Phrases with "receiving"

Edith Wharton As the door closed on him, Mrs. Mant said, with a dangerous cordiality: “No one would misunderstand your receiving an old friend of your husband’s . New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Arguments were useless, for, simply because they were tired of going on, they WOULD not see that as they were receiving pay every day, they therefore ought to work every day. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Walter Scott It was not the least of Jeanie’s distresses, that, although she hoped and believed her sister to be innocent, she had not the means of receiving that assurance from her own mouth. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Had he lived through the movie age he would have been gradually accustomed to finding these photographed people receiving the homage of the great, plus an income of two thousand pounds a week. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Rudyard Kipling April, May, and June are the months for receiving and manufacturing opium, and in the winter months come the packing and the despatch. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

David Hume People at a distance, who are weak enough to think the matter at all worth enquiry, have no opportunity of receiving better information. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Jack London A case recently cropped up of men, in the employ of a wealthy business house, receiving their board and six shillings per week for six working days of sixteen hours each. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

They let her make the advances, receiving them with blank passivity, or repelling them with irony, according to the several needs of their self-respect, and talking to one another across her. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell They had certainly begun to have a kind of primitive bank in connection with their shop, receiving and taking care of such money as people did not wish to retain in their houses for fear of burglars. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

It was Manon; but instead of receiving him as he thought he had a right to expect, coming by invitation, all she did was to sob. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Meredith This story passed from mouth to mouth, receiving much ornament in the passage. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

John Galsworthy And then, as she was receiving her change, she saw him hastening. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Violet stayed with her mother to the last, receiving the last embrace — a fond and tearful one — and watched the carriage drive away from the porch amidst a shower of rice. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Miss Winter’s advent rather amazed her, I think, but she waved us into our respective chairs like a reverend abbess receiving two rather leprous mendicants. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Peel on the other hand steadily accumulated knowledge and opinions, his mind receiving impressions from outward experience like the alluvial soil deposited by a river in its course. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The yellow and black men dashed hither and thither, receiving many blows but never ceasing to run. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

A few words passed between the two men, and then one of them handed something over to Henrik, receiving in exchange the fish that was then thrust back into the sack. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Anthony Trollope The doctor, when he had heard what was going to happen, carefully kept out of the way: Mary, therefore, had the pleasure of receiving Lady Arabella alone. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Remit for Send. “On receiving your bill I will remit the money. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

The congregation slowly left the church, awestruck, whispering, asking questions, receiving no satisfactory answers, forming surmises all incorrect. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Three times he shouted, but, receiving no reply, he opened an inner door and advanced into the chief guest-room of the hostel. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Germaine suddenly varied his formal inquiry in receiving the new guest. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli The master of the library had risen from his seat when the chief secretary entered, and was receiving an obeisance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope Old Thwaite on receiving this intimation of the difference of their positions, though he had acknowledged its truth, had felt himself bitterly aggrieved, and now the moment had come. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein They felt themselves to be a courtly couple of the first empire, he being le vieux marquis kissing her hand and paying compliments and she the Empress Josephine receiving them. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Walter Scott At length Mrs. Dods, receiving no countenance from the experienced lawyer for the hypothesis she had formed, rose, in something like displeasure, to order her whiskey to be prepared. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Helen Zimmern Richard Lovell Edgeworth was born at Bath in 1744, and spent his early years partly in England, partly in Ireland, receiving a careful education. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

E. Phillips Oppenheim Berlin will be receiving frantic messages from East Africa as to my disappearance. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

With a resounding thud, it caught Broome squarely on the face and the pain or the indignity of receiving the blow made him go white as a sheet. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Andrew Lang Says Saint–Mars, ‘Since receiving your letter I have warded the pair as strictly and exactly as I did M. Fouquet and M. Lauzun, who cannot brag that he sent out or received any intelligence. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott But all these excuses availed nothing, and he was compelled to disgorge the property, on receiving back the sum for which it had been mortgaged. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope MARY ASKERTON.’ Clara’s first impulse on receiving this letter was to go off at once to the cottage, and insist on her privilege of choosing her own friends. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

I have an appointment this afternoon which I regret will prevent my having the pleasure of receiving you. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins I have applied to your lawyer in London, and have been told, in reply, that you have forbidden him to disclose the place of your retreat to any one without first receiving your permission to do so. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He leaned and rapped on the taxi-window and in a moment was receiving information from a colored doorman: Yes, this was a cabaret. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Andrew Lang Oates swore, and, for once, is corroborated, that Godfrey complained ‘of receiving affronts from some great persons (whose names I name not now) for being so zealous in this business. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

In the second, the fireside picture, there is expressed consciousness of what he has and what he is; pleasure in homage, some recklessness in exciting, some vanity in receiving the same. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith His process of receiving historical knowledge was to fight over again the personages who did injury to our honour as a nation, then shake hands and be proud of them. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fact remained, however, that after eight years’ experience one of the pleasures of his life was still receiving visitors. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton It was doubtless the Reverend Mother’s hour for receiving company, for through the door beyond he heard laughter and music and the sound of lively talk. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Jane Austen Let no one presume to give the feelings of a young woman on receiving the assurance of that affection of which she has scarcely allowed herself to entertain a hope. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Some good was nevertheless effected; for the mere presence of two such armies prevented the besieged city from receiving supplies, and the inhabitants were reduced by famine to the most woful straits. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jonathan Swif Harley presented me to Lord President of Scotland,35 and Mr. Benson,36 Lord of the Treasury. Prior and I came away at nine, and sat at the Smyrna37 till eleven, receiving acquaintance. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins He was thunderstruck at receiving a reply, taking him at his word, and summoning him to the capital to accept employment there under the then existing Government. There was no choice but to obey. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Watkin Tench After receiving a contusion, if the part swell they fasten a ligature very tightly above it, so as to stop all circulation. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Her surprise must consequently have been great at receiving these lines, and her resentment equally so. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Ann Radcliffe Still receiving no answer, nor hearing any further sound of distress, she began to hope that her fears had deceived her, and having ascertained that the passage terminated here, she quitted the spot. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Watkin Tench Although the soil of the crescent be poor, its aspect and circular figure, so advantageous for receiving and retaining the rays of the sun, eminently fit it for a vineyard. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Mark Twain Squatting and sitting in groups, here and there and far and near, were ragged Turks reading books, hearing sermons, or receiving lessons like children. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Makepeace Thackeray At the following assizes, when I had got a new pardon, Roberts was again tried for receiving the tankard, ladle, and silver-spoons from me knowing them to be stolen, and was convicted and executed. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

He was occupied almost continually receiving and returning salutations. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Edith Wharton The Colonel turned to Halo. “I’m sorry you should have come when my wife is more than usually unequal to receiving company. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Three days later it was announced that he had died in the hospital at Willingdon, in spite of receiving every attention a horse could have. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Virginia Woolf She ceased to listen, and fixed her eyes on the face of a woman near her, a hospital nurse, whose expression of devout attention seemed to prove that she was at any rate receiving satisfaction. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Sir Walter Scott But assuredly there is little wisdom in taking counsel or receiving aid from one who is but too plainly in league with the author of evil. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

D. H. Lawrence She had been several times down to the mill, but because she fancied they were very familiar, receiving her on to their rough plane like one of themselves, she stayed away. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Poor Owen went through life with a frank dread of people’s minds: there were explanations he would have been almost as shy of receiving as of giving. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Henry James She already had all the airs of a hostess, receiving the company, shaking her fan, saying that with so many people to attend to she should have no time to dance. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

William Godwin The master being safe, those within Macduff’s castle threw open the gates, thinking that no mischief would result from receiving the king. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

E. F. Benson There was Lucia receiving her guests and their compliments: the Mayor in his scarlet robe and chain of office was talking to her as Elizabeth stepped into what she still thought of as her own garden. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I could if—” “If what?” “If you were my sister, or some relative who would be justified in receiving an allowance from me,” he replied, after a moment’s somewhat singular pause. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim From the moment of receiving our commands you appear to have displayed initiative. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Mrs. Mellish had written to her husband’s servant, and the man was evidently familiar with her hand, yet surprised at receiving her letter. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Then Mrs Dale left him, and told her daughter that her uncle’s manner of receiving the news had been, for him, very gracious. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jeremy Bentham You detect a statesman in receiving bribes: out of regard to the public interest, you give information of it, and prosecute him. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Ford Madox Ford You will have to remember she seriously believed that children who might be born to her went in danger, if not absolutely of damnation, at any rate of receiving false doctrine. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Charles Dickens It is even whispered that he has been seen at the Foreign Office, receiving great consideration from the messengers, and having his card promptly borne into the sanctuary of the temple. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

John Ruskin A sells some corn to B, receiving a promise from B to pay in cattle, which A then hands over to C, to get some wine. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

George Gissing His hope of receiving a telegram from Athens before night was disappointed. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

He says very little, and I don’t suppose he’ll keep me long,” and then, receiving a nod of acquiescence, he left the room. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edith Wharton Now and then a step passing her door, or a burst of voices on the landing, told her that Anne was probably receiving some of her friends in her own rooms at the other end of the passage. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Arnold Bennett She was conscious of a thrill of joy in receiving a beautiful banknote and a gold coin in exchange for a mere ham. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope Lady Anna had been over twenty when she had been receiving lover’s vows from this man, reeking from his tailor’s board. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Eliot He held his head on one side and screwed up his mouth, as he nudged Bartle Massey, and watched half-witted Tom Tholer, otherwise known as “Tom Saft,” receiving his second plateful of beef. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Helene countered by receiving a telegram from Angiers, calling her to the death-bed of her aged mother. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Kate Chopin Mrs. Pontellier was always very generous with the contents of such a box; she was quite used to receiving them when away from home. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Elizabeth Gaskell Madame A— had often seen Madame de Villette receiving in bed; she always wore white gloves, which Madame A— imagined was the only difference between the toilette of day and night. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Meanwhile Sandoval, on receiving tidings of the capture, brought his own brigantine alongside of Holguin’s, and demanded the royal prisoner to be surrendered to him. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The deplorable execution of Lesurques has certainly assured impunity to many criminals; but, it is necessary to say it justifies hesitation in receiving circumstantial evidence in capital crimes. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi repeated his summons, but, receiving no answer, he ventured to open the door. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

He was not accustomed to receiving applications for employment from young men who looked like princes in disguise. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Wilkie Collins I condemn no man unheard — least of all, a man whom I have had the honor of receiving under my own roof. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

IF all the criticisms which the humanistic Weltanschauung is receiving were as sachgemass as Mr. Bode's,95 the truth of the matter would more rapidly clear up. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

But the unusual fatigue he was obliged to suffer, in attending the meeting, and in paying and receiving visits, speedily produced a violent return of the affection in the bladder. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

George Meredith Lord Ormont was disconcerted by her manifest pleasure in receiving him every day. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Caroline Lamb I will pass without asking or receiving your permission. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Morrison Although an expert burglar, he very rarely perpetrated robberies himself, but acted as a sort of traveling fence, receiving stolen property and transmitting it to London or out of the country. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Stretching out his foot, he made a barrier, receiving Charles’s weight against his breast, and then, taking him in his arms, carried him up the rest of the way as easily as if he had been a child. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Forteune began by receiving his “dash,” six fathoms of “satin cloth,” tobacco, and pipes. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

According to the statement of the advocates and contemporaries of this remedy, none ever failed of receiving benefit unless their little faith and credulity starved their merits. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anthony Trollope Such communication is not found to be easy by a man who has to attend at a post-office window on the chance of receiving a letter. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The three men were dining at Keppel’s house for the express purpose of receiving and discussing the first results of Davis’s investigations. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Henry James She looked at him, straight and open-eyed, out of the shadow of her parasol, and Bernard stood there — motionless now — receiving her gaze. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Macallan had been quite incapable of receiving them and hearing what they had to say. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Sir Walter Scott This was felt even by Michael Lambourne, however alien his habits were to receiving any impressions, excepting from things which addressed themselves immediately to his passions. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Lady May was still receiving her company near the doorway of the first drawing-room, and her kindly voice was audible from within as the visitor approached. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe The whole are so thoroughly silicified as to scratch glass and are capable of receiving the highest polish. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

