were in circulation; and every person had a different one. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Charles Kingsley But every observant person must be aware that this tendency has produced its evils as well as its good. On Literature--English by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing Her look, her talk reassured him; so did her friendship with such a person as the ingenuous Patty. On learning that he dwelt close by her she gave no sign of an uneasy conscience. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

John Lewis Burckhard Abdullah Pasha of Damascus, who conducted the Hadj eighteen times in person to Mekka, was compelled to do the same. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Suppose that each person spends only a sou, since half of it will be profit to me I shall gain so much a day; consequently, so much a week; so much a month. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

But the very next time I showed my nose outside I heard a camera click as I passed, and the fiend was a person with velvet eyes. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Jeremy Bentham That a force put upon the person of a man may be among the means by which the title to property may be unlawfully taken away or acquired, has been already stated. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Edgar Allan Poe In this instance it is very slightly so, not one person in ten thousand could by ear detect the inaccuracy. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Wilkie Collins I followed that most respectable person every step of the way to her own door. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Every person on board had a clean and comfortable lodging, though there were grades of distinction in size and decoration. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

And it must make me difficult to paint, for it can be only by accident that I am the same person twice. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Stuart Mill It arises, in fact, whenever a person is called on to adopt a standard, or refer morality to any basis on which he has not been accustomed to rest it. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

The doctor urged Helene to spend the afternoon occasionally in his garden in the Rue Vineuse. “My wife,” said he, “must return your visit, and she will in person repeat my invitation. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Tyssen, although he had shown no signs of being a person of imagination, saw things which made him think suddenly of a bird of prey listening to the far-off call of his intended victim. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Theodore Dreiser Hand was a solid, phlegmatic, heavy-thinking person who had some years before lost his first wife, to whom he had been eminently faithful. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Edward Champneis was a person who did what he wanted to in broad daylight and cared not a straw for opinions or consequences. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

James Anthony Froude It was believed, so far as such a person could be said to believe anything, by the all accomplished Leibnitz himself. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Prudence recommended henceforward a swift clearance of my person from the place, the moment that guilty old book was brought out. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins To a person acquainted with the circumstances there could be no possible doubt of what had happened. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Walter Scott And upon this I pray you to remark, that I am a person of singular delicacy and modesty, instead of being the Drawcansir and Daredevil that you would make of me. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Man-eaters, he was sure now, they had allowed a possible dinner in his own person to pass them safely. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Borrow I heard nothing of him for nearly a quarter of a century, when a person who knew him well, coming from Ireland, and staying at my humble house, told me a great deal about him. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Another and far more important person occupied his mind, and that person was his uncle’s bride. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dudley Warner Without being a dazzling beauty, she was lovely in person and mind, with most engaging manners, a refined sensibility, and a delicate and playful humor. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anthony Trollope It is true that Sir Lionel had desired her to speak to no person on the subject; but that injunction of course referred to strangers. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Maria Edgeworth Henry endeavoured to convince him, that it was possible for a person to wish to please, nay, even to succeed in that wish, without being insincere. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott The person whom he looked upon was past the middle age of life, of a dark complexion, corresponding with the long, black, full-bottomed periwig, which he wore instead of his own hair. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

H. G. Wells Moreover, it was evident that among the bystanders there had never been a more popular person than Denton. Denton, with proper precaution, released his antagonist and stood up. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry James Mr. Dosson, it may further be noted, was a person of the simplest composition, a character as cipherable as a sum of two figures. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

You haven’t the same sensitiveness that a person of my constitution has. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Olaf Stapledon This gave an impression as of a person habitually straining to overcome short-sightedness, or constantly suffering from a headache, or perhaps struggling to understand some awkward problem. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Guy de Maupassan But what could she do? She was frightened, startled, as a person is when he discovers some hidden infamy, some treason of a beloved friend, one of those heart-disasters which crush. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

A character which fits one person puts on the marks of another: a likeness which we identify with one real person passes into the likeness of some one else. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Miles Franklin My organ of veneration must be flatter than a pancake, because to venerate a person simply for his position I never did or will. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

This person was Sebastian Benalcazar, a cavalier who afterwards placed his name in the first rank of the South American conquerors, for courage, capacity, — and cruelty. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Thomas Hardy A person on a heath in raiment of modern cut and colours has more or less an anomalous look. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

She, who saw it in that light, was overcome with the tender distress which a person must feel at taking a final leave of one who is extremely dear to her. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

