Phrases with "sentences"

You can use your dainty sentences with her; she is of your Order!” “What! she wishes —” “Go!” reiterated the Little One with a stamp of her boot. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

A. E. W. Mason Ethne looked about her, as though she was summoning her resources, and even composing her sentences ready for delivery to the man who was walking steadily towards her across the lawn. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Edith Wharton But suddenly her glance fell on some pencilled sentences on the fly-leaf. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

So I ruined one of the finest sentences of his disregarded monologue by cutting it short without ceremony. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Thomas Hardy The sentences were but fragmentary, but she could easily piece them out. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

His Honour the County Court Judge, as Peter’s oldest relation present, proposed it, and in a few crisp and lawyer-like sentences wished his nephew long years of health and happiness. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

H. G. Wells But he found these sentences hard to choose. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Samuel Johnson His sentences have neither studied amplitude nor affected brevity; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

The four identical sentences seemed to hint that ‘Deep Breathing’ had Boche affiliations. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He remembered the sentences over which he had brooded half the night. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

It seemed to him that in spite of his effort to bear in mind that the whole should be greater than any part, his chapters broke up into sentences and his sentences into forlorn and ungregarious words. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

In the opening sentences in this letter, Hawthorne comes within an inch of disclosing his political opinions, and yet provokingly fails to do so. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Meredith Smiling inwardly, he said, and the sentences were not enigmas to her: “Surely, too, young ladies. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The two concluding sentences were a key to the whole dialogue. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

M. R. James The rest of us wanted to have our sentences passed, and get on to something else, so some kicked him under the desk, and I, who was next to him, poked him and whispered to him to look sharp. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Thomas Hobbes For all laws are general judgements, or sentences of the legislator; as also every particular judgement is a law to him whose case is judged. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Robert Louis Stevenson Baudelaire has a few dainty sentences on the fancies that we are inspired with when we look through a window into other people’s lives; and I think Dickens has somewhere enlarged on the same text. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe What said he? — some broken sentences I heard. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Grant remembered Christine’s letter with its easy sentences and its individual hand, and marveled for the thousandth time at the mystery of breeding. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Edith Wharton But somehow the sentences moved, the words seemed alive — if he’d had to do it again he didn’t know that he’d have done it very differently. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Elizabeth Gaskell Beautiful are those sentences out of James Martineau’s sermons; some of them gems most pure and genuine; ideas deeply conceived, finely expressed. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The distinguished soldier, who was suffering from a cold, fired off a few husky sentences only, to the tune of rounds of applause. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Virginia Woolf I wonder how it is that they don’t see it?” She was carrying plates and cups from the cupboard as she spoke, so that her sentences were more than usually broken apart. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Thomas Hardy The sentences of her tragi-comedy, her life, confused till now, became clearer daily. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Sinclair Lewis Mostly she talked of the boulevards and Pere Dureon, of Debussy and artichokes, in little laughing sentences that sprang like fire out of the dimness of the mist. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain There are names, and Christian symbols, and prayers, or sentences expressive of Christian hopes, carved upon nearly every sarcophagus. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Mary Webb They had let fall such sentences as ‘He got the better of me,’ ‘I cried out, and he thought someone was coming, and he let me go. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Louisa May Alcott A knot of heads gathered about her, and Amy strained her ears to hear what was going on, for broken sentences filled her with curiosity, and frequent peals of laughter made her wild to share the fun. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Half a sheet of paper and a couple of sentences would do it, I should think; the fewer words the better. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Carlyle on Charles Lamb, few as the sour sentences are, must always warn us to be careful how we follow Carlyle “on” anybody whomsoever. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

I am not so preoccupied with the mystery of Race as I used to be, but leave this sentence and other sentences like it unchanged. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Virginia Woolf The deft little sentences seemed to build up a pagoda; sparely but accurately; and through it all ran some queer breath of mockery tinged with affection. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He smoked slowly, deeply affected and uttering sentences between the puffs. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells Certain sentences he had brought ready for use in his mind came up and he delivered them abruptly. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

He was realizing for the first time in his life (with a sudden joy in the discovery) the effect of whisky to unloose the brain; sentences went hurling through his brain with a fluency that thrilled. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

But the strange, uncanny, startling thing about it was that the voice which uttered these staccato sentences was not Bubbles’ well modulated, drawling voice. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

H. G. Wells Most were practically sentences by courts martial. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He went out and crossed the corridor to another office, whose occupant, spread over a table, was marking sentences in newspaper cuttings. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Virginia Woolf Are they nice?” “Rather dull,” said Rachel. “He wrote awfully well, didn’t he?” said Clarissa; “— if one likes that kind of thing — finished his sentences and all that. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing After a few introductory sentences exchanged, Arthur proceeded to state the object of his visit. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Both sentences had been executed. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

After that you could see the jokes coming three sentences away. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Elizabeth Gaskell His health seemed shaken, he spoke half sentences in his sleep, which showed that in his dreams he was battling on his mother’s behalf against an unkind and angry world. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Still they exchanged a few words, quite commonplace, slowly articulated sentences which seemed to assume a deep meaning, and to linger in the air after having been spoken. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Meredith Pat’ll lengthen her sentences for her. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

No; the other girl, Janet Black, was listening too now and then, catching disjointed sentences with no sense in them, as one hears a few shouted words in a high wind. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

George Meredith Whether or not the sentences were just, the judges should have sometimes shifted places. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The sentences were as cutting as strokes from a whip. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Little by little the sentences ran into each other; at length his cigar dropped from his fingers, his head fell forward, and he was fast asleep. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jules Verne La literie se composait de fourrage sec jeté dans deux cadres de bois peints en rouge et ornés de sentences islandaises. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Algernon Blackwood Her sentences ran into each other. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H.P. Lovecraft His voice, if queer, was at least soothing; and I could not even perceive that he breathed as the fluent sentences rolled urbanely out. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

H. G. Wells Buzard broke in with some sentences of reply. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Leslie Stephen Johnson’s sentences seem to be contorted, as his gigantic limbs used to twitch, by a kind of mechanical spasmodic action. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

These sentences of 1835 represent a transition stage:— Conservatism I cannot attempt to conserve, believing it to be a portentous embodied sham. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

H. G. Wells Their sentences were usually simple and of two words, and I failed to convey or understand any but the simplest propositions. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Thomas Hardy The time at which the sentences were to be carried out had arrived, and to make the journey and obtain admission at such short notice required at least her husband’s assistance. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Gissing Politeness required such sentences as these, and it was very rarely indeed that Mr. Gresham deviated from the laws of conventional courtesy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her sentences generally began with an assertion which was disproved by what followed. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Gissing Mr. Bower was clearly distinguishable by his personal importance and the ennui, not to be disguised, with which he listened to the opening sentences of the lecture. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He recalls an old professor saying to him once: ‘Yes, we philosophers, whenever we wish, can go so far that in a couple of sentences we can put ourselves where nobody can follow us. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sinclair Lewis Anything I can tip you off on?” (He wondered whether once, as a young Rhetoric coach in a good line of business, he would have ruled out sentences ending in or on an “off on. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence His sentences were clumsy, he was only half articulate. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

I therefore dismissed her on the spot, and gave her, as a sister and free woman, to Uledi and his pretty Mhmula wife, giving Bombay orders to carry the sentences into execution. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I could cite from the seventeenth century sentences and phrases of edge not to be matched in the nineteenth. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

A tirade against the rich and a loud call to battle could be gleaned from the few sentences they had heard. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Gertrude Stein Sentences not only words but sentences and always sentences have been Gertrude Stein’s life long passion. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Wilkie Collins I have only ventured on writing these few additional sentences because my marriage is the moral of my story. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

It was a soft clear evening, and we loitered, speculating upon the possible meanings of the violent and incoherent sentences which I had just been reading. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Washington Irving These were potent talismans, over which he repeated many sentences in an unknown tongue. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

George Gissing He supplemented his sentences with gestures and smiles, glancing about the room meantime with looks of much curiosity. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Virginia Woolf The child who formed her sentences so finely when she was fifteen never ceased to form them, and never wrote for the Prince Regent or his Librarian, but for the world at large. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

E. F. Benson Lucia’s eloquent well-ordered sentences had nothing impromptu about them; what she said was evidently all thought out and probably talked out. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Ann Radcliffe She faithfully repeated the substance of the incoherent sentences that had met her ear; while she spoke, he regarded her with a fixed attention. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Jules Verne You are condemned to death, and you know, in sentences for crimes of that nature, the government is forbidden the right of commuting the penalty. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Marjorie Bowen I am afraid of HIM.” The last two sentences were underlined, the last word twice. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

Virginia Woolf He talked incessantly, and in sentences composed as carefully as his writing. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Meredith You have been trained to shudder at the demagogue?’ ‘I do not shudder,’ said Clotilde. ‘A diamond from the lapidary!—Your sentences have many facets. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Anthony Trollope He had allowed his mind to run revel, instead of tying it down to the formation of sentences and construction of arguments. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

She was leaning towards Malignon, murmuring broken sentences in his ear, and bursting into loud laughter as he gave her whispered answers. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Algernon Blackwood He recalled the sentences the woman had used. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

E. F. Benson Such sentences as these, all culled from those first two chapters, are characteristic of his style: I had no desire to aggravate his impatience previous to inspecting the penetralium. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Resignedly Abe shook hands with Rosemary; he composed his face slowly, holding her hand a long time and forming sentences that did not emerge. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Matthew Arnold The sentences of Seneca44 are stimulating to the intellect; the sentences of Epictetus are fortifying to the character; the sentences of Marcus Aurelius find their way to the soul. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Algernon Blackwood The sentences dropped one by one from her lips just as I expected. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They exchanged stray sentences through dinner, and she made up her mind to see him again. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had no sense of whither my sentences were going, such as one has with a public meeting well under one’s eye. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Some sentences from the document David read aloud, and in his voice there was bitter scorn. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Thomas Hughes Are you sure you remember what the Doctor said to you?” “Yes. And I’ll swear I couldn’t make out one of my sentences to-day. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Sidney Colvin The sentences quoted prove it to have been written not in autumn but in spring. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

George Meredith Nevertheless, he did his business of catching and worrying my poor unwary sentences too neatly for me, an admirer of real force and aptitude, to feel vindictive. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

And yet the very volumes that furnish the largest number of ill-begotten sentences contain many passages of sustained dignity, sober strength, and proportioned beauty. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edgar Allan Poe Still, had I not been too greatly excited, there would have been ample time enough for me to peruse the whole three sentences before me — for I saw there were three. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The long-continued evil habits of their parents, who generally on both sides had served sentences of transportation, had rendered them quite indifferent to virtue and inured to vice. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Thomas Hardy He could pack them into sentences like a workman, but practically was nowhere. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Sarah Orne Jewett The sentences failed to catch these lovely summer cadences. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Their sentences were indeterminate — long, complex, drifting, and connected together by conjunctions into a loose aggregate. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Arnold Bennett She tried to continue reading, but the sentences conveyed nothing to her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The sentences seemed to rise up from off the printed pages to condemn her. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Some of Oscar Wilde’s sentences unfold like wild, exotic flowers, in a perfumed beauty that suggests a subtle poison at the heart. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Gertrude Stein She says that listening to the rhythm of his water drinking made her recognise the difference between sentences and paragraphs, that paragraphs are emotional and that sentences are not. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Gertrude Stein My sentences do get under their skin, only they do not know that they do, she has often said. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle He listened with an air of deep distrust when told how an amateur had driven his car and with absorbed interest to the few sentences in which our experiences of the sleeping city were recorded. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

George Gissing He ended at length with beaming visage, his last sentences having a touch of emotion which greatly pleased him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

In the same way several sentences were simultaneous and not a paragraph. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Meredith She liked him, abhorred the thought of losing any of her friends, so the cajoling sentences ran until Westlake betrayed an inflammable composition, and had to be put out, and smoked sullenly. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Virginia Woolf Her sentences were more broken than usual. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Marjorie Bowen Two sentences of my dying speech stuck in my mind. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

Desiring to have his reasons for liking him, I could only gather the sentences —“I known’t: he pays dad back what he gies to me—he curses daddy for cursing me. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Virginia Woolf Moreover, a book is not made of sentences laid end to end, but of sentences built, if an image helps, into arcades or domes. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

I learned, from some sentences that escaped them, that they were on their way to the court, which was then at—, where they expected to meet other friends. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

In Sir Dace Fontaine’s passionate anger, he explained the whole to us, taking but a few short sentences to do it. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Sigmund Freud What follows in the later sentences of this paragraph applies to the secondary gain. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They began their sentences with “Listen!” and their faces wore expressions of rather tried patience. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

She had a habit of leaving her sentences unfinished, like Rosa Dartle, though for a different reason. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I am sick of the unchanging sentences of the judges, and the verdicts of juries who are determined to convict. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hobbes Seventhly, it is an argument of indigestion, when Greek and Latin sentences unchewed come up again, as they use to do, unchanged. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Isabella Bird There was one man on the hill to the right, with whom the guide exchanged some sentences in patois. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Wilkie Collins The tone of the closing sentences is still studiously cold. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing Neither did she refer to it in the few sentences she uttered. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Fall made him clinch his hands and tremble and repeat idiotic sentences to himself, and make brisk abrupt gestures of command to imaginary audiences and armies. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

I find two sentences in my notes containing the pith of the whole. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell Then he read it again, as if he had not previously mastered its contents, and as if there might be some sentence or sentences he had overlooked. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

He punctuated his sentences with sighs, even when speaking of the most indifferent matters, and assumed all sorts of preposterous airs and graces, to the secret amusement of his companions. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Jules Verne Dr. Ferguson, not having understood them, shouted some sentences in Arabic, at a venture, and was immediately answered in that language. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

A torrent of words was poured into the enigmatical, the fateful silence; outlandish, angry words, mixed with words and even whole sentences of good English, less strange but even more surprising. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Somebody behind shouted, “The Government’s broken the law,” and Oliver felt a little cold as he heard this final reduction of his own sentences to a supposed fact. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

This is particularly noticeable in the latter half of the Nights. He takes hundreds — nay thousands — of sentences and phrases from Payne, often without altering a single word. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope The task was so troublesome that she was compelled to recopy the whole of her long letter, because the sentences as first written did not please her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

W. W. Jacobs He read it somewhat jerkily, omitting sentences and halves of sentences which he thought might not interest the old man, or perhaps, what was more likely, would interest him a great deal. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

He stammered out a few incoherent sentences about infidels, wine, and the want of rain, and then remained immovable. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Ford Madox Ford The fellow when he used short sentences was incomprehensible because of his dialect. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

A couple of sentences passed and the car stopped by the roadside, a score of paces past the limit of the garden. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Leslie Stephen The set of phrases and the peculiar mould into which his sentences were cast, was already the accepted type for poetry which aimed at dignity. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Meredith Aware that the sentences were poison, she summoned her constitutional antagonism to the mad step proposed, so far nullifying the virus as to make her shrink from the madness. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

H. G. Wells The written text took upon itself a resonance of Benham’s voice; it eked out the hints and broken sentences of his remembered conversation. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson The success of three simple sentences lures us into a fatal parenthesis in the fourth, from whose shut brackets we may never disentangle the thread of our discourse. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Two sentences had been passed on Juliana: one on her heart: one on her body: ‘Thou art not loved’; and, ‘Thou must die. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The whole infinitude of the physical universe is invoked in his sweeping sentences to crush the presumption of man. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

The sentences would not make sense to my restless mind, and I could not follow the maps. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

I especially fear being condemned to death by sentences pronounced behind closed doors, in a fortified castle, before faces as ugly as those about me. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Guy de Maupassan After trying for an hour, and after filling five pages with sentences which had no connection one with the other, he said: “I am not yet familiar with the work. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

He has also some choice sentences regarding church and state, culled from the banners in use at the last election, with which he intersperses his conversation at intervals with surprising effect. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jules Verne His sentences were well turned, his words clear, and his fluency of speech remarkable. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu What a pity we shall never know those sentences that have been cut away,” said Miss Fanshawe. “That skull is worth sketching; won’t you try it?” said Cleve. “No, not for the world. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Murmured sentences were exchanged and the Archbishop went up to the altar. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The stupidity of the phrase appalled me while I was trying to finish it, but the power of sentences has nothing to do with their sense or the logic of their construction. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Fain would I search out the meaning of words faintly gasped with intermingled sobs and broken sentences half-audibly spoken between earth and the judgment-seat. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells He threw them phrases and sentences to provoke an argument. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells His sentences had the readiness of long-matured expression. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell She repeatedly used the same language in speaking about it, till Molly knew the sentences and their sequence even to irritation. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Gertrude Stein But to return to those old days in the Casa Ricci and the first beginnings of those long sentences which were to change the literary ideas of a great many people. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin did not know of the picture her disjointed, sobbed-forth sentences and words made clear. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson After each few sentences he paused, to give himself time to produce something between a creak and a snore — an abortive attempt to get at a mucus that was plainly out of reach. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson I think I see you — for I try to see you in the flesh as I write these sentences — I think I see you leap at the word pigsty, a hyperbolical expression at the best. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Those sentences might bear another interpretation to the obvious one. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony had a book with him; he propped it open against the butter-cooler, and snatched sentences as he ate. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Marie Corelli One never comes out of the grave!” With an effort Varillo tried to control the tremor of his nerves, and to understand and reason out these enigmatical sentences of his companion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Maria Edgeworth They used to read to me, and, among other things, some papers of ‘The Rambler,’ which I liked not at all; its tripod sentences tired my ear, but I let them go on — as well one sound as another. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

There came to her almost a cloud of phrases and sentences in different voices — preceding, accompanying, following, incidents that had certainly not been talk. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

W. H. Hudson I spoke, too, of things I had witnessed in my five years’ service; the cruel sentences from which there was no appeal, the torments, the horrible deaths so often inflicted. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Jack London Thus, there came a day when I caught the code at the right initial, listened to two clear sentences of conversation, and, the next time they talked, failed to understand a word. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Wilkie Collins Every other word in her letter was underlined; half the sentences began with “Oh!”; Regina was shocked, astonished, ashamed, alarmed. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

There are examples of these — copiousness in Thucydides, gracefulness in Lysias, restraint in Demosthenes. That is copious which by combination of words and sentences has great emphasis. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

He paused, but Chloe only waited for him to proceed as (he thought) she had so often done while he dictated the sentences of Organic Law. He went on. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Of this sort is Asyndeton when the conjunctions uniting sentences are removed. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

F. Scott Fitzgerald We hadn’t reached West Egg village before Gatsby began leaving his elegant sentences unfinished and slapping himself indecisively on the knee of his caramel-colored suit. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing The consequence was that he soon began to speak freely, to pick his words, no balance his sentences and shun the commonplace. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope Nor could he learn half-a-dozen sentences by rote. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The sentences made themselves; and Boulte listened, leaning against the door-post with his hands in his pockets. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Gertrude Stein He admitted that the sentence was one of the most beautifully balanced sentences he had ever heard, but still did the ring follow the moon. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Mrs. Gaskell She began many sentences without ending them, running them one into another, in much the same confused sort of way in which written words run together on blotting-paper. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Machen And then the writing became clear, clearer than it was at the beginning of the manuscript, and the sentences flowed more easily, as if the cloud on Secretan’s mind had lifted for a while. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hardy After this she uttered a few occasional sentences which seemed to persuade him that she suspected nothing. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Ford Madox Ford But she watched and watched, and uttered apparently random sentences about Florence before the girl, and she perceived that he had no grief and no remorse. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

G. K. Chesterton Almost every one of those crazy sentences simply stands for one of the adventures in what would be called by most people a very unadventurous life. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

M. R. James Yes, of course it was me: who do you suppose it would be if it warn’t?” We will take as read the sentences about my surprise. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

I was so tired that I had to form my sentences laboriously, as if I were speaking a half-understood foreign tongue. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Mrs. Gaskell Confound it! I could make a good lesson out of it if I were a parson; but, as it is, I can’t get a tail to my sentences — only I’m sure you feel what I want to say. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Algernon Blackwood As long as possible, however, I postponed this little climax, and tried to ignore or laugh at the occasional sentences he flung into the emptiness. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

George Meredith She brought about an exchange of sentences between him and her furious admirer, sparing either of them a glimpse of which was the sacrifice to the other, amusing them both. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Virginia Woolf As they went upstairs two steps at a time, Evelyn, who still kept hold of Rachel’s hand, ejaculated broken sentences about not caring a hang what people said. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson Would not this simple rule make a new world out of the old and cruel one which we inhabit? [After two more sentences the fragment breaks off. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle What have you to say to it?” He was, indeed, a formidable old man, for his white beard bristled with fury and he barked out the little sentences like a savage hound. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Arthur Morrison There were two sentences of six months’ imprisonment recorded against him, one of three months, and two of a month. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Soon even these sentences trailed away into the vast surrounding stillness. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Arthur Conan Doyle The owner of the grounds glared at me over his brother-inlaw’s shoulder, and I caught broken scraps of sentences —“well-known wishes . Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. G. Wells Dictating made his sentences more copious and open, and the effect of the young lady’s by no means acquiescent back was to make him far more explicit than he tended to be pen in hand. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Meredith They thought of certain possible sentences Matey and Browny would exchange; but the plain, conceivable, almost visible, outside of the letter had a stronger spell for them than the visionary inside. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Sinclair Lewis Two young men in brown robes like furniture-covers were gesturing vacuously and droning cryptic sentences full of repetitions. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell These were being removed into the most convenient situations when Molly and Sylvia entered the church, and after two or three whispered sentences they took their seats on one of these. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing He began to pace the room, repeating to himself in a low voice the trenchant sentences of the note: “Don’t expect me back. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Virginia Woolf Like oars rowing now this side, now that, were the sentences that came now here, now there, from either side of the table. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

There was something in his intonation, in the sounds of the long sentences he used, that startled the two whites. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins By these means, Madame Fontaine removed the first four sentences on the label, and left the writing on it to begin harmlessly with the instructions for repeating the doses. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Thomas Hardy The sentences touched him now as much as when he had first perused them. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Emily was stirring, closing her book, absently pawing for her check as she snatched the last sentences of the story before going back to work. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James Mrs. Hudson’s felicity betrayed itself in a remarkable tendency to finish her sentences and wear her best black silk gown. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins But my attention wandered strangely; I confused one paragraph with another; the longer I read, the less I was able to grasp the meaning, not of sentences merely, but even of the simplest words. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

E. F. Benson He met Lucia at the church door, and in a few vivid sentences described how the unfortunate couple had waded ashore. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]