Phrases with "service"

Wilkie Collins She has made up her mind to go out to service again. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Catherine Helen Spence No professional choir did that service for the worshippers, but hymn and anthem belonged to all. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

My lord was pleased to add, by Mr. Buckley, that he would consider my service in that case, as he afterwards did. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

George Meredith Prove to a world of brows down-bent That in the Britain thus endowed, Imperial means beneficent, And strength to service vowed. Last Poems by George Meredith [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle But he can’t keep it, so far as I can see, unless he returns good service for the good money that he takes. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Meredith You won’t be dismissed from your present service till you’re unfit for any other. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Hope She did not speak of him again; but her eyes seemed to follow me about as though she were silently asking some service of me; what it was I could not understand. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

A little girl who was at service in the village of Grange, close under the seaward slopes of Ben Bulben, suddenly disappeared one night about three years ago. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Wilkie Collins My story shall begin at the Refuge. The matron sent me out to service with the character that I had honestly earned — the character of a reclaimed woman. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Jules Verne En effet, les navires de la Compagnie péninsulaire, qui font le service des mers de Chine, ont un sérieux défaut de construction. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

During Nancy’s service with the lawyer she had been there as the cook-housekeeper. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson When she first came to Leipzig, we were friends; she lived in this neighbourhood, and I was able to be of service to her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Into service she did not go, for when Abraham Hext, the carpenter, heard how she had been treated, he at once proposed, and in three weeks married her. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Mr. Dill made as good a principal as he did, and — if length of service and experience might be counted — a better one. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Wilkie Collins But her health causes us no anxiety now; her spirits are calm and equal, and I have good hope that many quiet years of service in her house are left for me still. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

James Joyce This was the call of life to his soul not the dull gross voice of the world of duties and despair, not the inhuman voice that had called him to the pale service of the altar. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Thus the whole service went by, and my thoughts wandered continually from the words of the preacher. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

Walter Scott In this way it is possible that I may be of service to you; in any other case, it is most likely that I may fail you at need, and melt from your side like a phantom which dreads the approach of day. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

George Meredith What officer of the Imperial service would, under similar circumstances! That is my reply to the Emperor, if ever I am questioned. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

William Makepeace Thackeray Holy Bugo! but he did good service at Acre! But his character was such that, spite of his bravery, he was dismissed the army; nor even allowed to sell his captain’s commission. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Mrs. Bollinger had made good her resolve and renounced his service in a wonderfully spelled note, which a small boy thrust under the front door that morning. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope It does not appear that Captain Comstock had ever been in the regular service of the government, but that he had been master of a steamer. North America by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe The afternoon wore on, and at last the service was over. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

That trusty sword of yours you can depend upon in any emergency, and I have already seen it doing good service in our behalf. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson It happened to be the sacrament there, and I heard a Mr. Smith at that place conclude the service with a very suitable exhortation. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith I read the service before I stood at the altar. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edith Wharton Intellectual comradeship between lovers was unattainable; that was not the service women could render to men. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Every Sunday evening they held a service in one of their cottages, and, whenever she could obtain permission at home, it was Laura’s delight to attend. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

You’ll do yeoman’s service yet. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

ANS. To call God’s service toil’s a foul mistake. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Theodore Dreiser At the same time he knew that the present street-car service of Chicago was by no means bad. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I have done a service to the State by ridding the world of all you devils. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Theodore Dreiser There was a funeral, with burial service in the Callowhill Presbyterian Church, to which they belonged, and then he was buried. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Leon Trotsky Gradually, more or less efficient machinery for a centralized supply service for the front and the armies was established. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Afterwards he graciously departs from the household; each man that he met he thanked him for his service and his solace, and the various pains with which they had been busy to serve him. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Roger, no close observer of his fellows, realised then that the man must have made a tremendous effort during the service of dinner. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sir Walter Scott Meanwhile be pleased to observe, for example, that I could press into my service Claudian’s famous line, Ille Caledoniis posuit qui castra pruinis. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

This term of service in Boston was of course irksome to Hawthorne, and entirely suspended literary endeavors for the time. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Andrew Lang But they would suffer no one to come near them, and the princess was commanded to perform this service also. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I was a fine buxom gal, my dears, and when I went into service I had many an offer of marriage. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Marcel Prous S’il ne l’était pas on prenait à part le fidèle qui l’avait présenté et on lui rendait le service de le brouiller avec son ami ou avec sa maîtresse. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Anatole France Ceux qui réclament le service de deux ans, vous les appelez des réformateurs, peut-être; moi, je les appelle des démolisseurs. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Charles Dickens You are not doing me a service by your silence. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Andrew Lang And the king remembered the mountain, and the spell, and vowed to repay the service if he ever had a chance. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy If I can be of service to you, I will. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

She saw them most easily when she was in service in King’s County, and one morning a little while ago she said to me, “Last night I was waiting up for the master and it was a quarter-past eleven. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Anthony Trollope Useless as they were, they did as much for the public service as he did. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The sailors could not hide their discontent, and the service suffered. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The regular morning service was a great comfort, by restoring their tranquillity, and by the time it was ended, Amabel’s countenance had settled into its own calm expression of trust and serenity. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson His body was indefatigable, doing him yeoman’s service in this breathless chase of pleasures. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Would you like to come to the kitchen and carry the tray of soup for me?” They had even managed the service without fuss or flurry. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hobbes For example, if I covenant to pay a ransom, or service for my life, to an enemy, I am bound by it. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Give my service to Dr Blackbeard. — He is a good man, but I never saw in my life, such a persecuting face cover a humane and tender heart. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Arthur Machen The organ thundered till the bad glass shivered and rattled, and the service was over. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Meanwhile she was to go out to service at Melville and earn enough money to provide herself with clothes. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith An attempt to think it a service to Willoughby faded midway. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

But he repressed all outward signs of emotion and in his deep, rich voice and in beautifully modulated tones proceeded with the service of evening prayer. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Benjamin Disraeli In the warmth of his heart he asked if there was any real and important service which he could do me. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

After the English service was over, the natives celebrated in their own fashion the passing of the great chief who had already been enshrined in their imagination. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Thou dost need no service of them that have grieved thee and saddened thy mood. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

G. K. Chesterton Aristocracy uses the strong for the service of the weak; slavery uses the weak for the service of the strong. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jules Verne Il n’eût pas été généreux de refuser à ces braves gens un service si facile à rendre. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was the first religious service that ever I heard; and, to my shame, as I thought, it affected me to tears. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Anthony Trollope The word itself is not mentioned in the Constitution. It speaks not of a slave, but of a “person held to service or labor. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I could not but think, as I looked at him, that perhaps I was doing the Flying Artillery a very bad service by bringing him back to them. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

E. F. Benson That he had seen service in India was, indeed, probable by his referring to lunch as tiffin, and calling to his parlour-maid with the ejaculation of “Qui-hi”. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Wilkie Collins The next day was Sunday; and I attended morning service at my new parish church. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Rosalie declared she would go to service in Paris, to earn a dowry while she was waiting for me. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arthur Morrison Hannah Carr, housekeeper and cook, deposed that she had been in the late Mr Kingscote’s service since he had first taken Ivy Cottage — a period of rather more than a year. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins I’m dismissed from my master’s service — that’s all. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Rudyard Kipling A little road-making on service is not a bad thing, but continuous navvying is enough to knock the heart out of any army. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

A system of service bells ran through the hotel, and the whole staff used these for signalling to one another. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Charles Dickens He stood on a raised stage, under his own loom; and, looking up at the shape the loom took, and hearing the burial service distinctly read, he knew that he was there to suffer death. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

I’ve been here a quarter of an hour already and the service may be over any minute. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The latter had begun to be disgusted with a service so full of peril and suffering, and already protracted far beyond the usual term of Indian hostilities. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

There were few of those rendering us service there whom we would not willingly have brought away with us; but very likely we should have found they had the defects of their qualities. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell But they took service for the Republic; and, being good Christians, they went to fight the heathen Turks in Candia, where they met an honourable death in 1669. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Walter Scott Come, gentlemen, which of you contrived this pretty piece of morning pastime?” The courtiers looked at each other, but none of them felt authorised to claim the merit of a service so agreeable. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Pardon, monseigneur, but that is past the service which a prince should exact from a gallant man, and I refuse. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

It was said, however, that there was an Englishman in the medical service of the Pasha who quietly remained at his post, but that he never engaged in private practice. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Undoubtedly, its greater service to its owner has not been upon rail or motor car journeys, because it has been carried so much in the hand. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Maria Edgeworth The service was in Hebrew: but I had a book with a translation of it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

She had to share him with some service that could order him about. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Wilkie Collins You must leave Miss de Sor’s service at once. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Thereupon the man drew a note from his turban, and handed it to me with the confidence and easy bearing of one gentleman rendering a service to another. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Olaf Stapledon The Party members regard themselves as consecrated to the task of spreading a gospel not only of service but of self-abnegation, and moreover of obedience to revolutionary authority. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

And service is the greater part of love, isn’t it? I am sure you know that, whose life is made up of service of others. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Swift declared that whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before does essential service to his country. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis Three months after child-bearing, Joyce was more brisk than ever about putting and back-hand service and hats and Russian emigres. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Two of them were absolutely new, but the third, of a much smaller size, had evidently seen good service and was battered and travel-stained. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Rudyard Kipling Ask, my dear boy, ask! Look! There is young Hexarly with six years’ service and half your talents. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The power of rejoicing came more fully at church, and the service entered into his soul as it never had done before. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

His own capital was put in his hands, he was planted in the diplomatic service and told he must depend upon himself. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

John Lewis Burckhard The Christians have a small church, dedicated to the Virgin, where divine service is performed by two priests, who each receive annually from their community about £4. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

George Gissing Scawthorne in due time took his departure, with many expressions of goodwill, many assurances that nothing could please him better than to be of service to Bessie and her husband. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling The ‘Company’ makes it a condition of service that a man must be a volunteer; and volunteer in something more than name he must be, or some one will ask the reason why. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope People, at any rate, should not say of her that she had accepted payment for the three years’ service by taking a casket of jewels. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev Don’t imagine that I’m asking you to attend that service — it’s already over; but Father Alexei . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins When he was out of service he lived alone with his widowed mother. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Madge had been so delighted with Sal for saving Brian’s life that she had taken her into her service as maid. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

He has fallen into a profound slumber, which doubtless will be of service to him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Meredith You have seen—you wish to be of service to me; you may too easily be deceived. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

It was thought he might be of service in allaying the present tumult, and bringing the. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle And so the mining camps spring up and the pits are dug, and nature’s hidden wealth is torn from her, and pressed into the service of restless avaricious man. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

And the voice of God, echoed from my own heart, bids me not to obey you, by adulterating his service with prostituted vows. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope Surely the paternal mind would be softened towards him when the father should be made to understand how great had been the service to the son. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Clare read the service deliberately and well, the pale bridegroom spoke out manfully when his time came; nor did Laura’s low voice falter when she pronounced the words that sealed her fate. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ann Radcliffe What I have to request is, that whenever I can be of service to you, you will command me. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rudyard Kipling And, to my amazement, Malachi, who suffered no stranger to live within our gates, saw this gaunt, growing, green-eyed devil wipe him out of my service and company without a whimper. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

William Dampier These Indians did us good service; especially in piloting us to an island where we killed beef whenever we wanted; and for this their service we satisfied them to their hearts’ content. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Olaf Stapledon The new powers should have been organized in service of the human spirit, the one right object of loyalty. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

How she sat out the service she could not tell; she could not tell how she could sit out other services, as the Sundays came round! The congregation did not forget to stare at her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry Fielding It will be of no service to me; for I know you neither can nor will discharge me. Amelia by Henry Fielding

And when the service ended he stayed there standing like a statue, and the people left the churchyard out of respect. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anyway, as far as length of service goes, you’ve got stenographers here you’ve paid fifteen a week for five years. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford In spite of an exceptionally fine service record he remained bitter, and upon occasion he became unreasonable. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Nasgig, to whose care and conduct any enterprise might be trusted, offered his service to go and execute any commands I should give him. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Arthur Conan Doyle But ten years of service had taught him much, and Nigel listened eagerly to his talk. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

By far the greater number of cottagers, however, keep house, bringing their service with them from the cities, and settling in their summer homes for three or four or five months. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

However, since you are determined to go on with it, let me give you a little bit of advice that may be of service to you. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson His movements were of an impossible circumstantiality, out of all proportion to the trifling service she had asked of him; for, at heart, she cared as little about the rushes as about anything else. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It has been of service to the country, and has lasted longer than most expected. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But many men will consider the same service ill paid by a thousand pounds. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

D.H. Lawrence He was going away again, now, to America. He had been some nine months at home after his military service was over. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had apparently recently escaped from some scene of wild happenings, for the smell of exploded cartridges came from the old-fashioned service revolver which he was grasping in his right hand. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

D. H. Lawrence Perhaps the secret service was making investigations about them. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The bishop had been showing her his collection of photographs, and she had promised to play the harmonium for him at the eleven-o’clock service in the morning. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. F. Benson Then in the afternoon came the service of thanksgiving, and the two heroines were observed to give each other a stage kiss. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson As you decide, you shall be left as you were before, and neither richer nor wiser, unless the sense of service rendered to a man in mortal distress may be counted as a kind of riches of the soul. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

When he returned from his military service Jean-Pierre Bacadou found the old people very much aged. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells What are brains for? The service of the human spirit. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry James I have been dispatched as an ambassador, an envoy extraordinary, I may say, by my dear friend Mrs. Light.” “If I can in any way be of service to Mrs. Light, I shall be happy,” Rowland said. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

This one has been in service here for a hundred seasons and more. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Fox was bold enough to convert some of Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers, who thereupon quitted the service and refused to take the oaths. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

The dirt in the Hotel X, as soon as one penetrated into the service quarters, was revolting. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Ford Madox Ford Of course he’s a right to his opinion as to what the discipline of a service demands. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Charles Dickens The service was decorously performed, though the sermon might have been much better adapted to the comprehension and to the circumstances of the hearers. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Guy de Maupassant It is pleasant when on service not to be forced to be on intimate terms with unpleasant fellows. Epiphany (Les Rois) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Meredith You will do him a service by persuading Willoughby to send him to one of those men who get boys through their naval examination. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope They were aware that they had been assembled at a somewhat unusual and inconvenient period of the year, because the service of the country had demanded that certain money bills should be passed. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Catherine Helen Spence The service was all done by members of the home and exclusively by women. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

In the higher grades of society a large volume of both these kinds of service is required; and here the wife is of course still assisted in the work by a more or less numerous corps of menials. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I entered her service when I was fifteen, and she could have married an earl — Lord Caranby wanted to marry her — but she wouldn’t. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

No service of mine have I refused these noble lordings and their men. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Olaf Stapledon For them the main theme is the ability for practical service and willing discipline in the common work. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope The service was not long, and when it was over Harry got into a chair and was soon asleep. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was usually a reward for military success, but in the affair of Catiline a supplication had been decreed to Cicero for saving the city, though the service rendered had been of a civil nature. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Joseph Furphy For Burke’s sake, of course, the comparison in value of service had better not be entered on. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

About a month after this a soldier of the Dalgetty tribe, returning from service in Burgundy, brought a letter one evening to the hosier’s house. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope The proposition had been made to Lopez before his marriage, and Mr Happerton probably had now forgotten all about it; — but the thing was of service now. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch And when I considered the fortune I had exchanged for this, and my pleasant days in Dom Henry’s service at Sagres, I accused myself for the most miserable among men. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The meal went on slowly, for the service was very bad. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This, of course, is a benefit which is temporary and mediate, not ultimate, like its service to the soul. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

He arranged for five of the most experienced detectives in the secret service to be sent to Bougival, supplied with photographs of the prisoner. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Le service qu’elle fait est très actif, et son personnel se transporte avec une rapidité incroyable d’un point du territoire à l’autre. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At the farther end a certain space in which was a door leading into the service quarters had been curtained off. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Dick it was who read the service over him, and he, poor fellow, broke down in the middle of it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Among them there wandered great numbers or German soldiers in their gray-green uniforms, some of them so worn with service that they presented every shade of color. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Of all the congregation she probably was the one who went through the service most mechanically. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anatole France Je n’ai pas eu de peine à démontrer que le service de deux ans, ce serait la fin de l’armée. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Domestic service might be said to be a spiritual rather than a mechanical function. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Besides, in accepting it,” she added, in a voice full of emotion, “you render me a much greater service than you imagine. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

However, it is only fair to say that he soon came to like her for herself, and long after he was convinced that she could be of no service to him he remained a very loyal and intimate friend. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

William Hazlitt And it were no wisdom in thee to save the life of him who hath been heretofore thy mortal enemy, and whose service now can nothing help, nor pleasure thee. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Meredith I defended myself; that is, I’ve managed so that I may still be of service to you. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Verily, those who misbelieve, their wealth is of no service to them, nor their children either, against God; they are the fellows of the Fire, and they shall dwell therein for aye. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Henry James Captain Sholto was of course a possible medium of communication; but nothing would have induced Hyacinth to ask such a service of him. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

And when he is at table, they bring him his meat at every time, five and five together; and in bringing their service they sing a song. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

George Meredith He quitted my service against my warning. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anatole France Méline nous avait rendu ce service immense de nous donner l’air rassurant, de nous faire bénins, bénins, aussi bénins que lui. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

H. G. Wells All over the world they dwelt in little towns and villages then, and engaged either directly in agriculture, or in occupations that were of service to the agriculturist. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli She is a very respectable woman, poor Mrs. Quin, and I am sure for my part, if your ladyship has no objection, I should be very glad to be of service to her. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Wilkie Collins It was hardly possible to doubt that they had arranged to share among themselves the three opportunities which the service of the table afforded them of entering the room. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It eventually came about that Golden Mouth could render a service to Young Cassis, one of those favors that is remembered forever. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

His father, mother, and five interesting scions from the same stock, drew a like sum from the revenue of a grateful country, though for what particular service was never known. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

I feel all the shame for it that only its ignorance of your devoted service has prevented it from sustaining. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Laplace, it is true, adopted their views; and he transferred them to the particular service of our own planetary system. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

There was a time when I was in trouble and got into Mr. Johnson’s hands, but before that I’d been in service in ‘igh families, very ‘igh, sir. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jules Verne Ordinairement les gardes-pêche anglais et français s’y tiennent mouillés au large; mais ils étaient alors en service sur les côtes orientales de l’île. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

It appeared that we were Germans; for one of these officers, who had formerly been in the Austrian service at Vienna, recognized the word bitter in our remarks on the beccafichi. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Algernon Blackwood Our work our service yes, there is progress. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Jack London Among the travellers in my Pullman was comrade Hartman, like myself in the secret service of the Iron Heel. He it was who told me of the train that immediately preceded us. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He had done his military service in a provincial garrison and returned to Paris to follow his trade. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

I felt his loss terribly and I learned afterwards that it added not a little to my popularity with the special service men that everyone could see how genuinely grieved I was. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The knight then proffered his service to Lady Kriemhild. Men bade them take their stand at each other’s side within the ring and asked if she would take the stately man. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

This is a course to quench all good spirits, and to corrupt every man’s nature, which will, I fear, much hurt her Majesty’s service in the end. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

George Meredith His passion for our naval service was a means of screwing his attention to lessons after he had begun to understand that the desert had to be traversed to attain midshipman’s rank. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Wilkie Collins One morning, after celebrating service in a dismantled church, and after narrowly escaping with his life from those who pursued him, the priest disappeared. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Ever since he had left the Admiral in a gold-embroidered uniform, impatient to return to his guests, he was on a service for which he had volunteered. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Meredith They have done service enough to despise the envious mob. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Thomas Hobbes Of holiness there be degrees: for of those things that are set apart for the service of God, there may be some set apart again for a nearer and more especial service. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hardy Foreign service had so totally changed Luke Holway that it was not until he told his name that the inhabitants recognized him as the sergeant’s only son. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Nor did the service of the knights mislike the queen. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

But then those defrauded, or most of them, had left long ago, and there were among us some who had not been in service in the café more than a year or eighteen months. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

James Joyce They’ll be of service to him in after years. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

I can be of the last service to you; and you can be of the last service to me also. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D’Artagnan opened the door of Charles’s study, and said, “Sire, here is your enemy, M. Monk; I promised myself to perform this service for your majesty. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Lewis Burckhard Having been seen one day cleaning my gun, I was supposed to be skilful in this art, and serious proposals were made to me, to enter into the Mek’s service as gunsmith. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

When I died they buried me in a cheap coffin, dirt cheap, and gave me a nasty grave, cheap, and a service rattled away cheap, and no monument. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]