It has been defined as the crime of assaulting a person within his own house. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I am a very insignificant person — nothing but my father’s daughter. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Rudyard Kipling There tumbled into the compartment, as the train was moving off, a mean, lean little person — a Mahratta, so far as Kim could judge by the cock of the tight turban. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Tobias Smolle After having resigned all my effects for the benefit of my creditors, I have been detained these nine years in prison, because one person refuses to sign my certificate. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell It was his misfortune, not his fault, that he was not a person of quality by birth. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Arnold Bennett And even when price was not the main difficulty, he could not talk to a customer, or to a person whose customer he was, with the same rough, gruff, cajoling, bullying skill as his father. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Not everyone in England has heard of’Trotskyism’, whereas every English-speaking person shudders at the name of ‘Anarchist’. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The person who had just come in was Rosemary. She did not make any sign, but stood waiting, pale, and worried-looking, with something ominous in her appearance. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Edith Wharton But he had died soon afterward; and Miss Anson found herself confronted by his grandson, a person with a brisk commercial view of his trade, who was said to have put “new blood” into the firm. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Hardly a person passed that did not give Margaret a second look, and the glances of the men near them, he noticed, were many times turned in her direction. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

William Henry Hudson Occupied with these reflections, I had failed to observe that the company had gradually been drifting away until but one person was left with me — the young man who had talked with me before. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Ralph Waldo Emerson In the Greek cities, it was reckoned profane, that any person should pretend a property in a work of art, which belonged to all who could behold it. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As it was vacant, Kenyon had leisure to pace it once or twice, and examine it with a careless sort of scrutiny, before any person appeared. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

She heard the two voices in dispute before she knocked, and then being sent away retreated at once — the only person in the house convinced at that time that there was “something up. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Walter Scott There was another person who was more regular in his visits. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now that she was alluded to as the third person before whom conversation was to be restrained, she said — ‘I’m going away. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins The day before we left town, Miss Bygrave, a person who presented herself under the name I have mentioned paid us a visit under very extraordinary circumstances. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins Not the old women — I mean the person I’m interested in. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Neither you nor Amy is the kind of person to take a pleasure in disagreement. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The elder one, the portentous authoress, is the kind of person whom I should creep down a sewer to avoid; even the saintly invalid does not call out my higher nature. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

A person of bourgeois origin goes through life with some expectation of getting what he wants, within reasonable limits. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

M. R. James And it being inquired further what sort of person this might be, the Marshal could not speak to it save by hearsay, which was not allowed. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

John Galsworthy The person most to be pitied is Tony Croom.” “Why?” “He’s the only one of the three in love. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe The person of the stranger — let me call him by this title, who to all the world was still a stranger — the person of the stranger is one of these subjects. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Frances Hodgson Burnett The young lady’s mother was one there was a lot of talk about in connection with a person of very high station—the highest, your grace—and everyone knew. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

As good fortune would have it, the first person I met was Corporal Fritz. I asked him where I could find my father. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Virginia Woolf The words exactly hit the mark, “A most excellent person he was”; but a little conceited. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

He seemed a very unusual screever, and he was, moreover, the first person I had heard maintain that poverty did not matter. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Marie Corelli The vicar was an extremely unpopular person — and the people were striving against him, and fighting him at every possible point of discussion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Andrew Lang The theory of suicide would be plausible, if it were conceivable that a person would commit suicide by throwing herself downstairs. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

But the unknown person who had extracted the mummy, to replace it by a murdered man’s body, had cut open the tin casing with some sharp instrument. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Virginia Woolf Henry James, of course, was not a person to accept laws or to make one of any circle in a sense which implies the blunting of the critical powers. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Algernon Blackwood He seeks instinctively to become one with the person he seeks to aid. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was pretty harrowing — the only person it didn’t disturb was Abe North — he flew off to Havre — he probably doesn’t know about it yet. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Washington Irving On the next club evening he was told a person at the street door wished to speak with him. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

A particular importance attached to everything he said and did; he was a person whose life answered different springs, and was sustained on quite another principle than that of supply and demand. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

You see, when a person of my age has been accustomed to live in one place for a long time, it goes against him to change his habits. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Mrs. Courtenay was a person of courage and endurance, but even her powers had been sorely tried during the past week. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I said a person of his rank would do her no good; and Afy flew out when I spoke against him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Algernon Blackwood It brings the right moment and the right person together, don’t you see, and if the other person is a Pisces person, you understand each other, of course, at once. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

