Phrases with "talked"

H. G. Wells Ever since we talked in the lane and went through that Balch deluge I have been turning over that notion of yours of people being fundamentally alike. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He ate and talked and drank that night to all appearance just as he would have done a week or a month ago. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope Scatcherd had many companions at school who were glad enough to go up to Maidenhead with him his boat; but there was not one among them who would have talked to him of his sister. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald We talked about you last time. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Haven’t we been friends ever since we were children? Of course it will be a great pride to me that a person whom I have known so intimately should come to be talked about as a great man. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence When rather drunk, he talked charmingly and amusingly — oh, most charmingly. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Miss Pollingray sat and talked to me of her brother, and of her nephew—for whom it is that Mr. Pollingray is beginning to receive company, and is going into society. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Anthony Trollope He talked chiefly to Fenwick, and when they went in to tea did not take a place on the sofa beside Mary. But after a while he said something which told them all of his love. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing We talked it all over when he was here. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Steele Rudd Then Dad smiled, and we sat to supper and talked about bears. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

When I talked about the cracks to my brother he said that perhaps the ceiling would give way and fall on our heads. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Washington Irving You talked of being my only brother: I don’t understand you. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

George Meredith I shouldn’t have been frightened, but you talked with such a twang. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Do you know, Nancy, that you’ve done what thousands of priests and scientists have talked about? This is the end of the world. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Wilkie Collins What style?” We dropped into general conversation, or rather, Mr. Gilmore talked and I listened. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Some of them were resigned — some of them cared like the devil, but they’d talked it over, argued it with lawyers and couldn’t see any possible loophole. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton He talked a little more about his private hobby of heraldry. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Thomas Wolfe The better life which they talked about resolved itself into a few sterile and baffled gestures. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope Had you a child you would have talked about him, Phineas. I should have loved my baby better than all the world, but I should have been silent about him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

At last we talked it out to the practical pitch, and Crupp and Shoesmith, and I and Gane, made our definite agreement together. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The door was always shut and they talked very quietly. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope I know how much there is to do that will be very hard in doing before any,—any other arrangement can be talked about. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The captain immediately asked for the mayor of the district and remained at the mill after having talked with Pere Merlier. The sun rose gaily that morning. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Algernon Blackwood It was old Punk, who had moved up from his lean-to while they talked and now stood there just beyond the circle of firelight — listening. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

George Meredith He heard them, he talked to them, caressed them; he flung them off, and ran from them, and stood vanquished for them to mount him again and swarm on him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope People are beginning to think that it must be off, because it has been talked of so long. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

She came, and they talked together. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

He talked of general subjects, and gave me ideas I had never before conceived. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

He talked himself into a passion, and said some stinging things. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Anthony Trollope No man likes to be talked out of his marriage by his mother, and especially not so when the talking takes the shape of threats. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

People in the village talked of him, and envied him so good a berth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Meg was wistful and ill at ease; the father talked to her and made much of her; the mother did not care for her much. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton She had never even seen him talking to a friend, except once to Captain Pierce, when they talked about astronomy. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Since breakfast the three had talked of nothing else, and from the very first Mrs. Bunting had said that Daisy ought to go—that there was no doubt about it, that it did not admit of discussion. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

O’Brien was a person who could be talked to. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Mrs Parker talked daily about the business now that her mouth had been opened, and was very clearly of the opinion that it was not a good business. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Adela sat among the other girls, taking even less share in the conversation than they did; and Arthur, though he talked as became the master of the house, talked but little to her. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry James But she hasn’t talked of late. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Ford Madox Ford On the other hand, Mr. Schatzweiler talked of fantastic prices. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

When he talked with me ten days later he had been in hospital a week, was very thin and pale, and went on crutches, and was dressed in borrowed clothing. Memories and Studies by William James

He talked apart with the captain for a time, — seemed to argue with him. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

We talked and talked, but could make nothing of it. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Anthony Trollope Martin was very shy about it: it was long before he talked about it as his house, or his ground, or his farm; and it was long before he could find himself quite at home in his own parlour. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

O God, had all his glorification of her been the vain boasting of a fool who had not known what he talked about? He was answerable to the world for the past as well as for the present. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

For some time we talked on commonplace subjects, while I stroked our old cat and tried to make up my mind to broach the matter that was uppermost in my mind. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne perched herself on a block and talked the concert over with him, sure of an appreciative and sympathetic listener in this instance at least. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And this tall, fair, wonderful person was a Mother. No wonder Donal talked of her so much. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The day came when we talked of Robert; it was bound to come in the progress of any understanding and affectionate colloquy which had his wife for inspiration. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Edith Wharton She talked a great deal of what was appropriate in dress and conduct, and seemed to regard Mrs. Newell as a final arbiter on both points. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Rudyard Kipling So, naturally, instead of questioning the future at the pleasant meal, we talked of the past. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Theodore Dreiser He loved to talk, when he talked at all, of shoe manufacturing, the development of lasts and styles. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope But the archdeacon would not be talked over; he spoke much of his conscience and declared that, if Mrs. Grantly would not do it, he would. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell She had taken a great fancy to me, because she said I talked so agreeably. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Mrs. Gaskell We talked it over, and could not understand it, and she bade me go and seek my father, and ask what it was all about. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

But Cecily was twenty-one, Cecily who sat stolidly finishing her lunch while Dacres Tottenham talked about Akbar and his philosophy. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Some I talked to, an’ some I did not, but before night the bhoys av the Tyrone stud to attention, begad, if I sucked on my poipe above a whishper. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Anthony Trollope A man’s wife should be talked about by no one. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Most of the visit was preamble; Miss Martin talked at length of her own affairs, assuming, with disarming candour, that they interested other people as much as herself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It is true that he talked to her more of money than anything else; but then it was her money of which he talked, and he did it with an interest that could not but flatter her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope And there was a general silence, there being now a feeling among them that Arabella Trefoil was not to be talked about in the old way before Mounser Green. At last he spoke himself. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The Church talked about her soul, about the welfare of mankind, as if the saving of her soul lay in her performing certain acts conducive to the welfare of mankind. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

She is talked of as admired and followed by the Earl of D— . Lodore by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling Good-bye — good luck to you! But ’twasn’t merely this an’ that (which all the world may know), ’Twas how you talked an’ looked at things which made us like you so. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Leonard talked back as if he had known him all his life, till, I think, Mr Bradshaw thought he was making too much noise, and bid him remember he ought to be seen, not heard. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was one thing more to be said, was there not, brother Jeremiah? We do not wish to have this talked over in Monkshaven until shortly before the time when yo’ must enter on the business. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

He sat by the fire while she made toast and they talked of the absent two and of her other children and of neighbours and friends. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

You have brought forward the fact that I talked of going South in connection with this affair, and I wish to know what you mean by it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

A quartermaster, one of the saved in the way of duty, with whom I talked a month or so afterwards, told me that they pulled up to the spot, but could neither see a head nor hear the faintest cry. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Maria Edgeworth Sir Ulick talked away indeed; but even he was not half so entertaining as usual, because he was forced to bring down his wit and humour to court quality. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James Then he talked constantly of you. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He talked a lot, swinging his arms about — seemed to explain things — pointed at my house, then down the reach. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

He talked to her in his restrained voice, gazing at the tip of her shoe, and thinking that the time was bound to come soon when her very inattention would get weary of him. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Edith Wharton She talked in the most amazing way. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

H.P. Lovecraft Sometimes he talked rationally, but always on trivial topics. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

And as we ate we talked of many things — chiefly of the war and of the wickedness of the world. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He took Gordon into his confidence, talked of conditions in the trade, and boasted with much chuckling of his own astuteness. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Gissing They talked for an hour, then it was time for Adela to hasten homewards, in order to have dinner ready by half-past one. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Teddy Butson, for instance, talked all the time until his tongue swelled, and then he barked like a dog. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

H. G. Wells Everyone talked freely and it is not for me to document what was said by this individual or that. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling It seemed most improper to all present that Dirkovitch should sip brandy as he talked in purring, spitting Russian to the creature who answered so feebly and with such evident dread. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James She mentioned none of her friends by name, but she talked of their character, their houses, their manners, taking for granted, as before, that Hyacinth would always follow. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Henry James He talked a bit outside with the doctor from Poitiers, and then they came in to see the marquis together. The American by Henry James [1877]

At last he had the talk altogether to himself; no one else talked, and he talked unceasingly. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Gissing If you had talked so to me alone, it wouldn’t have mattered. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Gaston Leroux She talked to him rapidly and mostly in a low voice. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

They talked of her lost brother George. She spoke of him in a very melancholy tone this evening. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassant He talked on convincingly, dispelling all hesitation by words and gesture. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

George Gissing He talked about it not like the ordinary business man, but as a scholar might who had very thoroughly got up the subject. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally he lit his pipe, and sitting in the inglenook of the old village inn he talked slowly and at random about his case, rather as one who thinks aloud than as one who makes a considered statement. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

I talked with him for some five minutes perhaps. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith For we might tell of one another, in a fit of distraction, that t’ other one talked of it, and we should be banished for an offence against propriety. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

It shall be a secret between you and me, and she won’t know but what it was her lover she talked to, after all. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Jane Austen Mrs. Weston, I am not to be talked out of my dislike of Harriet Smith, or my dread of its doing them both harm. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Thomas Hardy I was lonely; I talked — well, I trifled with him. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells He talked eagerly to Benham’s silence. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

He talked often with great and excited incoherence, then for many days he would be quite sensible and coherent, then for days silent. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Nothing that they had ever talked of together was now in his mind: he was wrapped from her by interests and responsibilities in which it was deemed such as she could have no part. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing He talked impatiently, all the time absorbed in another subject; and at the first pause he took his leave. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing When his hostess talked of her son, he plainly gave no heed; his replies were mechanical. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Maria Edgeworth In a frank, open-hearted manner, he talked of his former tyrannical nature, and blamed himself for our schoolboy quarrel. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett He was a poet as he talked of the boarding-house that awaited a mistress. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

They talked about Shakespeare. The conversation tailed off into a long discussion about the meaning of Hamlet. It was very dull. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence And the tall man had talked to him bitterly. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It seems strange you should not remember that venerable and kind old farmer whom you talked with so long that day. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He talked to him the day before his death, but denies hearing any mention of that £300. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Thomas Hardy These starts and frights continued till noon; and when the doctor had arrived and had seen her, and had talked with Mrs. Melbury, he sat down and meditated. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He had been so told in very strong language by Mr. Scarborough of Tretton, and Mr. Scarborough of Tretton was a man of very large property, and much talked about in the world. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

In the candlelight as he stood and talked to his brother, David could see him clearly. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

D. H. Lawrence When Anton talked to her, and seemed insidiously to suggest himself as a husband to her, she knew how utterly locked out he was. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe They talked for some time in a strain of high conviviality, and recounted in exultation many of their exploits. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

The Duke talked well, but on occasion Stephen talked better. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

George Gissing The simple and kindly lady talked as usual, but Will, nervously observant, felt sure that she was not quite at her ease. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Kate Chopin What had they talked about? Chiefly about his prospects in Mexico, which Mr. Pontellier thought were promising. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim They cleared everything up, and then sat and talked over the cigarette which she had insisted upon. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells We talked as I suppose dead souls might talk of the world that had once been real. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells She said things of incredible intimacy about herself, and she said them as though she talked of strange happenings in a distant planet. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith I remember she talked of you when I had her for a partner. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Madame Goujet talked gravely, wearing her black dress as usual and her white face framed in her nun-like coif. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

William Black It was largely talked about, naturally, among Goldsmith’s friends; and Johnson would scarcely suffer any criticism of it. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Captain Arthur left files of Boston papers for Captain Thompson, which, after they had been read and talked over in the cabin, I procured from my friend the third mate. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Fanny Fern The editor of “The Pilgrim” talked largely. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells For the first time he talked of his work to her, and gave her some intimation of its scope and quality. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

D. H. Lawrence The two men talked to the cockatoos, fascinated and amused, for a quarter of an hour. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

