Phrases with "served"

Having made him what he was, womanlike, the sea served him humbly and let him bask unharmed in the sunshine of its terribly uncertain favour. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Thomas Hardy He has been badly serveddeuced badly served — by a woman. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

What was time with such an end in view? Jacob served fourteen years for Rachel, and this was only forty weeks for a fiddle! Joe was diligent every Saturday sweeping the drive. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Machen It had been designed as a back kitchen and washhouse, but Wilson had draped the ‘copper’ in art muslin and had boarded over the sink, so that it served as a workman’s bench. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling There was Mulvaney, the father in the craft, who had served with various regiments from Bermuda to Halifax, old in war, scarred, reckless, resourceful, and in his pious hours an unequalled soldier. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith The oddness of the instrument in one respect may have served his turn; we have no grounds for thinking him malignant. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Marjorie Bowen He had had as much as he could endure and though she by no means intended to lose any hold on him, she thought that her interests were now best served by conceding all. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

D. H. Lawrence Miss Pinnegar served in the shop on Friday nights. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope In this war they both served under the Consuls, and Cicero served with Sulla. We know nothing of his doings in that campaign. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

In fact, that was to be the general sitting room of the day, and a hot lunch, Richard’s dinner, would be served to Miss Carlyle’s chamber at one o’clock. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

John Galsworthy The East was the home of coffee, but Turkish coffee was a rite, a toy; and, like all rites and toys, served but to titillate the soul. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Frederick Marryat He had long been a follower of the Intendant, and had served in the army. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Joseph Furphy Of course, the diplomatic flunkey-touch of nature has served as a letter of introduction to the man; now I would follow up the national phase of this delicate point of contact. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Meredith He had the art of moulding the men who served him in his own likeness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The prince and all his gentlemen were sitting round a table magnificently served and lighted. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang That purse has served me well for forty years, and no one knows whence I got my riches. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle But I’ve served ’im ten years, and I’m fond of ’im, and, mind you, ‘e’s a great man, when all’s said an’ done, and it’s an honor to serve ’im. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Andrew Lang He found also the same excellence in the wines, which neither he nor the Fairy tasted of till the dessert was served up, which consisted of the choicest sweet-meats and fruits. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

To Donne she always served the treat, and was happy to see his approbation of it proved beyond a doubt, by the fact of his usually eating two pieces of cake, and putting a third in his pocket. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing Moreover, the thing carried dignity with it; he served his Majesty, he served the nation. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

Isabella Bird I have at last engaged Johannes, a strong-looking young Armenian, speaking Turkish and Persian besides Armenian. He has never served Europeans, but has learned baking and the wine trade. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jack London At six o’clock, when I served supper, going on deck to get the food from the galley, I saw Harrison, still in the same position. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Ivan Turgenev By the way, he must have served in the army. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

E. Phillips Oppenheim Luncheon will be served to us here in a few minutes. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

The light sprinklings of rain have served to freshen the air and moisten the soil without diluting the syrupy richness of floral distillations. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Rudyard Kipling The queen could do no wrong, but in following the right, so far as it served her work, she had wounded her one subject more than his own brain would let him know. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

That he had a feeling heart, all who served with him knew, and none more so than Philip Fogarty, the humble writer of this tale of war. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Now, from the time he had arrived, this gentleman had scarcely touched any repast that had been served up to him in his chamber. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

I remember the conversation I had with a very fatherly waiter about the oak jugs, bound with copper, in which they served the wine. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Guy de Maupassant This served as the introduction to their acquaintanceship. Boitelle by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Henry James They served — Delia’s reasons — for Mr. Dosson as well, so that Francie was not guilty of any particular irreverence in regarding her sister rather than her father as the controller of her fate. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle The numerous gas-lamps served only to show more clearly a long line of wooden houses, each with its veranda facing the street, unkempt and dirty. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

He was not a good subject for sickness, had never served his apprenticeship to a sick-bed until now, and the ordeal seemed to him a very long one. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope You calculated on that, I know; or you would never had served me so. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It served no purpose there; it was a side-show, and you paid a penny to go up and down the “moving-staircase. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Now this is why I don’t think he’s dead; a fellow who served a wild boar like that won’t have let a train knock him over. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

At a still earlier period the progenitors of man must have been aquatic in their habits; for morphology plainly tells us that our lungs consist of a modified swimbladder, which once served as a float. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Howlett served me, dumb reproach in his eyes, for the soup had been standing and the grouse was juiceless. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Sinclair Lewis Cass, with his court closed, went in thrice a week and served on the ration board and in bond drives. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

I hoped Hall would get served out. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Jules Verne These heads were those of hostile chiefs who had fallen in battle, and whose bodies had served to feed the conquerors. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Many a nice plump pheasant and tender leveret had been served up at the doctor’s table, and failing higher game, even the homely rabbit had been included in the menu. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

But it is very clear that he put only a part of himself into them; that part which best served the inexorable law of his genius for treating life in a given light. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Pu Songling The meal was served in the general sitting-room, in the midst of noise, laughing, and movement — smoking rice, vegetables preserved in vinegar, and lukewarm wine served in small cups. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

We look upon these few great works, that may be numbered on the fingers of a hand, and wonder what good end was served by the silent shutting of those rich pages that had just begun to open. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was to this that I cautiously groped my way; and you will see how fortune had exactly served me. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

The revellers lingered long over the splendid collation, served in a marquee which had been sent from York for the occasion. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne Our meal, meagre as it had been, served to rally our shattered energies; our hopes were slightly raised; there was no reason why the boatswain should not have the same good luck again. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson The pretty girl served me—do you remember the pretty girl with the yellow hair, who tried to make friends with you last summer? You like roses, too, don’t you? Though not as much as I do. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

MACDUFF: Despair thy charm, And let the Angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripp’d. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins A lively altercation between us (in which Percival, previously instructed by me, refused to interfere) served the purpose in view. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Yet even as she set the king among his mimic forces, the very carvings themselves served to retain their artist in her memory. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Groping into the pitch-dark shed, he knocked against the box, part of whose cover served as table. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Augustine Birrell The fanatics under persecution, served his Majesty. The other party, both in court and city, would have prevented it. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Anthony Trollope That allusion to “an arrangement” had not served to put him in a good humour. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Hence things which have perplexed you and made the case more obscure have served to enlighten me and to strengthen my conclusions. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The latter acted on an inspiration that served him well. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

The poems were sparkling with grace and elegant silvery harmonies; but they served ill to chain her attention, for while she read her eyes wandered at intervals to the chess battalions. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

The person whom Mr. Sheldon came to see was a distinguished bill-discounter, who had served him well in more than one crisis, and on whose service he fancied he could now rely. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edith Wharton The discovery that he needed her, that the task for which he had given her up could after all not be accomplished without her, served to overcome her last resistance. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Still, the excellent municipal lodging-house at Croydon shows how well one can be served for ninepence. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Meredith Something bigger than an island, too, has to be served in our days: that is, if we don’t forget our duty at home. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Men served them in friendly wise without all hate. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Radclyffe Hall Our men have served their country; they have served it gloriously, but a Routledge does not enter a middle-class profession. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

In his eyes and to his conviction, Mme. de Chevreuse not only served the queen in her political intrigues, but, what tormented him still more, in her amorous intrigues. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

No other moment of our stay would have served us so well for a first general impression of Vicenza as that twilight hour. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson His meals appeared on the table as by clockwork, served as he liked them, cooked to a turn. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

This served to loosen the contents, which seemed tightly packed, but came gradually down until at length they could be seen and drawn forth. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell Tabby’s health had suddenly and utterly given way, and she died in this time of distress and anxiety respecting the last daughter of the house she had served so long. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle Doubtless a true man would have rendered this help to any damsel in distress, and yet it may add to your satisfaction to know that she whom you have served is no stranger to you. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Master he served has many servants, and they have many minds, and now and then a faithful one will be a surly one, as it is in these our mortal mansions. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

E. F. Benson Starvation corner therefore was likely to be a Lenten situation, served with drumsticks and not enough soup to cover the bottom of the plate. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Henry Fielding In this the military gentleman, who had served in Ireland, gave them a very particular account of a new manner of roasting potatoes, and others gave an account of other dishes. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Walter Besant I think I can have it served at half-past nine. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle He might have served Cibber or Gibbons as a model for a statue of impotent rage. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle My manner, however, served to put him at his ease with me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

This dish can be served hot or cold. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

And I served Witchland well: but fate ever fought o’ the other side. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

G. K. Chesterton I should say that the fire-eater, who precipitated it when others might have prevented it, was some sort of worthy Quaker of the type of old Mr. Cadbury, whom I knew and served in my youth. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Leon Trotsky The solitude was unbroken, worse than any I ever experienced afterward, although I served time in nearly twenty prisons. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Tobias Smolle He picked up some scraps of learning while he served young Lord Trifte at the university. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson Born in 1766, Charles served at sea in his youth, and smelt both salt water and powder. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Bessy said it served him right for going at that time of night, and the brother and sister spoke angrily to each other all the way upstairs, and parted without even saying good-night. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Rafael Sabatini He entered the spacious hall at the foot of the main staircase — a hall which served the purpose of the mansion’s principle ante-chamber. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Her beautiful hair was gathered up loosely, and partially bandaged by a kerchief whose purple colour served to deepen the golden hue of her tresses. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Probably, too, the share that Cardinal Federigo had had in his conversion, and the association of his name with that of the convert, served the latter as a sacred shield. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

The late change in their mode of life had served to endear him doubly to her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry Adams Commonly, country visits are much alike, but Monckton Milnes was never like anybody, and his country parties served his purpose of mixing strange elements. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Charles Dickens The man who served it had taken the matter very coolly. The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens

Anthony Trollope Tenants were harassed by needy landlords, and when they were served with forms of ejectment the landlords were simply murdered, either in their own persons or in that of their servants. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Borrow The man was civil, and informed me that he served as a soldier in the British army, under the “great lord,” during the Peninsular war. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Robert Louis Stevenson Once or twice, as I say, in the course of the ages, the forest may have served the peasant well, but at heart it is a royal forest, and noble by old associations. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce The top of the closed square piano served also as a sideboard for viands and sweets. Dubliners by James Joyce

John Galsworthy Here you were served by hairy English waiters in aprons; there was sawdust on the floor, and three round gilt looking-glasses hung just above the line of sight. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray Beef, beer, and pudding will be served to her for that day also. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Guy de Maupassant The dinner was served in the workshop, on long boards supported by trestles, and through the open door they could see all the enjoyment that was going on. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson Chance served us very well; for it was a household of Maclarens that we found, where Alan was not only welcome for his name’s sake but known by reputation. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

It would have served no good purpose, and would only have frightened her needlessly. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Nellie Bly My escort took me into the restaurant where we found something to eat, which was served by a French waiter who could speak some English and understand more. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Gissing It was the dining-room, but all the appropriate furniture had vanished: a couple of bedroom chairs and a deal table served for present necessities. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Wilkie Collins I served my apprenticeship to literature as a hack-author of the lowest degree. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Jules Verne Passepartout had been a sort of vagrant in his early years, and now yearned for repose; but so far he had failed to find it, though he had already served in ten English houses. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Leslie Stephen The masculine vigour of the Examiners served the ministry, who were scarcely less in danger from the excessive zeal of their more bigoted followers than from the resistance of the Whig minority. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had just returned from a walk, and had ordered breakfast to be served in her room. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Edgar Allan Poe Certain accessory points of the design served well to convey the idea that this excavation lay at an exceeding depth below the surface of the earth. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Hardy Never before had the poor child’s natural agility served her in such good stead as now. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Mrs. Ransome has returned without warning, and tonight she will partake of the supper you have always had served for her. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence The fowls were housed in the bigger building, which had served as barn and cow-shed in old days. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Adam Lindsay Gordon In the van of the battle I heard the logs rattle, His stroke never seem’d to diminish, And thrice I drew near him, and thrice he drew clear, For the weight served him well at the finish. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Ralph Waldo Emerson But he made good friends of the selectmen, served them with his best chop, when they supped at his house, and also with his honor the Judge, he was very cordial, grasping his hand. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Sidney Colvin For some years afterwards Webb served as press-reader in the printing-office of Messrs Clowes, being charged especially with the revision of the Quarterly proofs. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

It served him right — he ought to have known better! And if he was so lame he richly deserved it too; by rights, in fact, his leg ought to be much worse. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

There had been a moment when she had thought she would tell Dr. Panton; then she had come to the conclusion that there was no good purpose to be served by telling the strange and dreadful truth. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

But the paper, with its mysterious characters, served for a warrant to the officer who bore it, as the interpreter of the general’s commands. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

A voice accosted me — a very quiet and very musical key of voice — in a language of which I could not understand a word, but it served to dispel my fear. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

John Lewis Burckhard Arrived at Daraou, I had an opportunity of seeing the preparations of my fellow travellers, and of observing that mine were not regulated by that strict economy which served as a rule to the others. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edgar Rice Burroughs It served merely as an avenue from their lofty citadel to the valley below. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Wilkie Collins My mother said it served him right for being always so imprudent; which I thought very hard on him, and I took his part — so harassed too as he was by the tradespeople at that time. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

For he had perceived, with the deadly self-knowledge and self-loathing that come to one at such a time, that what had happened served him perfectly right. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Hast thou forgotten how I served thy brother?’ ‘Nay, we will come with the white man,’ gasped the man. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

The master awakes about 3 P.M. and smokes, visits, plays with his children, and dawdles away his time till the cool sunset, when a second edition of the first meal is served up. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Meredith I ran from home and served as a trooper. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne These had sustained them, and they served to guide the party to the sledge, where there was a considerable quantity of provisions left. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

W. H. Hudson But for a time nothing served to raise her desponding spirits; she still grieved for her lost babe, and seemed ever in fancy listening to its piteous cries for help. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

E. F. Benson The door thus served as an aperture from the room and a support to himself. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Why he served out in South Africa — volunteered. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

One solitary lamp illumined it, but that might as well have been dispensed with, for the wind-tossed jet of flame only served to make the place look even more desolate than before. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope We might even go so far as to have notices served on them; but, if they snap their fingers at us, we can do nothing further. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Had she lived, and hearkened to my counsels, we might have served each other well. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Another account adds to this that “the Irish men and women were hanged, with an Englishman who had served Dr. Sanders, and two others whose arms and legs were broken for torture. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Oscar Wilde An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Their path was repeatedly interrupted by felled trees, or the large boughs which had been left on the ground till time served to make them into fagots and billets. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Robert Louis Stevenson Inland the ground rose into a little hill, which, along with the islet, served as a sailing mark for seamen. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle A slice of coarse bread served usually as a plate, but the King’s own high table was provided with silver platters, which were wiped by the Squire or page after each course. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins It was almost as great a relief to my mind as to Laura’s, to find that my memory had served me, on this occasion, as faithfully as usual. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It seemed to Toby at this time that a veil hung about him which, dim and unreal in itself, served to make all things dim and unreal. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George Gissing Did I play the traitor to you at Cumae? With the Hun this command of Justinian served you in good stead; Veranilda would not otherwise have escaped so easily. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Her work helped to steady her, and the love-scenes in her novels served as a safety-valve for her ardent imagination. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

The most astute scheming could not have served Heemskirk better. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We served you a low-down miserable trick, a trick that no man is likely to forgive. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Thomas More The old men distribute to the younger any curious meats that happen to be set before them, if there is not such an abundance of them that the whole company may be served alike. Utopia by Thomas More

Edith Wharton He had made a clean breast of his past, but had said that, under a man like Mornway, he felt he could wipe out his political sins and purify himself while he served the party. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

A rumour — one of those mysterious rumours that are endemic in war — flew round that hot coffee with brandy in it was about to be served out. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Theodore Dreiser She served tea and cake for them. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

You all came running in and you said it served Master right and they were all glad Mr. Harland had done it. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

He should have treated me with more confidence, I argued, and it served him right. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells Barnet’s book, which has served us so well, is frankly a picture of the world coming about like a ship that sails into the wind. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Louisa May Alcott Language cannot describe the anxieties, experiences, and exertions which Jo underwent that morning, and the dinner she served up became a standing joke. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Her one baby-voice served a multitude of imaginary personages, old and young, to talk withal. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Sir Walter Scott Bertram took a stout sapling, and Dandie selected a club which might have served Hercules himself. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Oliver Goldsmith On these occasions, our two little ones always read for us, and they were regularly served after we had done. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

T. E. Lawrence I served him out of pity, a motive which degraded us both. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Andrew Lang Thus among the kinds of belief which served in the development of Polytheism, was Fetishism, itself an adaptation and extension of the idea of separable souls. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Do not vainly fancy that you shall take your stuff out of storage and find it adapted to the ends that it served before it was put in. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Shalders had to admit that Murat might have served in the stables when a boy. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe These served but to embarrass the narrative and fatigue the attention. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Cabaret is the expression of the present age, and it serves it as aptly as music-hall served the past age. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

If you have served me, I have made it answer your purpose to do so. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Joseph Furphy Next mornin’, a warrant was served on Moore; but, of course, he was bailed. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Henry Handel Richardson He whistled his dog, and Pompey hurried out with a guilty air from the back of the house, where the old shaft stood that served to hold refuse. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

He was attended by such of his household as he chose, his wives and his pages, and was served with his usual pomp and luxury at his meals. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

It was said that the number of desertions in the squadron in which he served was less than in any other in the whole of that cavalry division. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Anthony Trollope The friendship was not very cordial, but such as it was it served its purpose. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I served my time for a corp’ral,  An’ wetted my stripes with pop, For I went on the bend with a intimate friend,  An’ finished the night in the ‘shop. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Champagne had been served and served freely, and Dominey, up to the very gates of that one secret chamber, talked volubly and without reserve. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Nor was it only her intellect that served her; it was her temperament as well. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

John Galsworthy He had ordered the lunch with intense consideration; the wine was a very special Sauterne, the whole appointments of the meal perfect, the coffee served on the veranda super-excellent. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

As to the cardinal, he contented himself with touching with his withered lips a bouillon, served in a golden cup. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

When asked if the names by which he was enrolled were his own, he replied that they were two of his baptismal names, which had served his purpose on entering the army. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry James This was a great help to her afterwards, and it served her (though never as much as she supposed) from the first. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Abraham Merri I went with him to the temples when he served the gods. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

His worn-out passion, resembling in its impotent fierceness the excitement of a senile sensualist, was badly served by a dried throat and toothless gums which seemed to catch the tip of his tongue. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

In these respects they might almost have served as models, but otherwise they were as different as possible. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry James My disaster has served me right — I mean for using that ignoble word at all. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Virginia Woolf Night after night her embroidery served to weave the after-dinner talk into a pleasant harmony. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

They were rather straggling, not very well kept, but they served to convince him that his accounts were forty francs behind, and he would have to economize a little for the next week or two. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Jack London Seven an’ eighty years am I, an’ served my country like a man. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was a strange figure, indeed, in such a gathering, and his companion only served to accentuate the anachronisms of his appearance. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry James This lady struck Paul Overt as altogether pretty, with a surprising juvenility and a high smartness of aspect, something that — he could scarcely have said why — served for mystification. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

He served as third mate on the Rose of Delhi long before he could pass, by law, for second. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

George Meredith He served in the Peninsula, served in Canada, served in India, volunteered for any chance of distinction. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

D. H. Lawrence His very unconsciousness and his very limitation served as a shelter, as one shelters within the limitations of four walls. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling He served the Duke of Burgundy against the Moors in Spain, and was returning to that war with his dogs. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

The sheep was served up on its stake, and our party fell upon it with an intense appetite, whilst, by way of distinction, the ramrod was handed over to me for my share. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Jules Verne Canvas hose let in the air necessary to make the stoves draw; other hose served for escape-pipes for the steam. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Arthur Machen And there were actors who gave the shows in the amphitheatre, officers of the legion who had served in wild places, singers, and dancing girls, and heroes of strange adventure. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Virginia Woolf He served M. Grün up raw, and he remains a crude berry among the cooked meats, upon which our teeth must grate for ever. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Andrew Lang Which of all the white-headed boyards shall I choose as counsellor?’ ‘If you have me, you need no one else: I will serve you as I served your father, if you will only listen to what I say. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence She served him as she would, like a wife, not consulting his wish. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton I guessed the episode of the picture to be inextricably interwoven with the traditions and convictions which served to veil Mrs. Fontage’s destitution not only from others but from herself. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

The conclusion of their late dinner, served in their own rooms, at least found them more comfortable than at any time since that fatal hour when the Cerberus was uncapped. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne It may readily be understood that this similarity of tastes of Jup and Pencroft served to tighten the bonds of friendship which already existed between the honest ape and the worthy sailor. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Rafael Sabatini But he took comfort in the thought that he was well rid of an evil travelling companion, who had served his turn. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

H. Rider Haggard At one o’clock, old Mr. Caresfoot, as was his rule, sat down to lunch, which, frugal as it was, so far as he was concerned, was yet served with some old-fashioned ceremony by a butler and a footman. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope An old assistant huntsman in an old red coat, with one boy mounted on a ragged pony, served for an establishment. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Adams He served David Wells as an active assistant professor of revenue reform, and turned his rooms into a college. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He now expressed his obligations to Graham with as much earnestness as was befitting an Englishman addressing one who has served him, but is yet a stranger; he also begged him to call the next day. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Rudyard Kipling Mercifully, that respectable journal is printed in Japanese, so the hash will not be served up to a large table. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

James Joyce When everyone had been well served Gabriel said, smiling: “Now, if anyone wants a little more of what vulgar people call stuffing let him or her speak. Dubliners by James Joyce

Virginia Woolf He fails, one is tempted to think, chiefly because that admirable gift of his for observation has served him too well. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]