But he was fond of Janey. And now that his uncle was dead, Janey was, perhaps, the only person left for whom he had a rooted attachment. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Wilkie Collins The reference to “Mrs. Turner” produced no impression on him of any sort: no person of that name, common as it was, happened to be numbered on the list of his friends or his customers. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Charles Dickens If you are squeamish and moral, Ned, console yourself with the reflection that at the very worst your fortune-hunting can make but one person miserable or unhappy. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Thomas Hobbes And seeing the person offended is Almighty God, in whose power are all things, such ransom is to be paid before salvation can be acquired, as God hath been pleased to require. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edith Wharton I’m sure the person who chose it must have taken particular pains. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope But a person need not shut himself up and be a hermit because he is not married. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson They told Charlotte that she was a very fortunate person in having got so good a husband, and already she agreed with them. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Henry James She liked Mrs. Lemon better than any one she had seen in America; she was the only person who seemed to Lady Barb really simple, as she herself understood that quality. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Sir Walter Scott The feeling of vacuity peculiar to such a deprivation, was alleviated by the appearance of old Ochiltree, sauntering beside the clipped yew and holly hedges, with the air of a person quite at home. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Walter Scott The lady is a person of condition — of rank and fortune — but nevertheless is so circumstanced that the mere fact of her being known to be in this country would occasion many evils. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

It was bad enough not to be able to face the person he was supplanting, now that he was left alone in a room with him; but to find himself liking that person would make the situation intolerable. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins The one self-possessed person among us was the miserable woman who suffered the penalty of death. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing Miss. Nancy Lord was not by any means the kind of person that entered his thoughts when they turned to marriage. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Wolfe The effect of all this upon such a person as myself may easily be deduced. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Machen Thus I read: “First she (the person to be initiated in these mysteries) has to strip herself of her clothing and sit for twenty minutes in the ‘reducycle bath. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

F. Scott Fitzgerald Every person over twenty-five years old who makes that statement in cold blood ought to be deprived of the franchise. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassan She cast herself upon love as a person throws himself into the river to drown himself, and let herself be carried away, ready to die, if need be, intoxicated, maddened, infinitely happy. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Somewhere it troubles some unfortunate person and some day, when that person has been sufficiently troubled, it will be reproduced on the lot. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Maria Edgeworth Now Stephen is quite a person one can entirely depend upon, and he has been so long in the family, the children are quite used to him, and safe with him. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Edgar Allan Poe To queries put to him by any other person than myself he seemed utterly insensible — although I endeavored to place each member of the company in mesmeric rapport with him. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Hardy In other words, a person had passed through the door. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Of course I know the cause of this change; the future mistress of Côtenoir is a very different person from that wretched girl who was nothing to him but a burden and an encumbrance. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Kate Chopin A person can’t have everything in this world; and it was a little unreasonable of her to expect it. Short stories by Kate Chopin

I entreated him to stand off, telling him fairly how deeply I was “compromised,” and especially by my contact with a person actually ill and since dead of plague. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

GREATLY TO MY satisfaction, this engaging person did not appear again that day. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Morrison suppressed an oath, and named curtly a sum which was in itself so insignificant that any other person than Heyst would have exclaimed at it. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

John Ruskin When it becomes matter of question to whom such things are to belong, the richest person has necessarily the first choice, unless some arbitrary mode of distribution be otherwise determined upon. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Edith Wharton Every one knows that’s what your father did for me, but I’m the only person who knows the time and trouble that it took. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry James She was of a yielding nature and capable of doing almost anything to please a person who was kind to her; but the greatest kindness of all would be not to presume too much on this. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Henry James Rowland had for the second time the feeling that she judged him to be a person of a disagreeably sophisticated tone. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins I thought that rather an odd remark to make, especially to a person in my responsible situation. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And indeed she seemed scarcely the sort of person for ready-made garments. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

George Gissing He found police and public gathered thickly about some person invisible; a vigorous effort and he got near enough to see a recumbent body, quite still, on which the flakes of snow were falling. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Walter Scott That there are hansomer women than the Princess, is unquestionable; and I question it the less, that I have myself seen a person whom I think far her superior; and with that let us close the dialogue. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

The person I was expecting was to me personally a stranger. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Miles Franklin There was nothing for a person of real gifts here. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

I have met Mr. Southey and find him a most agreeable person of immense learning, but no haughtiness of manner. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James She reproached him with neglecting her, wanted to know what had become of him, whether he had grown too fashionable for a person who cared only for serious society. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Among the persons who had taken most notice of her was Lady Lambton, a person of admirable understanding, polite, generous and good-natured; who had no fault but a considerable share of pride. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

E. F. Benson Perhaps the shape of the mouth in the two positions was really the same, and it was only the sound that led you to suppose that an open-mouthed person was singing. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

A verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown was brought in, and the inquest was at an end. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

It is easy to see when a person has been well brought up. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Tobias Smolle Her person was, by that time, the confessed pattern of beauty. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

His education and manners were indicative of a person sprung from the lower orders of society; though he knew how to assume, when it was convenient, the deportment of a gentleman. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle This person appears to have been none other than Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman, who, with his brother, has only recently emerged from a five years’ spell of penal servitude. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

John Lewis Burckhard No person might enter without per­mission from the governor of Mekka, and I did not think it either prudent, or worth the trouble, to apply for that favour. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

She was a person of both mental and manual activity, with public sympathies and interests that entailed an immense correspondence. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Watkin Tench In the centre of them is to be erected a house, for a person who will be fixed upon to take care of the cattle. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

With such men a person in Burns’s then state of mind would readily sympathize, and they received him with open arms. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Wilkie Collins To my own amazement, I now found myself the least reasonable person of the two! Miserrimus Dexter (to use the popular phrase) had given me more than I had bargained for. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins I looked through the window, and saw her speak to a respectable elderly person behind the counter, who darted an indignant look at me, and at once led my charming stranger into a back office. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Andrew Lang Usually the seer is a person whose ordinary “mental imagery” is particularly vivid. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

A knock at the door was followed by the immediate entrance of the very person just mentioned. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy She asked him for some person to accompany her, and carry her bag to Mr. Manston’s house, Knapwater Park. He was just off duty at that time, and offered to go himself. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Algernon Blackwood The gain which the memory of the past gives us here is that the memory of past love for any person can strengthen our present love of him. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your life is in danger and the responlibility for your person rests with us. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

He was therefore the only person in the village who was equally free of both communities. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

John Stuart Mill The second relies on the acknowledged justice of self-defence, and the admitted injustice of forcing one person to conform to another's notions of what constitutes his good. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Wilkie Collins I left all details to be described later in the day, and hastened back to St. John’s Wood, to see the person of whom Count Fosco had ordered the fly, when he went to meet Laura at the station. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Not infrequently it occurs that a person who has paid to get in pays twice as much to get out. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope There is rarely any person to tell a stranger which car he should enter. North America by Anthony Trollope

The person I am speaking of can boast no superior graces of mind or person. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins The subject of her reflections was a person who occupied the humble position of her new servant. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Walter Scott Julian could only bow obedience, and follow Empson, who was the same person that played so rarely on the flageolet. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

A person who once wrote a very small pamphlet made some show of objecting to calculations of thus kind, on the ground that the highest dilutions could easily be made with a few ounces of alcohol. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Marjorie Bowen You are the person who might save me. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Margaret Oliphant I belong to the Church myself by rights, and was confirmed, of course, at the proper time, like other people, but I am a person of impartial mind. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

He was confident in his cause, but he believed most firmly that the Devil in person would be his antagonist, and the cool tones of Reiverslaw struck him with admiration and awe. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

His appearance was most formidable, being in person tall and broad-shouldered, with a swarthy sunburnt face, ornamented by a few stiff hairs by way of beard at the end of a bony chin. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Steele Rudd They pick, and paw, and fiddle round a meal in a way that gives a healthy-appetited person the jim-jams. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Robert Louis Stevenson He tells his disciples that they must be ready “to confront the growing arrogance of Realism.” Each person is, for himself, the keystone and the occasion of this universal edifice. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Yours sincerely Lucy Pym. Mr Stallard, whom she did not know (his name was on the card outside his door on the floor below) arrived in person that evening. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The person who had entered was holding a batch of papers before his eyes and walked up to the table with a rather mincing step, turning the papers over the while. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Anthony Trollope Why should I be angry with you? I should be angry with that man, only I’m a person that never gets angry with anybody. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev I will send him in person to him. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

She was looking for some one, and the person watched for was so long coming. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim So far as my knowledge goes, such a person does not exist. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

As the subject of a murder, no person could have answered better than himself. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Then some kindly and powerful person appeared, who began to sing, just like Andrey, a simple beautiful song, a song of exhortation and summons to himself. Mother by Maksim Gorky

