Phrases with "table"

Rudyard Kipling Who was she? Peters, whurr’s the cat’log?’ A thin butler, in charge of two footmen removing the tea-batteries, slid to a table and handed her a blue-and-qilt book. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Wilkie Collins It is impossible to tell you how my father received it — for he sat down at his library table with his back to me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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

Rudyard Kipling Chris Hatton, Captain of her bodyguard, quits the table all red and ruffled, and Gloriana’s virgin ear catches the clash of swords at work behind a wall. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Our dining-room was well furnished, the dinner excellent, and the table attended by a middle-aged Shaker lady, good looking and cheerful. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

William Makepeace Thackeray As for your young misses, they are only put about the table to look at — like the flowers in the centre-piece. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he reaches the table he shakes hands with Anthony and MAURY. He is one of those men who invariably shake hands, even with people whom they have seen an hour before. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

For many weeks your letters arrived here and now they are lying in a pile on a table near me unopened. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

James Joyce Father Arnall sat at a table to the left of the altar. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Guy de Maupassant Poor solitary beings! Tristias and wanderers from table d’hôte to table d’hôte, poor beings, ridiculous and lamentable. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Then Bryce leaned forward over the table and said with immense self-control: ‘Now, look here, Grant. Flair’s flair. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

There was not one great table set out, but numerous small tables, each appropriated to eight guests. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

George Meredith She felt bound to look happy to gratify an excellent lady presiding over the duller half of a table of eighteen. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang The Australian blacks possessed only shelters or “leans-to,” so in Australia the spirits do their rapping on the tree trunks; a native illustrated this by whacking a table with a book. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells In my world hitherto there had been no flowers on the meal table anywhere. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is such a crowd here too, that they will not keep our table much longer. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Virginia Woolf There was a window, and a table and a chair in the window, and upon the table stood a rusty inkstand, an ashtray, an old copy of a French newspaper, and a pen with a broken nib. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The girl at the next table had turned partly round and was looking at him. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing On a table within her reach was a bell, whose sound would at once summon her attendant from the next room. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

William Henry Bragg A number of such measurements were made by Kleeman and myself in 1905, and our results are given in the following table (Phil Mag., September, 1905, p. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle You must find your own ink, pens, and blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing A table was covered with jars and phials, and test-tubes and retorts. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells There was a wash-hand-stand with ewer, basin and so forth nakedly displayed and a small night table bore his shaving things and brush and comb. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson The old soldier’s countenance was instantly suffused with blood; with the palms of his hands he beat the table like a naughty child. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Cautiously he slid his hand palm-downward along the table till his finger-tips touched the end of the stuff. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Good night!” She took a candle from a table near the door, lit it, and hurried from the room before Laura could question her or remonstrate with her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The host now took his seat at table with his guests. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Wilkie Collins The servant, ignorant of what had happened, went in to clear the table — found his master and mistress seated close together in deep consultation — and immediately went out again. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Guy de Maupassan Neither did Cornudet refuse his neighbor’s offer, and, in combination with the nuns, a sort of table was formed by opening out the newspaper over the four pairs of knees. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim At the farther end of the room, at a table encircled by a ponderous screen, he found the Princess. A dour-looking woman standing patiently by her side fell back on his arrival. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I had no weapon, but caught up from the table a thing that served as one. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Marjorie Bowen He approached the table where she sat waiting; she nerved herself to hear what he was going to say and not to be jarred at the wrong words he was sure to employ. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Virginia Woolf His papers and his books rose in jagged mounds on table and floor, round which he skirted with nervous care lest his dressing-gown might disarrange them ever so slightly. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Algernon Blackwood For perhaps five minutes he stood there beside the table without stirring a muscle. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

Jules Verne Vers six heures du soir un dernier dîner réunit les voyageurs à la table du commandant et de ses officiers. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Gaston Leroux They found Natacha already at table and she poured them coffee and milk, eating away all the time at a sandwich of anchovies and caviare. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Charles Dickens They, and the very few who have been left at table twenty minutes, rise, and go away. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

This table records repairs done to the canal, an expedition to Ethiopia, and the foundation of the city of Arsinoë. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Andrew Lang The wedding festivities lasted for eight days, and the dogs sat at table and made eyes at everyone. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The table was covered with all those implements which become so frequent about a house when severe illness is an inhabitant there. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It was impossible to drag the table from him. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

He arrived after a long period of waiting when nothing had happened except that the table had rocked violently and there had been several bouts of Cookson’s dreadful hiss. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Lucy Maud Montgomery No need of the multiplication table for good, steady, sensible Jane! I wondered if I looked as I felt and if they could hear my heart thumping clear across the room. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

John Galsworthy Across the dining table laid for five he looked at the two small figures, and his eyes twinkled. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne They went from one prairie to another, always finding a well-spread table for their four-footed guests. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson In my own experience, the principal difference between our table and that of the true steerage passenger was the table itself, and the crockery plates from which we ate. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

But he wasn’t a Rosenthall, Bunny; he had a treble-seamed, hand-sewn head, and could have drunk me under the table ten times over. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

It stood upon a plain oak table directly opposite the door by which I had come in. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

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]

Anatole France A la table d’hôte, qui réunit les moines et les pèlerins, son visage et ses mains, encore tout gris des vieilles pierres qu’il a embrassées, attestent sa foi d’artisan catholique. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

John Galsworthy They had shown him into a back room, where a girl was sitting at a simple bureau covered with papers, and a small round, table was laid for two. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

We’ll have the table just in front of this window. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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]

George Meredith He left the table a little after eleven o’clock. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Jules Verne Une sorte de table rase le terminait alors et remplaçait l’ancien cratère. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were cards lying all across the table and the contents of a spilt bottle of wine still trickling on to the floor. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

M. P. Shiel The Archbishop, who was at a table covered with papers, laid the note by his side, said ‘take a chair’ to me, and went on writing. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli At one end of this very spacious apartment, Mr. Dacre and Arundel were walking in deep converse; at the other sat Miss Dacre at a table reading. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Wilkie Collins She had just time to put the candle safely on a table before she dropped giddy and breathless into the nearest chair. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edith Wharton It was so dark that she could just discern a group of a dozen people sitting or sprawling about a table made of boards laid across two barrels. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson As he thus watched in the night, or sat at table and forgot the presence of his son, no doubt but he tasted deeply of recondite pleasures. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was a cosy, well-furnished apartment, with two candles burning upon the table and two upon the mantelpiece. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

D.H. Lawrence She sidled into the kitchen; she crept round the table inch by inch, drawing nearer her father. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Through it he saw the lamp on his desk, a cluster of red dahlias in the brown jar, and a table near the fire with wineglasses, chafing-dish and a bottle of white wine. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was transformed to the exact appearance of a common lodging-house bedroom; a bed with green curtains occupied one corner; and the window was blocked by the regulation table and mirror. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

As he echoed my words he brought it down upon the marble-topped table with a crash. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

A tutor I will never be again: never take a pupil after Henry and yourself: not again will I sit habitually at another man’s table — no more be the appendage of a family. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Wilkie Collins He turned to an index, or table of contents, and opened a page. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Virginia Woolf At certain hours they went into the dining-room, and when they sat round the table they talked about indifferent things. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Mark Twain We had played at Gibraltar with balls the size of a walnut, on a table like a public square — and in both instances we achieved far more aggravation than amusement. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. T. A. Hoffmann The old man reeled back from the table and leaned against the wall motionless and paralysed, like a rigid stone statue. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

It was a snug little place, and on an oilskin-covered table tea was set out, an ample meal for which their souls hungered. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Does she not remind you of him?” He took up a pair of field glasses from the table and looked at her steadily. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Andrew Lang A piece of a table was thrown in at one of these, and a spade at another. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

When annoyed at meal-times by the constant quarrels of the white men about precedence, he ordered an immense round table to be made, for which a special house had to be built. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Andrew Lang In the room was a table spread with delicious food. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray The table was small, and their knees met. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he strolled from table to table, risking a louis now and then, but scarcely waiting to see the result. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

There was a table with a telephone, a few chairs, and that was all. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

At a table near the chimney a group of old people were playing at cards. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

On a table lay the remains of breakfast, and the odour of food mingled pleasantly with the scent of peat. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope Then there came upon the table half a huge hake — the very worst fish that swims, a fish with which Devonshire is peculiarly infested. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen They got their table six weeks ago! The children are away at Eastbourne.” “Dining in a tavern on Christmas day!” Scrooge murmured. A New Christmas Carol by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle Round a solid, old-fashioned table in the centre of this apartment sat Ezra’s staff of assistants, the parson thoughtful but self-satisfied, the others sullen and inquisitive. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing Emily took the letter, and laid it on a table near her, murmuring her thanks. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Marcel Prous Il me fit signe de loin de ne pas me déranger, il avança, il aurait fallu qu’on bougeât encore ma table ou que je changeasse de place pour qu’il pût s’asseoir. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

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

Wilkie Collins I answered: “With my son-in-law, Mr. Marmaduke Falmer.” Before I could add the address, the secretary started to his feet and tossed my list back to me across the table in the most uncivil manner. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle With a nod of greeting he pushed the table over to one side, threw off his two upper garments, and pulled on a pair of the boxing-gloves from the corner. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing A few days later, Lashmar found on his breakfast table a copy of the Hollingford Express, blue-pencilled at an editorial paragraph which he read with interest. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

But when suddenly he sprang upon a table and continued to dance among the glasses, the landlord interfered. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Most of the men round the table were in semi-European dress, their pig-tails curled up under billy-cock hats. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Guy de Maupassant Il finit par frapper la table d’une pièce d’argent. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our gas was lit and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for the table had not been cleared yet. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

She rose quietly from the table without a word, and went to put on her bonnet, leaving her breakfast and the note; for she did not at once see all that was implied in the communication. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton He took off his hat and overcoat, and laid them carefully on a table in the corner of the room; then he turned toward the fireplace and threw himself down in an armchair. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They drifted over to a table and arranging themselves around it waited for the waiter to bring ginger ale. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells The table with its silver and flowers was much more beautifully done than any table he had sat at before, and in the dimness beyond the brightness there were two men to wait on the four of them. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Mazarin, who was sitting at a table folding up papers, as if he had only been a secretary of state, looked up. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

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

By the help of candles we examined this place; it still retained some mouldering furniture — three chairs, an oak settle, a table — all of the fashion of about eighty years ago. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Sir Walter Scott The guests were seated at a table which groaned under the quantity of good cheer. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

The table then spelt “WATER.” Gowing here interrupted again, and said: “Ah! that’s not in my line. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

E. Phillips Oppenheim We drink long life and prosperity to the Baron de Grost!” No record of magazine publications found It was half past twelve, and every table at the Berkeley Bridge Club was occupied. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Making a table will be easier and duller than peeling a potato. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a small pyramid of black, putty-like stuff, exactly like the one upon the table of the study. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

George Gissing On a table lay the provisions she had that afternoon brought in from Mrs. Bower’s. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson They had the children with them at table now. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne Accoudé sur l’angle d’une précieuse table de mosaïque, il ne me voyait plus, il oubliait ma présence. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

So energetically had she exerted her hands that it seemed as if table and dresser had been freshly planed. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arnold Bennett The table roared with hysteric laughter at one of this woman’s anecdotes. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sir Walter Scott The whole space of the cottage did not exceed ten feet by six within the walls; and its only furniture, besides what we have mentioned, was a table and two stools formed of rough deals. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

H. G. Wells We sat and stared at the vacant table for a minute or so. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The professor pocketed his own pistol, and swept Mangan’s and the knuckle-duster off the table in a drawer in the desk. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Meredith The table will be laid for you here, if you prefer. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

A large deal table stood in the center of the room, and at this with their chairs drawn up, Geraldine and the cook worked. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Then he retreated, far from the fire, close to a table which was equi-distant from the confessional and the door giving access to the staircase hall. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

The prettily adorned table was drawn near the sofa where the invalid host reclined, supported by numerous pillows. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And then, sir, that blasted Jim he puts down the sandwich he had in his hand and walks round the table to me; there was his glass of beer poured out quite full. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Madame St. Vincent sat behind a table in the corner, writing notes of invitation for a soirée, to be held that day week. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

H.G. Wells The table was already laid for lunch. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

A table spread with eatables met his view, beside which, in an attitude which struck him at the moment as peculiar, sat Philemon Webb, the well-known master of the house. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Two men and one woman stood in rather an embarrassed silence about a table on which lay some cards, which had every appearance of having been thrown down by an impatient hand. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing One chair there was in the room which no one ever used, though at evening it was always put in a particular position, between the table and the fireplace. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Kingsley But a handkerchief was thrust into his mouth and in another minute he found himself bound hand and foot, and laid upon the table by a gigantic enemy. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Washington Irving You may judge, therefore, whether your name is not frequently bandied at table among us. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

William Blades Beneath an old ebony table were two long carved oak chests. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Edith Wharton As she did so, she picked up from the table by the bed the memoranda that it was her duty to submit to him. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Sinclair Lewis But when my dog has been rolling in manure and comes parading in and claims a right to sit right down at the same table with me —” Neil heard nothing more. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then Sogrange’s voice and the beat of his forefinger upon the table stiffened him into sudden alertness. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Sinclair Lewis Her stenography books were primly set out on her little table and her pink felt slippers were arranged beneath the white iron bed. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Andrew Lang In the first room stood a table laid for a meal, with all sorts of good things to eat and drink, though some of the dishes were empty. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens Three weird old women of transcendent ghastliness, were at needlework at a table in this room. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Thomas Love Peacock She is tolerably accomplished, has her table always covered with new novels, thinks Mr. Mac Quedy an oracle, and is extremely desirous to be called “my lady. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

His daughter looked for signs of Mr. Peck’s occupation, but there were none; Mrs. Bolton explained that she had put him in a table from her own sitting-room to write at. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

There were two wicker camp-beds there, a small wicker table and a couple of chairs. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Willa Cather Since the rain was over, Madame Joubert had laid the cloth on the plank table under the cherry tree, as on the previous evenings. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

It has a superb ebony table in the middle, with a chair massive enough for a throne for the chairman, and six grand, carved ebony chairs on either side. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

In the stone-flagged kitchen a woman was sitting beside a table engaged in darning socks—a thin-faced elderly woman with spectacles. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The table was made up of several tables put together, among them even a card-table. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

At the next table an American diplomat was being lunched by one of the younger Ministers of the Crown; and close by a popular actor-manager was entertaining a pretty young duchess. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

On a table behind the easel rose a tall mechanical contrivance, the chief feature of which was a thick upright spiral screw. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

He anticipated a like return; so, ever since her departure, it had been his invariable custom to have the table set for three, so that he might never be surprised by her arrival. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells In an other moment Bert, in a state of irregular decolletage, was standing over the table displaying a sheaf of papers. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Guy de Maupassant Why had they called him “great rogue”? When seated at table in Jourdain’s tavern he began again to explain the whole affair. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch And between me and the table stood a man. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Cette fille, aux goûts de perruche, croquant des radis et des pralines, chipotant la viande, avait chaque mois pour sa table des comptes de cinq mille francs. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

She found her father sleeping placidly in his easy-chair, while a young man, who was a stranger to her, sat at a table near the window writing letters. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Lucius subjoining said, that he had heard his grandmother say, that the table was sacred, and nothing that is sacred ought to be empty. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Thomas Wolfe That table was a miracle of planning and of right design. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells I find the botanist sitting at a table in the hotel courtyard. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Grandmother was sitting at the kitchen table making a shirt for grandfather and whispering to herself. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Dicky was spinning the top on the kitchen table when we went in-for that’s where they had all gathered: Mrs. Knox, Gerty, Kate, and the cook. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle The table was piled with half-eaten dishes and dirty plates, the debris of last night’s dinner. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Margaret Oliphant Walter sat down between the cheerful fire and the table with its lights. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

John Galsworthy The plans were spread on the oak table in the architect’s room; and pale, imperturbable, inquiring, Soames bent over them for a long time without speaking. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Jack London A moment later, as I started down the companion stairs to lay the table for dinner, I heard him loudly cursing some men amidships. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Jules Verne Je quittai la table à sept heures. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Wilkie Collins The dim light of a lamp hidden away in a corner and screened by a dingy green shade, just revealed the closely-curtained bed, and the table near it bearing medicine-bottles and glasses. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

D. H. Lawrence The table was set, the chop was cooked, everything was ready. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I would have given something to have waited at table that day. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

He was seated at a table and was cutting out arabesques in a cigar box with extraordinary care. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

M. R. James He never asked himself, till the morning hours, how it was that, though there was no light at all in the room, the Dolls’ House on the kneehole table stood out with complete clearness. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Henry Handel Richardson Careless of the woman of the inn, who was advancing with a load of plates, he brought his fist down in a blow that made the table dance and the woman retreat, sent the hens scuttling, the cat flying. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

D.H. Lawrence She cleared all the things from the table and washed them up. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Willa Cather He reached the table when all the others were half through breakfast, and made his peace by genially asking his mother if she didn’t want him to drive her to church in the car. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

He had a Rabelaisian wit which kept the table in a roar, had a fund of French anecdotes, short, sharp, and pungent, àpropos to every turn of the conversation. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Meredith At the luncheon table Aminta usually presided. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Hope The answer was nothing; but I could not prevail further than to get all save one sent into an adjoining room; he who remained seated himself at a table some way off. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Finally I appealed to the name of my General, who could testify to my zeal during the disastrous siege of Orenburg. The severe old man took from the table an open letter, which he began to read aloud. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Mrs. Pell headed her table in green gauze, gold beetles in her hair, and a feathered-fan dangling. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

THE three quondam prisoners, seated about a table where they had done full justice to an excellent repast, were alone. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins Jack’s eyes brightened, as they turned towards the table when he entered the room. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope Over and above this, on a snow-white napkin, spread upon the sideboard, was a huge ham and a huge sirloin; the latter having laden the dinner table on the previous evening. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim THE disturbance at what was called the “Pillar” table in the Milan Restaurant was never thoroughly understood even by people in the immediate neighbourhood. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Zillah, the maid, had a little round table to herself by the wall. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Sinclair Lewis Their table did not suggest debauchery and the demon rum. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

At the far end of the room O’Brien was sitting at a table under a green-shaded lamp, with a mass of papers on either side of him. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

She replenished the fire and in a prefunctory manner tidied the room and then proceeded to lay the table for a meal. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Richardson leaned forward and picked up from the table a very old bound book and a very fat exercise book. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Miles Franklin I could hear grannie’s pen fly over the paper as she made out a list of Christmas supplies on a table near me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Andrew Lang The table was laid for supper with two golden plates, and golden spoons and forks, and the sideboard was covered with dishes and glasses of crystal set with precious stones. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

M. P. Shiel Mr. G—— stood with his back to a fire, gowned and wigged, ready to step over to the courts, his hands in his large pockets; and Hannah, sitting veiled by a table before him, put her case. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

They had collected a few scraps of furniture, presumably off refuse-tips, and I remember that their sole table was an old marble-topped wash-hand-stand. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Thomas Hardy Upon the pale scrubbed deal of the coffin-stool table they stretched like waving and ropy weeds over the washed gravel-bed of a clear stream. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Two streams of people filled the sidewalks—the home-hurrying, and that restless contingent that abandons home for the specious welcome of the thousand-candle-power table d’hôte. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Three persons were seated at a table to receive them: Michael in the midst, Gideon Forsyth on his right hand, on his left an ancient gentleman with spectacles and silver hair. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

He was seated at his round table at supper: bread-and-cheese, and beer. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

H. G. Wells She spoke again with the table between them. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. G. Wells Our landlord sits down at table with us for a moment, and seeing we do not understand the electrically heated coffee-pot before us, shows us what to do. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells Instinctively I had avoided the crests where the bonfire crowds gathered, but here there were many people, and I had to share a table with a man who had some useless mortgage deeds to burn. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ezra Girdlestone seated himself near the table and twisted his dark moustache, as was his habit when collecting himself. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James Lyon could not flatter himself she had been keeping it for him; her failure to respond to his recognition at table contradicted that, but he felt an extreme desire to go and occupy it. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

They went to their favourite table in the corner. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

In the centre was a table containing the remains of a supper for three. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang He set her at table by his side, and her modest ways and behaviour pleased him so much that he said, ‘I will marry this maiden and none other in the world,’ and after some days he married her. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton At length she stretched out her arm and took up from the table a little threadbare Chinese hand-screen. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Trollope The question was asked downstairs in the little room, while Urmand was sitting at table in the chamber above waiting for the landlord. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant Every day, at noon, fifteen persons, masters, farmhands and the women folks, seated themselves around the long kitchen table where the soup was brought in steaming in a large, blue-flowered bowl. Coco by Guy de Maupassant [1884]