His hands hovered above it; and he talked to us ironically, but his face became as grave as though he were pronouncing a powerful incantation over the things inside. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

And Maroola, now the bargain was struck and there was no more business to be talked over, evidently did not care for the white man’s company. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Fairford talked so well that the girl wondered why Mrs. Heeny had found her lacking in conversation. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Thomas Hardy The patient’s ailment was not such as to require much thought, and they talked together on indifferent subjects. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather Men talked about the particular regiment they were jealous of, or the favoured division that was put in for all the show fighting. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

You’ve talked to him so tactfully and I know he wouldn’t have let anyone else speak about her — not even to mention her name. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Mrs. Bretton talked in little fond phrases as she chafed the child’s hands, arms, and feet; first she was considered with a wistful gaze, but soon a smile answered her. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Algernon Blackwood We had some supper together, a bowl of bread and milk the man brought in, and we talked of the intervening years as naturally as might be — but for this phraseology he favoured. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing As his wont was, he talked over the question exhaustively with his sister, Mrs. Poole. The latter for a time refused to converse on the subject at all. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Rudyard Kipling And Messua cried, and Buldeo embroidered the story of his adventures in the jungle, till he ended by saying that Akela stood up on his hind legs and talked like a man. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

George Gissing She talked freely and with just the same friendliness as before. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins The suggestion produced not the slightest effect; Amelius talked as if he was a confirmed recluse, in the decline of life. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Helen Zimmern She talked to her, drew her out, plied her with anecdotes of her own experiences in life, and gave her the benefit of her riper wisdom. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Edgar Allan Poe I talked more quickly — more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe [1843]

George Meredith They talked of it as if they could have pardoned her a younger lover. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

There has been nothing but convict discipline talked since. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells He relied on me more and more and talked with me more and more frequently. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Willa Cather They talked very much like this all evening; or, rather, Mr. Dillon talked, and Mr. Trueman made an occasional observation. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Edith Wharton I can’t speak more definitely, because I’ve been with you so little lately, and it’s so long since you’ve talked to me of your work. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

She might be robbed and ruined, her house might crumble over her head; but she talked on. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Sinclair Lewis He told her that they went skiing in winter and picnicking in summer; he hinted how simply and frankly they talked at dinners. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton She talked on and on in the same half scared yet obstinate tone. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells He spoke of failures and successes, talked of statesmen and administrators, peerages and Westminster Abbey. “Nelson,” he said, “was once a clergyman’s son like you. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry James He’s tremendously interesting about it, Peter,” Biddy declared; “has talked to me wonderfully — has won me over. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. G. Wells How little we’ve talked since our marriage! How little we’ve talked! And I always dreamt of talking to you. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

If he keeps this thing up much longer, it’s going to be talked about. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

M. P. Shiel Now he set to dig with hissing haste; and, even as he hissed and digged, he talked without pause, envenomed, heaping her sanctity with insult: “Old cat you. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Gissing Isabel talked to her quietly, and saw that she ate something, then sat by her, holding the girl’s hands. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith He talked of Roland and Roland, his affection for him as a brother and as a friend, and Roland’s love of them both. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D. H. Lawrence That evening she talked to Mary of the visit. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard I hope that she has not bored you, and that old Pigott hasn’t talked your head off. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Jack London I talked a great deal, and enthusiastically, as a hero-worshipper might talk, and it was obvious that he was my hero. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Gilfillan It is said that Bentley, when he read the pamphlet, cried, “’Tis an impudent dog, but I talked against his Homer, and the portentous cub never forgives. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

Abraham Merri They had every kind of drum-drums that would make trees fall, drums that brought sleep, drums that drove to madness, drums that talked and thunder drums. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Benjamin Disraeli They talked with open heart and tongue, Affectionate and true, A pair of friends. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Rudyard Kipling I protest to you I wasn’t frightened like I was when Big Hand talked to his gentlemen. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Rudyard Kipling He talked also on occasion like a Maxim articulate, and my father almost as swiftly, each explaining and comparing the ends and aims of his government. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

H. G. Wells I remember, too, that as he talked I would find my aunt watching my face as if to check the soundness of his talk by my expression. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

She talked never of herself — always of others. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And it was all so alive that Mary talked more than she had ever talked before — and Colin both talked and listened as he had never done either before. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

I did a trade, I tell you! He thought they talked an awful lot of sense, those fellows — from the English point of view. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

But now, who was to find Nash? How could the executors let him know of his good luck? The Squire, who was one of them, talked of nothing else. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

H. G. Wells He thought of gaiters though he talked of wings. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells The obvious was already fighting for life in him — and losing, when he talked just now. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

George MacDonald I opened them again, and we talked and laughed together for quite another hour. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry James She has told me many times — she has talked lots to me about it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry Kingsley Yes, he has often talked to me about soldiering. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Gissing It would be natural to say—” “I owe him a visit,” remarked Will. They talked of other things. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing Whilst Sidney and Jane talked merrily over the tea-table the old man was thinking. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Papa talked pleasantly and to the point. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne Ah, Mac-Nab, you little knew how you wrung the heart of your master when you talked in that strain! The manufacture of winter garments was not neglected in the factory. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton I never noticed anything, I am ashamed to say, except that he talked through his nose, and didn’t wash himself particularly. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Louisa May Alcott The plan was talked over in a family council and agreed upon, for Mrs. Kirke gladly accepted Jo, and promised to make a pleasant home for her. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Daniel Defoe I talked to it, and it prattled to me again, and I took it by the hand and led it along till I came to a paved alley that goes into Bartholomew Close, and I led it in there. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

George Meredith And now I must go and be talked to by Dr. Middleton. How does he take it? They leave?” “He is perfectly well,” said Willoughby, aloud, quite distraught. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Gissing Two o’clock; three o’clock; — he would have talked till breakfast-time, but at last Earwaker declared that the hour had come for sleep. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle He shook his head and talked about the possibility of delirium tremens, or even of mania, if he continued to lead such a life. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

You are much talked of here, and much expected, as soon as the peace will let you. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Mr. Smithson had never talked to her of his parliamentary duties; and it was a new thing for her to hear that he had some kind of influence in public affairs. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Willa Cather Nobody who had seen service talked about the war, or thought about it; it was merely a condition under which they lived. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing It isn’t such a small place that everybody living there is noticed and talked of. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Willa Cather Mrs. Voigt beckoned Claude off to the end of the counter, where, after she had served her customers, she sat down and talked to him, in whispers. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Andrew Lang They had two children, a son and a daughter, whom they loved very much, and, like parents in other countries, they often talked of the fine marriages the young people would make some day. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley They talked about their horses and their business quite naturally. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry James The Doctor talked to him very little during dinner; but he observed him attentively, and after the ladies had gone out he pushed him the wine and asked him several questions. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Radclyffe Hall They talked fast, very fast, they gesticulated: ‘C’est la guerre! C’est la guerre!’ they kept repeating. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

E. Nesbi He talked to Peter on the way back. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George Meredith Redworth talked of general affairs, without those consolatory efforts, useless between men, which are neither medicine nor good honest water:—he judged by personal feelings. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. G. Wells He talked to strange people about their host. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anton Chekhov If other people talked in his presence, he suffered from a feeling like jealousy. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Nathaniel Hawthorne The reader, if he think it worth while to recall some of the strange incidents which have been talked of, and forgotten, within no long time past, will remember Miriam’s name. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Thomas Hardy He talked loud to the company. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

I could see Aileen watching him when he talked to this lady and that, and sometimes she looked as if she didn’t enjoy it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

T. E. Lawrence While we talked the roasted coffee was dropped with three grains of cardamom into the mortar. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Meanwhile, we talked around him on such topics as were suggested by the discourse. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Henry James She talked of places, of people and even, as the phrase is, of “subjects”; and from time to time she talked of their kind old host and of the prospect of his recovery. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

She didn’t know whether she could describe it, but Mr. Tottenham was different from the kind of man you seemed to meet in India. He had his own ways of looking at things, and he talked so well. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]