Phrases with "person"

Maria Edgeworth Perhaps it was this to which you alluded when you said that the King of Prussia was not the only person who would not hesitate to sacrifice a friend for a bon-mot. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

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

Guy de Maupassant His thoughts wandered like they do when a person is going mad, and his child’s face changed in his eyes, and assumed a strange look, and unlikely resemblances. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

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]

He was not at all the kind of person who would stay a concert out if he did not like it. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One paper hinted that the person in a dying state was someone of importance. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Walter Scott He clapped his hand on his sword, and bidding the official person to desist at his peril from farther interruption, commanded the clergyman to proceed. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

She had the air of a person who fears an evil not yet arrived. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

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]

George Gissing A person of my strict morality hardly knows how to look you in the face. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Sinclair Lewis But he also was the first person to whom Dr. Planish had talked in days who smiled like a human being. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James It would make little difference whether the person understood her or not; the one who should do so best would be far from understanding everything. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins Ignorant people may take me for that other happier man, who is an object of interest to you —” “Stop, Mr. Mirabel! The person to whom you refer has no such claim on me as you suppose. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Isabella Bird A person soon becomes accustomed to, and enjoys, the occasional excitement of locked wheels or a race, and these vehicles are roomy and clean. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

It is a sad thing to take leave of a person of her age, and in her delicate state of health, whom there is scarcely a possibility of our ever seeing again. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Washington Irving If a squinting person come to the house while it is burning, or a person barefooted, it is considered an ill omen. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Margaret Oliphant Better to risk an affront in her own person than perhaps to fail of an occasion in which sincere help was wanted and could be given. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Sinclair Lewis Dr. Macgoblin in person led an Elks’ brass band and dived in competition with the Atlantic City bathing-beauties. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

She knocked at the Vrau’s door, and entering, found that person at the close of a greedy repast. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins The person who had delivered the letter was of little consequence. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing She noticed no one whom she knew, however; but just as the cab was turning into Pentonville Road, Scawthorne drew her attention to a person on the pavement. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

W. H. Hudson For no person dared take up the corpse until the Alcalde had been informed of the matter and had come to inquire into it. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

He was so polite in the midst of his reserve, that the person who could wilfully have offended him must have been more unkindly than any of her Majesty’s servants. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray A person who wishes to understand France or the East should come in a yacht to Calais or Smyrna, land for two hours, and never afterwards go back again. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Rudyard Kipling You see, I am verree small person here nowadays, in comparison with all his charms. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Wilkie Collins I could see that she gave me up, in the matter of Mr. Dubourg, as a person willfully and incorrigibly wrong. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He was a careful man, but a person with a wife and four children cannot save much out of thirty shillings a week. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Augustine Birrell But, indeed, the only civility which it is proper for me to practice with so eminent a person is to obey you, and to perform honestly the work that you have set me about. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood accompanied her, a very different person in so far as mood and self-poise were concerned. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

When any ordinary person spoke to a capitalist he had to cringe and bow to him, and take off his cap and address him as ‘Sir’. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Tobias Smolle Don Quixote was dubbed by his landlord; and there are many instances on record, of errants obliging and compelling the next person they met to cross their shoulders, and dub them knights. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope If she were not the person of all persons most dear to me, I should loathe her. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli The person thus desired will be received and treated as a daughter of the house, will be allowed her own suite of apartments, her own servants and equipage. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

He was too dignified a person to explain. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Tobias Smolle Having more imagination than judgment, I addicted myself too much to poetry and romance; and, in short, was looked upon as a very extraordinary person by everybody in the country where I resided. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

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]

Andrew Lang If the face of the absent person is seen, the omen forewarns the beholder that he is already dead. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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

M. R. James Of course it was obvious that he wanted company; and as he was a reasonable kind of person — not the sort to bestow his whole family history on you — we urged him to make himself at home. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Wilkie Collins A person in a state of frenzy burst into this very room, and snatched the knife away from me, when I was only half way through the inscription!” I felt that I was now close on discovery. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Roger was a person who hated thought, and he was thinking, and the process was fatiguing to him. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Henry James In a moment she added, “That was a very charming person you were with. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Robert Green Ingersoll That Church has a person who stands in the place of Deity; and that Church, according to their doctrine, is infallible. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Sinclair Lewis The night foreman of the station, a person of bedizenment and pride, stared at them as they alighted at Chelmsford and glanced around like strangers. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Von Arnim Rose bushes gave no real cover; one step to right or left of them, and the person wishing to be private was discovered. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Henry Fielding His face and person were such as the generality allowed handsome; but he had a dignity in his air very rarely to be seen. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Henry James Some people say that if you are very fond of a person you always think them handsome; but I don’t agree with that at all. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At midnight she reported that she had delivered the package to the right person in the right way. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

