Phrases with "receiving"

Edith Wharton Jean was still indoors, with his people, receiving the village; I rather wondered she hadn’t stayed there with him. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Bronislaw Malinowski The custom of wife-lending is prevalent: “continually their wives are lent for prostitution, the husband receiving presents. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Good-bye, Sir Richard, and believe me, I am very grateful to you for receiving me so kindly. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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

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]

Thomas Hardy He advanced to the door, knocked, and, receiving no answer, came to the window; he next pressed his face against the glass, peering in. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

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

John Lewis Burckhard Harissa (ﻪﺳﻳﺭﻫ) is a well built, large convent, capable of receiving upwards of twenty monks. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

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

Willa Cather When the iron bed creaked at receiving his heavy figure, she called from the big bedroom, “Good-night, Mr. Forrester,” and drew the heavy curtains that shut off the alcove. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope With such a tower of strength to back both his arguments and his conscience, it may be imagined that Mr Harding has never felt any compunction as to receiving his quarterly sum of two hundred pounds. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

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

Mark Twain Meantime the victor bee is receiving royal honors and performing the one royal function — laying eggs. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Gertrude Stein Handing a lizard to any one is a green thing receiving a curtain. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

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]

Walter Scott Instead of receiving any satisfaction, the Scottish Croesus was thrown into prison, in which he died, 19th December 1655. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Meredith While receiving Dr. Shrapnel’s welcome to a friend of Captain Beauchamp, she observed the greeting between Miss Denham and the younger gentleman. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H.P. Lovecraft What he wanted were bodies from which vitality had only just departed; bodies with every cell intact and capable of receiving again the impulse toward that mode of motion called life. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Jane Austen Mr. Woodhouse would have been miserable had his daughter attempted it, and she was therefore safe from either exciting or receiving unpleasant and most unsuitable ideas. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

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. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

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]

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

George Gissing My husband loves me, and I believe his love incapable of receiving a soil. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Ann Radcliffe La Luc was much pleased, for in his retired situation he had not often an oppornity of receiving the pleasure which results from a communion of intelligent minds. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Ann Radcliffe La Luc endeavoured to express his gratitude; but the former interrupting him, begged he might be spared the pain of receiving thanks for having followed only an impulse of common humanity. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope Still however there was a doubt in her own mind, as to which she was desirous of receiving such solution as Cecilia could give her. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray His mother was very much agitated at receiving him on his arrival; if he felt any such agitation he certainly did not show it. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

G. K. Chesterton A severe servant in black and white opened the door to us: on receiving my friend’s name his manner passed in a flash from astonishment to respect. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell He questioned his patient, and, receiving no coherent answers, he asked Ruth concerning the symptoms; but when she questioned him in turn he only shook his head and looked grave. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jeremy Bentham Now, there is no other way in which it can receive any addition to its value, but by receiving an addition in point of magnitude. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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]

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]

H.P. Lovecraft Allen, moreover, had been receiving letters from the strange wizards in Europe under the name of Curwen, and palpably regarded himself as an avatar of the bygone necromancer. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Mme. Blanche, on receiving the Widow Chupin’s summons, revolted for a moment. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Montfort herself made Montfort Castle her home, paying sometimes a visit to her family in the neighbourhood, and sometimes receiving them and other guests. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

We now return to Saint–Mande, where the superintendent was in the habit of receiving his select confederacy of epicureans. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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

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]

This interval had been occupied by poor De Guiche in receiving visits; among the number was one which he hoped and feared nearly to an equal extent. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

Jack London But she proceeded to punish him roundly, until he gave over all attempts at placation, and whirled in a circle, his head away from her, his shoulders receiving the punishment of her teeth. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

G. K. Chesterton If it was a compliment to be called a correct medievalist, it was one that he seemed to have a difficulty in receiving with proper grace. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Thomas Hardy On receiving the letter from her he had taken to thinking over these things, and had not answered it at all. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

She found herself receiving a gracious little nod from Lady Mabel Ashbourne in the ladies’ chain. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope At the end of the week he made her a handsome present, and in receiving it she had to assume some pleasure. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope Miss Dunstable did not look like a love-lorn maiden, as she stood in a small ante-chamber at the top of her drawing-room stairs, receiving her guests. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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]

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 James Some of Mrs. Light’s courtesies were very low, for she had the happiness of receiving a number of the social potentates of the Roman world. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

We then advanced to the closet-door, at which we knocked, but without receiving any answer. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But the decrease in the amount prescribed was so very gradual that it was almost as if they were receiving everything in full. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

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]

G. K. Chesterton And the young schoolmaster felt even more bewildered in receiving the equally adoring, though rather more gaping, congratulations of the six strenuous sons. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

Andrew Lang For three days the boy stayed in the palace, receiving the thanks and praises of the whole court. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft Burials without embalming were made in rapid succession, and even the Christchurch Cemetery receiving tomb was crammed with coffins of the unembalmed dead. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

In her heart she had wondered a little at the absolute obedience of Corey, who had made no sign since receiving her note. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Gissing On receiving it back again, he took his penknife, carefully cut out the great man’s signature, and offered it for Irene’s acceptance. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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

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

Radclyffe Hall Milly had become a great letter writer; she was always writing letters these days, and always receiving them. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

He knew I had summoned you here in the hope of receiving such explanations of your late conduct as should satisfy me you had nothing to do with your aunt’s murder. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing The misery of Wilfrid’s situation was mitigated in a degree by mere wonder at her mode of receiving his admissions. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

To the amazement of both men, his face had gone dead white, as if at receiving some intolerable shock. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Her father was as generous with her as he could afford to be and, when eighteen years of age, she was receiving the weekly wage of five shillings. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

During this part of the ceremony the attendant Brahmins supplicate the Deity. On receiving their benediction, the accused plunges his hand into the boiling fluid, and takes out the coin. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell I grieve to say there is no hope of your ever receiving any of your annuity!” Miss Monro looked very blank. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

John Galsworthy On receiving intimation that his leave was extended, Hubert went up to the War office. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Anthony Hope I recognized the Head of the Strelsau Police. “Your Majesty’s ordinance as to duelling is receiving our best attention,” he assured me. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The old man had grown noticeably more cheerful after receiving the four dollars. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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

She would have no hesitation in receiving a bishop, if need be, since “our, Rita,” with her poor, wretched, unbelieving heart, had nothing more to do with the house. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Thomas Hardy But her strong sense that neither she nor any human being deserved less than was given, did not blind her to the fact that there were others receiving less who had deserved much more. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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 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

Whence matter is quickened for receiving forms; and from the primary rotation of the Earth natural bodies have their primary impetus and original activity. On the Magnet by William Gilber

At last I agreed to keep silent, and handed him a cheque for five thousand pounds, receiving in return the marriage certificate. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

H.P. Lovecraft When Dr. Davis left Birch that night he had taken a lantern and gone to the old receiving tomb. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Henry Kingsley This is the third communication we have made to you on the subject, and are much surprised at receiving no answer. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Custom made him insensible to the evil of receiving recommendations from Buckingham in favour of suitors. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

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]

George Borrow In the latter there were few pupils, scarcely six or seven, I believe, whilst in the English seminary I was informed that between thirty and forty were receiving their education. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

This is always done when any animal dies belonging to the Beys, the man in whose hands the animal is, receiving a new one on producing the part of the skin marked. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

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]

Mark Twain We stood in a great flagged court, with flowers and citron trees about us, and a huge tank in the centre that was receiving the waters of many pipes. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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]

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]

Anna Katherine Green She left after receiving a telephone message from some one in town. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Maria Edgeworth Family reasons prevent her from receiving me at present; therefore I have determined upon going to Weymouth; where, indeed, I always wished to spend this summer. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

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

Wilkie Collins After receiving it, any man of ordinary discretion would have kept the fact of the Empress’s partiality for him as strictly secret as possible, until it could be openly avowed on the marriage-day. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Walter Scott Whitaker, instead of receiving the list with the mute acquiescence of a modern Major Domo, carried it into the recess of one of the windows, and, adjusting his spectacles, began to read it to himself. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Men were tossing bundles into it, and others receiving them, with guns beside them. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Henry James The lady was greatly taken with the piece I had bought of him, but you had your reason against receiving it from her, and you had been right. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Wilkie Collins Possibly, this person was new to the duty of receiving visitors. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

