Phrases with "taken"

They sent me your portrait, taken at eight years old; that portrait confirmed my fears. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Yes, you’ve taken to mucking your work — doing it in a most slovenly way. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Mr. ——— says that this story, he thinks, is taken from something similar in an oriental tale. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Gissing He did so, and it surprised him to see that she had taken up her abode in so mean-looking a place; he was not aware, of course, that. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Since you have taken no steps whatever to protect me I was naturally bound to do what I could for myself. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Henry James You thought of me in a way that did me great honor; I don’t know why you had taken it into your head. The American by Henry James [1877]

For the purposes of economic theory, these further barbarian traits may be taken as concomitant variations of that predaceous temper of which prowess is an expression. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The now very worried Ambassador at once summoned the attache who was next to Captain Michaeloff in importance at the Embassy, and related to him everything that had taken place. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Nevertheless he intended to be efficient to the situation; the flowers should be taken and Adela seen that evening. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Walter Scott She expressed her particular delight at seeing Miss Ashton, and appointed the hounds to be taken out for the Lord Keeper’s special amusement. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Mrs. Marks was a sensible woman, understanding proper management, and had taken care to bring up her children not to be troublesome. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

George Meredith Her face and bearing might really be taken to symbolize the forest life. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Francis Bacon A similar course should be taken with animals generated from putrefaction. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Andrew Lang So they all loaded their father with commissions for jewels and dresses which it would have taken a fortune to buy; only Beauty, feeling sure that it was of no use, did not ask for anything. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Not so long ago I used to lose my temper, but I’ve taken pattern by Polly—I mean Miss Sparkes—and now I do it quietly. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Villiers had disappeared entirely, and had taken the nugget with him, so where he was and what he was doing remained a mystery. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

One day I posed the Burtons, the Stanleys, Captain Mounteney Jephson (Stanley’s friend and companion), with Salah (Stanley’s black servant) for a photograph, which was taken by a young clergyman. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Eliot His eyes had followed her eagerly to-night in spite of himself, and had taken in deeper draughts of love. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Under Kate’s guidance, who had taken a sailor’s glance at the bearings, they soon unthreaded the labyrinth of rocks so far as to bring the man within view. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

She had not taken him the right way. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Rudyard Kipling I have said: “There is no harm in it, taken moderately;” and yet my own demand for beer helped directly to send those two girls reeling down the dark street to — God alone knows what end. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

My friend, who was seigneur of the country, might have seduced her, or taken her by force, at his will — for he was master. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope He sees some woman and loses himself with her — or he is taken to a racecourse and unluckily wins money — or some devil in the shape of a friend lures him to tobacco and brandy. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo Never allow yourself to be taken in the act of inanition. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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]

George Gissing When he rang to have his tea-things taken away, Mrs. Hannaford presented herself. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The advantage of only having to feed themselves, and not having to support five extravagant human beings as well, was so great that it would have taken a lot of failures to outweigh it. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

George Gissing New rooms were taken and well furnished. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Bronislaw Malinowski All these points appear at first sight rather impalpable, but as shown above they may afford good hints, especially if taken into account simultaneously. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Now take care, Sir Gawain, that thou blench not for the pain to prosecute this adventure that thou has taken on hand. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Anthony Trollope He held his mill and about a hundred acres of adjoining meadow land at a rent in which no account was taken either of the building or of the mill privileges attached to it. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Rudyard Kipling Dumoise broke down utterly at the brink of the grave, and had to be taken away. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry Kingsley I hope there’ll be another Derby. She has cut homoeopathy and taken to vegetable practice. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then in turn the poor shivering wretches were taken out of the barrels, their skins bleached and wrinkled with long soaking. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

A warm, pure, living sympathy pervaded all his analysis of mankind, without which that analysis would have taken no hold upon us. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

And there we were — hearing that Robert Ashton had been taken up for murder. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Thomas Wolfe If one had passed him in the streets of the city, one would never have taken a second look at him or remembered him afterwards. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope Sulla had then succeeded in crushing the Marian faction, and the Sullan proscriptions had taken place, and were nominally over. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I heard every word, but I did not like to say so, because I saw he was rather surprised at himself, taken aback. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Anthony Trollope In that case Lucy would at once be taken away from the house. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Some who were taken ill, died alone, and without any help. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

E. F. Benson And if this had taken place, why should not more? “Ah, make them all well!” she cried. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I have already taken up too much of your time. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

If desired, this chowder can be made with fish broth instead of the stock, and with the addition of shrimps which have been taken from their shells. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

Rudyard Kipling Mulvaney, drunk or sober, would have struck no man in that condition, and Dearsley indignantly denied that he would have taken advantage of the intoxicated brave. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I had noticed he had glanced several times at Margaret, but had taken great care only to do so when her eyes were not in his direction. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Lucius, the Roman general, who had taken Imogen under his protection as his page, was the first (as has been before said) who spoke to the king. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Jack London Each man seemed stunned — deeply contemplative, as it were, and, not quite sure, trying to realize just what had taken place. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Anthony Trollope When Santerre rode up to the door of the château, ten men might have taken possession of Durbellière. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Though as yet he had hardly taken time to glance at her, subconsciously Vanaman admired the young woman’s unflustered, almost languid and yet efficient manner. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Henry James Are you so certain that there’s room in your life —?” “For another daughter? — is that what you mean?” She had not hung upon it long, but he had quickly taken her up. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson I think I’d ‘a’ done better —” her speech lapsed oddly, after her years of patient practice —“to ‘ave taken . Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang Next day he was seized by order of the King, and his ring was taken from him. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

For the meal which followed, with his wet clothes taken away by Rahm to dry, he came to the table in the promised dressing-gown and pyjamas. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Many of his words, either invented or preserved, are happy additions; some which have not taken root in the language, we may regret. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Anthony Trollope He has been taken by some fever. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Of course the orphan girl must be taken into his house;—and of course he must take upon himself the duty of a father in regard to her. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

And have you not done me the honor to call me your friend?” Then, with the cruel exactness of the living, breathing truth, he related the scene which had just taken place at the presbytery. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne This was done that very day, and it is needless to add, that every precaution was taken that the experiment might succeed. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James Mrs. Wix saw her as a little person knowing so extraordinarily much that, for the account to be taken of it, what she still didn’t know would be ridiculous if it hadn’t been embarrassing. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle And now I come to a bit of my story that clean takes my breath away as I think of it, and makes me wish that I had never taken the job of telling it in hand. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Mrs. Archdale ought to be taken in hand at once. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang At this the whole castle woke up, and the prince was taken prisoner. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

T. H. Huxley If one ventured to suggest she had not taken much time to arrive at any conclusion, she would say, “I cannot help it, things flash across me. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope Had he understood his game he would have taken himself to the other side of Smith. Wanting to gain much, he should have surrendered something. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

He has not taken from honesty its attractive property or its being venerable or recommendable of itself, nor has he disturbed the opinions we ought to have of the gods. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Ivan Turgenev The winter evening was only just beginning; the samovar was boiling on the table, the conversation had hardly taken a definite turn, but passed lightly from one subject to another. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins How can I expect to be taken into your confidence if I decline to admit you into mine? You ought to know, and you shall know, why I am interested in discovering what Mr. Candy wanted to say to me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope The effect on her father was so sad that she was almost driven to regret that he should have taken her own part. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was quite clear in his mind that all nobility should be put down, and that all property in land should be taken away from men who were enabled by such property to live in idleness. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Stolidity is, perhaps, his besetting sin; yet it is the sign of a slow, not a dull, intellect; an intellect, like his heart, which never let slip what it had once taken to itself. Michael Drayton by Cyril Brett [1907]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It occurred to him that she had taken this same attitude several times before. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

In spite of herself, she was attracted to him, and long before the callers had taken themselves away, her voice had lost some of its acerbity. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

It was her ambition in life to be taken for a Russian girl-student, and she had spent weeks of patient research in trying to find out exactly where you put the tea-leaves in a samovar. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Then he signed the other, stamped it with a round seal taken from his pocket, and presented it to the Colonel. . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Presently I came to two roads, and took the larger; I should have taken the smaller. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope Mary was in the habit of getting herself taken over to Brotherton more frequently than the ladies liked; but it was impossible that they should openly oppose her visits to her father. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope As she descended the stairs she remembered that she had brought the German baroness with her, and that the German baroness would probably expect to be taken away again. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Olaf Stapledon But I saw, or I seemed to see, what now I recognize as the very thing that has befallen us, the thing that has taken so long to grow, and is only now in these last years flowering. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Wimpole had himself taken the opportunity of his brief estrangement to carry the cheese somewhat more easily in a very large, loose, waterproof knapsack on his shoulders. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope You cannot mean to tell me that you would marry her after what has taken place?’ ‘The question is whether she would marry me. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Only, if your lordship would allow me to be taken back by a carpenter, I should be extremely grateful. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He is safe with friends, but on no account breathe this to a soul, or he may be taken again. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

The trial had taken place on February the 19th, and the execution was fixed for the 25th. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

H. G. Wells Ballast goes over-board — if we don’t want to ground precious soon and be taken prisoners of war. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

She inclined her head slowly at the gaping sailors, who had taken their caps off. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Meredith And I’ll tell you what: we’re in for heavy seas, and I ‘m not sorry you’ve taken the house on the beach off my hands. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I’ve taken a liking to you — that’s flat — and I apply for the post. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

She had taken — she knew she had taken — and she had, even by that measure, failed. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

The District Attorney, taken aback, moved toward the dining-room door. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope But he was conscious that an interest was taken in his comings and goings. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

This was clearly the only entrance, and he did not mean to be taken unawares by whatever danger there might have been lurking outside. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But if my poor sex is so willing to be won, I don’t know how you are to excuse your solitary state, considering how very little trouble it would have taken to make some poor creature happy. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

To the most desperate and irreclaimable criminals is allotted the greatest wealth, which is taken from them, little by little, as they show signs of reformation. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim The whole affair had scarcely taken thirty seconds. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope The rector would allow him to inclose that little bit of common land, that was to be taken in, without adding anything to his rent. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Casts had been taken of the footsteps; and no other means of discovery had been left untried. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Virginia Woolf For obvious reasons this cannot be taken as a measure of their comparative desire for such advertisement. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

His mother and sisters and father’s sisters come to wail over him, and then he is taken away. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Henry James It’s true they’re nice fresh free-born Americans!” Henrietta had lately taken up the tone of helpless innocence and large concession. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy But I can’t bear the thought of dragging down to that old level as promising a piece of maidenhood as ever lived — fit to ornament a palace wi’— that I’ve taken so much trouble to lift up. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray The two old ladies have taken the brevet rank, and are addressed as Mrs. Jane and Mrs. Betsy: one of them is at whist in the back drawing-room. Mrs. Perkins’s Ball by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Edith Wharton And she had taken a shine to that silly ass. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James All my life had taken refuge in my eyes, which the procession of events appeared to have committed itself to keep astare. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle No flinching, no grumbling, every discomfort taken as a jest, no thought of self, each working only for the success of the enterprise. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle My one fear was lest my letters should be taken away from me, and my mission rendered of no avail. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arnold Bennett Having taken it, she insisted that he should resume the easy chair. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Morris And as this is the most that can be asked from the greatest man that follows a cause, so it is the least that can be taken from the smallest. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

I wonder if that farmer would let him be taken to the house for an hour or two?” I got into my boots, and ran off to ask; and met the farmer in the second field. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

H. G. Wells It was no common shop this; it was a magic shop, and all the prancing precedence Gip would have taken in the matter of mere toys was wanting. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jack London Kim — well, Kim was Kim. Immediately he arrived the planks were taken from our necks and we were lodged in the beet inn the place boasted. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

A. E. W. Mason Ethne’s apprehensions had taken a more definite shape. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

G. K. Chesterton This was Isidor Simon, the banker, and he had never taken any title though many had been offered to him. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

If he entertained the suspicions which they attributed to him, he had certainly taken the most effectual means to prevent their being realised. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Zona Gale But I did fancy — you see, they think father has taken the treasure,” she said, “and they thought if they could hide me somewhere and let it be known, that he would make some sign. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Anthony Trollope Even though she should be taken back again, people would know that she had been discarded. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

But except for these writers, our literature has hardly taken to New York society. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Helen Zimmern Both invalids, however, happily recovered, yet Miss Edgeworth was to find an empty chair on her return; her aunt, Mary Sneyd, had been taken away at the advanced age of ninety. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Wilkie Collins And if you had taken a liberty with her, on the strength of that conviction, she would have made you remember it to the end of your life. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Willa Cather He looked less like a tired scholar than when he went away a year ago, but no one, even now, would have taken him for a man of business. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

R. D. Blackmore And nature hath taken one of my legs from me with a cannon-shot from the French line-of-battle ship — Rights of Mankind the name of her. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Rudyard Kipling Well, what he actually got was fairly hectic, but he tells me he’s taken to mixin’ ’em. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

A twelve-volume book is taken in the houses of the richer householders, each one of the twelve or fifteen lamas taking a page, all reading at an immense pace in a loud chant at the same time. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Her sudden departure from Forêtdechêne had been taken in very good part by him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. F. Benson And in addition there was present to me some sense of the weight of years; I had been taken and thrust down into some epoch of dim antiquity. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

William Henry Bragg The following table of results is taken from Kleeman’s paper (Proc. Roy. Soc., Ixxix, 1907, p. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

It was the one he had first taken for Mr. Mansell. “Beg pardon,” was the somewhat abrupt salutation with which this person advanced. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens Let the face be never so intense or fierce, there was a commentary of gentleness in the hands, essential to be taken along with it. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

And it was natural he should be interested in the place, for it seems Mr. Carthew had been kind to him in the States. In fact, he seemed a grateful kind of person, and wonderful taken up with flowers. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Edgar Rice Burroughs If you are taken away I shall never escape, for I feel that I am as well off here as I should be anywhere within this buried world. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anthony Trollope And at first she was very nearly being taken in with the idea that such was the proposal made to her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud The dream of the stairs has been taken from a series of dreams with whose other members I am familiar, having interpreted them. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

They were few in number, mostly with men for whom, after he had once taken them into his heart, he preserved a life-long regard. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope I fancy that he had simply taken to ground at the first hole, as does a hunted fox. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He’s taken a share in that Austrian contract, and he’ll want his capital, every pig. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Had the wind taken it into the garden, it would most probably have been found. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

At this day, it is true, no journal can be taken up which does not habitually speak of Mr. Wordsworth as of a great if not the great poet of the age. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Anthony Trollope Caroline allowed two whole days to pass before she would allow herself to think of what had taken place. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jeremy Bentham Let this be taken for granted: and let it be allowed to be a matter of uncertainty, whether he had any real feeling for the sufferings of those whom he has relieved, or no. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Andrew Lang Then again the voice sang: “Alas! bewitched and all forsaken, ’Tis I must lie for ever here! My beloved no thought has taken To free his bride, that was so dear. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The next five minutes were taken up in discussing the case of the recusant boiler, and then Clara discovered that she had better go and fetch her mother. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Of the others, it was hard to say whether they died in fair fight or had been taken prisoners and shot afterwards. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Anthony Trollope From her he had learnt much of what had taken place at Plumstead — not exactly with truth, for “the own maid” had not been able to divine the exact truth, but with some sort of similitude to it. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

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

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

Whatever mystery had, to Pauline’s exalted senses, taken its place in the world on that afternoon, it seemed to make no difference to the world. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

We started up, fearing that some death by accident had taken place: the occasion proved, on the contrary, to be one of ushering into life. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

The Master had been taken with giddiness when about to mount his horse. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

For a day or two she had seemed so much better that we told her she had taken a turn at last. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

M. de Balzac lay in this bed, with his head supported on a pile of pillows, to which had been added some red damask cushions taken from the sofa in the same room. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Nature was asserting her rights; during the last forty-eight hours, the young detective had taken scarcely a moment’s rest, and he had, moreover, now passed an entire day without food. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Edmund Burke This great point once secured, it is taken for granted their religion will be rational and manly. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anne Bronte They will not let me see that face I so delight to see; And they have taken all thy smiles, And all thy love from me. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

James Clerk Maxwell The experiments from which these results were taken had the negative values transferred to the other side of the equation. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

D. H. Lawrence He had been a choir-boy with a beautiful voice, and had taken solos in Southwell cathedral. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Nellie Bly I have noticed that they are always on the same side of the ship when one is taken suddenly, overcome, as it were, with one’s own emotions. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Henry James For a few moments after the carriage had taken its easy elastic start they were silent; but he soon began again. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indoors she was jealous of the fancy Lady Harriet had evidently taken for her stepdaughter, and she contrived to place quiet obstacles in the way of a too frequent intercourse between the two. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

They both smiled and looked very well pleased; and then I told them that the plate was the only thing that need be daubed, and when that was taken away the table remained clean. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Thomas Love Peacock When the cloth was removed, and the bottle had taken its first round, Mr Cranium stood up and addressed the company. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Wilkie Collins There was no persuading him to allow himself to be taken to the hospital. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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

I must regret that here, as indeed throughout the exploration, all our specimens were taken from the surface: we had not time to dig even a couple of feet deep. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The next to speak to her of Berwick had been Mrs. Turke. “So our Mr. Berwick’s in London? But he’ll be back soon, for he hasn’t taken Dean with him. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Wilkie Collins A wiser woman would have taken the hint and dropped the subject. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Wolfe He fairly smacked his lips over the word, as if he had just poured himself a glass of the oldest and rarest vintage and taken his first appraising sip. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Rudyard Kipling He was alone, his assistants had fled, and in truth he had not taken over charge of the district. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Syson stared at him, taken aback and humiliated. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Isabella Bird This morning, before any steps were taken to find the thief, and after all the loads were ready, officials came to the camps, and, by our wish, every man’s baggage was unrolled and searched. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He has eaten nothing since your poor cousin was taken ill. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Anthony Trollope Lord Rufford had been quite right about the Duchess. Arabella had only taken off her hat and was drinking her tea when the Duchess came up to her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I want to spare you — why shouldn’t I want to?” She felt her hand doubtfully taken and laid for a moment against his cheek. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

In short, she had taken the measure of motives hitherto unknown to herself, through this experiment, made upon the most rebellious subject that nature and religion could submit to her study. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

This is why I called our experiences, taken together, a quasi-chaos. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

E. Phillips Oppenheim Before him was the wing of the great edifice in which the tragedy had taken place. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Henry James Whereupon Olive insisted “Will you come very soon?” and Verena said, Oh yes, she would come very soon, and repeated the number in Charles Street, to show that she had taken heed of it. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

There are occasions, however, on which a position must be faced boldly — in proverbial phrase, the bull must be taken by the horns. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Margaret Oliphant She had not taken her eyes from him, but searched his face with a profound uncertainty and eagerness. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

But it seemed that we three, Kostrom, Tchurka, and I, were not so taken up with the game that we had not time, one or the other of us, to run and show off before the lame girl. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope I thought he would break his heart when the horses were taken away. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

One might have taken them for two lovers, sitting there to exchange vows, and going in for romance. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Gaston Leroux I recognised the concierge, whom I had seen when she was being taken to the pavilion for examination. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Meredith Steely points were opposed to him when he, figuratively, bared his bosom to be taken to the softest and fairest. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It almost seemed to her that those secret, unuttered, critical thoughts had suddenly taken visible and accusing shape and form in the person of this outspoken morsel of neglected humanity. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He would be summarily put back into his place, as if he were the newest junior who had taken silk. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Meredith He had already taken six days. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

But Oliver had not taken it the day he drove in alone; he had preferred the more roundabout way of the back streets. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hilda read the brief note of instruction, on a corner of the envelope, and discovered, that, in case of Miriam’s absence from Rome, the packet was to be taken to its destination that very day. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle So much he had learned from Dr. Mortimer. He had heard also that Sir Charles was superstitious and had taken this grim legend very seriously. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The telegram was from John, merely stating that Archie had been taken seriously ill. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Thomas Hardy He is a pa’son’s son, and is too much taken up wi’ his own thoughts to notice girls. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He had nothing to depose connected with the death of his father-in-law, or with the events which might have taken place in the house on the night of the sixth and the morning of the seventh. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It is taken for granted that is his affair and not mine. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

A large breakfast and an “A.B.C.” had been taken up to his room, but he had made no appearance in the flesh. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Had he taken warning from the look in the other man’s eyes he might have acted differently. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Ralph Waldo Emerson But, long before they are aware of it, the black dot has appeared and the detachment taken place. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

M. R. James Its recurrence might, perhaps, he said, be taken as a symptom of approaching illness; at any rate before the end of September the old lady was in her grave. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Arnold Bennett Now, I could have taken my dying davy that he would have been here yesterday at the latest. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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