He ran over the names of the men he knew best in Paris, trying to hit upon the likeliest person to suit his purpose. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry Handel Richardson The knowledge that he had thus involved himself might help him to sit firm, if — and with a person like Richard the contingency HAD to be allowed for — if he afterwards tired of the place. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Here, in the first place, is the physiological principle on which I am acting, stated by no less a person than Dr. Carpenter. Read it for yourself. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins The instant he had consented to hear her her mind awakened to the serious necessity of averting discovery by any third person who might stray idly into the summer-house. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was no sign of any unauthorised person upon the bridge. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing That is the only person I ever hated from the first sight,—hated and dreaded in a way I could not possibly explain. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn slunk away, robbed of his new friend, the tiger, the forlornest person in all London, kicking at pebbles in the path. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Jane Austen A young farmer, whether on horseback or on foot, is the very last sort of person to raise my curiosity. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

G. K. Chesterton I would bet the nose off my face (forgive the allusion) that Sunday would stand perfectly helpless before the task of converting any ordinary healthy person anywhere. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

E. F. Benson Most ghosts, when all is said and done, do not do much harm; they may perhaps terrify, but the person whom they visit usually gets over their visitation. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

Charles Dickens The person to whom she was engaged — her first love, she called him — was very poor, and there was no immediate prospect of their being married. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Henry James The person who was hurled over the precipice was the virtuous hero, and you will see, in the next act, that he was only slightly bruised. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

The question is, who killed him?” “The person who knew about the jewels,” said Don Pedro promptly. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Immediately he crouched and began to explore Jukes’ person upwards with prudent, apologetic touches, as became an inferior. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Captain Hagberd always described his purchases to her, carefully, as to a person having a legitimate interest in them. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Miles Franklin The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Arthur Conan Doyle Finding himself in the presence of the Emperor in person with eighty thousand men, this Englishman was so paralysed with fear that he could neither move himself nor his army. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Henry James She stood straight up, with a queer distention of her whole person and of everything in her face but her mouth, which she gathered into a small, tight orifice. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

I thought I should hear nothing but execrations and blasphemies; for I think I know my gentleman pretty well of old, and that he’s not a person to take a disappointment of this kind very sweetly. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

G. K. Chesterton The girl was the only person listening to him. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

I’ll get a person despatched to you by the mail train, if I am back in time. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I cannot tell you how anxious I am to see what kind of person he is; not handsome — you have confessed as much as that. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. F. Benson She was the person who mattered, and this was her hour. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Sinclair Lewis It was dismaying to Babbitt to have such a person glower at him. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Jeremy Bentham By actions referring to his own person itself; or 2. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Wilkie Collins Every person in the house felt the oppression of the senseless social prohibitions which they had imposed on themselves. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

W. H. Hudson This person was an Argentine of Spanish blood, and was called by his neighbours ‘ojos escritos’, or written eyes. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

A friend in need is a friend indeed; and we would now have given any money to that learned person who could have instructed us in the arrangement of the breakfast table. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

George Meredith Formerly he confided in me, in all things: now not one;—I am the chief person to deceive. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Your brother — your only brother — should be the first person to be told. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arnold Bennett Nay, a certainty! Maggie was the very last person to be alarmist. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

D. H. Lawrence After this, for some days she went round loudly saying that my paramour was no less a person than Lady Chatterley herself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

It is this: As long as I can remember I have taken it for granted that a person who is doomed to die, never dies utterly alone. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Robert Louis Stevenson A cab laden with baggage drew up before the door; and Mrs. Luxmore in person rapidly mounted the steps and began to pound upon the knocker. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jane Austen I require so much! He must have all Edward’s virtues, and his person and manners must ornament his goodness with every possible charm. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

John Galsworthy So far as a person can be who is not seeing you, I’m all right; I’m overlooking the fitting up of the boxes for those mares. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Henry James I said it wasn’t fair to let another person marry him without a warning. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

No person of average age or pulchritude is ever accused of witchcraft in English fiction. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Maria Edgeworth True, the absence or presence of a person of genius makes as much difference in the whole appearance of things, as sunshine or no sunshine on the landscape. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells If this Utopia is indeed to parallel our earth, man for man — and I see no other reasonable choice to that — there must be this sort of person and kindred sorts of persons in great abundance. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You probably realized the fact that Mr. Timothy Sarson, since his son’s trouble, has been a very difficult person to deal with. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

They had decreed that no person should benefit by the felony of another. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

John Lewis Burckhard No person walks out without a straw fan in his hand to drive off these vermin; and it is utterly impossible to eat, without swallowing some of them, which enter the mouth the moment it is opened. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

This person had bred her up with the utmost tenderness, and employed the most assiduous care in her education; which was the principal object of her attention. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

George Meredith If we had your set of musicians and talkers!’ Nataly smiled in vacuous kindness, at a loss for the retort of a compliment to a person she measured. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

The master is a person of an excellent disposition and is remarkable in the ship for his gentleness and the mildness of his discipline. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Knox, when he received the news, went at once to Mr. Stokes, and the two gentlemen were not long in agreeing that a very troublesome and useless person had been removed out of the world. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Maria Edgeworth You must judge for yourself, Emilie, or you are not the person I take you for. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Everything in his manner pointed to it, and his whole line of conduct was now exactly what the detective would have expected, in a person of his temper and disposition, under such circumstances. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

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

Anthony Trollope It was as though her aunt had been told by an angel that Satan was coming to her house in person that day. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Andrew Lang As you know the watches never remain with the person who buys them, this man may think himself very lucky to get back his money. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe Several minutes elapsed, no person appeared, and he repeated the stroke. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Victor Hugo Sometimes they were but processes of inquiry, and even argued, by the silence imposed upon all, a certain consideration for the person seized. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Love Peacock Its motions were irregular, like those of a person in a state of indecision. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

A wave of pain caught her, so frightful that some other person broken to pieces inside herself screamed. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

James Anthony Froude Bunyan’s life was now for so young a person a model of correctness; but he had no sooner brought his actions straight than he discovered that he was admiring and approving of himself. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Arnold Bennett With her, person and individuality were almost everything, and the environment she had made for herself almost nothing. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Andrew Lang At last, after much persuasion, he said: ‘Let me tell you, then, that there is in this city a creature which, if you do not put an end to it, will kill every single person in the place. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He accordingly induced two of the priests in the neighbourhood, one of them a person of much influence in the place, to visit his quarters. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins The person who has gone away in it —” “Is a woman, as you supposed?” “Yes.” Mercy rose excitedly from her chair. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Virginia Woolf I thought of you as a person who judges —” “No; I’m a person who feels,” he said, in a low voice. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

M. R. James Why can’t you let a person set quiet for two minutes at a time without you must come creepin’ up and — well, you’ve done it this time, anyway. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

The ideas go on — and no person or party succeeds in embodying them. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Thomas Hardy Exclamations of welcome burst from some person or persons when the door was thrust ajar, followed by the scrape of chairs on a stone floor, as if pushed back by their occupiers in rising from a table. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

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]

You can’t really look at a person when he is looking at you. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Morrison Moreover, from robbery from the person he knew he must abstain, except for such uncommon opportunities as that of the Bishop’s watch, for some years yet. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Henry Handel Richardson This person must have passed the group round the cart. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

So she opened it, and leaned out like a grown-up person — in imitation of her mother when she ensconced herself there and lapsed into silence. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Edgar Allan Poe I at once offered to purchase it of the landlord; but this person made no claim to it — knew nothing of it — had never seen it before. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith And he could scarcely be said to shine in a drawingroom, unless when seated beside a person ready for real talk. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He was a striking looking man; from peculiarities both of person and of dress, the whole effect of his appearance amounted to extreme singularity. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The affair of the burning of papers was hushed up, but it had reached the only person who had the power to wreck Janet’s happiness. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

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

He was for me nearly as romantic a figure as Carlos himself, but for his forbidding darkness, and he was a person of immense power. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins He began by taking a newspaper from his pocket, and asking me if I was the person who had given evidence at the trial of Noah Truscott on a charge of manslaughter. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sir Walter Scott The person whom you preferred to me has been long in a better world, where your unavailing regret cannot follow him, or, if it could, would only diminish his happiness. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He, further, dismissed several plebeians, chiefly poor soldiers of merit, from the places they had occupied near the person of his predecessor, considering their attendance a dishonour to royalty. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Elizabeth Gaskell Suddenly there were steps heard in the little paved court, person after person ran past the curtained window. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Rudyard Kipling After all, yourself is the only person you can by no possibility get away from in this life, and, may be, in another. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Henry Handel Richardson Miss Sarah had no great opinion of the match her sister was making; but she had been agreeably surprised by Mahony’s person and manners, and had said so, thus filling Polly’s soul with bliss. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy On the blind was a shadow from somebody close inside it — a person in profile. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins Seen under the clearer light, Doctor Lagarde appeared to be the last person living who would consent to degrade himself by an attempt at imposture of any kind. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arnold Bennett Which advice, though it came from a person ridiculous to her, seemed sound enough, and was in fact rather flattering. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Elizabeth Von Arnim All down one side are the trees, and the other three sides are lined with tables, a separate one for each person in the house. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Henry James Her interlocutress was her sister, and even in a discussion with a person long since initiated she was not incapable of feeling that her beauty was a new advantage. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

There was also a man called Gambril. He was the only grizzled person in the ship. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

I had been so taken up with the contemplation of the pretty little salon that I had not noticed the entrance of a person into the larger room. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Miles Franklin Did we see a person or vehicle a tiny speck ahead of us — in a short time they were as far away in the background. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle Kiffyn was in fact thin-skinned in his vanities, and was a person with whom it would have been highly inconvenient to have been on any but the very best terms. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Henry Adams One announced one’s self as an adventurer and an office-seeker, a person of deplorably bad judgment, and the charges were true. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He at first had answered them briefly, latterly not at all, and it was his final persistent silence which had brought his enemy in person to Le Tas, and delivered him into his hands. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

See had been entrusted to Lady Kirkbank as to a person who thoroughly knew the great world, and she must submit to be governed by the wisdom and experience of her chaperon. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The Prince went in person a little before noon to arrange in a certain way the shutters of a mezzanino communicating with the room in which His Highness dressed. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

She walked slowly, like a person who has nothing to hurry for. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Robert Louis Stevenson It is only a traveller, hurrying by like a person from another planet, who can rightly enjoy the peace and beauty of the great ascetic feast. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Borrow Having a letter of introduction to a person who kept a shop in the market-place, I went thither and delivered it to him as he stood behind his counter. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

For ’tis Politics intended By the elevator, mind, It will boost a person splendid If his talent is the kind. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. G. Wells The footsteps of some one person detached itself from the other sounds and drew near, firm, evenly measured steps. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

William Makepeace Thackeray Cruikshank would not for any bribe say what he did not think, or lend his aid to sneer down anything meritorious, or to praise any thing or person that deserved censure. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Frederick Marryat Come, come, you’ve the wrong person to deal with: my orders are to take up all poachers, and take you I will. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Henry Handel Richardson Do you know he’s the only person who still persists in calling me by my old name? He was quite rude about it when I asked him why. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Miles Franklin But you are wild and wayward, you must curb and strain your spirit and bring it into subjection, else you will be worse than a person with the emptiest of characters. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Andrew Lang Or, being a person of large fortune and landed estate, you may collect country histories. The Library by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy He was quite a new type of person to her. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Scarcely had the lawyer turned to execute this mission, when a sudden murmur was heard at the door, and a dozen or so citizens burst into the house, among them the very person named. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang They then behave much like Mr. Stuart Cumberland, but have not the advantage of muscular contact with the person who knows where the hidden objects are concealed. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

William Godwin Kelly was an extraordinary character, and in some respects exactly such a person as Dee wanted. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope In person he was, as we have said, stalwart and comely, hirsute with copious red locks, not only over his head, but under his chin and round his mouth. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe After a considerable time had elapsed, Vivaldi heard footsteps advancing, and a person give orders for his release, that he might be carried back to his cell. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Since Benjamin Franklin, we had never had among us a person of more popularly impressive type. Memories and Studies by William James

