Phrases with "serving"

Anthony Trollope But he has vacillated, turning hither and thither, serving God and Mammon. And he has allowed himself to be ruled by his own son. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli I should deem my life well spent in serving the daughter of the great Hunniades.” “Kind stranger,” replied the captive, “I was ill prepared for such a meeting. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

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

Anthony Trollope He considered it to be quite out of the question that Glump should have bought votes for him,—with any purpose of serving him. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

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]

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

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

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]

Virginia Woolf Dukes, priests, shepherds, pilgrims and serving men took hands and danced. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was her final, comprehensive glance, in order to make sure that soup, fish, and flesh were in a proper state of readiness, before the serving up of dinner. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

H. G. Wells But I thought much more of serving her or dying for her than of embracing her. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the act of serving himself, he stopped abruptly. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

Edith Wharton But she had no idle desire to probe the depths of other lives; and where there seemed no hope of serving she shrank from fruitless confidences. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

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

H. G. Wells The second handling-machine was now completed, and was busied in serving one of the novel contrivances the big machine had brought. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Back in his apartment after the bridal dinner, Anthony snapped out his lights and, feeling impersonal and fragile as a piece of china waiting on a serving table, got into bed. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

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]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Phineas told himself that this was of course so arranged by Lady Glencora, with the express view of serving the Saulsby interest. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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

Radclyffe Hall And now there were times when, serving two masters, her passion for this girl and her will to protect her, Stephen would be torn by conflicting desires, by opposing mental and physical emotions. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Three beautiful goddesses, Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne, who attended upon Venus, serving without salary. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

H. G. Wells Such supplies of moral energy as I still had at command shaped now in the direction of serving Marion rather than science. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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

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

The characteristics named above as serving the interests of the community are disserviceable to the individual, rather than otherwise. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle You understand, of course, that it is only by serving and self-abnegation that we advance in the higher world. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

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

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]

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

Fat Pere Colombe was calmly serving round after round. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence Creatures of another reality, they were elementals, serving the elements of coal, as the metal-workers were elementals, serving the element of iron. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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

Thomas Hardy When Elizabeth-Jane had carried down his supper tray, and also that used by her mother and herself, she found the bustle of serving to be at its height below, as it always was at this hour. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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

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]

I said to them that I would not be gone a half-hour, and what service can I be with a musket, serving out butter and sugar for the last twenty years? . Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Edith Wharton As if they mattered, or anything did, except that she should go on serving and inspiring this child of genius with whom a whim of the gods had entrusted her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Meredith I thought, for my part, I could not do as the captain was doing, serving his country in foreign parts, while such as these were shining without a captain at home. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope Her Consuls, her Censors, her Tribunes, and her Generals had, as a rule, been true to Rome, serving their country, at any rate till of late years, rather than themselves. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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

The casement was at the end of the house; serving to light the narrow upstairs passage. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

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]

Willa Cather I’m disillusioned about serving my crowd, and I don’t particularly want to serve yours. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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

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]

Thomas Wolfe There were German cooks and French maids, English butlers and Irish serving girls. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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

Willa Cather In one of the corners was a clothes closet, built against the partition, in another a wide divan, serving as a seat by day and a bed by night. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

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

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]

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

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

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

But here, in a street that was almost a slum, serving out yellow-jacketed trash at thirty bob a week — what hope was there in a job like that? It was just a derelict’s job, a blind-alley job. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

Washington Irving Just in this nick the cook knock’d thrice, And all the waiters in a trice His summons did obey; Each serving man, with dish in hand, March’d boldly up, like our train band, Presented, and away. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

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

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

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

Rudyard Kipling But if the steward curries those oysters instead of serving them on the shell, all the veiled beauties of cliff and water-careen rock will not console me. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

Orderlies were deftly serving dinner. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

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]

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

Then came the question I was dreading: ‘This Major Kopp — what force was he serving in?’ The terrible word had to come out: ‘In the P.O.U.M. militia. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

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]

But Mr. Richard stopped him, and said his attorneys were Messrs. Heathfield, in Chancery Lane; and was this the way Mr. Compton did business? serving a writ personally on a gentleman in weak health. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

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

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

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]

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

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray In serving me, this rascal of a Frédéric has broken a cup, true Japan, upon my honor — the rogue does nothing else. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

George Gissing What should you say if some one came and told you he had seen me serving behind a grocer’s counter in London?” “What do you mean, Will?” “Well, I want to know how it would strike you. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

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

The poor old soul was standing behind the counter, serving two ounces of tea to a customer when I went in. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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]

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

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]

David Hume Such topics, therefore, ought entirely to be forborne; as serving nothing to the discovery of truth, but only to make the person of an antagonist odious. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is serving now a sentence of penal servitude for life. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Meredith She has persuaded Carlo that she is serving the country. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And, in fact, this conception did stimulate his activity for some time, serving too, as long as it was uncrystallized, to concentrate his visions upon objective realities. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Arthur Conan Doyle I endeavoured to imitate her own wonderful affectation of indifference, but, as you may think? I was eagerly alert for any opportunity of serving her. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

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]

Ford Madox Ford Before he had been interested in his brother as a serving soldier, he had been inclined to consider most soldiers as incompetent over Transport and, in general, nuisances. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Jane Austen Here, its power was only a glare: a stifling, sickly glare, serving but to bring forward stains and dirt that might otherwise have slept. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

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]

Every nationalist is capable of the most flagrant dishonesty, but he is also — since he is conscious of serving something bigger than himself — unshakeably certain of being in the right. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

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]

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]

Abraham Merri I clapped my hands, and the serving girls entered. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim A long table stood in the middle of the apartment, serving as support for a long glass showcase, open at the top. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

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

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

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

E. T. A. Hoffmann At any rate, it is undoubtedly true that she was in the habit of serving the guests whom she invited to her house with poisoned pigeon pie. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Wilkie Collins His assistant, pressed on the question of identity, broke down under cross-examination — purposely, as it was whispered, serving the interests of the prisoner. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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

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

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]

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

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

Then you were serving in the P.O.U.M. militia yourself?’ ‘Yes.’ He turned and dived into the colonel’s room. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Anthony Trollope I think I could do it as well as any one else: and, as we agreed that we would always be dear and close friends, I think that you will not refuse me the pleasure of serving you in this way. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

As to serving your country, how could you with an easy conscience, when you have broken its law by taking the lives of your uncle and cousin?” “I did not. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

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]

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]

Edward Bellamy As the youth left the room, I said, “I cannot get over my wonder at seeing a young man like that serving so contentedly in a menial position. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Mark Twain We had nineteen serving men and twenty-six pack mules! It was a perfect caravan. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The only fault to be found with Burton’s conduct at Damascus, was that, instead of serving his own interest, he had attempted to serve the interests of his country and humanity. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

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

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

On the first floor, tall columns of red granite, crowned by gilt capitals, divide the staircase from a gallery, serving as a conservatory. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

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

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]

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. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you’re serving a gentleman he’s your master for the time being and any name you may choose to call it by don’t make no difference. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

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

It is not every one who is happy enough to find opportunities of serving his sovereign with distinction. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

The jury are all fools, and I respectfully submit that they and their descendants be exempted from serving on all juries for a period of at least one thousand years. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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

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

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]

A serving man, obedient to Juss’s nod, hastened from the chamber. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

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

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]

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]

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]

George Meredith Discontented with her position after a time, she now pushes boldly to claim the place which will be most effective in serving her as a bath. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

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]

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

Other girls secured places through sisters or friends already serving in large establishments. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

Henry Handel Richardson Have you noticed, Richard, she hardly ever — really 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

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]

I do not like to have simple soldiers, because they have the advantage of serving in a privileged corps, thus to play the great lords; discipline is the same for them as for everybody else. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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

He had gone quickly into his shop and had there found his assistant serving almonds to a strange man. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]