Phrases with "remark"

Anne Bronte My aunt observes the change, and though she has not inquired the cause or made any remark to me on the subject, I see it gives her pleasure. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Edmund Burke I need not give here any fresh instances, as those given in the former sections abundantly illustrate a remark that, in reality, wants only an attention to nature, to be made by everybody. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

James Joyce Afraid to pass a remark on him. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Guy de Maupassan They had apparently forgotten how to laugh, when a remark of the mayor’s woke them up. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Sigmund Freud Just one further remark as to the day-residues. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He put his most vital question first: “In all this interview with your sister, did you remark any discoloration on her throat?” The witness’s lips opened; surprise spoke from her every feature. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle This remark was accompanied with an irresistible glance; she smiled enchanting, the colour deepened on her cheeks, her breast began to heave, and her whole frame underwent a most agreeable confusion. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing Her appetite was hearty, but it scarcely interfered with the free flow of her airy talk, which was independent of remark or reply from her companions. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

It had been on the tip of his tongue to say ‘Except the proles,’ but he checked himself, not feeling fully certain that this remark was not in some way unorthodox. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Henry James And that I must have testified in some form or other to what I have called my thrill I gather, remembering it, from a remark of my companion’s. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Thomas Hardy The ‘old friend’ of Avice’s remark had sounded very much like ‘lover. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The next day was Sunday; I had never in my life missed divine service, so I took a thick veil and went to St. Catherine’s, followed by Gertrude, and no one seemed to remark us. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

G. K. Chesterton The distinction may seem a small one; but I assure you the most enormous errors arise out of this habit of taking a remark out of its context, and then stating it not quite correctly. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Now and then some chance remark raises our expectations, only to make our disappointment more acute. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

M. R. James But no remark passed, and on I went. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle I would come to you abroad, but it would excite remark if I left the country at present. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The noon after his first venture he ate in a little lunch-room with Charley Moore and, watching him unspread the paper, waited for a remark about the hold-up of the day before. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Galsworthy August as they were, he wished very humbly to remark that they could not eat cake and have it. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

There’s no doing anything with him—to the simplest, most commonplace remark he replies with a poetical flight of fancy. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli This gave time to the cognoscenti to remark her costume, which was ravishing, and to try to see her feet; but they were too small. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was the first sign of intelligence I had occasion to remark in her. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gaston Leroux Here I may make a remark — I am not accustomed to attach an exaggerated importance to exterior signs left in the track of a crime. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Henry Kingsley He could see the tails of the horses immediately before him, and could remark that his front-rank man had a great patch of oil on the right shoulder of his uniform. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope This was repeated to Lady Eustace in the presence of John Eustace; but she made no remark on being so informed. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

That remark sent a pang to my heart. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Elizabeth Von Arnim Conderley thought the remark unfortunate. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anthony Trollope When she called him Romeo and spoke of herself as Rosaline, he took her remark as indicating some petulance rather than an enduring love. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

M. R. James A day or so after that, he gathered from a remark his father let fall at breakfast that something a little out of the common was to be done in the Cathedral after morning service on the morrow. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Madame Bernstein’s remark was just the one of all others that would be calculated to cause him the greatest pleasure. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

I was in the adjoining one, but I heard his remark and saw him go. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

We cannot even remark on our good health without touching wood or crossing our fingers or otherwise averting the gods’ anger at mortal well-being. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing He spoke of Norbert Franks; Miss Elvan replied mechanically, and at once made a remark about the landscape. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Henry James Women are said by some authorities to be cruel; I don’t know how true this is, but it may at least be pertinent to remark that Mrs. Hudson was very much of a woman. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

My next brilliant remark was that I could “smell the sea. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

George Gissing Sir William’s remark recurred to him, and he saw an undeniable resemblance in the girl’s features to those of Lady Ogram’s early portrait. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson But either there is a change in journalism, too gradual for you to remark it on the spot, or there is a change in me. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing He is really profound in mathematics, a man of original powers, but I never heard him make a remark of the slightest value on any other subject. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

That remark set the Squire on. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He seemed about to make a remark but changed his mind. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Gissing And in that event I reserve my opinion of the——” He checked himself on the point of a remark which seemed of too wide bearing for the girl’s ears. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence He looks on unmoved, merely venturing to remark that she had eaten too much before coming on to the train. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

It is worthy of remark that all these brilliant colours of the bill are to be found in the plumage of the body and the bare skin round the eye. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His remark was scarcely reverent. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In compliance with his wishes, he was assisted into the saddle; and, in answer to a remark that he would be unable to keep his seat, “Then,” said the general, “you must tie me on. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Henry James He proceeded to remark that Mr. Sherringham was quite right to offer Miss Rooth an afternoon’s sport; she deserved it as a fine, brave, amiable girl. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

And the fortune? This remark may be made — that had they not found it when they did there would very shortly have been nothing left to find. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Anthony Trollope The remark was almost as pernicious and unpardonable as that which had been made about his lordship’s daughters. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thomas Paine Voltaire has remarked that King William never appeared to full advantage but in difficulties and in action; the same remark may be made on General Washington, for the character fits him. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

George Gissing Very soon another guest appeared, a massive agricultural man, who descended upon a creaking chair and growled a remark about the hot weather. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

In conversing with the gentleman who is the general superintendant of the establishment, I made the remark to him, and he told me, that the reality corresponded with the appearance. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Meredith The remark was unintelligible to him, apart from the comforting it had been designed to give. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

After the rude remark that had been made about her she thought it would be awkward for both of them if she admitted she had understood it. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

William Makepeace Thackeray But by far the finest, and I think the most extensive edifice in Naas, was a haystack in the inn-yard, the proprietor of which did not fail to make me remark its size and splendour. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Walter Scott Pledged my honour, remark these words, and remember I can be rugged and dangerous as well, as my neighbours. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

It is worthy of remark that the military establishment — for so the magnificent Sikh armed police force may be called — costs more than the civil establishment. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Gissing When Hugh and his wife were left together, Sibyl abstained from remark on Alma; it was Carnaby who introduced the subject. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins Sergeant Cuff made no remark to me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Walter Scott The old man, accustomed to judge with ready sharpness of the physiognomy of those with whom he had business, did not fail to remark something like agitation in Fairford’s demeanour. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

William Hope Hodgson I caught a fragment of a remark he was making to Tammy. “— accounted for the whole crew. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells But it is interesting to remark that while my mind was full of international conflicts, alliances, battleships and guns, I was blankly ignorant about money or any of the machinery of economic life. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Never yet had Godwin Peak uttered a word that was worth listening to, or made a remark that declared his mental powers, save in most familiar colloquy. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell But “love me, love my dog,” was Will Wilson’s motto, only his version was, “Believe me, believe Jack Harris”; and the remark was not so soothing to him as it was intended to have been. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Sigmund Freud A physician often has occasion to remark that a son's grief at the loss of his father cannot quench his gratification that he has at last obtained his freedom. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Decide to make a remark or not to make a remark. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

As he left the room he flung me back a remark over his shoulder —‘Read the eleventh chapter of the First Book of Kings.’ After luncheon I went for a walk. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Mary Webb Abel made no remark at all about Hazel’s adventures, and she preserved a discreet silence. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Gissing And Olga’s remark about his ability to spare time had hinted the same thing: her tone was not quite natural; she averted her look in speaking. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy The remark awoke in Stephen the converse fear. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry James This admirer never took his eyes off the actress, but he made no remark about her and never stirred out of his chair. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She spoke, at length: “I believe you’ve made that remark several times before. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Charles Dickens When he had gained sufficient strength to converse as he lay in bed, he soon began to remark that Mrs. Taunton always brought him back to his own history. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Washington Irving Johnson made a remark concerning him to somewhat of the same purport. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Wilkie Collins How to send for the landlady at Craig Fernie, without exciting any special suspicion or remark — was the question before her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Hardy When the last pound had gone, a remark of Angel’s that whenever she required further resources she was to apply to his father, remained to be considered. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

William Hope Hodgson Yet, though they were naught to remark upon in that Land, they had been but woeful bedmates to any man; as you may think. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Gaston Leroux Easily and naturally he mounted the veranda steps, paused at the threshold of the drawing-room, made the remark he had been told to make, and went upstairs. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

I grunted that he did, ashamed to find how irritated the remark made me. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

After he had heard the cook’s remark he con tinued as calmly and quickly as before: “She was older than I, and she began to bore me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James This personage played his part with difficulty: he uttered a remark as a lady fires a pistol, looking the other way. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

George Gissing But when—” The remark was left incomplete. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

George Eliot Not at all like that slouching Luke Britton, who, when she once walked with him all the way from Broxton to Hayslope, had only broken silence to remark that the grey goose had begun to lay. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Thomas Hardy Tabitha’s remark showed that the suspicion was quite in embryo as yet. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

I would here remark that the natives of Australia have two kinds of spears — namely, the game- and the war-spear. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

There is one other remark connected with this subject worth making. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Gaston Leroux With this strange remark he left. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

It was a man’s affair, left to the men, and the appearance there of the other sex would have been greeted with remark and levity. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

It was some remark of this kind that aroused Mrs. Mellish from her reverie, and caused her to start up suddenly, quite forgetful of the conventional simpering beck to her guest. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells Should he remark that the weather was very cold for the time of year? He looked up as if to take aim with that introductory shot. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry James The missive was short; it contained, in addition to what I have noted, little more than the remark that he had something of importance to say to her. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

James Payn It is a pleasant sight, says Holy Writ, to see brethren dwelling together in unity; but the remark would not have been put on record had the spectacle been a very common one. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Leslie Stephen That is exquisitely ludicrous, no doubt; but a man capable of preferring such a remark to silence helps at any rate to keep the ball rolling. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Henry James She relapsed into silence, and I asked myself why she had judged this necessary and what was coming yet; also whether I might venture on some judicious remark in praise of her companion. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

And even more contemptible than that is my making this remark now. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

H. Rider Haggard I was just a-going to say ——” But whatever valuable remark Pigott was going to make was lost to the world for ever, for Angela flung her arms round her neck and began kissing her. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Dr. Knox made no remark of any kind while he listened, his eyes fixed on the book: one might have thought he did not hear, but his lips were compressed. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

It was that remark which had made her so suspicious of the accused when her son had disappeared. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Nothing worthy of remark happened while we were here, except a little boxing-match on board our own ship, which gave us something to talk about. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

W. W. Jacobs The tone in which this remark was made set Mr. Glover wondering darkly what the other things were. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Wilkie Collins My wife read my remark the right way directly. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

John Galsworthy Under the influence of a remark of Prosper Profond, she had begun to exchange her Empire for Expressionistic furniture. To Let by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle Now and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the conversation soon flagged. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Charles Dickens Nor was it less amusing to remark how desperately unpopular the poor pilot became in one short minute. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Thomas Hardy Loveday had two sons, and the second was now brought into the conversation by a remark of Anne’s that neither of them seemed to care for the miller’s business. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She turned to him and made some remark in French, pointing to the flowers. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope Over and beyond the elevators there is nothing specially worthy of remark at Buffalo. It is a fine city, like all other American cities of its class. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I remark an extraordinary brightness about things. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

They never failed to remark that almost all the actors in that bloody drama at Montaignac had, in common parlance, “come to a bad end. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Leslie Stephen He justified Dryden’s remark in so far as he was never a poet in the sense in which Milton or Wordsworth or Shelley or even Dryden himself were poets. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Leslie Stephen One remark meanwhile occurs which certainly struck Swift himself. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Anthony Trollope But the speech which has created most remark was from the bridegroom. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Virginia Woolf They passed some remark about him together. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry James She sends it on to me with the remark that comment’s superfluous. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Steele Rudd A star fell, lighting up a portion of the sky, but Dad did not remark it. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

In answer to a remark of mine (while Jim had gone below for a moment) he said, “Oh yes. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

James Joyce While my aunt was ladling out my stirabout he said, as if returning to some former remark of his: “No, I wouldn’t say he was exactly . Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope Canon Pountner made a remark in the Dean’s hearing about the Church militant, which drew forth from the Dean an allusion to the rites of Bacchus, which the canon only half understood. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Marjorie Bowen Lord Lyndwood looked at it as he answered: “There is no remark to be made about such a commonplace affair save this, that the lady is too good for me. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Thomas Hardy Who makes equatorials?’ This remark was like the drawing of a weir-hatch and she was speedily inundated with all she wished to know concerning astronomical opticians. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Leslie Stephen I must add a remark not so edifying. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli She observed nothing; she made no remark during their journey; they travelled often throughout the night; but no obstacles occurred, no inconveniences. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

