Phrases with "three"

H.P. Lovecraft It was the neatly huddled array of three sledges in that farther angle of the ramp’s lower and outward-projecting course which had hitherto been screened from our view. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson The men had commenced while there was about two or three feet of water upon the side of the beacon, and as the sea was smooth they continued the work equally long during flood-tide. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James What she could not know, of course, was that she disappointed him, though on three or four occasions the Doctor had been almost frank about it. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

H. G. Wells The Stockholm planes even then were booked full up to March, three months ahead; it was just one passenger who hadn’t turned up that gave me a chance. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Galsworthy Two or three had tried to come in, and been caught, so that they seemed to be clinging there with the intention of being devoured presently. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

He was like a maypole, just as tall and thin, with a long, sallow face, and enough learning to set up the reputations of three archbishops for life. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Margaret Oliphant After the shock of finding himself deserted, he took two or three days to consider the matter, and then he made his plan. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle Load baggles at five o’clock; so you have Just three hours clear. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Jane Austen Not these two or three years, perhaps. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

For three years the existence of the two families went on, on either side of the landing, without an event. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope When he entered the room the Duke was standing in a large bow-window, and two or three ladies and two or three men were standing round him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Around this room, which contained no other furniture than a rough table and two or three forms, were lying many prisoners. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Wilkie Collins One led to Mr. Ablewhite’s house, and the other to a moorland village some two or three miles off. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

All three windows on the first floor were brightly lighted up, and in one of them the Venetian blinds had caught; and now small flames began to show from the top of the chimney. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

All the year Egypt had been ablaze with the rebellion of Arabi Pasha. Alexandria was bombarded by the English on July 11th, Arabi suffered defeat at Tell-el-Kebir three months later. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Rudyard Kipling Otherwhiles, I’m Granny — three times over. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arthur Machen At twenty-five Mr. Charles Aubernon saw himself still a man of struggles and of warfare with the world, but out of the seven who stood before him and the high places of his family three only remained. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Henry James Rowland, however, as we know, was not fond of exploding into superlatives, and, after examining the piece, contented himself with suggesting two or three alterations of detail. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Oz-k-r-t! Meet me at the ‘Turban and Scimitar,’ Bebeck Road, Thursday morning at three o’clock; blue cotton umbrella, wooden shoes, and Ulster overskirt Polonaise all round the bottom. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

William Makepeace Thackeray And with these three Englishmen a great scene occurred, such as we read of in Smollett’s and Fielding’s inns. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

All this latter part was but a repetition of what she had told Madame Carimon three or four months ago. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George Gissing But I was with her up to three o’clock this morning; then ‘Lizabeth took my place till the shop was opened for the early corfee. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy I must!” “I wouldn’t — since he agrees to it being otherwise, and it has gone on three months very well as it is. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

How was she? She might be three feet high, but she had no shape; her skinny hands rested upon each other, and pressed the gold knob of a wand-like ivory staff. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

This is the city where the three kings met together when they went to seek our Lord in Bethlehem to worship him and to present him with gold, incense, and myrrh. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

H. G. Wells It was a few minutes past nine that night when these three sentinels were joined by four other Martians, each carrying a thick black tube. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Marjorie Bowen Around three sides ran the wall, one with its door into the street; opposite was a large garden, entered by an archway, the wicket in which stood always ajar. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Baldwin Spencer While the men were explaining matters to us they spoke to two or three wagtails that came close up and twittered. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

F. Scott Fitzgerald For three years Dick had been the ideal by which Rosemary measured other men and inevitably his stature had increased to heroic size. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Two or three ladies stood near, watching me, and one had evidently been using some restorative, for she held a small vinaigrette in her hand. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

So they still had the three little rooms in the older wing, which, since the bathroom had been added at the end of the passage, made it practically an Ashby apartment. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Meredith Cialdini began passing the Po on the 8th, and crossed at three points, i. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

William Hope Hodgson And three separate times we saw the hulks of rotting vessels, some of them having the appearance of a previous age, so ancient did they seem. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

The three of them had lived in one dirty, bare room in the throttled byway of Formosa Terrace, one room in which they commonly lived, slept, ate and toileted. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Andrew Lang When they had all finished, she whistled again, and bade two or three coil themselves round her arms and neck, while she turned one into a cane and another into a whip. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling They were called the holluschickie — the bachelors — and there were perhaps two or three hundred thousand of them at Novastoshnah alone. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Andrew Lang Strike it three times with the three napkins and it will part in two. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle There he is!” There was a violent peal at the bell, and in a few seconds the fair-haired detective came up the stairs, three steps at a time, and burst into our sitting-room. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Bram Stoker It will take her at the quickest speed she has ever made at least three weeks to reach Varna. But we can travel overland to the same place in three days. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Goldwin Smith From Weston to Eartham was a three days’ journey, an enterprise not undertaken without much trepidation and earnest prayer. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Here we presently fell in with a wedding procession consisting of a crowd of men, a band, and some three or four hired carriages full of veiled women, one of whom was pointed out as the bride. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Perhaps you know that about three years ago I succeeded my father. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Anthony Trollope Within three or four days of Eleanor’s departure, Mr. Harding had also returned, and Mr. Arabin had gone to Oxford to spend one week there previous to his settling at the vicarage of St. Ewold’s. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

I had to remind myself of all the bright things to be bought for three thousand pounds, every now and then, in order to endure with fortitude, if not serenity. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope They always require two or three days’ notice for that work; and there isn’t a wall about the place. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells Yet all this stupendous security and mastery of nature had come about in the little space of three thousand years. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jack London Then there were three small barrels of water and one small keg of beer. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Guy de Maupassan He was thirsty, and drank three glasses of water, one after another; then he walked up and down again. Coward by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Listen, Pietro. The attempt is to be made to-night, in three hours’ time. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle The others are Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away from the ship last night. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She also bought from different firms in America, some in the name of China, and some in her own name, three times the same quantity of steel, all of which was shipped. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The three squeezed into their little gallery above the fireplace, just as the Evallonians entered the library. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe It was wound three times around the waist, and secured by a sort of hitch in the back. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

I tried two or three times to say something harsh to her, but I very soon returned to incense, for I dread her smile less than her tears. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

The three men entered the corridor with him; watching him try the door; saw him open it; lingered a moment after it had closed; heard the key turn. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

W. W. Jacobs His manner with two or three inoffensive gentlemen of color was also somewhat strained. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Henry James But I’ve been back at intervalsthree times; and then come away again. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Mr. Ashburne and Christopher Dimond accompanied him, and the servants of the household came in quietly, two and three at a time, until the lower end of the room was full. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Julian Hawthorne Yes; there we three sit, in my memory, side by side upon the stone bench outside the farmhouse door. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

William Makepeace Thackeray Gentlemen, Madame Peytel bore in her bosom a sweet pledge of future concord between herself and her husband: in three brief months she was to become a mother. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton Sometimes we went off for two or three days. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

William Henry Bragg Moreover, three alcohols can be arranged so : The mean consequence of the addition of C + 2H is 0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

There was a pause while one might slowly reckon three — Fitzgerald fired — and O’Connor fell helplessly upon the ground. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They have had the same trouble two or three times in past years, but always in the spring. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. Rider Haggard Now, having slain three more men, and wounded two others, Skallagrim might no more. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Tobias Smolle I did not much relish this kind of carriage, especially as the mountain was very steep, and covered with such a thick fog that we could hardly see two or three yards before us. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Some three or four cloaked and bearded men have chairs brought, and sit gravely smoking their chibouques on the bank above, enjoying the entertainment. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

They mounted the stairway together; and the three others followed with pistols lifted. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Rudyard Kipling He cut off fifty of ours, held ’em as prisoners for the regulation three days, and then sent in his bill — three days’ pay for each man taken. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Everybody has to serve for three years, but payment of one hundred dollars will shorten the term of service by one year at least. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Machen I’m still enjoying that tramp of yours up to Castell-y-Bwch three years ago. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

He achieved some note as the writer of three lively comedies, Love in a Tub (1664), She would if she Could (1668), and The Man of Mode (1676), all characterised by the grossness of the period. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

All three were patently honest. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

She had been investing in Government paper, and it had dropped three points. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

That same night, and hardly three hours later, occurred the reverse case. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

H. G. Wells The thing happened three or four years ago, when everyone swore by that personage. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Charles Dickens Two mutton-chops, three potatoes, some split peas, a little flour, two ounces of butter, a pinch of salt, and all this black pepper. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

I don’t think much of Major Hawley’s three tall sandy-haired daughters; but Fred Hawley’s a capital fellow: it’s a pity he’s a civilian. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Olaf Stapledon The three proliferations are very diverse. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson These fires are one of the great dangers of California. I have seen from Monterey as many as three at the same time, by day a cloud of smoke, by night a red coal of conflagration in the distance. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne The three settlers were talking in Herbert’s room, when they heard Top utter quick barks. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

If I can crawl to the steamer, which starts three days hence, I shall come. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith John Salter’s father lived on the other side of the downs, and invited three of us to spend a day at his house. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edith Wharton Anson Warley — Anson Warley! No party was complete without Anson Warley. He no longer went abroad now; too stiff in the joints; and there had been two or three slight attacks of dizziness . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Jack London Then you finish your task an’ ’ave supper, same as before, three parts o’ skilly any six ounces o’ bread. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray These were followed by a regiment or detachment of the Municipals on foot — two or three inches taller than the men of the Line, and conspicuous for their neatness and discipline. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

It was plain I could not stay, so I locked every door, every window, and the three front and back gates, and went away. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather For three years he had been trying to break her spirit. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Guy de Maupassan At twenty minutes of three he rose to go to the office; at the half-open door he whispered: “To-morrow, five o’clock. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins For three years that doubt about him in the minds of the jury who tried him has stood on public record. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Virginia Woolf Mary went down to Disham without knowing whether Ralph intended to come; but two or three days before Christmas she received a telegram from Ralph, asking her to take a room for him in the village. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arnold Bennett He had been to the hospital again, and, having reported in three words to Ingpen, whose condition was unchanged, had remained there some time. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells She would come for three or four days every day, vanish for a fortnight or three weeks, return. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

But observe the difference: our own lady pricks for two men out of three; Joanna for one man out of three hundred. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Ford Madox Ford Leonora then had three thousand a year at her disposal. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Edith Wharton What a good day that was! My husband and I went down to lunch, and found no one but the family (a term which, as in my own house, always included two or three busy and extremely interested dogs). A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

W. H. Hudson About three months passed in this way, when one morning Torcuato, who was saddling his horse to go out, said, “Will you come with me, to-day, Anacleto?” “I do not care to go,” I answered. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft I shivered as the cracked stroke of three sounded from a belfry on my left. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Miles Franklin He was a tall broad man, with a clipped black beard and two or three grey hairs around the temples. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Maria Edgeworth How much do I owe your ladyship now? — three rubbers, I think. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

The three policemen, who kept a clear space in front of the works, and saw that ingress and egress was gained with some sort of ease, hardly seemed to know what to make of him, or of the situation. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle Looking back, he saw the old man and the young girl crouching over the blazing fire, while the three animals stood motionless in the background. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Two of them were the physicians who had been called in the night, and whom I myself had seen depart somewhere near three o’clock. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hobbes But if another triangle be shown him different in shape from the former, he cannot know without a new labour whether the three angles of that also be equal to the same. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

James Joyce What prospect of what phenomena inclined him to remain? The disparition of three final stars, the diffusion of daybreak, the apparition of a new solar disk. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins At the bottom of the shop are three elderly accountants, posting the vast financial transactions accruing from the Pill in three enormous ledgers. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle In me you see the unfortunate Abbot of Almeixal, who has been cast out by this rabble of three armies with their heretical leader. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle The incident made it think, apparently, that the neighborhood was dangerous, for it slowly lurched off through the wood, followed by its mate and its three enormous infants. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jules Verne The hunters set off in the direction of Cape Washington, and the hard snow so favoured their march, that in three hours they had gone fifteen miles, Duk jumping and barking beside them all the way. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

He was that excellent type, the soldier radical, and we began that day a friendship that was only ended by his death in the hunting-field three years later. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

John Locke Let us suppose then the legislative placed in the concurrence of three distinct persons. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Hereditary disease looks pretty hopeless when you see one generation or two or three so cursed. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells This darkling mood of his had only become manifest to her during the last three or four years of their life. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope The three Tringle ladies looked at me as I was sitting at table as though I certainly had no business in their august society. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The three stared at the splendour, and Mr. Proudfoot, as if to testify against luxury, preferred to pick the bones with his hands. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

A moment later and the three of them disappeared as well. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Anthony Trollope He lunched in solitude at his club, and exactly at three o’clock presented himself at Scumberg’s door. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Meredith If for those times I must ask charity, Have I not any charity to give? We three are on the cedar-shadowed lawn; My friend being third. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Anthony Trollope Though he has given me three dinners in three months — and I own the greatness of his hospitality — I don’t suppose he ever said a word in my favour. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She has been sitting there with Lord Dumbello at her elbow for the last hour, and yet she has hardly opened her mouth three times. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Katherine Mansfield It was from Casimir: “I shall be with you at three o’clock this afternoon—and must be off again this evening. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Six and eighty towers they saw within, three broad palaces, 54 and one hall well wrought of costly marble, green as grass, wherein Brunhild herself sate with her courtiers. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Then they all went back into the forest once more, where they found the widow’s three sons, who ran to Little John and kissed his hands. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Anthony Trollope After that conversation between Lady Mountjoy and her niece two or three things happened, all bearing upon our story. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang She had gone with her infant son, who was only two or three months old, to visit her old nurse, who lived in the valley; and she had been detained all night there by a storm. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux Instead of three police, we had ten; five outside, five inside. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Willa Cather I’ve managed to save something every year, and that with helping my three sisters now and then, and tiding poor Cousin Mike over bad seasons. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

George Gissing The dispensary had now been open for three months, and was doing good work — there was certainly satisfaction in that. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing But I’ve been to see her at your ’ouse three or four times, an’ she always puts me horff. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Have they all got a monogram upon them?” “A few of mine have,” said Mrs. Rayneham, “and I think two or three of Lady Stroud’s. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope He and I are in partnership in the matter with two or three others, and are willing to let all that has gone before be forgotten if we have means given us to make another start. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Mowgli, who had never known what real hunger meant, fell back on stale honey, three years old, scraped out of deserted rock-hives — honey black as a sloe, and dusty with dried sugar. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

George Gissing I could point to two or three families who have suffered distinct degradation owing to what most people call an improvement in their circumstances. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Mark Twain By and by he said he had ciphered out two or three ways, but there warn’t no need to decide on any of them yet. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Towards the end of the second course, my three friends of the motor car came in. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

She had bought many pots of pansies there, two or three every spring, and never argued. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

H. Rider Haggard Next summer my three years of outlawry are over, and I would fare back homewards. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Willa Cather After three o’clock the noise of struggle ceased; instantly the huge figure on the bed became again his good-natured corporal. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

John Galsworthy In three days from now we reach the river, cross it, and follow up a western tributary towards the Himalayas. “Faint echoes of the crisis you’ve been having trickle out here. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling They gave Kim a large bundle of good food and nearly three annas in copper money for the needs of the road, and with many blessings watched the two go southward in the dawn. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Hume, who had practically grown in the same soil as Voltaire, was only three years behind him in the historic field. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Virginia Woolf When the Church is open to us we may draw salaries of fifteen thousand, five thousand, three thousand yearly, with palaces and deaneries attached. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Rudyard Kipling There are three forts on an island — Stonecutter’s Island — between HongKong and the mainland, three on Hong-Kong itself, and three or four scattered about elsewhere. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope They dined at three o’clock at the brewery, and during dinner on this day the father of the family made himself very disagreeable. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The youngest is an infant of three months old. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Abraham Merri From the darkness of the cavern began a low chanting, a chant upon three minor themes, repeated and repeated, and intermingled. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He never lowered his bow arm in all the shooting, but fitted each shaft with his longbow raised; yet all three of his arrows smote the center within easy distance of the black. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

A cynical citizen of Gumammam said to the writer of this narrative: “My countrymen have three hundred kinds of dogs, and only one way to hang a thief. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Henry Kingsley He had been sent home three times, and had reappeared; that was nothing so very bad. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

So he stood against the oak tree and wondered whether there were three roads into Penrith or only one. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe For this service Parker immediately volunteered; but, after making three ineffectual efforts, found that he could never even succeed in getting near the door. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Watkin Tench Before the end of the month, three more transports, having on board two companies of the New South Wales corps, arrived to add to our society. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

H. G. Wells In three strides I was after him, had him by the loose part of his robe round the neck, and began dragging him towards the sphinx. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The gate leading to the street was open, and a man of colossal proportions was leading three steaming horses, harnessed to a large, closed sledge, out of the yard, whistling merrily the while. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton But there are three of us, and —” “I shouldn’t get the police,” said Basil in a queer voice. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Henry Kingsley I have got three years’ leave of absence from my regiment in India, and, if I can see a chance, I shall cut the army and settle here. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

He seized a stool of carved wood, and struck three blows with it, and knocked down two men; but it broke on the shoulder of the third, who sent his dagger into Bussy’s breast. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens Will, however, being inflexible, parried his uncle’s objections with a joke, and coaxed the young lady into a smile in three short whispers. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

His body was trilateral: he had three legs, three arms, and six eyes, placed at equal distances all around his head. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Miss Gertrude and her governess live in three handsome rooms in the south wing — my lady’s own rooms — and the principal way to these rooms is along a wide corridor. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

From over the water on my left there rang out, dulled by fog, but distinct to the ear, three double strokes on a bell or gong. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George MacDonald No sooner had I reached the room, than the three bees, which had followed me, flew at once to the lady, and settled upon her hair. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Henry Kingsley They three walked and talked in the fresh spring morning an hour or more. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

He explained to me that he had that piece of French gold for something like three years. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

She dominated the mild, lean governess, Miss Warry, who had taught her everything, and she kept a tight hand over the three domestics who formed Sir Hannibal’s modest establishment. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

He is stopping about three miles off, he said, in some obscure hiding-place. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Sinclair Lewis With three other boys he bought a rheumatic Ford chassis, built an amazing racer-body out of tin and pine, went skidding round corners in the perilous craft, and sold it at a profit. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Gervaise thus opened two or three streets through which she had not passed for a long time. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jeremy Bentham Mischief may admit of a division in any one of three points of view: 1. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

William Makepeace Thackeray It was “one, two, three; one, two, three — now jump — right foot more out, Mr. Smith; and if you COULD try and look a little more cheerful; your partner, sir, would like you hall the better. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Rudyard Kipling You can command your own prices, and you do better work than any three of us. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins The more I thought of our position, the harder the attempt to alter it appeared, while the domestic conditions on which we three had been living together since the winter remained undisturbed. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

His face was thrust down close to the ventilators and the three men were well in view. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Miles Franklin She had to rise at two and three o’clock in the morning, in order that it would be cool and firm enough to print for market. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Andrew Lang Another year and a day passed by, when Covan the Brown-haired, youngest son of Gorla of the Flocks, one morning spake to his parents, saying: ‘It is more than three years since my sister left us. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I received three in three years. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Henry Kingsley Then there was a long sigh; then there was a long silence; then the vicar rose from his knees and looked at Densil. There were but three in the chamber now. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Andrew Lang In three days my preparations will be made, and we will set out. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen Marianne had been two or three days at home, before the weather was fine enough for an invalid like herself to venture out. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Algernon Blackwood The three of us were not together then. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry Fielding When it was opened, they discovered the enemy drawn up three deep; Adams in the front, and Fanny in the rear. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Willa Cather He told me to come again in three days and meet Dr. Ripley, who was the authority on prehistoric Indian remains and had excavated a lot of them. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anatole France M. Coignard slept in the lower chamber, under the stairs, in the same feather bed with the host and his wife, and all three thought they would be suffocated. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

If twain of you or three leap into the hall, I’ll send them back sore wounded down the steps. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

You have lived in the same house with him — let me see, is it three or four days since he came?” “He has been here nearly a week. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton He fancied she might have passed this way and questioned me closely; but as it happened there had been no petticoat under my roof for three days. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Two or three men were arrested on suspicion, but were immediately discharged on being in a position to give a satisfactory account of their actions on the night of the murder. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Eliot Don’t press me to stay, dear Lucy.” Lucy was silent for two or three minutes, looking away and ruminating. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Andrew Lang In eight days you must manage to tame and bring to me three horses that have never felt a master. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser After three weeks of very active life, during which Aileen patronized the ancient and honorable glories of England, they went on to Paris. Here she was quickened to a child-like enthusiasm. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald That one holds only about three quarts and there’s nine of us, and the servants’ll want some — and it isn’t strong punch. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

These romances of three worlds are quite peculiar productions. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

M. P. Shiel After three days of thought she had decided to hide the viol in a coffer of which she knew in a disused region of Orrock Hall, if she could reach it unseen, and to bury the box in a sea-cave. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Katherine Mansfield And such a quantity: two dress lengths for my sister-in-law, three suits for myself, a cloak for the housekeeper of my flat in Munich. How I perspired! Every inch of it had to be washed afterwards. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

G. K. Chesterton But at length the path after many twists betrayed its purpose and led abruptly up two or three steps to the door of a tiny but very clean cottage. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Baldwin Spencer Accordingly, one day, when all are in camp together, two or three of his ngunga men seize the boy. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

John Galsworthy About three months ago I began to mend. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford O’Hara came storming into my quarters at half-past three . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle The three sat in silence, looking at each other. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]