Phrases with "thinking"

Anthony Trollope The lawyer smiled as he read the wish, thinking to himself that luckily no wish on the part of Will Belton could influence his old client either for good or evil. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I coom home wi’out a hope, and mad wi’ thinking that when I said a word o’ complaint I was reckoned a unreasonable Hand. I told thee I had had a fright. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Mary Webb If I broke that oath, when I was jead, my cold soul ‘ud wander and find ne’er a bit of rest, crying about the Mountains and about, nights, and Ed’ard thinking it was the wind. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope Tregear, therefore, thinking that nothing could be got by delay, sent his name in to the Duke before he had been an hour in the house, and asked for an interview. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins This very day, for instance (being in the position of most of the other inhabitants of London, at the present season), I am thinking of soon going out of town. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Thomas Hardy But I have been thinking that perhaps you had the first claim on her, and if so, Jack, I’ll make way for ‘ee. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Henry James Then, before Mrs. Gereth could reply, she pursued: “I’m thinking of his general undertaking — to give her the house as she originally saw it. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

What drove you off your head like this?” Mr Verloc, thinking of Mr Vladimir, did not hesitate in the choice of words. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Thomas Hardy The next day she walked out early, thinking she might meet him in the street. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Who’s Who was far across the ground, thinking hard as he galloped. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Walter Scott Thus thinking and feeling, he quitted the ordinary path, and advanced nearer the object he had noticed. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Anthony Trollope If you will take my advice, you will give up thinking of Mary. She would not suit you. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

And I have been thinking — if you think so too — that my man might go back for your brother and give him a lift. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Louisa May Alcott Beth and Amy soon fell asleep in spite of the great trouble, but Meg lay awake, thinking the most serious thoughts she had ever known in her short life. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang He put aside his bow, and went neither to fight nor to hunt, but from sunrise to sunset he sat by the place where she was laid, thinking of his happiness that was buried there. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

You MUST see about getting a man to clean up the yard, Theron. It’s no use your thinking of doing it yourself. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

After thinking it over I took young Saunders, who travels for Glisso Floor Polish, partly into my confidence. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Meredith Why were you foolish in thinking of me? Some day I will commission an artist to paint me that portrait of you from my description. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope Brutus had killed Cæsar, but had spared Antony, thinking that all things would fall into their accustomed places when the tyrant should be no more. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I lay awake a lot that night, scheming and thinking what I could possibly do. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells If everybody was thinking of the Res Publica would there be any need for bombs?” He pursued his advantage. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arnold Bennett Now, thinking the matter out in the calmness of solitude, all seemed strange, unreal, uncertain to her. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Thomas Hardy So she remained, thinking of Stephen, and wishing he had not deprived her of his company to no purpose, as it appeared. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Charles Kingsley This lecture is intended to be suggestive rather than didactic; to set you thinking and inquiring for yourselves, rather than learning at second-hand from me. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing The mother had fixed her eyes on the mantelpiece, and was thinking hard. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Mary Webb But I’m sure I’m quite put out at having no sherry, on account of Martha thinking to return the bottle and finishing the dregs. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope In thinking of it all she counted herself for nothing, and made believe that she was ugly in all eyes. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope It was quite true when he said that he had been thinking of Stubbs when he struck the policeman. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Circumstances happened which rendered me incapable of thinking of it. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

H. G. Wells I had to be thinking continually about pins and paper and packages. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells I have been thinking it all over as I drove here. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Such a manner of thinking is bound to lead to mistaken prophecies, because, even when it gauges the direction of events rightly, it will miscalculate their tempo. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

But Parry withdrew, thinking he was dreaming. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

The others looked on quietly, thinking it probably a debate about some punctilio. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

When I saw anybody look at me in the lounge, I grew shy, and wondered if they were thinking about the murder. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry James She quite thrilled herself with thinking what, with such a lot of material, a bad girl would do. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

H. G. Wells It did not occur to me at all then to ask myself what she might be thinking or feeling. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Sir John and the Squire, nearly lifted off their legs, and too much taken aback to fight for themselves, stood against the wall, thinking the community had gone suddenly mad. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Olaf Stapledon We have already seen that the substance-attribute way of thinking is misleading, though not wholly false. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Rudyard Kipling Whew!” said Crandall, thinking of his own wild youth. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Maurice trembled in thinking of the liberties which they, in their insolent familiarity, might venture upon. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope But you must feel that if we should hear now of any depredation about the county, we couldn’t,—I at least could not,—help thinking of you. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

John Galsworthy He walked slowly, thinking of the balance-sheet that confronts each lover’s unlimited liability. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Don’t you care for me at all — at all? What are you thinking of?” She said this violently, but she let her clasped hands fall in discouragement. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Anthony Trollope But I wasn’t thinking of it. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was ever thinking — thinking much of the world as it appeared to him, and of himself as he appeared to the world; and thinking, also, of things beyond the world. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The Squire had growled, thinking that his nephew was unconscionable, and had threatened to withdraw his offer. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Alfred Ainger He was still thinking of success in very different fields. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anthony Trollope As she went for the last time to her solitary bed she endeavoured to console herself by thinking that he must have heard of it from other quarters. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

To my thinking there is nothing that becomes a pretty woman more than the mere commonplace act of pouring out tea. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

The endowment of the church was to Milton the poison of religion, and in so thinking he was but true to his conception of religion. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Ford Madox Ford She had been thinking all that while still in the School Hall, before she had gone to see the Head: immediately after Edith Ethel, Lady Macmaster had uttered the intolerable sentence. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Hylas, with great indignation, refused, thinking that this was a jeering reflection on his former miscarriage. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Was Doris thinking of him? Undoubtedly, for her eyes often flashed his way; but her main attention was fixed upon the road, though no one was in sight at the moment. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Jane Austen The latter was thinking only of his breakfast. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

M. P. Shiel What was it, what was it, at all? He propped the frown of his brow on his hand, thinking it out. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Wilkie Collins She persisted in thinking it possible that Mr. Gracedieu might recover the use of his faculties, at the last, and might wish to see her on his death-bed. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

D. H. Lawrence He went on with his thinking to her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce Break ranks! After wage-of-battle bother I am thinking most. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Kenneth Grahame I got out of him that young Portly hasn’t learnt to swim very well yet, and I can see he’s thinking of the weir. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Gissing After all my thinking about it, it came to this—that I couldn’t make up my mind till I had talked over everything with you. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Eleanor stood at the bottom of the broad flight of steps, with her hand upon the iron railing, thinking of all this. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Machen We strive for a corruptible crown, thinking that this, after all, is the surest discipline for the crown that is incorruptible. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

George Gissing He said, as soon as he could command his voice: ‘You were wrong in thinking so. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu By this time Tom was always thinking of Agnes Etherage, and wondering at the perversity of fate. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope I cannot stop people from talking and thinking evil. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

She’s thinking of one winter’s day, A few short months ago, Then Emma’s bier was borne away O’er wastes of frozen snow. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Edith Wharton You’re thinking of what we felt that day we first saw her in London. Many a poor devil has sold his soul as the result of such a first sight! Well, I sold her instead. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

I heard, the boys breathing softly around me — those wonderful boys who could sleep even when they were excited — and I felt that I was getting the better of them in thinking while they slept. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Bram Stoker So he took the papers with him and went away, and I sit here thinking, thinking I don’t know what. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He starts out with a morbid pity-complex which extends even to thinking that every married woman is an angel chained to a satyr. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald ROSALIND: (Between a laugh and a sob) Thanks. AMORY: Rosalind, you can’t be thinking of marrying some one else. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D’Artagnan, riding fast, thinking as constantly, alighted from his horse in Pairs, fresh and tender in his muscles as the athlete preparing for the gymnasium. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

He was distressed at thinking that perhaps I should be grieved, when he confessed to me that he could no longer give me all that his love dreamed of. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Old Billy, thinking only of Charley and the brawling females, worked up a compensatory storm. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassan When she was in bed she could not sleep; she would light a candle again and lie, wide-eyed, thinking how insomnia and grief hasten irremediably the horrible work of fleeting time. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle More than once I asked him what was on his mind, thinking that, perhaps, with my quicker intelligence I might set the matter straight. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Edgar Rice Burroughs She noticed that he was watching her and thinking that he wished his ornament again she held it out to him. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

So, being sick of my life in Liverpool, I left it and came to London, where I fell in with Antoine and married him, thinking that a comfortable home might help to make me forget the past. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

After doubling and turning, as Snepp used to like to do, thinking to throw us off the scent, he sprained his foot, trying to leap a hedge and dry ditch beyond it. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Relieved of Mr. Peasley, I naturally began thinking of my poor friend in the Flatbroke jail, and it occurred to me that something might happen to hasten the execution. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells For a moment my wonder as to what he should be thinking about brings me near to a double self-forgetfulness. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Ford Madox Ford But, thinking it over in the smoking-room after dinner, by which time she was a good deal more aware of what she did want, she was not so certain that she had done what she wanted . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Edith Wharton But there was no use in thinking of that now. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

It wasn’t that I was always thinking right, and that she was always saying wrong. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There never was a time when thinking along general lines was more spontaneously reflected in fiction than now, and supernatural literature claims all regions for its own. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. Rider Haggard But thinking in this instance proved an unprofitable occupation, and she gave it up, in order to admire the sapphire necklace that lay upon her knee. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Jack London You do not know the real world in which you live, and your thinking has no place in the real world except in so far as it is phenomena of mental aberration. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Prophecy! What’s the good of thinking of what will be!” He raised his glass. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

H. G. Wells But I’m always there, with my set of principles complete, in the foreground — or the frame if you like — of what I’m thinking about. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells I must try to forget about him as he was and think — there can be no harm in thinking — of what he is going to be. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

However, though I resolved to go, yet I chose to reason the ragans into the project if I could; thinking they would soon bring the people over. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Every thinking person nowadays is stiff with fright. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

William Makepeace Thackeray She lay awake thinking of Otto — thinking of the danger and the ruin her refusal to marry had brought upon her dear papa. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

So another plan was forming in his mind and he was just thinking it over until he had elaborated it. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Anthony Trollope She walked very slowly, thinking as she went of Mrs Sturt’s words —“Don’t let ere a parson in Devonshire rob thee of thy sweetheart. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson For my part, although you are right in thinking that I have to do with politics, I am unfit by intellect and temper for a leading role. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

He lost himself in thinking how awkward it was. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

R. D. Blackmore Why, your hands are much smaller than mine, I declare! And mine are very small; because of thinking about you. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Yet, thinking that this might be the mere working of mental anguish within him, I complied with his desire, and retired. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Jack London Without thinking about it, he accepted this disappearing into the wall as a peculiarity of his father, as milk and half-digested meat were peculiarities of his mother. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Leon Trotsky They were really thinking less of erecting a new building than of finding their way back into the old one of parliament or ministry. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I lay awake till nearly daylight, first wishing Daniel Ferrar could be screened, and then thinking it might perhaps be done. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Sir Giles was aware of thinking that Arglay had an admirable taste in women, that though of course this girl was not really intelligent she could probably take the Chief Justice in. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope Parson John had been thinking a good deal of Mary, but had resolved that it was best that he should hold his tongue for the present. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

I shall never hear Kew Gardens mentioned without thinking tenderly of you. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Fanny Fern You are correct in thinking that your book will be popular, and wise in keeping the copyright in your own hands. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells And after poor old Vinciguerra of all people! “All the time that I have been away from you I have been thinking over myself and over my world and over our life as it spreads before us. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

M. P. Shiel Frankl leapt up, rather pale, thinking that if the man had come here, he must mean mischief; but remembering that the man was a gentleman, a priest, he took heart, and went out. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Rudyard Kipling But you persist in thinking that your sister committed suicide —” “No! No! I have always prayed that I might have misjudged her. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

If the doctor doesn’t seem much good when he comes, I have been thinking that I know an old man in London who’s seen some curious things and has funny bits of knowledge. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Theodore Dreiser He watched him enter his carriage, thinking “So that is the railsplitter, the country lawyer. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Furphy Men, thinking and acting in mass, do not (according to the accepted meaning of the phrase) follow the line of least resistance. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope He looked down it with an awful dread, and stood there as though he were fascinated, thinking of all the details which he had heard throughout the trial. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant Give them their land if you like (if it was not criminal to cut a slice out of an estate), it does not matter much; but if there were a hundred? It is the principle I am thinking of. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope But yet Fanny knew that it was coming, and when she had questioned Harry about his troubles she had been thinking also of her own. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

She did not know how to cook a dish of fried veal and onions properly, and one day she ignominiously bought radishes, thinking she was buying parsley. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Benjamin Disraeli And I shall always be content; for I shall always be thinking of you. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. G. Wells I merely happen to be the one I know best among a number of people who are all thinking very closely upon the same lines. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins For the first time since I had seen this sweet girl, I found myself thinking of the blood that ran in her veins, and of the nature of the mother who had borne her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Whether he wanted me or my voice, thinking that it would come back again, I cannot tell, but he did want something. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli When a man is really in love, he is disposed to believe that, like himself, everybody is thinking of the person who engrosses his brain and heart. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope He must get out of it by saying that he was frightened by thinking that you had fallen. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

E. F. Benson What was done, was done, and there was no use in thinking about that. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell Long after they had done speaking about Kinraid, after they had paid their shot, and gone away, he sate in the same attitude, thinking bitter thoughts. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

In fact,” and he smiled quite genially now, “I have been thinking that you might, perhaps, be of some help to me. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Andrew Lang Next day, which was a Sunday, they all went gaily to church, thinking that after Mass they would at last be able to eat some good thing that the rats had not tasted before them. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

James Joyce But how so quickly? By seeing or by thinking of seeing. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins The one mistake she has made, is in thinking she could get the better of that. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Meredith Chiefly her error was, to try to be thinking at all amid the fevered tangle of her sensations. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He was not thinking about the land itself, but about the men who had been driven from it fifty years before. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Kate Chopin And here was he thinking it was so home-like and comforting, and tasting the first joy that he had known since he had gone away. At Fault by Kate Chopin

George Meredith She walked in the passage for half an hour, thinking it possible she might meet him; not the most lady-like of proceedings, but her head was bewildered. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope That it is pre-eminently American is its glory or its disgrace, as men of different ways of thinking may decide upon it. North America by Anthony Trollope

She’ll be thinking no one knows anything about it, and it’s just likely she’ll be going off with a lot of things which don’t belong to her and hiding them there. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

I was absorbed in thinking of the reverses of life. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Andrew Lang It is in thinking of these things that one feels afresh the greatness of the world’s loss; for “a good heart is much more than style,” writes one who knew him only by way of letters. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

And you may be sure — that will surprise you both — that on the way back — oh, Santa Madre, wasn’t it a long way, too — I wasn’t thinking of any man at sea or on shore in that connection. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Gissing But I am thinking of the Anabasis. Were this the sole book existing in Greek, it would be abundantly worth while to learn the language in order to read it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

D. H. Lawrence The two men went back to Murdoch Street rather silent, thinking their own thoughts. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle They stopped the berline, and I handed them over to them without hesitation, thinking that they had come from the Emperor.’ It was a thunder-clap. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George MacDonald First, Miss Coleman’s maid had left a chink of her mistress’s window open, thinking she had shut it, and North Wind had wound a few of her hairs round the lady’s throat. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Mark Twain Then I set to thinking over how to get at it, and turned over some considerable many ways in my mind; and at last fixed up a plan that suited me. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy He never knew exactly what she was thinking and feeling. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Gertrude Stein When she was a young one she was thinking about having family living, she was thinking about having had family living. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing Nothing easier than to contemn the mode of life represented by this wealthy middle class; but compare it with other existences conceivable by a thinking man, and it was emphatically good. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Gaston Leroux I was surprised, thinking she was still under lock and key. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Then he wanted to borrow my razor and shave his beard, but I managed to prevent him in time, for I had been thinking the thing out, and I saw that that would never do. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Eliot I’m thinking we shall have more rain. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

H. G. Wells But this brown-faced old man was not thinking of his effect at all; he had an objective in view and he was pressing towards it, regardless of appearances. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells I seemed to be thinking for myself independently, but now I realize that multitudes of minds were moving in precisely the same direction. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

At the corner of the Rue des Poissonniers, she sat down in the gutter thinking she was at the wash-house. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

You were right, my friend, in thinking it would be a relief to confide in you. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope And she, too, strove to comfort herself in thinking so; but the comfort was very cold. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Where is the king, and my brother?” “I left them,” answered Ariel, “searching for Ferdinand, whom they have little hopes of finding, thinking they saw him perish. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

John Galsworthy But Fleur was not thinking of it. To Let by John Galsworthy

He would be always remembering, I knew, how you had returned from the dead, and in a very little time I was sure he would be thinking the same of the other man. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell I shall go to sea happy, now, thinking I’ve yo’r word. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Thomas Hardy John, thinking he had done striking, put his hand upon the top o’ the pile to gie en a pull, and see if ‘a were firm in the ground. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

He could not play amiss, even when he was not thinking what he did, his hands found the true place, and struck out the true music. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope He mistook the feeling of people around him, thinking that they too would be carried away by their admiration of his conduct. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing He would pursue his ends as hitherto, thinking of her, if at all, as a weak woman who had immodestly betrayed a hopeless passion, and who could be trusted never to wish him harm. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

In all probability she was smiling now quietly to herself, thinking that she had succeeded. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He sat there thinking of nothing, nothing at all. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Virginia Woolf Nevertheless, such as it is, there are reasons for thinking that the way is easier for them than for their brothers. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Charles Dickens When I see a beautiful child in its fond mother’s arms, I love it all the better, thinking that my child might have been like that, and might have made my heart as proud and happy. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Rudyard Kipling I went away thinking about Khem Singh who had once made history with a thousand followers, and would have been a princeling but for the power of the Supreme Government aforesaid. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The whole thing seemed so preposterous as to be scarcely worth consideration, and yet, try how I would to put it out of my mind, I found myself thinking of it continually. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

I may as well finish, now I have begun; but I was not thinking when I spoke. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James I have been thinking a great deal, Mr. Townsend,” said Mrs. Penniman. “You think too much. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Nancy—Nancy!—then began to tell about the “fortune” which had been forecast for her by Signor Talcke, thinking possibly that her husband could not reproach her for it before company. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson Then he was able to think; and his thinking was: it can’t, it CAN’T be true! . The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Fathers wish to be the fathers of the minds of their children, and behold with impatience a new character and way of thinking presuming to show itself in their own son or daughter. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

At night he lay awake for a long time, thinking how he should open the negotiation. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton They’re thinking of Egypt for next winter, unless, of course, Wilbour gets his appointment. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Meredith She did not sleep for thinking of him on the Sunday night. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Jane Austen I assure you that nothing of the sort you are thinking of will be settled any week. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Wilkie Collins Perhaps you are thinking of your inconsiderate assault on my throat? Let us forgive and forget. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Jules Verne The poor fellows left on the island had been in a terrible state of uneasiness, thinking that Hobson and his party had lost their way. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Meredith I found the street-door open and no one in the passage, and I ran out, thinking that Mrs. Waddy would be obliged to take me if she discovered me by her side in the street. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Two lacqueys flew to answer her summons, thinking there was something amiss. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James I remained a while longer, wandering about the bright desert (the sun was pouring in) of the old house, thinking the situation over on the spot. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Andrew Lang He went to bed again, but did not sleep a wink all the rest of the night, thinking on what he had to do. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He went on across France to Bordeaux, where it seems some sort of money awaited him, thinking this over and jotting down his thoughts. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope Lord Persiflage had not at first been willing that it should be so, thinking that his own more modest house might suffice for the marriage of his own daughter. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

However, he wasn’t at home, there was only his hole, and Gervaise felt somewhat jealous, thinking that perhaps he had been invited somewhere. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

I’d got out of the way of thinking they’d drop on him. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sir Walter Scott I am thinking it wad concern my safety if she were to come back here, for there’s mony o’ the Elliots, and they band weel thegither for right or wrang. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

R. D. Blackmore Thinking is better than talking, I shall never talk of you, but be thinking all the more. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Meredith The example given by Clelia of the possible love of an Italian girl for the white uniform, set her thinking whether so monstrous a fact could ever be doubled in this world. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

James Joyce What do they be thinking about? Women too. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I was only thinking that these rough professional jockeys understand the racecourses over here better than amateurs, however good. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Rudyard Kipling He slipped back to thinking and dreaming in the vernacular, and mechanically followed the lama’s ceremonial observances at eating, drinking, and the like. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Anthony Trollope Of course I must be at home to receive the Marquis of Marylebone.” All this set me thinking about many things. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had fluttered about Buntingford, thinking of it: but he had never put the question. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Grant went away thinking deeply, but no nearer a solution. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

F. Scott Fitzgerald Suddenly I wasn’t thinking of Daisy and Gatsby any more, but of this clean, hard, limited person, who dealt in universal scepticism, and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells All sorts of people were thinking of something in that way about the time of my coming. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]