Phrases with "times"

George Gissing The times were shaking his position with earthquake after earthquake. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Several times she answered by murmuring something about his not being “sincere,” and for the fourth time I wondered what the word meant to her. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell At times he would be most sullen against his mother; and then give way to a passionate remorse. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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]

His father sent him several times on a pilgrimage to Mecca to expiate his crimes, when he amused, or alarmed, all the people whose countries he passed through, by his terrific vagaries. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

My own sister! She would cross herself many times and simply quake with terror. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Scores of times she had done it: he wished it had been hundreds — thousands. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

If I came across a new sound, like the Arabic Ghayn, I trained my tongue to it by repeating it so many thousand times a day. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Ralph Waldo Emerson Let us not inhabit times of wonderful and various promise without divining their tendency. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Jeremy Bentham The pains of hunger and thirst: or, the disagreeable sensations produced by the want of suitable substances which need at times to be applied to the alimentary canal. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Sinclair Lewis Buildings which in their blankness seemed somehow higher than American skyscrapers ten times as high. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Her native dignity developed itself with her womanhood, and one of the characteristics of the new Adela was a reserve which at times seemed to indicate coldness or even spiritual pride. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It was most times 7 o’clock when he returned in the evening. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

God has been very gracious to our order — in all troublous times we have been protected. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Evelyth was all kindness, and several times as he listened to Burwell’s story his eyes filled with tears. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

The reason of my saying so is this —” He was beginning to speak with a great deal more effort and reluctance, and sighted often, and seemed at times nearly overcome. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dudley Warner And it should be added that the relations between author and publisher, both in prosperity and in times of business disaster, reflect the highest credit upon both. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Theodore Dreiser Several times he found himself staring at an item, but thinking of something else. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Monsieur at times repented the ascendency which he had permitted the Chevalier de Lorraine to acquire over him, and which exempted the latter from any observance of etiquette towards him. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells They camped on an island on turf amidst slippery rocks, and the next day were in a foaming difficult river again, with glittering shallows that obliged every one to get out at times to wade and push. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Henry James Her detachment, her air of having no fatuous illusions and not being blinded by prejudice, seemed to me at times to savour of affectation. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Sigmund Freud Let us note that 150 florins is 100 times 1 florin 50 kreuzer. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

James Joyce The ambition which he felt astir at times in the darkness of his soul sought no outlet. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Francis Bacon For as many impediments as there have been in times past from this cause, so many arguments are there of hope for the time to come. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

George Gissing Three years of laborious exile were trifling in the balance; had they been passed in sufferings ten times as great, her smile would have paid for all. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Three times it rang out shrill and distinct upon the still night-air, and at each repetition my heart thumped with a new violence against my ribs, and the perspiration rolled in streams down my face. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

H. G. Wells Occasionally he objurgated Mr. Ledbetter’s clumsiness, and urged him to hurry, and several times he appealed to Mr. Ledbetter’s watch for information. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It’s at times like this I’m sorry I’m not a model little girl; and I always resolve that I will be in future. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli It is unnecessary for me to repeat how very sincerely ‘I am your friend, ‘Dacre Dacre.’ He read the letter three times to be sure he did not mistake the delightful import. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Guy de Maupassan Twenty times he believed that he saw her; then when the approaching woman had passed he sat down again, as if overcome by a deception. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing When the occasion offered, she no longer hesitated to express a difference of opinion; at times she uttered her dissent with a bluntness which recalled Buckland’s manner in private. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

John Lewis Burckhard I endeavoured several times to rise, but was always prevented by the Kashef, who insisted upon my getting drunk with him; but as I never stood more in need of my senses, I drank very sparingly. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jack had kissed her many times since, but never perhaps in quite the same way. An Engagement by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

These wretched old women, who have trafficked in every sort of vice, and who have tasted every disgrace, at times attain a perfection of hypocrisy calculated to deceive the most subtle penetration. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Isabella Bird He said several times to Mirza, “It isn’t only that the Khanum gave me the cup, but she took trouble for me. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

