Phrases with "themselves"

The ideas and understandings march on and achieve themselves for all — in spite of every one. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Bram Stoker But the young ladies! He has no wife nor daughter, and the young do not tell themselves to the young, but to the old, like me, who have known so many sorrows and the causes of them. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

They had also secured some flour and pork, and fancied themselves freed from apprehensions of famine, at least for a week. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Walter Scott The Puritans themselves did not shun intercourse with a man whose talents must have rendered him formidable, even if they had not been united with high rank and an immense fortune. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Elizabeth Gaskell But how? They themselves abounded in thought, power, and information; but these are qualifications scarcely fit to be inserted in a prospectus. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Dampier So these dancing women sung themselves and danced to their own music. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

George Meredith The wretched think themselves spited, and are merely childish, not egregious in egoism. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I felt myself surrounded by enemies on every side, and would have given my heart to those who would first throw off the mask, and announce themselves as my decided and avowed enemy. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Niccolo Machiavelli Whence they are obliged, either to hope that there will be no peace or to gain so much for themselves in times of war, that they can provide for themselves in times of peace. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

George Berkeley It will not be amiss to observe how far the received principles of philosophy are themselves chargeable with those pretended absurdities. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Henry James But they say themselves that I am different. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope Poor Miss Mackenzie! I fear that they who read this chronicle of her life will already have allowed themselves to think worse of her than she deserved. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Edgar Allan Poe Avoiding its strokes they busied themselves with the anointed bandage. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

It was evident that many men no better than myself and with no greater advantages than mine had raised themselves to influential and even decisive positions in the worlds of politics and thought. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Virginia Woolf The lines curved themselves in semicircles above their eyes. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

William Morris But they noted that four brisk men lay without the booth, and across the door, with their weapons beside them, so that they must needs look upon themselves as captives. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Francis Bacon The fourth is concerning some brief censure and judgment of the authors; that men thereby may make some election unto themselves what books to read. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Arnold Bennett He was astonished that they were so short-sighted as not to be able to see the image of themselves in the old man, so imprudent as not to think of their own future, so utterly brutalised. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

I would only protest that if our laughter-loving King prefers farce to tragedy, and rhyme to blankverse, his subjects should accommodate themselves to his taste, and enjoy the plays he likes. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson She had, besides, grip and rhythm, and long, close-knit hands insinuated themselves artfully among the complicated harmonies. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis And do they believe it? Hell, no! But they make themselves believe it and then they make other people believe it and so they get rid of us as rivals for the good jobs that they’d like themselves. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

There are, as is well known, many landlords who will not permit a public-house to be opened on their estate, and the landlord of Garden City — the people themselves — could adopt this course. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Isabella Bird When a number of persons hit upon a grievance, real or supposed, they unite themselves into a society, and invite delegates from other districts. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

It was evident to me that my present masters also thought themselves better than any one in the town. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rarely had the police found themselves in the presence of so strange an affair, without the slightest clue to guide them. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

They just rolled themselves up at night, heads and all, in rough brown blankets, and lay about the lower deck like dogs. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

They were very pleasant people, who did not consider themselves called on to present an icy aspect to a new acquaintance. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Wolfe So they had chiefly confined themselves to the book itself, exchanging their thoughts and afterthoughts about it, with comments on what the various critics had said and left unsaid. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne The travellers found themselves circumscribed by a circle less than a hundred feet in diameter. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

George Gissing He and his wife established themselves in the lodgings which he was already occupying. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Leslie Stephen He lets his characters show themselves without obtruding unnecessary comment. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

But if it was very wicked, and I must recognize that the scene would be shocking to most of my readers, I feel bound to say that the people themselves did not look wicked. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Frances Hodgson Burnett They had not previously thought of themselves as martial, because middle-class England was satisfied with her belief in her strength and entire safety. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I meet ladies or, at least, persons calling themselves such — in horrid waterproof costumes and with coarse cloth hats. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

G. K. Chesterton But in themselves how unforgettable they are. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Ivan Turgenev One day — three weeks after the 9th of May — the blinds in the windows of this lodge were drawn up, women’s faces appeared at them — some family had installed themselves in it. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

The yankees (as the New Englanders are called) will avow these qualities themselves with a complacent smile, and boast that no people on the earth can match them at over reaching in a bargain. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Tobias Smolle This extraordinary veneration paid to the Virgin, must have been derived originally from the French, who pique themselves on their gallantry to the fair sex. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Henry James Sherringham had seen a great many nervous girls tremble before the same ordeal, and he liked to be kind to them, to say things that would help them to do themselves justice. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Gustave Flauber They were hiding themselves in the hills bordering the valley by which the Carthaginians had come. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Mark Twain These persecutors run after the animals, shouting and goading them for hours together; they keep the donkey in a gallop always, yet never get tired themselves or fall behind. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

I believe Brother Peck is coming to see how the upper classes amuse themselves when they really try to benefit the lower classes. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Oscar Wilde After the Restoration women applied themselves with still greater ardour to the study of literature and the practice of poetry. English Poetesses by Oscar Wilde [1888]

They entered the common hall, and placed themselves at table. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang The larger communities meet, and divide themselves into smaller groups, within which wedlock is forbidden. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Seeing how unreasonable Brotherton was, they could not feel themselves bound to obey him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Walter Scott Several had large pistols also; and the corselets or cuirasses of some were heard to clank, as they seated themselves to partake in this act of devotion. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

They quoted it as often as other things he said, but always in a spirit of derision, while Kendal’s ideas as a rule got themselves discussed seriously, now and then furiously. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Charles Dickens What was it?” The old man’s eyes fixed themselves upon his questioner with a look of a creature brought to bay. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Isabella Bird As I sat watching them, a complete oblivion of everything but the falls themselves stole over me. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

John Lewis Burckhard Those who style themselves Olemas, or learned doctors, allow the extremity to fall down in a narrow stripe to the middle of their back. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope The clerks had acknowledged among themselves that this might be true, but had remarked that there were different ways of hanging a dog. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Daniel Defoe At length you descend the back stairs, which are in themselves large, though not like the other. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Thomas Hardy Both the women showed off themselves to advantage as they walked forward in the orange light; and each showed too in her face that she had been struck with her companion’s appearance. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Then they prostrate themselves before the images of the saints, — they invoke, they sometimes revile them. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope You never expected that people would come and deposit themselves of their own accord. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Three were seated on the ladder leading to the after part of a steamship, the poop, I suppose, while the other two had placed themselves on either side of it. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Then the staid and married people dressed themselves in their best clothes and, after duly scolding the young folks for their indifference to church, went to hear mass. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Isabella Bird Other objects developed themselves as we steamed down to the wharf. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

When they add themselves to being, they partly redetermine the existent, so that reality as a whole appears incompletely definable unless ideas also are kept account of. The Meaning of Truth by William James

William Morris It is their ambition and the end of their whole lives to gain, if not for themselves yet at least for their children, the proud position of being obvious burdens on the community. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

His eyes fixed themselves on a bottle of heart-shaped peppermints, and then met Dick’s suddenly, with the clear frank glance of a schoolboy. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope Those who knew him well personally, but did not know the affairs of his family, declared among themselves that Sir Harry would take care that the property went with the title. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

All he found in the fore-cabin was an empty rack for the proper number of eighteen rifles, but of the rifles themselves never a single one anywhere in the ship. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe As time passed and no discovery ensued, a thousand contradictory rumors were circulated and journalists busied themselves in suggestions. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether, for one who hurts his fortune by improvements, twenty do not ruin themselves by foreign luxury? 242. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Isabella Bird Their pay is eighty piastres a month, with rations of bread for themselves and of barley for their animals, but the pay is often nine months in arrear, or they receive it in depreciated paper. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Yet after another year there were many passages in Black Spring that had also rooted themselves in my memory. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Thomas Hardy Then he found that, though the marks of pig-dressing, of fats and scallops, were visible, the materials themselves had been taken away. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Gustave Flauber The most dangerous were the henbane-drinkers; in their crisis they believed themselves wild beasts, and leaped upon the passers-by to rend them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Virginia Woolf She bade him look at the way things massed themselves — look at the amazing colours, look at the shapes of the trees. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

G. K. Chesterton It was stated wrong by Lord Rosebery, when he said that it prevented the best men from devoting themselves to politics, and that it encouraged a fanatical conflict. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They themselves had large curious eyes and were given to whispering and giggling. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Charles Dickens The clergy and the crowd must have been rather ashamed of themselves in secret, I think, for being such poor-spirited knaves. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Etzel and Kriemhild themselves beheld the scene. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Arthur Conan Doyle Good night!” And so they found themselves in the street once more inhaling long draughts of the night air. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Walter Scott Peevishness and jealousy have possessed themselves of a heart which was once strong and generous; his life is now on the dregs, and I grieve to speak it, these dregs are foul and bitter. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

The days passed, and linked themselves to weeks. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

David Hume It left men who were still great, by themselves and their family, independent of their office and commission. That Politics may be reduced to a Science by David Hume

Then they betook themselves Romeward, and many folk prayed well for them. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

H. G. Wells Particularly they poke themselves in between us and the people with whom we are at war to distort any possible reconciliation. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

They now supposed that the enemy were employed in some of their diabolical ceremonies, when the flame, mounting higher and higher, showed that the sanctuaries themselves were on fire. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Guy de Maupassant And by the depth of their despair they realized how strongly they had been attached to her, and how desolate they would find themselves now. A Dead Woman’s Secret (La Veillée) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

R. D. Blackmore But times there are when sun and man, by stress of work, or clouds, or light, or it may be some Process of the Equinox, make draughts upon the untilted day, and solace themselves in the morning. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The wise thought it very foolish, but the many thought it very funny, and the idle amused themselves by chalking it upon walls, or scribbling it upon monuments. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Miles Franklin All they think of is gadding about and being fast, and ruining themselves body and soul. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sogrange, however, continued to talk courteously of trifles until, having decided to watch the first game, they found themselves alone on the leather divan surrounding the room. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

As high priests of Occultism they deny themselves to everyone and never come out of their seclusion. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

But the Bora, though so sudden and so savage, does give warning of its rise, and the peasants avail themselves of this characteristic. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In the same group with these were three or four others, all men of dignity and evident command, and bearing themselves like personages who were accustomed to the gaze of the multitude. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

They go to conquer all human misery, they arm themselves to wipe away misfortune from the face of the earth; they go to subdue what is monstrous, and they will subdue it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

On the other hand, the eyes themselves were alight and alert as ever; they were still keen and gray and gleaming, like finely tempered steel. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Thomas Hardy Most men who have brains know it, and few are so foolish as to disguise this fact from themselves or others, even though an ostentatious display may be called self-conceit. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

After this the revelry of the demons was never again heard from the rock; and it was believed that they had left it and betaken themselves to some other haunt. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Arthur Morrison He had no more than the word of Luker and Birks that the jewels (if they existed) were those of Lady Wedlake, and Luker and Birks themselves only professed to know from hearsay. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

I would see myself again and again sitting amidst those sluttish surroundings, collar and tie in hand, while her heavy German words grouped themselves to a slowly apprehended meaning. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Do theatrical stars often come and conceal themselves behind bookcases in this way?” “You think he was always acting,” said Olive, “and I know he was never acting. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

But the majority were too much alarmed to trust to this, and thought themselves safer ten or twenty miles off. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

But two shook themselves loose from the pack and began to gain on her. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Take any single process of change whatever, take the twenty seconds themselves elapsing. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The dewy coolness of the rock kept the air always fresh and the sunbeams never thrust themselves so as to dissipate the mellow twilight through the green trees with which the chamber was curtained. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

These often consider and call themselves practical men. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Kenneth Grahame Those others, with their laboured jests and clumsy contortions, doubtless flattered themselves that they were funny men; we, who had to sit through and applaud the painful performance, knew better. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Arthur Machen I daren’t let them go out by themselves in this awful place. Change by Arthur Machen

G. K. Chesterton There is one piece of nonsense that modern people still find themselves saying, even after they are more or less awake, by which I am particularly irritated. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Others of the same camp restrict themselves to unsensational creeks and lagoons. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells If people had taken reasonable care of themselves instead of gaping at me, they wouldn’t have got hurt. My First Aeroplane by H. G. Wells [1910]

They produced an effect of having found themselves — completely. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope At last came the day on which the two Claverings were to go down to Harwich and put themselves on board Jack Stuart’s yacht. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And there is sometimes a pretence at personal dignity among those who think themselves to have risen high in the world which is deliciously ludicrous. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Corbet and her daughters set themselves violently against this foolish entanglement of Ralph’s; they would not call it an engagement. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Victor Hugo The constables grouped themselves before the wicket. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He picked a band of resolute fellows, twenty in all, and in the middle of September they presented themselves at the gate of the castle, and summoned the Sire do Retz to surrender. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Thomas Hardy Tess and the other three were dressing themselves rapidly, the whole bevy having agreed to go together to Mellstock Church, which lay some three or four miles distant from the dairy-house. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton A few moments later the back room was in its usual flawless order and the two sisters had seated themselves near the lamp. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His caprices had their origin in a mind that lacked the support of an engrossing purpose, and in feelings that preyed upon themselves for want of other food. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

I visited all the exhibitions in New York. The Medici of the Republic must exert themselves a little more before these can become even respectable. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

And, indeed, I am disposed to take objection to that old proverb, or at least to believe that contempt is only engendered of familiarity with things which are in themselves base and spurious. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jules Verne The horses were tired out and dying for water, and though their riders had stinted themselves for their sakes, still their ration was very insufficient. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Suddenly, almost inadvertently, people found themselves doing things that would have amazed their ancestors. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Leon Trotsky My guardians tried to console me as best they could, though they themselves were greatly perturbed. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anatole France They do not glorify themselves with the untried virtue the matron prides herself on. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Andrew Lang They “fix themselves on the place where the sick man is affected; . The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

On the birth of a second son, my junior by seven years, my parents gave up entirely their wandering life and fixed themselves in their native country. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edith Wharton That was the way to treat people who thought themselves so awfully superior. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Oscar Wilde Drunkards had reeled by cursing, and chattering to themselves like monstrous apes. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser The speaking acquaintanceship which she formed with some of the girls at the shop discovered to her the fact that they had more of their earnings to use for themselves than she did. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Never even a contradiction or a new witticism, fired across the floor of the House. They never forgot themselves in Greek to that extent, because they were never at home in it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Olaf Stapledon A profound disheartenment and lassitude attacked them, like that which so often undermines our primitive races when they find themselves struggling in the flood of European civilization. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

James Payn Whatever objections she might have had to such a match before—and they were in themselves insuperable—seemed to have grown to twice their former proportions. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Edith Wharton Up the hillside they domed themselves in great bluish masses, one against the other, like the roofs of some mysterious city built of leaves. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Andrew Lang At first, no doubt, some of these men of the sword themselves composed and chanted lays” (like Achilles), “but soon there arose a special class of poets . Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Then gradually the suspended mechanism began to move once more; the shuttles of memory worked; ideas weaved themselves together in our minds. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

They hung him for a traitor, themselves the traitor crew, But his soul goes marching along. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Thomas Hobbes And for their faith, it is internal and invisible; they have the license that Naaman had, and need not put themselves into danger for it. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hardy Among these, two made themselves prominent by their peculiarity: one was a very strong bass, the other a wheezy thin piping. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells Quite half an hour’s amicable discussion led at last to a reduction of sixpence, and all parties professed themselves satisfied with this result. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Andrew Lang Then she bade them hide themselves next morning, as soon as Iwanich was asleep, in the King’s hen-house, which stood on a lonely part of the heath, and to remain there till she called. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The men scowled at me and rubbed their sore and blistered hands, and set themselves to row. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Some concealed their effects; others contrived to elude the vigilance of the sentinels, and hid themselves in the neighbouring woods and mountains. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edgar Rice Burroughs And so, while Jane Porter and Esmeralda were barricading themselves within the cabin, the cowardly crew of cutthroats were pulling rapidly for their ship in the two boats that had brought them ashore. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Philip Sidney For only repeating certain of Euripides’ verses many Athenians had their lives saved of the Syracusans, where the Athenians themselves thought many of the philosophers unworthy to live. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Hints of the farther blue showed themselves in a lofty sky of delicate and drifting gray. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arnold Bennett It was only a small balloon, as balloons are measured, but it seemed monstrous as it wavered over the human forms that were agitating themselves beneath it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mademoiselle felt as if her fingers were twisting themselves together and the Frenchwoman was peculiarly moved by the fact that she looked like a slim jeune fille of a creature saying a lesson. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Maria Edgeworth About that time many Jews had enriched themselves at Gibraltar, by keeping stores for the troops; and during the siege it was expected that it would be a profitable business. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Machen Now and then a couple detached themselves from the swarm, and went away into the darkness, answering the jeers and laughter of their friends as they vanished. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anthony Trollope Then there had arisen difficulties, which had seemed to him to be vain and absurd,—though they would not allow themselves to be at once swept away. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope It is strange what latitude men will give themselves under the cloak of their religion! But why has Anton spoken to you of this? I did not bid him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

At last, on January 28, 1842, they found themselves in Boston harbour. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Edith Wharton If the situation takes the lead, I leave it lying about, as it were, in a quiet place, and wait till the characters creep stealthily up and wriggle themselves into it. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

To the bodies therefore of the electricks themselves small bodies are borne. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Edward Bellamy These syndicates, pools, trusts, or whatever their name, fixed prices and crushed all competition except when combinations as vast as themselves arose. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Anthony Trollope Poor wretches who had gotten themselves dragged thither from the hospitals, in which they feared to remain, were lying in every ditch, and under every wall, filling the air with their groans. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne A hundred of his soldiers had placed themselves in a position to defend the station, should the Sioux attack it. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

The ancient philosophies were of two kinds — exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Walter Scott This is the popular reason assigned for the desire of the Fairies to abstract young children, as substitutes for themselves in this dreadful tribute. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Only, since all here think of themselves before anything else, let us do so too. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Blatherwick’s table was really within a few feet of theirs, but they themselves were hidden from it by a corner of the folding doors. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Dickens There are reasons which will presently explain themselves for not publicly indicating the exact direction in which that journey lay, or the place in which it ended. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Oceaxe and Maskull picked themselves up and examined themselves for cuts and bruises. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

They shrank from the light, and kept themselves in the caverns. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The two new friends established themselves in the house during his absence; when I heard Hareton sternly check his cousin, on her offering a revelation of her father-in-law’s conduct to his father. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

The memories of her old life mingled themselves with thoughts of her new existence. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Ford Madox Ford They had a large income, but every now and then they would find themselves hard up. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

His haughty demeanour touched the pride of his more potent vassals, particularly those who at a distance felt themselves nearly independent of his authority. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

And this must not be left out in reckoning the grains and scruples that were compounding themselves into his inner consciousness. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Ivan Turgenev It is true that some of the house serfs did say among themselves that: “One can see that he is not one of us,” but to his face they almost flattered him. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Stur It was pitch dark, and ranging themselves in a line near a large tree, they each lit a small fire, and had a supply of dry leaves to give effect to the acting. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

When they find themselves shut up, they are very astonished, roll their eyes, and peck my fingers with their stout beaks. In the World by Maksim Gorky

James Payn All are aware of the enormous interests that hang upon the result impending, even if they have none themselves; vague hut gigantic shadows of loss and gain forecast themselves upon every mind. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Wilkie Collins At other times my temperament was of the nervous and anxious sort, and my tendency was to exaggerate any difficulties that might place themselves in my way. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Gertrude Stein What I am afraid of is that they will just attract an awful bombardment on themselves in which they will have to be supported. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

All the inmates threw themselves upon their pallet beds, and hid themselves under gray blankets. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling The remnant stretched themselves on the grass, where a crowd feels and looks less like a crowd. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Ann Radcliffe The admiration was reciprocal; La Luc and his family found themselves much interested in M. Verneuil, and looked forward to the time of his departure with regret. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Whilst they were still a good distance from the Porta del Popolo they all at once saw themselves surrounded by several tall figures closely enveloped in mantles. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

He swore that none ever talked to themselves who were not witches. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

There must be thousands like her who could see no place for themselves in the world, and here she had been, fretting herself and worrying others as if her case were unique. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

M. P. Shiel At any rate, his words were always most weighty, living, memorable, and overbearingly authoritative—not in themselves perhaps, but in some way because they came from him. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Abraham Merri Some there were who hurled themselves upon it in impotent despair, some who knelt before it, praying. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Miles Franklin Besides, she is not seventeen yet, and I do not approve of romantic young girls throwing themselves into matrimony. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

For example, before they begin a game, children will settle amongst themselves how it is to be played, and what rules are to be observed. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins The heightening colour spread to her forehead and her neck, and the nervous fingers suddenly clasped themselves fast round the edge of the book. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. G. Wells The remaining rich, the financial adventurers who still appeared, the prominent political leaders, the transitory “kings” of the underworld, all surrounded themselves with bodyguards. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The ladies had been amusing themselves with a perusal of the hotel register, and the notes of admiration or disgust with which the different sojourners at the inn had filled it. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Edith Wharton Her parents, alarmed by her appearance, were at last convinced of the necessity of change, and timidly, tentatively, they transferred themselves for a month to a staring hotel on a glaring lake. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Presently the Tibetan missionaries found themselves confronted by a rival missionary movement, with which they could not cope. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

His lips outlined themselves firmly under his yellow moustache. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Without further attempt to renew the fight, they availed themselves of a thick fog, which hung over the lower slopes of the hills, to effect their retreat, and left the passes open to the invaders. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. Rider Haggard Hither, then, they must crawl upon their knees, and this was weary work, for ever as the ship rolled they fell, and could in no wise save themselves from hurt. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Nathaniel Hawthorne Here they amuse themselves with lesser freaks of mischief. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Olaf Stapledon Even though, in the ensuing war, the defenders might gain victory in the end, the struggle was generally so long and devastating that the victors themselves were irreparably damaged in spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. Rider Haggard But unfortunately it is difficult to play the game of politics with the persons of young and lovely queens as though they were ivory effigies of themselves on a chessboard. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson His patient was a poor woman, lying very sick and quite alone in a bark hut, her menfolk having betaken themselves to work. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

I really don’t like to bore her, you see; and no doubt things will arrange themselves in due course. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

John Locke The great and chief end, therefore, of men’s uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

However, they had only flung themselves down in panic. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle The fire in his breast spread from man to man of his followers, and amid the crashing of blows they still locked themselves against the English shields and drove hard for an opening in their ranks. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Charles Dickens On hearing footsteps close at hand, these three turned, and rose, and showed themselves to be the three of one name who had been drinking in the wine-shop. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]