Phrases with "taught"

Captain Bloodyer told me that her steps in the country dance reminded him of nothing but a dealer’s horse being taught to step high over bundles of straw in a livery-yard. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Andrew Lang And when the little ones were able to fly from their nest he taught them where to look for the fruits and berries which she loved. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The most lawless pratique felt a lie halt on his lips when the contemptuous glance of his gentleman-comrade taught him that falsehood was poltroonery. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

There yet remains a work to do; he must be taught to mortify, instead of paint, his countenance, and induced to abandon the savage vice of stealing for the Christian virtue of cheating. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

A solemn procession was also ordered round the city, in which the entire army joined, prayers being offered up at every spot which gospel records had taught them to consider as peculiarly sacred. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Had but his Nurse or Mother taught him so. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Tobias Smolle The Spectator taught her to be a critic and philosopher; from plays she learned poetry and wit, and derived her knowledge of life from books of history and adventures. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

My experience has taught me that so much depends on that. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Maria Edgeworth He taught the Gospel rather than the law, And forced himself to drive, but loved to draw. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Handel Richardson A question put, a scrap of gossip retailed by Mary, taught him that Robinson was still a power in the place. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James That partner in general, he knew, that second self, was far from presenting herself in a single type: observation had taught him that she was not inveterately, not necessarily plain. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

William Morris Maybe I taught him something, but ready he was to learn, And had come to our workmen meetings some knowledge of men to learn. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Sinclair Lewis I taught myself to say ‘Yes, sir’ and ‘Yes, ma’am’ perfectly and to take tips just as cheerfully as I’d taken an officer’s pay. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling Sarved in the Queen’s Navy, I have, where yeou’m taught to use your eyes. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

John Galsworthy To-morrow he was going to that great place where they turned out Prime Ministers and bishops and that, where they taught manners — at least he hoped so — and how to despise trade. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Walter Besant However, be it right or wrong, I taught the girl to read; and Jenny, though this I knew not, began to read everything she could find at all times when she was not at work. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Olaf Stapledon Those dockers, for instance, could have taught me a lot, if I had been awake,” He deplored his wasted opportunities, and his ignorance. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

What, would you be such a fool as to be ambitious that your verses should be taught in petty schools? That is not my case. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Henry James In Germany, says Madame Blumenthal, people play at roulette as they play at billiards, and her own venerable mother originally taught her the rules of the game. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Andrew Lang They played the whole day, and Sigurd taught Helga all sorts of games she had never even heard of. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Catherine Helen Spence Our children, as you have seen, are early taught to observe form and color, light and shade, likeness and unlikeness, and to use the pencil and the brush; and if they have any talent, it shows itself. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

John Lewis Burckhard In several parts of the colonnade, public schools are held, where young children are taught to spell and read: they form most noisy groups, and the schoolmaster’s stick is in constant action. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry David Thoreau Nuttall mentions that “The ancients, particularly Aristotle, pretended that the ospreys taught their young to gaze at the sun, and those who were unable to do so were destroyed. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

George Gissing He became aware of the prices of things to eat, and was taught the relative virtues of nutriment. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

You have been taught a lesson here, at any rate, you damned fool,” and, crushing the letter in his hand, he returned into the house. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Anthony Trollope The Murrays, her own people — as far as they were her own people — had been taught to doubt her claim. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hobbes By which it is manifest that an opinion publicly appointed to be taught cannot be heresy; nor the sovereign princes that authorize them, heretics. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Anthony Trollope They are not sufficient, either in intellect or in number; but there are men among us who have taught themselves to believe that the infuriated gin drinker is the true holder of a new gospel. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Barbara Simmons had been taught to do her duty, and she did it without question or complaint. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

She had been taught by a famous French master at a time when dancing was a fine art, and she had all the stately graces and graceful freedoms of the highest school. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He taught his daughter this belief as religiously as he taught her the simple prayers which she said nightly at his knee. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Radclyffe Hall As her brain grew calmer, it seemed to Stephen that her father had taught her all that she knew. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling It was not preached to the crowd,   It was not taught by the State. No man spoke it aloud,   When the English began to hate. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

George Borrow Kiraly is a word derived from the Sclaves; haz, or house, from the Germans, who first taught them to build houses, their original dwellings having been tilted waggons. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

The effects are pleasing to us chiefly because we have been taught to find them pleasing. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope He had thought of it much, and he had almost taught himself to think that it would be better for herself that she should not accept another man’s love so soon. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

W. H. Hudson Old Pascual first put Bruno on a horse and taught him to ride after the flock, and to do a hundred things. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Anthony Trollope All this Mr Palliser taught himself to observe, having been instructed by his foolish uncle in that lesson as to the greasing of the horses’ teeth. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But his wife was his own, and she must be taught to endure his will, and must be made to know that though she was not to be kicked, yet she was to be tormented and ill-used. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jack London I learned the trick, Ed Morrell taught it me, as you shall see. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

William Black To tell you the truth, I never thought I could regret your absence so much, as our various mortifications on the road have often taught me to do. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Algernon Blackwood For stubborn matter turned docile before the stress of this returning life, taught somewhere to be plastic. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The Farmer’s servants rushed up with sticks and pitchforks and soon taught the Ass that Clumsy jesting is no joke. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Thomas Paine Burgoyne might have taught your lordship this knowledge; he has been long a student in the doctrine of chances. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Andrew Lang Auld Andrew Muir taught the song to Hogg’s mother and uncle. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

He has been taught to see nature with an old man’s eyes at once, without going through the embryonic stages. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Edna St. Vincent Millay Aye, ’tis a curious fancy — But all the good I know Was taught me out of two grey eyes A long time ago. Renascence and other poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

George Gissing I did serve him for years, and for next to no payment, but he taught me nothing more than he could help. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing I could have taught boys well, better than I shall ever do anything else. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hughes Ah, I see I shall never do it, unless I go head-over-heels at once, as you said when you taught me to swim. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Henry Adams In essence incoherent and immoral, history had either to be taught as such — or falsified. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

I have been taught to consider her somewhat a disgrace to your excellent and well-managed school. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope But what you have read, in the old plays, for instance, must have taught you that when a man is cut about a woman — which I suppose is your case just at present — he never does get over it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Certainly you’ve taught ME more about it than I knew before. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Walter Scott She felt as those who, loving for the first time, have lost what they loved, before time and repeated calamity have taught them that every loss is to a certain extent reparable or endurable. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing It was very clear that Arthur Golding would never be taught by force. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Rudyard Kipling He was precocious for his age, and his mixing with natives had taught him some of the more bitter truths of life; the meanness and the sordidness of it. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft Many things had taught them secretiveness, and there was no need to exert pressure on them. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

T. E. Lawrence Telesius, taught by some such experience, split up the soul. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope It was the kind of life into which men were led by the fault of those who should have taught them better. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He taught himself how this also was to charge his knowledge of what man could be, and he poured physical desire and mental passion into his determination of life. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

She taught them the first rudiments of French grammar in place of ‘Passez-moi le beurre, s’il vous plait’ and ‘Le fils du jardinier a perdu son chapeau’. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison So he scraped the paint off, and went carefully over every part of the surface — experience had taught him by this that all the holes were of the same sort — and found one diamond. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Maria Edgeworth Lady Leonora may, in his absence, console herself with her august counsellor and mother:— that proudest of earthly paragons is yet to be taught the extent of Olivia’s power. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

She could not help her sense of impropriety; she had always been taught that it was very bad manners to observe anything hi another person’s house, but she could not help looking either. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

George Eliot And through all the years since first the Divine voice called me, while I was yet in the world, I have been taught and guided by visions. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Sir Walter Scott My father, constantly engaged in military duty, I saw but at rare intervals, and was taught to look up to him with more awe than confidence. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Walter Besant Truly, my grandmother might tell you more; but she teaches, the poor old woman, only what her mother taught her. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell It taught her several lessons, which it is good for every woman to learn, whether she is called upon, as daughter, sister, wife, or mother, to contribute to the happiness of a home. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Charles Kingsley I must suppose, however, that the ladies who attend here wish to be taught how to write English better. On English Composition by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling On the Government side of the Border, women are taught to read, and write, and cast accounts, and —— MOTHER [with intention]. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Jack London And I have considered it often, that moonlight night in France of long ago, when I taught the Italian hound quick and brilliant. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells And so now I propose to concentrate the attention of this Section for this meeting on the question of what is taught as fact, that is to say upon the informative side of educational work. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Arnold Bennett Of physical science he had been taught nothing, save a grotesque perversion to the effect that gravity was a force which drew things towards the centre of the earth. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Victor Hugo The Continent had been taught to tremble, peace had been dictated, war declared, the British Ensign raised on every pinnacle. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It is taught just as you would teach the rules of chess or draughts. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Morley The strain that society has undergone since Voltaire's day has taught men to qualify their propositions. Voltaire by John Morley

George Meredith Her father had taught her how to jump, besides the how of many other practical things. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The Indians, therefore, on election-days, were supposed to “go solid” for the candidate in whom they had been taught to see good will. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Andrew Lang Of all Elzevirs the most famous and the most expensive is an old cookery book, “‘Le Pastissier Francois.’ Wherein is taught the way to make all sorts of pastry, useful to all sorts of persons. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

I know nothing beyond what was being taught in the sixties, and that I am glad to say I have mostly forgotten. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Sinclair Lewis I believe he taught English in Harvard for a year. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Ralph Waldo Emerson A man must think that age well taught and thoughtful, by which masques and poems, like those of Ben Jonson, full of heroic sentiment in a manly style, were received with favor. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

That’s what this business has taught me. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

I wanted to be taught rather than to teach. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Henry James She wondered what her sister supposed Miss Steet taught them — whether she had a cheap theory that they were in Latin and algebra. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then it was a serious piece of work to write to Dickon. Mary had been taught very little because her governesses had disliked her too much to stay with her. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They taught me what they knew. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

William Cowper In cities, vice is hidden with most ease, Or seen with least reproach; and virtue, taught By frequent lapse, can hope no triumph there, Beyond the achievement of successful flight. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Arnold Bennett Daniel taught him a lot; turned over the page of life for him, as it were, and, showing the reverse side, seemed to say: “You were missing all that. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

John Morley It was no irony, no literary trope, when he talked of our having taught the American husbandman “piously to believe in the mysterious virtue of wax and parchment. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The Phoenicians taught him the rudiments of shopkeeping; the Romans taught him love of sport by hiring him to fight wild beasts in their arenas. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

They announced that the children would be taught certain branches of learning, and that the whole Bible would be placed in their hands, to be studied and understood. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Sinclair Lewis He taught Jinny her Latin at the age of ten. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins He had borne the burden of a great sorrow among us, in this town, for many weary years, and his conduct had taught us to respect and pity him with all our hearts. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Throughout there is a display of cold artificial feelings, and that parade of sensibility which boys and girls should be taught to despise as the sure mark of a little vain mind. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Philip,’ said she, ‘you taught us. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis Now no one had taught Lulu Bains much physiology; and it was evident that she was making up what she considered sound symptoms. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

But I’ve taught him to mind his manners for a while, anyhow!” And again he addressed his quick grin up to the man on the wharf. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing I went to learn typewriting, and the lady who taught me asked me in the end to stay with her as an assistant. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He taught his children not to confide in idols, and only to conform to the outward worship of them from deference to public opinion. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells These people could work and struggle for loveliness, he knew, for his two rose growers had taught him as much. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

I am engaged to a girl called Miss Garthorne. She is the niece of an old dancing master who taught Maraquito —” “Le Beau?” “The same. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr Benson had sometimes taught the children of different people as an especial favour, when requested by them. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The passion rendered it easier for me to resist ordinary temptation, for it taught me there was a whole gorgeous world in Love’s Kingdom that I had never imagined, much less explored. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Anthony Trollope Absence has taught me much, and it must have taught you something. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The lounging native walk is not the heavy plod taught by the furrow, but has the lurch and the sway of the deck in it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Thomas Wolfe At times he felt that his first book had taught him nothing — not even confidence. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

She taught him to sketch and to paint, and introduced him to AdeIaide’s young society. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

He taught that beliefs by hearsay are not only barren but obstructive; that it is only When half-gods go, the gods arrive. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

E. F. Benson Captain Puffin was being taught a lesson, too, for we are never too old to learn, or, for that matter, to teach. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Henry James She taught me everything herself. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The orbis terrarum has to be taught its business by the more intelligent people. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

It derives from the early training in which a middle-class child is taught almost simultaneously to wash his neck, to be ready to die for his country, and to despise the ‘lower classes’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Adams In the half-century between 1850 and 1900, empires were always falling on one’s head, and, of all lessons, these constant political convulsions taught least. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing Maurice, whom she loved more tenderly, all but taught her to see the cogency of a syllogism — amiably set forth. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy I taught him the dead languages. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

But one story is of special interest because it shows us clearly how Lister, while clinging to a principle, was ready to modify the details of treatment by the lessons which experience taught him. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Meredith The miserable Englishman refused to be taught that his house had ceased to be his castle. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The sons of these miserable creatures are taught to play upon musical instruments for their mothers and sisters to dance by. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Bram Stoker Moreover the events of the last fifteen years of the century had not only begotten daring which depended on promptness, but had taught and fostered desperation. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edith Wharton She had come to her friend to be taught again the lesson of indifference to material things, and instead she was hearing from Grace Fulmer’s lips the long-repressed avowal of their tyranny. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

I have been taught to worship money. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Stephen Lucius Gwynn My only books Were woman’s looks, And folly’s all they’ve taught me. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Thomas Carlyle It taught him another lesson than that of fasts and vigils. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Anthony Trollope According to his views, Lord George must be taught that his wife had her privileges as well as he his. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I doubt very much whether the face can ever be taught to lie as impudently as the tongue. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

They had chosen that comparatively early hour, because Harker’s experience had taught him the police were never at their watchful best until well on towards midnight. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Sinclair Lewis He experimented, he re-experimented, he cursed, he kept Leora out of bed, he taught her to make media, and was ill-pleased by her opinions on agar. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassant It is we (do you see?) who should be taught politeness, and the task would be such a difficult one that Hercules himself would not be equal to it. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope If possible, let the greed of the “publicani” be restrained; but let the ally be taught to understand that there may be usage in the world worse even than Roman taxation. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope Now Mrs. Woodward’s girls had seen very little of their grand-uncle, and what little they had seen had only taught them to laugh at him. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne He taught her to read and to write, and such rapid progress did she make, it might have been said that she learnt by instinct. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let me give you an outline of the sciences as taught by those philosophers. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It cannot be doubted, but that it were for the happiness of the other sex that she were taught more to rely on and act for herself. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton He was no spoilt and self-conscious child, taught to regard himself as clever. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Edmund Burke They have been taught that the circumstance of the Gospel’s being preached to the poor was one of the great tests of its true mission. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Sigmund Freud She had been a mother to them, she had taught them, she had gone for walks with them, she had offered them a complete substitute for the slight interest which their own mother showed in them. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Anthony Trollope He had already taught himself to endeavour to make excuses for her,—though in doing so he always fell back at last on the enormity of her offence. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Adams London taught less freely than of old. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked around his study at his walls lined with books, and he smiled grimly as he realized how little, after all, they had taught him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

He taught them how to carry their lances, that they might not be wrested from their hands by the Indians, who constantly attempted it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Thomas Carlyle Doubtless it were finer, could we go along always in the way of music; be tamed and taught by our Poets, as the rude creatures were by their Orpheus of old. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God. The Merciful taught the Qur’ân; He created man, taught him plain speech. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Anthony Trollope Of course she must be taught how imperative it was that she should help him at once. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I don’t want you to be taught anything worse than you know already. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The university has taught him and equipped him to use his own gifts and powers for his advancement; but the first lesson of business, and the last, is to use other men’s gifts and powers. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

She taught it how to release the flesh from its bondage and revel in the bliss of mere living. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

No unknown person, although wearing the externals of a foreign ambassador, was ever admitted unceremoniously to the presence of Lord Mount Severn. Years of duns had taught the servants caution. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

I taught her,” he repeated, laughing with tears in his eyes. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

I have learnt to suffer, but was never yet taught disguise and hypocrisy; herein will consist my greatest difficulty; I abhor deceit, and yet must not shew the real sentiments of my heart. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Henry Adams Long before history began, his education was complete, for the record could not have been started until he had been taught to record. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Sinclair Lewis She had found his attentions flattering; she had taught him to wear his clothes and his political opinions well; she had met a richer man; and she had got out. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Oh, why aren’t people in our country taught —? But there are beautiful things . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Benjamin Disraeli Art is a great thing, and Science is a great thing; but all that art and science can reveal can be taught by man and by his attributes — his voice, his hand, his eye. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Leon Trotsky We had not taught the Paris radio station the rules of decency only to allow General Niessel to create a subsidiary tower of lies in Moscow. The same day I wrote to Niessel: “1. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Dear soul! I wonder who taught her to be so pure and unselfish, and trusting and faithful? She was a Christian without knowing it. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Oscar Wilde Your picture has taught me that. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Maria Edgeworth The bird wakened from his sleep to be taught a tune sung to him in the dark, and left to sleep again — the impression rests buried within him, and weeks afterward he comes out with the tune perfect. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Adams Before the end, one began to pray to it; inherited instinct taught the natural expression of man before silent and infinite force. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Thomas Hardy I used to walk up there from Cresscombe every day, because we had only a mistress down at our place, and you taught better. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling This taught the young officers how to handle men, and did not do the enemy much harm. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

If they could only have had the privilege of reading this fable, it would have taught them more than either. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Reading, writing, arithmetic, all a little less rather than more well taught and mastered than formerly. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Worst of all, I’ve taught from a thousand platforms that a man may be a notorious sinner one minute and a child of Christ the next. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Edith Wharton He was quick at picking up tricks of language and technique; and his reading had taught him what Frenside had meant by saying he was at the sedulous age. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins I can black your boots, and brush your clothes, and keep your room tidy — and I will try hard to learn, if you will have me taught to cook. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Andrew Lang Of Jendeus de Brie it is said that “he wrote the poem, kept it very carefully, taught it to no man, made much gain out of it in Sicily where he sojourned, and left it to his son when he died. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

For one thing he had been taught to pause, ie. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Rudyard Kipling Haven’t we taught you a lot?” “Yes — yes!” “He says we’ve taught him a lot. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing Long musing had taught him the rashness of his youthful endeavours to live largely; he was now aware that his talents must ally themselves with patience, with a careful scrutiny of possibilities. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Carlyle taught pretty much the same thing, at bottom; but his humour and his puritanism made the effect different. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell She taught Molly to read and write, but tried honestly to keep her back in every other branch of education. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

In Ireland warlike mortals have gone amongst them, and helped them in their battles, and they in turn have taught men great skill with herbs, and permitted some few to hear their tunes. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Rudyard Kipling He could have taught them nothing new, but they enjoyed the exhibition. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Experience with hospital nurses had taught him which kind of a woman could be relied on in an emergency and which could not. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

But Miss Longnecker, the tall blonde who taught in a public school and said, “Well, really!” to everything you said, sat on the top step and sniffed. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle I taught her to call me Etienne, and I tried to cheer her up, for her sweet face was sad and there were tears in her beautiful dark eyes. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

D. H. Lawrence And he taught them MUSIC, the delicacy of the feel of it. Rawdon’s Roof by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Olaf Stapledon Almost invariably they applauded the things they had been taught to revile. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing It meant only a shilling or two, but retail trade had taught him the importance of shillings. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling De Aquila said he would sooner a clerk, however false, that knew the Manor-roll than a fool, however true, that must be taught his work afresh. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

And this experience taught me something else; if I repeated any lesson just before going to sleep, I knew it perfectly next morning; the mind, it seems, works even during unconsciousness. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

T. E. Lawrence However, the Zaagi’s shrill whip-strokes were too cruel for my taught imagination, and I stopped him before he was well warmed. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence And then, to be taught to ride a bicycle by Albert Witham! Her very soul stood still. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather She had been taught according to the old Stuttgart method; stiff back, stiff elbows, a very formal position of the hands. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He established a night-school in which the children were taught their alphabet and rudimentary spelling. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

George Gissing I taught myself to read Italian; that was something. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Would ye even a beast to a man?” “Come, Reicht,” said Margaret, “my poor father taught me overmuch, So I will e’en sit here, and look at the manse once more. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope If the means at our disposal are less than I have been taught to believe, I at any rate will not complain. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard There they are taught to read and write, and to learn by heart as much of the Koran and of some other prayer books, as their memory can retain. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins He had been taught (I suppose) to sit up on his hind-legs and beg for food; at any rate, that was his way of asking me for more. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope She herself was a good woman — a sincere, honest, hardworking, self-denying woman; a woman who struggled hard to do her duty as she believed it had been taught to her. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He taught me, he comforted me, he rescued me from the abyss of wretchedness into which I had fallen. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The final, the fundamental lesson could only be taught in the school chapel; in the school chapel the centre of Dr. Arnold’s system of education was inevitably fixed. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Like Burne-Jones he had gone up to Oxford intending to take Holy Orders in the Church of England; but the last three years had taught him that his interest lay elsewhere. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Wilkie Collins He wore a kilt, and played the pipes; he taught me to dance, and dressed me up like a Scotch girl. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

It was well for the son of the Ard-Ri’ that he had been beloved by the poets and magicians of his land, and that they had taught him all that was known of shape-changing and words of power. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

George Gissing This taught him that Irene had more social importance than he guessed; her marriage would be something of an event. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Isabella Bird The work of the mission is not confined to the city of Urmi. Among the villages of the plain there are eighty-four schools, taught chiefly in Syriac, seven of which are for girls only. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]