Phrases with "taken"

Then I was puzzled, wondering why the deuce he hadn’t taken the bag with him. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

I found after I had written that panic wire to you that he wasn’t at all to be taken as gospel. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Leon Trotsky A straw mattress was spread on the floor for us to sleep on at night, and was taken away at six o’clock in the morning. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Who had joined the night search for his brother on his pony, and some time during that long night had taken his brother’s coat to the cliff-top and left it there with the note in the pocket. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

The first clerk explained to the anxious face with which I now approached him that the second clerk had taken my letter to the director. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Oliver Goldsmith Mr Burchell had scarce taken leave, and Sophia consented to dance with the chaplain, when my little ones came running out to tell us that the ‘Squire was come, with a crowd of company. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

My breath was taken by his mere statement of the case and I thrilled to the passion in his voice and manner though even then I wasn’t wholly convinced. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

John Galsworthy He had once taken a bee out of her hair, and the little brute had stung him. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope He is very well educated, you know, and would certainly have taken honours if he had not quarrelled with the people at Christ Church.” “Did he take a degree?” “No — they sent him down. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But there can be no doubt that a peer taken at random as a companion would be preferable to a clerk from a counting-house — taken at random. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Hearn said she’d never been taken so much aback in her whole life. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now the gate had been taken off its hinges and thrown back upon the bank; and Daly, as he passed into the field, perceived that the covert was surrounded by a crowd. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Count of Hombourg had likewise taken his departure, under pretext of particular business. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Wilkie Collins She had once or twice actually taken opportunities of speaking to him kindly. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith Emilia’s eyes were so taken with her, that she failed to observe a tiny red-flowing runlet in the clay, with yellow-ridged banks almost baked to brick. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

He was sent, under a strong guard, to a neighbouring island, till some measures could be taken respecting him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Charles Kingsley He held in his hand a volume of Percy’s Reliques, which he had just taken down from Thurnall’s shelves; yet he was looking not at it, but at the landscape. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Hope It seemed unlikely that it should be taken out now by any mistake. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Among the pictures which Wordsworth has left us of the influence of Nature on human character, Peter Bell may be taken as marking one end, and the poems on Lucy the other end of the scale. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Watkin Tench Three young ones, which had been by accident separated from the dam, were once taken and presented to the governor. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Anthony Trollope She was to be taken to the theatre that night — and then to Kingsbury Crescent and the realms of Lethe early on the following morning. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton I was fairly taken in by the pious ejaculation, and some days elapsed before the drift of his remark became apparent. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope He made his way into the little room where Madame Voss was standing up, waiting for him, and was taken by the hand by her. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

The Railway men said they did not recognise the Bolsheviki and had taken the entire railroad apparatus into their own hands, refusing to entrust it to any usurpatory power. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Jane Austen She saw that Enscombe could not satisfy, and that Highbury, taken at its best, might reasonably please a young man who had more retirement at home than he liked. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jane Austen This cannot have taken you by surprise. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

H. G. Wells I felt that queer shame one feels when one is taken suddenly at the full value of one’s utmost expressions. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

The experienced profligate had been taken in, deceived, perhaps laughed at. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

What Mr. Bursfield thought of the turn affairs had taken can be seen now, but at the time his views were only a matter of conjecture. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Henry James The story straggles and wanders, is dropped and taken up again, and towards the close lapses into an almost fatal vagueness. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

He had not taken his clothes off, it was hardly worth while. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was proof that she had not taken the affair too seriously. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Dickens She immediately heated the poker and terminated his career, for which she was taken to King George upon his throne, and received the compliments of royalty on her great discretion and valour. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

George Meredith A man of no station, it was evident to the ladies at once, and they would have taken no further notice of him had he not been seen stepping toward them in the rear of the young midshipman. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Virginia Woolf A sum of £100 may be taken as about the average in the nineteenth century and even later. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry James She felt this still more when she found, on her father’s arrival, that nothing apparently was to happen as she had taken for granted it would. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

They had hopes, too, for the Camoens, which had taken many years of close application and was now approaching completion. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James She would return alone — this time he wouldn’t go with her — and she would be as taken as could be hoped or needed. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

No one had taken it since Father died. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

The first empire, the restoration, the monarchy of July, the second republic, the second empire, have passed beneath her windows, but she has not taken the trouble to open them. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James As I sat between the pair I felt I had been taken possession of and that for better or worse my stay at Homburg would be intimately associated with theirs. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Ivan Turgenev Vassily Ivanovich expressed his regret that no one had taken any steps to secure medical aid earlier and said it was impossible to save the man. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling He stared at her from doorways, and glared at her from passages as she went about with her partners; and the more he stared, the more taken was he. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Charles Dickens She had hardly taken this position, when there came dancing up the street, with his legs all wrong, and his head everywhere by turns, a pony. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Guy de Maupassan Chicot was in despair, and it seemed to him as if he had been paying that annuity for fifty years, that he had been taken in, done, that he was ruined. The Little Cask (Le Petit Fut) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope So he turned, and walking slowly back towards Parliament Street, got into another cab, and was taken to his club. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle He could not explain what had become of the assassin or why he had not taken his bicycle, if it were indeed his. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A wonderfully cut, stitched, and fagotted smock and hat she had, of course, taken in at a flash. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The men were good friends enough; but their respective ladies were apt to regard jealously all work taken to the rival establishment. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle Once our allies broke under the pressure, and had it not been for the execution done by our rifles they would certainly have taken to their heels. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

John Lewis Burckhard In the quarter of Garara, the women of Mohammed Aly Pasha, with a train of eunuchs attached to them, have now taken up their abode. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Around the foot of the hill, as I have said, was a dense quickset scherm which it would have taken a regiment to hack through. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins As soon as I got a little better, and began to think about what had taken place, a doubt came across me as to whether I might not have acted wrong. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope Mountjoy had subsequently disappeared, and Harry had told to no one that such an encounter had taken place. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edmund Burke When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Gissing There were days of miserable uncertainty, and ultimately Isabel herself was taken into consultation. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

But Madame de la Motte insisted that she had entrusted it to Cagliostro, who had seized and taken it to pieces, to “swell the treasures of his immense unequalled fortune. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing What’s the use of a photograph? Every photo ever taken of me made me look a simpering idiot. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Louis Pasteur Nothing has been taken from imagination, all the groups have been faithfully sketched as they were. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Lord Lavendale was monstrously taken with him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope Lucy no doubt had a lover, an authorised lover; but perhaps that fact could not be taken as more than a balancing weight against the inferiority of her position as a governess. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Skepsey’s card was taken in the passage of the hotel. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

And in the rock within the chapel yet appear the fingers of our Lord’s hand, when he put them in the rock, when the Jews would have taken him. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Thus far his condition was not improved; except as a first step had been taken towards the possibility of a second. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

E. Phillips Oppenheim No, it was impossible that any one could have been taken on board without his knowledge. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing It was not the first of the kind that had taken place between the two. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He searched in vain for any reason why she should have taken this attitude in the matter of a simple kiss. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope The trouble must be discussed from time to time, but the necessity of enduring it may be taken for granted. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

At evening two fires were kindled on the brink of the lake, and the two lovely bodies, taken from their biers, were carefully deposited upon a bed of dried leaves within the same cabin. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Henry James She had never in her life taken any course with regard to any object for reasons that had so little to do with her duty. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve taken a fancy to going riding. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope And she was at the school — living under the same roof with the boys! The diocese was clearly of opinion that all the boys would be taken away. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing From the spare room the visitor was taken into all the others, and before they went downstairs again Mrs. Rymer had begun to talk as though the matter were decided. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Richard Burton From Al-Suwayrkiyah to Al-Zaribah, their place is taken by “Ghadir,” or hollows in which water stagnates. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Elizabeth Gaskell On dull rainy days, Mrs. Gibson used to bethink her of missing ‘the Cumnors,’ for so she had taken to calling them since her position had become more independent of theirs. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Edith Wharton The Gormers have both taken a tremendous fancy to you, and the trip to Alaska is — well — the very thing I should want for you just at present. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She was put to bed and taken up, she was fed and dressed in it, and once a day—twice perhaps if Andrews chose—she was taken out of it downstairs and into the street. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence He looked, and saw she wore no ring — but perhaps she had taken it off for his coming. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Gaston Leroux Had I not been thus overpowered, Larsan would never have entered Mademoiselle Stangerson’s chamber that night, and the attack on her would not have taken place. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Wilkie Collins To the astonishment of every one, no steps were taken by the legal authorities to clear up this report, and to establish the truth or the falsehood of it, before the trial. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Sir Walter Scott This excuse she stated before a great council of the clergy of England, as the sole reason for her having taken the religious habit. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope My wife had taken Ida out of the way when the first complaining note from Mrs. Talboys had been heard ascending the hill. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Lucy Maud Montgomery This unnatural solemnity lasted until after Diana had been taken to the east gable to lay off her hat and then had sat for ten minutes in the sitting room, toes in position. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H. G. Wells But have a can of warm? Have the chill taken off his water? Not Tim! It’s curious, ain’t it? But that’s one of his whims. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anthony Trollope These were straightway divided among the men, care being taken that Dick and Caldigate should have ample shares. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Had he killed himself on the spot, he would have taken our only slender chance with him into that nether world where he imagined himself to have been “precipitated alive. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Charles Dickens His figure was a little ungainly, as in the days when my knuckles had taken such liberties with it, but it looked as if it would always be light and young. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli But I am afraid they are all either burnt or taken away. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

At the close of it, the boy is taken out of the circle for a brief respite, then brought back into it on the shoulders of his yagoo. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

George Gissing Jack coughed incessantly, begged to be taken home. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The army, taken by surprise, and shaken by the fury of the assault, were thrown into the utmost disorder. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope We must reserve for the next chapter what had taken place between Frank and his mother; but, for the present, we will return to the doctor’s house. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton He was a wiry fighter, who bent and sprang like a whalebone, but I was heavier and had taken him utterly by surprise. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Virginia Woolf She was American, a real American; but nobody would have taken her husband for an American, Kitty thought, looking at him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Andrew Lang M. Octave Uzanne, in a tract called “Les Caprices d’un Bibliophile,” gives some hints on this topic, which may be taken or let alone. The Library by Andrew Lang

What is said is not to be taken in the sense of depreciation, but chiefly as a characterization of the tendency of this teaching in its effect on consumption and on the production of consumable goods. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arthur Conan Doyle He proceeded to examine each of the stones taken that day, and to assign them to their various categories. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James She thinks me awfully designing — that I’ve taken some sort of possession of you. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope And then it was more than probable that this new Lady Clavering knew all that had taken place between her and Harry. It behooved her, therefore, to hold her head on high. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Nothing had really taken place in them until it was told to their mother. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

E. T. A. Hoffmann But the real truth is she is cognisant of the deed, and I must have her also taken to the conciergerie (prison). Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Arthur Conan Doyle He is not a Spiritualist, but would laugh very much if anyone was taken in by it. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

In actual mosaics the pieces are held together by their bedding, for which bedding of the Substances, transcendental Egos, or Absolutes of other philosophies may be taken to stand. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anthony Trollope I am to be taken in a carriage because of my finery. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

This gratifying result was attributable to the fact that, being unarmed, nearly everybody had dived below at the first fire and taken cover among the cotton bales. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Guy de Maupassant I had never taken any notice of Mademoiselle Pearl. She was a part of the Chantal family, that was all. Mademoiselle Perle by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She had been taken from the prison a short time before, carried into the uninhabited wilderness and left to perish there by hunger or wild beasts. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Sigmund Freud If that is taken from him he may become totally helpless. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Anthony Trollope The young men seem rather taken with her. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

William Morris Straightway they called for meat, for it was now past noon, and the folk of the house served them when the grooms had taken charge of Falcon. And Roger served Ralph as if he were verily his man. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

I do find this place most “dismal,” and have taken to chewing tobacco with all my might, which, I think, raises my spirits. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Gissing There was a sound of some one moving, and when she had taken another step, Mallard himself, pipe in mouth, came face to face with her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope She did not look like a fool, nor was she even taken for a fool; but she contributed nothing to society but her cold, hard beauty, her gait, and her dress. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Should Linda Tressel, when years had rolled on, be taken as a wife, and should the husband live in the red house, there would still be room for Linda’s aunt. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Thomas Hardy So Downe was comforted after his Emily’s death, which had taken place twelve months, two weeks, and three days before that time. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Had I known more of the ways of women I might have taken less pains. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rafael Sabatini To snap it utterly no more was necessary than that he who of late years had scarce bestowed a thought or glance upon a woman should be taken with the fancy to bring some new recruit to his hareem. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Francis Bacon These factions therefore must be abjured, and care must be taken that the intellect be not hurried by them into assent. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Andrew Lang The next day the town surrendered, and the king and all his courtiers were taken prisoners, but in the confusion his son managed to make his escape. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then someone had entered his room and taken the pocket-book, and he gritted his teeth in rage. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

She valued the whole necklace at over £5,000, and the superintendent had assured her steps would at once be taken to catch anyone who might try to sell it. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

It is, that you, Francis Levison, be taken back to the place from whence you came, and thence to the place of execution, and that you be there hanged by the neck until you are dead. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Edith Wharton He had the sense that she had gone indeed, and had taken her soul with her; and the discovery made a queer unexpected void in him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Jules Verne Like Kepler and Aristarchus, which overlook the “Ocean of Tempests,” sometimes it appeared like a brilliant point through the cloudy light, and was taken for a volcano in activity. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott These bulls were so wild, that they were never taken but by slight and crafty labour, and so impatient, that after they were taken they died from insupportable dolour. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Walter Scott As they were generally well known and much beloved by these people, Hereward and his brother were taken care of till their wounds began to close, and their strength returned. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

The gay clamor of the woodland songsters, the placid radiance of the landscape, were suddenly taken in and made a part of his new mood. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

On the following evening she sent Fabrizio the signal of great danger: “The castle has taken fire. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

As soon as I could think, I discerned retrospectively certain peculiar ways in which my consciousness had taken in the phenomenon. Memories and Studies by William James

His features are fair and delicate, his voice is gentle as a woman’s, his manner retiring; Sir George seemed much taken with him. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Virginia Woolf It had been crammed with assertions that such-and-such passages, taken liberally from English, French, and Italian, are the supreme pearls of literature. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

John Galsworthy From a notion once taken into his head Soames parted more slowly than a cheese parts from its mites. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens I have been taken in by acquaintances, and I have been taken in (of course) by friends; far oftener by friends than by any other class of persons. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. P. Lovecraf Many of them were taken from the earliest oral sources, and form part of mankind’s permanent heritage. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

To see if Golly Gollan had put a new gag into his triumph of foolery — Gollan who had been rescued from a life on the road by a daring manager, and had been given his chance and had taken it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope And she has gone and taken Popenjoy? Did he say anything about Popenjoy?” “Not a word,” said Lord George. “It’s quite possible that the Dean may have been right all through. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Shakespeare had rather a fancy for women in men’s roles, which, as women’s roles in his time were always taken by pretty and clever boys, could be more naturally managed then than now. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Thomas Carlyle Not obstruction, disorganization, Bookseller Osborne and Fourpence-halfpenny a day; not this alone; but the light of his own soul was taken from him. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

G. K. Chesterton In case this transition is not understood, one or two tests may be taken at random. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The girl was taken to her room, still screaming and sobbing, while I made inquiries about Brunton. There was no doubt about it that he had disappeared. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Subsequently, a much larger subscription would have been made in order to have him taken away by anybody or anything. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Benjamin Disraeli And I think an evident alteration has already taken place. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

If not, the kingdom of heaven must be taken by violence, and shall be, if we are men and women. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

He would have preferred a son of a more active and eager temperament—a son who would have taken to the church, or law, or medicine, or even soldiering. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Any other time he might have taken it as a symbol of grateful tenderness. Signa by Ouida

Still as any measure to be taken always frightened her, she had not courage to discharge her maid, but resolved to go up to town without her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Virginia Woolf He would have liked to slam the door or break the hind legs of a chair, for the obstacles had taken some such curiously substantial shape in his mind. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Abraham Merri Hardly had we taken a few steps when there came a faint cry from her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Then the young man, taking off his own shoes, said: “First, you shall use these shoes till you have taken the Terrible Head, and then you must give them back to me. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Now he was envied by many, respected by many, taken by the hand as a friend by those high in the world’s esteem. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Geoffrey Chaucer And thus with good hope and with herte blithe They taken hir leve, and homward gonne they ride To Thebes with hise olde walles wyde. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Henry Fielding A thief it could not be, for he hath not taken the least thing; and it is plain he had the girl’s watch in his hand. Amelia by Henry Fielding

A man bet me five pounds on the ship that I could not get through a trench-line, and if there had been a trench-line handy I would have taken him on. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassan The best fellow in the world, no doubt, but he was not going to be taken for a mussel shut up in its shell, for all that. The Clown (Le Scapin) by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing You must play quietly, or off you go to bed—I mean it!’ The bonnet was taken forth and examined, with many ejaculations of delight from its owner. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Oscar Wilde He must not be allowed to know where the picture was being taken to. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Look! not a hair of his head has stirred, not a movement has taken place in the hands clasped so convulsively beneath his brow. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli In another moment the letter was again taken out, and again read with not less emotion than accompanied its first perusal. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope Cæparius was also sent for, but he for the moment escaped — in vain; for before two days were over he had been taken and put to death with the others. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Maria Edgeworth The day for the marriage was fixed as announced by us — But we are concerned to state that a postponement of this marriage for mysterious reasons has taken place. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Abraham Merri Passing into the citadel I called various officers who had not taken part in the attack on Sirk and gave orders that the garrison on the walls facing Nansur Bridge be increased. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Eliot The feeling had taken hold of him unawares, and he was vexed with himself for behaving in this new cold way to her. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Something roughly 10 inches by 3½ by 4 had been taken out. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Pillars had been added to the rather small door, giving it an imposing appearance, iron outside railings had taken the place of the old ones. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

They’ve taken to parking themselves right over there by the gates, a good way from the house they ought to be protecting, and, besides that, they growl at everyone going by on the high road. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Most likely he had seen through the game, and I regretted I had not taken him from the first into my complete confidence. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope There was the empty cup to be taken from Sir Gregory’s hands, and, after the first moment of surprise, Edith was not quite sure that it would be good that she should hide herself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

He did not think it likely the brooch would be taken elsewhere, and began to wonder whether his master had taken it in, and forgotten all about it. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Anthony Trollope Those three minutes had been taken up by embraces between the husband and wife. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

But what a tangle for an honest man! You’ve taken the high road, Mr. David, and I must keep jogging along the low road, for there’s but the two of them. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Searching the rooms he was renting, said the doctor, they had come upon a number of articles that had been taken from the burgled country houses, and he had broken down and confessed everything. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Of course, he was putting his hand in the shoe to see, if by any chance, I had just taken it off and it were still warm. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

After the poor fellow had taken this harangue, he was sent into his state-room, and the captain stood the rest of the watch himself. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope As soon as she had taken the cup from her father’s hand, she returned to the parlour. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Anger had gone out of him, and had taken fear with it, and only apathy remained. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

During the discussion I remained lying in front of my baggage, which had all been taken from the pack-saddles and placed upon the ground. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Of course if everything was taken from you and sold, you would have no clothes at all, and wardrobes and drawers and closets would not matter. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Richard Hakluyt The citie of Rome, beinge sackt by Charles the Emperour, the Pope and Cardinalls taken and ymprisoned, cannot brooke their doinges in their hartes. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

He had simply taken her by the arms and drawn her towards him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Next, over — pride and its price at the low-seeming fence  Too oft and too easily taken — the world-beheld fall! And none in the yard except Chiron to doubt the immense. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Wilkie Collins They had just seen her lying along on the curbstone a few streets off, and had taken her to the station-house. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

It was too sudden; but the physician had been there this morning, and had endeavoured to explain the cause of the death, which had taken him by surprise. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jonathan Swif I remember only there was something in your letter about ME’s money, and that shall be taken care of on the other side. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

A half-grown girl then appeared, and put the dishes on at the places indicated with nods and looks by Mrs. Putney, who had taken her place at the table. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

I possess penetration, perseverance, conviction; I govern a mysterious people, who has taken for its motto, the motto of God, ‘Patiens quia oeternus. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jules Verne Fortunately the Wisconsin authorities had taken such precautions that the road would be clear except for contesting automobiles. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Anthony Trollope No more notice had been taken of the attempt to murder than might have been necessary had Mr Kennedy thrown a clothes-brush at his visitor’s head. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne During the day the work on the fore screw had been actively carried on, but it had had to be taken on board to adjust the twisted blades. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Charles Dickens He is taken off, humbly protesting his innocence. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Andrew Lang After luncheon the guests were taken all over the house, to convince them of the absence of the young woman whom they had seen, and assuredly there was no trace of her. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It makes me angry still when I think how you have taken yourself away for nothing, and how all the pleasure is gone out of meeting you or talking to you. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins Away! you there — nobody holds her head but Dubois. Downstairs! downstairs to her carriage! She has nobody but me now, and I say that she shall be taken home. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

My pipes, my jug, and everything that I possessed, had been taken from me, and I was left to crawl to my home as well as I was able. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

But it had also been suggested by the book that he had just taken out of the drawer. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

John Locke This is certain: things, however absolute and entire they seem in themselves, are but retainers to other parts of nature, for that which they are most taken notice of by us. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ivan Turgenev And won’t he be a thief too, the son! He’s taken after his father. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

James Joyce Nurse Callan taken aback in the hallway cannot stay them nor smiling surgeon coming downstairs with news of placentation ended, a full pound if a milligramme. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope Any good advice would be taken most gratefully — if it didn’t affect any one else. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

I have, however, taken it for granted, that she was well-disposed, though experience shews, that the blind may as easily be led into a ditch as along the beaten road. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Henry James No notice whatever had been taken of his first letter, and the second had been answered very sharply, in six lines, by the niece. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]