Phrases with "persons"

Arthur Morrison There are many most respectable persons living in good style in the suburbs whose chief business lies in financing such ventures, and taking the chief share of the proceeds. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Guy de Maupassant He had long stories about dogs and ferrets, of which he spoke as if they were persons of note, whom he knew very well. Rust (La Rouille) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

John Morley De Tocqueville’s chapter on the causes which made literary men the principal persons in France, and the effect which this had upon the Revolution (Bk. III. ch. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Wilkie Collins Do those learned persons include in their list the burden of hysterics? If so, I cordially agree with them. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope The subject is one on which there is no possible means of convergence between persons who have learned to differ. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Some persons will remain for eight days in convulsions, foaming at the mouth, and the stomach swelled, as if by dropsy; others, by immediate remedies, do not suffer much. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Three persons were seated at a table to receive them: Michael in the midst, Gideon Forsyth on his right hand, on his left an ancient gentleman with spectacles and silver hair. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope After all, Duke, besides Plantagenet and the children, there are only two persons in the world whom I really love. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins No persons in the house but ourselves had the faintest suspicion of what had happened. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing Other persons he saw leave and enter the house, but Miss Madeley did not come forth. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

William Makepeace Thackeray Passing these, we had to walk to a little door at the back of the Invalides, where was a crowd of persons plunged in the deepest mourning, and pushing for places in the chapel within. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

I have no especial intelligence, but I know when persons are speaking to me and I remember something of what they say. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Two persons had got out at the little station and he didn’t think they were together. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

John Stuart Mill Such persons ought to support the principles here advocated; of which the only object is to make all other married couples similar to what these are now. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

John Locke Their persons are free by a native right, and their properties, be they more or less, are their own, and at their own dispose, and not at his; or else it is no property. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Edward Jenner The inflamed parts were fomented, and dressings were applied by some of the same persons who were employed in milking the cows. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Tobias Smolle Such a commerce between two such persons of a different sex could not possibly be long carried on, without degenerating from the Platonic system of sentimental love. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Walter Scott Several persons were killed who were looking out at windows at the scene, who could not of course belong to the rioters, and were persons of decent rank and condition. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

It was rarely indeed that persons so far from the town, when of no higher rank than this applicant, asked my services. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Anthony Trollope In making this assertion I am often met with much doubt, but it is by persons who do not really know the locality. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Three were occupied by persons who had wearied me by every conceivable unjust demand and legal subterfuge — persons whom, at that very hour, I was moving heaven and earth to turn into the street. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

There were nineteen persons present, twelve women and seven men and, in varying degrees of excitement, they seated themselves round the table. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

I grieved, I say, for myself; and it is probable there were at the same date many thousands of persons grieving with less cause. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anatole France Of all the ancient objects collected by the archaeologist, she had retained nothing except the Etruscan. Many persons had tried to sell it for her. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

When the inevitable verdict of murder against some person or persons unknown had been given, Grant went to a telephone revolving in his mind the Ratcliffe woman’s tale of a young foreigner. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Jeremy Bentham In the first place, persons who may have actually committed, or been prompted to commit, the acts really meant to be prohibited. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Ann Radcliffe The sound returned at intervals; and the persons who conversed, whatever they were, seemingly restrained their voices, as if they feared to be heard. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope But I insist on this, that I will not have my affairs discussed by you with persons to whom you are a stranger. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Charles Dickens His disordered imagination represented to him a crowd of persons stealing towards them beneath the cover of the bushes, lurking in every ditch, and peeping from the boughs of every rustling tree. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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]

Henry James It’s simply an invention by which young persons of the two sexes pass large parts of their time together with no questions asked. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

I am not handsome myself, though there have been persons who have called me so, but neither am I ugly, and in contrast to this woman — well, I will say nothing. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Marjorie Bowen Had I had anyone else—But in town I know none, and I dare not go to my father or to—the persons concerned. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson We are getting up a paper-chase for the following week with some of the young German clerks, and have in view a sort of child’s party for grown-up persons with kissing games, etc. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Lewis Burckhard Most persons pay a trifling contribution, rather than have their graves made before their eyes: there were, however, several tombs of this description dispersed over the plain. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Algernon Blackwood And yet the conflict in his nature bewildered him as though he found two persons in him, one weeping while the other sang. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry James Many of the boxes were empty, others were occupied by persons of provincial or nomadic appearance. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Catherine Helen Spence Here is a column of Lost and Found, another for situations wanted, and for persons to fill situations. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Besides Captain Porter and Vanaman two other persons had retained their sense of responsibility and powers of independent action. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray In fact, my mother had great gifts in every way, and believed herself to be one of the most beautiful, accomplished, and meritorious persons in the world. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

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]

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]

Mr. Gresley was fortunately not aware of this, for unimaginative persons believe themselves to be sealed books, as hermetically sealed as the characters of others are to themselves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Guy de Maupassant Examples were given of persons who had loved once; these were offset by those who had loved violently many times. Lasting Love by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Thomas Hardy By a last strenuous effort she advanced, at the same time hearing persons approaching behind her. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Edmund Burke The persons most abhorrent from blood and treason and arbitrary confiscation might remain silent spectators of this civil war between the vices. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Behind the screen the great lady had only two persons with her: a man and a woman, who sat side by side on arm-chairs at the foot of her couch. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Ann Radcliffe While they waited, Vivaldi thought he heard, from within, low intermitting sounds, as of persons in their last extremity, but, though within, they appeared to come from a distance. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Aristocratic persons continued to regard him with disfavour; and he on his side, withdrew further and further into a contemptuous reserve. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Eliot They were not persons of highly remarkable appearance, but to most Trebians they seemed absolutely unique, and likely to be known anywhere. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Theodore Dreiser Several persons were in the manager’s office, two lounging near a window, another talking to an individual sitting at a roll-top desk — the manager. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It meant settling down and giving themselves a status in life as property owners, as persons to be respected. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Thomas Paine The evil must be put an end to; and the choice of persons rests with you. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

It is perhaps as true as all axioms, however freely laid down by persons in one state respecting the feelings of others in a state of which they are ignorant, can be. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Dr. A. Moschkau informs me that he knew a starling which never made a mistake in saying in German “ good morning” to persons arriving, and “good bye, old fellow,” to those departing. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

E. T. A. Hoffmann Several persons who were most highly esteemed of the king and the people had vainly offered large sums of money to get the smallest piece of work from him. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Ann Radcliffe This Abbess, who was herself a woman of some distinction, believed that of all possible crimes, next to that of sacrilege, offences against persons of rank were least pardonable. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

The street itself was composed of two houses occupied by persons of the class of tradespeople, the houses being separated by two large gardens bordered with hedges running round them. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Ann Radcliffe The instructions of madame she caught with astonishing quickness, and in a short time attained to a degree of excellence in her favorite study, which few persons have ever exceeded. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

This accident has happened to persons of unimpeachable morality — to gentlemen. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Several persons were visible by the shaded candlelight in the death-chamber of the old clergyman. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Andrew Lang Our business, however, is with the false perceptions of persons trustworthy, as far as we know, sane, healthy, not usually visionary, and in an unperturbed state of mind. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Such quarrels and hatreds between fathers and daughters, and mothers and sons, were in her eyes disreputable to all the persons concerned. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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

Mark Twain This one said he was the most gifted linguist in Genoa, as far as English was concerned, and that only two persons in the city beside himself could talk the language at all. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Benjamin Disraeli If he had fifty persons in his stables, there were certainly as many in his park and gardens. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Thomas Hardy That meeting practically settled the point towards which these long-severed persons were converging. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Ann Radcliffe The voices were, he thought, of a different tone, and the persons of a different height and proportion. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Benjamin Disraeli I know that there are well-disposed persons that tremble at this reasoning, because, although they admit its justice, they allege it leads to universal suffrage. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli But Vauxe is exactly the place for persons who have business. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Henry Kingsley Hark!” There were voices approaching the lodge — the voices of two uneducated persons quarrelling; one that of a man, and the other of a woman. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins Granted the fact of the marriage, what proof does it afford me of the innocence of the three persons concerned in that clandestine transaction? It gives me none. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Amidst the motley bands of warriors, were seen many whose showy dress and air of authority intimated persons of high military consequence. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle I also told her that certain wicked and designing persons — I hope you recognize yourselfwould come to her and tell her these things, and I warned her how to treat them. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins The effort to sustain his customary vivacity was not encouraged by persons and circumstances about him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James The persons concerned in it were taking their pleasure quietly, and they were not of the sex which is supposed to furnish the regular votaries of the ceremony I have mentioned. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins Confidential persons were semi-officially connected with me, whose exertions I was authorised to direct, Monsieur and Madame Rubelle being among the number. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

G. K. Chesterton The appearance of persons coming fresh from this great natural lustration is not perhaps polished or dignified; but for the matter of that, few people are dignified when coming out of a bath. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Victor Hugo I would not snap my fingers to stop her dying — her dying, I tell you! See, she awakes!” Dea opened her eyelids; many blind persons shut them when they sleep. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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]

Wilkie Collins Having made sure that no persons were lurking about anywhere in our grounds, we turned back. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins While she and her companion were still engaged over their soup, young Duparc and his mother suddenly burst into the kitchen, followed by the other persons who had partaken of dinner. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

George Eliot That Authority had furnished a very explicit answer to persons who might inquire where their social duties began, and might be inclined to take wide views as to the starting-point. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

This revolt of the gods produced such consternation that many pious persons died of fright and all business was suspended to bury them and pass terrifying resolutions. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

There once was a time in France when the polite arts were cultivated by persons of the highest rank in the state. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

And why? Because the holy persons are of imperfect power. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Wilkie Collins The persons principally concerned in the Event are:— a blind girl; two (twin) brothers; a skilled surgeon; and a curious foreign woman. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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

Isabella Bird The following is a statement of the number of persons who landed at Quebec during the last five years. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Henry Adams The question of sympathy had disturbed a number of persons during that period. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Meredith Hushing together, they agreed that it had been a false move to invite Lady Gosstre, who did not care a bit for music, until the success of their Genius was assured by persons who did. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson In this way very large debts were incurred by persons altogether unable to pay. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

At the present moment, the number of those living persons who have actually perused the works of Nash may probably be counted on the fingers of two hands. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Charles Dickens But when she struck, it was too dark for the unfortunate persons on board to discover the real magnitude of the danger, and the extreme horror of such a situation. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Jeremy Bentham Mischiefs producible by persons deficient in point of understanding, such as infants, idiots, and maniacs, for want of their being properly taken care of. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

I was too young to remember the names of persons or places. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Maria Edgeworth Both, I see, persons of family — of condition,” said St. Leger to himself. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hobbes Love of persons for society, kindness. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Charles Dickens Such groups were to be seen in all parts of the house; in the boxes and stalls particularly, they were composed of persons of very decent appearance, who had many children with them. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins Dear sir, in the holidays which you kindly give me, I provide competent persons to take care of the house in my absence, don’t I? One person, if you remember, was a most handsome engaging young man. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Zâid and Abu Laheb, Sarah CXI, are the only two persons of Mohammed’s acquaintance who are mentioned in the Qur’ân by name. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne will not meet with any objectionable persons under her roof. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Gissing These persons never shook hands, and indeed dispensed, as a rule, with all forms of civility. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Other persons had been concealed in other parts of the house. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Thomas Hardy The same minute saw two persons sit down in the rectory-house to share the rector’s usually solitary dinner. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

John Ruskin We will take the number of persons at the lowest. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Walter Scott Several of them were persons whose quality seemed much superior to their dresses and modes of travelling. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

William Black Johnson replied, that, in such a case, the immediate agents of the king were the persons to be tried and punished for the offence. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Of the many persons invited she knew herself not half, and their masquerades made them only more mysterious to her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell But I am that sort of a character that I cannot put up with any neglect of persons I love, just because they are not smiled upon by fortune. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson For there are delicacies, eternal between persons of the same sex, which are melted and disappear in the warmth of love. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James She stopped half-way, and gave the young persons a flushed and menacing look. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Andrew Lang Now what are called ‘subjective hallucinations,’ non-coincidental hallucinations, usually represent persons very familiar to us, persons much in our minds. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry James Two persons appeared on the opposite side of the lake, coming from the house and crossing the meadow. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

But these days of dreadful sickness passed at last, the fever died, and gradually, very gradually, he took hold of life and began to be interested in persons and things again. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope I suppose there were some three thousand persons in the room. North America by Anthony Trollope