R. D. Blackmore Pleasant times make pleasant scenes, and everything now was fair and large in this happy cave of freedom. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Willa Cather Several times he offered to give her tickets to concerts, but she said she was too tired or that it “knocked her out to be up late. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edgar Allan Poe I knew very well that we were doomed, had we been ten times a ninety-gun ship. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing I mean a relative within reasonable limits, not a cousin fifty times removed. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Mark Twain I ain’t ever going to get shut of themlots of times I dream about them. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope He says, that twenty times in the day Cathelineau stood, unharmed before the bayonets of the soldiers; that twenty times he was shot at, but it was impossible to wound him. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald They went several times to the theatre, and within a week, to her great enjoyment, he was as much in love with her as ever. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Washington Irving If they descry a sail near the shore they make a concerted signal; sometimes it consists in suddenly displaying a lantern three times from beneath the folds of a cloak. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Four times we got together and four times I left. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

I confess that I am never weary of reading of these good, heroic, virtuous old times in Italy, and that I am here tempted to digress into declamation about them. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

R. D. Blackmore Five-and-forty years ago was ninety times better than these days, Debby, except that you and I was steadfast, and mean to be so to the end, God willing. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Nellie Bly I noticed that he dressed very exquisitely and changed his apparel at least three times a day, so my curiosity made me bold enough to ask how many trunks he carried with him. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Radclyffe Hall And because of their curious isolation, there were times when Mary would feel very lonely. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

At times I have seen unmarried men on the dole living in the extreme of misery. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

A king, in times long, long gone by, Said to his lazy jester: “If I were you and you were I My moments merrily would fly — Nor care nor grief to pester. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Celia had so much to say, so many injunctions about cuffs and collars, and the times and seasons at which Laura was to wear her various gowns. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

R. D. Blackmore Now it was ten times worse than that, for her father took everything quite easily! Shocking as it may be, this was true. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson One of our chief times of daffing 9 was when he required a horse, another bottle, or some money. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Godwin This lasted so long, that Faustus was many times about to rush out of the circle in which he had inclosed himself, and to abandon his preparations. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Three times during the afternoon I found him in my neighbourhood, although on each occasion I was in a different place on the course. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell His eyes were generally merry-looking, but at times they and his mouth so suddenly changed, and gave her such an idea of latent passion, that it almost made her afraid. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Radclyffe Hall Blanc stood in a little niche by himself, which at times must surely have been very lonely. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

E. Phillips Oppenheim We are already overdrawn to the extent of about a hundred and ten thousand pounds—an overdraft which I confess that we have been asked several times to reduce. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Gissing With the help of those commonplaces by which even intellectual people are at times compelled to prove their familiarity with social usages, conversation was set in movement. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Guy de Maupassant Twenty times he repeated this without success, and he might have continued all night had he not feared to exhaust his supply of vermin. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Abraham Merri A score of times they repeated this process while we watched. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had never been in Yorkshire, she had known no one of the name of Marston. And yet she corrected me twice, and both times she was right. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Here there was something different, something he loved, something that at times he hated. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Ivan Turgenev Fenichka’s conscience scarcely reproached her, but she was tormented at times by the thought of the real cause of the quarrel; and Pavel Petrovich, too, looked at her so strangely . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Saleh used to do this admirably, and many times in the deserts and elsewhere I have known him to pass half the night at this sort of work. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

John Lewis Burckhard Each hosh contains thirty or forty families; thus forming so many small separate hamlets, which, in times of unsettled government, are frequently engaged in desperate feuds with each other. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

I realised that I was at the end of my tether at last, and I fingered my automatic thankfully and many times saw to it that the safety catch came easily to the release. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

It was now to be issued three times a week. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

But she early saw that he was reserved on his peculiar habits; and if at times a chill, a foreboding, a suspicious awe crept over her, she forebore to question him. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Gissing Throughout the night and during the early hours of the day she had suffered much, and, instead of the present peace, an expression of trouble, at times even of anguish, had disturbed her countenance. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

John Galsworthy Several times that day he opened it to look at the seven soft shining stones in their velvet oval nest. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard Still she vaguely wondered at times if he was really so ill as her father thought. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins At times she read and wrote a good deal. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The times had by no means come to an end when many of the higher clergy sought to vie with the lay lords in warlike prowess. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

There was some delay in replying to his ring, and he had to push the bell three times before receiving an answer. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Leon Trotsky He was three times younger than I, only four years old. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells When Shaw faced towards social and political problems, this implacable animosity loomed so large for him that at times it blotted out the stars. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Andrew Lang Well! well! times are certainly changed. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald Many times he had tried unsuccessfully to let go his hold on her. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle Several times I had observed that Milverton looked at his watch, and once he had risen and sat down again, with a gesture of impatience. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

John Galsworthy He had painted her three times — always nice, always polite, quite the gentleman! And he had given her introductions. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Three times Athos knocked without receiving an answer. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Several times he had been quite near to it; but a mysterious something always held him back. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope Something of regret, something of penitence had at times crept over her in reference to her conduct to this man. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He hemmed several times and looked consciously kind, as a man will when he knows he’s on delicate ground. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing How many thousand times have I blundered in this way! A man like me ought to live alone—as I’ve a very fair chance of doing in future. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Montfort had placed unlimited resources at the disposal of Berengaria for the fulfilment of her purpose, and at times even showed some not inconsiderable though fitful interest in her progress. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Andrew Lang I didn’t know who it was, and warned him three times to speak or begone. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley I reined up just now to look, and I calculated that the southern point of explosion alone is discharging nine times in the minute. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Sinclair Lewis In a few minutes he dashed to his bureau and brushed his thinning hair so nervously that he had to try three times for a straight parting. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

During those three hours I was three times soaked with sweat and dry again. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Sheets of driven sea flew bodily over the hull, and a score of times I thought she must succumb as she shivered to the blows of her keel on the sand. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope A year ago, before he went away, he had told his sister a score of times that he meant to marry Mary Thorne if she would have him; but Beatrice now looked on all that as idle, boyish vapouring. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker At such an elevation there was always a strong wind, and at times the kite rose to an enormous height, as well as travelling for great distances laterally. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Andrew Lang Never was any present in the world as useful as that little box, and many times did he bless the kind thought of the princess. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Dr. Shillington was very thoughtful as he was being driven away from the Priory, and many times his small eyes blinked frowningly under his bushy puckered brows. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

It is behind the times and its first-rate men are mostly dead or disheartened or worn out. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The good Emir, who was punctiliously religious, and likewise a great dealer in compliments, made an harangue five times more prolix and insipid than his harbingers had already delivered. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

F. Scott Fitzgerald Several times he glanced nervously at his wrist watch. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Kingsley When? Enough for us that He knows when, in whose hand are the times and the seasons — God the Father of the spirits of all flesh. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle Miss Morton remained in her room all that day, and her maid found her several times in tears. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Fanny Fern Lord bless me! how immensely tiresome it must be to sit opposite the same face three times a day, three hundred and sixty-five days in a year! 1 should weary of Venus herself. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Alfred Ainger It was hit or miss with him; but nine times out of ten he contrived by this device to send away a whole company his enemies. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

William Makepeace Thackeray I was running — running as the brave stag before the hounds — running as I have done a great number of times before in my life, when there was no help for it but a race. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Thomas Hardy Wrapping herself up in a red cloak, she went to the window, gently drew up a corner of the curtain, and peeped out, as she had done many times before. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Kate Chopin But times w’en I git to thinkin’ ‘bout home, I’m boun’ to cry-seems like I can’t he’p it. At Fault by Kate Chopin

At times she tossed back the thin curls that kept running down over her forehead, and lowered her voice to say something not in the book, with a kind look at the faces of her auditors. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing He read it times innumerable; day and night he could think of nothing else. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The secret of printing must have been discovered many thousands of times before it was used, or could be used. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Charles Dudley Warner They sallied several times from their ranks, and approached near enough to discharge their arrows; but the Christians were immovable. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Abraham Merri They were vaporous, soft as St. Elmo’s fire, the witch lights that cling at times to the spars of ships, weird gleaming visitors from the invisible ocean of atmospheric electricity. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Karachi 64, then not much better than a big village, was surrounded by walls which were perforated with “nostril holes,” for pouring boiling water through in times of siege. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Walter Scott Other invaders of Palestine have their times and moods of courtesy. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

The wisdom of these later times in princes’ affairs (says Verulamius) is rather fine deliveries and shiftings of dangers when they be near, than solid and grounded courses to keep them off. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

However, Jeanne at times proved obstinate. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He turned it over and over several times every year, but was not going to plant anything “just at present. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

E. F. Benson He twirled his moustache a great many times and cleared his throat — it wanted more than that to clear it — and capitulated. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Ford Madox Ford He erred perhaps a little on the side of generosity, but hard times were hard times, and every one had to feel the pinch, landlord as well as tenants. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Washington Irving Sir, a game of jokes is composed partly of skill, partly of chance; a man may be beat at times by one who has not the tenth part of his wit. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Thomas Hardy Will you?’ ‘It seems hardly —’ ‘It would seem so like old times to me — when I was young, and nearer — far nearer Heaven than I am now. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope A member of Parliament this Session had not been by half so much bigger than another man as in times of hot political warfare. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

It is only in more recent times that it has been rehabilitated in the public mind and thought of as a science which may be used for helpful ends. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Gissing As, moreover, it was distinctly understood that he should never visit her save at times previously appointed, he could not see her till she chose to write. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Jane Austen It is a very fair match, as times go; and I have liked Charles Hayter all my life, and I shall not leave off now. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

I felt I had told her many times in an unspoken way that I admired her, and in return, I always thought the sweetest look in the world came over her face when her eyes purposely met mine. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Charles Dudley Warner You will smile at the high strain in which I have indulged; believe me, it is because I feel it; and I love your sex ten times better than ever. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Elizabeth Gaskell Her mind was thronged with recollections of the many times she had slighted her mother’s wishes; her heart was full of the echoes of careless and angry replies that she had spoken. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

George Gissing I used to employ five men and a boy, and I even thought at times of removing to a larger place. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton He realized that if he had held a real sword, he could have killed his enemy six times over with the riposte. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

But I have a file of the Recorder of Self-Inflicted Miseries, and you will see the regular gradation from the barbarisms of your day to the enlightened times it has been permitted you to see. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Gustave Flauber Several times it nearly broke. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

How well he played that difficult part of buffoon! At times I could scarcely restrain my admiration. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

And he still keeps his bad times to himself. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott But it was against her will, I fancy; for the poor old creature is always regretting the change of times and of property. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

H. G. Wells He blunders at times from sheer watchfulness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Jonathan Swif I have been now five days at Windsor, and Patrick has been drunk three times that I have seen, and oftener I believe. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

You take a load from my heart; for Mr. Vigors, I know, thinks Lilian consumptive, and Mrs. Poyntz has rather frightened me at times by hints to the same effect. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He found the door open and called out several times for Daunt, but got no answer. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Natural history has become more generally known since those times and writers of to-day introduce their ominous birds with more definiteness and appropriateness. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Willa Cather Several times this fall Bayliss had asked Claude to go somewhere with him on a Sunday, and then stopped to “pick Gladys up,” as he said. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope Her husband at times would become terribly anxious on the subject. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I went to Ridinghanger a number of times in the spring and early summer. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

James Joyce Many times she allowed the dark to fall upon them, refraining from lighting the lamp. Dubliners by James Joyce

Isabella Bird The snow was at times three feet deep, and the tracks even of a heavy caravan which crossed before us were effaced by the drift in a few minutes. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

But at times some lingering sense of outraged dignity, some fitful gleams of old sympathies, ‘the hectic of a moment,’ came back upon her, and prevailed over the deadening stupor of her grief. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

George Eliot And here must I take the brown-and-white jug, as it’s niver been used three times this year, and go down i’ the cellar myself, and belike catch my death, and be laid up wi’ inflammation. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

At times black shapes passed before the fire, shutting off this last bit of brightness, silhouettes of men so strangely magnified that their arms and legs were indistinct. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jack London He looked it, and the piercing glitter that arose at times in his eyes was the same piercing glitter I had observed in the eyes of caged leopards and other preying creatures of the wild. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Charles Dickens When we had conversed for a while, Miss Havisham sent us two out to walk in the neglected garden: on our coming in by and by, she said, I should wheel her about a little, as in times of yore. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Oscar Wilde He was to make his way quietly to Washington Otis’s room, gibber at him from the foot of the bed, and stab himself three times in the throat to the sound of slow music. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Rudyard Kipling Her long pleasure was broken by a sound that she had waited for in agony several times in her life. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

H. G. Wells At times I go away — down there. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

William Makepeace Thackeray The bond — and share-holders of the Saginaw must look for loss and depression in times of war. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

These triple threads of threefold colour first I twine about thee, and three times withal Around these altars do thine image bear: Uneven numbers are the god’s delight. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Willa Cather Madame Joubert had told him about some caves at the other end of the wood, underground chambers where the country people had gone to live in times of great misery, long ago, in the English wars. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

G. K. Chesterton I suppose it’s the sort of thing that has been said a good many times . The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

H. G. Wells If at times she was manifestly unintelligent, in her ignorance became indisputable, I told myself her simple instincts were worth all the education and intelligence in the world. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells At times I doubted whether I was not prying, whether I ought not to risk the loss of those necessary legal facts I sought, and burn these papers unread. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

At times he bent towards his master’s ear. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing He set off to walk northward, came out into Holborn, and loitered in the neighbourhood of a certain place of business, which of late he had many times observed. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

This awful activity of mind made him hesitate at times in his speech. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I’ve not scrupled to tell him, times and oft, that he ought to bring a mistress home —— Eh, but there he is! That’s his step. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There have been times when I felt that it would be a pleasure. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Forty times fifty pound,” with an unctuous chuckle after the enunciation of each figure, as if it was some privilege even to be able to talk of such vast sums of money. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope The times are such that I expect to hear nothing from yourself, and on my part have nothing to write. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Gustave Flauber Their army amounted to about forty thousand men, and several times they enjoyed the sight of seeing the Carthaginians fall back. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Several times they have raided the shop, though I admit they have not been able to catch him as yet. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

I have many times heard my uncle say he was the best servant he had ever had. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Thomas Paine We have equalled the bravest in times of danger, and excelled the wisest in construction of civil governments. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Theodore Dreiser Lillian had thought of them at times as being curiously suited to each other temperamentally. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing At times he asked himself, with a shudder, whether he could any longer pretend that he loved her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Whatever it was that had happened to him in the old times when he was a Government man he didn’t talk about. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

E. Phillips Oppenheim Three times he counted the little sheaves of notes, three times he turned back and compared them with the rough wage book. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Richard Burton There is another Sharh, neatly four times larger than this, “Al-Khatib”; it is seldom read. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Percy Bysshe Shelley The affecting expression of her voice, mellowed as it was by the tenderness which at times stole over her soul, softened Verezzi’s listening ear to ecstasy. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Henry Kingsley Master Lee up to Slarrow had evil times of it that blessed spring afternoon, and ended by “dratting ” both his companions, for a couple of old fools. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

As for me, I feel so miserable and degraded and despairing at times that but for her I could go and drown myself in the creek when I think of what the family is coming to. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing At times the longing to see him grew insupportable, and this evening she had yielded to it, going out of her way in the hope of encountering him as he came from work. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Some — times he would give way to a painful irritability about trifles, would scold us all, and rush out of the house, returning drunk late at night. In the World by Maksim Gorky

The patient at times eyed him, and seemed to listen: at others closed his eyes and moaned. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle As Holmes had imagined, times had not been easy with him. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Meredith You are ten times the man in exercise. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

In my country, those whom physicians abandon run the chance of a quack, who kills them ten times but saves them a hundred times. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edith Wharton His own taste was in the line of less solid and more highly-seasoned diet; but hunger makes any fare palatable, and there had been times when Mr. Stepney had been reduced to a crust. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

T. E. Lawrence The hearing other people praised made me despair jealously of myself, for I took it at its face value; whereas, had they spoken ten times as well of me, I would have discounted it to nothing. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith This Britain slumbering, she is rich; Lies placid as a cradled child; At times with an uneasy twitch, That tells of dreams unduly wild. Last Poems by George Meredith [1909]

He threw himself upon one of the beds, hoping he might obtain a few hours’ sleep, but for a long time he slept only in fitful snatches, awakening many times to see if the dawn had really come. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle In those simple times there was a great wonder and mystery in life. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

I should go mad half-a-dozen times over. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Olaf Stapledon Yet at times when social upheaval seemed imminent they would not scruple to ask the external enemy to ease his pressure for a while. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Three times the little automatic barked and there was a shrill squeal of pain from the man who had waved the lantern. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Still, at times the whims characteristic of sickness would awaken her to some consciousness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Rudyard Kipling The worst of it was he had three times as much money as was good for him; Pluffles’ Papa being a rich man and Pluffles being the only son. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We have raked the street through several times but I can’t say I’m comfortable about it. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins In the old times the victim would have been ruined, in the new times he was simply rendered eligible for a political vocation in life. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Algernon Blackwood A blinding confusion of times and places struggled for possession of me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H. G. Wells At times you can bear their cheering or booing, as the case may be, right away on the pastures where the Wild Asses feed. The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing You know I was born in Clerkenwell, and I’ve told you a little now and then of the hard times I went through. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

What times we live in! The whole world is disturbed and the wretched Revolution in France has been, I am convinced, the cause of it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

In these troublous times a king is miraculously sent to be a bulwark to the people against the inroads of their foes. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore