Phrases with "service"

She was often among Wesley’s hearers at the evening service at the Foundery. His sermons touched her heart and almost convinced her reason. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

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]

Victor Hugo A mythological frontispiece was, in those days, of service to a caravan of mountebanks. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edith Wharton She wandered off to the cooking and the service of the hotel at Ouchy. She attached great importance to gastronomic details and to the manners of hotel servants. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

At the final sign of the cross he bolted off, without the least desire to go through the service again. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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

Jules Verne The service was worked by individuals on their own account alone, and often the boats were only employed in the business of the riverside establishments. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

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

If such variations are of no service to either sex, they will not be accumulated and increased by sexual or natural selection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells It threatened them with service; service and ever more service — a rôle, they insisted, that would be unendurably “monotonous”. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I waited for an hour and a half to see him last night, whilst he was holding some sort of a service at his chapel, and I did my best to try and get him to consent to amend the agreement. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope Phineas, as he preached to himself this sermon, declared to himself that they who attempted more than this flew too high in the clouds to be of service to men and women upon earth. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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

George Meredith Hit their imaginations once, they are your slaves, only demanding common courtier service of you. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have long planned the rescue of the Emperor, and my remaining in England and joining their merchant service was entirely with that design. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Had he learned of the loss of the Green Feather service he might have raised funds for the purchase of the whole fleet when the Citrus and Southern gave up the option. The Cat of the Stars by Sinclair Lewis

There are cold service and unsound dealing generally. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Ivan Turgenev David took him to the requiem service for Latkin; I went to it, too, my father did not hinder my going but remained at home himself. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Dickens He was always highly flushed when rendering a service unaided, and I knew that to make him happy I must keep aloof from his ministration. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson He owes us thirty weeks’ service — the wretched Paul about half as much. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I desire to inform you that your food is the worst I have ever tasted, that it reaches me half cold, that your service is abominable and your charges exorbitant. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

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]

But it can hardly be supposed that the bellowing of the stag, even if it be of service to him in this way, can have been important enough to have led to the periodical enlargement of the throat. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Charles Dickens It has a precious hard service of it in the bitter weather, and precious little to look forward to; for I don’t take snuff myself. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

He cared very little for being beloved by people who could be of no service to him. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edith Wharton All the afternoon he had been in consultation with Crescenti, whose vast historical knowledge was of service in determining many disputed points in the tenure of land. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

My father and I left our home this evening at half-past seven to hold a service in the little church our few converts have built for us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Gertrude Stein He was doing his military service and was destined for diplomacy. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then on Saturday, the curacoa came in — same commission, with all our old friends; and on Sunday, as already mentioned, Austin and I went down to service and had lunch afterwards in the wardroom. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

He knew that she adored him, just as she had always done; it had been a long faithful service on her part for which he had made little return. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

With my cap on the side of my head, a pack on my back, a service rifle in my hands, and my pockets bursting with penny picture papers, I was the very model of the British soldier returning from leave. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Maria Edgeworth All this was terribly irksome at the time, and yet I was conscious that it was of service to me, and I endured it with heroic patience. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Louisa May Alcott Mr. Laurence has commissions for me in Washington, and it will give me real satisfaction to be of service to her there. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Walter Besant The revelation of this design, as nothing could do the Prince more harm, was, perhaps, of itself sufficient service to warrant the release of the prisoner. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

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]

Rafael Sabatini Convey my service to Asad-ed-Din, whom Allah guard and cherish, and tell him to look for me in some six weeks time. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jonathan Swif Tell him that must serve for an answer, with my service to him and her. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Daunt just barely expressed his thanks, but the professor fully understood his feelings and, being of a most kind-hearted disposition, was delighted to have been of service to the man. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It was something of a shock to have this service asked of him. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

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]

He saw a good deal of service in Afghanistan, as an officer of Engineers, not without distinction: but he came to grief, in spite of his many good qualities. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Mary Webb The other minister turned round with a surprised, admiring glance at Edward, and the service began. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

All service ranks the same with God.” “The question is,” Mrs. Rockbotham said severely, “what is to be done to-night?” “To-night?” Damaris asked. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

He insulted Mr. Tickell, so that he left the service and entered a mercantile house ashore: he made several of the best men desert, and the ship went to sea short of hands. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

You said it would be an act of service to all humanity. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Sir Walter Scott Landed at Flushing, he was fortunate enough to meet with an old officer who had been in service with his father. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

She had been in the dead man’s service for five-and-thirty years, and was about fifteen years older than the Misses de Crespigny, whom she always spoke of as “the young ladies. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

So it befell, that he had great list for to see the service in the church among Christian men. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

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

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]

Henry Fielding Pray give my service to all friends that inquire for me. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Cut!’ “I drew my sword, my new unblunted sword that had seen no service as yet, and severed the many turns of the hide rope. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Jules Verne Les matelots ne cachèrent point leur mécontentement, et le service en souffrit. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

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]

Jules Verne Entre temps, le service des vigies est établi avec une extrême attention, et l’horizon sévèrement surveillé. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Nor was he disappointed when the time arrived, though the court was dead and the light bad; his own service was the more telling under these conditions. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

George Meredith This act of service Evan valued. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

William Godwin If you trod upon them, they did not turn again, or shew tokens of anger, and they sucked the breasts of the women to whom it might be of service to draw off their milk. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Sigmund Freud This object was a rectangular cup of black clay, with two handles, upon which stood things like coffee-cups or tea-cups, very similar to our modern service for the breakfast table. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells The street cars and railways had ceased; the telephone service was out of gear and only worked intermittently. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Wilkie Collins In the meantime I have a service to ask of you. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson His service to mankind took on forms of which the public knows little and understands less. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Catherine Helen Spence The rich could always command sufficient domestic service by the high wages, by the luxurious living, and many privileges they could give. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Rudyard Kipling The conditions of service are graven on stone. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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

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

Henry James She had exceeded the limit of discretion in this insistence on her capacity to repay in proportion a service she acknowledged as handsome. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

He was then christened Farham (Joy), and was enrolled in my service with the rest of my freed men. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

John Morley Authority and use oppose a steadfast and invincible resistance to reason, so long as the institutions which they protect are of fair practicable service to a society. Voltaire by John Morley

George Meredith I shall not run the risk of angering you by writing to defend him, unless I hear of his being shamefully mishandled, and the bearer of an old name can be of service to him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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]

Edith Wharton But it is a delusion to think that a similar institution could render the same service in other societies. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald How a Triangle show ever got off was a mystery, but it was a riotous mystery, anyway, whether or not one did enough service to wear a little gold Triangle on his watch-chain. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Morrison Of course his character for meanness and greed is known all through the company’s service — he’ll do anything to make a bit. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

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]

Oscar Wilde It was to have its service of the intellect, certainly; yet, it was never to accept any theory or system that would involve the sacrifice of any mode of passionate experience. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Henry James Lastly, it would be a service to Lord Warburton, who evidently pleased himself greatly with the charming girl. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jonathan Swif Mr. S—— came to see me; and said M—— was going to the country next morning with her husband (who I find is a surly brute); so I could only desire my service to her. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Charlotte Perkins Gilman This angel might love the man with an affection quite beyond his power of return or even of appreciation, but her ideas of service and duty would be on a very different scale from his. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

I never saw a man, as I learnt later, so considerate for the feelings of others, or so grateful for any little service rendered to himself. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His eventual conclusions about the expediency of service were vague, but concerning his own relation to it they were abrupt and decisive. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Richard, with his training in metallurgical chemistry, had already given his service to the Government, and as his work lay in London, he was only free at week-ends. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope Clodius had caused something of a temple to Liberty to be built there, because ground so consecrated was deemed at Rome, as with us, to be devoted by consecration to the perpetual service of religion. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He had formed a school and was happy in the loyal service and in the enthusiasm of those who worked under him, and he had no desire to leave such a fruitful field of work. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

As he had expected, there were many well-known people among them, and mindful of Sir Henry’s official position, he was not at all surprised at the number of political and service men. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray The service was performed with the greatest pomp. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Thomas Wolfe From top to bottom the service stairs provided an astounding spectacle. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne Nous allons donc entrer au service de M Cyrus Smith?» Nouveau grognement approbateur du singe. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Karl Philipp Moritz I walked a little way out of the village, where, at some distance, I saw several people coming from another village, to attend divine service here at Nettlebed. At length came the parson on horseback. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Olaf Stapledon Their insistence on freedom was balanced by a new stress on discipline in service of the community. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

The Chasseur answered nothing; his sympathies were heartfelt with the Arabs, his allegiance and his esprit de corps were with the service in which he was enrolled. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jules Verne Cette lettre, à laquelle se mêlaient les plus tendres compliments pour la jeune fille, le paquebot, qui fait un service régulier de Poti à Odessa, devait l’emporter le lendemain. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

H. G. Wells He was a fair aquiline sensitive young man, with a fine resonant service voice, who did his best to keep our conversation away from the business in hand as much as possible. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. F. Benson At least that’s my experience in my twenty-five years of service in the King’s (God bless him) army. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Charles Dickens The service done, the mourners stood apart, and the villagers closed round to look into the grave before the pavement-stone should be replaced. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

They sang and read a service before they buried him. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

George Meredith Further, too, we may have grown slothful, fallen to moodiness, done excess of service to Omphale, our tyrant lady of the glow and the chill; and then undoubtedly the duel braces. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell He deeply pitied her; but oh! how he longed to recall her mind to the subject of Mary, and the lover above her in rank, and the service to be done for her sake. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Meredith Double the sum scarcely counted for the service she required of it for much more than a year. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Then came old Major Button who had spent many years of service in India, and in his time been a noted slayer of man-eating tigers. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope She was the undoubted niece of the Duke of Mayfair, and such a connection might in his career be of service to him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Trottle (whom I always call my right hand) has been in my service two-and-thirty years. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Yet not always throughout that service could she keep her thoughts from wandering. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Not only was the sandy location suitable, but there was a good train service from the city; the line remains a famous feature of the course. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

He had entered William Standerton’s service at the age of twelve, as horse-boy, and for upwards of thirty years had remained his faithful henchman. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Ford Madox Ford It’s not exactly a service matter . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It’s a loss, a great loss, but never mind, the whole range of human life remains open to you, the great moving world of service and growth and happiness. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

D. H. Lawrence If service was the all in all it was absolutely wrong. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

For it is the right use of reason alone which makes us independent of every thingexcepting the unclouded Reason —‘Whose service is perfect freedom. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Edith Wharton This lad, whom I rescued from slavery and have bred to my service in the solemn rites of the priesthood of Isis, is as clear in spirit as the crystal which stands before you. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

She was in my grandfather’s service once upon a time. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Marcel Prous J’en oubliai de faire la commission de M. de Charlus. «Comment, vous êtes à Doncières? — Oui et on m’a incorporé dans la musique, au service des batteries. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Radclyffe Hall Mrs. Ogden, used to the easy Indian service and her own comfortable bungalow, found it well-nigh impossible to make the best of things; she fretted. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

On Sunday, he supposed, he would be taken to service there. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins And service may help me to get rid of my own thoughts — that’s another. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle For the instant he had forgotten that a suit of armor was as much beyond his means as a service of gold plate. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

He was hungry, and he did not care where he ate so that the food was good, and except for the fact that the table was directly outside the service door there was no fault to be found with it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Marcel Prous Françoise nous rendait un service infini par sa faculté de se passer de sommeil, de faire les besognes les plus dures. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Jack London White Fang’s was a service of duty and awe, but not of love. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

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 Makepeace Thackeray You promised your daughter a boon, papa; it is the pardon of these two PERSONS. Let them go, and quit a service they have disgraced; a mistress — that is, a master — they have deceived. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Gustave Flauber Accordingly he was interested in assisting the Barbarians, and he might also be of service to them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Walter Scott It was, however, this neglected talent, which, like the swift feet of the stag in the fable, was fated to render him a service which he might in vain have expected from his worth and learning. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

George Meredith You do me and every one of us a service past paying. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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

I’m Mrs. Montara, of Weir Park. I have some very delightful people staying with me, who will be of the greatest service to you in what I understand is your propaganda. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Anthony Trollope When Lopez came he could not be rough to the man who had done a service to his son. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

So I agreed at once, and accordingly it was the noisy Pitchfellow who read — or rather shouted — the marriage service over us. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Marion sat behind the coffee service in a dignified black dinner dress that just faintly suggested mourning. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Gissing My cousin Basil, I must needs ask you to be my guard, until I can command service here. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling He would be only Lieutenant Ouless of the Old Regiment dismissed the Queen’s service for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Jules Verne C’était l’Atlanta, un de ces grands bâtiments qui font le service de Londres à New York en touchant à Brest. Il nous salua au passage, et nous lui rendîmes son salut. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Another, Lucy Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few months. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Frances Hodgson Burnett While no duty or service was forgotten or neglected, she realised that life was passed in an agreeable freedom which was a happy thing. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins Mrs Jennet paid the penalty of taking me into her confidence by the loss of her situation, and entered my service on the spot. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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

The same disinterested feeling had caused her to go down to dame Nixon’s with an offer from her mistress of service to the Lady, hearing she was ill. Lodore by Mary Shelley

He looked like an exiled prince doing menial service in bitterness of spirit and a turned-down collar. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Exactly opposite you are the service stairs. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Sir Walter Scott The occasional attention of his parents might indeed have been of service to prevent the dissipation of mind incidental to such a desultory course of reading. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

I told him, sworn or unsworn was all one to an honest man; and that I ever set my service first, and myself second; and wished to God that he would do the like. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

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]

He fully appreciated the good service I had done to him and his country by opening a road which all caravans for the future would follow if property dealt with. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

And till her Majesty, that knows I was never bird of prey, finds it to agree with her will and her service that my wings should be imped again, I have committed myself to the mire. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Thomas Wolfe Then Herbert shouted up again, and he was so near that all of them could hear every word: “Mr. Jack, will you all please use the service elevator. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope There were not many at church, and Mr. Fenwick made the service very short. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Our common discourse respects two kinds of use or service from superior men. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

D. H. Lawrence She agreed to go to her sister, and to get a place of service — until Spring, he said, when they would sail for Canada. He waited for her assent. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Anthony Trollope The parson had sent word to Fanny Brattle during the service to stop a few minutes for him, and had learned from her that Sam had not been at home last night. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Every phase of the Church service seemed to receive its supreme expression in his voice, his attitude, his look. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

The dishes were of the finest ware of Cholula. He had a service of gold, which was reserved for religious celebrations. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Thomas Hardy He went to church at Great Hintock one afternoon as usual, there being no service at the smaller village. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope She thought it would be cruel to refuse this request, and yet she knew that no such waiting could be of service to him. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

He brought to C——n the welcome and congratulations of the General, and those Spanish offers of service and devotion which sound agreeably, whatever be their true value. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

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

And when the service was ended those immediately concerned with Bowring went to the Grange to hear how the dead man had disposed of his worldly goods. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

In 1870 he retired from the civil service and became sub-editor of Fraser’s Magazine under Froude, whom he succeeded as editor (1874–79). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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

Jules Verne Mais de notre temps, les steamers qui font le service entre Suez et les mers du Sud n’ont plus rien à redouter des colères de ce golfe, en dépit des moussons contraires. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Charles Dickens He had taken service with the prisoner, in good faith and simplicity, four years ago. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Men who have done greater service than you have died, for the disobedience of a day. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Charles Dickens Howbeit, this is my just reward for my pains and diligence, not regarding my service to God, but only my duty to my prince. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

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]

Anatole France Un an de service militaire, c’est déjà bien long pour un fils de famille. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

The scanty stock of a Turcoman could ill afford to sacrifice any utensil by applying it to a service which would defile it for ever. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

The yearned-for strangers did not come; the familiar faces of the morning service all turned up in their accustomed places every evening. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope The payment had done him no sort of service whatever. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ivan Turgenev Her sons were in the government service at Petersburg; her daughters were married; she went out very little, and in solitude lived through the last years of her miserly and dreary old age. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne Depuis cette nuit pendant laquelle le canot avait quitté le Nautilus pour un service mystérieux, mes idées s’étaient, en ce qui le concerne, légèrement modifiées. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Leo Tolstoy And not being able to grasp it, I could not enter the service as I had intended. After the Dance by Leo Tolstoy

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]

Also, I had only taken in petrol once, and that at one of the biggest service stations in the city. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He found himself again alone; but his conversation with the soldiers had been of service to him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott It was only necessary, therefore, to secure against surprise, and the service of six able men within the castle was sufficient for that purpose. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells He lived altogether mysteriously, in the decaying manse, without mortal service or companionship, presumably sleeping on planks or litter, and either preparing his own food or eating it raw. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Anthony Trollope Let us hope that his thoughts and mental resolves were then of service to him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The service of my master and the good of the country are what I have tried to aim at. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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]

Arthur Morrison And there ain’t nobody in service there but me. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins There was no service that a man could render which he had not eagerly offered to her. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

For the matter of that, I did him once a servicesaved his geese and his fowls from burning, one winter’s day, in their house, while he wrung his hands and looked on. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson At length she passed into my service for the consideration of sixty-five francs and a glass of brandy. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

The service was swift, silent, lavish, as in the days when the waiters were assets like the plate. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

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 only portion of the sea which came their way was contained in a medicine bottle which a hamlet girl in service at Brighton brought home as a curiosity. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I remember, likewise, that the only military service of my life was as a private soldier in a college company, of which Pierce was one of the officers. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Moore was entitled to say to himself that he had done yeoman’s service to the principles for which a Whig administration then stood, and yet had shown his complete independence of persons. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

In some of them there is even a compulsory religious service once or twice a week, which the lodgers must attend or leave the house. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins On my return from the afternoon service I found that they had just got back. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Next day (7th) he came up with the rest of the property, carried by men who had taken service for that one march only. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

In a service of religion he may be timid. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Wilkie Collins Growing up to manhood, he had taken service in private families as a groom. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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]

Henry James Acton asked him to hold the horses — a service he consented to render, as a friendly turn to a fellow-citizen. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

The service was a quaint Chinese one, which Brian had picked up in his wanderings. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume