Phrases with "things"

Miles Franklin I read ardently, nay, furiously would better express the way that one tackles the things one wants to do. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope He could have done it, so he told himself, and could have taken glory in doing it, had not these other things come in his way. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett The political aspect of things would be perfectly satisfactory. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Henry Fielding He made frequent allusions to Adam and Eve, and said many excellent things on figs and fig-leaves; which perhaps gave more offence to Joseph than to any other in the company. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Damaris can fend for herself to-night; at the rate things are going there doesn’t seem to be any immediate danger. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith Van Diemen sent for his head gardener, whose report of the state of things outside took the comprehensive form of prophecy; he predicted the fall of the town. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

M. P. Shiel Look at things in Germany and Russia, look at France: in France ever since the Separation Act, the Church was a dead thing; then came the miracles, and to-day France is on her knees. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could only lie still, half-free and half-bound, and see what turn things were likely to take. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope I never put the two things together. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain The few chapters relating to the infancy of the Saviour contain many things which seem frivolous and not worth preserving. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

John Galsworthy And, daily, there were so many little things to see and say that he was rarely back at the house till one o’clock. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim She called out after him, wanting to pack him a bag, reminding him of his sponges, pyjamas—all sorts of things he ought to have. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The things they do, the things they say. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

R. D. Blackmore The farmer declared that there should be no wedding until he had sold seven stacks of wheat, for his meaning was to do things well. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

She was habitually calmvery silent; when she spoke it was rarely on earthly things, on things familiar to her past, things one could comprehend. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Many symbols are mere “survivals”— things which having no longer any utility continue to exist because we have inherited the tendency to make them; as funereal urns carved on memorial monuments. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arnold Bennett As things are he doesn’t know there is any George, and it’s just as well he shouldn’t. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Yes, he would have to see how things went. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

The things round about you swim into your mind one at a time, rather as they do when you’re waking from sleep. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

And that very state of things has created for us an undermining alternative . The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Steele Rudd Then Dad got talking about wheat and wallabies — when, all at once, the pressman gave a jump that rattled the things on the table. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

As things are turning out, I foresee that we must give battle to London, to the provinces, to all England, and certainly in the end we can’t fail to be beaten. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing At length external things were wholly lost to her, and she gazed across the water with continuance of solemn vision. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell You must have many painful things to do. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing But in the nature of things there must be one woman whose nature is specially well adapted to harmonise with mine, or with yours. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Roger owned considerable property in the neighbourhood, and there were always a lot of things to look after. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Anthony Trollope Such is not the state of things now in London, nor was it at Rome in Cicero’s time. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang This state of things had gone on for quite a long while, when at last there came a season such as the oldest parrot in the forest could never remember. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then his eyes fell upon the little pile of things which had been taken from Gauntry’s pockets and put upon the table. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

E. F. Benson Really things were known in Tilling almost before they happened. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Daniel Defoe As you discourse them, you shall hear them tell All things in which they think they do excel: No panegyric needs their praise record, An Englishman ne’er wants his own good word. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Robert Louis Stevenson We begin to peep and botanise, we take an interest in birds and insects, we find many things beautiful in miniature. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope But it seems to me that but few among us perceive, or at any rate acknowledge, the real reasons for changing these things and reforming what is wrong without delay. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

He gathered the things which pleased him best from among the treasures of its grisly king, and with Delvcaem by his side they stepped into the coracle. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Externally things went on at Knowl for some weeks in the usual routine. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton It is the small things rather than the large things which make war against us and, I may add, beat us. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Anthony Trollope He put these things together, and they were enough to entitle the public to demand that a jury should decide. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Ada felt that if, as things went on, the woodcock should become her woodcock, the bullet which reached his heart would certainly pierce her own bosom also. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith If you buy potatoes carefully, they are extremely cheap things to live upon, and make you forget your hunger more than anything else. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sarah Orne Jewett Something made them do all these things in a finer way than most country people would have done them. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

These things are not for our asking, my dear. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. G. Wells In the retrospect things fell into place and the remark of the late afternoon linked itself to the neglected suggestion of the morning. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

G. K. Chesterton Above all the globe is at unity with itself; the cross is primarily and above all things at enmity with itself. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Willa Cather But we will begin this story with a summer morning long ago, when Mrs. Forrester was still a young woman, and Sweet Water was a town of which great things were expected. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Henry James She says charming things about me, and they give you great comfort. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Morrison Soon Dicky reached Shoreditch High Street. There things were a little more favourable. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton Many forerunners (if it comes to that) would have felt rather ill if they had seen the things they foreran. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Now my life on the veld has given me the eyes of a kite, and I can see things for which most men need a telescope . The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

William Morris On the other hand, the ornamental part of modern life is already rotten to the core, and must be utterly swept away before the new order of things is realized. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Henry James In future, so far as my things are not positively beautiful, you may set them down as failures. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, any number of things happened to combine to vulgarise the thing; but vulgarising a thing does not really make it vulgar. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Margaret Oliphant She got up from her chair at once, and proceeded to put her things together to get ready for the journey. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

William Morris Clement said moreover that, this happy lord dead, things had not gone so well there as had been looked for. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope Such things are said openly in Barchester, and your father, who has been in town and has seen you, feels himself unable to tell me that my mind may be at rest. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Over there I guess I’ll forget a lot about Sumner and the things that have happened in between — and think a lot about you and the South Downs and this — how we sat side by side here. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

George Gissing He was conscious of benefiting greatly, and not alone in things extrinsic, by the atmosphere of such homes. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells Think of all the things we have, things that we should miss. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton Yes, things have changed for you,” he said. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Meanwhile, during each, the thought of Villiers strayed through her mind, like a heavenly visitant, to gild all things with sunny delight. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Spenser found in Ireland a state of things which seemed to make this doctrine the simplest dictate of common sense. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Andrew Lang If you guess right, to-morrow you shall be free to go where you will, and you shall choose besides three things as a reward for your service. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I am Vida Sherwin, and I try to teach French and English and a few other things in the high school. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

One relishes the details better when one’s mind is at ease concerning the end, and reversing the natural order of things brings the unexpected to pass. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

George Gissing Jane was very young, and with the new order of things her life had in truth only just begun. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

A lot of things lay on the white cloth, and at first I could not see the watch. A Curious Experience by Ellen Wood [1883]

Anthony Trollope I declare that you say the prettiest things of all my friends. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Frederick Marryat You are born for better things than to remain an obscure forester, and perhaps a deer-stalker. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

The Presbytery — the General Assembly — the Kirk — seemed tiny things vanishing down the perspective of an inverted spy~glass. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson The mites huddled together and drew back; and Seraphina’s heart reproached her that she should have frightened things so quaint and little, and yet alive with senses. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

He put his things into his bag, and turned to go down to breakfast. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Meantime Fyne was telling me rather remarkable things — for him. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

But when I was there it seemed as if things so wicked I could never have thought of them had got their claws into me. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

David Hume Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

George Gissing I feared, too, lest you might say things I couldn’t bear to hear. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Even among us there are things worse than death. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Theodore Dreiser They were grateful, of course; but why shouldn’t they be? He was efficient, he knew that; under him things moved smoothly. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins A man with delicately-strung nerves says and does things which often lead us to think more meanly of him than he deserves. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He will put away childish things — when he knows the saints have been merciful to me. Signa by Ouida

Andrew Lang In this mirror she could see faithfully reflected whatever she wished, and at this moment she desired above all things to behold King Lino as he really was. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Carlyle All things that have been in this world, all things that are or will be in it, have to vanish: we have our sad farewell to give them. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