It was not your letter — if your story is true about that letter — or she would have shown its effect immediately upon receiving it; that is, in the early evening. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H.P. Lovecraft Mr. Ward had been receiving brief and non-committal typed notes from his son, and said that Mrs. Ward in her Atlantic City retirement had had no better word. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Charles Dickens On receiving the indemnity in return, he rose, but made no movement to leave the room. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Tobias Smolle He was ran out at present, but to-morrow or next day, he was certain of receiving a considerable sum; of which he would lend me what would be sufficient to answer my exigencies. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Charles Dickens She would rather I did not travel alone, and objects to receiving my maid, for she has a sensitive horror of being talked of by such people. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

Anthony Trollope And when after receiving the Duke’s money, he had kept also Mr Wharton’s money, he had justified himself again by reminding himself that Mr Wharton certainly owed him much more than that. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

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

At first an unusual quantity of specie made its appearance with the emigrants; but these people had no means of receiving back into their hands what they spent among us. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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]

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

Nevertheless, the long delay in receiving even the kind of recognition which he sought was a disappointment to him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Henry Kingsley You have been living in luxury and receiving an expensive education when you should have been cleaning out the stable. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

E. F. Benson Elizabeth receiving no answer from Irene, wheeled round to Georgie. “What a day it will be when we are all allowed to see the great Roman remains,” she said. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Guy de Maupassan You see we have come on horseback, so you must look upon this simply as a neighborly call; besides, I have already had the pleasure of receiving a visit from your mother and the baron. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Sir Walter Scott His brother knew as well as most men how to resent his own quarrels — as for Allan’s mode of receiving information, it was generally believed he had other sources than those of ordinary couriers. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing Very shortly after this the two friends left, Arthur receiving a warm invitation from Mr. Venning to repeat his visit as soon as possible. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Petrarch replied: “When I ask for my friends, is it not the same as for myself? Have I not the highest satisfaction in receiving favours for them? I have long put a rein on my own desires. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Anthony Trollope Miss Altifiorla’s manner of receiving the request made it such a burden that she could not submit herself to it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins He was probably receiving instructions. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing An hour after receiving Alma’s enigmatical note, he was oppressed by inertia; another hour roused him to self-preservation, and supplied him with a project. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

For the last few months he had been receiving mysterious messages from Sambir urging him to decisive action. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Walter Scott There was much surprise among Sir William Ashton’s political friends and colleagues on receiving letters of a tenor so unexpected. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

The King in his chariot draws his terrible bow, or slays his enemies on foot, or sits enthroned, receiving the homage of his court. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

While Lady Haworth was talking to her maid from the window next the steps, Lady Walsingham was, unobserved, receiving this information at the other. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

She discovered no marks of pleasure at receiving this intelligence, though on the preceding day She had been so anxious to obtain the permission. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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

Edith Wharton Mrs. Spear had specialized in receiving “odd” people at a time when New York was still shy of them. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

H.P. Lovecraft Yrs — Akeley I did not sleep at all the night after receiving this terrible thing, and was utterly baffled as to Akeley’s remaining degree of sanity. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins Under cover of the conversation, and in the intervals of receiving the attentions of the gentlemen, Blanche whispered to Sir Patrick, “Don’t start, uncle. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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]

Nellie Bly Hall 6 was the receiving hall, so that was how we saw all newcomers. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Percy Bysshe Shelley Thus an infant, a savage, and a solitary beast, is selfish, because its mind is incapable of receiving an accurate intimation of the nature of pain as existing in beings resembling itself. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Richard Burton This was done for the greater convenience of receiving visitors without troubling the family; but the master of the house was thereby rendered uncomfortable in mind. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

John Locke All which is done without any sensation in the subject, or the having or receiving any ideas. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope It was necessary, at any rate, that she should carry out her present arrangement with Mr. Moss, and she was sure at least of receiving from him the money which she earned. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

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

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

Fame and honour, in the fullest measure, were no doubt his: in that matter, indeed, he was only receiving payment of long-delayed arrears. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

But I heard enough that evening from the clerk and servants, of the agitation he had shown on receiving it, to convince me I was upon a trail worth following. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

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

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle We shall be with you within an hour of receiving it, and we shall then very soon get to the bottom of the business. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

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]

George Meredith See, the manager-superintendent is receiving the margravine’s last injunctions. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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]

Edmund Burke We thought that they were capable of receiving and meliorating, and above all of preserving, the accessions of science and literature, as the order of Providence should successively produce them. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

D. H. Lawrence It sucked eagerly, but unprofitably, and it appeared to cast a troubled eye inwards to see if it were really receiving any satisfaction — doubting, but not despairing. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

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]

George Gissing In long conversations with William Noble he exposed all his plans and hopes, asking and receiving advice in detail, and always deriving encouragement from this clear-headed and warm-hearted friend. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

He wrote a ceremoniously grateful letter to Gustave Lenoble on receiving this honorarium. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jane Austen I will not encourage the impudence of either, by receiving them at Longbourn.” A long dispute followed this declaration; but Mr. Bennet was firm. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

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

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]

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]

What seemed also strange was that the waiter, while yet receiving and executing his orders, was evidently pretending to ignore his presence. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

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]

Frederick Marryat Accepting the property from Mr Heatherstone is receiving a favour, were it given as a marriage portion with his daughter. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

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

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

I am not good at receiving apologies, and Wake’s embarrassed me more than they embarrassed him. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Surely you will not mind receiving her thanks?” “I should not be so churlish, I hope,” I remarked; “but all the same, I would rather she said nothing about the matter. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

She heard the door close, and looking half over her shoulder, in a low tone indicating surprise, she merely said: ‘Oh!’ receiving him with a proud sad look. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Stanley Owston was at home, but she was not receiving anyone. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

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]

The confidence she had forfeited was never to be restored, and she was the last person to know how incapable she was of receiving it, or how low she had sunk in her self-exaltation. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope Herr Molk understood that Linda must give up something on receiving that position of an honest man’s wife, which she was now hardly entitled to expect. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

And the news soon leaked out that every pig was now receiving a ration of a pint of beer daily, with half a gallon for Napoleon himself, which was always served to him in the Crown Derby soup tureen. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

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

Anthony Trollope Moreover, the fact, or rather presumed fact, of her being deceitful on such a matter spoke but too plainly in evidence against her as to her imputed crime of receiving Mr. Slope as a lover. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Daniel Defoe Not but that she deserved it as much as I, and so she said herself; but she had not done anything herself for many years, other than receiving what I and others stole, and encouraging us to steal it. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They observed that the dying woman’s own shadow was marked upon the wall, receiving a tremulous motion from the fitful rays of the lamp, and from her own convulsive efforts. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

He therefore hastily sent to inform all his relatives, that the next day at noon they must hold themselves engaged to come to him, for the purpose of receiving a common satisfaction. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Walter Scott He sung, receiving from all who were present the attention due to a minstrel of so much fame. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Theodore Dreiser They went out into the receiving overseer’s office, where Cowperwood laid aside his prison suit and the soft shirt with a considerable sense of relief. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Florence Dixie On receiving Lord Wrathness’s letter I accepted his offer, and came here. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Isabella Bird The land-tax is very light, and the cultivators are receiving every encouragement. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

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]

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

George Gissing Yet the simple truth remained that she had never shrunk from Mrs. Ormonde’s offers of kindness, had never felt humiliated in receiving anything at her hands. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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

Virginia Woolf She abandoned herself to the mercy of accidents, missing Terence one day, meeting him the next, receiving his letters always with a start of surprise. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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]

Walter Scott All were silent when Buckingham entered, in hopes of receiving some explanation of the mysteries of the evening. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

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

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]

There was some delay in replying to his ring, and he had to push the bell three times before receiving an answer. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

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

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]

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]

She cried on receiving this information, and accused me of having ceased to be her friend; but I held by my decision, and let the hysterics pass as they could. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope He claims to have kept himself exempt from whatever meanness there may have been in so receiving such fees — exempt, at any rate, from the fault of having broken the law. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

They will be deprived of the right of receiving food. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Gissing Again she took lessons from Herr Wilenski, who was sparing of compliment, but, by the mere fact of receiving her at all, showed his good opinion. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Charles Dickens He had a family of children, and had been twice warned to be careful in receiving guests. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

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]

Andrew Lang The king’s joy at receiving back his lost daughter was so great that he almost fainted, but when he recovered himself he made the young man tell him how everything had really happened. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

James Anthony Froude Bunyan had received grace, and after receiving it, had sinned against the Holy Ghost. It was done, and nothing could undo it. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

H. G. Wells The manufacture of receiving sets was entirely disorganized. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]