Phrases with "themselves"

Olaf Stapledon The folly of people driving themselves to face all this just to capture a bloody ditch made me terrified of my own kind, and of myself. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens At last, resolving to defend themselves at Holbeach, they shut themselves up in the house, and put some wet powder before the fire to dry. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arnold Bennett Auntie Hamps, telling her eagerly about the posts, thought that these professional nurses certainly did make themselves at home in a house. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope Then the jurors themselves objected. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Robert Louis Stevenson If I left (as I could not very decently whistle to my spies to follow me) they might miss me in the dark and tack themselves to Alan by mistake. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her thoughts would not connect themselves with each other and she could not imagine what she ought to say in her letter to Coombe. In fact she seemed to have no thoughts at all. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

They themselves cannot yet understand the book of truth. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy That family’s been no good to him, first or last; so let them keep their blood to themselves if they want to. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The women shrieked, the children screamed with affright, and the men huddled themselves together. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Conway was rather surprised at the ease with which Barnard and Miss Brinklow had accommodated themselves to the new prospect. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Anthony Trollope They all seated themselves in the carriage with their small parcels, leaving their luggage to come after them in a cab which Mr. Moss had had allowed to him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am sorry for them, but they have only themselves to thank. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Scott It is a stirring world, where all may advance themselves who have stout hearts and strong arms. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Bronislaw Malinowski In short the modes of obtaining wives enforced and expressed of themselves a good deal of the validity of marriage. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Algernon Blackwood They seek, though perhaps automatically only, to oust your own thoughts and establish themselves in their place. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Yes”— contemplating her shrewdly, as they seated themselves in a stone temple at the end of the bowling-green —“you are looking moped and ill. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Men who would neither justify themselves nor apologize for themselves. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain I could hardly have seen the trout themselves at that distance in the open air. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope To go home would be to throw down their arms at once, and acknowledge themselves beaten. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy During the early part of the journey Stephen Smith’s thoughts busied themselves till his brain seemed swollen. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He was to be saved for nobler sport than this, and the first wave of their passion having subsided they contented themselves with crying out taunts and insults and spitting upon him. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Now that the first freshness of my new environment had worn off, I was able to see my life as a series of grey pictures that repeated themselves day by day. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Charles Dickens The worst consequence of this attempt was, that a rising took place among the people of Cornwall, who considered themselves too heavily taxed to meet the charges of the expected war. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arnold Bennett He had had many misgivings about it, and had put them away, and they all swept back presenting themselves as a series of signs that pointed to inevitable disaster. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Some of the boys were shouting themselves hoarse from the top of the ascent, wanting to know if we were lost. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

The little boys came in, and pressed themselves one on each side of their father, their eyes glued on the crystallised cherries. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Andrew Lang They do not know that any one but themselves has ever noticed the curious facts before their eyes. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Throughout that mighty assembly there now ran a universal movement; the people breathed more freely, and resettled themselves in their seats. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

The time wore on toward midnight, and her guests got themselves away with more or less difficulty as they attempted the formality of leave-taking or not. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Availing themselves of the renewed spirit of enterprise, the captains embarked on board their vessels, and, under the guidance of the veteran pilot, steered in the same track he had lately pursued. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Percy Bysshe Shelley Poetry is ever accompanied with pleasure: all spirits on which it falls open themselves to receive the wisdom which is mingled with its delight. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Olaf Stapledon But their tragedy lay in the fact that, though to their opponents they seemed to be either mad or at heart wicked, to themselves they appeared superbly sane, practical, and virtuous. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

But the things themselves and the enjoying of them are not the end, but the material ground, having its value only from the choice. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Olaf Stapledon On the whole they found themselves forced to be twi-minded?? about these distressful creatures. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

