Phrases with "three"

John Galsworthy What he feels at three in the morning doesn’t matter. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Not one in five hundred men inexperienced in such work could have held the ears of the class as he did for the first two or three evenings. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

There’s a train at five to three this afternoon. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Watkin Tench Lieutenant Abbot, and ensign Prentice, of the New South Wales corps, were the two officers under my command, and with three sergeants, three corporals, and thirty privates, completed the detachment. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

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

It might have been nearly three hundred, certainly not more. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He loved her devotedly for three years. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

He had filled three sides of a sheet of note-paper, when he threw down his pen and folded his letter. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

We were more than willing, and when we got tired of talking Bent produced an old deck of cards and we would play draw poker or euchre or casino for two or three hours. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

At each fresh worry she buried herself deeper in her only pleasure, which was to have her three meals a day. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

They are all bold birds, suffering you to approach nearer than any other kinds, and often flying up and hovering within two or three yards from you. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

We passed the night at San Andrés, a poor venta, but clean, consisting of three empty rooms, a spirit-shop, and a kitchen. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy Knight strove with all his might for two or three minutes, and the drops of perspiration began to bead his brow. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Rudyard Kipling He can’t do much harm in three days. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

To be remarkable — to the trade — it should have dealt with epic passion, in three volumes, at thirty. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

George Meredith She sent me three hundred pounds; she must have supposed the occasion pressing. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Behind a glass window there were three little dolls, dressed in red and green dresses, and exactly, exactly as though they were alive. The Heavenly Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

Guy de Maupassant For ten francs you can get two or three magnificent roses. The Diamond Necklace (La Parure) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Thomas Hughes The lines are thickest close to him, but young Brooke and two or three of his men are shifting up further, where the opposite line is weak. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

They have both risen from nothing, Johnny. When he began life, Pell’s ambition was to rise to a competency; an el dorado of three or four hundred a year: and that only when he had worked for it. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It seemed to Wolfenden that chicken and tongue had never tasted so well before, or claret, at three shillings the bottle, so full and delicious. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

M. P. Shiel Only three—then all my life me not care what happen to me, me say ‘he kiss me three times. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Henry David Thoreau The philosopher said: “From an army of three divisions one can take away its general, and put it in disorder; from the man the most abject and vulgar one cannot take away his thought. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilkie Collins The last words she said were, tell my grandfather I shall be back in three days; and give him that letter with my dearest love. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

To be absent and silent for three years, and never to think of me!” “A little more than you have thought of me,” he murmured. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Henry Fielding That’s a little too much, old Dick. There are two or three officers of our regiment whom I know to be fools; but d — n me if I am ever seen in their company. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Willa Cather I made straight for the cabin, it was about three miles from the spot where the trail emerged at the top. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Algernon Blackwood The three of us were close together. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Thomas Wolfe They would never think of going back there to This place was wonderful, except for three months in the winter. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Ford Madox Ford The found shilling ball had lasted him three years . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Oscar Wilde Sometimes she would give herself up entirely to art, turn her drawing-room into a studio, and spend two or three days a week at picture galleries or museums. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Guy de Maupassan His friend whispered to him: “To-morrow at three o’clock; do not forget. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

At two o’clock exactly the three children rushed downstairs, Regie bearing in his hand his tin money-box, in which a single coin could be heard to leap. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

In two families of the Homoptera and in three of the Orthoptera, the males alone possess sound-producing organs in an efficient state. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

My thoughts went back to that hilltop three thousand miles and thirty years away. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins Two or three days after their return I saw him. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Rudyard Kipling There was no one abroad at that hour, and, except for three or four stone-laden boats rolling down from Mirzapur, they were alone upon the river. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The three sisters then tied the heroes with every kind of loop and twist and knot that could be thought of. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Down below, beneath the three acacias, dancing had commenced, a cornet-a-piston and two fiddles playing very loud, and mingling in the warm night air with the rather hoarse laughter of women. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells This he was able to operate at irregular intervals: sometimes for only half an hour or so, sometimes for three or four hours at a stretch. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

I have been married to him over a year, and we have handsome lodgings in Leicester Square, and I keep my chair; and if he outlives his two elder brothers and three nephews, I shall be a peeress. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Charles Dickens As he had scarcely seen my three companions until now — for he and I had walked together — he stood on the hearth-rug, after ringing the bell, and took a searching look at them. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

It’s a very old house, three stories high, and the roof isn’t a very long way above that of the shed where he garages his car during the day. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

He also drank three glasses of port. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne But no! the monkey did not part with the case, and, holding it with one hand, he had still three left with which to move. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

James Joyce So anyhow Terry brought the three pints Joe was standing and begob the sight nearly left my eyes when I saw him land out a quid O, as true as I’m telling you. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Sinclair Lewis He passionately wanted to do three things: to be an honorable judge, to have Jinny love him, and to kill Bradd Criley. He rapidly compromised. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy He’ll be three in July; quite a good walker already. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Except, however, two or three servants of the “Royal Oak,” who had come out to see, no one had yet joined the little group but the boy who was detained, bridle in hand, at the horse’s head. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry James And in connection with his college days I may mention his first novel, a short romance entitled Fanshawe, which was published in Boston in 1828, three years after he graduated. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

George Gissing For two or three nights he had scarcely closed his eyes; he looked ghastly. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon We were all three in the little sitting-room. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce The three figures standing at the edge of the muddy path had pinched cheeks and watery eyes. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Sir Walter Scott To the left were seen two or three cottages, a part of the village, the brow of the hill concealed the others. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It’s nothing short of wonderful how she’s improved these three years, but especially in looks. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Willa Cather Then came the hard times that brought every one on the Divide to the brink of despair; three years of drouth and failure, the last struggle of a wild soil against the encroaching plowshare. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

H. G. Wells One of those splendid old English families that sold carpets in Constantinople three generations ago and was known as Feronian or some such name with a nose to it. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Andrew Lang You must walk past them three times, and the third time you must show me which is my youngest daughter Hyacinthia. If you don’t guess rightly, you shall lose your head. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant When he began shaving again he cut himself three times from his nose to his ear. Clair de lune by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Abraham Merri I said, ‘It will not return for three hours. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

There are only three or four people who need be seen, and the carriage is at the door. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell He would follow me there; and I could talk over what I had better do, with the three best friends I have in the world — the only friends I have. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The three who were drowned lower down than Salcott all turned up within a day or two. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Henry James Mrs. Nettlepoint came up as she had announced, but the day was half over: it was nearly three o’clock. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

And I’ll go on allowing you three hundred a year, and when you want to marry I’ll make a settlement on your wife, but, by —— I’ll never pay another sixpence for your debts as long as I live. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins My image! She pointed to three pins in it. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Henry Adams He squandered two or three months on Paris. From the first he had avoided Paris, and had wanted no French influence in his education. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Sinclair Lewis The lunch and the changing of casings took three and a quarter minutes. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald His intention, as he stated it in college, had been to use three years in travel, three years in utter leisure — and then to become immensely rich as quickly as possible. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

For three following days Gorenflot got drunk, first on sherry, next on Malaga, then on Alicant; afterwards he declared he liked Burgundy best, and returned to that. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Thomas Hardy Three times three strokes signified that the departed one was a man; three times two, a woman; twice three, a boy; twice two, a girl. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Richard Hakluy Assoone as they came to Cale, the Gouernour commanded them to gather all the Maiz that was ripe in the field, which was sufficient for three moneths. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

At the age of three Comrade Ogilvy had refused all toys except a drum, a sub-machine gun, and a model helicopter. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Now the father loved his three sons equally, so that he could not make up his mind which of them should have the house after his death, because he did not wish to favour any one more than the others. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London And when I had expended some thirty shells for three seals, I decided that the ammunition would be exhausted before I acquired the necessary knowledge. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Rudyard Kipling My hosts talked for rather more than three hours, and at the end seemed ready for three hours more. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

There was nothing in their appearance to prevent them being the three who had hunted me in Scotland, but there was nothing to identify them. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Anthony Trollope She found the three girls leaning against the rails near the churchyard stile. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

And, in the course of two or three months you can be still more useful to us. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Gertrude Stein I can mention a subject which is agreeable so agreeable and exciting and there are three names two of them are almost alike. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope During the month very little progress had been made with the case at Heytesbury. There had been two or three remands, and now there was yet another. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He had just returned from a visit to Staffa, and within three days had made three sonnets on Fingal’s Cave, and was composing a fourth, when he was called in to see me. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

H. G. Wells When the Christians were at Burnmore, and they usually spent three or four months in the year there, I had a kind of standing invitation to be with them. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It had a good house upon it, and consisted of two or three hundred acres of land. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Two or three empty morocco cases had been carelessly tossed on top of the pile. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

In honour of the parents’ visit, a fire composed of three large coals was sulking in the grate. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He had been Consul three years back, and must have spoken often. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

M. P. Shiel Spiciewegiehotiu not know: when me dying—my mother say me born to die young—when me dying me tell Spiciewegiehotiu ‘he kiss me three times,’ and she forgive me. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Charles Dickens After three days’ delay, during which the crown prosecution stood over for the production of the witness from the prison-ship, the witness came, and completed the easy case. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Thomas Hardy Hark!” “Do ‘ee get to sleep,” said Tim. “How be you going to wake at half-past three else?” She lay down and was silent. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jane Austen Nothing occurred during the next three or four days, to make Elinor regret what she had done, in applying to her mother; for Willoughby neither came nor wrote. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Jack London They hid pools of water under the snow that might be three inches deep, or three feet. Lost Face by Jack London

Jack London To say nothing of three bullet holes clear through him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Andrew Lang In the distance of two or three hundred leagues they would tell what the Spaniards did or suffered in their civil wars. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens The roads are closing so fast in every direction, that in a month’s time, unless my aunt sends me a remittance, I shall have to go three or four miles out of town to get over the way. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Thomas Hardy The moth made towards the candle upon Eustacia’s table, hovered round it two or three times, and flew into the flame. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

He was away—that is, out of sight of the room—about three minutes, and when he got back the note was gone. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

John Galsworthy The two were seated side by side on an arrangement in marqueterie which looked like three silvery pink chairs made one, with a low tea-table in front of them. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

I furnished two or three lines at the beginning of the poem, in particular – “‘And listened like a three years’ child: The Mariner had his will. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Arnold Bennett Charlie took Edwin into the small breakfast-room, where Osmond Orgreave was waiting, and the three men continued to discuss the situation. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Watkin Tench Owing to light airs we did not get a-breast of the city of St. Sebastian, in the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, until the 7th of the month, when we anchored about three quarters of a mile from the shore. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

My two eldest sisters-eldest of three then living, and also elder than myself-were summoned to an early death. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

William Makepeace Thackeray Meanwhile, the owner of the house had gone into the hall, which is snugly furnished as a morning-room, and where one, two, three young ladies came in to greet him. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Well, in that case, my advice is, run for the notary, tie the noose, and let us three drink the bride’s health, till we see six sots a-tippling. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ralph Waldo Emerson But I intended to specify, with a little minuteness, two or three points of service. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

He was hoping to return to Italy and did not find it easy to settle down in London. He changed his studio two or three times. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Gustave Flauber The Punic square divided; three columns were swallowed up, and eddied beneath the porches. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

I believe he was home every night last week by midnight, and when he’s been talking about the club it’s always been after he’s come in very late, often between three and four in the morning. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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]

A nous deux, Dr. E. Behm! My objections to your paper are the three following: 1. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

I may be mistaken; he may merely be a wanderer like myself; perhaps he heard the three strange cries, and has also come to seek the cause. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Then there were two or three commis-voyageurs, a chance traveller or two, and an English lady with a young daughter. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Alfred Ainger The last was three months, followed by two of depression most dreadful. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anthony Trollope Look at old Beilby with a seat in Parliament, and a property worth two or three hundred thousand pounds! When he was my age he had nothing but his weekly wages. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The three young men took counsel together, and talked the subject well over, as brothers should do. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy One says ‘deaf,’ ‘blind,’ ‘dumb’— why not ‘snoof’?” “Excellent! How long do you reckon it’ll take you to convert this street, Uncle Hilary?” “About three years. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Of the fifty-four white men, eighteen, including eleven of the “Congo” crew, died in less than three months. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Charles Dickens His Sowship thought it wonderfully knowing in him to surprise the people by pardoning these three at the very block; but, blundering, and bungling, as usual, he had very nearly overreached himself. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

John Galsworthy Another three weeks and it’ll be green down there. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins But it has got three diamonds in it, Frank, and one beautiful ruby. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Neither spoke again for two or three minutes. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Miles Franklin I observed these rites most religiously for three days. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling She sung like a throstle hersen, and we had practisin’s night after night for a matter of three months. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray As for my poor twenty guineas, in three days I saw, with terror, that they had dwindled down to eight: theatres and taverns having already made such cruel inroads in my purse. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Anthony Trollope The archdeacon’s three sons had also come home for the occasion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Then the sugar which was contained in the fermenting liquid was examined and that was found to contain the three elements carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Yeast by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arthur Conan Doyle At such a sight of beauty in distress Nigel pricked Pommers with the spur and in three bounds was at the side of the unhappy lady. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins Glasses there! three glasses, my lovely shepherdess with the black eyes — the three largest you have got. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Sinclair Lewis In Kansas, this summer, he had merely filled other people’s pulpits for two or three weeks at a time. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

He received us in a loggia of lattice-work overlooking the courtyard, and had three of his finest horses—a grey, a bay, and a chestnut—brought out for us to admire. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells The bulk of three cigars had passed into the invisible or diffused as a white ash over the carpet before he spoke again. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Tobias Smolle The three figures in the air attract the eye so strongly, that little or no attention is payed to those below on the mountain. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing But later in the evening, when, after walking for two or three hours about the cold, dark roads, he came in to have his supper and go to bed, Mrs. Brewer smilingly offered him a scrap of paper. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell So ended the first day in Libbie’s three eras in last year. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

Edgar Allan Poe The pieces of her frock torn out by the bushes were about three inches wide and six inches long. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

The artist dashed up the stairs, three at a step. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

A child of three or four years old was sitting on a basket close by, and two older children were on their knees, weeding a cabbage bed. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

He was very far away from me who watched him across three feet of space. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I had hardly strength to walk home, and was so nervous, and ultimately so ill, that for three weeks I was confined to the house, and could not bear to be alone for a moment. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dickens Two or three streets have been traversed in silence before she, following close behind the object of her attention, stretches out her hand and touches her. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

John Galsworthy Those three days at Robin Hill had been exciting, sad, embarrassing. To Let by John Galsworthy

Abraham Merri The three faces pressed together for a fleeting moment; raised again. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

He gave many directions for the comfort of the children, and left within the hour of his arrival, promising to come again in three days, when he would confer with the local doctor. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

These will do for the more solid things; but with these I must have three potties, fat and round, one full of Malmsey, one of Canary, and one brimming full of mine own dear lusty sack. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

I turned towards Bartram. At my side stood honest Mary Quince. “Don’t take on so, Miss; ‘twon’t be no time passing; three months is nothing at all,” she said, smiling kindly. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Walter Scott I would have taught him in three weeks a firm, current, clear, and legible hand; he should have been a calligrapher, — but God’s will be done. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Rufus Dawes felt what he had not felt for three days — an interest in something. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Sinclair Lewis Neil’s sister, the pleasant Kitty, three years older, had always been closest to him of the whole family. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Lewis Carroll And these are the conditions of the match: You must give three crosses to two or three pictures. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Wilkie Collins Be there at three this afternoon. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

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]

I have spent three days searching for Hidou, assured that we could compel him to tell us who this correspondent of Ravahol was. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

George Gissing Then it strangely happened that someone came round the bushes, in the shadow of which the three were reposing, and that it was no other than Miss Nancarrow, this time unaccompanied. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The three then re-entered the carriage, and drove off at full speed. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Wilkie Collins Gabriel had hardly repeated the first two or three sentences of his grandfather’s confession, when the priest, in quick, altered tones, abruptly asked him his name and place of abode. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

James Payn Some sacred words were added, but they told him nothing more concerning those three persons, namely, his lost wife’s father and mother, and himself. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

William Hope Hodgson God help me, I have jerked the bolt half out of its socket! My lips emit a hoarse scream of terror, the bolt is three parts drawn, now, and still my unconscious hands work towards my doom. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

William Makepeace Thackeray Rows of black windows, framed in stone, stretch on either side, right and left — three storeys and eighteen windows of a row. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

H. G. Wells These were presently produced, and after two or three misses, one of the men at work was hit in the foot. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

In how many days did you promise the four millions?” “In three days. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

G. K. Chesterton He had tried three times, he pathetically declared, to call himself Nogglewop and in each case his voice had failed through emotion. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jules Verne By degrees the three friends recovered from their intoxication; but they were obliged to sleep themselves sober over their oxygen as a drunkard does over his wine. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Sinclair Lewis But he loved her so completely that he scarce thought of it oftener than three or four times a month. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Gaston Leroux He thanked me and told me he was returning to America three days later, that is to say, on the 26th (the day after the crime). Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

H. G. Wells Naturally I was annoyed at the silly duffer dropping three hours’ work just on account of a centipede. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

He bought enough sweets for Patrick to keep him sick for three months on end, and drove back to the hills. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Ford Madox Ford In front of each were three empty sloe-gin glasses and one half-filled tumbler of brandy and soda. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Anthony Trollope Oh, if they would leave her there for three days, so that she might recover something of her strength! “They shall leave you for three weeks, Linda,” said the other. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

George Gissing You prophesied that I should be miserable in three months; it was a generous limit. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Gustave Flauber Behind each of them was a bronze shaft resting on three claws and supporting a torch. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Walter Scott Several idlers had assembled about his door, and two or three had impudently thrust themselves forward almost into the passage, to listen to a confused altercation which was heard from within. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Felix Drayton drew two or three sheets of closely written paper from their position of security under a beautifully carved jade letterweight upon his desk. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

All three were slim, and the hands which grasped the bridles were notably fine. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The latter was three parts full. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anthony Trollope If he could only go to sleep and wake up a married man of three months’ standing, he would be quite happy. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

In three years’ time she was introduced to the friends of these ladies. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

I don’t want to boast of my modesty but it seemed to me that two or three days was more than enough for a man like Mills to forget my very existence. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Or is it gambling they suspect? There are only three or four shabby packs of bridge cards in the whole house. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anatole France He was happier the year before, when he had received in the morning, two or three times a week, letters so gentle and so well written that he regretted not being able to print them. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

In a physician’s office in Kearny Street three men sat about a table, drinking punch and smoking. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

The examination of the pelvis of a chick, however, shows that each half is made up of three bones, which answer to those which remain distinct throughout life in the crocodile. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Tobias Smolle The one costs three half-pence; the last, half a farthing — which of them is most effectual? I am sure the men are equally pleased. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Jack London Nothing was before us but the three or four months’ hunting on the sealing grounds. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Jules Verne The three miles which remained would take three hours to travel, and to keep to the course of the river it was necessary, above all things, to have a clear outlook. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Rudyard Kipling I knew what that sinnified — as long as three years ago. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

John Galsworthy If Timothy had indeed put in three flags already, well! — it showed what the nation could do when it was roused. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope You must come and see me in London, and I’ll introduce you to my three knights,’ and so saying, she moved away and fell into conversation with some of the higher powers. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

These three rooms were always unoccupied, while the entire household squeezed itself into the little dining-room. In the World by Maksim Gorky

About half-past three the procession turned back, and at four once more regained the starting-place. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Florence Dixie We made two or three circles, but game seemed very scarce, and we were unable to entrap a single ostrich. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

H. Rider Haggard In a moment we were all three groping about on our hands and knees, feeling for the slightest indication of a draught. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang The three chips which he flung into the river became a boat, and, as he steered across the stream, the serpent put up its head and hissed loudly. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott And pray, Mr. Sampson, are these three hours entirely spent inconstruing and translating?’ ‘Doubtless, no; we have also colloquial intercourse to sweeten study: neque semper arcum tendit apollo. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

A week went by, two weeks, three weeks; three weeks is a very long time in a small Indian station. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Slowly climbing the remaining stairs, she again stood in the familiar ante-chamber, with its three doors. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Anthony Trollope Two or three newspapers had already been very hard upon him in regard to the Eustace diamonds. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser The barn at which Hurstwood applied was exceedingly short-handed, and was being operated practically by three men as directors. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence The three made their way brokenly, and with difficulty. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Once already he had paid a call here, not many days after his meeting with the widow in Mr. Hornibrook’s library; he came at three in the afternoon, and sat talking till nearly six. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James She had been glad he wouldn’t come, as she had told Hyacinth three months before; but now that he had come she was still more glad. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]