Phrases with "their"

Anthony Trollope Let their employments or enjoyments on hand be what they may, every thing must yield to the entertainment of strangers. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Whatever happened, she was determined to make him happy and, after all, with their health, and their affection for each other, surely they would have many joys to come in their lives. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anna Katherine Green The fever of play had reached its height, and I heard nothing more from their lips, but such phrases as belong to the game. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Sepp had the glass, and declining the one Rex offered her, she turned for a moment to the superb panorama at their feet. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Gustave Flauber Ordinarily, they rested in a field facing the ocean, with Deauville on their left, and Havre on their right. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Anatole France Therese and Robert, their eyes accustomed to obscurity, moved easily among these familiar objects. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell The door once opened — I know not by which of us — I fell upon her neck, grasping her tight, till my hands ached with the tension of their hold. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

William Shakespeare My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still, While comments of your praise richly compil’d, Reserve their character with golden quill, And precious phrase by all the Muses fil’d. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Rudyard Kipling They’ll get those draggin’ days all right,  Spent as a foreigner commands, An’ ’orrors of the locked-up night,  With ’Ell’s own thinkin’ on their ’ands. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Like fighting dogs, half smothered in foam, they tore through the sea, their sides almost touching and the flashes of their guns licking the very paint from the bulwarks of their opponents. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle He loved his children, and was keenly interested in the progress of their studies, but they were a little awed by the silent, shaggy-browed figure, and they avoided him as much as they could. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Maria Edgeworth My friends, I say proudly — for I have made friends since I came to England; and England, amongst other commodities excellent in their kind, produces incomparable friends — friends in adversity. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Guy de Maupassant They were standing enveloped in flame, like demons, their eyes fixed on the red-hot iron they were pounding; and their dull ideas rose and fell with their hammers. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Charles Dickens To show that they were fond of it and loved it; and that there was not one ugly, wicked or accusatory creature to claim knowledge of it — none but their playful and approving selves. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the whole, their description was not grotesque, and fits easily into its place amid the examples already given. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Yet women, and especially when the interests of children are at stake upon their husbands’ safety, rarely indeed are able to take this Roman view of their duties. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The Frenchmen were a good ten minutes trimming sails and bracing their yards for the chase; and by that time Cap’n Dick had slanted up well on their weather bow. Captain Dick and Captain Jacka by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

His rider looked and behaved well in the saddle, so the ladies were unanimous in their praise. The Story of Tommy Dodd and “The Rooster” by Guy Boothby

Andrew Lang Looking round, he saw some pieces of the dead men’s clothes and of their bones. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Or perhaps they’ve been having their favourite food. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

But in loving others, or seeking to love others, the great Angelicals took her in their charge. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins Leaving the courtyard and the waiting-room on their left hand, he advanced along the right-hand side of the passage, and opened the door of a bed-chamber, always kept ready for use. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing I cannot sorrow for them, but the thought of their vanished life moves me to a brotherly tenderness. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

My lady had her own apartments, as we know — luxurious chambers, in which all conceivable elegancies had been gathered for the comfort of their occupant. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Many of them were pilgrims returning from the sanctuary, but more were bringing the produce of their farms, or the work of their hands for sale. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Only individuals with an aberrant temperament can in the long run retain their self-esteem in the face of the disesteem of their fellows. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle So far I could follow their actions as if I had actually seen them. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anatole France The roses shed their leaves on the cloth. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The six coloured waiters, in their white jackets, paced, cat-footed, about the table, pretending to arrange where all was beyond betterment. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Nothing could be further from the truth! Their sole wish, now and in the past, was to live at peace and in normal business relations with their neighbours. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

I was forty, and at forty the practical considerations of life hold their own even against domes of marble, world-renowned, and set about with gardens where the bulbul sings to the rose. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

A consoling scrap of wisdom which unfortunately children do not find written large in their copybooks is that sorrow is as transitory as happiness. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope It must be explained that this lady, since she was last upon the scene, had learned to entertain new hopes, very exalted in their nature. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells And their ears had no lobes, and had little pointed tips, a thing that still, in rare instances, survives. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Others, who have the working habit ingrained, keep on in the afternoon; in their gardens often; almost all old people love gardening; and those who wish, have one now, you see. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Charles Kingsley No future school of religious art will be able to rise to eminence without taking full cognisance of them, and learning from them their secret. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Guy de Maupassant They were both also stout, and kept chattering in their own language, sometimes referring to their guide-book, and reading in loud tones the names of the places indicated. A Duel (Un Duel) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Wilkie Collins A few minutes more and they would take possession of the abandoned village: the tumult of their approach should become audible at the cottage. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This time the bookshelves seem to have lost their charm. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Oscar Wilde The twins lay in wait for him on several occasions, and strewed the passages with nutshells every night to the great annoyance of their parents and the servants, but it was of no avail. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Anthony Trollope But in their selection of a Constitution the Britannulists have unfortunately allowed themselves but one deliberative assembly, and hence have sprung their present difficulties. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The drippings from an umbrella behind had worn their way through a weak place in her jacket. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Horrible to narrate, his head was entirely obliterated, though his body and limbs preserved their configuration. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Thomas Love Peacock The proposal pleased Mr. Chainmail, and they set forth on their expedition Or vieni, Amore, e qua meco t’assetta. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

It is an open secret, too, that bloodhounds are now on their way from Melbourne, and are expected to arrive in the city this morning. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. F. Benson To those who have it, analysis of their passion is perhaps superfluous; to those who have it not, explanation is almost unintelligible. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

They’re sneaks, those two, and — Why, the sailors are coming back shaking their heads. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

But now in such utter solitude, her thoughts ran back to their earliest interview. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

John Galsworthy Good-bye, Elderson.” Placing their hats on their heads simultaneously the two walked out. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

People used to stand in their doorways and shake their heads when they saw them go past, almost as if it had been a funeral. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald The friends looked out at us with the tragic eyes and short upper lips of southeastern Europe, and I was glad that the sight of Gatsby’s splendid car was included in their sombre holiday. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The filth of their room was such that one could smell it on the floor below. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Alfred Ainger The Waldens had with happy tact proposed Mr. and Mrs. Moxon’s health, at their quiet meal. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

H. G. Wells So far as their natural quality went. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Henry James They toss off their sentences with an air of easy familiarity with the tongue, and yet they misunderstand two-thirds of what people say to them. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Wilkie Collins When I had put the chairs back in their places my search on one side of the room was complete. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

They thought it was part of the show, and the obedient cameras clicked at everything that came into their orbit. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Mrs. Carter’s a lady deep in novelette lore and she’s been trained to believe that murderers always return to gloat over their crimes. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Meredith O have a care of natures that are mute! They punish you in acts: their steps are brief. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Willa Cather The boys did not get home until their parents were ready to leave the table. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Wilkie Collins Her enjoyment of the creepers that twined their way up the pillars of the porch was simply perfection as a piece of acting. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry Lawson The passengers stared aloft till some of them got the lockjaw in the back of their necks, and then another sailor suggested that we had yards to our masts, while the Adelaide boat had not. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

I believed in themselves, their wigs, their armour, their ermine, their high-heeled shoes and their stereotyped smirk, from the earliest to the latest. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Henry James Catherine and her young man are my surfaces; I have taken their measure. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

To see some of their faces you’d have thought they were afraid I’d go about at night strangling people. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

That material is contained in solution in sea water, and it is out of the sea water in which these coral creatures live that they get the lime which is needed for the forming of their hard skeleton. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

George’s son and daughter were barred by their father’s attainder; but I take it that an attainder can be reversed, or annulled, or something. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells Tell them to keep together and keep to their own quarters. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Their eldest born did not arrive until the proper time, their marriage vows were rarely broken, and their daughters, in course of time, entered matrimony in the virgin state. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry James I had seized their type — I had already settled what I would do with it. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

The sparrows were merry along the curb-stones, taking bath after bath in the water and ruffling their feathers with delight. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her features even lost a little of their impassivity. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

David Hume Their reasonings lose their force by being carried too far and the popularity of their opinions has seduced them to neglect in some measure their justness and solidity. Of the Independency of Parliament by David Hume

Edward Jenner Our oldest farmers were not unacquainted with it in their earliest days, when it appeared among their farms without any deviation from the phaenomena which it now exhibits. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Children, being in the savage period of their growth, feel anew the old satisfaction of seeing their huge enemies harmless or their small victims helpless and unable to escape. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

A dozen waiters with their coats off, showing their sweaty armpits, sat at the table mixing salads and sticking their thumbs into the cream pots. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Kate, her fate disposed of by her “betters”, passed out of their three lives. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Wilkie Collins That is what women are! There is a specimen of their sense, firmness, and self-control! “Be just, Nugent,” I said. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling Neither Suchet Singh nor Gaur Chand approved of their women-folk looking into the world. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Charles Dickens I built it for the holders of the Allotment-grounds, and gave it them: only requiring them to manage it by a committee of their own appointing, and never to get drunk there. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft The blood and soul of their ancestors had fashioned the Street. Nor did the spirit change when they tore open the earth to lay down strange pipes, or when they set up tall posts bearing weird wires. The Street by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Anything, rather than to be at work!” “Some of those women have babies in their arms,” observed Viola pityingly. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence For the brief moment the high mountains had lost their snow: it would be back again in a fortnight: and stood dim and delicate with autumn haze. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

This reserve, expressing, in a way, their profound confidence in each other, introduced at the same time a certain element of vagueness into their intimacy. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Jules Verne Without thinking of their want of provisions or the severity of the temperature, wrapped in their hoods, they were all soon advancing towards the spot whence the smoke arose in the north-east. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Philip Sidney Yet, yet, a life to their death, Lady you have reserved; Lady the life of all love. Poems by Philip Sidney

Katherine Mansfield They entered the hall, were greeted and shown to their room. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Melchior: Aye, in earlier Christian ages, while the heathen empire stood, When the war ‘twixt saints and sages cried aloud for saintly blood, Christ was then their model truly. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

That change came towards midnight, and they immediately fulfilled their promise. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

W. H. Hudson These people, or rather their ancestors centuries ago, had accepted Christianity, but it had never properly filtered down into their hearts. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Charles rushed down with some wild story as to their being persecuted by a Bolshevist revolutionary society and appealed for help. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

And so they went their different ways. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

E. F. Benson And there’s half a dozen men as have been screaming in their sleep to-night. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

There is no such instance to be found; though, of course, there were plenty of dissatisfied suitors; of course the men who had paid their money and lost their cause were furious. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

D. H. Lawrence The old screws of emotion and intimacy that had been screwed down so tightly upon her fell out of their holes here. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

And she was found at last, after all their suspense, their torturing anxiety. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

G. K. Chesterton From their point of view at least, they were and long had been the lawful owners of their own fields, and the officials who came to confiscate were the robbers. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

These latter have their definite characteristics, and the former have their distinguishing peculiarities. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

I found it when the servants insisted on their boxes being searched. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Downing Street busied herself on his behalf, and, in consequence, Her Majesty’s representatives were politely instructed to yield him all the assistance in their power. This Man and This Woman by Guy Boothby

E. F. Benson But when the ladies retired into the garden-room the strain on their curiosity began to tell, and Lucia tried again. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry James We’ve been told we might do better in Boston; but on the other hand mamma hears that in Boston the people only marry their cousins. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli The downfall of the Janizary system destroyed their last connecting link. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Edgar Allan Poe Quitting the first line, the second was thus scanned: are emblems / of deeds that / are done in / their clime. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Walter Besant Young men do not always come up to their professions. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Henry Fielding The history of two friends, which may afford an useful lesson to all those persons who happen to take up their residence in married families. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Wilkie Collins When a man has once taken their fancy, what helplessly weak creatures women are! I saw through his vacillating weakness — and yet I trusted him, with both eyes open. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins But what is to become of those who have not got the use of their limbs? Some of us must stay here, and take care of the sick. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

They are much more explicit, and the pains and penalties for the violation of them are now absolutely unholy in their truculence. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Sir Walter Scott Indeed, their intercourse formed a singular mixture of confidence and constraint. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope But, having said so much in praise of tourists of this class, I do not know that there is much more to be said in their favour. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

H. G. Wells In half a minute they were at the crest, their hearts pumping noisily, with Andoo and his wife far and safe below them. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The stars seemed unnaturally bright and busy as Vanheimert stole into their tremulous light. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

M. R. James The crack of the stick on their skulls, which in the ordinary way delights me, had here a crushing sound as if the bone was giving way, and the victims quivered and kicked as they lay. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Andrew Lang In their catalogues, MM. Morgand and Fatout print a facsimile of the frontispiece of this very rare edition. The Library by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell His visit had been an event; and they made no great attempt at settling again that day to any of their usual employments. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

