Phrases with "served"

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]

Willa Cather Our dinner will be served up here. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

M. P. Shiel The mere facility with which Randolph discovered the buried jewels by the aid of a dim lantern, should have served as a hint to an educated police not afraid of facing the improbable. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

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

Sir Walter Scott Donald Bean, who had served in France, knew, and perhaps over- estimated, the value of these trinkets. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

It served to concentrate his thoughts, no doubt. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith When I found that he was a man who had courage, and some heart, he gained my friendship once more, and I served him as far as I could—happily, as it chanced. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

E. F. Benson That, however, since he detested them, and this one had served his purpose, was no matter for regret, and he merely wondered a little at the suddenness of its disappearance. The Cat by E. F. Benson

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]

On this afternoon in June luncheon was served in the glass and screen enclosed veranda, a place of yellow light and many comfortable chairs. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle But I pray you, squire, to tell your master that he is very welcome to our court, and that wines and spices will be served him, if he would refresh himself before jousting. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

He’d served one on Chime, too. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

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]

Wilkie Collins My uncle, who had served in the East, thought it looked like a very rare kind of Persian work. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing She talked with her companion far less consistently, for talk served to relieve the oppression of her heart and mind. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The sweet was fruit tart, and he had already served both Bee and Brat, but he returned immediately and with great empressment laid a large meringue on a silver dish in front of Brat’s place. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Willa Cather Many of them abandoned the new overcoats that had been served out at the railhead; others cut off the skirts and made the coats into ragged jackets. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson This was carried out in sheets of cold rain, which soaked the canvas walls and made it doubly hard to get about the clay tracks that served as streets. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins He was from Grimsby, as I told you, and he served his apprenticeship there. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

William Makepeace Thackeray You served Monsieur de Quellenberg two years; he is now with the army in Silesia, but there is your certificate signed by him. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Sinclair Lewis The excellent dinner, cooked by the excellent Swedish maid and served on excellent china that, in a fainting gray, showed the major churches of New England, tasted as the fine maple furniture looked. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

My lesson, I perceived, must to-night be very short; but the orange-trees, the cacti, the camelias were all served now. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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

But though not polished, there was no embarrassment or rusticity in his address, which, where it served his purpose, could be plausible and even insinuating. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Eliot Her hands trembled, but their habit of soothing helpfulness would have served to guide them without the direction of her thought. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wilkie Collins I have got a cracked tea-cup which has served me for twenty years. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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 the hollow stood a small church surrounded by a graveyard; Maitland supposed that it had once belonged to Bothal, but that now it served the scattered parish. The House by the Poppy Field by Marjorie Bowen

George Gissing Two fair-sized bedrooms, and a garret in which the servants could not be persuaded to sleep, served as dormitories for the whole school; the younger children sleeping two together. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

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

Arthur Morrison Viney had been a ship’s officer — had indeed served under Grandfather Nat, who was an old skipper. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

A Phoenician deity he fancied, but surely if his memory served him, a male godling. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Porthos, placing his back against the neighboring rock, made an arch with his foot, which drove the block out of the calcareous masses which served for hinges and cramps. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Edmund Burke They served as a link to unite, in favor of one object, obnoxious wealth to restless and desperate poverty. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Maria Edgeworth It’s my firm persuasion, now, that if I had served you as I served my friend I was talking of, your son there would, ten to one, think I had done him an injury by saving the family plate. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells They served their purpose at the time, but they are not equal to our current needs. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Every foreigner who served in the militia spent his first few weeks in learning to love the Spaniards and in being exasperated by certain of their characteristics. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Theodore Dreiser He wanted dinner served nicely at seven. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Its light hardly served to illuminate the walls. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

But another and larger purpose was not less well served by this probation. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If you can find any tables still standing, champagne will be served as long as you care to stay. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Wilkie Collins Certain hurdles, which had served to exhibit the present satisfactory state of civilization (in jumping) among the upper classes, were removed. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells Science taught the men who served it, and the pupil learnt more than the teacher knew. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will have a sofa-bedstead down, and please understand that all my meals must be served here! Heggs and Morton must take it in turns to sleep in the room, and there must be a watchman outside. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Washington Irving One relates to a venerable dish of peas, served up at Sir Joshua’s table, which should have been green, but were any other color. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Robert Louis Stevenson As for my late Lord Durrisdeer, I served him and loved him near twenty years; and thought more of him the more I knew of him. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rafael Sabatini Of all this Sakr-el-Bahr gathered an impression as, followed by Biskaine and the negroes, he swiftly made his way down from that eyrie that had served him so well. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

His two brothers got themselves speared — served them right. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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]

Ivan Turgenev He served under Suvorov and always told stories about marching across the Alps — inventions probably. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

George MacDonald You would have seen how I served a nurse that was calling a child bad names, and telling her she was wicked. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

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]

Theodore Dreiser His meals were served to him in his room, if he wished. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Chance, however, appeared really to have abandoned the man it had hitherto served so well. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens I might have served Mr. Cruikshank as a subject for a new illustration of the miseries of the Bottle. The National Temperance Society might have made a powerful Tract of me. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith The letter had served its object: ever since the transmission of it the menaces and insults had ceased. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

George Borrow On its being served up the alcalde bade me farewell, having first demanded whether he could in any way forward my plans. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle A shipman with St. Anthony’s fire, and a black man who had served him as cook—those are the pair that we are in chase of. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

It was moss-grown and rotten, and straggling wreaths of wild clematis were entwined about it; but it served the purpose for which it was wanted. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Gaston Leroux But he gave her a glance that frightened her, and said low: “Go and give orders right away that dinner be served in the veranda. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Borrow I took leave of my servant almost with tears, for he had always served me with the greatest fidelity, and had exhibited an assiduity and a wish to please which afforded me the utmost satisfaction. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

You’ve served him for along time. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

The funnel projected through that roof, and in front of the funnel a small cabin built of light planks served for a pilot-house. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

I served in her three years of my time, and then I got transferred to the Lucy Apse, for a year. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli What a charming young sister is charming Bignetta! To choicer music chimed his gay guitar ‘In Este’s Halls,’ yet still his song served its purpose, for it raised a smile. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Herman Melville Thus, the same conduct, which, in this instance, had raised the alarm, served to dispel it. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Edgar Allan Poe We had now some discussion as to the propriety and feasibility of awakening him; but we had little difficulty in agreeing that no good purpose would be served by so doing. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

William Dampier We did commonly furnish ourselves with as many goats and roots as served us all the day; and their hogs we bought in large quantities as we thought convenient; for we salted them. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Rafael Sabatini In that case you may go your ways to the devil when you’ve served my turn. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Rudyard Kipling When the wind served we hoisted sail, and lay all up along the windward rail, our shields on our backs to break the spray. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no difficulty in knowing what was the custom of the brotherhood, for half the men at least had served upon pirates before. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle Absurd, is it not? But, for all that, the Turkish bath has served a purpose. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Henry Lawson I thought a damp expression seemed to pass across her face when me and my mate sat down, but she served us and said nothing — we was only two dusty swaggies, you see. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Julian Hawthorne I threw down the MS., clapped Calbot on the shoulder, and burst into an immoderate fit of laughter, which his astonished and concerned aspect served only to aggravate. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

But to each owner, as he took over, the bare little house had represented his “sufficient beauty,” and having found it he served it. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

The thousands of foreigners who served in Spain made good infantry, but there were very few experts of any kind among them. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Victor Hugo This hut, in a corner at the back, to the right of the door, served as bedchamber and dressing-room to Ursus and Gwynplaine. It now contained two beds. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Mr. Kingdon was ten years older than Susan, and had served in Spain, and had not borne too good a character abroad. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing In that at the back she slept with the two younger children; the other two had a little bed in the front room, which during the daytime served as a parlour. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Charles Dickens We had nothing else whatever, but half a pint of water each per day, and sometimes, when we were coldest and weakest, a teaspoonful of rum each, served out as a dram. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell And a think he served ’em reet, that’s what a do. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Rudyard Kipling But whin I’ve served my time, I’m a Reserve man, an’ the Articles av War haven’t any hould on me. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins When it was done, I served it up in my best manner, and enjoyed it most heartily. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James I have been so (it served me right) for years and years; but I am very happy now. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

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]

The soup is served for the last dish; and they have, at least, as great a variety of ragouts as we have. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Benjamin Disraeli The sacristy of the Jesuit church of St. George of Cappadocia might have served for the ballroom of a palace. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

D. H. Lawrence Look how he served his wife, and now Alvina. I’m not so sure he was his own worst enemy. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was these, Perry explained, which evidently served the double purpose of replenishing the melting snows and protecting them from the direct rays of the sun. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Cloak though it was, it served also to reveal, and in this it was more effective than all your flood-lighting. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Henry Handel Richardson She lingered after she had served them, and stared so hard that Maurice turned at length and asked her what the matter was. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

There was a breakfast, elegant enough in its way — for the Holborough confectioner had been put upon his mettle by Mrs. Oliver — served prettily in the cottage parlour. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

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]

Anna Katherine Green She has all her meals served in her room, and when she goes out she wears the purple dress and purple veil you’ve been talking about. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells He had begun life as an art dealer, and had served the British Inland Revenue for some years as a valuer of furniture, pictures and the like. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle The elves from the wood appear to be chiefly engaged in racing across the field, though no other purpose appears to be served by their speed or presence. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This couple rode in an old-fashioned square sleigh which had served them twenty winters and stood twenty summers in the sun beside their door. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim She served Mrs. Florestan, and the two children with water from a glass jug. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

And the food, served in many courses, was a happy combination of the substantial and the delicate. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

George Gissing Martin was a man who had lived his life, and whose chief care would now be to keep his mind at rest in the faiths which had served him from youth onwards. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy Certainly, in a worldly sense, a handsome face at three-and-forty had never served a man in better stead. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jules Verne Snow served for mortar and filled up the chinks. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Oliver Goldsmith This news only served to encrease poor Olivia’s affliction; such a flagrant breach of fidelity, was more than her courage could support. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Ann Radcliffe She had a confused notion, that his fate was somehow connected with her own; and her struggles to prevent the remembrance of him, served only to shew how much her heart was his. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Hope Whether the lines she sent to Flavia were inspired by good or bad feeling, by jealousy or by pity, I do not know; but here also she served us well. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

William Dampier This evening we supped plentifully on fowls and peccary; a sort of wild hogs which we bought of the Indians; yams, potatoes, and plantains served us for bread, whereof we had enough. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Henry Handel Richardson The new Governor’s tour of inspection, on which great hopes had been built, served only to aggravate the trouble. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle That’s the one I served in towards the end of the war. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

Kate Chopin He served her with no mean repast, dripping the coffee anew and sharing it with her. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Abraham Merri And within one of its columned rooms, maidens of the black-haired folks, the wistfulness, the fear, all gone from their sparkling eyes, served us. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The ground floor served as drawing-room; above it was the anchoret’s bedroom; and the top story was used as a study. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Kate Chopin They were a good deal of one opinion in regard to Joçint having been only properly served in getting “w’at he done ben lookin’ fu’ dis long time. At Fault by Kate Chopin

So it was Vinck and Leonard who had served him so. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Sir Walter Scott These contradictory opinions were fiercely argued in each tent of the insurgent army, or rather in the huts or cabins which served in the place of tents. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It were but in vain, if any told you that men were ever better served at princes’ feasts: I would not believe you that. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Wilkie Collins I shall pass over the misery in the house during the interval of expectation; no useful purpose could be served by describing it now. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Oscar Wilde I sat there with sailors who drank of two different-coloured wines, and ate bread made of barley, and little salt fish served in bay leaves with vinegar. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Marjorie Bowen It served me well — it saved my life — and gave me — della Scala. Now take yours — as a most unequal recompense. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Anthony Trollope I wish I could have served you; but I fear that it is not in my power. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy I feel now that the greatest mercy that could be vouchsafed to me would be that something should serve me as I served that animal. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope Whatever it was, it served him right. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The duck was served with all its proper accessories. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Herman Melville But on the magic metal, the magic and metallic stranger never struck but that one stroke, drove but that one nail, served but that one clasp, by which Bannadonna clung to his ambitious life. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

Henry Adams One Russian peasant kissing an ikon on a saint’s day, in the Kremlin, served for a hundred million. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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]

Walter Scott He served for his old master, Charles, in Mohun’s troop, and was murdered by this butcher’s dog, as I have heard, after surrender, at the battle of Naseby-field. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Elizabeth Gaskell I was so anxious for all to be in bed, that I told the footman who served that he need not wait to take away the plates and dishes, but might go to bed. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Edgar Allan Poe There can be no doubt that the consciousness of the rapid increase of my superstition — for why should I not so term it? — served mainly to accelerate the increase itself. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Rudyard Kipling Culverts across a deep ditch served for entrances through the unfinished boundary wall. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I was a weak fool in those days, and I took the business to heart bitterly enough, God knows; but the lesson was a useful one, and it served its turn. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Leon Trotsky The way in which my work on freemasonry had to be carried on, in prison, where literary resources at my disposal were of course very limited, served me in good stead. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James Ulick invoked support mainly at the club, where Pemberton guessed that it was usually served on green cloth. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

D. H. Lawrence If only it doesn’t bring her down on my head!’ ‘Will she have to know?’ ‘Yes! she is served with a notice: so is the man she lives with, the co-respondent. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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]

And the halberdier sits down at the table at the girl’s side, and I served the rest of the supper. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Luigi served the apéritifs and presented the menu. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Henry Adams The journey was meant as education, and as education it served the purpose of fixing in memory the stage of a boy’s thought in 1850. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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

Anthony Trollope She did not worship her aunt, but she so served Madame Voss that had she been withdrawn from the household Madame Voss would have found herself altogether unable to provide for its wants. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Jonathan’s bitter experience served me here. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Essper’s hostess led and lighted the way to an outhouse, which occasionally served as a coach-house, a stable, and a lumber-room. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing His writing-table stood against the window; each wall had its shelves of serried literature; vases, busts, engravings (all of the inexpensive kind) served for ornaments. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft Ascent was effected over the steep, transversely ribbed stone ramps or inclined planes which everywhere served in lieu of stairs. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Standifer himself had served the commonwealth as Indian fighter, soldier, ranger, and legislator. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Little skill as we boasted in other points of husbandry, every mother’s son of us would have served admirably to stick up for a scarecrow. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Edgar Allan Poe I had good reason to congratulate myself upon having made this experiment; for he appeared much revived and invigorated, and, upon getting out, asked me, in a rational manner, why I had so served him. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson His meals were cold scraps, served at odd times; his bed remained unmade, his boots uncleaned. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing Younger, and more fashionably attired, he had assumed a lounging attitude which seemed natural to him, though it served also to indicate a mood of resentful superiority. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

He wanted pounds to expend upon those new books and music which served so often as the excuse for a visit to the Lawn. He wanted pounds for very trivial purposes; but he wanted them desperately. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim About twelve o’clock that morning some dried fish and a dish of stew was served to Anna Kastellane and Haven at one table and the pilot and Patinsky at the other. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Laurence Sterne Had I served seven years apprenticeship to good breeding, I could not have done as much. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Arthur Conan Doyle The carbines, swords, and bandoliers were eagerly pounced upon by the victors, some of whom had served in the militia, and knew well how to handle the weapons which they had won. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Benjamin Disraeli I served under Lord Combermere. Maybe you have heard of him, ma’am? A nice man; a beautiful man. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

When she rang for lights, she took no notice of the person who brought them, and she directed that her dinner should not be served until she rang for it. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Leon Trotsky The inflation was already over, but the stabilized mark served only as a means of measuring the general anæmia. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton The typhoid had served me well enough in one way: it kept that kind of gentleman at arm’s-length. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

A few minutes, however, served to weary her of this, for she abruptly stopped, stood by the bedside, and, looking at her mistress, burst into tears. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Funny, isn’t it? Never served me that way before. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

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]

Jack London This served for a foundation and prevented the young flame from drowning itself in the snow it otherwise would melt. Lost Face by Jack London

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

One may almost see that “notice to quit,” which (some will have it) has been, after nearly a century and a half, served back again on the novel, served by the Vicar of Wakefield on the drama. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

John Lewis Burckhard When we continued our route towards evening, we met on the road one of the Bedouin boys who served as camel-drivers to the party before us. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

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]

Gustave Flauber It served to conceal a sort of cellar containing mysterious things which had no name and were of incalculable value. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

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]

Nellie Bly For the first day food was taken on the train at different stations, and the conductor, or guard, as they called him, served it to the passengers. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Adolph, she had sent to the Evershams, only half an hour before, with a note for Lady Eva. The cook could not manage to walk, even if dinner could be served without her. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

Rafael Sabatini Pondering her now he smiled a tight-lipped cruel smile that only served to increase her terror. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle One day a thick double-breasted pea-jacket and a pair of good sturdy boots were served out to every old man in the almshouse. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

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

While waiting to be served he could count the antlers on the walls and estimate “how much they would fetch by an antiquar,” as he said to himself. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

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]

Polish peasantry (not serfs) served in the ranks by enlistment, and the officers belonged mainly to the smaller nobility. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Each served to widen the breach. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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

Leon Trotsky Mother served him the best cuts, asking how he enjoyed his food and what his favorite dishes were. My Life by Leon Trotsky

We were then served with pipes and coffee. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne At five o’clock dinner was served in the dining-room of Granite House. The kangaroo soup was smoking on the table. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arnold Bennett Two middle-aged women, one in black and the other checked, served beer, porter, and stout in mugs, and gin in glasses, passing in and out through a side door. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jules Verne The waste ground, amid which the old convent which served for a house of detention was built, was traversed by them in all directions, for they had come to study it with the utmost care. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Sir Walter Scott But when they came upon the ground, there sat upon the roots of the old thorn a figure as vigorous in his decay as the moss-grown but strong and contorted boughs which served him for a canopy. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

James Joyce Miss Kennedy served two gentlemen with tankards of cool stout. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

You can see from the barrel what a rusty padlock is served by the bigger key — salt rust I am sure, because of its quantity and also because the sand itself tastes salty. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Isabella Bird Abdul Rahim smokes three or four pipes every evening, and coffee served with the last is the signal for his departure. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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]

Richard Burton So Nassar served out about a pint of water and a little bread to each man. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Thomas Hardy He served fire and smoke; these denizens of the fields served vegetation, weather, frost, and sun. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Washington Irving A few rough logs, laid side by side, served for a bridge over this stream. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

James Joyce Here. He heaped up the food on Stephen’s plate and served uncle Charles and Mr Casey to large pieces of turkey and splashes of sauce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Charles Dickens It was that of a young man, of a hale athletic figure, and a giant’s strength, whose sunburnt face and swarthy throat, overgrown with jet black hair, might have served a painter for a model. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jules Verne It served as nest and food for myriads of crustacea and molluscs, crabs, and cuttlefish. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Thomas Carlyle O my friend, no honest fellow in this Planet was ever so served by his cooks before; or has eaten such quantities and qualities of dirt as you have been made to do, for these two centuries past. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, with a sudden change of subject, she went on: “After all, he has flung away what would have served him better than the poor, pale flower he kept. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

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