Phrases with "request"

Edmund Burke Possibly several of them have been exported to France, and, like goods not in request here, may with you have found a market. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Samuel Johnson At another time, or on any other occasion, you may, dear friend, be well assured I would rather write to you in the submissive style of a request than that of a peremptory command. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

It was my moment of advantage, and I improved it by proffering a request which had been more or less in my mind during the whole of this prolonged colloquy. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins It was his request that I should do so, when he ceased to take an active part in business. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli The Duke of St. Angelo, Baron Sergius, and the archbishop accompany her, and Waldershare, at the particular request of his Majesty.” “And no lady?” “She takes Adriana with her. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle At my request he sent for Sudbury and Blount, the two students who had found the dog. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here is my card — Major Tobias Clutterbuck, late of the 119th Light Infantry.” The servant disappeared with the card, and presently returned with a request that he would step up. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

His request was granted only after he offered to provide one-third of the salary (£100) himself for the first two years. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Arthur Conan Doyle That he could play pieces, and difficult pieces, I knew well, because at my request he has played me some of Mendelssohn’s Lieder, and other favourites. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Thomas Hardy Well, my request to you to meet me may have seemed somewhat unusual, seeing that we were strangers till a few hours ago. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope Peter came back with a request from Madame Voss that Marie would go to her at once. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis On request will also send blank regarding store properties in Floral Heights, Silver Grove, Linton, Bellevue, and all East Side residential districts. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence He spoke to her like a man making a request of another man. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope On the third day, which was the fifth after her return from Augsburg, Herr Molk came to her, and at his own request was alone with her. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

This request seeming so reasonable, I unhesitatingly complied with it, and handed him the opinion. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I request you to check the intimacy when we get on shore. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

George Gissing At Mr. Gresham’s request she began to read, and continued for about an hour, the former standing at an easel the while and painting. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Evadne made it her earnest request that the tale of their loves should not be revealed to his mother; and after for a while contesting the point, he yielded it to her. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anna Katherine Green He set himself to work to soothe her, for he had a request to make which called for an intelligent answer. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

This conversation was cut short by Fakreddin, who came to request that Vathek would join in the prayers and ablutions to be solemnised on a spacious meadow, watered by innumerable streams. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

George Gissing How it ground on his sensibilities when he was compelled to refuse some request from Clara or the girls! His generous nature suffered pangs of self-contempt as often as there was talk of economy. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope He now bade the maid put wine and glasses on the table; and had the chairs arranged around the room; and sent Bunce to each of the men to request they would come and say farewell to their late warden. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Jacques Futrelle This now is a request for a personal interview with the inventor. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Wilkie Collins Suppose she refuses to believe me? What am I to do if I have not got you to appeal to? In your own interests, as well as in Lucilla’s, I request you to remain here with me till she comes. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Leslie Stephen In the year 1777 Johnson began the Lives of the Poets, in compliance with a request from the booksellers, who wished for prefaces to a large collection of English poetry. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

I do know who you are, and, for this very reason, I request you to descend from your carriage. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Leon Trotsky I request you to communicate the name of this officer to me without delay. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James I have nothing to do with your sentiments, your fancies, your affections, your delusions; but what I request of you is that you will keep these things to yourself. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell I will avail myself of it, to request information on two or three points. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

A. E. W. Mason There was something hopeful to his mind in her very request that he should try during this one year to omit her from his thoughts. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

I pardon you from my heart, and since your love can no longer be mine, I request the next best gift, your confidence and friendship. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The request was urged with every kind suggestion, and every assurance of aid and comfort, by friendliest parties in Manchester, who, in the sequel, amply redeemed their word. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Henry Handel Richardson Her request came in the nick of time. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassan He put on his spectacles to look at her better, for the request astonished him. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins She was only too glad of the opportunity of irritating him which the request afforded her. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins An elderly lady, looking very pale and ill, had asked to see young Mr. Thorpe, and had prefaced the request by saying that she was his mother. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Wilkie Collins I therefore comply with a request which I might otherwise, through reluctance to connect myself with distressing family affairs, have hesitated to grant. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope I thought the request injudicious, and I did not read the pamphlet. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft By complying with his suicidal request I could immediately free myself from one who was no longer a companion but a menace. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She might use Dowie as her personal maid and do next to nothing, but she waits upon herself and punctiliously asks my permission to approach Mrs. James the housekeeper with any request for a favour. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Florence Dixie His mother superintended his studies, and personally prepared him at his earnest request for the sea. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope She declined altogether to comply with that other request which he made, and then left him in the room declaring that at present she could say nothing further. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Lady Morgan Yet I regret not that careless confidence which once prompted the innocent request that I would guide her hand to draw a perpendicular line. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

The young man closed the door and returned to his seat in time to hear Don Pedro reiterate his request for an explanation. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Cortes now sent to the Aztec emperor to request his interposition with his subjects in behalf of the Spaniards. But Montezuma was not in the humour to comply. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Zounds, man, never stammer and boggle, but out with it!’ My request had roused the interest of the company, and those who were in the window came over to the table. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Louis Roe had gone back to Worcester. The request surprised her considerably. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

George Meredith It was a man of forty guessed “Latin.” I request the Hon. Hamilton Everard Jocelyn to confirm it. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Meredith With no sign of discomposure, he stood at the half-open door and sent in his card, bearing the request for permission to visit his nephew. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Can you tell me why it is, my dear Mr. Ferrison?” Roger, who at her earnest request had carried her in from the lounge and was seated close to the couch, shook his head. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Gissing But I scarcely know whether you ——” Arthur interposed with a request that they by all means give him the pleasure of hearing them, and Mr. Venning accordingly took his seat at the piano. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope On the Monday morning, in compliance with a request made by Lady Ushant, Mary walked over to Bragton to see her old friend. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Soames’ request for the use of her house had come on her at a deeply psychological moment. To Let by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins I prefer the request which, in her exhausted state, she was unable to address to you in her own words. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope But he took the request as being quite the proper thing. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The request is mine, because his life is dear to me. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And to whom else have you communicated the facts connected with a memoir and a request of so extraordinary a nature?” “To young Margrave; I told you so!” “True, true. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Thomas Hardy The midnight hour for which there has been occasion to wait at length arrives, and I journey towards the stronghold in obedience to a request urged earlier in the day. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

D. H. Lawrence He was esteemed a good player: was in request at concerts and dances, also at swell balls. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli Nevertheless, your experience is only another inducement to me to request your assistance. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

I did not notice any boomerangs among them, and I did not request them to send for any. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle In the event of your acceding to my request it is probable that I shall have to narrate them to you. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope Having said some word which might be taken for a greeting, he was about to retire; but she stopped him with a request that he would speak to her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

It was true that the request was remarkably silly; but what was that to him? So much the better. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry James On her way downstairs she met one of the footmen, of whom she made the request that he would call her a cab as quickly as possible — she was obliged to go out for half an hour. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Anne Bronte What could possess me to make such a request of such a man I cannot tell; but drowning men catch at straws: they had driven me desperate between them; I hardly knew what I said. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Arthur Conan Doyle This is my explanation, sir, and if after listening to my apologies you still feel that I owe you satisfaction, I need not say that it is a request which I am unable to refuse. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Soon after my arrival a deputation from the Greek Christians of the place came to request my interference in a matter which had occasioned vast excitement. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope But I had been ruffled by the persistency of the gentleman’s request — which should not have been made — and I punished him for his wrong-doing by doing a wrong myself. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Dickens She fancied, however, that her request had been complied with, and that the pen she could not have held was in her hand. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Lady Audley tells me to request you to secure her a set of sables. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Oliver Goldsmith The ladies seemed very unwilling to part with my daughters; for whom they had conceived a particular affection, and joined in a request to have the pleasure of their company home. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was impossible to refuse the request of a fellow-countrywoman dying in a strange land. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

I went next to Mrs. Todhetley’s to hear what she said of the girl; I saw her and your old nurse, Hannah, making my request to both not to speak of my visit. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

Walter Scott May I request you will speak it out, that I may know what I am accused of?” “Ah, Mark, Mark,” replied the General, “there needeth no accuser speak when the still small voice speaks within us. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anthony Trollope Though she was on terms of pleasant friendship with the man, yet she felt almost awestruck at this sudden request that she should walk alone with him. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim She never doubted but that it was he himself who was interested in this girl, and she looked upon his visit and his request to her as something very nearly approaching brutality. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Sir Walter Scott At this moment Edith, with a countenance as pale as death, muttered, rather than whispered, to Lord Evandale a request to speak with him. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

So it was that Mrs. Rebell’s request fell disagreeably on his ear. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Jules Verne Oh, I make no question that the Geographical Society would have sent me to Patagonia as soon as to India, if I had sent in a request to that effect. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Leslie Stephen He returned to London in October at the earnest request of political friends. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Sir Walter Scott She intimated her desire that the horses might be got instantly ready, and resisted with impatience her guide’s request that she would take some refreshment before setting forward. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing Scarcely a week passed before Greenacre wrote to him with a request for a meeting at the Bilboes. As usual, the man of mystery approached his subject by indirect routes. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Anthony Trollope Mr Wharton saw at the first glance that the services of Ferdinand Lopez were no longer in request by the San Juan Mining Company; but he sat down and waited. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She thought of Rodman. He had troubled her by his private request that she would appeal to Eldon on Alice’s behalf, a request which was almost an insult. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope He had asked for my love — and with the delicacy which you commend, I had not at once grasped at all that such a request conveyed. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Was his father, however, to make any request to him with reference to Appleslocombe especially, he would no doubt regard the living as bestowed before his father’s death. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope You cannot refuse me so slight a request as that, seeing the trouble to which you have put me. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Rather therefore did Edith, in the name of her protegee, request him on no account to be distressed about the looming event, and not to inconvenience himself to hasten down. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Clelia, seeing a doubt cast on her sincerity, granted his request almost at once, reminding him at the same time that she was dishonouring herself for ever in Grillo’s eyes. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry James A request made in those terms deserves to be granted. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Ben insisted upon his card and his request being taken in. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

It is not from mistrust that I request you to follow me, but for my security. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing He had tried to make light of the connection between Eve and that unknown man, even after her extraordinary request for money, which all but confessedly she wanted on his account. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

However proud you may be, you will not refuse to accept one of them, and to request your three companions to accept the others — that is, in order to make war against us. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

When actuated by selfish and vicious motives, I asked you to undertake my unfinished work, and I renew this request now, when I am only induced by reason and virtue. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Isabella Bird The Ilkhani had previously availed himself of the resources of my medicine chest, and with so much benefit that I was obliged to grant a request which deprived me of a whole bottle of “tabloids. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

At last Young Prince subsided into a request for a glass of rum, which being given “cut the palaver” (i. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli She did not cease speaking, but continued to request Vivian to remain at Reisenburg at least as long as herself. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Meredith His request for one of the crocuses to keep as a souvenir of the morning was refused. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. F. Benson For tomorrow, at the joint request of Thurso and his sister, he was going down to stay with them. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Anthony Trollope She had never supposed it possible that her uncle would grant her so important a request as soon as she opened her mouth to ask it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Her usual appearance was like a curtain which she could draw up at request for a capital performance. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Anthony Trollope Why don’t you call him by his name?’ ‘Mr Sowerby assures me that Mr Smith will ask for it; and thinks it most probable that his request will be successful. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton As he was walking slower and slower and Barbara was walking fast and wanted to walk faster, she could hardly repress an exclamation of impatience and something like a request for room to pass. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Meredith The colonel and Mr. Romfrey and Beauchamp were standing on the hall-steps when Rosamund beckoned the latter and whispered a request for that letter of Dr. Shrapnel’s. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Andrew Lang When she heard the king’s request she sent him a message to say that she would be delighted to see him, and give him all he wanted. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Amherst met the request with another question. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

At his father’s request he studied for the ministry at a Unitarian College at Hackney. His interests, however, were much more philosophical and political than theological. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jules Verne The other, who was his master, held out his passport with the request that the consul would do him the favour to visa it. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope He had condescended to make her a request to which she had acceded — and she had then not done as she had promised. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

May I request the doors be closed?” I thought Mr. Blake looked surprised, but he immediately stepped to the door and shut it. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Scott Our heroine took the opportunity to request the means of adjusting and changing her dress. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

CONSTANCE STERLING. If you have any further communication to make to me, let me request that it be allowed to pass through the hands of Miss Colwell. My reasons for this are well founded. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing The servant who went to announce her brought back a request that she would ascend and hear a song. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Frederick Marryat May I request another favour of you?” “Certainly, if it is in my power to do as you wish. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Gertrude Stein She at Brewer’s request wrote a summary of this book as an advertisement and he cabled his enthusiasm. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

W. W. Jacobs At the pressing request of the cook he removed the victim’s boots first, and, as Dick said, it was surprising what a difference it made. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Arnold Bennett Heart, how absurd of you to bleed! “Sophia, will you come and see the elephant? Do come!” Constance entered the drawing-room with this request on her eager lips. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Maria Edgeworth I request that you will not, upon any account, betray me to that family. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

One request he made — that he should not be executed in public; and it was willingly granted, for there still seemed a chance of a popular movement on his behalf. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Wilkie Collins She instantly sent the man behind the scene with a message: “Miss Vanstone has done her part in the rehearsal; request her to come here and sit by me. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope She was too proud to request that from him which should be given without any request. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Of course he never did any work, except, perhaps, to cast off some rope when hailed, “He, l’Ancien! let go the halyards there, at your hand”— or some such request of an easy kind. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Henry James The Princess replied that he only came, unless by prearrangement, in the evening, and Mr Vetch made a request that she would not let their young friend know that he himself had been with her. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had often done it at my request the spring before; but this year she really gurgled, and whistled, and warbled just as they did, out of the very fulness and joy of her heart. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Wilkie Collins There was still one last request that I could not help making. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

It is true, however, that the rest of her answer was less precise: Fabrizio pointed this out to her, and took advantage of it to repeat his request for a meeting. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

F. Scott Fitzgerald That request seemed superfluous when I wrote it. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sidney Colvin Cowden Clarke at Hunt’s request brought Keats to call on him soon afterwards, and has left a vivid account of their pleasant welcome and conversation. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

George Gissing When they went in together, Mr. Ruddiman begged her to teach him all the mysteries of the bar, and his request was willingly granted. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

Virginia Woolf As an expression of opinion it may have value; but if what you need is not merely an expression of opinion but positive help, you must frame your request rather differently. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Wilkie Collins Do, please!” I granted the request impatiently. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Algernon Blackwood Perhaps, after all, the wisest way was to grant her request and make light of it, easing her anxiety without too much encouraging its cause. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope She made no request and clothed her suggestion in no words of tenderness; but simply told her grandson that she would come back — as the Trefoils had left him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky I request you, Mr. President, to accept my appropriate sentiments. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Zona Gale I’ll have to request you”— St. George vaguely wished that she would say “ask”—“not to talk to any of ’em. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Wilkie Collins After that brief reply he had nothing further to say, and he would respectfully request the justice’s permission to withdraw. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

He came to request his master to return to his lodgings, where his presence was urgent, as he piteously said. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Thyrza was not to be a boarder with the Emersons, nor did Mrs. Ormonde request them to make a friend of her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy I have been to look at Caroline’s pony, in obedience to her reiterated request that I would not miss a day in seeing that she was well cared for. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

James Joyce Henry dear, do not deny my request before my patience are exhausted. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

E. Nesbi Charmed by this attention, the engine-driver consented to consider her request that some day he would take Peter for a ride on the engine. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George Meredith I cannot delay; but I request you, that are here privileged to soar aloft with the Muse, to fix your minds upon one point in this flight. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope Of course your name will come up?” “What I request — what I demand is, that you ask no favour for me. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

At his express request I switched off all the others as we were going out of the door. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James So I asked Mrs. Monarch if she would mind laying it out — a request which, for an instant, brought all the blood to her face. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

George Meredith Mr. Jacobs, my compliments to Dettermain and Newson: I request them to open proceedings instanter, and let the world know of it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith When she said: “Your fire shall be lighted to-night to welcome you,” the man looked up, and was going to request that the trouble might be spared, but he nodded. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins The request produced nothing but a sardonic chuckle, followed by this parting speech, delivered to the lawyer at the garden gate. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

I ask much, too much, perhaps, for I have no title to request it. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

He assented to Monsieur George’s request that the meeting should be arranged for at his elder brother’s country place where the family stayed very seldom. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Thomas Hardy As he mended she had to meet that request of his, advanced with even stronger insistency. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Sir Michael was in request everywhere. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Abraham Merri In the meantime — I have a request to make. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins He was too gallant a gentleman not to grant the request immediately. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing Those words had at first scarcely engaged his thought; it was her request to be released that seriously concerned him; that falsehood had been added as a desperate means of gaining her end. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Andrew Lang The next difficulty is that Shakespeare’s company, by request of the Essex conspirators (who paid 2 pounds), acted ‘Richard II.’ just before their foolish attempt (February 7, 1601). The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

This would be a pleasant consequence of the confiding request of the ci-devant. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Makepeace Thackeray This request was, with a little difficulty, granted; and poor Poinsinet begged to be carried to the houses of his various friends, and bid them farewell. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope My request to you is that you should not speak of it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sir Walter Scott It was therefore with great anxiety that she heard her father request a private interview, and observed Oldbuck readily arise and show the way to his library. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Virginia Woolf From an outsider, moreover, who has no right to speak, such a request may well deserve, and perhaps receive, a reply too forcible to be quoted. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope It was the mixed curaçoa and brandy which gave George Hotspur the courage to make the request contained in his postscript. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Andrew Lang To Mr. Gifted Hopkins. My Dear Hopkins — The verses which you have sent me, with a request “to get published in some magazine,” I now return to you. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

William Hazlitt For if it were so, that my request tended to save thy country, in destroying the Volsces, I must confess, thou wouldest hardly and doubtfully resolve on that. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Miles Franklin I acceded to Mrs M’Swat’s request with alacrity, thinking that while forced to remain there I would have one comfort, and would spend all my spare time at the piano. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Anthony Trollope But whether we can do so or not, it is my request that my last will may be prepared in accordance with these instructions. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arnold Bennett At her own request he now had a rendezvous with her on the pier! Why not at her house? Perhaps she was afraid of his power over her in the house. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The request to quit her husband at the end of the first month was so unreasonable, that the parents would hardly have made it if they had not suspected some profound cause of estrangement. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

At this time some Wahaiya traders (who had been invited at my request by Rumanika) arrived. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

He said the king granted my request at the first word. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

And in long dark evenings, as my three sisters with myself sate by the firelight round the guard of our nursery, no book was so much in request amongst us. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Thomas Hardy Cytherea was present at the interview, by Miss Aldclyffe’s requesteither from whim or design. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A request by Haven for cocktails and a bottle of Burgundy produced from the attendant some vodka and some sour Hungarian wine of indifferent quality. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

It was a request from Mr. Stanbrough, not too nicely worded, for his papers. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

And you, Emily, I request you to treat Louis de Franchi as a brother. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Ann Radcliffe A considerable time elapsed in uncertainty; but the confusion continued; the Marquis did not appear; and at Adeline’s request M. Verneuil went in quest of more positive information. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Wilkie Collins You have, no doubt, anticipated the request which the poor sufferer wished to address to you but a few hours before her death. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope The request was renewed as soon as she had been brought to herself; and then she refused, on the advice, as she said, of her cousin, Mr. Grey stock. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But I was half frenzied with grief; and why was I to obey one who had no right to command me, and who made his commands so harsh? His request would have been a law to me. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Nash, why do you not request this—this gentleman to leave us?” “Why, he dare not keep you here,” cried the Squire, passing over the last compliment. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Andrew Lang He regrets deeply that he is unable to make the request in person, but he has been ill and is too weak to move. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells At Lewisham’s request she got him the envelopes from the chest of drawers. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

George Gissing At Emily’s request no one accompanied her home. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

She longed to attend Miss Mancel in her affliction, but dared not urge a request with which she knew Mr Morgan would not comply. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Come then, dear Ethel, you will not refuse my request — you will come with me?” “How gladly — but — will they let Edward go? I thought there was no hope of so much good fortune. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Guy de Maupassant At his own request Maitre Hauchecorne was searched. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Wilkie Collins But the second request embarrasses me seriously. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Mark Twain At night when the Herald’s request came for an article, I did not “rush. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

She told me that to grant my request at that moment was impossible; But She engaged to be in the same spot at eleven that night, and to converse with me for the last time. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope Emily, not in the least doubting but that her request would be received with the usual ready assent, had asked Mary Wharton to be one of the bridesmaids. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I ask you how that young woman is going on; and I request you to answer me. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

George Gissing At Mrs. Clarendon’s request I have undertaken to make known to you certain facts regarding your—your future, of which, I understand, it has not been deemed necessary to speak hitherto. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

The Count answered this request by a polite “Certainly,” and dropped his hands with the intention of exploring both pockets of his trousers for the matches. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Gissing Bunce had an exaggerated fear of giving trouble, and only sheer necessity had compelled him to request this small service. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang This request made him feel very sad, as if some misfortune must surely come of it, but his love for the Princess being stronger than anything else he did not like to refuse her. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Radclyffe Hall He came to tea at Mrs. Ogden’s request and tried his best, poor man, to wear down what he felt to be Joan’s prejudice against him. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Suddenly the door was opened, and a servant entered to announce M. Fouquet, who had called to request permission to pay his respects to her. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Mr. Jeeves had the curiosity to request the keeper to inquire how, in what form, or in what manner, the Fiend appeared to the narrator, or conveyed his infernal dictates. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]