Phrases with "said"

The other self, tremulous, inconsequent, full of irresistible tenderness for suffering and weakness even in its uncouthest garb, said incessantly, “I could do no less. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Of these poems, almost alone, Wordsworth in his autobiographical notes has said nothing whatever. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Arthur Machen What do you think?” “That wants looking into,” said Captain Vaughan. “I know a place in Somerset where they are doing something of the kind. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Charles Dudley Warner With all this, it must be said of them that they were marvelous good men in the field, dexterous archers, and powerful with the battleaxe. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Julian Hawthorne Why, I went to the auction-sale of his effects this very afternoon!” “Keep the paper,” said Calbot, not noticing my observation, “it may possibly lead to something. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

G. K. Chesterton He said at first, with characteristic independence, that he would like to keep it. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry James Therefore when she said with the flush of a bold joke in her kind, coarse face “What I feel is, you know, that you could settle me if you only would. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Olaf Stapledon The smile faded into a grave and steady gaze, while he said to the company, “Harry, here, perhaps knows what I mean, partly. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson With his usual abruptness, ‘Fleeming,’ said he, ‘I suppose you and I feel about all this as two Christian gentlemen should. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the direction of south-south-east Mr. Carmichael said the country appeared most open. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Willa Cather Flavia said you were kind enough to express a wish to meet me, and I preferred to meet you alone. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

E. F. Benson And you liked him?’ ‘Immensely. But not enough to let him get over my garden wall at midnight,’ said I. Hugh laughed. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

H. G. Wells Where’s your science?” “No. I see it’s not,” said Temple, carrying the object in his hand as he came back to his former position and scrutinising it curiously. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

Henry James I said to her that I had been waiting for her, and she asked why I had not let her know. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Edward drew his bridle as he came up with Fanshawe. “I have been anxious to apologize,” he said to him, “for the hasty and unjust expressions of which I made use last evening. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

James Joyce He spoke volubly, but Mrs. Kearney said curtly at intervals: “She won’t go on. Dubliners by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence And because he was ashamed, he said to her as he stood in her room that night: ‘Daphne, are you in love with the Count?’ He was standing by the dressing-table, uneasy. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Compared with these monumental facts everything else seemed remote and negligible; and when Hayes, at the close of their talk, said a little awkwardly: “Well, so long. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

G. K. Chesterton Dr. Alpin said he was invited by the inspector of the N.S.P.C.C. to visit defendants’ cottage. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Anything else?” “Lawn-tennis,” said Sol dubiously. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sinclair Lewis But no matter how often he said it, he couldn’t make it stick. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

Any way, the riches are nowhere; and it is said Pell is nowhere too. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

It is said in the parish that the living is given. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Whatever he said had a personal note, and he expressed himself with a graphic simplicity which was extremely engaging. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

I said that Mr. Boott was not demonstrative or sentimental. Memories and Studies by William James

Edith Wharton Once he paused before her and said timidly: “Your hair’s got kinder loose with the wind,” and she lifted her hands and tried to smooth back the locks that had escaped from her braid. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

I can hear you talking!” said Cayrol, beside himself. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H. P. Lovecraf One great thing may be said of the author; that he never ruined his ghostly visions with a natural explanation. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

It may, of course, be said that this prediction is too easy. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Guy de Maupassan He did not even know what people said about her. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

It was nearly a month before the news reached England. A cry of horror went through the country, and Cromwell said it came “as near his heart as if his own nearest and dearest had been concerned. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Rudyard Kipling These said that tigers sometimes wandered about on the hills above the lake, but were most generally to be found five miles away. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Guy de Maupassant He said aloud, in a grumbling voice: “In heaven’s name! they must give me some, this time. A Vagabond (Le Vagabond) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Andrew Lang And do thou arise,” said he to Enid, “and apparel thyself; and cause thy horse to be accoutred, and clothe thee in the worst riding-dress that thou hast in thy possession. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton If more people said things of this sort, the world of criticism would gain almost unspeakably in clarity and common honesty. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Ford Madox Ford Marie Léonie said something to Fittleworth. “Yes, yes, me lady!” says Fittleworth. Damn it, he did look like a monkey as some people said. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

It might well be said that here were “Gusts of fragrance on the grasses, In the skies a softened splendour; Through the copse and woodland passes Songs of birds in cadence tender. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

E. F. Benson He came—and he said good-bye. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Jane Austen Mrs. Long said so too, for I asked her whether you did not. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Willa Cather When his wife said a thing must be done, the Professor usually did it, from long-established habit. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

D. H. Lawrence And what she said in earnest he had to believe, in the long run, since it was the utterance of her being. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Edith Wharton Her heart was still — she felt no throbbing in her throat or temples: all her life seemed concentrated in the hand that lay on her knee, the hand he would touch when they said good-by. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Jules Verne Would such an opportunity as this, in the narrow waters of Black Rock Creek, ever occur again! “At least,” said I to Wells, “we are four. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

A great deal can be said for either tradition; perhaps some editor will yet imagine a return to the earlier method. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Some of the people said that the elephant had gone in one direction, some said that he had gone in another, some professed not even to have heard of any elephant. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Ann Radcliffe He took from his pocket a handful of gold, which he gave me; — ‘can you be secret, Robert?’ said he, — ‘yes, my lord Count,’ said I, God forgive me! — ‘Then observe what I say to you. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

John Locke By what has been before said of reason, we may be able to make some guess at the distinction of things into those that are according to, above, and contrary to reason. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Arthur Conan Doyle He said he would do all he could with the Council. But it will be a week or two before they meet. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

He bowed to the Judge, to the Procureur du Roi, and to the Lieutenant of Police. “My Lord,” he said calmly, “I have little to urge in my defence, except to assever my innocence. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Wilkie Collins I said nothing; words, at such a ti me as that, would only have aggravated her distress. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

My sister Becky was five-and-twenty that same year; she had a constant pain and a cough, which some said was windpipe and some said was liver. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

Anthony Trollope He would have said of such, as we would say of female faces by Raffaelle, that women would like to be like them, but are not like them. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Jack London I said I wouldn’t if ary dog turned up missin’, an’ I won’t. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

He gave Frisby a card and said to tell my uncle he wished to see him about the green box. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Bronislaw Malinowski Group marriage has even been said to be in actual existence amongst some tribes. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Nellie Bly I said I was afraid to go alone. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Tod said it would be a sin not to hear the kidnapper tried. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Francis Bacon As for the history of pretergenerations, I have already said that it may be most conveniently joined with the history of generations — I mean the history of prodigies which are natural. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Severnius said he supposed these hideous tokens were employed in the initiation of new members. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau It will be said that the despot assures his subjects civil tranquillity. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

John Lewis Burckhard With the Kordofan caravans arrive also merchants from Darfour; and the intercourse between Kobé, the capital of Darfour, and Obeydh, is said to be at present very brisk, and quite safe. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

He said that six-eleven had been reported in by the housekeeper and asked Homer to take her a bill. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

After a scrambly supper, I said to my eldest boy, “I can’t go to bed. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

James Anthony Froude It was also said to the same persons, Gather the wheat into my garner. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

D.H. Lawrence Smiling faintly, she said, as if she were coaxing a child: ‘Play some Chopin, Louisa.’ ‘I shall only do that all wrong, like everything else,’ said the elder plaintively. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray The French said that l’or Anglais had achieved all these successes, and no doubt believed that the poor fellows at Acre were bribed to a man. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

John Lewis Burckhard Its inhabitants are said to be a mixture of all sorts of Arabs, Bisharein, Hadendoa, Djaalein, and Shukorye, who have settled here principally for the purposes of trade. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Andrew Lang Precisely the reverse is said to be the case. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Gissing He said that no doubt there would have to be an inquest. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Morrison Henry said that ‘ the thing must be done at once ‘; also that as there were two of them it should be easy. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Brandy is said by Dr. Johnson to be the drink of heroes. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

M. P. Shiel So, Cobby, you see, no? that it is Sebingwe——” “Quite so,” said Cobby: “Sebingwe had no right to let his men fight against you. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I said to him then— ‘Are you not afraid that some day I shall go back and tell my white brothers all these wonderful things?’ And he smiled. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Mrs. Knox said no one but Janet could have taken it, and but for her illness, she would be already in prison. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Gissing After what she said to me when we met last, I suppose most men would just let her go her own way. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

G. K. Chesterton England has settled down; England has become Victorian. The compromise was interesting, it was national and for a long time it was successful: there is still a great deal to be said for it. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

And where will you dry it, Maria? said I. I’ll dry it in my bosom, said she; ’twill do me good. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Once more her heart was moved to an exultant sense of happiness that he should have said these things to her—of happiness and shrinking shame. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

It might almost be said that the heroic element chiefly appeared in the unparalleled lengths to which she allowed those qualities to carry her. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Henry James She looked at him a moment; then he said something that surprised her. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

John Galsworthy Hemmings had often said to Soames, standing with his coat-tails divided before the fireplace: “What our Shareholders don’t know about our affairs isn’t worth knowing. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Figuratively, this useful organ is said to be the seat of emotions and sentiments — a very pretty fancy which, however, is nothing but a survival of a once universal belief. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson If both, by a large allowance, may be said to end in certainty, the certainty in the one case transcends the other to an incalculable degree. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

He sent my mother some, and she said they ought to have gone up to a London fruit-show. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

H. G. Wells I looked round for the Time Traveller, and —‘It’s half-past seven now,’ said the Medical Man. ‘I suppose we’d better have dinner?’ ‘Where’s ——?’ said I, naming our host. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edith Wharton You said there was a Mr. Brown and a Mr. Hunt and a Mr. Rossiter, was it? Well, I never heard of any of those names either — except perhaps in a trades’ directory. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Ivan Turgenev On his side, too, Aratov said nothing of the princess, nor of the previous evening. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Francis Bacon So Caesar said to the pilot in the tempest, Caesarem portas, et fortunam ejus. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

You are captain,’ he said with marked civility. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Edith Wharton She thought Harney looked a little disconcerted; but he passed his fine handkerchief over his warm brow, said gaily, “Come along, then,” and rose with a last pat for the pink-eyed dog. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

By some historians it is said that this prelate died of the plague; but Petrarch thought that he sank under grief brought on by the disasters of his family. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

H.P. Lovecraft In the morning citizens and state troopers followed the shuddering mountaineers to the place where they said the death had come. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Edith Wharton I refer to — to what Harry Spink said this evening . Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

But now you must tell me exactly what you mean by this that you have said — this — about —’ ‘The fat’s in the fire,’ was Mrs. Innes’s reflection. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Some said it was the result of returning health, and the hope of a prolonged life, to which many objects for which wealth is desirable might occur. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Henry James I didn’t feel like facing the ci-devant Scarabelli at that moment; so I said that I was leaving the house, but that I would do myself the honour of calling upon his wife. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Perhaps you will allow me to explain it to you, Miss Cattledon.” “I’m sure it’s more than Janet Carey could have expected,” said Cattledon, growing pacified as she listened. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

Edith Wharton But I said to myself: ‘Ten to one there’s only one fit to buy, just as there’s only one champagne fit for a gentleman to drink. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

This, however, does not destroy—I had almost said it does not even impair—their value. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

A few words may not improperly be said about some of the circumstances and details of novel-appearance and distribution, etc. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You know he didn’t do it, but you haven’t said a word—nothing has happened, and the days go on. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Of one who was “foolish” the creators of our language said that he was “fond. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Henry James I had scarcely said this, however, before I became aware that the speech was in questionable taste and might also do me the injury of making me appear too eager, too possessed of a hidden motive. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

What she has said will come to pass. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

It was a fact, I said to myself, that I was now a British master mariner beyond a doubt. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

People said what a grand view might be obtained if you could only get to the top of it, or even get up to look through the small slits of windows in its walls. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Grettir sat at home at Biarg until Twainmonth.15 Nor is it said in story that he and Kormak met ever again after these things betid. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Did Jack mean that as a threat? “John,” said he, in as solemn a way as he had ever spoken, “disobedience to parents sometimes brings a curse with it. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

Walter Scott A desperate combat, fought between Messrs Entraguet and Caylus, is said to have been the first, in which this fashion of promiscuous fight was introduced. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Thomas Paine As to the million, said to be applied to the reduction of the debt, it is so much like paying with one hand and taking out with the other, as not to merit much notice. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Willa Cather At last she said slowly, “And yet I would rather have Emil grow up like that than like his two brothers. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

As. Mr. A. C. Swinburne said of him: “He rode life’s lists as a god might ride. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

As it was, I said if they determined on wrangling any more, I should ‘bout ship and settle the difference with them in a less ceremonious manner in the harbour. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Baldwin Spencer His young brother, Numuraupu, said to him, Baranga brau morpiu koregora, Brother, give me the snake to look at. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Virginia Woolf What at? You said nothing, nor did the old gentleman opposite . Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

He said something about an island. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson Accordingly, temperance was said farewell to, quinine instituted, and I believe my pains are soon to be over. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson It is unsafe to be a handsome youth in Samoa; a young man died from her favours last month — so we said on this side of the island; on the other, where he died, it was not so certain. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnkell replied that what she said was true. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Oscar Wilde And just as artistic creation implies the working of the critical faculty, and, indeed, without it cannot be said to exist at all, so Criticism is really creative in the highest sense of the word. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had been making a collection for John Brouncker’s widow and — ” ‘“But the man’s alive!” said I. ‘“So it seems. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Joe said he was lying, and they argued and almost fought. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Charles Dickens His physical suffering had not been severe; at the latest hour he said that his only uneasiness was failing breath. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Nellie Bly He did everything that was rude and unmannerly, I thought, and the mother never said a word unless she heard some one else yell at him. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

E. T. A. Hoffmann All that the nephew had said struck him as indescribably stupid talk. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Have no fear at all — of anything!” As he said it he fixed his dark eyes upon me and stared harder than ever. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton It is said that the Gothic eclipses the classical by a certain richness and complexity, at once lively and mysterious. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Leastways, it’s said that women can take things in and borrow money on them. Jellico’s Pack by Ellen Wood [1869]

Elizabeth Gaskell I won’t think of myself, Jem.” “Well! I must speak to the doctor,” said Jem. “I must not try and fix any way just because we wish it, but because it is right. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

D. H. Lawrence He drove to all kinds of unexpected places in his motor-car, bathed where he liked, said what he liked, and did what he liked. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I asked him whether my being miserable and discontented would help any one or make him less wretched; and he said that we all had to take up our burdens. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

D. H. Lawrence But she never said anything of it. Rawdon’s Roof by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Edith Wharton Everybody said I was lucky to get a girl to come away out here, and I agreed to give her a dollar extry to make sure. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

When I told her what Mr. Ring said about my killing a horse, she said he was making fun of me. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Theodore Dreiser He said I should give it to you. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

I was quite taken aback to hear what he said in his mutterings, and hoped it wasn’t true. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Nellie Bly The train guard who still stood by my side, said he would help me find the cabin. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Guy de Maupassant I said to myself: ‘These are the sacred marks of toil. In the Spring (Au Printemps) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

H. G. Wells I was not fitted, said Messrs. Rodgers and Denyer, with perfect truth, to be a draper. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Under these circumstances I have strongly advised his lordship to nominate Mr. Harding.” “Mr. Quiverful has not abandoned anything,” said the lady, with a very imperious voice. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

William Blades At Heaven’s gate the porter demanded, ‘Whence came ye?’ The Minorites replied ‘From a monastery of St. Francis.’ ‘Oh!’ said the porter, ‘then St. Francis shall be your judge. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Guy de Maupassant Then César, turning towards the keeper, said to him: “Just go, and assist him, Joseph. We must keep walking in a straight line. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Sulphur flame is said by some to attract, because it consumes certain metals by its power of penetration. On the Magnet by William Gilber

George Elio The family returned to the drawing-room, said good-night to each other, and dispersed — all to speedy slumber except two. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

William Makepeace Thackeray Whereupon the Doctor, with a look of surprise, that anybody should want to see Miss Raby, said she was in the little school-room; whither the Captain went, knowing the way from old times. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

Rudyard Kipling I might tell you something that I saw of the cleaning out of certain latrines; of the education and antecedents of the cleaners; what they said in the matter and how perfectly the work was done. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

M. R. James Then, in a low voice, ‘He said you should see it, too. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Henry James That poor famille Roque! ‘Oblige me by getting rid of them,’ said Madame Cheurche — quite as she would have asked Célestine to remove a strong cheese. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Willa Cather He said he’d like to take the first train down to my mesa. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Moreover, there were branding irons in the shed adjoining, and they were those of Yarka Station. “I think we know quite enough now,” said Spicer solemnly, as we mounted our horses to return. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

It is said that after the year eighteen hundred the quality of this decoration sensibly declined; it was soon replaced by more prosaic forms, and now the tools no longer exist that can make it. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Her illness lasted her many a week, and she might be said to be a-dying all the time. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

Henry James When she got up to go I said to her that it was more a relation than ever, but that I hadn’t the face after what had occurred to propose to her for the present another opportunity. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

This made us beg each other’s pardon; he said that he did not know I was there, and I said it did not matter. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

She individually might be said to have built Greenhay; since to her views of domestic elegance and propriety my father had resigned almost everything. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Virginia Woolf In justice to her, it must be said that she would infinitely have preferred a rapier. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Edith Wharton He simply jumped at the idea of running us over to Milan.” “Good Lord — ” said Lansing, when she stopped. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

It was odd though, when we came to remember it a long while afterwards, that he should have said it just that one day. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

Roughly speaking, an adventurer may be expected to have courage, or at any rate may be said to need it. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Ann Radcliffe At length —‘All that you have uttered,’ said he, ‘I despise as the dastardly subterfuge of monkish cunning. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

To the end of her life, Balbuk would not have a half-caste near the place-she said they smelt worse than the white people. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Now I must go and warn Miss Petrovitch and Madame Bernstein.” “Good-bye, old fellow,” said Foote. “Good luck go with you. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Edith Wharton She said that after the disappearance of the old watchdog nothing particular happened for a month or two. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Duke’s dandy regiments fought as well as any (they said better than any, but that is absurd). The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

William Morris But presently it was accounted for by the spacing: for the said pages were spaced like a modern book, i. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

James Parslet was one of those men who are said to spoil their own lives. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

D.H. Lawrence They said a low good night and parted; the girl began to knock at the door, the man disappeared. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Thomas Love Peacock And pray, now, who is it that I am to be metamorphosing into Lady O’Prism?” “Miss Graziosa Chromatic,” said the squire. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Arthur Conan Doyle Have you not your orders? Didn’t you tell him that I am not seen before midday?” “I said so, sir. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Lampourde, on his side, was ready for him, and pleased with the baron’s way of handling his weapon, said to himself, though in an audible tone, “Now for a little fun. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

H. G. Wells And the Crystal Palace.” “Did they hang you well?” said Porson. “Don’t rot,” said Mr. Watkins; “I don’t like it. The Hammerpond Park Burglary by H. G. Wells [1894]

His great work, The History of Greece, is said to have been undertaken at the suggestion of Gibbon, who was a fellow-officer in the South Hants Militia. This work, the successive vols. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Willa Cather Mrs. Forrester and Mr. Ogden were to play against Mrs. Ogden and the Captain. “Constance,” said Mrs. Forrester as she sat down, “will you play with Niel? I’m told he’s very good. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe I said to him —“My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

William Morris There was little for us to say Of the war and its why and wherefore — and we said it often enough; The papers gave us our wisdom, and we used it up in the rough. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Daniel Defoe He is said to have put his master, King Edward III., to whom he was Secretary of State, upon the two great projects which made his reign so glorious, viz. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Somers said nothing, but looked at me, removing his cigarette, as if my words would be the better of explanation. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

The Squire said he didn’t suppose it mattered in the sight of God: or would make much difference at the Last Day. And that ended the life of Jessy Page: and, in one sense, its episode of mystery. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

What girl wants to spend her life with a shrimp of a cripple?” “You’re still pretty,” he said without knowing why, except that he was frightened. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Charles Dickens Nor did Alice inquire into the reason why Mr. Openshaw had been absent during his uncle and aunt’s visit, after he had once said that it was unavoidable. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

A body should hae principles an’ stick to them,’ said the farmer, with the manner of one making a recondite quotation. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Jack London And Nuhila said that we could end it first and outwit the Snub–Noses. And all our women agreed. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yon pilot was for calling us all to thanksgiving for a good voyage, and lucky escape from the pirates; but I said I always put up my thanks on dry land, after I had got my ship into harbour. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Samuel Johnson However, as any man may be said to give, what he gives the power of gaining, he has certainly as much right to profit from the price of kelp as of any thing else found or raised upon his ground. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Guy de Maupassant They said to him: “You old rogue!” He grew more and more angry, feverish, in despair at not being believed, and kept on telling his story. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

What they can do with an insect, I will do with a man!” “Oh, ho!” said the governor of the prison, considerably astonished. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

The Apple was a work of Art. “That shows our Master’s contempt for mere Art,” said the Second Poet, grinning. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Henry James She had told them he was away from home but they said it was all right; they only wanted to look at a picture and would be very careful of everything. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Fanny Fern As I said before, business is one thing—friendship is another. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Virginia Woolf It has been said that an Englishman’s Home is his Castle. The home of Liberty is in England. And it is a castle indeed — a castle that will be defended to the last . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry James They were talking English, but I guess they were Americans. “Well,” said one of them, “it all depends on what you are after. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

G. K. Chesterton But they would not have said that they wanted progress, but that they wanted the road, the parliaments, and the spires. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Charles Dickens So she only said to John, as he was leaving the house: “Thou’lt not be long away, for I’m afeard of being left wi’ this man. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edith Wharton After all, there is something to be said for the new way of bringing up girls. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

The effect is far worse than that of the reviews, for the reviewer is not your ally and copartner, while your publisher—” “I see what you mean,” said my friend. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson In the first case, he denied my evidence: ‘You cannot judge a man upon such testimony,’ said he. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James These virtues, so common all round him now, had been dormant in his own organism — where it might be said of them perhaps that they had slept the sleep of the just. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

Edith Wharton He said to himself, as the rim of the glass touched his lips: “I won’t look up! I swear I won’t! — ” and he looked. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edith Wharton She did not waver or turn aside; he knew she would come straight to where he stood; but something in her eyes said “Wait”, and again he obeyed and waited. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arthur Machen People said he would have to take a place on his own farm as a labourer; he went about in dreadful misery, piteous to see. The Great Return by Arthur Machen