Phrases with "talk"

Theodore Dreiser He’d take it to her — he would go up there and have a talk with her, and that at once. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell But let us talk on some more interesting subject. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If you want to talk nonsense with Stephanie, do it in Belgrave Square.” Dominey was watching the gyrations of a falling pheasant. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

H. G. Wells There is just this time left to us, to talk of everything that matters. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Willa Cather He studied my photographs and asked me such intelligent questions about everything that it was a pleasure to talk to him. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

She began to talk about friendship, and lost her thread and forgot the little electric stress between us in a rather meandering analysis of her principal girl friends. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Freddy Laurance usually opened his mouth to ask questions, rarely to talk about himself. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Henry Kingsley He had a bird, a white corrella, which could talk and whistle surprisingly, probably, in fact, the most precious thing he owned. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

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

George Borrow I therefore favoured their mistake, and began with a harsh Catalan accent to talk of the fish of Galicia, and the high duties on salt. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Meredith And why suspect evil? You talk of that lady who paid me a visit here once, and whom I treated becomingly, I swear. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle I won’t talk about it at all if you would rather not. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Indeed we see her, Mr. Featherston.” “Ah, well,” he said, perceiving it was not from this quarter that light could be thrown on the suspicious darkness of the past, “let us talk of yourself. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Virginia Woolf Then he braced himself to talk to the virginal girl who sat beside him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

G. K. Chesterton They mustn’t always let Ned Bruce talk them round. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

However, I am going to speak the truth now; it is getting darker; one can talk at one’s ease. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

May I sit down, please, while you finish your lesson?” “May you sit down! My darling Nelly, is that the way you talk in your old home. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Virginia Woolf He had wanted to talk to Kitty; he had nothing to say to that Oriental-looking harpy with a pheasant’s feather floating at the back of her head. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

I’ve never done it, Bunny. But in this case we’re engaged like the waiters and the band, and by heaven we’ll take our toll! Let’s have a quiet dinner somewhere and talk it over. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Radclyffe Hall Harriet saw her there well enough, but appeared to notice nothing unusual and continued to talk to Joan. In fact her voice grew slightly louder and more intimate in tone. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

She, too, was silent, and felt no inclination to talk or to listen. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James Hawthorne is rather too fond of Sibylline attributes — a taste of the same order as his disposition, to which I have already alluded, to talk about spheres and sympathies. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Henry James She began to talk with a certain volubility. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Edith Wharton Every chance meeting with him, from their first brief talk at Hanaford, stood out embossed and glowing against the blur of lesser memories. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

G. K. Chesterton There was no more political talk that day, but there was not a little political news on the next. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu They wanted to talk over something together. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson For they are both content to talk about the “art of fiction”; and Mr. Besant, waxing exceedingly bold, goes on to oppose this so-called “art of fiction” to the “art of poetry. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Haven’t I heard you talk of bio-sociology?” “But,” cried May, “that’s Mr. Lashmar’s theory! Has he been publishing it?” “No. Someone else seems to have got hold of the same idea. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

I’d told her she was never to talk to anyone in Foxwold and I believe she’s obeyed me. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Mrs. Johnson’s little business talk had apparently done Faye some good. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He wanted to talk to someone who would take what he had to tell as a serious matter; I mean, who would not just tease him about seeing things. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But my Madelon did really become ill and begin to pine away; and when I tried to talk her out of her foolish silly notions, she only uttered your name scores of times. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Washington Irving They begin to talk in town of the Opposition’s gaining ground; the cry of liberty is still as loud as ever. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry Handel Richardson I’m waiting for your Uncle Jerry, to talk things over. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith Closely surrounding a young man as a young woman must be when both are on the same horse, they, as a rule, talk confidentially together in a very short time. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Hope He shut the door silently after him and began at once to talk in low, earnest, quick tones to Bernenstein. Bernenstein listened intently and without interrupting. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Henry James Moreover, it was not a disadvantage to talk to a girl who made one keep guard on one’s composure; it diminished one’s chronic liability to utter something less than revised wisdom. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

D. H. Lawrence I’ll have a talk with Halkett, and I’ll come down and have a look at you. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens I can’t talk to you so as to lighten your mind, for I never see any amusing sights or read any amusing books that it would be a pleasure or a relief to you to talk about, when you are tired. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

He is an orphan, and it is better not to talk to him of his family. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

If you have nothing better to talk about than nursery legends I’ll wait until you come to your senses. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Stephen Lucius Gwynn No one to talk to but sweet Buss, who says, ‘Now, Papa will not have to work so hard, and will be able to go out a little. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Rudyard Kipling He spent most of his time in the company of the Nilghai, and their talk was of war in the near future, the hiring of transports, and secret preparations among the dockyards. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Theodore Dreiser You’re a big, insulting” — here she hesitated and used no word at all — “or you wouldn’t talk that way. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George MacDonald All I will say is, that Diamond, who is my only care, was full of quiet delight — a gladness too deep to talk about. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Gissing We won’t talk about it any more. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope But he had also his more serious moments, and could talk to her of serious matters. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Nothing more happened, and nothing more could be done; but there remained much talk and wonderment to get through. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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

D. H. Lawrence Mother went out to attend to the tea, and after a while, Lettie crossed over to Emily and George, and, drawing up a low chair, sat down to talk to them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle He changed colour, and repaired to the staircase, where he was heard to talk aloud in an angry tone. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Arthur Conan Doyle But this is no time, Raoul, to talk of my small affairs. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

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

But all this talk has led to surprisingly small results. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

She found her in a very emotional state of mind about the wickedness of her past life and quite willing to talk about what a bad woman she had been. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Henry James Well talk it over amicably and I’ll bring you to my view,” Nick went on hypocritically. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Morrison There was much talk of Father Sturt’s announcement. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton But he goes on to talk about something rather more personal; and I think it really has been a rather interesting case, if he does not exactly shine as a narrator of it. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Arnold Bennett See the point?” He was obliged to talk about the affair, because it was heavily on his mind. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Then I put her by, and told her to sit down on the verandah while I had a talk with George. He shook hands with me, and said he was glad to see me a free man again. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

John Galsworthy Well, what to do? Tell her — talk the thing out? Or wait and watch? For what? Without deliberate spying, he could not watch. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope He used to talk so proud of Her Majesty’s Civil Service. Her Majesty’s Civil Service has sent him away packing. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I have tried to sound him about it, but he is not an easy person to talk to. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Margaret Oliphant My son and I have something to talk of, now I feel myself. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

John Bunyan The talk broke up Ignor. You go so fast I cannot keep pace with you, do you go on before, I must stay a while behind. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Jack London Some friend had brought Dave along to talk over town sites on Mammon Creek. But little talking did he do, and what he did was mostly gibberish. Lost Face by Jack London

D. H. Lawrence Self! Self! Self! all self! tearing and shouting! They talk about men’s selfishness, but I doubt if it can ever touch a woman’s blind beakishness, once she’s gone that way. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

No sense, dumb as soon as the conversation took a serious turn, only able to talk dress like a woman, or about horses like a jockey. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Radclyffe Hall Mary could always talk to David, but since he could never answer her back the conversation was very one-sided. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

E. Phillips Oppenheim I do not want to talk of that, to-night. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Edith Wharton When they had reached the comparative shelter of the interlacing trees Moffatt paused again to say: “If we’re going to talk I’d like to see you. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Thus it came about that one evening he was led to talk about himself. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Was it possible to talk him over? Perhaps it was not necessary? “Oh! I can’t talk to him,” she thought. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You must see what you can do, Sarson. Remember, I’ve come over here in the middle of a busy day to talk to him and you must join with me in making him realize how serious this matter is. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I tell you, lad, ye’ll see what the Governor thinks o’t — a-ha! He’ll talk to you. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton The divorce you talk of so lightly would nearly kill him. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Andrew Lang We see the phenomenon every day when stupid people talk about people of ordinary cleverness, and ‘wonder with a foolish face of praise. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

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

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]

Edith Wharton I’ve been waiting for a quiet time to talk things over, and now I’ve got it I mean to make you hear me out. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Charles Dickens Therefore I say, Mr Cobb, don’t talk to me. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Thomas Hardy When I talk to her I can anticipate every turn of her thought, every sentiment, every act, so long did I study those things in your mother and in you. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

He had the long stride and the clear eye of his kind, and his talk was a perpetual joy to us, for in his soft, lilting voice he revealed a lost world of pastoral. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ve heard strange talk from the people who’ve come under your masterful ways. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

But I heard only the subdued and eager talk of men engaged in some absorbing task, and the dull sounds of some heavy body being moved. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope He did not wish to be made to talk about Tregear. ‘May I tell you why I say all this?’ she asked softly, pressing her hand on the Duke’s arm every so gently. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You can’t make her take them, and I’m quite sure you can’t talk her over. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Still, they often talk nonsense at the end. The Coat by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Last night I had some talk with him about going to-day, cutting his visit short; so sure am I that he’ll be better as soon as he’s shut up in his lighthouse. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

I found they had a son in the Argylls and a young boy in the Navy. But they seemed disinclined to talk of them or of the war. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Sinclair Lewis And even if I liked you tremendously, I couldn’t talk to you without twenty old hexes watching, whispering. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

You look to me like a man who doesn’t talk much. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell I grieve that I should have so inconvenienced you; but I need not talk of either Friday or Saturday now, for I rather imagine there is small chance of my ever going at all. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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

Leon Trotsky Lenin and I met a dozen times a day in the corridor, and called on each other to talk things over. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Frances Hodgson Burnett Let us talk and talk about Dickon. And then we will look at your pictures. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

It was only when you began to talk of Italy and of his having been there, that I remembered it. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here at last, after such a string of dangers as few men have ever lived to talk of, I was at one end of the powder train, with the Saragossa magazine at the other. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope They all seem to be contented with him, but they don’t talk much about him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson That was not her way: she just triumphed, and left other people to talk about it. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

And conceive of my feelings for centuries condemned to wander among glass cases containing prehistoric antiquities, and to hear the talk of scientific men alone. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

They met again the next day, and after a few minutes’ talk Athol suggested they go for a little walk. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

One man had been reading a book called the Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, and the talk turned on the unexplainable things that happen to everybody once or twice in a lifetime. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

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]

Sinclair Lewis I won’t talk to you till Cal comes in . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald His arms holding her had a tendency to tighten around her, so he leaned back and began to talk thoughtfully into the air. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Benjamin Disraeli However, it is useless to talk upon this subject. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Arthur Conan Doyle They plodded along together, the woodman and Alleyne, with little talk on either side, for their thoughts were as far asunder as the poles. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Virginia Woolf But talk in private was impossible. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Anthony Trollope If you want to make a pleasant party for Adolphus, you must get some young men; besides, you can’t ask all those girls, and have nobody to dance with them or talk to them. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Still, you know, you never talk French with your SOUL. It can’t be done. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Ford Madox Ford He wears the damn-shabbiest uniform of any officer I ever have to talk to. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Henry Kingsley Why don’t he find out how they talk to one another? Then he’d manage them much better. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

And now let us talk seriously. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

D. H. Lawrence She was thrilled to come to Wragby; thrilled to talk to Lady Chatterley, my word, different from the common colliers’ wives! She said so in so many words. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

They talk of the fight, of the fearless woman, of the wise man; of long suffering on the thirsty sea in leaky canoes; of those who died. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Gissing The first day, of course—You’ll have a talk with the landlady whilst I’m out to-night. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence One shouldn’t talk when one is tired and wretched. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

For a little while, anyway, after she comes, you will be in a world — far away from here — where people talk and think and live. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Miles Franklin He told Ma that he would like to talk to that daughter of hers, if she did not object. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope And therefore I don’t think you ought to be afraid to talk to me about what must concern my happiness so greatly. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Lucy Maud Montgomery She was up here one day last week and said there was some talk about it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Gissing But we won’t talk about that. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I have been to talk to him every day this week. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

No one asks you to weep, but to talk reasonably and drop that tone of persiflage that becomes you so ill. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

He seemed to know that if he would but talk about himself, and about that in which he was most interested, my expectation would always be answered, my wish always satisfied. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing Should he talk of loss—he who had gained so unspeakably by an ideal love through the hot years of his youth, who to the end of his life would be made better by it? That were the basest ingratitude. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hughes On went the talk and laughter. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Moreover, he didn't know very well how to talk to people, and they must have misunderstood him. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

She’d like us to talk prunes and prisms and be indoors by ten o’clock and never so much as look at a fellow before he had shown her a certificate of good character. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Henry James Then you may talk to me if you like. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jonathan Swif I am afraid the new Ministry is at a terrible loss about money: the Whigs talk so, it would give one the spleen; and I am afraid of meeting Mr. Harley out of humour. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Henry Handel Richardson And when you come back strong and well we’ll talk about all this again. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

And what could she want to talk to him about, anyway? The minute of silence stretched itself out upon his nerves into an interminable period of anxious unhappiness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

But when you come to talk with Brother Peck, you find yourself sort of frozen out with a most unexpected, hard-headed cold-bloodedness. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope We know — we always knew, it wasn’t your proper self that turned against the cause you loved so well; but, Adolphe, we won’t talk of these things now. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Remember that I have never known what it was to sit and talk through the evening with ordinary friends, let alone — It’s too much for me just yet. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Andrew Lang Diomede and Odysseus successfully achieve their adventure and return to the chiefs, where they talk with Nestor; and then they go to Diomede’s hut and drink. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Though they had not been alone like this for a long while, she felt it best to talk about impersonal things. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

It’s all rot what they talk about instant surrender. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Not that Hilda could dissertate, or talk learnedly about pictures; she would probably have been puzzled by the technical terms of her own art. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Meredith If you were to sit and talk with her, you would perceive that she’s meant for more than to make a machine of her throat. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Andrew Lang We began to talk about certain things which were happening in the palace, and of the events of past years. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

George Meredith It’s of no use to talk of it!’ But Beauchamp was fully indicated. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Sinclair Lewis Sit AROUND. Drink gin and try to talk politics! Discuss Conditions and Situations. Never get any sleep. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Who, from the talk he had heard, could expect to meet a girl like this? She was a blooming miracle, he said to himself, familiarly, yet with a tinge of respect. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

My talk to you must be how Benedick is in love with Beatrice. Now begin; for look where Beatrice like a lapwing runs close by the ground, to hear our conference. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Willa Cather Niel sat down by her and did his best, but he found her hard to talk to. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Jane Austen He was not in his best spirits, but seemed trying to improve them; and, at last, made himself talk nonsense very agreeably. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Sinclair Lewis Get out and talk to the churches and clubs, and help me put across the ideas that we stand for. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassant Then they all began to talk of this incident, reckoning up the chances which Maitre Houlbreque had of finding or of not finding his pocketbook again. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson The talk fell, as it did often, on the exiles in France; so it glided to the matter of their songs. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

You talk about me making a cowardly set upon unoffending people. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell After a while she began to talk about her baby, but shyly, and with much hesitation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edith Wharton We won’t talk of your marriage; but do you see me marrying May after this?” She stood silent, resting her thin elbows on the mantelpiece, her profile reflected in the glass behind her. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

But we’ll talk of that later on. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

He had been born in Spain and educated at Madrid, and it was an attraction for my father to talk over the place where he had been so long a prisoner. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Kingsley Come down off the bridge, my love, and let us talk together while I hang up the horse. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

She answered him in a little while, and the three began to talk together. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

G. K. Chesterton But Shaw should not talk about the fairy tales; for he does not feel them from the inside. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing She longed for quiet and retirement; he neglected his business to force his company upon her, to laugh and talk loudly. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

This being so, he was disinclined to talk about it. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell If you want to talk to Miss Kirkpatrick, Mr. Preston, why don’t you come to my father’s house, and ask to see her openly, and like a gentleman. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oud Lawson the attorney told me that, in a talk I had wi’ him a bit sin. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

She tormented him to talk about horses as once she had tormented Flory to talk about shooting. Burmese Days by George Orwell

E. T. A. Hoffmann Dr. Gratiano began to talk about a bond and about interest; but Signor Capuzzi declared that he could not think of asking for either from such a friend as the Doctor was. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Her cheerfulness astonished Celia, who was in a state of chronic indignation against John Treverton, which was all the more intense because she was forbidden to talk of him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Mr. Sheldon made two or three feeble attempts at conversation, but the talk languished and expired on each occasion, and they sat on in silence. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Margaret Oliphant To be sure that is not a thing to talk of; but there is something in your face which is so sweet, which invites confidence. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Moreover, where is the criminal, and what is all this talk about abstractions? They want shovels not sentiments, in this part of the world. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling We cleansed our beards of the mutton-grease, We lay on the mats and were filled with peace, And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south, With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

My trip promised to be a dull one, so I gladly welcomed his company, for to a plain fellow like me Lombard’s talk was a constant opening out of new windows. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Anthony Trollope But a man in such circumstances must be made to talk about himself. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

I don’t think she would mind if I told lies and had a bad temper, and couldn’t talk like Mrs Smith, if I was good enough in her way—I mean if I was high-born like you. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

George Meredith Their talk bordered the old life which they had known, like a rivulet, coming to falls where it threatens to be e, torrent and a flood; like flame bubbling the wax of a seal. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Virginia Woolf Mrs Malone liked someone to talk to her or read aloud to her as she worked. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf And the less talk there is the better. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing Monica is a dear little girl; it seemed a great absurdity to talk to her about business. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Meredith I must kiss somebody when I talk of ‘m. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing But come now, let us talk about Len. Where are you going to send him? Has Wrybolt chosen a school?” During the conversation that followed, Dyce was but half attentive. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Go and spend the day with her, but be back by five o’clock; then we’ll talk things over. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Theodore Dreiser I’d like to talk to you some time. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

William Hope Hodgson And afterward we to our journeying again; and to talk upon this thing and that thing; and I to be watchful as we talked, and to tell the Maid that she keep her eyes wary, but yet not to be of unease. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

E. Nesbi And we shan’t untie you till you promise never, never to talk to us about blood and wounds unless we say you may. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Mark Twain Doan’ talk to me ’bout yo’ pints. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Willa Cather I want to talk to him, and he won’t talk sense if he’s angry. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

G. K. Chesterton And because they still had this last retreat (which we call the Strike), because this retreat was also perceived, there was talk of this retreat being also cut off. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

But let’s go on now, may we? And talk of this another day. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Charles Kingsley I never had any mother to talk to, you know; and I can’t tell my aunt; and Valencia is so flighty; and I thought you would give me one chance more. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Men don’t talk to each other about the things that concern them nearly,—unless it be about money. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

He wouldn’t let anyone talk to her. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jane Austen With this inspiriting notion, her questions increased in number and meaning; and she particularly led Harriet to talk more of Mr. Martin, and there was evidently no dislike to it. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Henry Handel Richardson We have it now; don’t let us talk and reason about it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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

He liked to talk to a man of his own stamp, with whom he could argue upon equal terms; but not to a woman who had steeped her mind in the wisdom and poetry of the past. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I hope in the end to make you share, or at any rate respect, this belief, but there is much to talk of before we get to that point. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Thomas Wolfe The real truth of the matter was that she wanted to talk with him, to exchange gossip, and especially to go over the delectable proceedings of the day’s news. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing Mind that Charlotte and Oliver don’t talk to people. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]