In everything he’s wanting to tell us, he’s covered up his meaning so that it will convey as little as possible to any chance person who may get hold of it. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

James Joyce The dramatic form is reached when the vitality which has flowed and eddied round each person fills every person with such vital force that he or she assumes a proper and intangible esthetic life. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Andrew Lang Quite a large shield may seem to be indicated in Iliad, XIII. 400–405, where Idomeneus curls up his whole person behind his shield; he was “hidden” by it. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard The commentators on the law, however, do not agree about the person whom Abraham intended to sacrifice. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

E. F. Benson A weak-minded person would have submitted, but I’m not weak-minded, and I won’t be bullied. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

William Henry Hudson But it was really hard to believe that a person of his years did not know what money was. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

James Joyce Wanted for millinary servance to olderly’s person by the Totty Askinses. Formelly confounded with amother. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim A person of that type is more dangerous than all the Lutrechts in the world. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Win his mistress if possible; she is the best person to manage him. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Morris Ellen, however, would not allow this, but claimed me as the interesting person of the company. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

I was ill at ease at this period with seafaring men, but this mild little person was easy ground for a beginner. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

E. Nesbi And the person who put them there was the person who was really guilty. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Wilkie Collins The discussion was becoming too ridiculous to be endured by the unfortunate person who was the object of it. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Once, I remember, a doctor on board ship who dabbled in hypnotism told me that I was the most unsympathetic person he had ever struck. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The Blue faction were committing the crimes of which I have spoken, and slew Hypatius, a person of consequence, in the Church of St. Sophia, in broad daylight. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Walter Scott In short, he was not a person of my poor friend Sommerville’s expanded spirit, and rather a lawyer of the ordinary class of formalists; but a most able and excellent man. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins One person was still out of bed — and that person was the mistress of the house. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

You’re the only person I’ve met who has even seen him. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Helen Zimmern In one word, he is a person publicly esteemed; and privately he is beloved and esteemed by all who know him best. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Percy Bysshe Shelley It is said that no person is bound to be just or kind, if, on his neglect, he should fail to incur some penalty. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

They had no property and so they had no prejudices, for the person who has nothing may look upon the world as his inheritance, while the person who has something has seldom anything but that. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

They were all talking and laughing, so I kept my own counsel; but, after they had gone, I said to Carrie; “The person who sent me that insulting post-card at Christmas was here to-night. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

W. H. Hudson No person at a distance from England could have striven harder than I did, by inquiring of those who knew and by reading ornithological works, to get a just idea of the songs of British birds. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

She is a person of energy and determination, and might have been expected to offer to cooperate gladly. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Jane Austen You could not have met with a person more capable of giving you certain information on that head than myself, for I have been connected with his family in a particular manner from my infancy. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Rev. T. Clark158 gives a bird’s-eye view of history such as a person of the long life and extensive migrations of the wanderer would see it. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Such a person is called a monarch or king. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Thomas Hardy But I don’t value such past matters, and am quite an English person in my feelings and tastes. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith She is going to wear a wreath of black briony (preserved and set by Miss Ford, a person cunning in these matters). Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

There was one person at Raynham whose scrutinizing eyes perceived the animosity of feeling lurking beneath Lydia Graham’s smooth manner. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

This person I had seen, and I liked him less by much than the one he succeeded: he had an Italian appearance, and he wore an air of Italian subtlety and dissimulation. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

H. G. Wells The aunt, Miss Ramboat, was a large, abnormally shy person very like her brother, and I don’t recall anything she said on this occasion. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

I wouldn’t have engaged such a person as junior teacher in a respectable school, without so much as one word of recommendation from any living creature. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He was able to pay for his lodgings, and was an eminently respectable person in the eyes of his landlord. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson The fact that Laura had just such an apron in her box went only a very little way towards reviving her spirits; for altogether Mrs. Gurley was the most impressive person she had ever set eyes on. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Ha! And the flap has been gummed, if I am not very much in error, by a person who had been chewing tobacco. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Oscar Wilde You start by assuming the existence of the very person whose existence is the thing to be proved. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson But you blow me up just as if I wasn’t a person for myself at all, but only your wife. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson This fellow-voyager proved to be no less a person than the parish constable. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sigmund Freud I will put the following case: Let there be a person near me whom I hate so strongly that I have a lively impulse to rejoice should anything happen to him. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]