Phrases with "thanks"

Edgar Allan Poe All was found to be safe, and we did not fail to return sincere thanks to God for our deliverance from the imminent danger we had escaped. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang She gave him thanks from her heart for what he had done, and vowed she would repay him if she ever got a chance. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev It was only thanks to his truly iron constitution that Kuzma Vassilyevitch had not died. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Madame de Peyrelade turned pale, and murmured a prayer of thanks to Heaven. Healths went round again. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Henry Lawson He’s watched over me; kep’ me from getting robbed many a time; fought for me; saved my life and took drunken kicks and curses for thanks — and forgave me. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

So, now recruited, thanks superlative, dear farm, I give thee, who so lightly didst avenge that sin. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Charles Dickens She marriesthanks entirely to your exertions — a man who inherits a handsome fortune, and a man whose origin will make him prouder than ever of his peasant-wife. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

At last, thanks to the stillness and peace brooding over the long room, she began to feel less nervously fatigued. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

On his part, D’Artagnan, thanks to the keenness of his sight, had seen all, seized all. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James She flattered herself that, thanks to Godfrey’s forewarning, cruel as the form of it had been, she was able to repress any crude sign of elation. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

H. G. Wells Indeed, in his book, he thanks fortune for them. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

William Morris She said: For that I can thee thanks with all my heart. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Henry James Perpetually poking the fire and looking out of the window, he was certainly not a monster of facility, but he was, thanks perhaps to a certain method in that madness, a monster of certainty. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Thomas Hardy Many thanks for your information. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Honoria Eversleigh lifted her heart to heaven, and rendered thanks for the priceless treasure which had been bestowed upon her. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

His nephew’s offering of thanks was duly delivered, Miss Cathy gently touching on the rest: I also threw little light on his enquiries, for I hardly knew what to hide, and what to reveal. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Benjamin Disraeli Nobody thanks a ministry for a good harvest. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Thomas Wolfe And Mrs. Jack, after another quick look about the kitchen, another smile of thanks and approbation for Cookie and her arts, followed her. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins Of one thing only I am certain: I mean to win you back, a man vindicated before the world, without a stain on his character or his namethanks to his wife. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

When I passed through again after my visit to France, I had not time to go upstairs, even to look at my prints again, and that thanks to my brother’s denouncing me. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Jules Verne The pipes and spiral seemed to be in perfect condition, since, thanks to their india-rubber jointings, they had yielded to all the oscillations of the balloon. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

The expression of the most perfect faith represented by some of the Italian painters illuminated her beautiful face while she rendered thanks to God in the effusion of her gratitude. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Rudyard Kipling The effect of it, thanks to the natural depravity of things, was as though Ouless had cut the man’s coat off his back. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle It only remains for me to give you my thanks for having come, and to call in some other surgeon before it is too late. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

When I bade Miss Maybourne “good night” she was kind enough to express her thanks a second time for the trouble I had taken. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James It’s no thanks to one’s scruples, but perhaps it’s lucky for one’s manners. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

William Morris But soft, my Lord! abound not in thanks as yet, till I tell thee. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Victor Hugo Gwynplaine, thanks to his cloak and his hat, which nearly concealed his face, could not be recognized by the passers-by. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Elizabeth Von Arnim At least, he might answer — a hurried scribble, showing how much bored he was at doing it, with perfunctory thanks for her letter. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson With the inset of the second month, however, she seemed fairly to turn the corner, and from then on made a steady recovery, thanks to her youth and an unimpaired vitality. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

However, now, thanks to this Mrs. Rebell, they’ve quite made it up. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

My courier arrived an hour ago from Orléans, having travelled, thanks to the post, thirty-two leagues in a day. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne It was much cooler, thanks to the violent and cold winds from Patagonia, which constantly agitate the atmospheric waves. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope She bowed her thanks and was descending the steps on her way to join the group, when whom should she see but Lady Penwether coming into the house with her garden-hat and gloves. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Gloria and he had been equals, giving without thought of thanks or obligation. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

I am a good walker; and you know, Fenwick, that I am also a child of Nature. Adieu to you both; and many thanks to you, Strahan, for your hospitality. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Walter Scott Natheless, to thee, O most Molendinar beauty, I return the thanks which thy courtesy may justly claim. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

The capital had been available for some time, thanks to an inheritance from an aunt. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Benjamin Disraeli And Fanny was very comfortable at Squire Wentworth’s, and the housekeeper was very kind to her, thanks to Miss saying a word to the great Lady. And old John Selby was quite about again. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Elizabeth Gaskell When Alice’s little speech of thanks was over, there was quiet enough to hear a fine, though rather quavering, male voice, going over again one or two strains of Margaret’s song. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins I don’t owe fifty pounds, since my last debts were paid off — thanks to Mrs. Ralph, who is the most managing woman in the world. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Of course, if, thanks to your interference, your boys go through life thinking that the Sabine women ultimately escaped, I really cannot be held responsible. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Wilkie Collins But I told them that, thanks to your goodness, I always had a bed here when I was in London; and I took the cab on, after seeing the little girl safe and comfortable up-stairs. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Leon Trotsky This room, thanks chiefly to Zasulitch, but not without help from Martov, was always in a state of rank disorder. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jane Austen I am most happy that you like the chain, and that it should be here in time for to-morrow; but your thanks are far beyond the occasion. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

He may have said — I mean his blood may have said: “Here’s my chance! All those years of fetching and carrying and standing one pace in the rear, and no thanks for them. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Many thanks for the lesson; it was difficult, but I shall profit by it. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson He has set the natives to war; but the natives, by God’s blessing, do not want to fight, and I think it will fizzle out — no thanks to the man who tried to start it. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Little by little he succeeded, thanks to the most delicate persistence, in taming this shy young girl. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ralph Waldo Emerson He says no, and serves you, and your thanks disgust him. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Rudyard Kipling An hour ago I admit I was that author; but, thanks to the high honour which you have done me, I am now a Stationer, duly entered and obligated. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Thomas Love Peacock Though they be not yet one canonically, thanks to your soldiership, the earl is her liege lord, and she is his liege lady. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Sigmund Freud But this uncomfortable situation had been radically improved, thanks to the dream’s power of fulfilling wishes. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Walter Scott He returned his thanks to Mr. Winterblossom in a manner which made that gentleman recall his best breeding to answer the stranger’s address in kind. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

He gradually recovered, however, thanks to his wife’s care and to his own magnificent constitution, but the springs of courage seemed to have snapped within his breast. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

The Fostât, thanks to her bigger sail, has well-nigh overtaken us; and the Bagstones is not more than a hundred yards behind the Fostât. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne Sometimes he possessed millions, thanks to successful razzias in the aeronef, and he had been proclaimed for piracy. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Victor Hugo And so she was, thanks to astrology and the revolution of 1688. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James The great drawback of Mrs. Gereth’s situation was that, thanks to the rare perfection of Poynton, she was condemned to wince wherever she turned. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it was, Tom, thanks to his position as one of the firm, was able occasionally, in spite of every precaution to penetrate through the old man’s defensive works. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Though we may not drink today, how well will I avoid this in the future!” At this Lord Siegfried spake: “Small thanks ye’ll get for that. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Mark Twain Well, I see I warn’t hurt, thanks to goodness. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thomas Paine They were, however, as formidable as if the motive had been virtuous; and he merits the thanks rather than the esteem of mankind. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jules Verne On the following day, thanks to the telegraphic wires, five hundred newspapers and journals, daily, weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly, all took up the question. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

G. K. Chesterton Then Fisher uttered a short phrase of thanks and farewell, and went out into the street, still very thoughtful. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Now I shall be happier than ever, thanks to you. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Great thanks were tendered by the warriors from the Rhine. Bold Folker spake to Dankwart: “Great discomfiture have ye suffered today, therefore your brother bade me hasten to your aid. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Arnold Bennett Her voice hardened slightly: “So you’d leave me without a maid just at Christmas! And that’s all the thanks I get for all I’ve done for you. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rudyard Kipling Without a word of thanks the Mother hauled him away. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James It’s thanks to you at any rate that I’m here, and I’m sure I’m much obliged. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray I look back at some which have been told about me, and speculate on them with thanks and wonder. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope But she expressed no thanks on being so treated. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell She stooped close down, and caught the broken whisper, “I forgive her, Annie! May God forgive me!” “Oh, my love, my dear! only get well, and I will never cease showing my thanks for those words. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Jules Verne The luggage was already conveyed to the farm, thanks to John Mangles, and a boat was waiting to take the passengers. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I have no word of thanks to equal your generosity; but if ever I have an opportunity, I swear it, you may command my life. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Rudyard Kipling She sent me a note of thanks next day. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Maria Edgeworth She required neither praise nor thanks for any thing that she did; and, provided her friends were happy, she was satisfied, without ever wishing to be admired as the cause of that happiness. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Helen Zimmern Despite her doctrines, her genius was too strong for her, and it is thanks to this that sundry of these tales from Fashionable Life are among her highest and most successful efforts. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Rudyard Kipling I feel a new man, thanks to that cigarette-case. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins During this interval, thanks to the kind assistance I had received at the outset, my position as a man of business had greatly improved. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins She relieved my anxiety in these plain words: “The lady has quite recovered, George, thanks to the doctor here. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Oliver Goldsmith But thanks be to him that directs all things, it has miscarried, and I am at rest. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Jules Verne Top had done wonders, and not a bird had been lost, thanks to his zeal and cleverness. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sir Walter Scott He therefore exchanged thanks and greetings with George Heriot, and took his leave, promising to be equipped and in readiness to embark with him on the second successive morning at ten o’clock. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Elizabeth Von Arnim We ought to have proposed a vote of thanks to you at dinner. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli While Venetia was half broken-hearted, her mother silently returned thanks to Providence for the merciful dispensation which had exempted her child from so much misery. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

George Gissing Words to utter her thanks she had none; she could only look something of what she felt. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Maria Edgeworth At last, after Clarence had returned thanks for all his kindness, and had given assent to all his lordship’s truisms, the substance of the business came out. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells The Age of Confusion on the earth also would, in its own time, work itself out, thanks to a certain obscure and indomitable righteousness in the blood of the human type. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

At this door finishes the mission I received; may I flatter myself I have fulfilled it according to your wishes?’ ‘Yes, monsieur,’ said I, ‘I have only thanks to give you. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling Giving as they do with both hands, I knew that Attley and Mrs. Godfrey could take nobly; but I never met a man who so nobly gave and so nobly received thanks as Shend did. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry Handel Richardson But by now, thanks to a freshening wind and the criss-cross motion of the ship, all was confusion in the cabins. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Their permanent home, for a week; to become more familiar, thanks to the accelerated sensitiveness which is the one blessing of travel, than rooms paced for years. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne No symptoms of scurvy had fortunately as yet appeared amongst the occupants of the fort, thanks to the sanitary precautions taken. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Bronislaw Malinowski These relations, therefore, bear, thanks to this sanction of the tribal elders, the character of validity and legality, and are to a certain degree compulsory. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Hilda went to the railway-station with her friend, full of gratitude for her kindness, kissing her with warmest thanks at parting. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Jack London This herding movement was practically a failure, thanks to the splendid work of the comrades. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

When we were alone together I handed her ten pounds, and offered my thanks for the kindness she had shown to the injured girl. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

I was a very eager little athlete: thanks to instructions and photographs in a book, on athletics belonging to Vernon, I found out how to jump and how to run. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Thus I was able, thanks to the strategic disposition of my forces, to intercept two couriers from Mazarin to the queen. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Full often he thanks the distinguished company. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

As fast as they were satisfied, each man got up and washed, saying Shukur Allah, thanks to God; and Allah bereket versin, may God restore you plenty. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

George Gissing True, thanks to her enslavement by society. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson For what now? — now that, thanks to another’s imbecility, she had been landed in this hole. The Coat by Henry Handel Richardson

Maria Edgeworth I left the matter entirely to the prince, after returning him my very sincere thanks for being thus interested in my concerns. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell Yon pilot was for calling us all to thanksgiving for a good voyage, and lucky escape from the pirates; but I said I always put up my thanks on dry land, after I had got my ship into harbour. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope What will his thanks do for me? You do not think that I shall be silent to oblige him?” Then he walked forth from out of the garden, and she had never seen his tears. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Their plan was discovered in time by Sub–Lieutenant Blagonravov, thanks to the revolutionary vigilance of a soldier of the Red Guard, whose name shall be made public. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Alfred Ainger God keep her in her present mind, to whom be thanks and praise for all His dispensations to mankind. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Well, it’s finished now, thanks to you, Dick. We weren’t getting on very fast till you took to peroosing the press on your sick-bed and dropped us that hint about the “Deep-breathing” ads. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope Thanks, my friends; thanks for your kindness. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Truly, thanks to Ed Morrell, I have had five years of star~roving. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Hardy Many thanks for your proposal to accommodate him. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope He handed the Herr a cigar, which the Herr pocketed;—and in gratitude for the latter favour some inarticulate grunt of thanks was uttered. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Also Tobias came again from Oseney, and, having given thanks for a son restored, read to him the Colloquies of the great Erasmus, as well as the Scriptures, and gave him the news of Oxford. . The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Wilkie Collins I wrote back, warmly acknowledging my obligations to his kindness, and apologising for not expressing my thanks personally, in consequence of my immediate recall on pressing business to town. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jules Verne With these measures, taken in time, thanks to the advice so opportunely given by Ivan Ogareff, there was good reason to hope that the expected attack would be repulsed. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The friar gave her time; then continued calmly, “Ay, he lives; thanks to thee and thy wickedness, guided to his eternal good by an almighty and all-merciful hand. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton I’m only asking for a word of thanks from you. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Borrow Myself. Many thanks for your account of the great men of your country. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

F. Scott Fitzgerald We’ve had a good time, thanks to you. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

T. E. Lawrence The firing from the four wings became violent, thanks to our twenty-five machine-guns, the Turks also being plentifully supplied. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jules Verne Then there intervened the observatory at Cincinnati, founded in 1870, on Mount Lookout, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Kilgour, and known for its micrometrical measurements of double stars. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Gissing His thanks to Mrs. Hannaford for an “enjoyable evening” were spoken with impressive sincerity, and the lady’s expression of hope that they might meet again made his face shine. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

It was there that I found the Medusa, and it’s that stretch that, thanks to him, I missed exploring. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Gaston Leroux He seemed to be asking himself, “Is it fish or flesh?” Was it a letter of thanks or of menace? That was what he could not decide. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jules Verne According to him, “a soft and gentle breeze is constantly observable, and produces an evaporation, thanks to which the temperature is kept down, and the sun does not give out heat unchecked. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If you want to see her anyhow —” “Oh, thanks very much. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Henry Handel Richardson And John, having repeatedly bowed his thanks from side to side, joined in and sang with the rest. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I got over to Worcester quick and comfortable, ma’am, thanks to you, and found my daughter better nor I had hoped for. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

He never said good morning or good night, never spoke to him except in the curtest manner possible, and accepted all his ministrations without thanks and as if he were an automaton or a thing of wood. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

George Meredith But now, thanks to jubilant Journals and Homeric laughter over the Continent, the secret is out, in so far as the concurrents are all unmasked and exposed for the edification of the American public. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

But now, thanks be to God, we are reunited—and forever. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

He soon obtained one; and the coachman, thanks to a pourboire of ten francs, drove to the Rue du Chateau-des-Rentiers as fast as his horses could go. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

But our connection with the people there was broken, thanks to the latest arrests. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arnold Bennett Fortunately, thanks to you, they didn’t. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

William Hope Hodgson And they bore the Youths to their Mothers and to their Fathers; and the Father of each made thanks to the men that they had saved the soul of his son; but the women were silent. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins The visit, even in my shattered condition, proved to be a most amusing one — thanks entirely to the presence on the scene of Gabriel Betteredge. I found him in the room, when I went in. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Meredith He won her confidence by praising and loving her father, and when she alluded to the wonderful services he had rendered on the Welsh estate, he said simply that her father’s thanks repaid him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

William Henry Hudson She extended her hand, and, kneeling before her, I took it in mine and raised it to my lips, and tried, with poor success, to speak my thanks for this rare and beautiful act of mercy. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

George Gissing You shall see my address of thanks to those who voted for me; I must try to get it widely circulated, for, as you know, it has more than local importance. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

H. Rider Haggard But, if he expected any thanks for this exploit, he was destined to be disappointed, for no sooner had he set his lovely burden down, than she made use of her freedom to stamp upon the deck. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy Marian alone, thanks to her bottle of liquor and her stoutness of build, stood the strain upon back and arms without suffering. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton And now, O Lord, let us humbly and fervently give thanks for this blessed day of reunion, here in the old home to which we have come back from so far. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Wilkie Collins Many thanks again, Mrs. Norbury.” “My best wishes and compliments to your patient, doctor. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry James She was provided with a trusty companion of her own sex, whose society, thanks to the fact of other calls on this lady’s attention, would probably not be oppressive. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Charles Kingsley We stopped the devil out there, thanks to his lordship. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Sinclair Lewis His seat-mate, a shifty-looking man, hinted, “How ‘bout gettin’ up a game of poker?” “No — no thanks — don’t play. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

And, thanks to Collwar, madam,” says she, “I hope to make him easy in it, if you will but please to conceal your knowledge of who and what I am. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Henry James It is evidently only a sort of idealized form of loafing: a passive life in Rome, thanks to the number and the quality of one’s impressions, takes on a very respectable likeness to activity. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The dinner was lively, thanks chiefly to Joseph Distin, for Bothwell had a dispirited air, and Hilda could not help feeling unhappy at seeing his gloom, though she tried to conceal her sympathy. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Nikolai Gogol It seems that the officer had pressed too hard on the frame of the portrait, thanks to the weight of his constable’s hands. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Charles Kingsley My business is not to re-write it clumsily but to read it humbly, and give Him thanks for it. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Wilkie Collins However, there was no want of gaiety at the tablethanks to my aunt, and to her faithful attendant. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Meredith I hoped consequently to find peace at Riversley; but there the rumours of the Grand Parade were fabulous, thanks to Captain Bulsted and Julia, among others. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I had been able to achieve that owing to the cheap rate at which I lived, thanks to Jimmy. But I had thoroughly made up my mind that I was not going to have her twirling her thumbs under my roof. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Sir Walter Scott In like manner, gentle Reader, returning you my thanks for the patience which has conducted you thus far, I take the liberty to withdraw myself from you for the present. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang Gladdened by this sight, he dragged himself to the water’s edge, drank his fill, and returned thanks for his deliverance from thirst. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton This luck befell me, thanks chiefly to my brother Harry’s popularity, and invitations poured in after my first sad evening. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was surprised that she gave no word or sign of thanks to the assistant. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Theodore Dreiser Some gentleman in evening dress reached out a bill to the captain, who took it with simple thanks and turned away to his line. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

There, there,’ said he, putting it into my hand, ‘there is your property: go, and give thanks that you have fallen into my hands, and do not forget my hak sai, or my commission. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Evallonia, thanks to the jealous Powers, has been reduced to too great an economic simplicity, and has not that variety of interests which a civilised society requires. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassan Without knowing just whom he was addressing, he offered up thanks for his success. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

A visitor, let into the secret, would say to the porter, “The season for plums has arrived,” thanks to which he acquired the right to enter the house. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

So much so, that on the following week, thanks to a letter from Baron Moser, he was admitted into the service. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

T. E. Lawrence Meanwhile, thanks to the fourth well, our situation, though uncomfortable, was not dangerous. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

In an instant, thanks to the lamp, my chamber was once more lighted. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang Then the princess at length broke the enchanted silence, and blushing like a rose, gave the prince her thanks for her unlooked-for deliverance. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley Tom Troubridge, as upright, bravelooking a man as ever, and, thanks to bush-work, none the fatter. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Augustine Birrell Mr. Oxenbridge, at his returne from London, will, I know, give you thanks for his book, as I do with all acknowledgement and humility for that you have sent me. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Secondly, thanks to over-eating and over-drinking, I was slightly out of health all that week. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Jules Verne The day was beautiful; warm but not unpleasantly so, thanks to the breeze made by our passage. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Henry James He had thereupon slept — as if it had been in some measure thanks to that sacrifice — the sleep of the just, and had prolonged his rest considerably beyond his custom. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

And just then Milly joined us, shouting to us to look at the herons flying; so Cousin Monica did, and smiled and nodded in thanks to Milly, and was again silent and thoughtful as we walked on. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

England had greatly changed; the agricultural area had not been widely increased, but there were many more millions of mouths to feed, thanks to the growth of population in the industrial districts. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

It’s a kind of private affair, you know—but thanks all the same. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it was, however, I was able, thanks to our excellent charts, to keep the channel and so to gain the open straits. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

It was from Mme. Bonacieux, and was expressed in these terms: “There are many thanks to be offered to you, and to be transmitted to you. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling It was the priest who showed me the road, but it is no thanks to him that I am able to tell this story. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne In a few days the keel was cleared, and on examination was found to have suffered little, thanks to the solidity of its construction, only its copper plating was almost all torn off. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

It was Planchet, but so completely transformed, thanks to the old clothes that the departing husband had left behind, that D’Artagnan himself could hardly recognize him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Arnold Bennett They were all in clover, thanks to the terrible lifelong obstinacy of the little boy from the Bastille. And Edwin had had the business unburdened. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Daniel Defoe He confessed Christ to be the Son of God, (that by the way,) and no thanks to him; for that does not want the Devil’s evidence. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

John Galsworthy And thanks for trying to help me. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Many thanks to you for what you have told me. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe This was indeed a treasure; and, falling on our knees with one accord, we returned fervent thanks to God for so seasonable a relief. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

And that union, to attain which the burghers of the Middle Ages, with their miserable highways, required centuries, the modern proletarians, thanks to railways, achieve in a few years. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Rudyard Kipling She was no longer a drab of the streets but a young lady who, thanks to Dick’s check, had paid her premium and was entitled to pull beer-handles with the best. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I am, thanks to God, sufficiently tranquil, and free, unless I deceive myself, from all the passions of my youth. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

This is my raft, and on it I manage to float along, thanks to God, more or less successfully. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James She had spent the whole morning with him, was still there, in the library, when the others came back — thanks to her having been tepid about their taking, Mr. Verver and she, a turn outside. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

He had wasted no word of thanks on us, and he did not now. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Sinister rumours of all kinds were flying round, thanks to the Press censorship. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

His eyes were closed and his lips were moving in thanks to the Master above for the salvation of the Weymouth honour. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George Gissing Not long after he received a letter of thanks from the lad’s father, and, on coming to London, he sought out Mr. Potts, whose gratitude and its quaint expression had pleased him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Jules Verne His plan was bold, but it might succeed, thanks to the darkness of the night. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

In an instant his sword glittered in his hand, and he sprang upon his adversary, whom, thanks to his great youthfulness, he hoped to intimidate. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton She therefore decided to see as much of him as her hurried and entangled life permitted; and this, thanks to a series of adroit adjustments, turned out to be a good deal. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]