As to the time, the place, and the tools, I have many things to say, which at present I have no room for. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Thomas Carlyle All creeds, liturgies, religious forms, conceptions that fitly invest religious feelings, are in this sense eidola, things seen. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Walter Scott These things are bitter to the taste of the old Adam; wherefore to prevent farther bickerings, and, it may be, bloodshed, it is better that I leave this land for a time. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Theodore Dreiser You should go around and see how things are for yourself. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H.P. Lovecraft I am a singer of songs that I learned in the far city, and my calling is to make beauty with the things remembered of childhood. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

If you had heard the things he said to me to-night, Sir Michael, you too might have thought him mad. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I walked up and down for a while thinking things out, then beckoned him over. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

George Gissing The Englishman deals with things as they are, and first and foremost accepts his own being. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Rudyard Kipling Be careful with the cartridges; I don’t like those jagged stick-up things on the rim. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I have a large heart in regard to things that grow, and many a weed that would not be tolerated anywhere else is allowed to live and multiply undisturbed in my garden. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Anthony Trollope But when Mary came, or rather, when she was about to come, things were altogether changed at the doctor’s. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Vegetables are curious-looking things and less commonplace than they sound. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

He beheld the things of this world ‘not with, but through, the eye’: With my inward Eye, ’tis an old Man grey, With my outward, a Thistle across my way. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle Two women can arrange these things so much better. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Nearest her, on the other side, a young woman lay under a roof of umbrellas making out a list of things from a book open on the sand. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell The idea of his being Mrs Mason’s son! It was really too ridiculous; but, like most things which are “too ridiculous,” it made him very angry. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Berkeley All things that exist, exist only in the mind, that is, they are purely notional. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Virginia Woolf Even things in a book-case change if they are alive; we find ourselves wanting to meet them again; we find them altered. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Bram Stoker We can only imagine or surmise such things — or such conditions and such forces as overcame them. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Thomas Hobbes And therefore those things which cannot be enjoyed in common, nor divided, ought to be adjudged to the first possessor; and in some cases to the first born, as acquired by lot. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hardy And searching behind the articles placed to conceal the things hidden, he found that, as he had never doubted, they were gone. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Theodore Dreiser Bonhag, during the first few days in which he trained Cowperwood in the art of caning chairs, managed to make it perfectly clear that there were a number of things he would be willing to do for him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather Bowers perceived such things sometimes — unwillingly. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H. G. Wells They set about doing frightful things to him. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

You say, then, that the Guardsmen sought a quarrel with the Musketeers?” “I say that it is probable that things have fallen out so, but I will not swear to it, sire. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope The career of one of the President’s ministers is not a very high career as things now stand; nor is the man supposed to have achieved much who has achieved that position. North America by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling He said aloud of motor-cars, and specially of steam ones, all the things which I had read in the faces of superior coachmen. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Maria Edgeworth Let things have gone ever so far, they can stop, and turn about again, cannot they? Lady Anne Percival is your friend, of course can wish only for your happiness. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James He thought himself essential to the propriety of things — not as an individual, but as an institution. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Henry Kingsley He had been educated by a convict bullock-driver, and finished off by the sailors on board H.M.S. Actceon, and really you know, sometimes he did say things he ought not to have said. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope Believe me, Mere Bauche, things will be right enough. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But pardon me, Miss Yule; I forget that you have been occupied with sad things since I last saw you. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I suppose the real reason is that I have only a certain capacity for interest and amusement, and other things have attracted me more than feminine society. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

It is perhaps because I was thinking of things which I could not ask her about. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Charles Dickens Of the riders in the tumbrils, some observe these things, and all things on their last roadside, with an impassive stare; others, with a lingering interest in the ways of life and men. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Thomas Paine The state of things in England, gentlemen, is too ticklish for you to run hazards. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Now if they were to let the Press in on the inside, the way they did in America, things like that simply wouldn’t happen. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

These things indicate that all are ephemeral, and entirely subject to irrevocable laws of change and decay. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

George Meredith There are few things so sour as the swallowing of one’s own forced laugh. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells I can’t profess to explain the things that happened in my mind. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

H. G. Wells At times he would say things that amounted to the endorsement and acceptance of her own gently hinted criticisms. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

G. K. Chesterton I admit that things look as if we had made a mistake. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

It seems to me that if I come and things go ill I may imperil all our Happiness. Yet the House at Uldale calls me like a living person. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James It couldn’t be she was to live only to suffer; she was still young, after all, and a great many things might happen to her yet. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

She put her things on without more ado—Helen always domineered over her, just as Tod did over me—and the two girls went out together. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Tall and slender and faultlessly dressed, he radiated the impression that he was of a happy, carefree disposition and would enjoy all the good things of life as they came his way. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Willa Cather You must remember that she gets no feeling out of things herself, and she demands that you impart yours to her by some process of psychic transmission. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Ivy even remembered everything that he had advised with regard to her behaviour when in the witness-box, including certain things she might well have been pardoned for forgetting. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Wilkie Collins He will be out of the way of seeing strange things in a certain young lady’s face. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were nice things in it — nice things unrelentingly hostile to each other, offspring of a vicarious, impatient taste acting in stray moments. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Handel Richardson There was no need for Richard to fuss and fidget about keeping ugly things from him. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells The things he had derived from the cylinders and the things he had seen, conflicted, confused him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

William Hope Hodgson I seemed to be all alone, through the things I had learnt. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

But he made time for other things also. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Marie Corelli Do not judge of things by Sorrow’s measurement only. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Arnold Bennett But things are so obstinately, so incurably unsentimental. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In view of a number of things it seems necessary that we have a conference. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anna Katherine Green I’ve always thought so; but I’ve had too many other things to do to make an effort in this direction. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Morrison The thing might be genuine, after all; indeed, there were many little things that made him think it was. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith We also have things to learn—there is matter for learning everywhere. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

John Galsworthy Some things had been lost sight of. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Accomplished things obsess us more and more. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Oscar Wilde By invariably discussing the unnecessary it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I was born of the old obstinate passions of belief in certain established things and in their way they have had their will of me. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is to give you your chance to earn all the lovely things which wait for you. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Andrew Lang They declared that the pedlar, in fear of his life, had complained to the king; and that they had been sent to bring the lawless person who had said these things before the king himself. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Syme’s experience was something much more psychologically strange if there was indeed anything unreal, in the earthly sense, about the things he had gone through. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Francis Bacon For honor is, or should be, the place of virtue and as in nature, things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place, so virtue in ambition is violent, in authority settled and calm. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

They thought that the train and its people would go away, and leave them the things to play with. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

H.P. Lovecraft They talked to me last night — talked in that cursed buzzing voice and told me things that I dare not repeat to you. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

The might of this new emotion made plain many things he had passed by as useless, puerile, unworthy of a man of mental calibre and might. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel If these two things are so, he can marry Yvonne, and I have just received a telegram from Monsieur de Ballu assuring me that they are so. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Jack London It was not my voice that cried out in the night in fear of things known, which I, forsooth, did not and could not know. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Luella enjoyed choosing things on her honeymoon. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton If things had been different I think I could have made Owen happy. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence He talked around things and seemed annoyed with me. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence They were grey, descendants of the silvery things that had darted away from the monks, in the young days when the valley was lusty. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson But a moment later, he fixed Schilsky sharply, and asked: “You want my opinion, do you?” “Of course I do,” said Schilsky, and flung things about the room. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells He lent me some duck things of his own, for those I had worn in the boat had been thrown overboard. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H. G. Wells Anyway it’s the way things ought to go. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Anthony Trollope The things which she had, or those rather which she assured herself of having, were much more easily counted. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was filled with so many new and wonderful things that his brain was in a whirl as he attempted to digest them all. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Godwin Of him extraordinary things are told. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Rudyard Kipling I said nothing at first, because a big house offers so many chances of things being mislaid, and coming to hand later. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I myself have heard much of him—but of things connected with another part of his character. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James There were naturally things that in Flora’s presence could pass between us only as prodigious and gratified looks, obscure and roundabout allusions. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

But if things go so far as that England will not be alone. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

In the hall itself were a few noticeable things — a suit of armour, a Greek head, a curious box or two from the Minoan excavations, a cabinet of old china. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

George Gissing After exchange of several letters I asked the authoress to come and see me, that we might save postage stamps and talk things over. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells One could stop all sorts of things from the Power Station. At any rate it was a repartee to the suppression of the meeting. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Meredith It would have been a pleasant one had not Heriot and Destrier pretended all sorts of things about our previous acquaintance. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Louisa May Alcott Oh, don’t I wish I could manage things for you as I do for my heroines! You’re pretty enough and good enough already, so I’d have some rich relation leave you a fortune unexpectedly. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Elizabeth Gaskell So he addressed the agent — ‘I beg your pardon, I suppose you are the manager of these works?’ Mr. Preston replied — ‘Certainly. I am that and many other things besides, at your service. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Wolfe His income was small and his scale of living modest, but such things did not bother Heilig. He was a scholar, with the widest range of knowledge and interests that George had ever known in anyone. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Hope Hodgson There were many things said about it, and all were of evil. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James The stillness, all round, had been exactly what Fleda desired, but it gave her for the time a deep sense of failure, the sense of a sudden drop from a height at which she had all things beneath her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Most people, however rich, see to their choice things more carefully. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Through one I had a glimpse of a sofa and things set out for coffee, and through the other I saw a long mirror and a chintz-covered armchair. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells It may have loomed up and receded and loomed up again and been talked about again as you talk about it, and then things may have slipped back and slipped back more and gone on slipping back. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope A man has so many other things to learn that he cannot understand it. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The old men would speak to me about these things as though I were a native. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You know Miles does odd things sometimes. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Thomas Hardy For whom could he neglect her if not for Eustacia? Yet it was scarcely credible that things had come to such a head as to indicate that Eustacia systematically encouraged him. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Then I asked him how it was he had not heard these things — had not been written to. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

Nikola prescribed for me from his medicine chest, which, with the things he had obtained from the monastery, he still carried with him, and then we laid ourselves down to sleep. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Wilkie Collins So, to cut the matter short, things were at last made up pleasant enough. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

A. E. W. Mason You told me things which made me shiver,” and he caught hold of Feversham’s arm and thrust the loose sleeve back. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Theodore Dreiser Of course her present position, the handsome house, the wealth of Lester, the beauty of Vesta — all these things helped to soften the situation. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

As things fell out, he became more and more unconventional and even developed a sort of antipathy to all regular academic life. Memories and Studies by William James

She never reveals herself to you for a moment; speaks from the lips only; says the things she has been taught to say, that other women say. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Our friend has been taxing his brain a little too severely, I gather from Mrs. Pratt’s account of him; and these things will tell, sir; sooner or later they have their effect. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells Utopia says, ‘Do not leave things at all. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Houses were never intended for such weather as this Come and join the birds and butterflies, and all the happiest things in creation. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

James Joyce TOWER OF IVORY. HOUSE OF GOLD. By thinking of things you could understand them. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

William Morris Look now: I admit that civilisation does make certain things well, things which it knows, consciously or unconsciously, are necessary to its present unhealthy condition. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Wilkie Collins The housekeeper trembled at the question, and answered in these enigmatical words: “My mind’s upset, sir; and whether things are wrong or whether things are right is more than I can say. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Kenneth Grahame It had not occurred to him to turn the horse into cash, but the gipsy’s suggestion seemed to smooth the way towards the two things he wanted so badly — ready money, and a solid breakfast. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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]

He sometimes had really sensible things to say. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells The things I have been through! But we will do things yet. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]