Phrases with "talk"

Robert Louis Stevenson Several days I went about with my papers under my arm, spying for some juncture of talk to serve as introduction. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle You will hear more of this, Mr. Linden.” “You brace of frauds! You talk of frauds when it is you who are the frauds all the time! He would not have seen you if it had not been for compassion. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Lapham went out with the unhappy child, and began to talk with her, crazily, incoherently, enough. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells The fact of it is, Doctor, I’ve been hearing talk lately. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

D. H. Lawrence Richard found he never wanted to talk to anybody, never wanted to be with anybody. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell People talk a good deal about natural affinities. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

He wouldn’t want to talk about it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Sinclair Lewis He said, not so silkily as usual, “Planish, I want to talk to you about your next lecture tour among the colleges. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy What’s a Club more or less?” “No,” said Fleur; “but at present the thing is in flux — people just talk about it; but expulsion from his Club will be definite condemnation. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Radclyffe Hall When you could make her talk she said things that arrested. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Sinclair Lewis Yet it was just as he was nibbling at his very first glass of champagne that Senator Ryder began to talk of his delight in the rise of Anglo–Catholicism. No. It was none of it real. A Letter From the Queen by Sinclair Lewis

In Ridings Castle that afternoon the Duke and Kenneth endeavoured to talk poetry. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry James It was not his habit to como so near it, but to-day they had so much to talk about that he actually stood with her for ten minutes at the foot of the steps. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Will you take me in hand — let me talk to you — and tell me if I am wrong, as freely as if I were Charles? I know it is asking a great deal, but you knew my grandfather, and it is in his name. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I should like to talk to you seriously on the matter, Rosina.” “There is no need to,” she assured him. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. F. Benson Diva could, if put to it, give no answer whatever to a direct question, but, skilfully changing the subject, talk about something utterly different. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I talk as if we three had played this game with one mind. Margery of Lawhibbet by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I told the lads who I was seeking and got a lot of talk in a foreign language. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence I used to say to him: Oh, let thysen go, lad! — I’d talk broad to him sometimes. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Then they might come on again and talk of ‘highhanded oppression’ as much as they liked. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I’m going to have a talk with your friend. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope And they have so often heard me talk of you. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins She was a pretty woman — and the gentleman had fortunately lingered to talk to her. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing If we live another twenty years — but now I can only talk about myself. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope It is wrong to say that Americans will not talk at their meals. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis But now it don’t seem to matter like it did when I used to talk about golden road to Samarkand and when we got near there, Istanbul, etc. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

He lowered the glass in front of the carriage, and, after ordering the coachman to drive more slowly: “Now,” said he to his son, “let us talk a little. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton And when one hears good talk one can join in it without compromising any opinions but one’s own; or one can listen, and answer it inwardly. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Theodore Dreiser Why should I talk to a lot of loafers that come here because the papers tell them to call me names? I have been an alderman for six years now. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser What do you suppose Mrs. Cowperwood would think?” “I know very well, but we needn’t stop to consider that now, need we? It will do her no harm to let me talk to you. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope There are circumstances which do make me almost sure that I was born in Italy; but as my mother has been unwilling to talk to me of my earliest days, I have never chosen to ask her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Und he was always politeful to me except when I talk too long to Bertran und say nodings at all to him. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Then Madame Goesler began to talk about herself, and to give a short history of her life during the last two-and-a-half years. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

It was so much easier to talk in a cab. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Virginia Woolf Such talk was of the nature of an art, and the personalities and informalities of the young were silenced. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins I tried to make them talk while we were waiting for admission, but neither of them would go beyond “Yes,” or “No”; and both had, to my eyes, some unmistakably sinister lines in their faces. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Gertrude Stein Everybody began to talk about Rousseau. Berenson was puzzled, but Rousseau, Rousseau, he said, Rousseau was an honourable painter but why all this excitement. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing She did not care to talk much to-night, and frequently nodded instead of replying with words. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Rudyard Kipling They demanded only that he should be able to talk and listen courteously. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Eliot Slow and steady,’ Christian said to himself; ‘I’ll get some talk with the old man again. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James But he hesitated, very properly, to talk with a perfect stranger about a lady whom he knew, and he had not the art to conceal his hesitation. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Guy de Maupassan From the time some people begin to talk they seem to have an overmastering desire or vocation. The Legion of Honor by Guy de Maupassan

