Phrases with "they"

Edgar Allan Poe That they have followers proves nothing — No Indian prince has to his palace More followers than a thief to the gallows. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James There are nymphs and naiads moreover in the American depths: they may have had something to do with the duration of my dive. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

W. H. Hudson An hour passed, and then pressing forward to his side and asking for her child she was told that it had been dropped into a deep, swift stream over which they had swum their horses some time before. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H. G. Wells Indeed they lived apart — the men in the river swamps and thickets, the horses on the wide grassy uplands between the chestnuts and the pines. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence They hated to admit that they wanted to go back. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Why should you mind what they call it?” “Tell me, Watson. What do they say of it?” I hesitated but could not escape the question. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Ivan Turgenev It was obvious that he was thoroughly used to such excursions; they constituted one of the sources of his income; each duel yielded him eight gold crowns — four from each of the combatants. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Charles Dickens The members of this good company did a very necessary and customary thing, last nightthey each took a bedroom candlestick, and lit the candle before they went up-stairs. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

When they had skirted the wide lawns, the doctor hurried her through a small plantation of high elms to the stables. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft They were as furtive and seldom seen as animals that live in burrows, and one could hardly imagine how they passed the time apart from their desultory fishing. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edgar Allan Poe As for the rest of the company, they really made no attempt at concealing the downright fright which possessed them. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

James Clerk Maxwell Others are sudden, and are called magnetic storms, but, like the storms of the atmosphere, they have their known seasons of frequency. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Just at first they are very jumpy, and then there comes a time when they learn to enjoy life while they have it. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their ruin could not have been more complete or more rapid if they had not possessed an ironclad or a regiment. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Wilkie Collins To my thinking, they were so entirely beautiful that they had no right to be in a man’s face. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Rafael Sabatini Headed by Prince Lubomirski, and attracted by the news which had gone through Warsaw like a ripple over water, they made already a considerable crowd. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

When they arrived in front of the house Peyrol stopped to glance anxiously down the path to the coast, letting the lieutenant enter the café. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

If two really unhealthy people get married, they will, as likely as not, have a great number of children who will all die before they reach maturity. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

Arthur Conan Doyle Slowly, very slowly, they descended, but at last his feet touched the topmost rung of the escape. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anatole France And then it seemed to him that they might have joys which should make life worth living. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch What disheartens me is, they won’t see it. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

If the lads had to go out of their way to seek the temptation, they might never do it; but it lies right in their path, you perceive, and they can’t pass it by. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Guy de Maupassant She grew so pale when she saw Henri, that at first he thought she was going to faint, then, however, they began to talk quite naturally. A Country Excursion (Une partie de campagne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Jules Verne However, they remained where they were. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The French ladies who have succeeded in London, they go there at midday. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Presently they came in, and the woman hid her face. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

The Old Man noticed, as they walked, that a track through the thickest part of the jungle opened up — a beaten, straight track, which he, for all his wanderings, had never before seen. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

He also persuaded her to retire to it at once to rest; her consent was extorted upon the condition that they would not leave her for a moment. Schalken the Painter by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Wilkie Collins He asserted consolingly, that the fleas were not likely to leave him to go to me — they patriotically preferred Italian to English pasturage. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Kenneth Grahame Could they be trusted to play fair? I asked Selina, who replied scornfully that angels always played fair. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Robert Louis Stevenson In the deeps of the woods they laboured, piling the fuel high In fagots, the load of a man, fuel seasoned and dry, Thirsty to seize upon fire and apt to blurt into flame. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Each carrying a bundle of wood, they came forward and stopped upon the quay. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

George Gissing The two men just as unlike as they could be-in face, I mean. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

If jeers followed me, I heard them not; if I was the recipient of sympathizing looks and wondering conjectures, they were all lost upon eyes that were blind and ears that were deaf. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Leo Tolstoy But they only laughed at him and told him if he could work better with his head than with his hands he could also find bread for himself. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Loisl came up with his zither and they all made way before him. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Henry James The walls are white and bare, they shine in the rays of a horrible chandelier of imitation bronze which depends from the middle of the ceiling. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Guy de Maupassant When they saw, issuing from the hole, the black slippers and the white stockings of the drowned person, they disappeared. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Andrew Lang Covers like this, may or may not please the eye while they are new and clean, but they soon become dirty and hideous. The Library by Andrew Lang

George Gissing There in a minute or two he was confronted by his landlady and her husband: they closed the door behind them, and stood in a resolute attitude. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

A wonderful change had taken place in Dr. Lewis. If they had doubted before whether the doctor was not falling into his dotage they could not doubt longer, for he was decidedly in it. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Charles Dickens On the right was a sort of barrack, with a South American Flag and the Union Jack, flying from the same staff, where the little English colony could all come together, if they saw occasion. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Besides, they know that if they get the prisoner safely away they will each receive a thousand pounds. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Guy de Maupassant As soon as they were in bed, two and two together, they clasped each other in their arms, as if to protect themselves against this feeling of the calm and profound slumber of the earth. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

E. F. Benson Some of them made quite loud pops as they burst, and some presented problems. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

At the same time they had a scheme for constructing defences on their own shore against the attacks they might in this manner provoke. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

D. H. Lawrence As they watched the night stretch far out, her arms tightened round his waist, and he pressed his elbows to his side, pressing her arms closer still. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Nikolai Gogol In the first place, to whet your appetite, as they say, and then to satisfy it — Ah! speak of an angel,” exclaimed the judge, all at once, catching sight of Ivan Ivanovitch as he entered. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Men always love what is good or what they find good; it is in judging what is good that they go wrong. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then, perhaps for the first time, as they fall away from me, I realize too the hideous burning pressure of those iron bands which Lady Deignton’s false words have forged around me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

They would have been too plebeian for you since they had to lead, to suffer with, to understand the commonest humanity. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Edgar Allan Poe These latter roofs, of course, needed no support; but as they had the air of needing it, slight and perfectly plain pillars were inserted at the corners alone. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Guy de Maupassant But hardly had they started when Belhomme began to cry out again. Belhomme’s Beast (La Bête à Maît' Belhomme) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle I did not actually say what was in my thoughts, but I got so near to it that if they had any corresponding idea they could not have failed to express it. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Thanking them for the information they had given me, I came away. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Charles Kingsley In our sense of the word they were all of them Mystics, and of a very lofty type; but surely Henry More is a Mystic in Mr. Vaughan’s sense also. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some people rose as they passed, and left two chairs vacant. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Poor Rowden looked miserable until Elliott, divining how affairs were turning, frowned on Clifford and found a moment to let Rowden know that they were all going to make the best of it. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

H.P. Lovecraft As the particles struck the glassy surface at the center of the strange device, they seemed to produce a crackling noise like the sputtering of a vacuum tube through which sparks are passed. The Evil Clergyman by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Husband and wife lying side by side in the darkened room may quiver with the same shudder and yet remain mute, for people do not mention death any more than they pronounce certain obscene words. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Guy de Maupassant At one time, the doctors think she has an attack of heart disease, at another time, they imagine it is some affection of the liver, and at another time they declare it to be a disease of the spine. The Spasm (Le Tic) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Deep thanks to all Who paused a little near the prison-wall To hear my music in its louder parts Ere they went onward, each one to the mart’s Or temple’s occupation, beyond call. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

Jacques Futrelle Finally some old family jewels were pawned without her father’s knowledge, and ultimately they were lost. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

He had a rooted dislike, of professional littérateurs, and was always haunted by a dread that they would claim equality with him on the common ground of authorship. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft Thick and majestic they sailed, slowly and deliberately onward; ranging themselves round the peak high above the watchers, and hiding the moon and the summit from view. The Other Gods by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Unfortunately they began by approaching Lieut. Feraud, on the assumption that, having just scored heavily, he would be found placable and disposed to moderation. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Marjorie Bowen Since they had entered the room his expression had changed utterly. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Afterwards they spent the day in exploring the island and in gathering the rare shells which are to be found upon the beach. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the Strand they were checked, but along Aldwych they were again in full speed. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

She has been running her head into a noose, and oh — ” Pausing, she clutched my arm with a passionate grasp: “Do you think there is any danger? Will they —” She could not go on. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Also they had got hold of a Patriarch, a most respected Patriarch, put him on trial for high treason, and condemned him to death. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

Charles Dickens In the picture, they are, as they were in nature, indispensable to a correct reading of the vigorous face. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

But they would be leaving soon, and then she would go down there and have a thorough rest. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Charles Kingsley Images belong to the imagination, the power which sees things according to their real essence and inward life, and conceits to the fancy or phantasy, which only see things as they appear. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Before Paddy could bless himself, they seized him, legs and arms, carried him out to a great high hill that stood like a wall over a river, and flung him down. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Arthur Conan Doyle Here they are in this telegram, and the other end of our tangled skein must lie among them. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. T. A. Hoffmann My uncle strode forwards straight towards the walled-up door, and his steps were so firm that they echoed along the floor. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Thomas Love Peacock In politics, they have ran with the hare and hunted with the hound. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

E. Phillips Oppenheim Once more, he felt the soft caress of her lips as they sought his . The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

She waved her hand towards a lean, dark man who had stood beside the door as they entered. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell Bessy felt almost sorry for him as they handled him — not over-gently — and bound him, only half-conscious, as hardly and tightly as they had done his fierce, surly companion. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He rose to his feet, and as he did so she noticed that he kept his head studiously turned away from the direction whence they had come. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

H.G. Wells The glare, they say, was golden like a beam shining out of the sky, not a uniform blaze, but broken all over by curving flashes lake the waving of swords. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Forms leaned together in the taxis as they waited, and voices sang, and there was laughter from unheard jokes, and lighted cigarettes outlined unintelligible 70 gestures inside. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James They don’t complain of anything; they don’t meddle; they take what’s given them; they leave me tranquil. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Charles Dickens Can they both be men and brothers? Verily they are. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell If they pleased her, they prospered; if, on the contrary, they neglected or traversed her behests, misfortune, small or great, fell on them and theirs. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

I held conversations with nature in a tongue which they could not understand. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Sliding and stumbling down a dry wash, they made for the valley. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

But the evidence they picked up was scanty, as the police, ignorant themselves of many things, were reticent. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Guy de Maupassant He won, and so they went to a grocery to buy two sous’ worth, of red and white candies. Two Little Soldiers (Petit Soldat) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Wilkie Collins Before any of the three could speak again, they were interrupted by the appearance of one of Crayford’s brother officers, followed by two sailors carrying a hamper between them. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

If they do not always know what is good, they do know what pleases them, and it is useless to quarrel with their decisions, for there is no appeal from them. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Benjamin Disraeli They admired its beauty, and told him that they greatly esteemed an individual who possessed such a mass of precious ore. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

I must take the train they took, and alight where they alighted. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Whatever their motives, they vanished from Saigon together. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Rudyard Kipling They declare that they speak the truth, and the news of dog politics lately vouchsafed to me in groggeries inclines me to believe, but I won’t. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In their haste to begin their treasure-hunting they had not even waited to take away the tea-things. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Julian Hawthorne For the first (though not for the last) time I heartily cursed the diamonds; they seemed to raise the devil wherever I carried them. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

At any rate, they don’t show much. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Both of them were much put out at your forbidding it: for their own satisfaction they wished to ascertain particulars. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Indeed, they could hardly add to this gentleman’s reputation, whose works in Latin and English poetry long since convinced the world that he was the greatest master in Europe of those two languages. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Guy de Maupassant My men also drank the juice of the grapes, and when they were so intoxicated they could not stir they went to sleep in the vineyard. A King's Son (Toumbouctoo) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

There I hung while my feet were towed outwards by the volume of the stream as if they had been dead leaves. Prester John by John Buchan

I could see their cloaks glimmering as they dodged like woodcock among the rhododendrons. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

In this manner they were no less mistaken in their astronomical calculation than in their system of natural philosophy. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Marjorie Bowen For the third time she shrieked and they marvelled that any human being could hold her breath so long; yet it was muffled as if some one held a hand over her mouth. Kecksies by Marjorie Bowen

E. Phillips Oppenheim As they waited with a little crowd to cross at Hyde Park Corner, Mrs. Owston’s victoria passed amongst the stream of carriages. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

He was Anak, who had emerged as they crossed the road from the quarries, which were close at hand. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins But there are occasions when even a cultivated lady fails in her grammar, and almost envies the men their privilege of swearing when they are in a rage. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Nikolai Gogol But honest folk shook their heads when they marked their way of living. St John’s Eve by Nikolai Gogol

Leslie Stephen His religious instincts were as strong and genuine as they were markedly undemonstrative. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Thomas Hardy Young marriageable men won’t look at you; or if they do just now, in a year or two more they’ll despise you as an antiquated party. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Olive Schreiner It’s so much cheaper to buy things ready made!” And they shake their heads and go their ways, feeling that the world is strangely out of joint when duty seems no more duty. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Percy Bysshe Shelley If ten men are shipwrecked on a desert island, they distribute whatever subsistence may remain to them, into equal portions among themselves. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

H. G. Wells So they shared the lion with the vultures. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

William Hope Hodgson Further from the sun, they became thin lines of vivid fire within the violet. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Francis Bacon There, if there be any discord or suits between any of the family, they are compounded and appeased. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

One by one, as they took out the books, the space behind grew smaller and smaller. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

H. G. Wells This does not prevent their resisting whenever they can the attempts of the Red Guards to collect food at regulation prices. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Jack London Therefore, when they spotted a school of mullet; and lighted the fuse, they had to hold the dynamite till the fuse burned short before they threw it. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. Abel White was a kind man, and he would often drop into my little shanty and smoke a pipe with me, for white folk out there feel their hearts warm to each other as they never do here at home. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Some had death written on their features, and Dick marvelled that they could laugh. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The inevitable result was something lifeless, formless, fantastic; they were on the wrong track. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Charles Kingsley They build great towns; they rob far and wide; they never quarrel with each other: they must have some one to teach them, to lead them — they must have a king. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

In the opportunity presented to them of giving a home to a poor orphan they saw a favour of God. Very soon they became truly attached to her, for one could not know her without loving her. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Charles Dickens When Mr. Chadwick asked how they would find her out? they smiled, shook their heads, and spoke of mysterious but infallible ways and means. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Charles Dickens But when in course of time they found I did no harm, but, on the contrary, inclined towards them despite their unjust usage, they began to relent. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Guy de Maupassan Small detachments of soldiers knocked at each door, and then disappeared within the houses; for the vanquished saw they would have to be civil to their conquerors. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Jesus! If they were that size thirty years ago, what would they be like now? It was June the seventeenth, Friday, the second day of the coarse- fishing season. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

If he’s dying, as they say, and still nurses some grievance against me, it is quite on the cards that he may not be averse to a little company upon his journey. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Makepeace Thackeray Alas! they did little execution. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Henry James And you tell me they were ‘great friends’?” “Oh, it wasn’t HIM!” Mrs. Grose with emphasis declared. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Then they beat on the bushes and bade him rise up, and he savagely rushed out athwart the men, the most formidable of swine. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Anthony Trollope Then they will come back to lunch. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell At length, her rigidity of form and feature gave way, and she was terribly convulsed — torn by the devil, as they called it. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Some of the food they gave me, and I ate it thankfully. Prester John by John Buchan

Elliott repeated the order and they strolled off toward a table. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

People would say so, too, if they heard me call you “mother. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

The anxieties in regard to money matters are wearing me out; they would wear me out altogether if I did not end them. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Guy de Maupassan Were they happy? Certainly not. The Clown (Le Scapin) by Guy de Maupassan

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Also, they worked out a system of intensive agriculture surpassing anything I ever heard of, with the very forests all reset with fruit — or nut-bearing trees. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Jules Verne So they dashed recklessly down the ravine, and after loosening the cable, they would doubtless endeavor to leap aboard. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Guy de Maupassan For five years they had no children. The Child by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim One afternoon, however, they came face to face in the passage leading to the tea-room. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

I am very sorry, but just ask your friends to dine at the Rocher de Cancale. I could have them here, but I will not; they shall not come. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Now, by the time the sound had ceased, I was wound up, as they say, to a very unpleasant pitch of excitement. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Greatly displeased, the King vetoed it, informing the Opposition that if they did that again they would pay for their obstinacy with their heads. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

M. R. James And up beyond these two, they say, lies the third. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

They won’t reach me there in a battle! oh, they won’t reach me there!’ ‘If you’re afraid, too, of being defended and helped . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

M. R. James As they sat one evening in the parlour discussing the problem for the twentieth time: ‘You have been at his books and papers, Joseph, again today, haven’t you?’ ‘Yes, mother, and no forwarder. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope If this be acknowledged, I shall be held to be right in saying not only that ease and lucidity in style are different virtues, but that they are often opposed to each other. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

M. R. James The dress was, in any case, hopelessly spoilt, to her great vexation, and though they looked everywhere, the missing piece could not be found. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

After going up more than two-thirds of the way, they rested their insensible burden on a flat stone. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Sinclair Lewis He had been afraid that if his brothers had it they would welcome Sidney as a partner before he became habituated as a dentist. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle The daughter, however, had other views, and there were already several candidates for her hand, who, if they were less eligible from a worldly point of view, were at least more of an age. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins The pictures were so few that they could be hung in excellent lights in the different living-rooms of the villa. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Ruskin But they divide the labour for its greater ease. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

John Galsworthy He drank his soup, and pushed the tray-table away, lying very quiet until they had removed lunch and left him alone; but every now and then his eyes twinkled. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

George Gissing What they have swallowed under that name was the vegetable with all its exquisite characteristics vulgarized or destroyed. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Blades The wonder was they were not turned into a muddy pulp. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The difference between the two former was never alleged as an argument for the eternal permanence of either, in that form under which they first might offer themselves to our notice. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

When it becomes thoroughly softened, they heat it until it forms a liquid, of moderate consistency. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

In that case we knew that they must be domiciled in Naples somewhere. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Meredith Then had Vengeance of her feast Scent in their quick pang to smite Which they knew not, but huge pain Urged them for some victim slain Swift, and blotted from the sight. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

They are best known and remembered on account of the eminence of the chief disputants, and of the melancholy waste of Bentley’s genius which they occasioned. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

H. G. Wells If they could only talk, if they could only seem at their ease! But this blank incapacity was eloquent of guilt. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

On no occasion have they left the ghost of a trail behind them. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Henry James They looked at another image, they opened to another light. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

I hold Popery to be such a mean and degrading superstition, that I am not sure I could have found myself liberal enough for voting the repeal of the penal laws as they existed before 1780. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Henry Handel Richardson Even with the support of the water they could bend but a few inches; and wider than ever did their legs splay, to permit of their corpulences being lowered. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

H.P. Lovecraft It was nominally Catholic; but priests throughout Brooklyn denied the place all standing and authenticity, and policemen agreed with them when they listened to the noises it emitted at night. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

George Gissing They looked at the unaddressed letter; they gazed into each other’s faces. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Percy Bysshe Shelley So soon as the accents and gestures, significant of pain, are referred to the feelings which they express, they awaken in the mind of the beholder a desire that they should cease. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Pu Songling And they all lived long and happy. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Daniel Defoe So dull, they never take the pains to think; And seldom are good natured but in drink. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

And in this case, when the objects of a man’s habitual admiration are true and noble, they will ever be found to suggest some antidote to the fatigues of their pursuit. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

G. K. Chesterton They’ve really made you King. By gosh! they must have rum taste. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

E. F. Benson Waves of ether, or what not, may conceivably retain the impress of such scenes; they may be held, so to speak, in solution, ready to be precipitated. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

Rudyard Kipling By the way what; about the political rights of these folk under your schemes? The country people call them vermin, but I sup-pose they would be electors with the rest. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson You would have thought they would separate: but no; whether from lack of means, or the Scottish fear of scandal, they continued to keep house together where they were. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton The characters do not do what they ought to do, nor what they would do, nor it might be said, such is the insanity of the atmosphere, not even what they intend to do. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The proclamation went on to state that if arbitration were not adopted by noon that day all the old maids of the federation would strike — and strike they did. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim Through the deep morning stillness they could even hear the thud of her engines. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

William Morris Thy life is full of mourning, and theirs so empty and bare That they have no words of complaining; nor so happy have they been That they may measure sorrow or tell what grief may mean. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1885]

Wilkie Collins The elder children, admitted to the family festival, ate till they could eat no more; stared till they could stare no more; yawned till they could yawn no more — and then went to bed. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle We saw them, grave and earnest men, reasoning and pleading with the people, but we saw them scorned and jeered at by those whom they were trying to save. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

I passed the man and woman as they stopped at their first meeting! “Is all right, George?” said the female. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Washington Irving Suddenly he heard a groan — his teeth chattered and his knees smote against the saddle: it was but the rubbing of one huge bough upon another, as they were swayed about by the breeze. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

She kept asking herself what these rooms could be for, to what part of the house they belonged, and why they had been left unfurnished. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Julian Hawthorne They appeared to take note of everything: they were seldom fixed and never introspective. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Miles Franklin They had devoured all the fruit in the orchards about, and had even destroyed many of the trees by eating the bark, and now they were stripping the briers of foliage. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Do you think they really believe that Anthony killed Sir Julian Bott?” “I wouldn’t go so far as that,” the young man replied, “but one has got. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Miles Franklin I could scarcely believe that they were addressing me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Algernon Blackwood A third was necessary to some plan they had on hand, and — they waited to see if he could fill the place. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Wilkie Collins Never mind my lonely life here, if I can only see George happy and well again! He tells me they have passed a great deal of their time on shore; but not a word does he say about meeting any ladies. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Leo Tolstoy We never drank vodka, as they do now. After the Dance by Leo Tolstoy

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even in that salt-odorous air the perfume of strange scents seemed to creep out from those closely written sheets as they fluttered in the breeze. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James The knot was tied for the couple in New York, where, to protect the legitimacy of such other children as might come to them, they settled and prospered. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

M. R. James It is to be supposed that he made himself very agreeable to the servants, for within ten days of his coming they were almost falling over each other in their efforts to oblige him. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James