Phrases with "serving"

H. Rider Haggard For long Swanhild and Atli tended Eric at one fire, and the serving women tended Skallagrim at the other. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Will you join me?” “With pleasure, Mr. Blaydes.” A touch upon the bell summoned the serving woman. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

By some mysterious coincidence, almost instantaneously as he fell, the firing ceased, a few desultory shots at long intervals serving rather to accentuate than break the silence. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Virginia Woolf That’s a serving wench out without her master’s knowledge. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

H. G. Wells I do not see us, serving the great order of the world from the drawing-room of Casa Terragena. I do not see our child or our children living aloof from this huge conflict in an enchanted garden. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

And now — behold — it was saving the ship, by serving me for a mark to help out the ignorance of my strangeness. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Sinclair Lewis Fran was having her portrait painted, glossily and very expensively, by a Belgian whose manner of serving tea and commenting on new frocks had enabled him to capture a number of rich American women. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins Nothing but the consideration of serving the man I loved would have reconciled me to making my own secret use of the recollections which my uncle might innocently confide to me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry Fielding As soon as the great man had pocketed the cash, he shook Booth by the hand, and told him he would be sure to slip no opportunity of serving him, and would send him word as soon as any offered. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope It was hard upon him that they should so treat him when he was doing his best for them all! And they also felt this, though they did not know the extent to which he was anxious to go in serving them. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle You are best serving the country by sacrificing your own feelings and vanishing from the scene. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arnold Bennett When the moment came for serving M. Niepce’s breakfast, Sophia hesitated, and then decided to look after the old man personally. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Virginia Woolf In short, all his serving men and women held him in high respect, and cursed the foreign Princess (but they called her by a coarser name than that) who had brought him to this pass. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson Here, too, were many of the brick-fronted barracks of the poor; a plaster cow, perhaps, serving as ensign to a dairy, or a ticket announcing the business of the mangler. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Instead of serving it from the side-table he picks it up between his hands and starts to the dining-table with it. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Abraham Merri There was quite a long silence, broken by an interested, soft outburst of gentle boomings from the serving frog-maids. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood An expression of perplexed alarm showed itself in the face of the faithful but inarticulate serving man. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fancy serving us with asparagus in the middle of a discussion like this! I am coming to the conclusion that you are a very bad companion for me. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Miss Norne had already seated herself at a small table in the rear, and a waiter was serving her with iced orange juice and little French cakes. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Andrew Lang There were once a Scotsman and an Englishman and an Irishman serving in the army together, who took it into their heads to run away on the first opportunity they could get. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Those features, unhappily, instead of serving for an introduction to the within, were treated as the mirror of himself. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Think not of pleasing others, but of serving them. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

James Joyce Gabriel began to carve second helpings as soon as he had finished the first round without serving himself. Dubliners by James Joyce

Walter Scott The Emperor chooses his own officers, in respect of their power of serving him as he desires to be served. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

And Mr. Jiffin, when he could withdraw his fascinated eyes from following her, turned into his shop to assist in serving four or five servant girls, who had entered it. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Besides the master, there were serving in the shop my cousin, Sascha Jaakov, and the senior assistant, a competent, unctuous person with a red face. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Eliot The foremost group consisted of well-known colliers, in their good Sunday beavers and coloured handkerchiefs serving as cravats, with the long ends floating. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anna Katherine Green But what you may not know is this: that in serving its original purpose, it has proved to be our guide in another of equal, if not greater, importance. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Eliot I might end by collecting greasy pence from poor men to buy myself a fine coat and a glutton’s dinner, on pretence of serving the poor men. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

William Dampier Our seamen are apt to have great notions of I know not what profit and advantages to be had in serving the Mogul; nor do they want for fine stories to encourage one another to it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

She called herself a widow when she married Dare, but she had a husband living, Jasper Carroll, serving his time at Baton Rouge Jail, down South, all the time. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Walter Scott The serving of the expected feast was impatiently looked for by the guests, and clamorously demanded by the temporary master of the castle. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Wilkie Collins Mademoiselle Duparc remained in the kitchen to help Marie in serving up the dinner, and only took her place at table after the soup had been put on. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Rudyard Kipling A man may be right under your nose one minuteserving a gun or something — and the next minute he isn’t there. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli I landed in England last seventh of June, absent five-and-twenty years, serving my king and country. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It may be styled a cruel kindness, serving the whole even to the ruin of the member; a terrible communist, reserving all profits to the community, without dividend to individuals. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

Do this, Laura, and you will be serving me; perhaps serving him also. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Though it had been the fixed purpose of my life that Violet and Oswald should be man and wife, I would have helped you because that other purpose of serving you in all things had become more fixed. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Men were struck in the saddle, on sentry duty, in the firing line, carrying orders, serving the guns. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Let it stand, then, in the present state of our knowledge, merely as a useful introductory hypothesis, serving to apprize us of the eternal distinction between the soul and the world. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

H. G. Wells He was incapable of serving the multitude. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As an indifference cherished, or left to atrophy, becomes an emptiness, to this extent he had learned to become empty of Nicole, serving her against his will with negations and emotional neglect. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence Before serving us with pie, Emily gave her brother junket and damsons, setting the plate and the spoon before him as if he were a child. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Upon the return of my father and sister, the gripsack sounded for dinner; when four officers on duty entering, desired, as their posts, to have the serving up of the dishes. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Edith Wharton With Fulvia, ideas were either rejected or at once converted into principles; with himself, they remained stored in the mind, serving rather as commentaries on life than as incentives to action. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

John Hill Burton But they will desire to serve you, when, by so doing, they can serve themselves; and the occasions on which they can serve themselves by serving you are multitudinous. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Wilkie Collins Lucilla and I (I cannot resist recording this) were both beautifully dressed, in honor of the occasion; Mrs. Finch serving us to perfection, by way of contrast. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arnold Bennett The men are poltroons, all! I could let three bedrooms for three hundred and fifty francs a month, and with serving meals and so on I could live. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Lieut. Feraud, mistrusting the justice of men, by no means desired a Court of Honour; and the above words, according so well with his temperament, had also the merit of serving his turn. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Gissing I lived with my serving woman privately, in quiet and hope. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope I felt a delight in serving him, and though I was almost old enough to be his father, I ministered to him as though he had been an old man, or a woman. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford They were not only adamant, they were also vindictive against civil servants who had become serving soldiers. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Rudyard Kipling This is a new brother, worshipful sir, with most of his mileage ahead of him, but, so far as a serving brother can, I’ll answer for him. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Willa Cather Occasionally we heard a call for “de l’eau chaude!” and the heavy trot of a serving woman on the stairs. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Capable and indeed ardent agent as she was, there can be no excuse for her shameful, nay, criminal, neglect at the hands of the government she was serving so faithfully and well. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Sinclair Lewis It was supposed that the Babbitt–Thompson Company were merely agents for Glen Oriole, serving the real owner, Jake Offutt, but the fact was that Babbitt and Thompson owned sixty-two per cent. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell Then she put on her pattens, and went to fill her kettle at the pump in the next court, and on her way she borrowed a cup; of odd saucers she had plenty, serving as plates when occasion required. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Turning sharply to the left, she followed a narrow wagon road, serving to avoid a dark body on the ground. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

A few days afterwards, a gentleman, whom De Bussy had never before seen, and whom he did not know even by name, called upon him and asked if he might have the privilege of serving as his second. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

There are the laws against the Catholics, and he serving Mass in that upper room. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Olaf Stapledon Even torture, presumably, might in some circumstances seem to the revolutionary a necessary and therefore permissible means of serving the revolution. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

She even lost her leg serving her country. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Willa Cather She was particularly offended by a deep ragged ditch, a miniature arroyo, which ran across the back yard, serving no purpose and looking very dreary. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

But I doubt the benevolence of your God. He is plaguily roundabout in His plans for serving us, nor have I found life so sweet that I am minded to thank Him so heartily for what He has done for me. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The automata reappeared, serving one of those delicious liquids which form the innocent wines of the Vril-ya. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Wilkie Collins In plainer words, I determined to be guided by the one higher motive of which I was certain, the motive of serving the cause of Laura and the cause of Truth. “I accept your conditions,” I said. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Amanda cast a terrified glance at her sister, who was serving a second plate of pudding for the minister. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

George Meredith Has it slipped from your memory?’ ‘If I see the chance of serving you, you may trust to me. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

D. H. Lawrence In this window- opening stood the landlady, drawing and serving to her husband. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf He would not meet her eye, but that could be accounted for by his activity in serving and helping, and the polite alacrity with which he was answering the questions of the American visitor. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Borrow This, after undergoing much hammering and alteration, was pronounced by the Gallegan vulcan to be capable of serving in lieu of a better; whereupon we again mounted, and slowly continued our descent. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

D. H. Lawrence The ruling classes and the serving classes! He got to his feet and said patiently: ‘Try her again, then. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson He would devote himself to serving her: not selfishly, as others had done, with their own ends in view; the gentle, steady aid should be hers, which he had always longed to give her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy And more than that, I can mind when he was born; I was a lad, serving my ‘prenticeship at the time. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Tyssen, who had been his unsuccessful opponent for three sets, came and sat down by his side during the serving of the homemade lemonade which was the staple beverage of the place. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Owing to its being placed far back, beyond the narrow slit before mentioned as serving the bushrangers for a chimney, they were much more at ease. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Rafael Sabatini Ye’ld be serving Sir Oliver and yourself. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Gaskell Corresponding to the dining-room on the other side of the hall was the drawing-room, with its side-window serving as a door into a conservatory, and this again opened into the library. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

This prostration, this immobility, serving as a mark to an emotion so visible, struck Charles II., and he took the young man’s hand. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells In serving the world, we shall also serve ourselves. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

By serving you I shall profit both in body and soul. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

T. E. Lawrence Pray God that men reading the story will not, for love of the glamour of strangeness, go out to prostitute themselves and their talents in serving another race. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

E. F. Benson Then, indeed, he would be king of the place, instead of serving the interests of its queen. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson To ask to see some fruit of our endeavour is but a transcendental way of serving for reward; and what we take to be contempt of self is only greed of hire. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

We render service to God, madame, in serving a prince so unfortunate, a queen so virtuous. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

After serving as pastor in various places he became in 1840 Prof. of Mental and Moral Philosophy in the Manchester New College (subsequently removed to London), and Principal 1869–85. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He had found no difficulty hitherto in serving God and Mammon. The joint business prospered. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope But in serving with the Duke I find a lack of that sympathy which one should have with one’s chief. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I am about to give you the philosophy of bomb throwing from my point of view; from the point of view you pretend to have been serving for the last eleven years. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Louisa May Alcott Other helps had Jo — humble, wholesome duties and delights that would not be denied their part in serving her, and which she slowly learned to see and value. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry Handel Richardson Three knocks on the wooden partition was the signal which, if he were not serving a customer, summoned him to the kitchen. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson Have you noticed, Richard, she hardly everreally quite seldom now — drops an h? It must all have been due to Tilly serving in that low bar. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

She was not however so totally engrossed by this pleasing dissipation as to neglect any means of serving the distressed. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

John Lewis Burckhard It contains many small hamlets, in which the houses consist generally of one room only, serving for all purposes. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Maria Edgeworth We all know what astonishing metamorphoses are sometimes wrought even on the most hopeless subjects, by seeing something of the world, by serving a campaign or two. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

H. Rider Haggard I came from the North as a child to Zululand. I was Cetewayo’s man in the Nkomabakosi Regiment, serving there under the great Captain, Umslopogaasi of the Axe,5 who taught my hands to fight. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Gustave Flauber Then everything was in disorder and confusion: mules, serving men, litter, provisions, and baggage. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Fifteen minutes before serving put a frying-pan on with a quantity of lard, and as soon as the lard is lukewarm put in the pieces of bread, turn them as soon as they harden a little on one side. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

George Borrow How should I not know an Englishman? There were two with Gomez, serving as volunteers. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Andrew Lang The serving lions also came near and the prince would have stayed his hand, but the king-lion signed to him to feed them too. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rafael Sabatini She was in black from head to foot, including the veil that shrouded her, a veil of the proportions of a mantle, serving to dissemble her very shape. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Henry Fielding But it would be highly derogatory from the GREAT character of Wild, should the reader imagine he lent such a sum to a friend without the least view of serving himself. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Washington Irving Also, about the same time, a suit of livery and a crimson collar for the serving man. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

With the assistance of mother Coupeau, Gervaise was now serving the coffee, though some of the guests had not yet finished their Savoy cake. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence I am one of the eternal Virgins, serving the eternal fire. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She was proud of serving Frederick. But he, when he saw her, sprang up in a minute, and relieved her of her burden. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Borrow None of us are poor, and those among us who serve, do so more from choice than necessity, for by serving each other we acquire different trades. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

An ornamented badge, serving to distinguish a military officer from the enemy — that is to say, from the officer of lower rank to whom his death would give promotion. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Outside of my own business (the limits of which are well defined) I seek no responsibility, least of all should I seek it in serving one whom I suspect of over-cleverness. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I gasped audibly, “Where am I?” A shape hitherto unnoticed, stirred, rose, came forward: a shape inharmonious with the environment, serving only to complicate the riddle further. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Dear youth, in serving thee I serve myself. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

How could I, then, return to Brussels? I should injure the queen instead of serving her. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

On the top of the eminence was a blazing beacon, serving to notify to the inhabitants of the capital when the Spanish fleet weighed anchor. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The man was serving him with food and drink with the self-same hands that only a few days previously had encompassed a black and dreadful crime. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Anton Chekhov Besides, where could I serve? Where could I be of use? Admitting that no great cleverness is needed for serving in our Zemstvo, for example, yet I suffer from . The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

John Morley Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Andrew Lang In the meantime the boy got up and began to talk to them, and ask them if they did not want a man-servant, for he could find pleasure enough in serving them. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The new-comers tramped up the bare wooden stairs, following the serving woman. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan Then as they were serving the trout, Servigny remarked: “Silence is a good thing, at times. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

I had a house-party at the Hall for the Newmarket July Meeting and I remember the jar was handed round while the maids were serving tea, so all the servants had probably heard about it too. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

These cirripedes have no branchiae, the whole surface of the body and of the sack, together with the small frena, serving for respiration. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Arthur Conan Doyle Every true soldier thinks first of his horse, so I pray that you will tether yours without, since I have neither ostler nor serving man to whom I may entrust them. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Washington Irving Mutual tastes quickened the intimacy, especially as they found means of serving each other. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Rudyard Kipling He wrote for certain papers, which, as everybody knows, Is worse than serving in a shop or scaring off the crows. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft Such of them as worked lived mostly as dock-hands and unlicenced pedlars, though frequently serving in Greek restaurants and tending corner news stands. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

That you can not serve God and Mammon is a poor excuse for not serving God. A fool’s tongue is not so noisy but the wise can hear his ear commanding them to silence. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Nellie Bly I thought this manner of serving coffee a very pleasing one, quite an improvement on our own system, and quite worthy of adoption. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

I trow that never did serving folk use such great bounty. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Anthony Trollope We all know the class of young women whom we generally see serving behind counters in the shops of our larger cities. North America by Anthony Trollope

She called for a good drop of drink—brandy-and-water—while sitting there, and was allowed to have it, though it was out of serving hours, as she declared she was perishing with cold. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

A serving man brought me a great bowl of soup and set it before me. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Behind him his serving wench, her blue whimple over her head, and one hand thrust forth to bear the lanthorn which threw a golden bar of light along her master’s path. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

D. H. Lawrence They were the black-gowned priests of knowledge, serving for ever in a remote, hushed temple. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Before serving squeeze on a little lemon juice and garnish with squares of fried bread. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

But, said she, he shall be my Husband, that has put me into a Capacity of serving my Country, by adding one to it. Zadig by Voltaire

The pride of man in possessing the affections of this lovely and noble-minded creature, was blended with the tenderest desire of protecting and serving her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Gissing If necessary, he would support himself at Odessa for a time, until he was capable of serving the firm in some position of trust. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I wanted to go on serving under that man. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Borrow I opened the door and looked out; whereupon some fishermen entered clamouring for their morning draught: the old man was soon on his feet serving them. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anatole France Miss Bell apologized for serving to them Italian dishes. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The pipe is then passed to others, who draw in the same manner — one pipe-full serving for half a dozen. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Henry Kingsley In seeking this interview I had some hopes of having forced a confession from your lordship of my relationship with you, and thereby serving my personal ambition. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Andrew Lang No priest would have a traditional way of serving him. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon Surely God ought to make me whole again, so that I can go on serving Him.” Once more Sir James prayed. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

They have a lower sort of serving Nuns, that wait on them as their chambermaids. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

D. H. Lawrence The clerk inside ignores me for some time, serving soldiers. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Henry Fielding I might have commanded his purse to any degree of moderation: I have now disabled him from the power of serving me. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

E. Phillips Oppenheim She started to her feet, as Félice was ushered in by the untidy serving maid, and laid her cigarette upon an ash tray. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Any way, it was a sort of theory, serving passably well in the absence of any other. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Henry Fielding He at last told him, with great seeming pleasure, that he believed he had an opportunity of serving him by the recommendation of a gentleman to his custom, who was then on the brink of marriage. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

In serving the rabbit she spilled a great lot of it, boiling hot, over my hand and wrist. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

George Meredith I say this, the woman who keeps you from serving your country, she ‘s your country’s enemy. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing At this moment there appeared in the alley a serving man, a young and active fellow of very honest visage, who stood at some yards’ distance until Basil observed him. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Virginia Woolf The group indeed had come together in a miscellaneous way; one tea-table joining to another tea-table, and deck-chairs serving to connect two groups. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

From the ground-floor a flight of steps led up to a glass-covered gallery joining the two buildings and serving as an antechamber to each. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Virginia Woolf It began by a few schoolmasters serving their passage out to South America as the pursers of tramp steamers. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

I was very sorry I could not eat of as many as the good lady would have had me, who was very earnest in serving me of every thing. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

One very favourable and palatable way was by grinding the meal a second time as fine as flour, boiling it, and then serving it with hot milk or treacle. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Shortly after, as my hostess was serving me, I saw that in place of human feet she had ass’s hoofs; whereupon I drew my sword, seized, bound, and closely questioned her. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Sinclair Lewis Back now after serving as ensign in the WAVES, she was noisy and interested. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Jeremy Bentham To the legislator it is a kind of perpetual lesson; serving at once as a corrective to his prejudices, and as a check upon his passions. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H.P. Lovecraft There was extensive commerce, both local and between different cities — certain small, flat counters, five-pointed and inscribed, serving as money. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

The serving men ran out on the hall-door steps. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang But no one can ever get this horse without first serving the old woman for three whole days. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis None of them noticed her while she was serving the crackers and cheese and sardines and beer. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon He considered for a while; at least I suppose he did, but his far-away look seemed to focus on the ugly waitress, who was serving at the other end of the room. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Report described him to me as having made considerable sums of money in that way, for a man in his position; serving firms, you know, with a bad name, and running all sorts of desperate risks. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Louisa May Alcott No one said anything, till Laurie, who insisted on serving the bride, appeared before her, with a loaded salver in his hand and a puzzled expression on his face. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He immediately assembled his council, which consisted of the officers serving under his orders. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

He had left the yacht buoyed up by the knowledge that in so doing he was best serving the woman he loved. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Olaf Stapledon Later, as she was serving at dinner she overheard a snatch of conversation between the young woman and her aged friend. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett But Mrs. Critchlow was merely Maria Insull. She had seen Baines’s in its magnificent prime, when Baines’s almost conferred a favour on customers in serving them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Leon Trotsky New methods, instead of serving the old aims, were creating new ones and, most of all, a new psychology. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I fear lest Athos should have been beaten down by serving men. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith Her name was Clara Goodwin; she requested me to go always to the Horse Guards to discover in what part of the world Colonel Goodwin might be serving when I wanted to write to her. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Well, it is a question of serving the king, the gentleman’s duty. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Now, he had been serving coffee in the Silver Moon for upwards of seven years, and there was one thing about the little underground cafe which only he and one other knew. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

At the end of that time there was an exchange of prisoners, and he was again serving on board various and splendid frigates. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have done you a grievous wrong — but, if I may but live, I will spend my life in serving you!” “And in serving God!” said Miss Benson, with tears in her eyes. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D. H. Lawrence The father was serving beer in a public house, swilling himself drunk. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Besant I, therefore, became for the day his apprentice, assistant, or journeyman, serving drugs, mixing medicines, and preparing lotions, emetics, plaisters, and other things for the sick men and wounded. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Olaf Stapledon They had their loyalties, like the rest of men; but they trusted that in preserving the tradition of the Press, or in serving some great journal, they served well enough. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He looked sharply at the young woman who was engaged in serving a motorcyclist with a glass of lemonade, and made up his mind that she was not Iris Jones. He was at once proved to be right. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Believe me, when I assure you that I take a real interest in your welfare, and that I came here to-night in the hope of serving you. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Then of his warrant, and of the fourscore angels he was to gain for serving it upon Robin Hood. He thrust his hand into his pouch, but not a scrap nor a farthing was there. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

George Meredith Impiety speaks despair; Religion the virtue of serving as things of the furrowy ground, Debtors for breath while breath with our fellows in service we share. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

Jules Verne The crow’s nest, too, remained in its place, serving as a nautical observatory; the rigging alone was taken away. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Jules Verne He never allowed anybody but himself to concoct this precious beverage; for he made a point of serving it boiling hot, always declaring it was not fit to drink unless it burnt his tongue. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Now of course she lives with my serving girls, but does what she likes. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She came to herself while serving them, and commenced to forget her fright. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Gaston Leroux I recalled that the steward, in serving us, had recommended an excellent Chablis which, no doubt, had come from the professor’s table. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

He does not put himself about in serving her, and if she intimates that he is rudely indifferent, and that though she has often come to him before she will never come again, he remains tranquil. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Leon Trotsky In the Soviet Republic, my Zurich pamphlet had by that time gone through several editions, serving as a text-book for the study of the Marxist attitude toward the war. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Eliot You would have liked to see Adam reading his Bible. He never opened it on a weekday, and so he came to it as a holiday book, serving him for history, biography, and poetry. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

And in these conditions the cook and I were expected to serve thirty or forty meals a day, and would later on be serving a hundred. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

David Hume We are affected with the same sentiments, when we lie so much out of the sphere of their activity, that they cannot even be supposed to possess the power of serving us. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

George Meredith The wisdom of humaneness best avails For serving justice till that fraud is brayed. The Sage Enamoured and the Honest Lady by George Meredith

Arthur Conan Doyle Use your powers! Go to the scene of the crime! See the people concerned! Leave no stone unturned! In all your career you have never had so great a chance of serving your country. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing Allchin, engaged in serving a lady, forgot himself at the sight of Mr. Jollyman, and gave a shout of welcome. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. F. Benson Diva by this time had furnished her tea-room, and was giving dress-rehearsals, serving tea herself to a few friends and then sitting down with them, very hot and thirsty. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]