Twenty persons had heard Chupin declare, with frightful oaths, that he should never be tranquil in mind while a Lacheneur was left upon earth. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott The only sepulchral memorials which remained were the upright headstones which mark the graves of persons of inferior rank. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Virginia Woolf You are feeling in your own persons what your mothers felt when they were shut out, when they were shut up, because they were women. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

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]

Willa Cather The more interested persons in the audience peered over the heads of the people in front of them to get a good view of the stage. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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]

Love, such as I conceive it to be, is an incessant, complete, and perfect sacrifice; but it is not the sacrifice of one only of the two persons thus united. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Paine It amounts to a combination of persons in one common interest. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Sinclair Lewis Honesty and courtesy in business are preferable to boorishness and exposed trickery, but this is not to be taken personally, since all persons in Gopher Prairie are known to be honest and courteous. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He came to the conclusion that the supposed revelations of spirits were nothing more than the mental vagaries of persons in the same room, conveyed in some occult manner to the brain of the medium. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Tobias Smolle Sir Launcelot being thus alarmed, started from his bed, and running to the window, beheld a cavalcade of persons well mounted, and distinguished by blue cockades. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Olaf Stapledon He should be preparing his planet and his many races of persons to embody the great theme of spirit which was as yet so dimly, so reluctantly, conceived. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins In the meantime, I shall want the immediate assistance of two competent persons (supposing the rascals separate after their meeting) to follow the two minor criminals. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing Through the doorway he stepped immediately into a low-roofed hall, where a number of persons sat at table. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is observed in old couples, or in persons who have been housemates for a course of years, that they grow like, and if they should live long enough we should not be able to know them apart. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

They who really did harm, they who widened the breach, were some persons who reported them to him: and Renzo — what else could be expected? — took them very much to heart. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Gissing Yet the few persons who enjoyed close acquaintance with her knew that, at heart, she still nourished the pride of her Tank, and that she had little if any genuine sympathy with democratic principles. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Richard Burton He privily ordered his adopted son, an orphan to dispute with him, and to strike him in the face at a feast composed of the principal persons in the kingdom. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

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]

Gustave Flauber At one side of the tetrarch’s pavilion were the tables at which were seated his priests and officers; also a number of persons from Jerusalem, and the more important men from the Grecian cities. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Jeremy Bentham If persons who are in fault are persons invested with judicial trust, the offence comes under the head of breach or abuse of trust: if other persons, under that of disturbance of trust. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Olaf Stapledon How could anyone be expected to believe such a charge brought against a highly respected alderman by persons who obviously bore him a grudge. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins My own notion is, that she has fallen into the hands of some person or persons interested in hiding her away, and sharp enough to know how to set about it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Of all the persons who witnessed Baron d’Escorval’s terrible fall, the abbe was the only one who did not despair. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Indeed, these Mauro–European Jews give great troubles to the consuls; the various persons of a single family being often under the protection of three or four consuls. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

They asked if I were dumb, and why I wore no earrings or necklace, their own persons being loaded with heavy ornaments. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Ann Radcliffe They had not an instant to lose; for they now heard the steps of persons descending the stairs. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anthony Trollope She had not been very wise in her life, having lost the friends who would have been truest to her, and confided in persons who had greatly injured her. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Ha’n’t you, now?” The persons present meekly acquiesced in his prophetic spirit to this extent. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They are a class of persons much to be pitied, for they know not what they should do. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

I pass’d the glories which adorn The splendid courts of kings, And while the persons moved my scorn. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

D. H. Lawrence In the real way of love, the positive aim is to make the other person — or persons — happy. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan He slept, however, that night; he slept with a heavy brutish sleep, such as the sleep of persons condemned to death must be occasionally. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Who among the persons inhabiting the house at the time had poisoned Mrs. Eustace Macallan? My suspicion in answering that question pointed straight to a woman. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jane Austen But if I go on, I shall displease you by saying what I think of persons you esteem. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Andrew Lang The persons in an allegory may be real enough, as Bunyan has proved by examples. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard Even now, persons of wealth kill camels. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

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]

Of course many persons experienced at least temporary relief from the strong impression made upon their minds by this novel and marvellous method of treatment. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

A cheap trip brought the Order of Green Hats to Elgin; and there were cheap trips on this great day to persuade other persons to leave it. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope And as to asking Mrs Leslie and Lady Eustace or any other persons to dinner, as I am obliged to make even the recreation of life subservient to work, I must claim permission to have my own way. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Young though he was, he yet felt the humanity and safety of this world crowded with all its persons so diverse as the ancient lady and little Peter and Cousin Raiseley, his enemy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Walter Besant Frank Radcliffe, like all persons in his sad condition, one day contemplated death with resignation, and the next looked forward with confidence to getting better in a few days. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Miss Hart was actually curt to him, and in the attitude of the various persons about the board he detected a certain reserve which had been entirely absent from their manner the evening before. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope He was known at the Garrick Club, and had become individually popular among literary men in London. He had made many fast friends, and had been, as it were, found out by persons of distinction. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Scott Yet, at the same time, he felt the necessity of making himself better acquainted with the circumstances of her case, and the persons with whom she seemed connected. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Andrew Lang They illustrate the fact that only certain persons can hypnotise others, and throw light on some peculiarities of rapport. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith She appeared to be speculating on this, and then wished to know how much those persons would consider her to be worth, and who they were. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton All they knew was that they were determined to force certain persons to do things that those persons preferred not to do. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

We find ourselves doing the same things and saying the same things, and no person or group of persons is responsible for this. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

William Godwin The spectre-seers for a considerable time prudently restricted their accusations to persons of ill repute, or otherwise of no consequence in the community. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Meredith It is the insincerity of persons of their class; but one need not lay stress on the wilfulness of uneducated minds. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Many persons at the time regarded this as the best fought action in the whole war. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Some few independent persons reside in or near the city, but this is a class so thinly scattered that they can hardly be accounted a part of the population. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Sigmund Freud The dream was very vivid, and showed me my beloved mother, with a peculiarly calm, sleeping countenance, carried into the room and laid on the bed by two (or three) persons with birds' beaks. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins The persons seated at the table are three in number. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Jeremy Bentham Total want of amends on the part of persons injured by the offence. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Arthur Conan Doyle We will suppose first that some person or persons inside the house did the crime. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

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]

Richard Hakluy They were eleuen that died there: among whom Iohn de Guzman was one, and a sonne of Don Carlos, called Iohn de Vargas: the rest also were persons of account and men of great courage. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Wilkie Collins The servants were the only persons stirring in the house, when I rose the next morning. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle She firmly believed that she and her cousin were the only persons who had been so fortunate, and was equally convinced that nobody else would be. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Wilkie Collins What did it matter to Zilla? She had plenty of time before her, and she belonged to the order of persons who never fail to make the most of her advantages. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The persons in The Vikings at Helgeland are so primitive that they scarcely appeal to our sense of reality. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Robert Green Ingersoll We know that doing away with gods and supernatural persons and powers is not an end. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I happened to think it of some moment to ascertain, if possible, whether more persons than one were engaged in this atrocious murder. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing A guest was present this afternoon; the eight persons who sat down to table were as many as the little parlour could comfortably contain. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry Fielding If ever you should be left alone in the house again, be sure to let no persons in without first looking out at the window and seeing who they are. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne His lips were drawn apart so as to disclose his set teeth, thus giving him a look of animal rage, which we seldom see except in persons of the simplest and rudest natures. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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]

All that passed in the mind of Fouquet was lost upon the persons present. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Walter Scott Alice, whose fears for her father were now something abated, upon this new movement among the persons of the scene, could not resist appealing to her venerable assistant. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Henry Fielding Thus then these persons argue. Amelia by Henry Fielding

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]

Olaf Stapledon It is often held with conviction by persons who are very far from puerile, who are highly developed in sensibility toward the more subtle aspects of human consciousness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Against these remarks, we must set the testimony of Dugald Stewart, who says,—“The attentions he received from all ranks and descriptions of persons would have turned any head but his own. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

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]

A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Jeremy Bentham Now in the case of an act, which is really of a mischievous nature, it can scarcely happen that there shall be no persons whatever who will look upon it with an eye of disapprobation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

William Morris Troy type, with argument, side-notes, list of persons and places, and glossary in Chaucer type. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

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