For thus it was: When the King’s men found themselves foiled at Saint Albans, and that Robin and his men were not to be found high nor low, they knew not what to do. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Mr. and Mrs. Stockhausen in consequence felt themselves in the seventh heaven. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Virginia Woolf The eyes fix themselves upon the poker; the right hand takes the poker and lifts it; turns it slowly round, and then, very accurately, replaces it. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Jules Verne Jolivet and his companion threw themselves into the midst of the fierce beasts, and Michael was finding his way towards them, when a sudden change took place. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Their reason first kindles their passion, but the passion is the instrument they use; they force themselves into men’s hearts, while they appear only to appeal to their judgment. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Elizabeth Gaskell The affections are strong and their foundations lie deep: but they are not — such affections seldom are — wide-spreading; nor do they show themselves on the surface. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rudyard Kipling Failing this, the local body would themselves abate the said nuisance, charging him with the cost of the labour involved. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Gissing But those last words of hers repeated themselves in his mind, and at length they brought a deep solace. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet, if the busy tongues of the neighborhood spared Priscilla in one way, they made themselves amends by renewed and wilder babble on another score. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Leberfink bade the girls pluck themselves a nosegay each; but on gathering the flowers they perceived to their amazement that both stalks and leaves were gilded. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells I’ve helped it out with diagrams and here and there pictures seem to have got themselves in when I wasn’t looking. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Jules Verne The dogs were worn out, and had to be helped; the men harnessed themselves along with them, and wore themselves out too. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Andrew Lang After he had been overpowered by sleep, as on the former days, the mare and foal ran away and hid themselves in the royal hen house. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A. E. W. Mason The prisoners built it themselves of mud-bricks dried in the sun. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson My feet stopped of themselves and my heart along with them. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Leon Trotsky My impressions of that first meeting were something like this: men rate others cheaply, and rate themselves not much dearer. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Some also have an effigy of Judas, which the crew amuse themselves with keel-hauling and hanging by the neck from the yard-arms. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

A horseman rode past them furiously towards Carlisle. Unconsciously themselves they drove their horses faster, the mud scattering up about them as they went. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The inn was kept by a Bordelaise and her husband, who wish themselves in Bordeaux twenty times a day. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Ann Radcliffe The table was spread with provisions, and they were regaling themselves with great eagerness and joy. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

They also helped themselves to a few of the callow starlings. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton His invincible spirit belied and disguised the signs of weakness that afterward asserted themselves in my remembrance of him. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

H. G. Wells Perhaps that is because they themselves always reserve something when they state a reasoned case. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

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]

The good people among whom he had begun his ministry took kindly credit to themselves that he had met his bride while she was “visiting round” their countryside. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

His eyes focused themselves slowly on Winston. ‘Ah, Smith!’ he said. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell In fact, it was the work of one person to superintend the inn alone; but he had his farm and his vineyards beyond, which of themselves gave him enough to do. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

That was for the strong, fighting spirits who could keep up the pace, and when tripped up themselves would be up in a moment and tripping up the tripper. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle They could not advance, and they would not retreat, so they sheltered themselves as best they might, and waited patiently until their leaders might decide what was to be done. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Hazlitt Both are absent and self-involved, both live out of themselves in a world of imagination. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Oscar Wilde The women fled screaming to the waggons, and hid themselves behind the felt curtains. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

They cycled assiduously and went for long walks at a trot, and raided and studied (and incidentally explained themselves to) any social “types” that lived in the neighbourhood. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Meredith But very wealthy noblemen were commonly, perhaps necessarily, eccentric, for thus they proved themselves egregious, which the world expected them to be. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The great ladies I know would swoon if they found themselves in a London street unattended; but I am not like them. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope This, however, was a long time ago — nearly two years ago; and many grave things had got themselves transacted since Lucy’s visit to the deanery. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Peace be with all the Wedgingtons from A. to Z. May they find themselves in the Season somewhere! I AM not used to writing for print. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Olaf Stapledon But what kind of a world would they desire to make, whose knowledge was only of numbers? But the philosophers themselves were scarcely more helpful. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hobbes The other, is when men agree amongst themselves to submit to some man, or assembly of men, voluntarily, on confidence to be protected by him against all others. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Gaining fresh courage by his example, they hurled themselves upon the gunners. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Andrews himself, and his blushing sweetheart, do not lend themselves so readily to humorous art. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Anthony Trollope Young men who are the heirs to properties, and are supposed to be rich because they are idle, do get themselves asked about here and there, and think a great deal of themselves in consequence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

They then lowered themselves from the window. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Radclyffe Hall To themselves they had seemed like the other lovers for whom dawns were brighter and twilights more tender. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

And then they say that those be saints, because that they slew themselves of their own good will for love of their idol. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Jules Verne Both he and Robert leaped to the ground, and flung themselves into each other’s arms. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Bram Stoker The very heights and shapes and materials of these hills — nay, even of the wide plain that lies between us and the sea — have in themselves the materials of enlightening books. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Willa Cather The only ones who could take care of themselves were ruined by the San Francisco earthquake some time ago. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

The great roads ran below him, to Rome, to Paris, to Aix, to Byzantium, and the nations established themselves in cities upon them. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

All things here are of a weird convertibility to the alien perception, and the richest and rarest facts of nature lavish themselves in humble association with the commonest and most familiar. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

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]

Henry James When the possibilities themselves had accordingly turned stale, when the secret of the gods had grown faint, had perhaps even quite evaporated, that, and that only, was failure. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Anatole France On the carpet were buckle shoes neatly coupled, the heels joined and the points separated just as if they had of themselves the sentiment of a fine deportment. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Those of the present day more cleverly call themselves Kings of France, Spain, England, etc. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Every house door should be locked after sunset and all families should provide themselves with a loud whistle. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

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]

Arnold Bennett Even ministers of religion permitted themselves to think and to express opinions. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells Slain they avenge themselves by a peculiar penetrating disagreeable smell. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Curiously enough he was a sincere and ardent Socialist. Even more than the men themselves he insisted upon complete social equality between all ranks. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

H. G. Wells But as the vast problems about them expose and play themselves into their minds, the goal of the Open Conspiracy becomes plainer ahead. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope So they both resumed their books, and submitted themselves to their martyrdom for a further period of fifteen minutes. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She had fallen into the habit of going to Mrs Stumfold’s tea-parties every fortnight, and was now regarded as a regular Stumfoldian by all those who interested themselves in such matters. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray To the very last hour I remonstrated in vain, and only now anticipate by a few hours, my departure from a home from which they themselves were about to expel me. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Leon Trotsky In the confusion of a revolution, a new order begins to take shape instantly; men and ideas distribute themselves naturally in new channels. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry Handel Richardson By the time she was ready to leave the untidy room, the morning was more than half over, and the shifting clouds had balled themselves into masses. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Gertrude Stein Mr. Jaccacci who had a great admiration for Miss Aldrich was very helpful but all the people that he knew wanted things for themselves first. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Don’t mind what they do — think they can carry off anything and talk themselves out of anything — all the world’s a fool to them. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Jules Verne They soon found themselves in a profound obscurity, which was only relieved by the glimmer of the lamp. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Jules Verne Symptoms of scurvy manifested themselves in him, and his legs were soon covered with white spots. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Other mountains are homogeneous, and thrust themselves up from below in masses suggestive of primitive disruption and upheaval. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Pu Songling He asked her to sing, and, with a low voice, which filled her friend with rapture, she sang: “On the trees the bird pursues his companion; Oppressed slaves free themselves with love. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

John Lewis Burckhard The grown up slaves are always armed; they hold themselves upon a par with the best Arabs, and feel humbled only by the conviction that they cannot marry the Arab girls. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Olaf Stapledon Men with sound eyes need not concern themselves with the arguments of blind men to prove that seeing cannot occur. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I was delighted with the most difficult characters, Chinese and Cuneiform, because I felt that they impressed themselves more strongly upon the eye than the eternal Roman letters. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James When my friends present themselves she’s perfectly polite, but it cures them of coming again. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

The relations of the girl, who felt themselves disgraced by her conduct, were vehement and excited to a high pitch, but the Menelaus of Nablus was exceedingly calm and composed. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Henry James Half the women of his time, to speak liberally, had flung themselves at his head, and out of this pernicious fashion many complications, some of them grave, had not failed to arise. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

John Stuart Mill Surely the people who did this have discovered the secret of human progressiveness, and must have kept themselves steadily at the head of the movement of the world. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

John Lewis Burckhard Swarms of these animals nevertheless abound, and they run about the court-yards in such quantities that the boys exercise themselves in throwing lances at them, and kill them every day by dozens. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

T. H. Huxley Nor have any signs of halting or of decrepitude manifested themselves in our own times. Essays by T. H. Huxley

John Stuart Mill Those alone the influence of whose actions extends to society in general, need concern themselves habitually about large an object. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Sir Walter Scott They did not bind their prisoner, but contented themselves with leading his horse between a file of men. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins You know nothing about it; I know nothing about it; the architects themselves know nothing about it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Victor Hugo It was a sudden confrontation of misery and power, meeting face to face, and resolving themselves at once into the two halves of a conscience. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Benjamin, and they two men of his, had laid themselves out for the robbery. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Her friends, shocked at the event, had contented themselves with informing her brother at Athens, and had then washed their hands of the matter. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anna Katherine Green If one such scrap can be thrown over the fence, why shouldn’t another be? Men who indulge themselves in writing anonymous accusations seldom limit themselves to one effusion. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Some boys, born of poor parents, had struck out for themselves and become great men, and everybody had respected them for rising upon their own merits. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Robert Green Ingersoll I would suggest an education that would rule theology out of the government, and teach people to rely more on themselves and less on providence. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

She had delicate hands and beautiful arms which showed themselves to advantage as she manipulated the cards. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Gissing What protection had she? The caresses had followed upon an insult, and were themselves brutal, degrading. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

But he took no notice, and Oona took no notice, but they looked at one another as if all the world belonged to themselves alone. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Connie was aware from successful, old, hearty, bluffing Sir Malcolm, that artists did advertise themselves, and exert themselves to put their goods over. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton The most formidable liberal philosophers have called the monks melancholy because they denied themselves the pleasures of liberty and marriage. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jack London And when, at ten o’clock, they dragged themselves in to the Post, they could barely see the Flora’s smoke far to the southward. Lost Face by Jack London

Jules Verne In the meanwhile, Herbert, Pencroft, and the reporter occupied themselves with making traps on Prospect Heights and at the border of the forest. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

His half-interested replies interpreted themselves to her after a while, and she turned their talk upon trivialities, with a gay exhilaration which was not her frequent mood. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Mary Webb And then, again, these clever musicians allow themselves to become so passionate, one almost thinks they are inebriated. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope She found with the Stanhopes new amusements and employments, new pursuits, which in themselves could not be wrong and which were exceedingly alluring. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The Bey and his ministers and mamelukes amused themselves with shooting at a mark. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

LAMPRIAS. How then do they extricate themselves out of these difficulties? DIADUMENUS. Surely with very great cunning and courage. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

The mother drank in her son’s words, which cut themselves into her memory in regular rows. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Papers would get themselves locked up, and sometimes it would not be practicable to trace them. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Musicians entered, carrying desks and music-books, and placed themselves in two rows, on either side of the enclosure where I was. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope At St Louis Mrs Peacocke had become acquainted with two brothers named Lefroy, who had come up from Louisiana, and had achieved for themselves characters which were by no means desirable. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald The boys flung themselves from their horses’ backs, and they, not seeing the black wall before them, dashed themselves, with mine, to pieces against it. Lilith by George MacDonald

These thoughts shaped themselves with greater or less definition in Brayton’s mind and begot action. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope The months of January and February slowly wore themselves away, and during the whole of that time Margaret saw her cousin but once, and then she met him at Mr Slow’s chambers. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry Adams The English themselves hardly conceived that their mind was either economical, sharp, or direct; but the defect that most struck an American was its enormous waste in eccentricity. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry Fielding Of this, as few of my readers have not gone into wherries on the Thames, they will easily be able to form to themselves an idea. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

He had seen the shadowy Sabine peaks uplift themselves one by one, and the Campagna emerge, like a troubled sea, from the mystery of the twilight. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Thomas Hobbes The desires, and other passions of man, are in themselves no sin. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Andrew Lang One day two impostors arrived who gave themselves out as weavers, and said that they knew how to manufacture the most beautiful cloth imaginable. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What was to be done — what must be told — whom could she trust? Those were the questions repeating themselves in her mind as she stared into space. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing She obeyed his summons, and stood up before him; her eyes had fixed themselves upon his; he could not avoid their strange gaze. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Charles Dickens When the seventeen other young princes and princesses saw him bleed, bleed, bleed, they were terrified out of their wits too, and screamed themselves black in their seventeen faces all at once. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

At last he reached a wooded sandhill, where the Maroons had entrenched themselves in great force. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Its attendants were chiefly confined to the parties themselves and their immediate relatives, but that did not prevent other people from flocking in to see it. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Mr. Gresley was fortunately not aware of this, for unimaginative persons believe themselves to be sealed books, as hermetically sealed as the characters of others are to themselves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope Even his father was well-nigh overwhelmed by admiration, and his mother and sisters thought themselves only fit to minister to his pleasures. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The two good sisters had not settled themselves in their respective chairs; their attitude expressed a final reserve and their faces showed the glaze of prudence. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson Waddling up the beach they spread their petticoats, and on these stretched themselves out to dry. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Their suits begin almost with their steel baby clothes, and adapt themselves almost to their senile decrepitude. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells Then they would suddenly find themselves worn bare, bankrupt of moral energy. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. Rider Haggard But by degrees his eyes adapted themselves to the altered light, and began to distinguish the familiar outline of the furniture. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope In marriage should not the man and woman adapt themselves to each other?” “When they are married, yes. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

That is the curse of rich people — they teach themselves to distrust and restrain every impulse toward unusual actions. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Thomas Love Peacock I thought they would overreach themselves with their own tricks. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Henry Handel Richardson They themselves lost count of time, so like was one day to another; and yet each that passed was a little eternity in itself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen So they took their teas with them and picnicked in the woods and enjoyed themselves very much, I believe. Change by Arthur Machen

As the Persians write, “What can I say more?” And I only hope these few words may help to make my peace with people who justly pride themselves on bearing no malice. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Rudyard Kipling She may be sister to thy Bull for aught I know —’ ‘Or I care,’ said Kim. ‘My Stars do not concern themselves with thy cattle. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Gissing He was not of the young men who easily insinuate themselves into ladies’ affections: his exterior was against him, and he seemed too conscious of his disadvantages in that particular. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

John Ruskin Farther, laws of precept have reference especially to youth, and concern themselves with training; but laws of judgment to manhood, and concern themselves with remedy and reward. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Virginia Woolf The outsiders then would bind themselves not only to earn their own livings, but to earn them so expertly that their refusal to earn them would be a matter of concern to the work master. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Helen Zimmern They preferred each other’s society to that of strangers; they regarded themselves as beings apart; what one did, the others approved; harmony and good will reigned supreme. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

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 James It was when they came back into the park that, being rather hot and a little satiated, they stretched themselves under a tree and Hyacinth yielded to his curiosity. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe These people blinded themselves by details. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Streams came out of the upper snow-wreaths and hurled themselves down the steeps — above a shimmering veil of mist, and below a torrent of green water tumbling over pebbles to the sea. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Partly on that account, and partly because of their spontaneous origin, they regard themselves as the favoured children of Faceny. But when they come here to find him, they die at once. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Olaf Stapledon The sun and moon, darkness, the storm, the seasons, beasts of the chase and hostile beasts, all gather to themselves out of the past a strange, obscure, potent significance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry Handel Richardson More people came hurrying over the square to the theatre, and ranged themselves at the end of the tail. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

And they sat themselves down to breakfast. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether Great Britain ought not to promote the prosperity of her Colonies, by all methods consistent with her own? And whether the Colonies themselves ought to wish or aim at it by others? 305. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Professors must live; to live they must occupy themselves with practice, and if they occupy themselves with practice, the pursuit of the abstract branches of science must go to the wall. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

And, finally, he concluded by begging that they would themselves see “the proprietor,” and dispatched a waiter to apprise him of the circumstances of the visit. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Only three creatures remained alive, and they had hidden themselves in the thickest part of the forest, high up the mountain. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He reminded himself now that such a simplicity was unlikely; explanations did not lucidly arise from mere accidents and present themselves as all but an ordered whole. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Edith Wharton Two brown blurs emerging from the farther end of the wood-vista gradually defined themselves as her step-son and an attendant game-keeper. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Robert Green Ingersoll I thank them for their courage — for their patriotism — for their wisdom — for the splendid confidence in themselves and in the human race. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells But they were much too happy with themselves and the expedition for their friend to attempt any hint at the moment about these things. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James The family antiquaries themselves lose breath. The American by Henry James [1877]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch My junior officers — though when the test came, as it soon did, they acquitted themselves most creditably — showed, as a whole, just then no great promise. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

H. G. Wells His trustees found themselves with a dozen myriads of lions’-worth or more of property at the very beginning. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Availing themselves of their superior knowledge of the passes, they reached that commander’s quarters long before Montenegro, who had commenced a countermarch in the same direction. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

W. H. Hudson A simple mental experiment may serve to convince any person who tries it that the sensations of smell do not reproduce themselves in the mind. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

D. H. Lawrence The vines held themselves up by their own foliage, for a while. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

John Bunyan And then, being hardened, they shew themselves as they are. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Anthony Trollope The novels of a man possessed of so singular a mind must themselves be very strange — and they are strange. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Virginia Woolf That was why she had said, “The poor enjoy themselves more than we do. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Jules Verne The stable now contained five onagers, four of which were well broken, and allowed themselves to be either driven or ridden, and a little colt. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Mon Dieu! whatever was taking place inside? It danced down into the very depths of the flesh, the bones themselves must have been jumping. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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]

Jack London They sensed between themselves and him a difference of kind — cause sufficient in itself for hostility. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Edward Bellamy The principle is that no man’s work ought to be, on the whole, harder for him than any other man’s for him, the workers themselves to be the judges. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy