Phrases with "persons"

From Turin. — Character of Turin, its palaces and churches — Lady M. waits on the queenpersons of the king and prince of Piedmont described. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Wilkie Collins It is my positive conviction that the worst murders — I mean murders deliberately planned — are committed by persons absolutely deficient in that part of the moral organization which feels. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

They were not jocose with him, as is the horrible way of some elder persons with childhood’s troubles. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry James It seemed one of fortune’s most mocking strokes that she should be surrounded by persons whose only merit was that they threw every side of her, as she turned in her pain, into radiant relief. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Jonathan Swif I have ordered the Duchess to let me have an hour with the Duke at his first coming, to give him a true state of persons and things. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins When I returned to the other persons in the room, Oscar and Lucilla were still occupying the same positions. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope I always felt how sad for you was your residence here, with two such homely persons as your aunt and myself. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude A bad young man, who has shaken off religion because it is a restraint, observes with malicious amusement the faults of persons who make a profession of religion. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Guy de Maupassant M. Sauvetanin had been told off to give Anna his arm, as they were looked upon as the two most important persons in the company. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Julian Hawthorne Happening, then, as I said, to cast my eyes upon this mirror, I saw two persons standing together on the path upon the hillside, and conversing in a very animated manner. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

The alleys are so narrow in this part that two persons can with difficulty walk in them abreast; and the shops, tinier than ever, are mere cupboards with about three feet of frontage. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

This imprisonment of hostages is in accordance with a law which authorizes the seizure and detention of persons or families belonging to criminals who have fled or are in concealment. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Andrew Lang Once more, the exogamous prohibition excludes, in China, America, Africa, Australia, persons who are in no way akin (according to our ideas) from intermarriage. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

I began to fear the police understood themselves only too well; and so did the whole crowd of persons there assembled. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Though the ancestors of persons of the same surname have not known each other for thousands of years, they may not intermarry. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott On this occasion persons of a certain quality only were permitted to attend upon the nightly balls which were given in the old Town-house, and the line of distinction excluded Mr. Gray’s family. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Their grandsons married the daughters of well-to-do persons who came from the north of Ireland, the east of Scotland, and the Lord knows where. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Augustine Birrell At last, at the question, there were forty-two persons and six proxys against it, and forty-one persons and fifteen proxys for it. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Walter Scott Who these two persons could be, Peveril could not attempt even to form a guess. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Wilkie Collins The study door was opened, and the voices of persons entering the room reached me through the ventilator. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Henry James Longmore looked a while from one of these lucky persons to the other, barely stifled a sigh, bade them good-morning and took his departure. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

John Lewis Burckhard Having described the persons of the thieves, the beads and cap were soon discovered, and returned to me. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Dickens I took advantage of a moment when she was absent to venture a hint on this point, to which the old man replied that there were few grown persons as trustworthy or as careful as she. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Thomas Hardy But I had been told that crabs had been found clinging to the dead faces of persons who had fallen in thereabout, leisurely eating them, and the idea of such an unpleasant contingency deterred me. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

There were two persons whose disclosures would have done Hardacre incalculable harm. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Jeremy Bentham In the first case, the act may be styled an offence against a neighbourhood: in the second, an offence against a particular class of persons in the community. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Some persons we see under no remarkable circumstances, but whom, for some reason or other, we never forget. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I call Heaven to witness, and the persons who are now present; and pledge my sacred honour, as a peer, I meant no more than a blow or two. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

His Palaman and Arcite was acted before Elizabeth at Oxford in 1566, when the stage fell and three persons were killed and five hurt, the play nevertheless proceeding. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Helen Zimmern The inevitable but lamentable consequence was, that theories of education were disregarded just by those very persons who had the training of the young in their hands. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Jeremy Bentham Let the law now take an active part in his favour, and prohibit all other persons from selling books of a certain description, he remaining at liberty to sell them as before. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

William Godwin To the materials thus collected, he has added an industrious enquiry among the persons most intimately acquainted with her at the different periods of her life. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

I meet ladies or, at least, persons calling themselves such — in horrid waterproof costumes and with coarse cloth hats. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

A guard was placed over the houses of the principal partisans of the late governor, and their persons were taken into custody. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

About two hundred persons had accompanied her in her flight. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Guy de Maupassan Other persons left and others entered. The Dowry by Guy de Maupassan

John Lewis Burckhard Even in the latter case many persons are cured. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Andrew Lang Of such sane persons Goethe and Herschel were examples. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Several persons negotiated for it; but, somehow, always before the bargain was closed they heard the unpleasant rumors and declined to treat any further. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H.P. Lovecraft These persons were largely of mediocre mind or less — some so primitive that they could scarcely be thought of as vehicles for abnormal scholarship and preternatural mental acquisitions. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Ann Radcliffe He stood almost petrified with terrible sensations, and presently heard some persons enter the pavilion. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Naturally it was impossible that the civil war of 1798 in Ireland, and the persons conspicuously connected with it, should escape this general destiny of Irish politics. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Edmund Burke On further examination, I found the clergy, in general, persons of moderate minds and decorous manners: I include the seculars, and the regulars of both sexes. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

It can be done without: but it has impressed the vulgar, and even some who are not the vulgar, from Dr. Johnson to persons whom it is unnecessary to mention. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

But these apparent exceptions are scarcely real exceptions, since such persons commonly fall back on the putative approbation of some supernatural witness of their deeds. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Every moment he seemed to be about to name the sinner, and if he did not single out persons he made it blindingly clear that it was not for lack of knowledge. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Jonathan Swif After two other persons had been elected and disapproved of, Alderman Gore was elected Lord Mayor, and approved (ib. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Thomas Hardy All persons of refinement have been scared away from me since I sank into the mire of marriage. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I don’t think Garrard — yes, it is Garrard — ever did anything better; so sweetly mythological — a goat and a dear little chubby boy, and ever so many savage-looking persons with cymbals. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The persons in whose hands she was had strong reasons for this mode of treatment. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Religious persons are driven out of the Established Church into sects, which instantly rise to credit, and hold the Establishment in check. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The situation was odd enough, and some kindly disposed persons had observed it. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins Saying nothing to the bishop (whose position and responsibilities he was bound to respect), he took into his confidence persons whom he could trust. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Lewis Burckhard I cannot vouch for the truth of this, although several persons asserted it to be a fact, and I heard no one contradict it. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Virginia Woolf On Thursday she went for a walk in the Mall, as was then the habit of persons of quality. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Henry James Roderick had taken out a note-book and was roughly sketching a memento of the great Juno. Suddenly there was a noise on the gravel, and the young men, looking up, saw three persons advancing. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Nellie Bly Several persons had told me that the breakfast served on this train was considered remarkably good. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Andrew Lang The Baconian creed, of course, is scouted equally by special students of Bacon, special students of Shakespeare, and by almost all persons who devote themselves to sound literature. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett Before that period all elderly persons were final in their dictum. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Morrison Crimes have been committed by persons who have been hypnotised. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Julian Hawthorne I went down Piccadilly in the best of spirits; but on turning the corner of Park Lane, I very plainly saw three persons coming down towards me. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Whether or no the public will agree to the praise which you bestow on me, there are at least five persons who think you the most sagacious critic on earth, viz. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Many persons insist that Kant was in the habit of eating too much for health. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

With a household thus established, people are compelled to reckon; and many persons of high position will envy it, especially since your dear brother will bring to it only glory and a clever conduct. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Robert Green Ingersoll Ladies, the ornaments you wear upon your persons tonight are but the souvenirs of your mother’s bondage. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Louis Stevenson It was carried by a yachtsman whom I had not yet seen, and who was conducting two other persons to the pavilion. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Fielding The more our judgments err, the less we are willing to own it: for my own part, I have always observed the persons who maintain the worst side in any contest are the warmest. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle Amid the crowded millions of London the three persons we sought were as completely obliterated as if they had never lived. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

On Lord Grey’s departure he had become one of the leading persons among the undertakers for the planting of Munster. He had secured for himself a large share of the Desmond lands. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Henry Fielding Indeed the only persons who betrayed any deficiency on this occasion were those on whose account the feast was provided. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

It is of course necessary to know what are the trains of symptoms excited by different substances, when administered to persons in health, if any such can be shown to exist. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

It was a great respecter of persons and knew the landlord and landlady perfectly well. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Bram Stoker These persons are not of the ordinary class of gossipers, but men and women of light and leading who have fixed places in the great world and in the social life of their own neighbourhood. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray Why? Is it that the idea of persons at service is somehow ludicrous? Perhaps it is made more so in this country by the splendid appearance of the liveried domestics of great people. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Thomas Paine Allowance of twenty thousand pounds for the funeral expenses of persons travelling for work, and dying at a distance from their friends. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Do subjects then give their persons on condition that the king takes their goods also? I fail to see what they have left to preserve. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

John Stuart Mill Sufferings arising from causes of this nature usually meet with so little sympathy, that few persons are aware of the great amount of unhappiness even now produced by the feeling of a wasted life. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

We have met a great many persons of this description in the neighbourhood of the inns of court. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Walter Scott The persons we have mentioned remained in the strong room of the prison, now deserted by all others. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

James Anthony Froude He had been its foremost representative and champion, and was one of the first persons to receive the benefit of the change of policy. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

George Eliot Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone than by unexpected words, and Arthur had the susceptibility of a nature at once affectionate and vain. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Let it be remembered that persons are nothing in this matter; better that twenty pamphleteers should be silenced, or as many professors unseated, than that one mother’s life should be taken. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wilkie Collins Never, I sincerely believe, were two more ill-assorted persons united in the bonds of matrimony than the prisoner at the bar and his deceased wife. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

H. G. Wells When one focuses upon these two that wide landscape becomes indistinct and distant, and when one regards that then the real persons one knows grow vague and unreal. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

William Godwin The other prisoners were severally indicted for killing by witchcraft certain persons who were named, and were all found guilty. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Edmund Burke But the king of Great Britain obeys no other person; all other persons are individually, and collectively too, under him, and owe to him a legal obedience. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Benjamin Disraeli There were a good many persons there, and a foreign minister immediately buttonholed the Under–Secretary of State. “I called at the Foreign Office today,” said the foreign minister. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Sinclair Lewis All persons interested, which apparently did not include Martin and Leora, decided that they were not. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Thomas More No family may have less than ten and more than sixteen persons in it; but there can be no determined number for the children under age. Utopia by Thomas More

Most persons with common-sense can sink their principles temporarily at a pinch; but others there are who go through life prisoners on parole to their sense of honor or duty. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Wilkie Collins The eyes of all the persons present turned more or less anxiously on Julian. Mercy was vaguely surprised and alarmed. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I have proof that her Majesty, notwithstanding her excellent heart, has more than once been obliged to abandon to the anger of his Eminence persons who had served her. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Green Ingersoll The contracts were confirmed at a general meeting of witches and ghosts, over which the devil himself presided; and the persons generally signed the articles of agreement with their own blood. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Hobbes Of persons artificial, some have their words and actions owned by those whom they represent. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

William Godwin As Faustus’s demeanour was particularly engaging, there were many respectable persons in the city in which he lived, that became interested in his welfare. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

From this time until the year 1682, the prisons of France teemed with persons accused of this crime; and it is very singular that other offences decreased in a similar proportion. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James The man went on, liking to talk, as persons of his class do when they have something horrible to tell. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

H. P. Lovecraf Of twenty-eight persons whom he counts, only twenty-six appear at meals; and the missing two are always a tall cloaked man and a shorter muffled figure. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Isabella Bird When a number of persons hit upon a grievance, real or supposed, they unite themselves into a society, and invite delegates from other districts. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Four persons might sit in it round a small card-table, and play a rubber comfortably. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Charles Dickens Mentioning Mr. Baffle gives an instance of there being good in persons where good is not expected, for it cannot be denied that Mr. Buffle’s manners when engaged in his business were not agreeable. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy by Charles Dickens [1864]

Her condition was discovered, and by persons of her own sex. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope The reader, now intimate with the persons concerned, can well imagine it. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird Many persons who are in the habit of crossing twice a-year begin cards directly after breakfast, and, with only the interruption of meals, play till eleven at night. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Andrew Lang Take descriptions of persons in a passport, or in a proclamation sketching the personal appearance of a criminal. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett Perhaps she had only been amusing herself as grown-up persons were apparently entitled to do. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett This was the case with Henry. His character and appearance were such that even his connection with an important heritage was not enough to induce respectable persons to accept him in any form. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Godwin Hitherto we have principally passed such persons in review, as seem to have been in part at least the victims of their own delusions. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Wilkie Collins Besides, there might be two other persons present, whom I am sure Mrs. Eyrecourt is always glad to meet. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

I repeat, I repeat with emphasis: all “direct” persons and men of action are active just because they are stupid and limited. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Edith Wharton Perhaps she was unreasonable in seeing a special intention in his presence: it was natural enough that the two persons in charge of the case should confer together with their chief. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray Aged persons are seldom capable of bearing friendships. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Being desired to give his opinion of the three persons in court, he said he was clearly of opinion that they were bewitched. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Benjamin Disraeli Other persons had parks which had deer in them, but that was quite a different thing. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

David Hume An experienced eye is here sensible to many excellencies, which escape persons ignorant and uninstructed. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Charles Westmacott is now a flourishing ranchman in the western part of Texas, where he and his sweet little wife are the two most popular persons in all that county. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Sir Walter Scott That the latter is liable to be assailed by persons of a different rank in life, untainted perhaps in morals, and fair in character, cannot affect my legal right of self-defence. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

There were two persons at the door — Jack Martyn and another. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Guy de Maupassant Here, friends; there, persons to whom he was indifferent; further on, strangers. All Over (Fini) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

He was aware that 1,500 persons were disappointed of being able to obtain copies of Mr. Payne’s Edition, but it did not necessarily follow that all these 1,500 would subscribe to his. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Andrew Lang Although the king’s son and daughter were the only persons who had vanished in the storm, unluckily they had been carried off in opposite directions. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sigmund Freud All psychoneurotics are persons with strongly marked perverse tendencies, which have been repressed in the course of their development and have become unconscious. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Poor as Welford was, his air and walk eminently bespoke what common persons term gentility. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I have been told by persons of experience in matters of taste, that the fashions follow a law of gradation, and are never arbitrary. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli They had been the first persons who had been kind to him, and he really loved the whole family. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Edith Wharton Darrow was not rich, but it was almost impossible for him to picture the state of persons with tastes and perceptions like his own, to whom an evening at the theatre was an unattainable indulgence. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Mem. — Among persons of this character are usually found those oddities, humours, and peculiarities which are each a handle. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

The court was the place to which all persons wishing to push their way in the world were attracted. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

H. G. Wells They are taken to and fro to these things in the care of persons one would call ushers unhesitatingly were it not that they also pretended to teach. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James I felt that as regards particular persons — once they conformed to the few rules — she had neither likes nor dislikes; but she was capable of expressing esteem or contempt for a species. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Mark Twain Aunt Sally she was one of the mixed-upest-looking persons I ever see — except one, and that was Uncle Silas, when he come in and they told it all to him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang Among the many persons who have had delusions as to the presence of the dead, very few have been hoping, praying for and expecting them. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

All the same, I knew very well that much which I read was really poor stuff, and the persons and positions were often preposterous. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Two persons only know that I am the man who escaped from the inn at Zeeland. You are one of them, and Miss Jethro is the other. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells None the less, for a very simple reason a comparatively small minority of resolutely belligerent persons was able to keep this vast misery going. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

I must look about and find some persons to introduce to you. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Maria Edgeworth No persons are so apprehensive of injustice and fraud as those who are themselves dishonest. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Paine The persons so met were not a constitution, but a convention, to make a constitution. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope There could be no doubt that the four persons had come to England with the purpose of getting money out of the accused, and that they had succeeded. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson When it was time to sup, the dance ceased, and six and thirty persons sat down to two tables in the same room. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Paine Such persons as do not choose to receive it can throw it into the common fund. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

James Anthony Froude Or these, on persons whom the world calls men of spirit:— Though you dare crack a coward’s crown, Or quarrel for a pin, You dare not on the wicked frown, Or speak against their sin. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

The alternative was allowed full swing, but in any case it was clear that such persons contributed little to the common good and, being reticent, were not entertaining. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

William Godwin The regard conceived by these two persons for each other, was mutual, and partook of a spirit of the purest attachment. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

He turned, and saw one of the unhappy persons who haunt the midnight streets of cities, standing right before his path. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Sigmund Freud The persons before whom one is ashamed are almost always strangers, whose faces remain indeterminate. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edith Wharton They never came back to see their mother, and the latter being, like many persons of active mind and dominating will, sedentary and corpulent in her habit, had philosophically remained at home. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Wilkie Collins The persons whom I aided in leaving France were without political influence or political connections. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

This basin was sixteen hundred paces in circumference, and was surrounded by a walk, made also of stone, wide enough for four persons to go abreast. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

I am sorry, because it deprives me of the society of one of the most modest, unassuming, and gentlemanly persons I have ever had the honour of being acquainted with. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

That suggested to me two different persons at the different times. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Helen Zimmern Why did he not also devise some method, by which to insure that none of the tales should be read or bought save by persons of a certain social standard? It would have been equally reasonable. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Charles Dickens Those persons who did not care to leave home, were at their doors or windows, and one topic of discourse prevailed on every side. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Mark Twain When I am reflecting, on these occasions, even deaf persons can hear me think. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Before Handitch I was a journalist and writer of no great public standing; after Handitch, I was definitely a person, in the little group of persons who stood for the Young Imperialist movement. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arthur Machen They are sending ‘suggestions’ (which amount to irresistible commands) over here, and the persons affected are seized with suicidal or homicidal mania. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Sigmund Freud What association there was between the two persons I could not discover on waking, but upon questioning my mother concerning the doctor I learned that he was a one-eyed man. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins All I understand is, that we are separate persons in this house, and that I am to have a room of my own. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins To persons well acquainted with the brother and sister these proceedings were ominous of an impending narrative, protracted to a formidable length. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Anatole France He had to see several persons before submitting his list to the President of the Republic. Count Martin offered his carriage, but Garain had one. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

I have convinced him that all advances have been made by the Colonna. First, they have had five persons killed, while the Colonna have had only four men sacrificed. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

George Gissing They were not playing parts on a stage, but civilised persons discussing their difficulties in a soft-carpeted drawing-room. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing It was seldom that he had a visitor, and those persons who did call could hardly feel that they were desired to come again. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Thomas Hobbes Love of persons for pleasing the sense only, natural lust. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edward Bellamy It was the merest chance if persons not experienced in shopping received the value of their money. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Sir Walter Scott Such is a brief outline of the lives and fortunes of those two persons in whose society Mannering now found himself comfortably seated. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

One of a race of persons who lived before the division of labor had been carried to such a pitch of differentiation, and who followed the primitive economic maxim, “Every man his own horse. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is evident that we have ceased to be persons of any interest in her sight. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope And now we must say a word of Mr. Harcourt, with reference to the other persons of our story. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Gissing He was aware of three other persons in the room. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

There are few persons of delicate tastes, in the matter of devout consumption to whom this austerely wasteful discomfort does not appeal as intrinsically right and good. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Few persons can know, or hope to know, the one from the other, but he who has the humility to doubt (if such a one there be) should say verse if the composition is metrical. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Now, the best way of obtaining this end is a matter about which the most experienced persons entertain very diverse opinions. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Likewise Shakespeare’s ghosts are all spirits of persons safely dead. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

David Hume He summons all his partisans and all men of probity to aid him in correcting and redressing it, and he is readily followed by all indifferent persons in the execution of his office. Of the Origin of Government by David Hume

I observe that in our own day a great many persons commit suicide during the first twenty-four hours of the solitary cell. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope Actuated by the purest charity he has proved himself a sincere friend to persons in great trouble. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy It was a hired carriage, and behind the coachman were two persons whom he knew well. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

But since we cannot have these gifts in our own persons we seek them vicariously in fiction, and for a few hours’ leisured forgetfulness we are endowed with immortal youth and joy. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

I fancy there are few persons living to-day who ever knew the secret of that window, but I am one, as you shall see. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

He secluded himself from public observation, or, when he went abroad, exacted the most slavish homage; while in the palace he would be served only, even in the most menial offices, by persons of rank. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins But, like all persons of ability, she was capable, when there was serious occasion for it, of exerting self-control. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Ann Radcliffe From the style of their residence, he imagined that they were persons of honourable, but moderate independence. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Sir Walter Scott There is a question, owing to the incertitude of ancient orthography, whether he belongs to the clan of Wheedle or of Quibble, but both have produced persons eminent in the law. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

G. K. Chesterton The goat-garbed persons went very sheepishly (or goatishly) into the now signless building, and were rapidly served with raw spirits, which Mr. Pump suspected to be of no very superior quality. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Walter Scott Miss Seward always affirmed that she had derived her information from an authentic source, although she suppressed the names of the two persons chiefly concerned. The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott [1828]

They appeared small and effeminate after the burly negroes of the Bights, and their black but not comely persons were clad in red and white raiment. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Well, against all these threats, which must soon become attacks, I can defend myself by your aid, for you are beloved by all the persons who detest me. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Walter Scott Some of these were of an obvious description, and require only to be cursorily mentioned; others were characteristic of the time, the country, and the persons engaged in this singular drama. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope The art of doing this is among the most precious of those usually cultivated by persons who know how to live. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jeremy Bentham Calamities, by which the persons or properties of men, or both, are liable to be affected, seem to be as follows: 1. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Benjamin Disraeli Why should it be? How could it be? The Divine persons are ever with it, strengthening and guiding it with perpetual miracles. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Edgar Allan Poe This time, however, they seemed to proceed from persons rapidly approaching. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

People must at least have said: The poor old man was right! But who knows? He, with his wife, two sons, and seven persons in his service, all took the plague. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Olaf Stapledon There came a time when the rats no longer confined their attention to stealthy attacks on children and sleeping adults or to persons isolated from their fellows. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope It may, of course, be said that persons who are particular in such matters should go in at the front door and not at the back; but one must take these things as one finds them. North America by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin Several persons were talking at once, and Victor’s voice was predominating, even over that of his mother. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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

Two persons standing there might interchange a dialogue, and, so it were neither long nor loud, none be the wiser. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]