Phrases with "than"

Nikolai Gogol More than one handkerchief have I wet with burning tears. St John’s Eve by Nikolai Gogol

Her voice was low, yet distinct, her manner calm, her language restrained, her bearing judicial rather than argumentative. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

H. G. Wells Should an aristocrat be deterred by the fear of smashing people up? If it is a selfish fear of smashing people up, if it is nerves rather than pity? At any rate it did not come to the car. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Thomas Hardy More than this, to undo the scene of last night was impossible. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Again and again in the long watches of a wakeful night, Blanche had-assured herself that what she had seen was no more real than is a vivid dream. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Olaf Stapledon The Empires had murdered something nobler than themselves. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

And then men are much more complex than women, much more difficult, too. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

He stood over it for a minute or two, rubbing his slender hands at the blaze: since he left the West Indies he had felt the cold more keenly than formerly. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Olaf Stapledon Out of their age-long stress and fluctuating battle must spring at last a thing seemingly impossible, seemingly irrational, something wore stupendously miraculous than any orthodox miracle. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Arthur Wells knew Black Rock Creek thoroughly, having hunted there more than once. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Charles Stur The expense of the voyage is certainly greater than that of a passage to the Canadas, or to the United States, but it is to be hoped that the means of transport will soon be at their command. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Andrew Lang There were three earthquakes, each worse than the other, and the last flung the boy from one wall of the barn to the other, but then everything suddenly became still as death. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett Aribert looked at Racksole, and they both looked at Prince Eugen. The latter’s face was flushed, and Racksole observed that the left pupil was more dilated than the right. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Henry James Nothing more vexatious had ever happened to me than to become aware before Corvick’s arrival in England that I shouldn’t be there to put him through. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Miles Franklin Did my mother understand me, she would know that I am capable of more depths of agony and more exquisite heights of joy in one day than Gertie will experience in her whole life. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Arthur Conan Doyle What could there be in that leather bag which needed such secrecy and precaution! Had I but known it, I would sooner have put my left hand in the fire than have pursued that inquiry. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing I shall go to Paris myself, and be there while you are, but you need see no more of me than you like. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

He had spoken for longer than five hours, and it being nearly 5 o’clock the Court rose until the following day. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Watkin Tench The women are proportionally smaller than the men. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Olive Schreiner For those of us who have a ground of knowledge which we cannot transmit to outsiders, it is perhaps more profitable to act fearlessly than to argue. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

But go your ways, mother, for you are wiser than me. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Yes; deny it if you will, my father loved you better than he did me. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Gaskell He had expected nothing less than a consent, reluctant it might be, but still a consent; and he was extremely irritated. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Charles Dickens I never loved him better, Grace, than when he left this very scene upon this very day. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

And they have also diverse clothing and shape to look on than other folk have; for they wrap their heads in red linen cloth, in difference from others. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Sir Walter Scott They have had mair light than comfort at the Heugh-foot this morning; there’s a toom byre and a wide, and a wail and a cry for the bonny bride. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle The assistant found the matter less dull than most which he handled, and a smile spread itself occasionally over his fat face. The Parish Magazine by Arthur Conan Doyle [1930]

Rather than a courtroom, indeed, this might have been the drawing-room of some wealthy woman with a penchant for the outre in decorative effects. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Fanny Fern Yes, my dear madam; but, better pay the shoe-maker’s than the doctor’s bill; better seek health in hunting live flowers, than ruin it by manufacturing those German worsted abortions. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Andrew Lang His popularity is undisputed, but his admirer in the piece, Gullio, is a vapouring ignoramus, who pretends to have been at the University of Padua, but knows no more Latin than many modern critics. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Henry James One evening when I had been sitting with her longer than usual I laid my hand firmly on her arm. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

A pawnbroker from Alcester had opened a branch establishment here—which had set the world gaping more than they would at a wild-beast show. Jellico’s Pack by Ellen Wood [1869]

Sinclair Lewis He found when he came into the warm house that he was hazier than he had believed. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather He gave two of her sisters positions as saleswomen, but Ruby he established in an apartment on Waverly Place. “To the outside world Stein became more mysterious in his behaviour than ever. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Wilkie Collins I wonder why I am saying all this? Because I like you? I don’t know that I like you any better than you like me. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

To eyes sand-tortured and sun-weary, the vista before them seemed hardly less blessed than paradise. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

As such, it might, with all its defects, be, on account of its peace-conferring power and its formal grandeur, more rational than anything else in the field. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle This person appears to have been none other than Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman, who, with his brother, has only recently emerged from a five years’ spell of penal servitude. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Yet it remains true that he has far more interest in the common soldier, far more anxiety that he shall get a fair deal, than most of the ‘liberals’ of his day or our own. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Wilkie Collins More than once he looked impatiently toward the door, and he never even noticed the last new devotional publications laid invitingly on the table. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

I doubt very much if ever there was more fuss made over an act of common humanity than that made by the passengers of the Fiji Princess over mine. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Anne Bronte Being too much unhinged for any steady occupation, I wandered about with a book in my hand for several hours, more thinking than reading, for I had many things to think about. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Andrew Lang No sooner had he said this than he shook himself, and immediately became a handsome youth, but the next morning he was forced to creep back again into his crab-shell. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nor will you find them often in the Oxford streets or the lanes about Oseney. But elsewhere they are thicker than crows on a March ploughland. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

His shrieks, crescendo in approach and diminuendo in recession, made the rapidity of his revolution more obvious to the ear than to the eye. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

She was not less preferable than she had been for long to the real Adela, but she was less preferable now than his unimaged dream. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He was standing near an old dial, where he had more than once seen Eva and me together. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather Probably she had found no more than another; but she had always the power of suggesting things much lovelier than herself, as the perfume of a single flower may call up the whole sweetness of spring. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Anatole France She thought he had a charming imagination, a mind richer than all those that had been revealed to her, and an attraction which she no longer tried to resist. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

G. K. Chesterton Deeper than all these lies a man’s vision of himself, as swaggering and sentimental as a penny novelette. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope Few men, I fancy, are more constant to their homes than I am. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

He is miles worse than he was when we found him. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Cleverer than I thought!” And Sanger grinned. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Charles Dickens But in a poorer, meaner garret than before; and with no Lilian by her side. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

D. H. Lawrence Their scent, as she smelled it, was so much kinder than he; it almost made her cry. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Samuel Johnson I was, however, less delighted with the elegance of the modern mansion, than with the sullen dignity of the old castle. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Frances Hodgson Burnett She never says more to me than civility demands. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The ‘weiksa’ (now far away, peddling the philosopher’s stone to innocent villagers in Martaban) had perhaps done his job a little better than he intended. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edith Wharton He is so much stronger than his father — he is full of the most monstrous convictions. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Anatole France They know that nothing is less common than sacrifice among them. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson We’d known each other since she wasn’t much bigger than you — long before she ever met your Pa, that was. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

He managed this business better than could possibly have been expected of a man in his impassioned mood. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson Speaking generally, there is no vice of this kind more contemptible than another; for each is but a result and outward sign of a soul tragically ship-wrecked. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

He was profoundly disquieted, but for another reason than the uncanny silence of that moonlight march. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Great spaces of sunshine were everywhere, and everywhere there were deep wells of shadow; and the one did not seem more beautiful than the other. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Ford Madox Ford There were battalions worse off than they. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

She was no more ill than I was. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins The steward, soon afterward, dismissed all the servants, and the house was left empty for more than a year. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Guy de Maupassan He was fatter than ever, and panted quite as much as the baroness. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

So there sat Mrs. Knox before the table in an old dressing-gown, and her black hair more dishevelled than a mop. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

The one exception was Hubert. Soon to lose him, Captain Monk made more of his son than he had ever done, and seemed to like to talk with him. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Edith Wharton The library probably did not contain more than seven or eight hundred volumes. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Abraham Merri And if it does not come, the people will know that they have been taught lies, and will go to see whether what is beyond be not fairer, happier, than here. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Any Spaniard would understand the internal situation better than that. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Anthony Trollope Is not a Christian’s love better than a Jew’s?” “Because I do not love you. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

To some, the Bell-and-Clapper bar-room presents no more attraction than the Bell-and-Clapper Church by its side; or any other of such rooms, either. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

E. Nesbi Then in the surgery Peter had a better chance than he had ever had of examining the Doctor’s balance, and his microscope, and his scales and measuring glasses. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George MacDonald For Diamond’s face was always rather pale, and now it was paler than usual with sleeplessness, and the light of the street-lamp upon it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Ford Madox Ford Or perhaps Wannop was an older friend than me . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Abraham Merri But it was Marakinoff who found his voice first, and I marvelled at the fluency, so much greater than mine, with which he spoke. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Watkin Tench I had at this time a little boy, of not more than seven years of age, in my hand. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Kate Chopin In fact, there were more of that size than any other. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Andrew Lang And as he watched, he noticed one girl, dressed in white with scarlet pomegranates in her hair, who seemed to him lovelier than all the rest. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Breakfast was an hour later than usual, and after breakfast there was a ceremony which was observed every week without fail. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Gustave Flauber Then he would turn away sadder than before; he would feel himself more forsaken, more empty, more alone. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Henry Handel Richardson He just MOONED about, kicking things with his feet, and feeling more mis’rable than he’d believed he ever could any more (after Mamma dying. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

If so, nothing was more natural and comforting than to charge him with the failing that he had detected in her. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

But don’t use any more force than you can help. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

D. H. Lawrence With her black hair drawn back from her low, honest brow, she looked little more than a girl, like a girl driven hard with womanhood by stress of life. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

The Buddist looks upon identity as existing in the soul alone, and the body as no more constituting identity, than the clothes he puts on or takes off. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The prospects of independent research were not a whit better than before. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Dickens is ‘only a caricaturist’— that is the usual accusation, and it does him both more and less than justice. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Andrew Lang When the man came back he found the girl looking so much prettier and fatter than when he had left her, that he insisted that they should be married on the spot. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy When the youngest of the trio had made the pair acquainted with each other she left them to talk to a younger man than the sculptor. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Charles Dickens One day, however — it was near the end of November — Bessy had had a good deal to bear that seemed more than usually unreasonable on behalf of her uncle. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Henry James She was weaker; at moments it seemed as if she had no strength at all; yet more than ever before she wished to be left alone. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Andrew Lang The body could much more easily be removed, perhaps by water, from the Savoy, than from the guarded gates of Somerset House. Oates knew the Savoy, and said falsely that he had met Coleman there. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

George Berkeley Qu. Whether money, more than is expedient for those purposes, be not upon the whole hurtful rather than beneficial to a State? 123. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Henry James The Master’s sole regret that he hadn’t been born rather to the brush than to the chisel sprang from his wish that he might have contributed to that collection. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson He had more need of the emoluments than another, it was explained; and it was easy for him to “depytize,” with a strong accent on the last. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I could propose no better place, at the moment, than the spring in Fordwitch Wood. She consented to meet me there, on the next day, if seven o’clock in the morning would not be too early for me. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

We love the realities, and for this reason we look at the life of a man rather than his profession for proof that he is a religious man. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

I saw him and found him more good-looking than the photograph. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle But fancy travelling all the way from America to see the pyramid, and then finding nothing better to do than to kick an Arab in front of it!” The Oxford man laughed in his gentle, tired fashion. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

As she suggested, I neither accepted nor declined her offer there and then; it was one which needed consideration from more points than one. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were a few streaks of grey in his hair, and the flesh under his eyes seemed to have coarsened a little, so that they were narrower than ever. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

William Henry Bragg The results at once justified the hypothesis, for they showed that while the chamber was yet more than 7 cm. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle It could be done! it could be done!” His moustaches bristled out more like a cat’s than ever, and I could see by the flash of his eyes that he was carried away by his dream. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry James Waterville sat down with Mrs. Headway on the straw-bottomed chairs and she presently said: “I like this — it’s even better than the pictures in the gallery. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Theodore Dreiser By George, he would have to explain this to Hurstwood. Such a chance half-hour with an old friend must not have anything more attached to it than it really warranted. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope During the speech which Mr. O’Malley had made on his behalf, he had brightened up, and looked more cheerful than he had done for many months. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

That a man turns out better than you expected is no reason why you such not be annoyed that your conception of him is shattered. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Miss Black was older than her brother, and had already acquired that acerb precision which lies in wait with such frequent success for middle-aged spinsters and bachelors. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Never was strict truth better expressed in a political instrument than in the preamble of the first Union Treaty (1413). Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling When Mr. Martin took the applause to himself, they naturally applauded more than ever. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James She was always more yours than mine. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Such people don’t go fishing, any more than stockbrokers go out picking primroses. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

There will be visitors most likely to the island, and then we may find these visitors easier to deal with than the gentlemen we have already seen. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle More in your brains than in your pocket, eh? What would you say if I were to start you in Brook Street?’ “I stared at him in astonishment. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Olaf Stapledon In a sense it was sincere, and even beneficial; for in very small personal temptations and very obvious and stereotyped moral choices, the Other Men were far more conscientious than my own kind. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Borrow I will not say that it was owing to this misfortune that the divine died within less than a month after its occurrence, but such was the fact. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

But he had no sooner arrived in Paris than he was attacked with inflammation of the brain, and Dr. Nacquart put him on a very strict regime. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

H. G. Wells People at home are tasting the hardships of war even more tediously and irritatingly than the men on active service. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Robert Green Ingersoll It is a thousand times more important that we should love our fellow-men than that we should love God. It is better to love wife and children than to love Jesus Christ, He is dead; they are alive. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. Phillips Oppenheim From all the trade journals I could read it seemed to me that prices were more likely to go up than down, and I went, in fact, for a gigantic flutter to escape an ordinary commonplace bankruptcy. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Give his mind a new image, and he flees into a solitary garden or garret to enjoy it, and is richer with that dream, than the fee of a county could make him. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Rudyard Kipling In the beginning, she had told Hannasyde that, “while she could never be anything more than a sister to him, she would always take the deepest interest in his welfare. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In Dolly’s car they rode on to Long Island, closer in their emotions than they had ever been before. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

G. K. Chesterton In the ordinary sense of mental growth, there is no more reason for the child being better than the man than for the tadpole being better than the frog. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Neither of them was thinking at the moment of any others than those on whose behalf he imagined himself speaking. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Arnold Bennett It’s more exciting than playing the trombone in an orchestra. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

I shouldn’t be much more than half surprised if Miss Dewey wasn’t Miss Dewey, or hadn’t always been. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence Though you won’t be staying long in America. No one stays there longer than they can help. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin has an identity other than his own. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

It weighed heavier than he had thought. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle Mrs. Debbs’ exhibition seemed to him far more convincing than that of Linden. “Wait a bit!” Mailey repeated. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

It was Emilia that made me consent to your engagement to Juliet. Otherwise,” she added malevolently, “I should have died rather than have consented. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

The conquest of death itself would have been an easier matter to Philip than the union of those two thoughts in a single idea. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

She often came to talk with him, and said how much pleasanter it was for them to be together, than to have an old fellow like Hring in the house. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Willa Cather She grew much fonder of Bartley than she was of me. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe He was civil, even cordial in his manner, but just then, I was more intent on observing the arrangements of the dwelling which had so much interested me, than the personal appearance of the tenant. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Morrison More or less unique information, so to say — uncommon unique; much uniquer than usual. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

In Hard Times trade unionism is represented as something not much better than a racket, something that happens because employers are not sufficiently paternal. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Algernon Blackwood Again his rage touched my admiration; but I got him away before he made enough noise to wake the whole Camp. “I have a better plan than that,” I said, watching his face closely. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins The prospect of the waterfall, as seen from the opposite bank, presented even greater difficulties, to an amateur artist like me, than the prospect which he had just left. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Marjorie Bowen That is only just — it is your work as much as mine, you have been far more, for years now, than an assistant —” Joliffe’s sandy face flushed. The Hidden Ape by Marjorie Bowen

George Gissing Langley, choking with a gentler sorrow than he had yet felt, regarded her through tears that would not be restrained. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

But before I had turned on my steps more than half a dozen times, a brilliant ray coming from some half-open door in the rear caught my eye, and I stepped back to see if any one was sharing my watch. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim He has seen and he knows so much more than I—and yet—he will not often talk to me of the books we read—or of the world, the great outside world of men and women and art. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Ford Madox Ford She repeated to herself that she did not demand a better life than this. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

It was years since he had seen anyone do any more P.T. than putting their toes under the wardrobe and waving their torso about. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Willa Cather I thought, as I studied her face with the glass, that her nose was a trifle thinner than yours, a prettier nose, my dear Kitty, but stupider and more inflexible. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

The fact that he died there, proves to my mind that no other will than his own plunged him anew into that dreadful vat. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

A collectorship varies much, from better than 200l. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

D.H. Lawrence Her supreme passion was to be mistress rather than servant, her supreme aspiration for her children was that in the end they might be masters and not servants. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The pretty ones would rather see men their slaves than their equals. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Henry James There’s better fun than that, here in Paris. Italy’s the place to see pictures; wait till you get there. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope Will you not try to help him?” “Certainly, I will try to help him; for your sake rather than for his own. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edith Wharton The discussion was lasting longer than he had intended, and he could not find the word to end it. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

H. G. Wells Looking back over my previously written account of these things, I must insist that I have been altogether juster to Cavor than he has been to me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One however, thicker-skinned than the others, blocked his final exit into the street. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Bram Stoker If you want more money than is immediately convenient, let me know, so that I may be your banker. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

The lustre of all these performances, however, is eclipsed by the unrivalled celebrity amongst German critics of the Faust. Upon this it is better to say nothing than too little. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

E. Nesbi Not so grand as the Station Master, but more approachable — less powerful than the old gentleman, but more confidential. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Percy Bysshe Shelley Pain is thus apprehended to be evil for its own sake, without any other necessary reference to the mind by which its existence is perceived, than such as is indispensable to its perception. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

D. H. Lawrence She cared more for her than she did for her own mother — and her mother knew it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Machen I need not say how much wider this question is than it seems; how it must be asked about all the arts, about fugues and cathedrals and romances and dances. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Anna Katherine Green I’m an honest hard-workin’ man who can earn his own livin’, and you can’t pay me to keep still, or to go away from Shelby a day sooner than I want to. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

I began to think this spying business might be more difficult than I had thought, for if he saw me he would recognise me, and that must not happen. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

More than a minute passed before the doctor resumed and then he had got himself in hand again, indeed he was smiling. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James I know more about Madonnas and church-steeples than I supposed any man could. The American by Henry James [1877]

Jacques Futrelle It is larger, that’s all—a fraction more than one hundred and six carats, but it has neither the coloring nor the cutting of this. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Robert Green Ingersoll They will have to be in mighty bad luck if they ever do meaner things than you have done. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H.P. Lovecraft They were grave and quiet, and seemed shaken by memories and reflections even more terrible than those which had reduced the group of natives to a state of cowed quivering. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

D.H. Lawrence And his initial assumption was that every signore, every gentleman, was a man of further, purer vision than himself. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Anthony Trollope I had not seen him since the day on board the yacht, and he now seemed to be greyer and more haggard than he was then. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Upon the whole it may, 1 think, be said that the character of Skimpole is rather a piece of brilliant moralising than of pure observation or creation. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Ford Madox Ford Then, why did they use them! The German artillery thumped on! Heavier than the usual salvoes with which methodically they saluted the dawn. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

E. F. Benson What with naked Mr. Hopkins, and Janet’s frock and this unveiling of her hoard, life seemed at the moment really to consist of nothing else than beastly situations. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Charles Dickens It is almost more memorable in its happiness than the other faces in their misery. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The old man’s pallor was of that peculiar ivory-white which is never seen save in the very old, and then, strangely enough, in men oftener than women. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

When she was visiting, it was necessary to be a little more or a little less than one’s true self. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

John Galsworthy She was precious but remote, because “Da” was so near, and there is hardly room for more than one woman at a time in a man’s heart. Awakening by John Galsworthy

Anna Katherine Green I brought the bow up from the cellar and hid it unstrung in the Curator’s closet, more from idle impulse I fondly thought, than from any definite purpose. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

G. K. Chesterton Strafford was something greater than this; if indeed, when we come to think of it, a man can be anything greater than the friend of another man. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Andrew Lang That day the victory was really owing to Samba, and the shouts of the people were louder than ever. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He didn’t return in a week, nor yet in a fortnight, and, realising that I had only a little more than two months to do my job in, I grew very impatient. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Kate Chopin People turned their heads to look at her, and more than one lent an attentive car to her utterances, hoping thereby to secure the elusive but ever-desired “tip. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Virginia Woolf What more fitting than to destroy an old word, a vicious and corrupt word that has done much harm in its day and is now obsolete? The word ‘feminist’ is the word indicated. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Steele Rudd He jumped it, and rose feet higher than he had any need to, and had not old Brown dodged him just when he did he would be a dead man now. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

H. G. Wells There are moments, suspended fragments of time rather than links in its succession, when the human eye is more intelligible than any words. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

I am yours, Serge! Our sin and misfortune will bind us more closely than any laws could. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

But Defoe did more than embellish stories of strange events for his newspapers. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Gaston Leroux I could think of nothing better than to give him a servile imitation of this attitude of despair. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle And yet somehow on that particular night, whether it may have been the slight excitement produced by my little adventure or not I know not, but I slept much more lightly than usual. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

He found her more composed than she had been when he had last seen her, and able to talk of the dead man without breaking down as she had hitherto done. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I reckon she’ll come about as fast as th’ old Pride, and if she don’t sit nigher the wind than the new revenue cutter it’ll be your sailmaker’s fault. Captain Dick and Captain Jacka by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

It would be easier to tell you of those who had not trusted money in the hands of Clement–Pell, than of those who had. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

The examination of the other murdered man required different but even greater precautions than those adopted by the doctors in their inspection of the pseudo soldier. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope I looked round and saw the beauty of the scenery, and thought how much worse to such a man would be the melancholy shades of the college than even departure itself. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope