Phrases with "told"

I am told that when he heard of Mr Maxwell’s death, hiss joy was positively’ — the doctor nipped his thumb and forefinger together — ‘what iss the word I want?’ ‘Obscene?’ ‘Ah yes. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Nam told you that ye are summoned this night to confer with the people. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis Been pretty friendly with her?” Elmer told everything. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

That night in the war of water and groaning trees Georges caught Judith’s hands and told her that he could hold out no longer. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

It was the memory of that diplomatic reticence which on the terrace had stiffled his first cry which would have told them all that the man sought for was not to be met on earth any more. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

He told me the other day that it will have to wait till he is ready for it; and he may not be ready for a long time, because the east coast can’t run away, and no one is likely to run off with it. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Cliona told the cook to go back if she pleased. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Andrew Lang One hero, Conaire, was the son of a bird, and before his birth his father (the bird) told the woman (his mother) that the child must never eat the flesh of fowls. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

The people of the house in the Rue de l’Archevêque have been very kind to me; they say I am quite foolish to be frightened, and they told me that papa stopped out all night once last summer. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Something told her that she had better write woman instead, and she had written it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

William Morris Great was the joy that day and the morrow, and that while Sir Robin told to John the occasion of the wager, and how Sir Raoul held his land wrongfully. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Tobias Smolle He told miss C— the other day, in broken English, that, in the course of the last year, he had made six bastards. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Meredith Of the Queen no more was told Than of leaf on Danube rolled. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prendergast had given himself two days to do all that was to be done, before he told Herbert Fitzgerald the whole of the family history. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard The great axe wheels on high and falls, and it is told of this stroke that it was so mighty that man and horse sank dead beneath it, cloven through and through. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

C. has given me a wool comforter of her owne worke, and sum stockings wich are two thick to ware, but I hav not told her so. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

He told me he never entered a spike unless driven there by hunger, sleeping under hedges and behind ricks in preference. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Andrew Lang He told Wali Dad that he had not slept all night, and by the first streak of daylight had started to seek out his friend. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot But I suppose your father has told you. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Come along, Lena.” The “old cat” was Hannah. I told you she and he were often at daggers drawn. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

She thanked him prettily for his kindness to them in the great trouble they had been in, and she told him frankly that both she and her uncle would be very sorry now if he went out of their lives. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

She had thought of the forest, to which she had been told to run. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

My father has no right to pledge me, even though I told him I liked the girl, and would wish the match. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins A more ill-looking human mongrel I never set eyes on! I took the measure of my man directly, and in two minutes told him exactly what I came for, without softening a single word. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

James Anthony Froude He told her that as the conviction had been recorded they could not set it aside. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have already told him that you are all very much inclined to think the same with him. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Rudyard Kipling Bagheera has slain all the horses in one village, and — what is a King?” “I told thee,” said Kaa softly to the Cobra — “I told thee, four moons ago, that thy city was not. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Anthony Trollope It was all in all to him to do just that which here in our prosaic world in London we have been told that men ought not to attempt. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Varick was already dressed for dinner, and, not for the first time, the doctor told himself what a distinguished-looking man his friend and host was. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

You’ve seen your warnin”, ma’am, and I a’ told you, stark enough, the meanin’ o’t. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling As soon as he was old enough to understand things, Bagheera told him that he must never touch cattle because he had been bought into the Pack at the price of a bull’s life. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

I told him Lensch had had a far longer spell of first-class fightin’ than anybody else and was bound by the law of averages to be downed soon, and he was quite sad about it. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wish you’d told me that you were going, though. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Willa Cather I told him all about how good you were to me last winter, getting me engagements and things, and how you had helped me with my work more than anybody. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

So the twelve of them ride from Woodwick out to Hof. Halldor bade them abide there, and asked their errand; then Thorbiorn told it as clearly as might be. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I told him that I had a shark and a gudgeon in my net; now I am drawing the net and up they come together. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

But his feelings, he told me, had undergone a change at the sight of ce pauvre mort beside the bridge: it had suddenly brought home to him the meaning of war. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Willa Cather She had often told herself that his lean, big-boned lower jaw was like his bull-dog’s, but tonight his face made Caesar’s most savage and determined expression seem an affectation. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

George Eliot He told us as ‘Gospel’ meant ‘good news. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Wilkie Collins Send for him directly — I must, and will speak to him!’ I told her this was impossible; I could not permit his sleep to be disturbed. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether you’d bear it as well, if I told you you’d die a broken-down black-leg, without a friend or a shilling to bless you. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When I told my friends that I was going on this mission to Ireland they shook their heads, but said nothing to dissuade me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Well, it was best to know the worst at once, so he told the landlady he would see Gollipeck downstairs. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

F. Scott Fitzgerald But you said I should have told you about my birthday. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I told you I’ve been in quod myself and I’ve seen plenty of your flash sort. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry James You told me so yourself, a great many times. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

He told his wife that he must go home for a few days; and she prepared his travelling gear, with a sweet dutiful care that seemed to him like the ministration of an angel. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. F. Benson She could not write otherwise, as she had told Mr. Williams before, and she must write in her own way or not at all. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope They told me that I was to be your wife, and I taught myself to be happy in believing them. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Sir Richard Burton I told him all my past from first to last, and he was concerned on my account and said: “O youth, disclose not thy secret to any. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Henry James I’m talking to you of the sea, however, without having told you a word of my voyage. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

George Gissing If she gets a place for a servant-girl, all the world is told of it, and she expects you to revere her saintly benevolence. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

He listened attentively, while Jim told his tale, explained his fears for Helen’s safety, and described the threats the old gentleman had made use of concerning himself. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

He came into this bar one night and started running down the Empire until I told him if he didn’t shut up I’d come over and knock his block off. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Sinclair Lewis He told himself that the profoundest reason why he wished they would forget Caprice was that he was in love with his purified memory of her. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton I told him I should come back with your promise. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Then one terrible day she came and told him, with stricken eyes, what he sometimes hoped, even now, had not been true—that she was about to have a child, and that it would be his child. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Theodore Dreiser The Mears bill now gives them fifty years, and I think all told —” The Five Hundred (in chorus). The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins I told him that Mrs. Gracedieu had called on me, after he and his wife had left the town. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jane Austen He told the whole; and she had only to add, “So strange! for Mrs. Grant never used to ask her. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope Linda told herself, but did not tell him, that she never could be happy again. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

I told him you weren’t in, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

I told you I was a broken reed where criminal procedure is concerned. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Henry Kingsley God help me! And now he has taken some desperate step, and, in fear of my ridicule, has not told me of it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Andrew Lang The following morning, when the dragon had left the mill, the prince came back, and the old woman told him all that the creature had said. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot I told Bertha so when I gave it her, and said that it was an emblem of the poetic nature, changing with the changing light of heaven and of woman’s eyes. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

It was like his impudence! I did not want a waiter, and I told him so; but he mesmerised me, and made me have him!” “Mesmerised you, Mrs. Barnes! You are joking!” “I’m not joking. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Before they would open a book, they had to be told it was one that everybody was reading. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Yes, he told himself, he was in absolute security, even if he had to wait a week for the doctor to become conscious. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Meredith This is my reply: You told me to marry: I obeyed. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Bram Stoker All this have I told these others. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The lane widened, and in a minute he came to the footpath she had told him of, a mere cattle-track which plunged between the bushes. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The steward waited upon me, a trifle nervously I thought, and with an obsequiousness that told me he was anxious to make up to me for the robbery of the night before. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Wilkie Collins I have done everything she told me, except getting the physic. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Henry Handel Richardson Then he told her of the frozen river, with its long, lonely, grey-white reaches. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Alfred Tennyson But such extremes, I told her, well might harm The woman’s cause. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

Of all pitiable tales that poor woman told the most: it would have melted a heart of stone. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

Boche told of a carpenter he had known who had been a drinker of absinthe. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

After making careful inquiries, Feria had come to the conclusion, he told King Philip, that Elizabeth would have no children: “entiendo que ella no terna hijos,” were his words. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli What think you of that? Stanislaus told me all, circumstantially, and after dinner; I do not doubt that it is quite true. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The good Gentleman, though he knew the Case, pretended Ignorance, and bad Jack get out of his Presence, to prevent a good Kicking. Then with Tears in my Eyes, I told him what was done. The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen by Jane Barker

Henry James I told you, when we spoke of Rose after my arrival, that I had not come to watch her. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

As they circled the green in the mild, damp air of the winter night, he told Laura about himself. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had not told anyone that I proposed to come to the Blue John mine, and it was unlikely that a search party would come after me. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Theodore Dreiser I told him I thought you might possibly be interested. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I told you I would have nothing to do with them, and I told the Prince the same. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Leon Trotsky Foma told how Yashka had come into a store in Bobrinetz barefooted, his feet plastered with black mud, and had asked for a box of caps. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Colonel Mayne told me it happens they’ve got two of the star detectives from Scotland Yard at present in Norwich upon another case, and they’re putting them in a day or two on this one, as well. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

The same tale is told of all the wild elephant-hunters in the interior, the Báti the Okáná, the Yefá, and the Sensobá. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Arnold Bennett Mrs Nixon preceded him, carrying the tea-urn, and she told him that his father had sent word into the kitchen that they were not to ‘wait tea’ for him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

M. R. James I told this gentleman of the description of certain carved figures and arms formerly on the stalls, and asked whether any had survived. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

William Makepeace Thackeray Gracious heavens what a history to hear, told by a child looking quite cheerful as he told it, and as if the story was quite a common one. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She told what she had heard, and finally folks began to think they had better enter that house and see if there was anything wrong. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Some items of his past history came out by degrees; it is hard to say how, for he told none himself. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Arthur Machen I told him of my success, and after mentioning the loss of the tablet and the fact that I had a copy of the inscription, I reminded him once more of my promise, and asked him either to write or call. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

George Gissing I told him we should be alone, and I shan’t be able to explain. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

All through that year he was strong and well, and although Benjamin, who liked gloomy tales and prophecies, told her fearsome stories about his fever, there was no sign of its return. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

With copra at the price it is, they ought to be willing to bear their share of the loss; and so I’ve told them again and again. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The captain’s attempt at speech-making has not been reported, nor have I told you what a singular ass I made of myself, and how I nearly broke down when I rose to reply to the toast of our healths. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

He told himself again and again, and with fretful unease, that the most awful thing about it all was that he wasn’t sure. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Meredith My brother Edward is well?’ ‘I had the happiness to be told that I had been of a little service in cheering him. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Men told who was to come with Siegfried to the land. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Robert Louis Stevenson A voice told him this was Flora, after all — told him so quietly, yet with a thrill of singing. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker To these he told a number of strange lies based on some form of perverted truth, but always taking care that those of whom he spoke were already dead. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Theodore Dreiser When you came along and told me you loved me I was hardly able to think just what I ought to do. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence I told you he was at Venice with us. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Gaston Leroux He told her to turn the scorpion at once. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Virginia Woolf Indeed, since freedom and fullness of expression are of the essence of the art, such a lack of tradition, such a scarcity and inadequacy of tools, must have told enormously upon the writing of women. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

He told us he had recently come from abroad and felt the cold terribly. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Your sister-in-law told me when you were married. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

D. H. Lawrence The children, alone with their mother, told her all about the day’s happenings, everything. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins When the doctors told me she had died poisoned — ask Doctor Jerome what I suffered; he can tell you! All through that horrible night I was awake; watching my opportunity until I found my way to her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins Look back into your own life before you came to England. You left Italy, as you have told me yourself, for political reasons. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Indeed, she seemed hardly to take in all that was being told her. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

She’s told me more than once that I’m not interesting enough for her to fall in love with. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Rudyard Kipling I told him what befell, and what I thought of it. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

I told him (what was the truth) that the successful boys had none of the education; so that if he wished me to learn, he should rejoice at my misfortune. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

When she had told me her story, and her intention of leaving the castle immediately, I begged her to remain until the next day. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Major Layne told his wife confidentially that Allan McAlpin was prouder of that baby than any dog with two tails. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She scarcely dared speak to their smart young footman who she knew had only taken the place in the slice of a house because he had been told that it might be an opening to better things. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Meredith His determination was to write to his uncle, swallowing bitter pride, and to live a pensioner, if only Cornelia came to her tryst, “the last he would ask of her,” as he told her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Ivan Turgenev Madame Odintsov stood still, told the maid she could go, and sat down again deep in thought. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling Roll and plunge! Get to the water!” Bagheera heard, and the cry that told him Mowgli was safe gave him new courage. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Perhaps, I told myself, I may learn something there. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

But a story is told of a white long-boat picked up a month later in the Indian Ocean by a cargo steamer. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Wilkie Collins I told her that she was completely mistaken. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Rosette in a few words told Théodore what had happened. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Anthony Trollope There will be a commission to inquire into you if you do not mind yourself, and then you will remember what I told you. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

On hearing that last piece of news I had a consultation with my wife, told her of Nikola’s warning, and asked her advice. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

They told how after every skirmish, after every raid, after every successful action, he would ride up to her and look into her face. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle His flushed face and glazed, bloodshot eyes told of sleeplessness and drink. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Wilkie Collins When my poor dear husband died, and left all to me, Catherick’s letter was put in my possession with the other things, and I told her to let me know if she was ever in want. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Mark Twain So I went to him that night and told him pap was here again, for I found his tracks in the snow. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I haven’t told Mother, but he’s my second cousin, so I suppose she won’t make a fuss. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

George Gissing Having observed her for a moment, Jasper threw himself back in the chair and said, as if casually: ‘I am told that Mr Dolomore is becoming a great friend of yours. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

That gap hight the Gates of Zimiamvia. It, and the Koshtra glacier that runneth up to it, lieth under the weird I told thee of. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, the Emperor told Henry V. that no Christian king had such another knight for wisdom, nurture, and manhood, and caused him to be named, “Father of curtesie. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

John Lewis Burckhard They told us that in coming here, they had found five Bedouins sitting near the well, who retired when they approached it, and who were probably the men we saw. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ve told Sally already, that if she does not mind her work, but stands gossiping with Nelly Mather, I’ll teach her her lessons; and I’ve never caught her with old Nelly since. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

George Meredith She told him not to think it necessary to pay her compliments. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman So she told me more and more of her beautiful land; and I told her as much, yes, more than I wanted to, about mine; and we became inseparable. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Andrew Lang She came downstairs, and in the hall told her governess and children of the dream, before family prayers. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

I told him what a pig this clergyman was, and how he pricked all the eggs he sold so that they were useless for hatching, and he said he ought to be shot. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

My department is in disgrace and any day now I may be told to stand down. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Virginia Woolf But she died before that happened —” We told her to keep to the point. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

M. P. Shiel In view of which odd disease of the door-catch, when Cobby told of the bargain with the man whose mouth was sore, Rolls’ countenance fell. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Louisa May Alcott He was delighted, inquired who lived in this old castle, and was told that several captive princesses were kept there by a spell, and spun all day to lay up money to buy their liberty. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

G. K. Chesterton He never had but one thoroughly good plot to tell; and that he has only told in heaven. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I am told that this disappoints most new-comers. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

But this time —” “You want me to step down and out,” said Lorne. “That’s for you to say,” Bingham told him. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Arthur Machen He met Perry coming from Charringworth, and was told by him that his father was not there. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

I told myself to buck up, for my star was shining all right now, and I had only to go boldly ahead and there would be no more looking back. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

It was too late to say anything when you told me. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

But, Mr. Stanhope, you haven’t told us — are they Dryads?” “Actually,” Stanhope answered, “as I told you, it’s more an experiment than anything else. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George Gissing He told me that he had been a publican, but had fallen on ill-luck, and had now nothing but the workhouse before him unless I could afford him help of some kind. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells You won’t tell my mother, Miss, I told you anything about Fanny? It kind of slipped out like. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Walter Scott Nay, I am sure that had I told you what was said about that room, those very reports would have induced you, by your own choice, to select it for your accommodation. The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott [1828]

Walter Scott True Thomas told me this in a troublesome time, In a harvest morning at Eldoun hills. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

I told you about him, Dick. He’s a great botanist, and there is something very rare here, which he wanted to show to his friend. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Henry Handel Richardson But Louise”— he hesitated, half contrite in advance, for what he was going to say —“it might have been better if you hadn’t told me—everything, I mean. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing And I told her as much, plainly. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Radclyffe Hall Then he told them the history of the trouble at full length, going into details with the confidence displayed by most children and lonely people. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Miles Franklin Someone told me you are a terrible flirt. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Andrew Lang And he told her that a stranger was to marry the king’s dochter, and showed her the man: and it was Nicht Nought Nothing asleep in a chair. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

I am told he is a most worthy young man, and I am certain myself of his genius and erudition. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

With a feeling of almost morbid terror she told herself that Nature, all Nature, is hideously cruel to the unprotected, the helpless, and the weak. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

She told him to take her to the shore. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry Handel Richardson He could bear anything, he told her, but to see her unhappy. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Poor boy! after I told him that his father was safe, his first words were: ‘And Marie-Anne?’ He loves her more devotedly than ever. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

She told me that she had heard from Mr. Jenning’s niece, Martha, in Shropshire. There was nothing to be gathered from her letter, more than that he was low and nervous. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anne Bronte I had got Tom pinned up in a corner, whence, I told him, he should not escape till he had done his appointed task. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

George Gissing He told in simple terms the position of his family, and, without a word of justifying reminiscence, asked his schoolfellow to help them if he could. Humplebee by George Gissing

I told him of the business of the evening, and a smile relaxed the contracted muscles. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

James Joyce No social revolution, he told her, would be likely to strike Dublin for some centuries. Dubliners by James Joyce

I spent all the afternoon with Monsieur Maurice. He divided his luncheon with me; he gave me a French lesson, he told me stories. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Henry James Something told me to keep back my first letter — in which, under the first impression, I myself rashly ‘raved’; and I concocted instead of it an insincere and guarded report. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

I wrote and told him that; told him that the three people who knew everything would hold their tongues, but that they reserved the right to speak if he ever showed any sign of running crooked. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope He had hitherto inveighed against Antony; now his anger is addressed to the Senate. “Lucius Cæsar,” he said, “has told us that he is Antony’s uncle, and must vote as such. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing I should have told you that we were living recklessly, and that I had determined to alter it. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Would to heaven we had lost her! “She told my poor child a story to account for her having failed to recover us for so long. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He is a Jew from Portugal; he has betrayed many a man, and will many another, unless he gets his own neck stretched, which might happen, if I told all I know. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Henry Fielding As soon as he entered the room he told Joseph “He was come to pray by him, and to prepare him for another world: in the first place, therefore, he hoped he had repented of all his sins. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Rudyard Kipling He was very thin and showed nearly as many ribs as his basket; and he told me a long story about fever and a lawsuit, and an iron cauldron that had been seized by the court in execution of a decree. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Ivan Turgenev I told him I was living with my mother. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

When he had gone I told Mrs. Carruth that he seemed to remind me of some one I had known. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Gertrude Stein Susie Asado. Susie Asado which is a told tray sure. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Twelve months’ rest for him? The doctor had told him one thing — that had he taken rest in time, a very, very much shorter period would have sufficed. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

He came in again towards evening, and this was what he told me: “I have seen Sweetwater, and was more fortunate in my interview than I expected. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Hobson told his men that he had wished once more before the winter to see if there were any signs of the approach of Captain Craventy’s convoy, and that his expedition had been fruitless. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He had felt sorry for her because other people snubbed her, and she for him because she had been told exaggerated stories about his love affair. Cupid and Psyche by Guy Boothby

The wretch had told my poor wife, and showed her the certificate, and so left her half mad. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang But his mother told him that it was an unhappy man who had lost everything, and had come all this way to consult him, and bade the young man not to be afraid, but to come forward and show himself. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But perhaps that’s the style on the Hill.” Mrs. Lapham told her husband of the arrival of the paper, treating the fact with an importance that he refused to see in it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. Rider Haggard Perhaps it was my mother’s mother who told me; surely her name was Gagool also. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

I was simply told that an arrest was imminent. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Now haven’t I?” “You’ve told me to diet,” said the banker lamely. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Gissing He told of Lady Ogram, of the political situation at Hollingford, of editor Breakspeare, of the cantankerous Robb, and to all this Lord Dymchurch willingly lent ear. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing From an hour’s agitated thought, the following lines resulted: ‘My brother has told me of a conversation he held with you this morning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Channing told me on the ‘phone that he’d been with Sir John Dyce–Brown for five years, until the baronet died. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]