Therefore he was about the last person to hear of the calamity; for his door was not open as usual the following morning, and no one knocked to tell him of it. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Eliot After living in the East so long he may have become a sort of person one would not care to be intimate with; and that savage boy — he doesn’t look like a lady’s child. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Is that friend a person whom you can trust?” “That friend I could trust with a hundred lives, if I had them to lose,” Douglas replied, warmly. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Richard Burton This state of things continued till I left the Hijaz, when the Sharif of Meccah proposed, it was said, to take the field in person against the arch-robber. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Walter Scott His mode of looking on these measures was that of a person with oblique vision, who sees an object in a different manner, according to the point from which he chances to contemplate it. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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

Anthony Trollope The note was sent down by a messenger, but Lord Hampstead in person was the answer. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Each person was to set down his or her favourite character in history and fiction, flower, virtue, and time at which to have lived, and these were all to be appropriated to the writers. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Walter Scott It was shut; but as the Duke tapped slightly at it, a person in waiting within, after reconnoitring through a small iron grate, contrived for the purpose, unlocked the door and admitted them. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins For a moment, the two sisters — so strangely dissimilar in person and character — faced one another, without a word passing between them. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The landlady answered with some appearance of effort — the effort of a person who was carefully considering her words before she permitted them to pass her lips. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

When I looked at him, his eyes were upon the book before him; and when he spoke, a person not heeding what he uttered would have fancied that he was reading aloud from it. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They met no person as they went. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

He gave prizes to servants who disliked dogs, and when he heard that a man had drowned a litter of pups he used to visit that person and try to marry his daughter. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Virginia Woolf To begin with an elementary distinction: a society is a conglomeration of people joined together for certain aims; while you, who write in your own person with your own hand are single. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Sir Nicholas, one of the seven, is extolled as “a person of great affability and dexterity, as well as martial knowledge, which gave great life to the designs of the well affected. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’m not the person to stand in your way. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

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

Mark Twain You ain’t the only person that’s ben snaked down wrongfully out’n a high place. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

James Joyce He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a predicate in the past tense. Dubliners by James Joyce

Karl Philipp Moritz The German clergy, as well as every other person in any public station immediately under Government, are obliged to pay a considerable tax out of their salaries. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Specters seem never to wear out or to die, but renew their tissue both of person and of raiment, in marvelous fashion, so that their number increases with a Malthusian relentlessness. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Thomas Hardy My brother sold the Froom–Everard estate when it came to him, and the person who bought it turned our home into a farmhouse. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Charles Dickens I cannot prevail on myself to inform you who the person is, so long as there is the shadow of a chance that he may come innocently out of the inquiry which must now be instituted. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Edgar Allan Poe I had long been in the habit of mesmerizing the person in question (Mr. Vankirk), and the usual acute susceptibility and exaltation of the mesmeric perception had supervened. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

That duty being performed, I shall in person enter the arena of armed debate and move in the direction of the heaviest firing, burning my ships behind me. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

William Makepeace Thackeray Amen, and may every single person who buys a copy of this book meet’ with the same deserved fate. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Frances Hodgson Burnett My business here is Miss Robin, and I’ve found out for myself that there’s just one person that, in a queer, unfeeling way of his own, has a fancy for looking after her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James This person represents mere illiterate presumption. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

While your heart was mine, I gloried in your embraces: Those happy times are past: My person is become indifferent to you, and ’tis necessity, not love, which makes you seek my enjoyment. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Arthur Morrison And, indeed, Hannah Perrott felt that she would be a person of distinction in the crowd, and was not sorry to have an excuse for going out. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

It was an ordinary hotel sitting-room, own brother to the one which I occupied myself, and, as I saw at a glance, contained no article of furniture behind which a person could be concealed. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Henry James Gordon Wright was not tall, but he was strong, and in his whole person there was something well-planted and sturdy. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Joseph Furphy But do you think it does a person any good to read Holmes? Zola has several phases; one of them, I admit, blue as heaven’s own tinct; but Holmes has only one phase, namely, pharisaism. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Only one person knew as yet, but that person was a woman, and a woman who had once been fond of him, if the human face could speak. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Our mothers are not angry with us — why should God be?” “Does God mean a person to you?” This she thought over a little. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Henry James In her whole person there was something both youthful and subdued, slender and yet ample, tranquil yet shy; a mixture of immaturity and repose, of innocence and dignity. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins Rufus recognised Phoebe among the late arrivals, escorted by a person in the dress of a gentleman, who was palpably a blackguard nevertheless. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]