Phrases with "plan"

He was so busy with himself that he had even stopped trying to plan how to get money out of the big dope. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Gaston Leroux Here is the ground plan of the pavilion. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Wilkie Collins I had a plan for our going to London together like sisters, and living by our needles. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Gissing She pretended to oppose this plan at first; said she must be independent. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli His plan for arranging all differences had the merit of being brief; and if brevity be the soul of wit, it certainly was most unreasonable in his subjects to consider his judgments no joke. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry Handel Richardson As for Tilly’s plan of keeping a large sum of money on the premises, risky though it seemed, Mary faltered in her criticism of it. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

She had no plan, absolutely no plan whatever. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser His plan was to have them carried on to his own home if the operation for any reason failed to go through. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edward did not like this plan at all, but there was no remedy. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Marjorie Bowen Even then her pride and her ambition took over, she began to plan and calculate — to think: “This is the climax, what I cannot get now I shall never get. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

R. D. Blackmore Her plan had been shaped and set last night, and, like all great ideas, was the simplest of the simple. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope That was the plan proposed for Merle Park. As a fact he would spend four days in town, and only two down in the country. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I tried to formulate a plan of action. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne Many a plan was discussed here, and many a dream indulged in, the brightest of which is this day realized. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. Rider Haggard What is it that you wish me to do?” “I wish to ask you if you can suggest any plan that will not fail. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope So far Mr Wharton had a plan, and a plan that was at least feasible. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing No, he could not speak to her about it; but he would adopt a plan just as sure. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Leon Trotsky I would tug the handle of the blower which Ivan Vasilyevich had made according to a plan of his own. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jeremy Bentham To look for a plan among these heaps of ordinances, would be like searching for an order of architecture amidst the huts of a village. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

With his suspicions thus roused, the Spanish commander was informed that a number of the chiefs had met together to deliberate on a plan of insurrection. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edgar Allan Poe I forget, however, by what ingenious train of reasoning it was that “Old Charley” finally convinced the assembly that this was the most injudicious plan that could be pursued. Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

But I’ve hit upon a plan for getting the better of him, and I want you to carry it out for me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Hope Hodgson I intend to follow my plan of last night, and watch the kennel. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Anna Katherine Green Either she has heard of the accident which has occurred here — and if so, how? — or she’s but carrying out some deep-laid plan which it is highly important for us to know. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

All he was thinking of was to get it as far away as possible from those grasslands by the Blackwater. But gradually a plan began forming in his mind. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Theodore Dreiser He drove quickly back to his office, and Aileen returned to her home determined to put her plan into action. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

He had to struggle and plan and scheme to keep the Sofala afloat — and what did he get for it? Not even enough respect. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Jules Verne Leur plan géométrique représentait ce signe typographique ( . L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell I plan it yet, and hope to go home again before it please God to take me. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, Watson, I think that we cannot employ our time better than by calling upon your acquaintance, Mrs. Laura Lyons.” His plan of campaign was beginning to be evident. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Some tombs,35 however, vary both in plan and decoration. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Once this courageous plan had been definitely adopted, he felt himself delivered of an enormous burden. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Thomas Hardy My plan is one for instilling high knowledge into empty minds without first cramming them with what has to be uncrammed again before true study begins. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

But so blind is the experience of man that what I conceived to be the best assistants to my plan may have entirely destroyed it. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Arnold Bennett She saw all her grandiose plan ruined. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Almagro’s plan was then adopted; and it only remained to find out the most secure and convenient spot for Pizarro’s quarters. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anne Bronte I have arranged the whole plan in my head: and all I want is to persuade Frederick to be of the same mind as myself. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

R. D. Blackmore The only wise plan is for you to come no more. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Andrew Lang For hours they talked, but to no purpose, and in the end they hit upon a plan which they might just as well have thought of at the beginning. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser The plan Cowperwood developed after a few days’ meditation will be plain enough to any one who knows anything of commercial and financial manipulation, but a dark secret to those who do not. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

T. E. Lawrence Allenby’s plan was to collect the bulk of his infantry and all his cavalry under the orange and olive groves of Ramlegh just before September the nineteenth. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson And even as he worked, and worked wisely and well, over the hated details of his principality, he was secretly maturing a plan by which to turn the situation. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope She was eager on the subject, feeling convinced that this plan of retirement was for the good of the family generally, and therefore she had advocated it with energy. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

My plan had been to walk straight into the dining-room, and by a sudden appearance wake in the men that start of recognition which would confirm my theory. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Tobias Smolle Nothing now remained but to concert the plan for her deliverance. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

William Makepeace Thackeray But let us lay down a few of the heads of a plan which may be useful, or may be modified infinitely, or may be cast aside altogether, just as circumstances dictate. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

He had made a plan for us to meet again, and he had spoken not as an acquaintance but as a friend. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He had no need of the map for he had long since got his route by heart, and what was once fixed in that mind stuck like wax; but I made him take Stumm’s plan and paper, hidden below his shirt. Greenmantle by John Buchan

He communicated his plan to Madame de Brinvilliers; and she, without the slightest scruple, agreed to aid him: he undertook to compound the poisons, and she to administer them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Bram Stoker The Bank of England was, strangely enough, the project of a Scotchman, William Paterson. The plan was submitted to Government in 1691 but was not carried into existence for three years. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Gerhardt had still fifty dollars left out of the money which Senator Brander had sent to Jennie, and with this a way of getting a little extra furniture on the instalment plan was provided. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

On his calling for a plan it was brought to him, and he studied it attentively. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Mark Twain Now you work your mind, and study out a plan to steal Jim, and I will study out one, too; and we’ll take the one we like the best. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

E. Phillips Oppenheim The plan which I have suggested may clear up many things. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

It is not a part of my plan to give any particular description of them. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Sinclair Lewis That plan was as brutal and as infeasible as any plan of Shad Ledue for making large money would be. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Was the world in ruins? Then here was a plan to rebuild it. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Mr. Brown’s plan had a good effect, for there was no more quarrelling among the boys for the rest of the voyage. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Henry Handel Richardson While he dressed himself in the hired suit, which was too large here, too small there, he laid a plan of action for the evening. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe Having failed to fall, it was no part of the demon plan to hurl me into the abyss; and thus (there being no alternative) a different and a milder destruction awaited me. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne Michael Strogoff’s plan was simply this — to reach Kolyvan before the arrival of the Usbeck horsemen, who would ascend the other bank of the Obi to the ferry. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Even Kala, my mother, could never plan ahead. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Maria Edgeworth I gave up my longing for solitude, my plan of retreat from the world; suffered myself to be carried where they pleased — to Brighton it was — to my mother’s satisfaction. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Potressov, in the Menshevik Dien (Day), published a sensational story, accompanied by a map, which professed to reveal the secret Bolshevik plan of campaign. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Virginia Woolf Without any definite plan in his head, he took the turning to the right and walked through the town and came to the wall by the meeting of the roads, where he stopped. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne Ce plan arrêté, il ne restait plus qu’à le mettre à exécution. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne The engineer one evening imparted to his friends a plan which he had conceived for fortifying the corral. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells It is only another step upward in scale to plan out new, more tolerable conditions of employment for every sort of worker and to organize the transition from our present disorder. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Eliot Again his mind rushed over all the circumstances of his departure from Florence, and he conceived a plan of getting back his money from Cennini before the disclosure had become public. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

You act and plan and suffer, and yet all the while it is as though everything were a little out of focus, a little unreal. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

So my plan is that the lot of us get into the House and form a garrison. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Bee, replying to the coroner, agreed that she would most certainly have taken steps to put an end to any such plan had she heard about it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

T. E. Lawrence Such battalions of ‘ifs’ skirmished about every new plan continually. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It may have been only a fortified gate; but though the chambers are small, they are well lighted, and the plan of the whole is certainly domestic in character. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

She had made some delightful points, but there was a lack of plan and symmetry. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Ann Radcliffe His judgement by degrees prevailed over his passions, and he now perceived that the plan she suggested would afford her best chance of security. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Henry James At any rate she had renounced her plan; she had no plan now but the plan of separation. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Balzac’s plan was one of numbers or logic merely. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

F. Scott Fitzgerald That is part of what people mean when they say they love Chicago. Josephine was going to meet her friend Lillian Hammel, but their plan did not include attending the movies. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Olaf Stapledon We hit upon a plan for satisfying at once our friendship, his interest in my world, and my own longing for home. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Then a douche of spray caught me and sent me down the companion to my bunk again, where I lay for hours trying to make a plan of campaign. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Edith Wharton Suddenly he remembered that Gamba was fertile in expedients, and calling in the hunchback, asked what plan he could devise. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Marjorie Bowen She ate some cake and an apple; her head began to ache, she took off her bonnet and closed her eyes; half drowsy, she tried to plan for the future to the exasperating beat of the engine. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

This plan he proceeded to put into effect; or rather, once formed, the plan evolved itself into mechanical action without further thought. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

George Meredith The plan is, to give half-a-dozen bright puffs, and then keep it in your fist; and when you see an Italian head, volcano him like fury. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If a copy of Fawley’s plan should reach Italy, I imagine that there would be war within twenty-four hours. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Dickens There is also a very well-ordered State prison, arranged upon the same plan as that at Boston, except that here, there is always a sentry on the wall with a loaded gun. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

They lay around and watched, as if in pursuance of a plan traced by a superior authority. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry James He had had a rise, at the chemical works, and a plan of getting a larger room for Rosy was under serious consideration. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton And instantly a plan for releasing him had leapt full-formed into her mind, and had been carried out with swift unflinching resolution. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Ann Radcliffe Yet he hardly dared to doubt the integrity of his friend, who had been entrusted with the secret of his flight and the plan of his route, and had procured him the carriage in which he had escaped. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

I think I have a plan for keeping her under my own eye. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

We have to plan our days, to make everything subserve our scheme. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope But now had come a time in which she must be plain, unless she made up her mind to abandon her plan altogether. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She insisted that Alice should rely on the simple plan of escape from Mortlake. Martha Tansey, it is true, was anxious. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

G. K. Chesterton I’ve come up against something bigger than the whole plan I made for my life. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Holding to her settled plan of campaign, she made very light of the kisses and never appeared to be too willing for them. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Here is a memorandum and a plan describing how they are to be applied. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

This plan is quite superior to that of nature, for with several cheeses graduated in size, all known varieties of eclipse may be presented. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

The plan was craftily devised. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Allan Poe I determined to go at all hazards; and, having made known my intentions to Augustus, we set about arranging a plan by which it might be accomplished. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Joseph Furphy Perhaps the best plan of all — though no hero of romance could do such a thing — is to hang on to the horse’s tail. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Louisa May Alcott Then he’s rich and generous and good, and loves us all, and I say it’s a pity my plan is spoiled. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins I could form no plan either for the present or the future. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

She had intended to send on one of her Servants to inform the Baron of her delay; But the account which the young Men gave of the Forest rendered this plan impracticable. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

It was evident to the majority of the council that some plan must be adopted to equalise the currency. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope A vague idea of what the plan might be had come across Harry’s mind during Lady Clavering’s last speech. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He spoke of a long day there, going before lunch —’ ‘The plan was made with Mr. Osborne Hamley. I could not think of going without him!’ said Mrs. Gibson, coldly. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. F. Benson I thought it out in those dear old days when we began to plan it, and, as I say, I shall be happy to give poor Daisy all the hints I can, if she will come and ask me to do so. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

G. K. Chesterton It is a gross falsification of the whole beauty of Pippa Passes to make the Monseigneur and his accomplice in the last act discuss a plan touching the fate of Pippa herself. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Wilkie Collins That plan meets every possible emergency. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jules Verne If my memory serves me, you are referring to the lighting plan of Doctor Ox.” “Precisely.” “It is going on, Niklausse,” replied the burgomaster. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Convinced now beyond all doubt that she had some plan in mind which made her dread my watchfulness, I made such final arrangements as were necessary, and betook myself at once to my new room. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I went back to the railway without any plan in my head. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins My plan looked promising enough at the time. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

This plan succeeded at last, and with relief and humility I boarded her, relit the riding-light, and carried off the kedge anchor. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

His plan was not to create a journal, but to revive one. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Elizabeth Von Arnim In fact Mr. Wilkins, who had begun by being consciously and according to plan on his best behaviour, remained on it unconsciously, and with no effort at all. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell In the interval between the relinquishment of the first plan and the adoption of the second, she wrote the following letter to one who was much valued among her literary friends:— “May 22nd. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But before he could carry out this plan he was overtaken by death. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Bram Stoker His plan was to spend a year in Chili, Guayaquil and Peru, and thence to visit Mexico, and so, by way of the United States, to return home. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope What am I to get by such a plan as that?’ Barry was now cowed and frightened; he had no dram-bottle by him to reassure him, and he became, comparatively speaking, calm and subdued. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

We had made her out together, old Pedro and I. And then the last part of Sebright’s plan had to be carried out at once. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope They are always built on a plan which to a European seems to be most unnecessarily extravagant in space. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne On the 9th of October, Jean Cornbutte held a council to settle the plan of his operations, to which, that there might be union, zeal, and courage on the part of every one, he admitted the whole crew. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Paine The plan of those who had a constitution in view was to contend with the Court on the ground of taxes, and some of them openly professed their object. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

It was as well that I had made a plan with Aunt Letitia. ‘At nine o’clock I got out of my window. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Jules Verne Hélas! que manque-t-il à notre sphéroïde pour atteindre cette perfection? Peu de chose! Un axe de rotation moins incliné sur le plan de son orbite. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

Who could tell what eyes might be watching on shore? “You know I never pretended my plan was quite safe. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The plan of changing their clothes was unanimously adopted. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

T. E. Lawrence For the intervening hours we tramped restlessly over the fields of young barley, our minds working out plan after plan with feverish activity. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Ford Madox Ford Her plan with regard to Maisie had appeared to be working admirably. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Naturally, however, it is but seldom, and only in special cases, and as a last resort, that such a plan is adopted. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins I cannot mention what the plan was that I now adopted, without seriously compromising a living person. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The merchant threw himself back in the carriage and occupied his mind with the plan of a magnificent asylum for unfortunate men of business. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Theodore Dreiser And, as usual, it was a long, optimistic, affectionate, and defiant screed in which she related all that had occurred to her and her present plan of leaving home. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Abraham Merri After awhile, I went up with Lur to her tower and watched the waterfall and the beckoning mist wraiths, and the plan became clearer still. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf As he came in he had caught the tail of an infuriating sentence — of a sentence that seemed to show that they had made some plan together. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Mark Twain But when lived there a holy priest who could not set so simple a trouble as this at rest? One of these soon hit upon a plan that would be a certain test. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Meredith The plan for the defence of England’s heart was a good plan. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Men were, and had been for some time, pursuing their inquiries into various departments of nature precisely on the general plan of careful and honest observation of real things which he enjoined. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

The plan was really too good to be resisted. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Sir Walter Scott To leave the door ajar was the plan adopted by the old crones who understood the mysteries of deathbeds and lykewakes. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Jules Verne L’île se développait sous leurs regards comme un plan en relief avec ses teintes diverses, vertes pour les forêts, jaunes pour les sables, bleues pour les eaux. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang After a time she began to plan how to get her freedom, and at last told him that she would consent if he would allow her to visit her son on earth three days on end. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It is just because my plan is faulty, because it mis-states so much, and omits so much, that they do not now fall in. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

My plan was to seek Mr Turnbull’s cottage, recover my garments, and especially Scudder’s note-book, and then make for the main line and get back to the south. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Anthony Trollope But now—now that her aunt had spoken to her of that horrid plan in reference to Peter Steinmarc, what would Ludovic Valcarm be to her? Not that he could ever have been anything. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Robert Louis Stevenson You would say that this system of mutual robbery was as broad as it was long; but I have discovered a plan to make it broader, with which I here endow the public. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Many hours of the night I used to lie awake, thinking what plan I had best adopt to get a reliable hold on these mutineers, to bring this stiff-necked tribe under permanent influence. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

And it was as if the ship had two captains to plan her course for her. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

His plan was bold and his plan was simple. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

To him, it should have seemed that all had gone according to plan and that it was perfectly safe for him to come back. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Their plan suddenly seemed presumptuous and absurd. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

This thought pleased me very much, so that the next day I set myself to plan out the buildings and trace the foundation of it. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

I should have done precisely as you propose if flight had been part of my plan of action; I should, therefore, have accepted from you what, without any doubt, you would have accepted from me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

G. K. Chesterton Scott was very far indeed from being a perfect writer, but I do not think that it can be shown that the large and elaborate plan on which his stories are built was by any means an imperfection. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Thomas Hardy Having laid her plan she rose, and wrote to him who kept her on these tenterhooks:— “I overheard your interview with my husband last night, and saw the drift of your revenge. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

So we know father must think his getting taken on here was part of a plan to rob him and he’s been more nervy since. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Their plan is to sell tickets to every one for the theatricals, and to a certain number of invited persons for a supper, and a little dance afterward on the lawn. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells That set me thinking of my plan of action. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

John Galsworthy She lit on no plan by which she could see him without giving away the fact that she had schemed. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Coleridge was soon afterwards obliged to leave England in search of health, and the plan fell through. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Edith Wharton Why not stick to her old plan of waiting, holding on, enduring everything, in the hope of wearing him out? She reached the door of her house, set her teeth, and went in. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

H. G. Wells At first he could form no plan at all for doing that. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Margaret Oliphant She would find out every plan he had ever formed for good and fulfil it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Jane Austen The plan was that she should be brought up for educating others; the very few hundred pounds which she inherited from her father making independence impossible. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

This vague idea was the only thing resembling a plan in his mind. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ll have to plan for the sandwiches, sir. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope She had made no plan of campaign for the evening, having felt relieved when she found herself able to postpone the project of her attack till the morrow. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett No more than against the weather would he have dreamed of bearing malice against his father, even had such a plan not been unwise and dangerous. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jane Austen My plan was laid at Westminster, a little altered, perhaps, at Cambridge, and at one-and-twenty executed. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Eliot So he stayed out his apprenticeship, and committed no act of dishonesty that was at all likely to be discovered, reserving his plan of emigration for a future opportunity. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle The diagram upon it appears to be a plan of part of a large building with numerous halls, corridors, and passages. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Guy de Maupassan Then her joyous young soul reassuring itself, she began to plan an adventure, to imagine an abnormal and dramatic situation, founded on the recollections of all the poetical romances she had read. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Anne Bronte My resolution is formed, my plan concocted, and already partly put in execution. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Friedrich Schiller Under an impenetrable veil of dissimulation he brought his plan to maturity. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

H. G. Wells All night we’ll have to talk and plan the things we have to do. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Gissing Mrs. Grail interrupted her: ‘Now I know what you’re going to say, my dear, It isn’t nice of you, Lyddy, if you spoil this little plan we’ve made. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope That plan of a Rose Bradwardine she herself had proposed in good faith, thinking that she could endure such a termination to the affair without flinching. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells There was no plan about this building. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Sir Walter Scott On the way she felt inclined to retract the consent she had so hastily given to a plan so hopeless and extravagant. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Guy de Maupassan Madeleine leaned, against the mantelpiece, and having lighted a cigarette, told him the news and gave him her plan of the article. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Writing of it now, in cool blood, this seems as wild and hopeless a plan as ever was imagined. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The plan was unfolded in detail. Burmese Days by George Orwell

My cousin was silent because he was afraid, and I was silent because it was part of my plan to thwart a man I had come to loathe and detest. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope This plan of throwing up £1,200 a year would badly assist him in getting rid of this incubus. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Upon this plan, which closely resembles the plan of the first cathedral of St. Peter at Rome, most Coptic churches are built. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

I mentioned, in a former adventure, that I had hit upon an entirely new plan of making the skins of quadrupeds retain their exact form and feature. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

I hastily gave my consent to this arrangement, and as hastily formed a plan through which Perdita should be forced to become my companion. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Don’t fancy I am tired of our honeymoon, Polly, or that I care for Marchmont Towers any more than you do; but I fear the non-residence plan would never answer. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Martial was striving to carry his plan into execution, when the following laconic epistle came to him one day through the post: “Monsieur le Duc — I, if I were in your place, would watch my wife. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim What was their plan of action? he wondered. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a fool’s plan to teach a man to be a cur in peace, and think that he will be a lion in war. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dick watched the children climbing for a moment until they disappeared among the pines half way up; then he walked around the car to see the damage and plan how to get it back on the road. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I considered that the boldest plan would be the safest, so I tiptoed to the end, and saw another passage equally bare going off at right angles. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anna Katherine Green Follow and see how my plan works. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Meredith My plan is written; I have shown it, and signatures of gentlemen, to many of our City notables favourable in most cases: gentlemen of the Stock Exchange highly. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Thomas Hardy It was formed after the simple old-fashioned plan of oven-building — a mere oblate cavity without a flue. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James Newman’s satisfaction had been too intense, his whole plan too deliberate and mature, his prospect of happiness too rich and comprehensive for this fine moral fabric to crumble at a stroke. The American by Henry James [1877]