Phrases with "save"

Guy de Maupassan It stretched out interminably, quiet and deserted, save for an occasional big wasp, who would stop buzzing now and then to sip from a flower, and then continue his way. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Mr. Stuart, no doubt, would have been willing to drown himself to save his friends, because the fault was in some degree his. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Yet where was the way out? To save money, to accumulate sufficient capital for his release, was an impossibility, at all events within any reasonable time. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

G. K. Chesterton At the worst, there was one thing that might save them yet. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Sinclair Lewis I’m going to save up enough money for a good long hike. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Jeremy Bentham To save your life from a gang of robbers, you kill them in the conflict. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Charles Kingsley All things beyond are wrapped in mist; and what will be, I know not, save that whatever else is wrong, mercy at least is right. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells In a little while they are young men and women, and then men and women, save for a fresher vigour, like ourselves. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Willa Cather If anything is done to save it, it must be done through Lady Ellen Treffinger herself, that much is clear. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

William Hope Hodgson We were among the trees now, and I glanced around, nervously; but saw nothing, save the quiet branches and trunks and the tangled bushes. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is going to speak of a matter which no one in Market Deignton can mention save in hushed tones. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Bruno, who, for forty‐nine years, never had set foot off his own hill and valley, save that once to the sea. Signa by Ouida

Virginia Woolf Indeed, biographers and critics might save themselves all their labours if readers would only take this advice. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Lydon did not answer, save by a scornful glance of his quick, vigilant eye. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Theodore Dreiser He could not see that he was making any progress save in her regard. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The prospect was now brilliant, save that the Rakaia was said to be very heavily freshed. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Arthur Conan Doyle Over the layman also he could hold any punishment save only corporeal death, instead of which he had in hand the far more dreadful weapon of spiritual excommunication. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Robert Browning To act regardless of praise or blame, save God’s, seems safer. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

But we had gone out of our way to save your life. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

It’ll save any difficulty about chipping the original, and they’ll look much better — much. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had come out to get money, and to go back without any, to be powerless to help when his boy needed every shilling to save him from disaster, that would be very bitter to him. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He was sure that by one word she would either condemn or save her lover. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Kingsley Lucky for me; for I don’t know where to have found one, save the lieutenant; and though he would have gone out safe enough, it would have been a bore for the good old fellow. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

John Galsworthy You wouldn’t mind sitting?” “I wouldn’t mind anything to save some money. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

For of all things is there plenty, save only of wine. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Oh, joy to whose height what poet has yet soared, or ever tried to soar? To save a human life; and that life a loved one. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The coffin nearest the archway alone was intact, save for a large crack across the lid. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

Henry James By which I don’t mean that he had shortsighted suspicions, but that on the contrary imagination would never be needed to save him, since she would never put him in danger. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Arnold Bennett I told Huskisson a thundering lie, to save my face, and away I came, and I’ve been with her ever since. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jules Verne Just at the moment that he was about to urge Kiouni forward with a peculiar whistle, Mr. Fogg stopped him, and, turning to Sir Francis Cromarty, said, “Suppose we save this woman. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then encouraged by Bouts-Rimes I wrote you a copy of verses; high time I think; I shall just save my tenth year of knowing my lady-love without inditing poetry or rhymes to her. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Morris And lo! the Lady walking with the King’s Son, and he clad in thin and wanton raiment, but she in nought else save what God had given her of long, crispy yellow hair. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Even when his eyes became accustomed to the gloom he could discern nothing, for the darkness was that of Egypt. And the silence, save for the steady breathing, was most uncanny. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Such earnest woe their features overcast, They might have stirr’d, or sigh’d, or wept, or spoken; But, save the hollow moaning of the blast, The stillness was unbroken. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Robert Louis Stevenson Sunday. A heavenly day again! the world all dead silence, save when, from far down below us in the woods, comes up the crepitation of the little wooden drum that beats to church. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Before my return the doctor had officiously undertaken to save me all trouble by registering the death, on the date when it happened, with his own hand. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I have stayed on here, putting myself, as it were, into his place to save him pain. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Virginia Woolf And why, she asked herself, did he say We can’t tell a lie to save our souls? He was thinking about himself; one always knew when people were thinking about themselves by their tone of voice. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry James My poor sister-in-law, in her grave, couldn’t help herself, and the real mother, to save HER skin, renounced all visible property in the child. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Meredith Not a chirp was heard, nor anything save the cool and endless carol of the happy waters, whose voices are the spirits of silence. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

It is just like the English, save that it has some red feathers in its tail. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

It might drive me to the mountain — just to save him from me. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle I could see little of the building save that the lamp which shone through a small latticed window showed me dimly that it was both long and lofty. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

My business was to save Eleanore Leavenworth; and to do that, it was necessary for me to preserve, not only my equanimity, but my self-possession. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith She was in attendance on Mrs. Bonner, Conning said; and the primness of Conning was a thing to have been noticed by any one save a dreamy youth in love. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing Like many a better man, he could not do justice to the parts he really possessed, save when sitting in solitude with a sheet of paper before him. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H. G. Wells I perceived that he had closed some of the shutters in the outer sphere to save me — from the direct blaze of the sun. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

R. D. Blackmore Captain Lyth, save yourself, and leave me. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Charles Stur I was up writing at the time, and of a sudden found myself sitting without anything above me save the blue vault of heaven. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Thomas Hardy And lowering her voice: ‘You ought not to have taken so much trouble to save me from falling over the cliff, for you don’t think mine a life worth much trouble evidently. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Finally, the staircase came to an end; save that, on one side of the little entry where it terminated, a flight of a dozen steps gave access to the roof of the tower and the legendary shrine. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Radclyffe Hall She would want to save herself for her work; she would want to give herself wholly to Mary. Yet quite often she would work far into the night. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I was often sent for something which I could not tell the name of to save my life; but I liked the business, and accordingly never pleaded ignorance. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But she survived the temptation to confuse all values and shut these matters into their Victorian side-chambers — even though there was no home left to her, save emptiness and pain. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Kingsley They will bo uncomfortable, and have to save and push; and very good thing for them. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

So far, however, save in the matter of costume, nothing of the present ceremony conformed to those old customs. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The shrewd Bombay replied, to save me trouble, that so great a matter required more days of contemplation than I could afford to give. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

The tribe being thus assembled, the accused black, quite naked and unarmed save for the defensive weapon of a shield, is placed standing upon the mound before described. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Arthur Conan Doyle He was clean shaven, save for an iron-grey fringe of ragged whisker under each ear, which blended with the grizzled hair above. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

As he says, he did it to save his mistress. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H.P. Lovecraft I could, for example, find no pictures to represent deaths or funeral customs, save such as were related to wars, violence, and plagues; and I wondered at the reticence shown concerning natural death. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle For half an hour I waited with every nerve on the alert, but there came no other sound save the chiming clock and the rustle of the ivy on the wall. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Olaf Stapledon In the old mythology angels did not sin, save fallen angels. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft Realizing he was about to hang himself, I started forward to dissuade or save him. The Evil Clergyman by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

There seemed nothing so important in all her life as to save him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The depth of snow would save him. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

There is no legend more impressive than that of the Wandering Jew, and none save the Faust theme that has so influenced literature. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Their hair was all hidden, save a few plain braids or plaits in front, and their neck was entirely covered. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

All save Corund and his sons; them we may wisely spare, and conclude peace with them. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman If we women had done no more than save that, it would have paid for all you see. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Arnold Bennett Everything was still, save the ship-like birds on the pond, the distant children in the plantation, and the slow-moving, small clouds overhead. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James The wonder now lived again, lived in the recollection of what papa had said to Miss Overmore: “I’ve only to look at you to see you’re a person I can appeal to for help to save my daughter. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Sigmund Freud Mother wanted to stop and save her jewel-case; but Father said: “I refuse to let myself and my two children be burnt for the sake of your jewel-case. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

She could never be aught to him save one more memory of pain, save one remembrance the more to embitter the career which not even hope would ever illumine. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

G. K. Chesterton God alone knows what the conscience can survive, or how a man who has lost his honor will still try to save his soul. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

All the expedients, all the defences employed to save property, often proved useless, sometimes even more injurious to the owners. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Theodore Dreiser What I want to do is to save us both — put us on easy street for the rest of our lives, whatever they say or do, and it’s in your power, with my help, to do that for both of us. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Life had few joys for her, save intellectual, but you saw on her countenance the light of freedom. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

James Joyce Lord save us! And ho! Hey? What all men. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

George Meredith You save me from a thousand vexations. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Jules Verne The young woman’s heart revolted against so heinous a charge, and when she saw that she could attempt to do nothing to save her protector, she wept bitterly. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

As he had a long distance to walk, it was after midnight when he reached Lombard Street, which, not being inhabited by any of the working classes, was now quite deserted save by the watchman. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Robert Louis Stevenson There is no sign of American interference, save where a headboard has been torn from a grave to be a mark for pistol bullets. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing There was no cause for it, surely none, save a physical need. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

To save several miles of roundabout travelling, we attempted to cross one of these, which, though not very broad, was exceedingly long to the north and south, and lay right across our track. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Arnold Bennett He, Edwin, was to be pitied; but nobody save himself would perceive that he was to be pitied. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence There was no sound save the noise, the faint shuffling noise from Stacks Gate colliery, that never ceased working: and there were hardly any lights, save the brilliant electric rows at the works. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

James Anthony Froude Yet, said I, I will pray: so I went to prayer, and I uttered words to this effect: Lord, Satan tells me that neither Thy mercy nor Christ’s blood is sufficient to save my soul. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Alfred Tennyson No want was there of human sustenance, Soft fruitage, mighty nuts, and nourishing roots; Nor save for pity was it hard to take The helpless life so wild that it was tame. Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson [1864]

It had been too late then to save the drowned man, though artificial respiration had been kept up for a long time. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was like no weather that exists anywhere, save in Paradise and in Italy; certainly not in America, where it is always too strenuous on the side either of heat or cold. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

We couldn’t save him—nobody could. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We are a society of peace, save alone where traitors are concerned. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Anthony Trollope And thus there was no such attempt, and poor Owen became the subject of ill report without any substantial effort having been made to save him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

We’ve got at least six hours before us in which to do something, and if we want to save our lives we had better look sharp and decide what that something is to be. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I could produce your confession at the last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall not use it unless it is absolutely needed. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Charles Dickens The distant noises in the house had ceased, and out of doors all was quiet; save for the occasional barking of some deep-mouthed dog, and the shaking of the branches by the night wind. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Ford Madox Ford She did it, however, to save her young man from going to prison. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Your husband will never know I have asked you these questions, and it was to save getting the information from him that I approached you. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Walter Besant To whom should she bequeath her wealth, save to your honour?’ ‘True,’ said Tom, ‘it is natural. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Wilkie Collins The last particulars which our reporter was able to collect at the hospital were, that the surgeon expected to save his patient’s life, and the sight of one of his eyes. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Virginia Woolf And yet Richard couldn’t have said that to save his life! Why these people stood that damned insolence he could not conceive. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edith Wharton You saved my child once — do you suppose I can forget? But now it’s my turn — it’s I who must save her. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Jules Verne They could make no attempt to save themselves, succour could only come from without. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens That person’s name? Why, Wemmick.” I could not have spoken one word, though it had been to save my life. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton Durham coloured still more deeply: he saw that she was determined to save her pride by making what he had to say of the utmost difficulty. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Sinclair Lewis She boasted that though she had had fifty-seven lovers (“And, my dear, one was a real Prince — well, pretty real”), she had never let one of them give her anything save a few frocks. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser It is up to you and me, George, to save ourselves, and that’s what I’m here for now. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I was forced to tell my tale, and I told it unhesitatingly, for I knew I could not save him — if I wanted to — and I knew I should save her or die in the attempt. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald For sixteen years he had gone his own way without direction, due to his natural combativeness and to the fact that no older man save John Granby had yet captured his imagination. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope There’s fountains there And crosses fair;   There’s water-gods with urns; There’s organs three, To play, d’ye see?   “God save the Queen,” by turns. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Florence Dixie I want you to try and find your wife and save herT “Ask anything but that,” he cried desperately. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Abraham Merri I said to myself, ‘If they think I have no ears to hear, they will speak; and it may be I will find a way to save my Helma and Dr. Goodwin’s friends, too. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Benjamin Disraeli If you really loved me as you say, you would save me this. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

It knew none of the games that the magpie invented save one, and that was a kind of aerial “peep-bo” to which the brainier bird lured it by means of a prize. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Hardy The crowd was now busy at work, and tried to save a little of the furniture of the inn. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Telegraphic inquiries had been already made which showed that Marx knew nothing of his customer save that he was a good payer. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Sorry the hotel bus wasn’t running, so as to save your walking all this way, but you know what these summer resorts are. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Do not suppose that I should in the slightest degree in the world discuss the question with you, whether you would not be ruined in endeavoring to save me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Charles Kingsley Perhaps they will be always painful; perhaps his dull brain will never dream, save under the influence of indigestion, or hunger, or an uncomfortable attitude. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

George Meredith Military science has made a mailed giant of Verona, and a silent one, save upon occasion. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Sinclair Lewis Moved by his coolness to a new passion of love Theo flung her arm, bare as the sleeve of her bathrobe fell from it, about his seamed neck, beseeching: “Don’t save anything but the cloisonné. Things by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith Many would take him at his word; all—all save Lady Jocelyn! Rose the first! Because he stood so high with her now he feared the fall. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

There was something which could save her — something if that something would come. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Rudyard Kipling For England’s sake, to save war, I should e’en be forced (I told ’em so) to give him up their young lives. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

D. H. Lawrence We shall do it while they aren’t looking: for their own good, to save the industry. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

But it could not save exposure; it could not keep the facts from the world. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Kate Chopin The dinner was quiet and uninteresting, save for the cheerful efforts of Arobin to enliven things. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

After that time I shall feel it my duty to do my utmost at once to save the life of an innocent man. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Will you give shelter to this wounded comrade of mine, and thereby save the life of one whom you consorted with a year back in Calidon?” “But this is but a poor manse, my lord. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Calling off the dogs, the hunt went farther afield, Ned exhorting both; but naught was seen save ordinary vermin. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

I have had no other case of puerperal fever in my own practice for three years, save those above related, and I do not remember to have lost a patient before with this disease. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Robert Louis Stevenson One to wait, like a poor mewling baby, till Fate save or ruin him; the other to take his troubles in his hand, and to perish or be saved at once. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott Mr. Lovel, or whatever your name is, fly and save yourself — Bear all witness, I provoked this matter. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

But how could there be such a world? What knowledge have we of anything, save through our own minds? All happenings are in the mind. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

I honour my dead father, I honour you, when I try to save you from the perdition of a second marriage. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sinclair Lewis I think God turned me black to save my soul, if I have any beyond ledgers and college yells. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens It had never made any public demonstration; had scarcely ever been heard of, save through him; had never been seen; and was supposed by many to be the mere creature of his disordered brain. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

To save myself it was necessary to prove Dwight Pollard true. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Nothing else was notable on deck, save where the loose topsail had played some havoc with the rigging, and there hung, and swayed, and sang in the declining wind, a raffle of intorted cordage. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing But in return for this friendly service he had rendered nothing, save a few half-hearted words of encouragement. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassan At any rate, she took care to save appearances, and that was all he asked for. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

Rafael Sabatini Then, too, the wound in Casanova’s hand producing considerable inflammation, three surgeons in consultation decided that it must be amputated to save his life. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

I walked all the way to save the money. Signa by Ouida

Miss Whitney is well quit of him: and I’m thankful I came back in time to save her. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

Thomas Wolfe The negro, of course, had none, save perhaps a few personal possessions and some wretched little furniture — a bed, a chair, a table, a kitchen stove. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing Of the dealings between Nancy and her legal guardians Tarrant learned nothing, save the bare fact that her marriage was avowed, and all benefit under her father’s will renounced. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arnold Bennett But he could read nothing in it save her sadness, save that she had suffered. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing Surely there needed but a little common-sense, a little decision, to save himself from this rushing current. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Some whose houses were nearest the river had been quick enough to save a portion of their poor possessions, and to get them packed on barges; but these were the wise minority. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Andrew Lang And while he was rubbing her sides the horse said to him: ‘Every kind of drink will they offer you, but see you take none, save whey and water only. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing The room was much like the other in which the sisters had lived, save that it had a brighter outlook. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing If she spoke falsely, it was to save her sister. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang No heir had he, neither son nor daughter, save one young man only; such an one as I shall tell you. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

And he stooped down to see if he could not save the unknown object which La Mole wished to hide from him; but the miniature was literally ground to powder. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Virginia Woolf Morning and evening they watched him, but, save that his breathing was regular and his cheeks still flushed their habitual deep rose, he gave no sign of life. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H. Rider Haggard Well, it is not a good world — nobody can say that it is, save those who wilfully blind themselves to facts. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Indeed no one ever ventured to doubt his wisdom on all practical matters — save his mother, who seeing him almost every day, had a stronger bias towards her younger son. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Civilisation presented itself as some catastrophic project as little concerned with men — save as victims — as a cyclone or a planetary collision. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope Suppose that I did not save him, but that he brought me to shipwreck instead?” “That could not be!” “Could it not? I think it might be so very well. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens The Bigwig family (composed of all the stateliest people thereabouts, and all the noisiest) had undertaken to save him the trouble of thinking for himself, and to manage him and his affairs. Nobody’s Story by Charles Dickens

George Meredith Had I been gentler I might have known that his nature was compelled to look forward to something, and he discerned nothing in the future, save the task of raising a memorial to a faithful servant. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arnold Bennett She knew nothing of the rest of the flat save by sound. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing On the morrow he was scarcely more at ease, and for several days he lived totally without occupation, save in his harassing thoughts. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope Not to save his life could he have whispered a word of this to anyone, but he had felt it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle We had never before seen them save at night, and indeed they are nocturnal animals save when disturbed in their lairs, as these had been. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

He retires into the country, to save and to paint; he grows slovenly and discontented; ‘the world does not appreciate him,’ he says, and he runs away from the world. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. Rider Haggard This medicine will save your life, and if I let it fall you will die, and there is no more in the house. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle This was the more remarkable since the house which he occupied was a large one, and it was known that his success in practice had enabled him to save considerable sums. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Leo Tolstoy No one was to be seen on any side, save a black human figure in front at the border-line, a gun slung on his back, and at his feet a dog. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

It’ll be rough, but it’ll save some helm, and give me a hand free if I want it. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

There was nothing to be seen in the valley save the green grass and the big rocks, and nothing to be heard but the icy wind sighing through the grass and the occasional note of a bird. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

But the most of their fleet was burned there in the harbour to save it from our hands. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson At this time I believe my patron and his wife were rarely together, save at meals. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth Her motive at first, to save Lady Davenant’s life, was good; but then her weakness afterwards, in being persuaded time after time by Cecilia, could not well be excused. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing She was never quite still save when Mrs. Ormonde sat by her, but at those times she generally kept her face averted, closing her eyes if either of her nurses seemed to watch her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Oliver Goldsmith It was therefore out of my power to give my son any assistance, either in attempting to save our goods, or preventing the flames spreading to our corn. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Rudyard Kipling As he explained to Probert, the janitor of the flats, the night after the doctor had spoken ‘The ‘ole game of gettin’-on is to save your bloke trouble. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Gissing As if to save her ears, Serena went to the piano and began to play. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

H. Rider Haggard When shall a man see another? And lo! save for many bruises and the cutting of the rope about my middle, I am not greatly hurt, for the water broke the weight of his tail when he smote me with it. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells There was nothing for me now but to stick it for at least a year, get some better clothes, save a few pounds, hammer away at my writing, and hope for some chance of escape. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling You know how they blink at the light? Then he must have walked off an’ opened Margetts’ stable door to save the horses. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle In vain the money of the lodge — money squeezed by blackmail out of the whole countryside — was spent like water in the attempt to save them. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Henry Adams Diplomacy held diplomats apart in order to save Governments, but Earl Russell could not hold Mr. Adams apart. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Marjorie Bowen No sound broke the stillness save the little murmur of the wind, the occasional clank of the bridles of the idle horses. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arnold Bennett In the presence of Edwin, Janet’s extreme good-nature forgot everything save that he was there, a stranger to be received and cherished. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. Rider Haggard These two women, living thus together, had nothing whatsoever in common, save that Miss Terry took some reflected interest in beetles. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Elizabeth Gaskell It’s not th’ first time as I’ve heared of a spirit coming upon earth to save a man’s life i’ time o’ need. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope Not one penny if it were to save you from the gaol tomorrow! This is too bad!’ and the earl again walked to the door, against which Lord Kilcullen leaned his back. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

She’s very rich, you know, and they say she only married old Badger Knox to save his hounds from being sold to pay his debts, and then she took the horn from him and hunted them herself. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Maria Edgeworth You know I can never forget your jumping so courageously into the river, to save the life of your friend. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Berkeley Qu. If we imported neither claret from France, nor fir from Norway, what the nation would save by it? 164. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

She saw suddenly, as in a glass, the nobility, the humility, and the benevolence of the man sitting beside her, and his intense desire to save her from what he believed to be a cruel action. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Why shouldn’t I save what I can? I can’t save myself without her. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There was nothing in the room save a Chippendale cabinet on which was a bowl of Christmas roses. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Wilkie Collins He would have married me if I had not gone away to save him from it. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Willa Cather But they would go to any amount of trouble and no inconsiderable expense to save him a few thousand francs. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jack London They were a trio of philanthropists striving to save Curly Jim from himself and his own philanthropy. Lost Face by Jack London

The only table I had been able to save from my wife. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]