William Blades They were carried about the person, so that probably thousands of them were thrown into the flames by St. Paul’s hearers when his glowing words convinced them of their superstition. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Earle and Miguel came in and squatted on their heels facing them. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He hustled them in and locked them up safely in their part of the house, then crossed the hall with a quick, practical stride. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Kenneth Grahame But Harold, who was built in quite another way, so soon as he discerned the drift of their conversation and heard the knell of all his hopes, filled the room with wail and clamour of bereavement. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Edith Wharton These conjectures, of which the two themselves could hardly have been unaware, did not seem to trouble the even tenor of their friendship. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Meredith Fear of some wretched male baseness on the part of their brother was happily diverted by a letter, wherein he desired them to come to him speedily. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sigmund Freud Above all, our interest will be directed towards their family circumstances — and not only, as will be seen later, for the purpose of enquiring into their heredity. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They took two easy-chairs and he ordered Martinis. A tiny blue cloth was laid upon the table and biscuits and sandwiches also made their appearance. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins Oscar waited at the door of our side of the rectory, until Nugent joined him, on their way back to the sitting-room in which we were expecting their return. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Guy de Maupassan You can settle about their funeral with their friend. The Lancer’s Wife (La Revanche) by Guy de Maupassan

The ladies discarded their wraps, and followed him into the house. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Walter Scott There was no thought, I trow, of osier or of bulrush, when I have been prayed to couch my lance or draw my weapon; it is only when they are needless that they and their owner are undervalued. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

They did not lock us up; personally, I should rather have preferred their doing so; it would have relieved me of a feeling of responsibility. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Kate Chopin It had only been a disquieting suggestion; an air of mystery among the blacks; unexpected visits from far-off neighbors who could hardly account for their coming. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Lamb’s letters to Coleridge are full of valuable criticism on their respective poetical efforts. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

And whatever quarrels there may be between them they ought not to call in their own mother to judge between them and tell tales of one another. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Henry Fielding Being therefore well equipped with all which their art could produce, I became at the age of twenty a complete finished beau. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

H. G. Wells Colonel and Mrs. Bullace had some difficulties about their wagon-lit and went a day later than they had proposed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Our gropings toward divinity were a sham, a writhing sunward of slime —— covered beasts who claimed sunlight as their heritage, but in their hearts preferred the foul and easy depths. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

Can they hold their faces up against it? And the wind! Surely it must toss that aerial messenger before it and fling it back to earth, a broken and despised toy. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Exactly alike in their height, in their walk, in their features, and in their voices. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Morrison Indeed, they were with him at the time, as I have found by their tracks on the footpath through the wood. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

The Dean’s voice was all he had been told it would be and his tones, tinged with a gentle melancholy, seemed most appropriate to their surroundings. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

He knew it was a slender chance of any of Toller’s relations considering themselves important enough to advertise the death of any of their number, but still there was always the chance. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Wilkie Collins Bulpit Brothers, long desirous of having such a name as his on their books, received him with open arms. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Herman Melville Meantime, the whole host of negroes, as if inflamed at the sight of their jeopardized captain, impended in one sooty avalanche over the bulwarks. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Edmund Burke The event we attend to with the greatest satisfaction is their defeat and death. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

We called there, sir, but she’s an old lady and rather deaf, and some of her lodgers are on their holiday and some haven’t got home from work yet. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And he was there until twilight came down and the courteous trees grew garrulous overhead and the crickets took up their burden of song in the dusky grass. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And the plump sopranos who were flattered at the hush that attended their lieder never guessed at the crepe-versussatin that filled their listeners’ minds. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope He had not the book and the document with him, but perhaps he could tell the tale better without their immediate presence. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anatole France Prince Albertinelli praised the artists of that epoch for their universality, for the fervent love they gave to their art, and for the genius that devoured them. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

H. G. Wells All their time had been spent in the warm and airy ways and halls and rooms of the latter-day city. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

They will engage in it with interest, they will talk of their own recollections of the dead, and listen to yours, though they become sometimes pleasant, sometimes even laughable. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson A little way off to the left was the great bunker which, primarily, was the cause of their present amity. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Andrew Lang To him they gave all their wealth, and lived with him till their dying day. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Often when I drop in to see the principal of one of their chief houses or the head of a Government department, we fall into an entertaining discussion of this or that subject that may be on the tapis. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Nor has it ever been considered as an established truth that the efficacy of even these few remedies was in any definite ratio to their power of producing symptoms more or less like those they cured. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

John Ruskin The value of instruments is, secondarily, in their aid to abstract sciences. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Sarah Orne Jewett The tide was just on the turn, beginning to fall, and several friends and acquaintances stood along the side of the dilapidated wharf and cheered us by their words and evident interest. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Under these their bare, brown legs showed, but they wore things on their naked feet which were shaped like what we call Turkish slippers — only different. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Wilkie Collins The time has gone by when the two lonely women could take an interest in subjects not connected with their own anxieties. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

I was always a new-comer and always outside the pale of their confidences. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Virginia Woolf Their elegant bodies swayed as they minced with tiny steps on their little pink feet upon the grass. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Algernon Blackwood The cry was not repeated; his own hoarse calling brought no response; the inscrutable forces of the Wild had summoned their victim beyond recall — and held him fast. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

What the Grand Jury will think of it; upon which party, Mansell or Hildreth, the weight of their suspicion will fall, neither I nor Ferris, nor any other man, can prophesy with any assurance. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Thereby they both set up their rest that the Emir will be independent, yea, and friendly. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Charlotte Perkins Gilman And finally most people love their own country better than any other, no matter how good. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle It appears that the housemaid and the cook, who sleep together, were alarmed during the night by something which their superstitious minds contorted into an apparition. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands to deliver him to his father again. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Edith Wharton All the families exiled by the ducal government were hastening back to recover possession of their confiscated property and of the graves of their dead. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

John Galsworthy After the normal period of separation into genders, the baskets were repacked, and all resorted to their vehicles. A Silent Wooing by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Warm, with a glow in their hearts and faces, they rose again, modest, but transfigured with happiness. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson Suppose he collects or makes them ill; — yet he has learned their lesson. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

H.P. Lovecraft Meanwhile the cult, by appropriate rites, must keep alive the memory of those ancient ways and shadow forth the prophecy of their return. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Guy de Maupassant The three boys, with their tutor, Abbé Martin, were on her right, and the three girls, with Miss Smith, their English governess, were on her left. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Guy de Maupassan But what a blunder! “I believe that that which pleases us in foreign women is their accent. Discovery by Guy de Maupassan

Penn, the mighty All-Father, stands behind his Servants and justifies their acts. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope It would be better that he should go and endure all the vials of their wrath than that. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Ford Madox Ford But, if he said she had gone mad he would have to revise a great deal of their relationships, so it would be as broad as it was long . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Marjorie Bowen My family had been goldsmiths as long as there was any record of their existence, and I was an enthusiast in this craft, grave, withal, and studious, over-fond of books and meditation. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Wilkie Collins He was once more the good husband and kind father of their past happy experience. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had no sympathy with their little aims, their little pleasures and their little pains. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

She had all the names of the parties, and pointed out (for she was a great genealogist) their connexion with existing families. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Guy de Maupassant And so their life went on, hard and bitter for them both. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Up to this time not more than five hundred folk had put in an appearance, so it was impossible to judge of their behaviour in bulk. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft Flight was universal, and in the clamour and panic several fell in a swoon and were dragged away by their madly fleeing companions. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

The latter have endeavoured to please the age by falling in with them, and encourage them in their fashionable views and false notion of things. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Edith Wharton Mrs. Rutledge repeated: “That’s in Exodus.” The three visitors remained silent, turning about their hats in reluctant hands. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Anatole France He lifted his spectacles to his forehead, uncovering blue eyes, very soft, and almost extinguished under their red lids. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

I don’t say that there’s not plenty of riff-raff — the pint-and-a-dram gentry and the soft-heads that are aye reading bits of newspapers, and muddlin’ their wits with foreign whigmaleeries. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Rudyard Kipling They know all the countries in the world, and to read and write in their language and to cast accounts. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

He was too tired to feel in the least degree surprised at their departure and sinking back exhausted, in a minute at the longest was fast asleep. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. P. Lovecraf Here art and restraint in narrative reach their very highest development, and an impression of lasting poignancy is produced without a single strained passage or a single false note. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Maria Edgeworth My father and mother were sitting with their backs half turned to each other, my mother leaning her head on her hand, with her elbow on the table, her salts before her. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

G. K. Chesterton Many of their pursuers had waded into the water shaking their fists, but the sea was rough, and they could not reach the pier. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim And in their hearts they both knew that it was useless. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

For a moment, as their glances met, this gave place to a sudden bewilderment, but before he could say a word she had turned aside and was looking towards the window. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins The sailors asked leave of their officer to add a little drink to his meal. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

H. G. Wells We roped in a good little second-rate black-lead firm, and carried their origins back into the mists of antiquity. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

They did not seem to see anything; their vision was awfully withdrawn. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Algernon Blackwood Subconsciously he was excavating their buried purposes. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Edith Wharton The others, whatever their private omissions or indulgences, dressed up their selfish cravings in the same wordy altruism. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]