After receiving it from the cautious banker, we went straight to Rose Lodge, pelting back from St. Ann’s at a fine pace. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Anthony Trollope She dressed herself with considerable care — having first thought of receiving him in bed; but as the trial had now gone on without her, it would be convenient that her recovery should be commenced. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray The journey is not a very long one; and on the next day my uncle Jacob was surprised by receiving a message that the citizen Schneider was in the village, and was coming to greet his old friend. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

But when she reached l’Assommoir, the fear of receiving the drubbing herself if she badgered her old man suddenly calmed her and made her prudent. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Lady Ushant on receiving the letter much doubted what she ought to do. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To have given such consent would have been tantamount to receiving him as her lover. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Bombay was well feasted on the road by Kamrasi’s people, receiving eight cows from one and two cows from another. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Baldwin Spencer There is no such thing as doing away with aged or infirm people; on the contrary such are treated with especial kindness, receiving a share of the food which they are unable to procure for themselves. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sometimes the curious follow them, and amuse themselves by receiving these strange confidences. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope On receiving Lord St. George’s letter, he at once sat down and wrote to that nobleman, telling him that he would be happy to see him at lunch on the Monday at two o’clock. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Florence Dixie On receiving the young midshipman’s message the stranger leapt lightly on to the landing-stage and came quickly up the ladder. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Percy Bysshe Shelley We know that we are susceptible of receiving painful or pleasurable impressions of greater or less intensity and duration. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is true, Antigonus would joke upon himself, and once, receiving a petition written in great letters, he said, This a man may read if he were stark blind. Symposiacs by Plutarch

The European ladies at Santo Domingo were sometimes visited by the unmarried matrons of the village, who were very indignant when they found that there were scruples about receiving them. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Jules Verne The colonists were soon obliged to fight at close quarters, not without receiving some wounds, though happily very slight ones. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arnold Bennett But something weak and good-natured in him forced him to smile, and to simulate a subdued ecstasy at receiving this overwhelming proof of his father’s confidence in him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

But receiving no order to fire he stood quietly behind his tree. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Edgar Allan Poe At one time I fancied myself in Philadelphia with the stately Dr. Moneypenny, at another in the back parlor of Mr. Blackwood receiving his invaluable instructions. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Rudyard Kipling Here we enjoyed a front view of the battle, which rolled with renewed impetus, owing to both sides receiving strong reinforcements every minute. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

The doctor performed the necessary introductions, and in a few minutes I found myself seated in a comfortable deck-chair receiving innumerable congratulations on my recovery. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The afternoon of arrival was spent in receiving visits. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

She had begged Austin to write to her, to tell her all he could about himself, his hopes, his plans for the future; but when it came to the question of receiving a letter from him she was puzzled. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James She made him welcome, receiving him as an American girl, in such circumstances, is free to receive the most gallant of visitors. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope But the purport of it was to tell the ladies at Cross Hall that they must go through the first burden of receiving the Marquis without any assistance from himself. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

But from the moment of receiving this order until the prisoner is again incarcerated, the governor of the prison is relieved of all responsibility. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith Willoughby’s pride of relentlessness appeared to her to be receiving a blow by rebound, and that seemed high justice. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Laurence Sterne We get forward in the world not so much by doing services as receiving them. A Mystery with a Moral by Laurence Sterne

Catherine, also, deemed it judicious to moderate her expressions of pleasure in receiving him; and he gradually established his right to be expected. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Meredith Even in the middle of the family I led the conversation; and I did not leave Salter’s house without receiving an assurance from his elder sisters that they were in love with me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson On nine days out of ten, he did not feel the need of either making or receiving confidences; he shrank rather, with a peculiar shy dread, from personal unbosomings. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Jane Austen She knew but little of their meeting in Derbyshire, and therefore felt for the awkwardness which must attend her sister, in seeing him almost for the first time after receiving his explanatory letter. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Elinor Hardman frankly challenged him with his lack of spirits, and, receiving no satisfactory reply, deserted him for more appreciative partners. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Thursday is your next day for receiving us who have the honour of being your intimates, isn’t it? I shall present myself. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Jane Austen It would be difficult to say which had seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest: she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He wrote a cynical story which featured his father’s funeral and despatched it to a magazine, receiving in return a check for sixty dollars and a request for more of the same tone. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Austen After receiving a very indifferent education she is left in Mrs. Goddard’s hands to shift as she can — to move, in short, in Mrs. Goddard’s line, to have Mrs. Goddard’s acquaintance. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Meredith A farmer’s wife, whom we asked for a drink of water after dark, lent us an old blanket to cover us in a dry ditch on receiving our promise not to rob the orchard. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

On receiving tidings of the discomfiture of his army at Ambato, he made every exertion to raise levies throughout the country. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Two suitors charged him with receiving bribes. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Walter Scott A bustle occurred in receiving the General, assisting him to uncloak himself, and offering in dumb show the civilities of reception. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

George Eliot But the late election affairs might account for Mr Lyon’s receiving a visit from the unsuccessful Radical candidate. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

D. H. Lawrence Because he was the father of Daphne the Count felt a certain tenderness for the taciturn Englishman. ‘You do me too much honour, my lord, receiving me in your house,’ said the small Count proudly. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle She knocked without receiving any answer, and even turned the handle, but only to find that the door was locked upon the inside. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

H. G. Wells He felt his way presently towards the mantel, receiving a blow in the ribs from a chair on the way, and went carefully amidst Madam Gadow’s once amusing ornaments. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Once even, Adrian ventured to propose her receiving me. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Maria Edgeworth Not receiving this notice, Ormond had unfortunately gone upon the day that was specially prohibited. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope But through all the long hours of the day he remained among the books, never once leaving the house till the moment came for receiving Mr Apjohn and Dr Powell before the funeral. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Fielding Instead of receiving my correction, he answered it was my blunder and not his, and that I had mistaken the key. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

H. Rider Haggard Already the listener might hear the ice-sheets crack and start; soon they will be gone, and her deep devotion will set as strong towards him as the tide of the torrent towards its receiving sea. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle So to Baden I went, after dispatching to Holmes an account of all my proceedings and receiving in reply a telegram of half-humorous commendation. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Richard Burton Even in the case of receiving gross abuse, you cannot notice it as you would elsewhere. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

On receiving this order, my long-forgotten Zeenab came again to my recollection, and all my tender feelings which, owing to my active life, had hitherto lain dormant, were now revived. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Samuel Johnson He related of the Duke of Chandos particularly, that upon receiving his proposals he sent him ten guineas. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Trollope He was not a little surprised one morning on receiving Mrs. Woodward’s invitation to Hampton. Mrs. Woodward in writing had had some difficulty in wording her request. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber These marches and counter marches were still more fatiguing to the Carthaginians, and Hamilcar’s forces, receiving no reinforcements, diminished from day to day. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

It was not lost upon Theodore; In receiving the present, He drew as near the Grate as possible. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Victor Hugo I should prefer receiving a poor sick man into the hospital, without compelling him to pay his funeral expenses in advance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

In the meanwhile our mother had died and Millicent had been receiving her income. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

And on the surface it certainly looked as if Gerald Garnett could not be receiving more care and attention than he was. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Henry Fielding These, Mr. Robinson informed him, were father and daughter; that the latter was committed for stealing a loaf, in order to support the former, and the former for receiving it, knowing it to be stolen. Amelia by Henry Fielding

George Gissing Every thoughtful man is capable of receiving benefit from the contemplation of other men’s lives, and I feel sure you will see what warning may be derived from mine. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The new arrivals were quickly apprised of what had happened, and the driver, receiving directions, immediately bundled back towards the city. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes knocked without receiving any answer, and then tried to turn the handle and force it open. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He had wondered at the time if and how his three companions were receiving similar attentions. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

H. G. Wells Instead of receiving him frankly and clearly and making him a part of their understandings and wills they pretended to eat him mystically and make him a part of their bodies. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Theodore Dreiser He was led through the receiving overseer’s office into a room, where were scales, implements of measurement, a record-book, etc. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson And a something, the merest nuance in Ned’s manner of receiving and pocketing the money, flashed the uncomfortable suspicion through the giver’s mind that it had been looked for, expected. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

But when it is known that I require that sum for the purpose of receiving your majesty at Dampierre properly, all the money in Paris will be at my disposal. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Lucy, being her own housekeeper, assisted the overworked parlor maid to lay and decorate the table before receiving the guests. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

From the moment of receiving Mr. Lionel’s telegram he had resolved on one thing. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

In Preston, to take only one town, the number receiving over thirty shillings a week was 640 and the number receiving wider thirty shillings was 3113. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Tobias Smolle The most masterly is that of Curtius on horseback, leaping into the gulph or opening of the earth, which is said to have closed on receiving this sacrifice. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell Therefore Mrs. Gibson’s manner of receiving it was an annoyance to him. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope In all that passed between them the lady affected a status that was altogether removed from that of making or receiving love. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

On receiving this answer the Cossack officer, who had been standing in the porch, stepped into the house. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

I have already mentioned the motives attributed by the Perkinists to the Medical Profession, as preventing its members from receiving the new but unwelcome truths. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

For when the black girl, receiving her teacher’s reply very literally, took her knobkerry and strode off into the African forest in search of God, she took the bible with her as her guidebook. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Sinclair Lewis As dean, he had been receiving $3,800 a year and, despite a five-hundred-dollar check — and an irritated letter — from his father-in law, he now seemed to be $1,200 in debt. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

He was always receiving letters demanding that he should unfrock himself and leave the Church.” She scoffed contemptuously. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He reported the affair next morning at police head-quarters, and had the satisfaction of receiving a great many polite assurances from a very regretful and very much uniformed personage. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Henry James She was in a happy mood, and Mallet imagined there was a private reason for it — a reason quite distinct from her pleasure in receiving her honored kinsman. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Charles Dickens Here he rested some time, receiving from the natives great quantities of precious stones, gold dust, elephants’ teeth, and sandal wood, and getting very rich. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

Isabella Bird For my own part I prefer the freedom even with the “swinishness” of a caravanserai to receiving hospitality for which no fitting return can be made. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The eagerness of Carathis may be easily guessed at receiving the letter, as well as her rage at reading the dissolute conduct of her son. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Anthony Trollope He had started for Grey Abbey almost immediately on receiving the two letters which we have given, and he and his friend had passed each other on the road. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

On receiving the answer send no other signal, and attend to nothing but the meaning of my letter. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

The king was not willing to take any amusement after receiving the last sigh of Anne of Austria; but everything comes to an end in this world. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jane Austen On receiving it, she could instantly decide on its containing little writing, and was persuaded of its having the air of a letter of haste and business. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

He announced his intention to avail himself of my situation, and ordered me to prepare for receiving him. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope If it was wrong that his daughters should be visited by a young man in his absence, the fault lay in his absence, rather than with the young man for coming, or with the girls for receiving him. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Good heavens! what a horrible woman! The hussar’s vivid imagination pictured the heir of all the Raleigh Bulstrodes receiving his infantine impressions from such a mother. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing Of this he was dimly conscious, and, on receiving his legacy, he put aside for nearly twelve months the new novel he had begun. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jane Austen The hill, crowned with wood, which they had descended, receiving increased abruptness from the distance, was a beautiful object. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Gertrude Stein The season gliding and the torn hangings receiving mending all this shows an example, it shows the force of sacrifice and likeness and disaster and a reason. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Henry James He brought each volume to the Princess, as it was finished; but her manner of receiving it was to shake her head over it with a kind, sad smile. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells So far we shall have been spending money on this great enterprise and receiving nothing; we shall have been spending capital, for which I have at present not accounted. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

The violent stroke comes quick to the ear; then the circumambient air receiving a slower, it affects and carries the sense along with it. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Maria Edgeworth The moment I entered, the moment I saw him, I was struck with some change in his countenance — some difference in his manner of receiving me. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Benjamin Disraeli As a compliment to my parent, they allowed me to tender my resignation, instead of receiving my expulsion. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope But neither I nor your father could have had pleasure in receiving her as your future wife. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Our conversation drifted along to the old French custom of receiving in bed. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Edward Bellamy If the man is near the term of his labor when he emigrates, the country receiving him has the allowance. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy