Phrases with "table"

George Elio Lucy’s dead painted face would follow me there, as it did when I looked back into the past — as it did when I sat down to table with my friends, when I lay down in my bed, and when I rose up. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

But presently Walter took his beer to his favourite table in the corner, and after a little Searle followed him. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith Whatever happened, they sat down at table together, and the point of honour for them each and every was, not to be first to rise from it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Wilkie Collins After she had put the water down on a table in a corner, she noiselessly locked the door leading into the library, then the door leading into the passage. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Edith Wharton Madame de Chantelle had broken her wooden embroidery frame, and Darrow, having offered to repair it, had drawn his chair up to a table that held a lamp. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Maria Edgeworth O’Tara came one day to dine at Corny Castle. The kindred souls found each other out, and an animated discourse across the table commenced concerning cocks. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Rudyard Kipling Nor, it would appear from the bill of fare, are they particular as to what they eat when they attend table d’hôte. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins A glass of water stood on a table near me — I dipped my handkerchief in it, and cooled my throbbing eyes. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

They had everything out on the shabby table and ate as they were, Judith in a yellow jacket, her nightdress, and Emma’s hat still on her head. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Andrew Lang We never get anything but hard dry crusts to eat — why, the dog under the table is better off than we are. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There were long tables in the billiard-room for the farming class; and for the quality there was the horse-shoe table in the dining-room, as at Roderick’s birthday dinner. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton They finished supper, and while Mattie cleared the table Ethan went to look at the cows and then took a last turn about the house. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton On the platform on which he alighted stood a table covered with papers, with almost more papers than Lord Eden’s table. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

D. H. Lawrence They all sat at table together, perfectly easy with one another, though the marvellous nurse seemed to be seated below the salt. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Andrew Lang He sprang up from the table and asked the girl what those cries were, and whether he had fallen into a den of robbers. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Lewis Carroll She took her off the table as she spoke, and shook her backwards and forwards with all her might. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Henry James But the major was in love, or next door to it! Every day that he called he found her scribbling away at a little ormolu table on a lot of half-sheets of note-paper. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Anthony Hope There was nobody; the curtains were still; the king’s left hand caressed his beardless chin; the right was hidden from his visitor by the small table that stood between them. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Guy de Maupassan She repeated: “Be silent!” They could hear the servant laying the table in the dining-room. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Morrison Presently the lawyer tore the check from the book and pushed It across the table with another paper. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Algernon Blackwood Something that apparently rose through the floor was passing slowly into the air above the table and above the bowl. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope She has sat at table as a child, fitting herself in all things to the behests of others. North America by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather The minister, a pale, feeble-looking man with white hair and blond chin-whiskers, took his seat beside a small side table and placed his Bible upon it. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Washington Irving He was once prevailed on to furnish the table with decanters and glasses at dinner, to save time and prevent confusion. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Willa Cather There was a table and a reading-lamp, and a window seat looking upon the little walled garden. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

And men set a table before him clean, covered with a cloth, and thereupon flesh and diverse viands and a cup full of mare’s milk. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

E. F. Benson We sat in the shadow of the house opposite a row of long windows, inside which I could see a table with cloth laid, glimmering with glass and silver. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Edith Wharton They eyed Amherst with resentment, and then turned away, continuing their talk in low murmurs, while he seated himself at the marble-topped table littered with torn magazines. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope He chucked it across the table to Gregory when he came down to dinner, and the parson read it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry Lawson And, good Lord! if she keeps the best table in town, we are curious to see the worst. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Pryde was scowling across the room toward the small table against the wall at which Grace and a companion were seated. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Guy de Maupassant He picked up the broken glass which strewed the table and took them out. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

But don’t you think it would be better if we sat down to table instead of discussing my unfortunate self?” She pressed an electric bell in the woodwork by her side and ordered tiffin. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

In the big dining-room she found the pair she sought at a table in one of the windows. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Elizabeth Gaskell Nothing would serve Ellinor, then, but that she must carry out a table and have tea in the garden, on the sunny side of the tree, among the roots of which she used to play when a child. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

William Makepeace Thackeray The table was small, and their knees met. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

D. H. Lawrence An air of conviviality gathered round the table during the course of the meal. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Miss Boncassen herself bore the honours well, seeming to regard the little change at table as though it was of no moment. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The keys of the club-house had been found lying on a table in the side hall of the Cumberland mansion — the keys which I have already mentioned as missing from my pocket. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The archdeacon raised his hat with an air of deference that was quite magnificent and then, after a few words of greeting, the two sat down at a small vacant table near at hand. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Marjorie Bowen I was close to her now, only the table between us, and her provoking face was a short space from mine. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

When the bad breakfast was over, and the waiters were laying the table for another as bad, our Basque porter came in and led us to the train for San Sebastian which he had promised us. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling He, and he alone, in this insane city will wait at table (the Chinaman doesn’t count). From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What chance has he now? He has not been allowed a table within fifty feet of us and his slightest movement will be watched. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Handel Richardson When he did, it was at a table for two, in a corner. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Vincent dropped down on her knees beside the table as soon as she was alone, and leaned her aching, throbbing head upon it. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Jane Austen That will make thirteen with ourselves, so there will be just room at table for him. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Samuel Johnson Of an extensive domain, which he holds in his own hands, he considers the sale of cattle as repaying him the rent, and supports the plenty of a very liberal table with the remaining product. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing On a round clothless table stood two plates, one with a piece of bread and butter remaining, and two cups and saucers. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was seated upright on the sofa at the other side of the small table and there was amusement, as well as something which seemed to be affection, in her beautiful eyes as she watched him. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope The people who were now gathered at the earl’s table could hardly have been expected to be very sprightly when in company with each other. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev On my table stands a rose: before it withers, I shall be no more. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne In the centre of the room was a table richly laid out. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Caroline Lamb Her harp was left at the entrance of a bower; a few books and a table were also there. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Charles Dickens But she laughed, and shook her head, and pointed to her cookery on the fire, and her table ready spread: with an exulting defiance that rendered her more charming than she was before. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Baldwin Spencer In the following table a complete list of the intermarriages of the various men and women comprised in the Pundamunga-Naramma group is given. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Even the king had no table manners whatever, but walked about gnawing a meaty bone. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Edith Wharton She saw the foot of a mahogany bed, an engraving on the wall, a wash-stand on which a towel had been tossed, and one end of the green-covered table which held the lamp. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

H. G. Wells Everyone moved towards the round table in the centre of the room, on which lay a tambourine and a little green box. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jules Verne Here is his description; it answers exactly to that of Mr. Phileas Fogg.” “What nonsense!” cried Passepartout, striking the table with his fist. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser He hated to think of the snow-covered Christmas morning and no table richly piled with what their young hearts would most desire. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

A bed, a table and two wooden benches constituted the entire furniture. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anatole France Il se mit à jouer avec le petit revolver qu’il avait posé sur la table de nuit. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Henry Fielding All the other company assembled at table as usual, where poor Booth was the only person out of spirits. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope The pistol which Westerman had taken from the table belonged to Santerre, and when he saw it in the hand of his friend, he leapt up and seized hold of the German’s arm. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo By the side of it was a table covered with papers and books, on which lay the long, white wand of the sheriff. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins There was a table in this room, with drawers that locked; there was a magnificent Italian cabinet, with doors that locked; there were five cupboards under the book-cases, every one of which locked. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jack London There was no chair, no tablenothing but the tick of straw and the thin, aged blanket. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells I sat alone at the round table downstairs writing steadily in the luminous circle cast by a shaded paraffin lamp. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy A heavy oblong table stood in the middle of the room. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The McKiscos had been invited to sit at the captain’s table but with nascent snobbery they told Dick that they “couldn’t stand that bunch. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell The table was cleared, Mrs. Gibson roused herself, and made the same remark about dear papa that she had done at the same hour for weeks past. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Adam Lindsay Gordon SCENE— A Castle in Normandy. A Study in a Tower; HUGO seated at a table covered with maps and charts of the heavens, astronomical instruments, books, manuscripts, &c. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Edith Wharton But Mrs. Tracy followed, and after straightening the plates on the dinner table came and stood by the desk. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Rudyard Kipling Den Bimi come to dinner at der same table mit us, und the hair on his hands was all black und thick mit-mit what had dried on der hands. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

John Galsworthy He was drinking a glass of barleywater, when he heard the waiter at the next table say to a member: “So it says, Sir.” “Good God!” said the member, starting up. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Among the most favourite relics of modern times, in Europe, are Shakspeare’s mulberry-tree, Napoleon’s willow, and the table at Waterloo on which the emperor wrote his despatches. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The precepts delivered by Lydgate and others for demeanour at table were in advance of the age, and were probably as much honoured in the breach as otherwise. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Willa Cather Constance glanced at him suspiciously, then sat down at the card table and leaned over it, drawing her plump shoulders together. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

At the same moment the watch beside the revolver softly slid from the table — softly, softly; no visible hand — it was gone. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

D. H. Lawrence We crossed the road to the Café Roma, and found a table on the pavement among the crowd. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Willa Cather That night Mrs. Kohler brushed away many a tear as she got supper and set the table for two. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope It was of course understood now that Marie was not to be troubled till the time came for her to sit down at table with her smart frock. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Moving the little table to another part of the room, he placed the light upon it, in such a position that the window remained entirely in shadow. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins The young man’s absolute silence at table did not surprise his brothers, for they were accustomed to his taciturn habits. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

He took his seat in the same gloomy silence that he had preserved at breakfast-time, but flung an open letter across the table towards his daughter. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

There was a table in Mr. Terne’s office, over which he used to spread out his correspondence and papers. Serapion by Francis Stevens

We paid five shillings apiece for a liqueur, found a table and took notice of the show. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Virginia Woolf A hunter’s hoof on the writing table — a favourite horse. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Henry James He stood near them a moment, not falling into the talk but taking up an old miniature from a table and vaguely regarding it. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins More blunders escaped her when dinner-time came; the admiral’s criticisms on her waiting at table were sharper than ever. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

There I found the table spread with a white cloth, silver, and glass, just as I had been accustomed to see it in my own home as a boy; and I cannot tell you what recollections it called up. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Virginia Woolf So old Mrs. Paley computed, gazing about her with her faded eyes, as she took her seat at her own table in the window. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Benjamin Disraeli At the long table upwards of two hundred and fifty guests were assembled, of different nations, and of very different characters. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Edith Wharton She sprang up from the table with a laugh. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Edith Wharton Even the sight of Haskett’s hat on the hall table had ceased to touch the springs of epigram. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins After he had replaced the strip of fur in his pocket, he took up the letters from the table to be put back also. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Coming up to the cottage we had a view of Mrs. Fyne inside still sitting in the strong light at the round table with folded arms. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe His Grace bowed, dealt, and arose from the table en presentant le Roi. His Majesty looked chagrined. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence As they sat at table she asked him: ‘Why did you marry her? She was commoner than yourself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

The very multiplication table swam a jumble of numbers. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne J’avais pris mon parti de ne plus le voir, quand, le 16 novembre, rentré dans ma chambre avec Ned et Conseil, je trouvai sur la table un billet à mon adresse. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Elizabeth Gaskell Osborne sate at a table near the fire, pen in hand, looking over one of his poems, and dotting the i’s, crossing the t’s, and now and then pausing over the alteration of a word. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wait!” And suddenly rousing himself, he said, striking the table with his hand: “Yes, Pavel, the peasant will lay the land bare for himself when he rises to his feet. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Guy de Maupassan Jacques de Randal, having dined at home alone, told his valet he might go, and then he sat down at a table to write his letters. A New Year’s Gift by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins On the rough carpenter’s table near him lies a strange object to be left in such a place — a woman’s veil. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Olaf Stapledon Thus it has proved instructive to bewilder statesmen at the council table by momentarily forcing upon them ideas disruptive of their policies and their most cherished faiths. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Be it flesh, fowl, or fish, each comes to table so distinctly and eminently itself that by no possibility could it be confused with anything else. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

On a table in the middle of the room stood two or three blue and white bottles of Oriental porcelain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

M. R. James Mr Potwitch he was standing behind the table smoking a cigar, and he laid it down on the mantelpiece and felt in his trouser pockets and took out a key and went across to the safe. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Willa Cather Yes, mother, I’m going to clear the table now. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Nathaniel Hawthorne On a table in the centre of the chamber stood a branched silver candlestick, throwing down the glow of half a dozen waxlights upon a paper apparently ready for the lieutenant-governor’s signature. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Mark Twain The incipient mutineer was more outraged than ever, then, at what he denounced as the partiality shown the captain’s table over the other tables in the ship. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf He went to the side table and poured himself out a glass of port. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Algernon Blackwood He set the candle down upon the table by my bed and gently closed the door. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Thomas Hardy She greatly enjoyed preparing this table for Nicholas and herself with her own hands. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Arnold Bennett The linen money-bag and the account-book, proper to the last Wednesday in the month, lay on the green damask cloth of the round table where Hilda and her mother took their meals. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Anthony Trollope For a few minutes, during which the bustling about the table went on, Michel was wrapped in thought, and said nothing. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Before I had recovered breath enough to speak to him, he had released me, and had gone out in such headlong haste that he knocked down a little round table with books on it, and woke my aunt. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edith Wharton In a bow window stood a table with a velvet table cover trailing its faded folds and moth~eaten fringes on the floor. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope She was sitting at a table with a book before her, which was afterwards found to be the Bible, and she never turned her head as her aunt entered the room. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The King’s chair was thrown against the furnace, and huddled against the table lay the King, his head thrown back, his black beard pointing skyward, showing his sinewy hairy throat. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

It is more like some remains of the feudal system, where the retainers sat at the same table with their chief, but below the salt. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Gissing From a seat by a table which was placed as near as possible to a very large fire rose a young man whose age might have been either twenty-three or twenty-six. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, carrying over the small table and the chessmen, he proposed that they should play their usual game before they sought their rooms for the night. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Henry James I could imagine “We always use it” pinned on their bosoms with the greatest effect; I had a vision of the promptitude with which they would launch a table d’hote. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Virginia Woolf As he saw the passage outside the room, and the table with the cups and the plates, it suddenly came over him that here was a world in which he would never see Rachel again. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Meredith His uncle’s table roared at his enumeration of the sickly little beings, consumptive or bandy-legged, within a radius of five miles of Steynham. Action was what he wanted, Everard said. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Beside the fire a long wooden table was plentifully covered with curved glass flasks, basins, tubings, and other instruments of which I knew neither the name nor the purpose. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James At table she was grave and silent; but her solemnity was not an attitude — Isabel could see it was a conviction. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft The third archway led to a very sizeable chamber entirely lined with shelves and having in the centre a table bearing two lamps. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Finally we settled to play at “Consequences.” This involves, as everyone knows, sitting round a table with pencils and pieces of writing-paper. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

George Gissing Then he cleared the table and sat down to write a letter; it occupied him for hall-an-hour. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Two men from the castle had come to meet us with torches; they conducted us into a bedroom richly decorated, where a collation waited for us on a table sumptuously laid out. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

This gentleman was the Roman Catholic priest from Oxford, who had said Mass early that morning in the muniment room, and had been invited to his lordship’s table in honour of the festival. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The anteroom opened into a brilliantly-lighted dining-room of moderate size, having in the centre a round brass table with an upright fluted rim, like a big tray. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Robert Louis Stevenson The table was thick with dust; for, as they explained, it was not used except in winter weather. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Besides this veranda there is only a sort of inner room, with just space enough for a table and four chairs. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Rafael Sabatini At the very hour at which Sir John was leading his company to table Sir Oliver Tressilian was setting foot ashore not a mile away. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Un gaz flambait dans l’armoire; on y voyait une table recouverte d’une feuille d’étain et des planches garnies de bouteilles entamées. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

D. H. Lawrence The dining-room has the same long table and eternal table-cloth—and our serviettes, still wet, lying where we shovelled them aside. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

In the second room to the right on entering you will see a table surrounded by chairs, which at this hour ought to be empty. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli When the circle at Cherbury assembled at their breakfast table he was missing, and Masham had undertaken the office of apprising his friends of the cause of his absence. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Algernon Blackwood We thus divided the little table into even sections, and sitting back in our chairs we awaited events in silence. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The king’s younger brother struck the table with his hand, exclaiming, “Ah! that is fine!” “He carried off Monk?” said the king. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope And there was a large round table covered with books and newspapers. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant About twelve o’clock he used to rap on the marble table, and the waiter quickly brought a plate, a glass, a table napkin, and his lunch when he had ordered it. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Virginia Woolf They sigh things off and they smile things off, but they never seize the silver table by the legs or dash the teacups on the floor. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Sinclair Lewis A surly-looking man at the next table listened and peered, and laughed at them. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Wilkie Collins Just now, when she left the table (didn’t you notice it?), she looked at me in the strangest way — almost as if she was sorry for me. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

From time to time he glanced idly at a chart pegged out with four drawing-pins on a low three-legged table abaft the steering-gear case. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Rafael Sabatini They alighted, and made their way through the trees to a clearing in which there were a seat and a table of stone. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Guy de Maupassan When he got into the first room, he found a table laid for two, which had evidently only been left a short time previously. The Venus of Braniza by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Major Lengton and Freda sat side by side at Mrs. De-war’s table and neither Mrs. Dewar nor Mr. Luke appeared to bear the former any ill will for his interference in the evening’s arrangements. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. Nesbi The table was covered with a sort of pattern of flowers, and at Roberta’s place was a thick wreath of forget-me-nots and several most interesting little packages. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Edith Wharton They had returned to the circular room; by the fire stood a table with cups of thin porcelain around a shining urn. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

In front on a table or altar were seven small lamps, burning apricot oil, and twenty small brass cups, containing minute offerings of rice and other things, changed daily. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

For the foregoing proportions, I am indebted to Mr. Salvin for a table of his results. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arthur Conan Doyle He had come back late one afternoon, and had found Captain Tresillian installed as usual in the drawing-room, while his wife sat pouring out tea at the small table by the fire. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Inspector’s large hand moved emphatically, patting the table as he made certain points. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Edith Wharton The table bearing the provisions carried also a candle in a tin candlestick; and against the wall stood a sort of trestle bed with two pillows and a coarse brown blanket. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Arthur Morrison He sunk in a corner — the furthest from the table where Gunno Polson was packing his dreadful canister — a picture of stupefied affright. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

The seats were now made ready, for the king would go to table with his guests. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Henry Handel Richardson At this point, the girl at the adjacent table put down her knife and fork, and leaned slightly forward. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather I’d got a merchant’s ledger in Tarpin, and every night after supper, while Roddy read the newspapers, I sat down at the kitchen table and wrote up an account of the day’s work. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

At six o’clock Mr. Hurst came into the dining-room—he has tea in the City and dines at six—and when he saw the table laid for two he asked the reason. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George Meredith To-day there was a rumour at the mess table that the Austrians had abandoned Legnano, one of the four fortresses of the quadrilateral. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

He was attended by his wives and the girls of his harem, who, as was customary, waited on him at table and discharged the other menial offices about his person. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

G. K. Chesterton He looked across to the little table where the Marquis sat. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

He spread his $18 on the parlour table and washed what seemed to be a great deal of dark paint from his hands. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Wilkie Collins Having guided Leonard to a seat, Rosamond returned to the library, and took from the table a tray containing a bottle of water and a tumbler, which she had noticed when she passed through. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

D. H. Lawrence Muriel moved about all the time, laying the table and listening, only looking now and again across the barren garden of his talk into his windows. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Edith Wharton The table at which Harney had sat was the one about which the girls were gathered; and her own seat was near the bed on which she had seen him lying. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

He did not speak as she drew near the bed, and set the wine bottles down upon the table among the drugs and cataplasms. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins Shortly after the table was cleared, having pretty well exhausted himself on the subject of Mr Colebatch, for the present, old Reuben fell asleep in his chair. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The table was shortly covered with an array of silver dishes, reflecting the lights above in dazzling splendor. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Finally, our friend having emptied his glass, said, ‘God bless you, Mincin,’ — and Mr. Mincin and he shook hands across the table with much affection and earnestness. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

We almost always had guests in our large, roomy house, especially at Christmas and Fair-time, when the house was full, and we kept open table from morning till night. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Robert Louis Stevenson And the fact was that she made a goddess and an only child of the effete and tearful lady; and even as she waited at table her hands would sometimes itch for my lord’s ears. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Squire’s capacious arm-chair stood on the other side of the hearth, Mrs. Tempest’s low chair and gipsy table facing it. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Guy de Maupassant Mme. Lefevre dreamed she was sitting down at table to eat her soup, but when she uncovered the tureen Pierrot was in it. The Watch Dog (Pierrot) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But from the moment we seated ourselves at table he dropped to an absolute silence. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Glancing over the table I saw that his place was already laid. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Sinclair Lewis He believed that he was spied on; that when he left the table they whispered about him. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis He moved the vase of orchids nearer the center of the table, and the table nearer the open window giving on the green. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

And they all came to their feet as the two ecclesiastics appeared behind the table at the open end of the tabernacle. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Thomas Love Peacock It is difficult to conceive where this heterogeneous mythological company could have originally met, except at a table d’hôte, like the six kings in ‘Candide’. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Nathaniel Hawthorne On the summer afternoon of our tale a small round table as black as ebony stood in the centre of the room, sustaining a cut-glass vase of beautiful form and elaborate workmanship. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells At dinner — he pigged at a table by himself, him and two other Hindoos — the captain kind of jeered at him about it, and he got very excited. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

I saw the table set out; but the gate I am sure was shut: depend upon it, that Calenus entered by the garden, and naturally closed the door after him. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Virginia Woolf I repeat, “I am an average Englishman; I am an average clerk”, yet I look at the little men at the next table to be sure that I do what they do. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

A table was between them on which lay, among a number of letters, official and private, which the captain had written during the night, the incriminating papers found upon the spy. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anatole France At table this recluse, eighty-seven years of age, questioned the Countess Martin on the fashionable world of Paris, whose movement was familiar to her through the journals. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Wilkie Collins To the surprise of every one present, he stepped back and took from the table a jewel-case which he had placed there when he came into the room. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It looked ill-fitting and might be unbarred, so I pulled the table below it, and found that with a little effort I could raise the flap. Greenmantle by John Buchan

But to call him from the table was so very extreme a measure, that on second thoughts he decided to go to her. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

H. G. Wells And it caught my eye that the corner of the marble table near me was fractured. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

He saw night come on by degrees, and at length Planchet conducted him to a chamber on the first story, where, amidst bales and chests, a table very nicely set out awaited the two guests. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

At a table nearby a bearded man with a huge automatic pistol strapped to his belt is hewing loaves of bread into five pieces. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Gaston Leroux It was the Green Man. He saluted by raising his hand to his cap and seated himself at a table near to ours. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]