William Morris In the land and the thorp where I was born and bred there was talk now and again of a thing to be sought, which should cure sorrow, and make life blossom in the old, and uphold life in the young. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

I can’t prove it, but I am morally certain that mother cornered him and had a talk with him one day, and told him I cared for him, and thought him very handsome. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Edith Wharton I need a talk with Susy first. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

I have been little invited and little tempted to talk of the rovings and adventures of my youth. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Anthony Trollope It had not been the habit of her life to talk intimately with the servants, even though at Llanfeare there had been no other woman with whom she could talk intimately. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson It was true, declaring you might knock her down with a feather, she had seated herself heavily in her chair by the fire, to think and talk over the plan in detail. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton At last the talk had neared the point toward which his whole mind was straining, and he began to feel a personal application in her words. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Gissing He entered merrily into the talk of a time of life which is independent of morality — talk distinct from that of the blackguard, but equally so from that of the reflective man. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang In your letters (knowing your correspondents) you gave but the small personal talk of the hour, for them sufficient; for your books you reserved matter and expression which are imperishable. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu If you can’t talk of the governor, we’ll just let him alone,” said Levi, sturdily. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Men did not talk to her about kissable mouths, but she knew that they talked in some such way to other girls. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins You have learnt to talk nonsense seriously, and you have got into a way of telling fibs for the pleasure of telling them. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope She could flatter them both, and pretend to talk seriously with them about Jews and her own Church feelings. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He saw this girl, whom he looked so devotedly upon, become the talk of the neighborhood; saw the finger of scorn pointed at her, and possessed sufficient self-control to master his anger. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

There was some talk about keeping a watch in turn, but in the evening everything seemed so quiet and peaceful that they retired as usual. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Sinclair Lewis Their talk was nothing but improvisations on the theme: “I never did like this Haydock. He just considers his own convenience. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James You’d talk if you were tormented. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli The fun of talk is to find out what a man really thinks, then contrast it with the enormous lies he has been telling all dinner, and, perhaps, all his life. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells You talk like an evangelist tract but you’re saying something considerable. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arnold Bennett He wanted to talk to him, but he could not think of anything natural and reasonable to say by way of opening. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Machen And then she began to talk to me. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

George Gissing They did not talk of Everard. Whether Rhoda replied to his letters from abroad Miss Barfoot had no means of ascertaining. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells She then begins to talk very rapidly, usually in voices other than her own. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins This gave Alicia and me full liberty to talk as we pleased. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Everybody tries to talk and write like Cadenus, since it has been discovered that to be half a savage and more than half a beast is the shortest road to a woman’s favour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I shall tell her she must not dare to talk to you again on such an important matter. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith Her mind was away, one might guess; she could hardly be interested in talk of soldiering and of foreign army systems, jealous English authorities and officials, games, field-sports. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Borrow They talk like madmen, and drink like madmen. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

I do not choose to talk to post-boys; allons!” But I asked the man as we passed, “Do you want to reach the house?” By this time he was at the horses’ heads, buckling the harness. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Let us have some fun — it’s a lovely day: clap on something smart and come out with me; then we’ll talk it over quietly. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Will you tell me how long you think it will be before I can have a talk with him on a subject which I will not disguise from you may prove a very exciting one? “Weeks, weeks,” returned the doctor. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling There wadn’t no talk nowhere. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Virginia Woolf For when you cut off the head of a talk it behaves like a hen that has been decapitated. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

I am sorry to come and worry you like this, but I had to talk to you. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis He preferred to talk to his stenographer. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

There’s a little matter I want to talk over with you. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence Martin, for instance, who was a gentleman and a daring soldier, and a queer soul and pleasant to talk to. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

I have brought you out with me to talk about it. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Theodore Dreiser He thought she wanted him to talk to her so, to tease her with suggestions of this concealed feeling of his — this strong liking. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jonathan Swif Lord Bolingbroke and Parnell and I dined, by invitation, with my friend Darteneuf,5 whom you have heard me talk of. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Charles Kingsley No: don’t talk to me now, let me sleep if I can sleep; and go and walk and talk sentiment with Valencia to-morrow, and leave the poor little brood hen to sit on her nest, and be despised. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Hughes So now I hope you’ll all listen to me — (loud cheers of ‘that we will’) — for I’m going to talk seriously. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Jack London Give ’em some fire-water, Curly, an’ le’s talk it over. Lost Face by Jack London

By the time this letter came, Lapham had gone to his business, and the mother carried it to Penelope to talk over. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The tall thin man, upon whose rich appearance the Turcomans founded their chief hope, was first examined, and as I was the only one of our party who could talk Persian, I stood interpreter. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Guy de Maupassant He had, besides, asked her if she would be his wife, and she had answered “Yes.” They, were waiting for an opportunity to talk to their parents about it. Benoist (La Martine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jane Austen An account of the concert was immediately claimed; and Anne’s recollections of the concert were quite happy enough to animate her features and make her rejoice to talk of it. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Thomas Hughes You’re bound to listen to me; for what’s the use of calling me ‘pater,’ and all that, if you don’t mind what I say? And I’m going to talk seriously, because I feel so. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

E. Phillips Oppenheim But what do you want me to talk about?” “First of all your voyage home,” Tarleton suggested. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope It is a difficult task to talk properly to a dying person about death, and Martin felt that he was quite incompetent to do so. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Carlyle Such is everywhere the demand for talk among us: to which, of course, the supply is proportionate. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

E. F. Benson I shouldn’t wonder if she has plenty to talk about. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

The witch with the mummy face began to talk to him, ramblingly of old times; she boasted of the inn’s fame in those better days. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edith Wharton What a fool I was to talk to a friend! Even if he did believe me, he’d never let me see it — his instinct would be to cover the whole thing up . Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins But we have had talk enough, by this time, about Mr Reuben Wray. Let us now go at once and make acquaintance with him — not forgetting his mysterious cash box — at No. 12. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Sinclair Lewis We’ll talk about it tonight. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells There used to be talk — as though this stuff would revolutionise every-thing . The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Maria Edgeworth But why do I talk as if I were still at liberty to make a choice? — My head is certainly very confused. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Were there, in fact, so many who came? Lloyd seemed very pleased to sit and talk to a stranger. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

And don’t talk about it no more. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Perhaps it could not resist the Mahdi for a month, perhaps for more than a month; but he began to talk of the necessity of a speedy retreat. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

F. Scott Fitzgerald How could he talk so trivially with the blood still drained down from his cheeks so that the auburn lather of beard showed red as his eyes? She turned to Tommy saying: “I can always do something. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A. E. W. Mason Sutch felt that he could never endure to talk patiently with General Feversham, and he was sure that no argument would turn that stubborn man from his convictions. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Doctors and nurses see and think a lot they can’t talk about. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rudyard Kipling But wasn’t it clever of Balkis? THERE was never a Queen like Balkis, From here to the wide world’s end; But Balkis tailed to a butterfly As you would talk to a friend. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Some people cannot talk of their trouble. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

O thou art still as he is still, So sore as ye longed to talk your fill. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Go talk your foolish white horses to Mr. Robinson. Maybe he’s got the time to listen. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

F. Scott Fitzgerald Let’s talk about the b-baby. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

And now Hans began to talk of going, and the brothers agreed in a whisper to abandon their project for the time. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Guy de Maupassan I wanted, in any case, to see you to talk to you about a plan that would make it possible for me to do as you ask. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Fifteen years ago, she died, and I talk to her in my dreams still. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Edith Wharton Afterward — when I’ve seen him — if you’d talk to him; or it you’d only just let him BE with you, and see how perfectly happy you and Mr. Rolliver are!” Indiana seized on this at once. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Maria Edgeworth You know I must leave school some time or other, and then —” “Well, don’t talk of that, but tell me all the reasons, quick. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Nobody could find anything pleasant to talk about. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It’s such a relief to talk when one wants to and not be told that children should be seen and not heard. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

G. K. Chesterton There may be people to whom it’s senseless to talk about a flower of chivalry; it sounds like a blossom of butchery. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell I did not want to talk of business; I had taken too much wine to be very clear and some things at the office were not quite in order, and he had found it out. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Eliot Nobody ever kissed me and spoke to me as you do; just as I talk to my little black-faced kid, because I’m very fond of it. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Her talk always puts me in mind of a steel blade. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Willa Cather How fortunate he had been to come upon Enid alone and talk to her without interruption, — without once seeing Mrs. Royce’s face, always masked in powder, peering at him from behind a drawn blind. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

To be constantly with Barbara, to talk to her with that entire intimacy made possible by the solitary circumstances of her life, was all he asked as yet. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Virginia Woolf Nor did they talk much until they were smoking cigarettes over the fire, having placed their teacups upon the floor between them. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. G. Wells Would you like to talk to me about her? Sit down here on the sofa by me and just talk about her. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Washington Irving The elder folks would gather round the cheesemonger and the apothecary, to hear them talk politics; for they generally brought out a newspaper in their pockets, to pass away time in the country. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Benjamin Disraeli I think to talk well a rare gift; quite as rare as singing; and yet you expect every one to be able to talk, and very few to be able to sing. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope And yet she felt a strong longing within herself to be able to talk of it to some one. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Gissing She was able to talk without restraint, uttering her delight at each new picture as they went along. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith You have plenty of time to dress, my dear; I have an immense deal to talk about. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

It was like the aimless talk of a man pursuing a secret train of thought far removed from the idle words we so often utter only to keep in touch with our fellow beings. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope She could, she said, talk of her own misfortunes, but the subject would be very painful to him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

There was no one in the Club I wanted to talk to, so I sallied forth to another pot-house to which I belonged, where there was a chance of finding some of the younger and cheerier generation. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry James Say, for myself, that you used to talk a good deal about your duty and to wonder what it was; shall be curious to see whether you’ve found it out. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Edith Wharton It was always easy to talk to him, and at this moment he was the one person to whom she could have spoken without fear of disturbing her inner stillness. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Gissing But most was he pleased with Mrs. Tresilian’s brother; in many respects, as five minutes’ talk assured him, a man after his own heart: refined, scholarly, genial. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hardy And I talk to several toppermost carriage people that come to my lord’s without saying ma’am or sir to ’em, and they take it as quiet as lambs. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell Wife, we won’t talk more about it. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Edith Wharton After Mrs. Royall’s death there was some talk of sending her to a boarding-school. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Theodore Dreiser I’ll go around and talk to him to-night. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne But sweetest of all is the hour of cheerful musing and pleasant talk that comes between the dusk and the lighted candle by my glowing fireside. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope But, from her worsted-work up to the demerits of her dearest friend, he did know how to talk better than any other young man she knew. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

If you care to talk of old times, come to the house at sunset. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling Ditta Mull, and Choga Lall, and Amir Nath, and — oh, lakhs of my friends tell me about it in the bazars when I talk to them. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Andrew Lang Naturally they began to talk about the bronze ring. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

My heart was heavy all the time, but he tried to make the visit pass cheerfully with our wonted talk about books. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

I am very weary this afternoon, and even our little talk has exhausted me. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne The insanity of the captain was a bad omen and when they began to talk over the return voyage, their hearts failed them for fear. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

She heard that he was a member of the Four-in-hand Club, and turned out in splendid style at Hyde Park Corner. There was no talk yet of his going into Parliament. That was an affair of the future. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sinclair Lewis He wanted to talk about Leora, to shout about Leora, to exult in her, his woman. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassant They began to talk about her, and to tease her about her lover. The Story of a Farm-Girl (Histoire d’une fille de ferme) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

George Gissing Jessica, who declared herself quite well and strong again, though her face did not bear out the assertion, was beginning to talk of matters examinational once more. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, you’d be surprised at all the things Lyra and Wilma and I used to talk about. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton As usual, she now took refuge in bringing the talk back to a personal issue. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells No, don’t interrupt me, Benham; let me talk now that the spirit of speech is upon me. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

E. F. Benson Do stop and talk to me for five minutes, because I know you dress like summer lightning. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Arnold Bennett Her one source of relief was to talk with Cyril. She talked to him without reserve, and the words ‘your father,’ ‘your father,’ were everlastingly on her complaining tongue. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

M. P. Shiel The art-talk dropped utterly; and, in its place, talk of life; and especially of death; and all mournful things. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Edith Wharton It helped her to hold fast to her identity in the rush of strange names and new categories that her cousin’s talk poured out on her. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle That’s right! Sit down and let us talk it over. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins When I once begin to talk of Nugent, I don’t know when to leave off. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope You ought not to talk to me in that way. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry Adams He was conscious of it, and in his last talk before starting for London and Liverpool he took the end of his activity for granted. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Ivan Turgenev But how can I have a talk with her, Ippolit Sidorovitch?’ ‘It’s very simple, Dimitri Pavlovitch. Go to Wiesbaden. It’s not far from here. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

The caretaker followed him from room to room, praising herself for the cleanliness of the house, and keeping up a continuous stream of talk to which he gave the scantiest attention. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells And generously disregarding the insults he was putting upon me, I sat down in his armchair and began to talk to him in a sober, friendly fashion. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope She was glad that he should be gone, as she found it impossible to talk to him with ease to herself. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling She knew this by the ease with which she could slip Michael’s name into talk and incline her head to the proper angle, at the proper murmur of sympathy. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Maria Edgeworth To say the truth, I am tired of both heroines, for a fortnight is too long to talk or think of any one thing. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Miriam seemed now first to become aware of the silence that had followed upon the cheerful talk and laughter of a few moments before. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

John Galsworthy And he said: “I just came in to talk to your mother about pulling down that partition. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Willa Cather He wished he could ever get David to talk about his profession, and wondered what he looked like on a concert platform, playing his violin. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Bram Stoker So he invented an appliance which soon became the talk of the town. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Virginia Woolf Ladies and gentlemen talk together, and some things, of course, are not said. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robert would have liked to talk to her alone for a moment, to orientate himself; but it was too late now to suggest that. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton He had guessed, of course, that she had come to talk about the date and hour of the wedding, and all the formulas incidental to such visits fell from his large benevolent lips. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The General shook his head with an air of indecision — “We shall see! we shall see!” said he, “we have plenty of time to talk about it. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Guy de Maupassant When they had finished eating, and were smoking and drinking they began, as usual, to talk about the dull life they were leading. Mademoiselle Fifi by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton I will not talk nor allow any one else to talk about “clericalism” and “militarism. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

There they sat to one side, by the wall, young, sturdy, scarcely taking any part in the monotonous talk of the witnesses and judges, or in the disputes of the lawyers with the prosecuting attorney. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Virginia Woolf Johnnie messes with stinking chemicals in the pantry —” They appealed to her, and she forgot her cake and began to laugh and talk and argue with sudden animation. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H.G. Wells When in Rome one must — well, respect Roman prejudices a little — talk Latin. You will find it better — ” “You propose I should feign to become a man?” “You have my meaning at once. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope But he had told himself that it should be done at the end of a year, and as he had allowed no one to talk him out of his word, so neither could he be untrue to it himself. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot I should have been badly off if I could not have brought Dominic.’ They sat down to breakfast with such slight talk as this going on. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Ten to one he’s in tortures of doubt, and would give a fortune to have five minutes’ talk alone with you to see how the land lies and get your version of the short cut incident. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Ivan Turgenev Enough of them, though — your adorers! It’s not of them I want to talk to you today. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Guy de Maupassant They begin to talk to each other, and block up the passage. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Forty times fifty pound,” with an unctuous chuckle after the enunciation of each figure, as if it was some privilege even to be able to talk of such vast sums of money. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry Adams Sometimes, at dinner, one might wait till talk flagged, and then, as mildly as possible, ask one’s liveliest neighbor whether she could explain why the American woman was a failure. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

D. H. Lawrence She could neither eat nor talk during the meal. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Don’t say anything more!’ It is all very well to talk of love’s solitude; in about a fortnight, passed tete-a-tete, Serge will be glad to have us. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is a great deal of talk going on even today about Mr. Jesson, and the sergeant admits that they have had a detective down here once or twice making inquiries. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Thomas Paine Though not a courtier will talk of the curfew-bell, not a village in England has forgotten it. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope A man will talk of love out among the lilacs and roses, who would be stricken dumb by the demure propriety of the four walls of a drawing-room. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim He began to talk to himself—and, realising the fact, stopped suddenly. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Elizabeth Von Arnim He didn’t want to talk about Fanny. Audrey, on the other hand, wanted to talk about her all the time. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George Meredith The ladies would talk of nothing but the battle, so he went up to Merthyr, and under pretext of an eager desire for English news, drew him away. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Rudyard Kipling I guess they talk out loud what we think, and we talk out loud what they think. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Gissing I can’t see, myself, what else there is to talk about. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]