George Gissing Letty rejoiced at the change, but knew her husband far too well to make any remark upon it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle I made no remark however, but sat nursing my wounded leg. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing You heard her remark about the beggars; if she had her own way, she would support a colony of pensioners. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

And then a feeling of intense thankfulness came over her; not a single reporter at the long, ink-stained table had put down that last remark of Mr. Cannot. In fact, not one of them had heard it. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Isabella Bird The meals are served in European fashion, the major-domo being an ancient man, “born in the house,” who occasionally inserts a remark into the conversation or helps his master’s memory. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray The architecture of the building is admirably simple and firm; and you remark about it, and all other works here, a high finish in doors, wood-works, paintings, &c. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

It suggested the remark which he at once made that it was a remarkably fine afternoon. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Wilkie Collins Instead of making any remark at the end, he mentioned once more that the wine was handy. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Arthur Morrison Jerry Shand hazarded a remark about the lives of the men in the gas-works; but Satcher explained that that was a trivial matter. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Hawthorne’s remark that her death was a consequence of having refined and cultivated herself beyond the reach of her relatives, seems a rather hard judgment. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The shop was crammed with steaming countrymen, whose loud brawling voices, all talking together, roused my English friend to his first remark since we had left the forge. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Her remark was vaguely speculative. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The remark was so perfectly normal that for a moment the Chief Justice felt almost idiotically defeated. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Theodore Dreiser For the moment he wanted to say, “Poor girlie, you do have a hard time, don’t you, with me?” but he reflected instantly how such a remark would be received. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf This was a sign that Katharine had asserted herself and put to him a remark that could not be met poetically. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Meredith Sir Purcell stood white with a futile effort at self-control, as one of them, preluding “Pardon me,” said: “I had the misfortune to remark to my friend, as I passed you, ‘There she is. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anna Katherine Green It was a moment of mutual embarrassment, broken, when it was broken, by a remark which manifestly avoided the issue. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

The staff table, Henrietta had said, always had the same food that the students had; and Lucy had hoped that that remark didn’t mean that she had looked doubtfully upon the beans. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle The moment you begin to remark a man’s style the odds are that there is something the matter with it. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Mrs. Blunt’s remark was that of the two striking horsemen Allegre looked the more kingly. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope The first letter had in due course reached the young lady’s hands, having been brought up from the village post-office in the usual manner, and delivered to her without remark by her own maid. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He did not remark upon it, of course, but I knew as well as possible that he was wondering what it all might mean. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Mark Twain It is fine enough to be a Renaissance. A remark I made a while ago suggests a thought — and a hope. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Mark Twain The remark touched me tenderly. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

When she noticed how this upset the other, she went on to remark that Gervaise had magnificent eyes, eyes warm enough to set paper on fire. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Florence, when this remark was made as to her own power of sending and receiving letters, remained silent, but looked very firm. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Carrie objected strongly to my saying “Good old,” but she made no remark when Willie used the double adjective. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Henry James There was a discussion as to whether Mr. Probert’s remark was an allusion to a deficiency of politeness on the article of his sons-inlaw. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Before making any remark he turned over the bodies on the deck, and, when he had done so, seemed still more put out. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

John Galsworthy He had never known any people so touchy as the French! Her remark about ‘shadowing,’ however, was not easily forgotten. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

To make a remark in a casual way is very different from being pinned down, and asked what it is exactly that you meant by saying what you did. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

He pressed the hand respectfully to his lips, and made the mental remark that it was bony. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Ralph Waldo Emerson If you ask, ‘How can any rules be given for the attainment of gifts so sublime?’ I shall only remark that the solicitations of this spirit, as long as there is life, are never forborne. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Joseph Furphy Most people notices it on me, but I was thinkin’ p’r’aps you did n’t remark it. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Surely there must be some intelligent remark that can be made about it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Anthony Trollope The poor lecturer, as he seated himself made some remark such as those he had been making for the last two days — for out of a full heart the mouth speaketh. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He gave up all pretence at conversation and sat, smoking endless cigarettes, lost in his own thoughts, but he made no remark as to the contents. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing For the moment, enough to remark that the sun was dispersing the clouds, and that all were ready to enjoy a walk. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now when the artist has found something, word or deed, exactly proper to a favourite character in play or novel, he will neither suppress nor diminish it, though the remark be silly or the act mean. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang One remark of Mr. Max Müller’s fortifies these opinions. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He offered no help, which was natural enough; nor did he make any remark as to the work in hand, which was, perhaps, also natural. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Virginia Woolf But it was not; and therefore Mr Dickinson’s remark was a very natural one. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Helene, a stranger to such society, was content to listen, merely interjecting a remark or brief reply every now and then. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Perhaps, of course, someone had just “gone sick”; which would account for the lack of remark where their absence was concerned. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle I then glanced at her face, and, observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed to surprise her. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Edith Wharton It rose slowly and Medford had time to remark that it was sallow, bald on the top, diagonally dented with a long white scar, and ringed with thick ash-blond hair. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

The way they wear the Leghorn hat deserves a remark or two. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. G. Wells A critical little girl eyed our couple curiously and made some remark to her ragamuffin friend. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson They talk in a circle, harping on the same dull round of argument, and returning again and again to the same remark with the same sprightliness, the same irritating appearance of novelty. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Your remark is the merest impertinence. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

Arnold Bennett Sophia made no remark as to Gerald’s lie to her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

If there be any force at all in the common remark that the most interesting part of the book ends together with the life of little Paul, the censure falls upon the whole design of the author. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

She said, as clearly as possible, “I’ll take care of them,” but Sybil came into the room at that moment and the remark was lost. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Marjorie Bowen This remark meant nothing to Marius, and his brother saw it. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

James Joyce He called her little one in a strangely husky voice and snatched a half kiss (the first!) but it was only the end of her nose and then he hastened from the room with a remark about refreshments. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The voice in which he uttered this uncalled-for remark was thin in fibre, cold and impassive. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson A grain of anger or a grain of suspicion produces strange acoustical effects, and makes the ear greedy to remark offence. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins He expressed himself as quite enchanted to be now enabled to remark that appearance, to welcome it, and even to deal with it. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

It was the first time the patient had ever addressed a remark to him personally and he had not been even aware that the man had got hold of his name. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle You must address no remark to me, and I shall say nothing to you. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Henry James Georgina made some remark about their sitting down, but William Roy replied that he had n’t time for that,—if Captain Benyon would excuse him. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The evening, notwithstanding Ellen’s remark concerning the chillness of the breeze, was almost sultry; and the windows of the apartment were thrown open. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

The manager annoyed him — he had not a remark to make. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Henry James And when the remark comes it’s always something he has seen or felt for himself — never a bit banal THAT would be what one might have feared and what would kill me But never. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The look and the king’s remark succeeded in overpowering the unhappy girl, who, with her head upon Montalais’s shoulder, seemed to have fainted away. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith Mrs. Carthew remembered Carinthia Jane’s last maiden remark and her first bridal utterance. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I soon had the satisfaction to remark the progress and succession of the three colours which, according to the philosophers, always prognosticate the approaching perfection of the work. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I didn’t know whether he meant to make any remark on this coincidence. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells I never finished whatever vague remark I commenced. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

George Gissing But Richard had no remark to make. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He curvetted on that particular horse for a while, and while curvetting he took no notice of Pauline’s remark until the silence startled his steed into nearly throwing him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Leslie Stephen As the interview went on, he even ventured to make a remark or two, which were very civilly received; Davies consoled him at his departure by assuring him that the great man liked him very well. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

It was a remark of a perfectly sane seaman. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Henry James But Verena, muffled and escaping, was deaf to him, and Ransom didn’t look the right person to address such a remark as that to. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Henry James Hyacinth, however, ventured to assure himself whether Madame Grandoni were still with the Princess, and even to remark (when she had replied, “Oh yes, still, still. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Thomas Paine As it is necessary to clear away the rubbish of errors, into which the subject of government has been thrown, I will proceed to remark on some others. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

John Galsworthy Behind the young foreigner’s glowering gaze, his shrewd grey eyes had not failed to remark a certain panic. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

It is deserving of remark and censure that American literature is become shockingly moral. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins Before presenting the cheque, I asked Sergeant Cuff if he had any remark to make. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret looked up at the man, almost expecting some contradiction from him, or at least some remark that would modify his daughter’s utter hopelessness. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]