Phrases with "they"

Edgar Allan Poe Presently they put back, despairing to overtake us. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins In your place, Major Hynd, I should apply to the person in whose house they live, or to the tradespeople whom they have employed. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Let it stand before the fire to rise half an hour; then make it into a dozen and half of wigs; wash them over with eggs just as they go into the oven; a quick oven, and half an hour will bake them. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Anthony Trollope For the present, they would let her put on what clothes she pleased, and make no remark. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

If they can’t do that they fail, for, once we suspect, they know that the whole thing must be altered. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of the cliffs they love, as that whose grotesque profile they call Father Neptune, or that whose pillared steps they term “The Causeway”; but this one they fear because it is so near the sky. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

George Meredith Then again in disorderly words He muttered of home, and was mute, With the heart of the cowering birds Ere they burst off the fowler’s foot. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

The only servant they have is a woman who comes in for a few hours every day. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Emily Dickinson Myself conjectured, Were they pearls, What necklaces could be! The dust replaced in hoisted roads, The birds jocoser sung; The sunshine threw his hat away, The orchards spangles hung. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Of course he jumped at the chance, and off they sailed. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Katherine Mansfield He remembered once saying when they were engaged, “Just as high as my heart,” and she had jumped on to a stool and pulled his head down, laughing. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Fifty horses had passed through Tamfield the week before, so that, large as were the preparations, they were not more than would be needed. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

As they flitted in and out of the cave, the birds were as noiseless as butterflies save when they wheeled to avoid each other. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charles Kingsley Moreover, they must read Burns a little more, and cavaliers and Jacobites a little less. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

M. P. Shiel Anon I waved the paddle, though I knew that they could not yet see me, and then I dug deep at the whitish water. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Then they decided to get to know the small country they were in. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

Julian Hawthorne As I looked, a change came over them — they were now those of a corpse already mouldering in decay, crumbling into nothingness before my eyes. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

They will not be content till they get the Count’s reply from his own lips. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Henry James It was the game of feeding the beautiful iridescent flame, ruddy and green and gold, blue and pink and amber and silver, with anything they could pick up, anything that would burn and flicker. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft There were no wheel tracks, but the police have measured a single set of footprints which they found in the vicinity, and which indicate the boots of a man of refinement. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Meredith Pearly are they till the pale inherited stain Deepens in us, and the mirrors they form on their flow Darken to feature and nature: a volumed chain, Sequent of issue, in various eddies they show. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

But, promptly as they responded to the call, they were too late for anything more than whispered and tearful farewells. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Robert Green Ingersoll When I stand here to say that, if there is a Hell, God is a fiend, they say that is very bad. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

And of the obligations they imposed on me. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Walter Scott As for the information possessed by those dependents of the Abbacies, they might have been truly said to be better fed than taught, even though their fare had been worse than it was. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Bram Stoker If they wish not to do unnecessary harm — which is putting their duty at the lowest possible estimate — they should at least try to avoid repeating the errors which have wrecked others. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Julian Hawthorne By all rights they belonged to each other, and when they had played their childish games to the end, and had wearied of them, then would they enter upon that new phase of life. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne He felt as if they were the two points of an electric chain, which being joined, an instantaneous effect must follow. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

They travelled lightly, carrying, except for the clothing they wore, only camping equipment for two. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Rudyard Kipling Soon they will camp as the dawn’s growin’ grey. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

After a good supper, they had all retired to sleep at Antragues’s house, which was nearest to the field of battle. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens When they didn’t give him boiled mutton, they gave him rice pudding, pretending it was a treat. The Schoolboy’s Story by Charles Dickens [1853]

To confidences straight they fell, Less anxious each to hear than tell; Then each remorsefully confessed To all the virtues he possessed, Acknowledging he had them in So high degree it was a sin. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Fool that I was, I had left it in the boat! Seeing that I was aware of their presence, they closed in on me, and as they did so I took stock of ’em. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

H. G. Wells And as they were still very vague ideas I have no doubt he found me rhetorical. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Guy de Maupassant She was a young, light haired peasant girl, whose milk white cheeks and pale hair looked as if they had lost their color by their long abode amidst the ice. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

The Puritan leaders must have viewed with dismay the tendency in the nation towards a reaction in favour of things as they were. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

For the noblest desires are of a jealous naturethey engross, they absorb the soul, and often leave the splenetic humors stagnant and unheeded at the surface. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

H. G. Wells They went off as if they had received the last possible insult. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Gustave Flauber Presently he began to speak of the harvest and of the notables of the village; his father had left Colleville and bought the farm of Les Ecots, so that now they would be neighbours. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a relief to him, however, to think that they were all in safety and that, but for that one old woman who had lingered in the kitchen, he had the whole place to himself. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

And they were a little impressed, sufficiently so at least to turn their threats in another direction, awakening fears at last which I could not conceal, much as I felt it would be policy to do so. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

They were like silly women — they did not know the use of reason, and he was a match for any of them — went on Babalatchi, with all the confidence of deficient experience. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

D. H. Lawrence So, with a slight hole in their material capital, they returned to Massachusetts and paid a visit to Valerie’s parents, taking the boy along. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Arthur Morrison But they never give me no strike-pay — they laughed an’ chucked me out. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

They come in the cold weather, and as they can get plenty of snow and ice at home, they stay down in the plains with the palm-trees. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Willa Cather One cannot be too free with them; they have too much value. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not think about them, even; they told less on her than on any person present. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

But the night was very dark, and the house lay back a little way from the road; so they told themselves it was only some drunken peasant quarrelling with his wife, and passed on. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Arthur Machen They hoped to seize Paris in a few weeks, but when they were beaten on the Marne they had their trenches on the Aisne ready to fall back on: it had all been prepared years before the war. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Its footfalls as it remounted the stairs were rapid, heavy and loud; they shook the house. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Thomas Love Peacock So does Robin. From whom, both? From all that they could or can make pay them. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

D. H. Lawrence When they were alone, Romero turned and looked at her curiously, in a way she could not understand, with such a hard glint in his eyes. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

As he drew them slowly away again he met the sad, earnest look with which the kneeling woman greeted him, and for a few moments they gazed at one another in complete silence. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Rudyard Kipling They won’t — they prefer talking by the dead, unromantic muttons, where there are not so many buyers. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray How they change those cloaks and bonnets. John Leech’s Pictures of Life and Character by William Makepeace Thackeray [1854]

Arnold Bennett By one of those strange and futile coincidences which sometimes startle us by their subtle significance, the specialist met Theodore Racksole and his captive as they were entering the hôtel. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Together they shot at gulls or empty bottles, and swam every morning in the sea. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then they left her to all the horrors of that solitary, loathsome dungeon, and the strange terror of approaching death. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Henry James C’est d’un trouve, as they say. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether means are not so far useful as they answer the end? And whether, in different circumstances, the same ends are not obtained by different means? 294. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

M. P. Shiel Miss Emily touched its cocky, short tail, saying: “Jenny knows! and the water-lilies know, too: they are never to hear us more. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson Was not that fine reasoning? Dear, dear, if they only thought of it, all the world would do like me; and you would let your flowers alone, just as I stay up here in the mountains. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

When a man misbehaves himself on the race-course at Worcester, they duck him in the Severn underneath. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Edith Wharton It was what the French called “a moment to pass”; they had passed it. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson A few dark spots, more or less, on the uneven expanse were not to be identified; they might be crouching men, they might be shadows; it was impossible to be sure. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim One by one, in more or less furtive fashion, they slunk into the nauseous apartment, with its stale odours of beer and tobacco smoke. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle Suddenly his followers saw him throw up his hands, as though overcome with astonishment, and on joining him they were affected in the same way by the sight which met their eyes. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

G. K. Chesterton The people combined could have swept the few policemen away in ten minutes: they did not, because they did not believe it would do them the least good. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton Our very experiments in larger places, even if they were unsuccessful, ought to have helped us to make North Dormer a larger place . Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Steele Rudd Then, pale and scared-looking, they stared across at each other. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

In ten minutes they sallied forth from the dressing room and wended their way through the throngs of masks to the center of the floor. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch And there came a time when they had him at bay, a beaten man, in a patch of not more than fifty square feet, the centre of his former domain. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Elizabeth Gaskell The black storm-laden dome of heaven lay very still and close upon the white earth, as they carried the body forth out of the house which had known his presence so long as its ruling power. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

H. G. Wells A chair stood in the way, and went aside with a crash as they came down together. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Sidney Colvin Passing from the form of the poems to their substance, we find that they are experiments or poetic preludes merely, with no pretension to be organic or complete works of art. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

First, they are of a sort readily discerned by other men, and by none more readily than by those who lack them. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Rafael Sabatini He saw that they would no more be loyal to each other than they had been to him did they perceive a course of profitable disloyalty. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Virginia Woolf And even if those facts are sometimes dubious and capable of more than one interpretation, they bring the reason into play and widen our range of interest. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Elizabeth Gaskell It would go off, she said to the woman who helped in the kitchen; or if she did not feel better when they had got the hams and bacon out of hand, she would take some herb-tea and nurse up a bit. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Suddenly about 10 o’clock Charlie began disputing with the banker: they both rose, the banker drawing a big revolver from the table drawer in front of him. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Sarah Orne Jewett Being scuffed down all the spring made it grow so much the better, like some folks that had it hard in their youth, and were bound to make the most of themselves before they died. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Algernon Blackwood But it was the pain, he declared afterwards, that saved me; it caused me to forget them and think of something else at the very instant when they were about to find me. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Anthony Trollope Up they came, and were received with three deafening cheers by the crowd immediately round the carriage. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde We have a few, a very few, masters, such as they are. English Poetesses by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Anthony Trollope In Rome they did again meet, and on this occasion they met as quite old friends. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She flitted, like one of those little filmy white butterflies, that don’t seem like real ones they are so light, and move as if they had no weight. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

H. G. Wells Still less did they think about the new economic stresses that were revolutionising every material circumstance of litre. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Edgar Allan Poe The witnesses, as you remark, agreed about the gruff voice; they were here unanimous. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Kate Chopin Yet I could see they were impressed. At Fault by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Afterwards they may come to mean more. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Watkin Tench To beasts of prey we are utter strangers, nor have we yet any cause to believe that they exist in the country. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Algernon Blackwood Booming softly as they dropped downwards through the sky, with a motion the size of them rendered delusive, they trooped up the Avenue towards the central point that summoned them. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Henry James Her guests were a little shy, but they made a gallant effort; they responded with smiles and exclamations, they apologised for not knowing the front door. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Ivan Turgenev With all that, the fortunes of Akim and his wife prospered exceedingly; they lived in harmony and had the reputation of an exemplary pair. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Dickens So, they came to an avenue that was darker than the rest, and were pressing forward on their journey without looking down it when the lady stopped. The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens [1852]

Guy de Maupassant Now he was dead, that maker of verses so touching and so profound that they turned, the heads of a whole generation, so subtle and so mysterious that they opened a new world to the younger poets. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson If they went farther afield, she rode in a bath-chair, which was pushed by an old, one-eyed man. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

W. W. Jacobs For a little while they both stood silent, then the skipper spoke again. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

What about the old man and his wife at the castle?” “I happen to know that they have both been hard at work all the morning,” she answered. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Guy de Maupassant Soon they would see the girl, coming through the fields, and it pleased them to watch the sparkling sunbeams reflected from her shining pail. Two Little Soldiers (Petit Soldat) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

John Galsworthy You can’t think how dreadful!” Her voice sank to a whisper: “Jolyon — Jolyon, they say, has a — has a fair beard, now. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Ivan Turgenev Well, they changed the police commissary soon after, but it all ended the same way. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Conan Doyle The funds of the society were raised by blackmailing rich Italians and threatening them with violence should they refuse the money. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

He and the Caromels had been friends for so many years that he did not care to put the slight of a refusal upon Nash; besides, he liked parties, if they were jolly. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

But they are either left unread, or if read, they are not understood. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Rudyard Kipling Peace being one hundred years old must, they said, be in the immutable order of “Civilisation”. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Arthur Morrison Should they say a gross of each, just to go on with? No? Well, then half a gross. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

At the end of the ends such things do defile, they do corrupt. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Fanny Fern Your articles are not as long as they used to be; you must be more liberal. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Rafael Sabatini And he shrewdly foresaw that if they could not possess the secret they would seek at least to possess the holder of it. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Edith Wharton Ethan therefore proposed to his assistant that they should load the sledge at the wood-lot, as they had done on the previous morning, and put off the “teaming” to Starkfield till later in the day. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Henry James They deal alike with the manners of a rigidly theological society, and even in certain details they correspond. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Of course there are individuals of weak mental balance who do that sort of thing, but they seldom conceal their handiwork; they are more generally inclined to parade it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Jack London The current of the Thirty Mile River was so strong that rarely could they use the paddles. Lost Face by Jack London

Henry James They moved slowly, in unison, below us, over the lawn, the boy, as they went, reading aloud from a storybook and passing his arm round his sister to keep her quite in touch. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

These are not cloistered, and their duties take them freely among the people, with whom they are closely linked, a younger son in every family being a monk. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Daniel Defoe At Moreclack, in Surrey, the birds, as they attempted to fly, were beaten down to the ground by the violence of the wind. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

John Ruskin There are two rocks in mid-sea, on each of which, neglected equally by instructive and commercial powers, a handful of inhabitants live as they may. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

When they all came down his heart had ceased to beat; then the old woman spoke; Dain thought it was good. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Julian Hawthorne To-morrow, when he goes out, I’ll get him to leave them with me for safety!” and then they both laughed. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Arthur Conan Doyle In some ways they have within the last forty-eight hours become much clearer and in some ways they have become more complicated. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

In looking for me, Tod saw Mr. Brandon. He came up to shake hands with him, and told me they were going. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Maria Edgeworth Who could send these to me?” “I give you joy with all my heart!” cried I; “no matter how they come — they come in the most fortunate moment possible. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

M. P. Shiel We sang no hymn; a few muffled Greek words rumbled like the echo of a reverberation from Theodore; whereupon his feet resought the way they had come. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Sinclair Lewis But they came back to Apogee, Iowa, and to the big, dusty man in leather, with a penitent: “I’m ashamed not to have heard of you, but I— we haven’t a car. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson They told me it was no good up here; even the guide-book said so; but I don’t know what they meant. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Julian Hawthorne But he dreamed that some day, distant perhaps, at least indefinitethey would be married. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

And, after all, they did not eat each other before my face: they had brought along a provision of hippo-meat which went rotten, and made the mystery of the wilderness stink in my nostrils. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Arnold Bennett How was this condition of affairs to be explained? Well, they were both young; they both had superb health, and all the ardour of youth; and — they were together. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Sidney Colvin Sometimes, instead of walking, they would ride a little way on horseback while Severn was working among the ruins. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Rudyard Kipling So they strips off their hide an’ they grills in their bones, Till the shadows crawl out from beneath the pore stones  Towards the section, etc. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Pilate tried to put them off with a criminal, hoping that so long as they had blood they would be satisfied. The Centurion by Arthur Conan Doyle

All feelings seemingly subdued, In deep disdain were half renewed, When headsman’s hands prepared to bind Those eyes which would not brook such blind, As if they dared not look on death. Parisina by Byron [1816]

Jack London He built a raft and loaded it with the meat, the big box with Dave inside, and Dave’s team of dogs, and away they went down the Teelee. “The raft got caught on a timber jam and hung up two days. Lost Face by Jack London

Berkley was gay, cold, and satirical; his cousin — for cousins they were — was jealous, haughty, and relentless. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Browning Suppose they die? The chance was they might take her eye. Dramatic Lyrics by Robert Browning [1845]

Henry James They always used the kind sold at post-offices with the stamp affixed, and as this letter hadn’t been posted they had wasted a penny on me. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Charles Dickens In the Surf-boat they were fourteen in number, being at least four too many. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

D. H. Lawrence Their parents let them do almost entirely as they liked. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle They slept in adjoining rooms, and Mrs. King had rushed in to Saunders. Together they had descended the stairs. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells In answer to my question, Montgomery said that they actually bore offspring, but that these generally died. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Kate Chopin Her poses were full of grace, and her little black-shod toes twinkled as they shot out and upward with a rapidity and suddenness which were bewildering. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Gissing What can be more solid than jam? There’s competition to be sure; but Applegarth is already a good name throughout England, and in the West they swear by it. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Guy de Maupassant But she was as simple as it was possible for a provincial lawyer’s wife to be, and he was more exacting than a pascha with three tails, and so they did not at all understand each other. An Adventure in Paris (Une Aventure Parisienne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Ivan Turgenev The girls have ceased singing their hymnthey cannot go on with it, but they do not stir, the river carries them to the bank. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing Go and sit by the nursery-fire, and sing “Rain, rain, go away!”’ Miss Shepperson followed the children with her look as they silently left the room. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Jules Verne And they would no doubt have gone farther still, if they had not suddenly come to the end of the wide road which they had followed since their entrance into the mine. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When it wasn’t found upon you, they all concluded that one of the others had it. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Gissing But what, exactly, do they mean? Are they merely an expression of the optimistic spirit? If so, optimism has to content itself with rather doubtful generalities. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

But the situations, though not those of scenical distress, are so far from being unexciting, that, on the contrary, they are too powerfully afflicting. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Guy de Maupassant Then, after having bandaged him the best way they could, they brought him back to his own house, and they awaited the doctor, who had been sent for, as well as a priest. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

At last a score or more, mostly men, remained where they were, speechless, staring, excited. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Arnold Bennett I do not think they expected you. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Charles Dickens It seemed to her very long before they did return; yet it was hardly eleven o’clock. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

David Hume Men are not blamed for such actions as they perform ignorantly and casually, whatever may be the consequences. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

H. G. Wells They won a battle with another tribe — I got a lot of offerings I didn’t want through it — they had wonderful fishing, and their crop of pourra was exceptional fine. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

May they never wake!” exclaimed Babalatchi, fervently. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

H. G. Wells No one, they were convinced, would take them for drapers, and there might be a pretty serving girl or a jolly old lady, or what Parsons called a “bit of character” drinking in the bar. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

I have been told more than once by doctors who dabbled in the business that I was the most hopeless subject for hypnotism that they ever struck. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Before going to bed, they went out on the kitchen porch to smoke a last cigarette. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

He had been doing it now for over six weeks, and who he was, and where he was, and where he came from, were just as much secrets today as they were when he first started on his ghastly game. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray She cannot in her position look to the children, you know, and so they come under my charge for the most part; and her temper is unequal, certainly. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A few minutes later, they saw Hedda Kleian come out, saw the brilliant smile with which she greeted him, saw her take his arm. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

George Meredith Drizzling they returned, images of woefulness in various forms, including laughter’s. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Arrived on the first floor, they passed along a spacious corridor and entered a dimly lit room. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope As regarded the two estates, they were now absolutely, every acre of them, at his own disposal. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

William Godwin It can be little reproach to any one, to say that they were found incapable of supplying her place. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

His second wife and daughter he expected every day; they were abroad, but would soon return. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Corselets glistened hand-forged, hard; on their harness bright the steel ring sang, as they strode along in mail of battle, and marched to the hall. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

And soft they cooed, and sweet they billed Like man and maid with love fulfilled. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Henry David Thoreau Generally, they are great regular oval masses of yellow and scarlet. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Guy de Maupassan Then they played more games and drank more glasses. The Drunkard by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan The very chairs looked, in their disarray, as if they were terrified and had run in all directions. A Sister’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James This young lady had insisted on her bringing it, to pick up more autographs: she thought they might like to see, in Europe, in what company they would be. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had occasion on Tuesday to pay away two cheques, one for L80, and the other for L120, and here they are returned with a bank notice that we have already overdrawn to the extent of some hundreds. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson And as for all they said, it was just talk and nonsense. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

But a blight had come over my existence, and I only visited these people for the sake of the information they might give me on the subject in which my interest was so terribly profound. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope But they had been told that they might only just see their new cousin and then depart,—because the new cousin was ill. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

He spoke the thoughts of patient toilers like Harvey with a largeness and richness which they could not command, and which they perhaps smiled at. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

The mahogany frame of the broken looking-glass, standing on end, was conspicuous on the white ground in the clear frosty night, as they streamed out from the house. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Arthur Morrison But they want a rare lot of capital, and then the prospectus — well I’ve seen more satisfactory ones, you know. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Those people had been away for some time as the girls had engagements in some Italian summer theatres, but apparently they had secured a re-engagement for the winter and were now back. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

I knew less about him; but if his men were the trackers, they must have spent most of their days a weary way from their kraal. Prester John by John Buchan

Maria Edgeworth With these reasonable men, the grand point for a woman is to amuse them — they can have logic from their own sex. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

For some time they walked on in silence, Anne clutching at Forde’s arm with the grip of a woman who is deeply moved. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Kenneth Grahame I forget their precise nature; anyhow, they were nothing of any particular practical use to a boy. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Over and over again, she says, they seem to have the clue to his hiding place, but they never succeed in finding him. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Subhuti, concerning ‘visible objects,’ the Lord Buddha declared that these are not really ‘visible objects,’ they are merely termed ‘visible objects. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

We might have done it locally or in Perth, to be sure, but then, don’t you see, they would have wanted to get control. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Maria Edgeworth Either from miraculous good fortune, or from a singularity of temper, these adventurous heroines may possibly escape with what they call perfect innocence. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Algernon Blackwood And he imagined them as one: multiple expressions of some single unearthly portent they adumbrated in mighty form — dead symbols of some spiritual conception long vanished from the world. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Anthony Trollope It was impossible not to feel that they were my enemies, as I was sure that they were about to oppose the cherished conviction of my very heart and soul. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle They will probably be away for a month or six weeks, and, as the Aurora is due on Wednesday, they must go at once—to-morrow, if they are ready in time. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Baldwin Spencer As soon as the singing was heard they went on to the Apulla ground, a number of stones standing up on end now marking the spot where they stood and waited. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence With all her curious facility, they didn’t feel small in front of her, because she was like an instrument. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Wilkie Collins If they feel it first, they ought to own it first. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Their motive, as I have said, was gain but that was not the motive of the people they worked through. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Machen Then, suddenly, they turned to the north by such a road as Edward had never seen before. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne Van Tricasse, the burgomaster, was forced to make police regulations concerning the domestic animals, as, seized with lunacy, they rendered the streets of Quiquendone unsafe. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]