Phrases with "told"

Andrew Lang Then the genius told his mother that she was quite wrong, and his deliverer was certainly a man. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson He was seventy-six, he told me; and nobody would give a day’s work to a man that age: they would think he couldn’t do it. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Now, she was so exceedingly beautiful that Athelwold fell in love with her himself, and married her; but he told the King that she was only rich — not handsome. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Abraham Merri I called —“Naral!” “Dead, Dwayanu. I told you there had been fighting. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins My life might be in danger if the blacks knew what I have now told you, in the interests of truth. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope And ambition is a great vice — as Mark Antony told us a long time ago — a reference to his own advancement, and not to the advancement of others. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly Then she screeches out the story of the men in the tea-cases and tells about the poisoned wine, and the guests applaud her brave act, and she is told to ask for any favor she wishes. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

He was very nice and friendly and told me he would sure be coming to my wedding. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes looked even thinner and keener than of old, but there was a dead-white tinge in his aquiline face which told me that his life recently had not been a healthy one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry James Many of the stories told about him were false; but there was no doubt his moustache, his native ease and his native accent were the best of their kind. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Walter Besant And next he told me he was already thinking of his defence, and that he was careful not to say aught that might implicate my brother any deeper in the business. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Ralph Waldo Emerson When Thor and his companions arrive at Utgard, he is told that “nobody is permitted to remain here, unless he understand some art, and excel in it all other men. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Andrew Lang He told his son the secret of the cave, which his son handed down in his turn, so the children and grandchildren of Ali Baba were rich to the end of their lives. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mr. Knightley told us some out-and-out good yarns, and Hulbert and Wall swore that if they’d known he was such a good sort they’d never have thought of sticking up the place. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Jules Verne This story was told in a few words to the Grand Duke, and Michael repeated also — and with what emotion! — the part Nadia had taken in these events. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

D.H. Lawrence I told him in Munich. And how much had they cost? I told him twenty-eight marks. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli The King ought to be told what is going on. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Ford Madox Ford And let the country go to hell, you’ll never stir a finger except to say I told you so. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Leslie Stephen Then he told how his time had been passed. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Eliot What had Harold told her — what had passed between them? Harold was fond of this young creature, who had been always sweet and reverential to her. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anthony Trollope If people have told lies I have not seen them or heard them. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith I told him, if he would like to know why I behaved in “that unmaidenly way,” he had better apply at home. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith I told them how Janet had taken him for months. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

My horse dropped under me twice; but I reached them at last, and I went at once to the General. He guessed at a glance how things were, and I told him to give me my Spahis and let me go. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Andrew Lang And then he told her his own history. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan I do not regret, and I never shall, that I told you of my affection. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

He told me to push the box nearer him, and ordered Edouard Vicentevitch to open it. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Robert Louis Stevenson Leon did not wait to be told twice. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle We must thank him, Clara, for having told us about it and for having called. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Hand-in-hand with Almah I stood and pointed out the constellations as we marked them while she told me of the different divisions known among the Kosekin as well as her own people. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

I told you yesterday, and I tell you again today, I had nothing to do with the killing and robbing of that man. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith Subsequently, he told his host and hostess that he had two sisters above his own age, and three brothers and two sisters younger than he: “All hungry!” said die boy. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

John Galsworthy They wanted to come up, but I’ve told them not to. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

As soon as he had read the letter the author told himself that he had been certain all along that his book would be accepted. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Lady Mardykes told her that she need not wait. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Virginia Woolf Seating herself “for ten minutes,” she said: “By the way, Mr. Denham told me he was going to give up the Bar and live in the country. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He told the man to drive slowly toward the station, and walked on by the side of the tarred fence surrounding Mr. Talboys’ grounds. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sir Walter Scott Lord Glenvarloch told his story as we have given it to the reader. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

He told me he did not know how scared he had been, not generally but of that very thing his imagination had conjured, till it was all over. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James I told Catherine yesterday that I disapproved of her engagement. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Franklin, who was there too, told me that she hid her face on the captain’s breast and then he went out and left them there. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne Nadia Fedor then asked, and easily obtained from the Russian government, an authorization to join her father at Irkutsk. She wrote and told him she was starting. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But even now I have not told you all. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Instead of denouncing them, he told them half in joke, half in earnest, that he might be joining their band himself before the winter was over. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Ivan Turgenev He told me that he never gave advice to anyone and that I had better do as I thought best. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

And now she was deadgone out on the flood to the sea; and he had never told her that he had been sorry for the stab, and never could tell her now. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope She did think that her father was making an ass of himself, but she did not like to be told of it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson And he told me, if I ran across you to ask you to hurry home. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

With secret joy Gordon told her that they hadn’t got it. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard I told Good that I thought that that was her plan, and his face was a sight to see — he was so horrified at the idea. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope This tale Tony had communicated in a whisper to his wife, and she had afterwards told the girls. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Arthur Machen I told her she was no better than a weather-cock. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

She told me that I should not be many hours in this town, which she described minutely, before you would be made known to me. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

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]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Singular stories were told all round the country, and even in Birmingham itself, of the extraordinary luxury and the absolute disregard for money which marked all these arrangements. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins I told the waiter to book me a place in which coach he pleased. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope Your Aunt Letty told me that she had spent most of her time in prayer since she heard it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde Crudely as it had been told to him, it had yet stirred him by its suggestion of a strange, almost modern romance. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins What is the next thing? The floor?” “I think, Rosamond, my feet have told me already what the floor is like?” “They may have told you that it is bare, dear; but I can tell you more than that. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I told him — MAURY: Here he comes. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Rudyard Kipling A man hates to be told by his friends that he has been guilty of shirking. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Behind, intermittent shots and outcries told of the sack in progress. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

For by my faith I wolde, for myn hood, Be told that they were silver fyn and good, And that at once provèd shal it be. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Theodore Dreiser Mr. Stires told him the first thing the next morning. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I’ve told him so,” and Ted thrust the letter into his pocket and hurried away. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Rafael Sabatini He told them that persisting in his intention of paying them in steel, he would await them for seven days in Fürstenberg, where the ægis of their obscene prince would no longer shield them. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Isabella Bird As we were rowing to shore, the captain told us that our worst difficulty was yet to come — an insuperable one, he added, to corpulent persons. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

He told this difficulty to his wife, as it was his habit to tell her all his difficulties; and he found her, as usual, able to give him assistance. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I told her she should hear from me soon, and I left it to her to consider if, knowing all she did, she would ever care enough to link her life with mine. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Learning what Larose had come about, the chemist told him he couldn’t wait a moment, but directed him to the late Miss Brown’s house where her niece, Mrs. Benson, was now living. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Caroline Lamb Unused to disguise my sentiments, I did not attempt even to conceal them from him; and when he told me I was dear, I too soon shewed him, how much more so he was to me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Charles Dickens He told his physicians on the twenty-fourth of August that the Lord had assured him that he was not to die in that illness, and that he would certainly get better. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

The story she told was pitiful. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope I cannot stand Loughlinter. I told Laura so fairly. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Have you had this combustible spirit-lamp long?” I told him. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

He told her of his home, of his childhood, of his prolific and wonderful parent, who had twelve mighty sons. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

You drove me as far as your road lay, told me that after I got out of the cross-lanes my way would be a straight one, and I left you with hearty thanks—which I repeat now. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

He fancied he told her so twenty times a day; but he never did, for he was not of many words, even to his wife. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Anthony Trollope His father had told him, when they were last parting from each other, that he was nothing but a trouble. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Mario told me of a hotel in which he had been, where a chambermaid stole a priceless diamond ring from an American lady. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

I told her at tea-time she had better go in early and shut her stateroom door, because if any of the Dagos chanced to come aboard, I couldn’t be responsible for the language of my crowd. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope The learned gentleman had the good taste not to come in, and so the servant told them that Mr. Gitemthruet was there. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon At the time he told me nothing of his amatory life. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

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

Montezuma received them with cold civility, and, turning to the general, told him that all his predictions had come to pass. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

John Lewis Burckhard They told me that they had obtained a. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

What do you make your total?” He told me. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I told her it was all a mistake and you weren’t to blame, but she just simply didn’t believe me. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Miles Franklin Derek took me aside at the end of dinner and said that he had taken up my case with Big Ears. “He must be given a penny and told to take his hurdy-gurdy to some other corner. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Oscar Wilde She has not merely art, consummate art-instinct, in her, but she has personality also; and you have often told me that it is personalities, not principles, that move the age. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Willa Cather When I told her her customers ought to make it up to her, she was very haughty and said she wasn’t that kind of a sewing-woman; that she gave her ladies good measure for their money. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Who had broken faith and told Sir Lyon what had happened? He supposed it to have been Miss Burnaby. “Though I was present,” he said at last, “I, myself, saw absolutely nothing. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

She told tremendously against her background. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The doctor very rarely saw him and sometimes, he told me, months passed without their exchanging a word. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Willa Cather After questioning me for about half an hour, he told me that his business was with living Indians, not dead ones, and that his office should have informed me of that in the beginning. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Then I told him how they would find Dr. Archer in the cellar with his throat open, and I laughed in his face when I thought of Vance and his knife, and the order signed by me. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

In a few minutes the mate came forward, and in a low tone, which was almost a whisper, told us to haul down the jib. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

At first, as you have read, she never said a word about Baxter’s disappearance to anyone, and for a few days everybody was told he was away on business. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Victor Hugo He told them, he shouted to them, that he was Man. He was not a phantom. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith The Royal family of England might see objections to that, I told her. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Gustave Flauber At first they told of the good treatment which they had received from the Suffet; the Barbarians listened to them with jealousy although they despised them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Jack London He told us much, though he told us more of the joy he had experienced in doing the Master’s bidding. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson I told him I had winged one, and thought it was the captain. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anna Katherine Green Even his tone partook of the change as he dryly remarked: “What you have told me concerning your daughter and my son is very interesting. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Scores of little things she gleaned together and told her. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

I told of my discovery as I lay in the woodman’s cottage. Greenmantle by John Buchan

And I should have lost her if I’d told her the truth. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell Medlicott told me she noticed a preternatural sensitiveness of ear in Madame de Crequy, induced by the habit of listening silently for the slightest unusual sound in the house. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

George Gissing Will told of his meeting with Miss Elvan. “Yes, yes; she’s off to London town—wants to live there, like all the rest of the young people. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

The conclusion must be told in Peter’s words. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Theodore Dreiser Something told him he would do well. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Before the battle of Salinas, it had been told to Hernando Pizarro that Almagro was like to die. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He was agreeably surprised when George Sheldon told him he would manage that “little matter; only the bill must be for forty. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Their journey rued him sore; he weened that Rudeger wist it, and had told them the tale. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Jane Austen Of his former way of life nothing had been known in Hertfordshire but what he told himself. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Henry James He told me that, and I knew it. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

They told me of the holy season and its sacrifices. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

George Borrow As for what you have told me, I understand little of it, and believe not a word of it; but in respect to the books which you have shown me, I will take three or four. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope But his love was, as she had told him, boisterous. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Mrs. Tubbs thought she’d come ‘ome, but this mornin’ her box was sent for, an’ it was to be took to a house in Islington. An’ then Mrs. Tubbs came an’ told me. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Gissing You know, by-the-bye, that my relatives consider me a blackguard?’ ‘That affair you told me about some years ago?’ ‘Chiefly that. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry James He had had long periods of leisure during the day, when I had left the boat and rambled, so that I was not obliged to consider him, and I told him that that day, for a change, I would touch no meat. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells History told of their conquests, triumphs, glories, heroisms, of heart-stirring tragedies and lovely sacrifices. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Andrew Lang One day they all three told their mother they meant to get married. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I finished ordering the lunch, told the man I should be back in ten minutes, and went out exasperated. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton He reflected with a throb of pride that Lily could trim her own hats — she had told him so the day of their walk at Bellomont. He did not speak of Lily till after dinner. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

But she philosophically told herself that no amount of money, even had Bill Donnington never existed, could have made Bubbles even tolerably happy tied to such a man. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Wilkie Collins I was not here when she came, but was told she asked for Turner, in a very agitated manner. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Kate Chopin He told of that autumn day drawing to its close, with the gold and the red fading out of the west, and the night gathering its shadows to cover the faces of the dead. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins After he had dropped it in and had closed the bag, he asked me where I had left Madame Fosco. I told him, and he went out at the hall door immediately to join his wife. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Still, in any case, after what you had told me, I was going to put the police on to those Germans, as I knew they must all be escapees from some prisoner-of-war camp of ours. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Gertrude Stein We told the french consul and he told us and it was awful. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. F. Benson Of course the explanation came now, and Lucia told the two men the contents of Mrs Quantock’s letter. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Thomas Hardy She thought and thought of that single fact which had been told her — that the first Mrs. Manston was still living — till her brain seemed ready to burst its confinement with excess of throbbing. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

And there was no likelihood, either, he told himself, that Larose or anyone else could bring home the kidnapping of the professors to him. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

William Makepeace Thackeray I told him frankly that I was a young gentleman in difficulties; that I had killed an officer in a duel, and was anxious to get out of the country. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

H. Rider Haggard How did he die?” “Who told you he was dead?” “No one, I knew it; I told him he would die last night, and I felt him die this morning. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

She told me, that that same evening William had teased her to let him wear a very valuable miniature that she possessed of your mother. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Tobias Smolle The inn-keeper immediately entered, pale and staring, and when I demanded his bill, he told me, with a profound reverence that he should be satisfied with whatever I myself thought proper to give. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Lady Deignton told me herself that I was to come this way. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Jane Austen I really think Charles might as well have told his father we would all come. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Andrew Lang A husband was found for me, and on my wedding-day my mother placed her crown on my head and told me that as long as I wore it I should likewise be queen. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I told him that I had met a man who knew all about Peak. — Impossible, you see, for me to keep silence with so intimate a friend. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I told her of certain criminal types of women — perverts, or crazy, who had been known to commit infanticide. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Why, she came to me on the following day and told me that he was found; that I was to let Stephen Callender and the White House alone. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I was much surprised by what she told me today — that there was no settlement made on her at her marriage. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope I am told that your husband has them in his safe custody. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

William Hope Hodgson And I told her how that the Four–Armed Man was surely dead and could harm her no more; and she then to weep, because that she had been put to such shock and horror, and held by so brutish a thing. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

H.P. Lovecraf My friend had told me of him, and of the impelling fascination and allurement of his revelations, and I burned with eagerness to explore his uttermost mysteries. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Edith Wharton She told me privately he was often like that — flaring out all of a sudden like a madman. The Spark by Edith Wharton

George Meredith It need scarcely be told that his wife, fortified by the fervid brewer, defeated him utterly. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Then, when she went off at eight o’clock, arm-in-arm with the hatter, Gervaise told mother Coupeau and Nana to go to bed at once. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope It was very unpleasant to him, and he knew that his doing so would be painful to her; but he told himself that it would be best for them both that he should persevere. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She loved the man, and had told him so; and were he gipsy as well as Jew, it would be required of her that she should go out with him into the wilderness. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser When no one ventured, Hand, who was hoping this would prove a ripping blow to Cowperwood, remarked, viciously: “He might as well be told — if we can reach him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I told myself I was deluded, that my imagination, preternaturally alert, was playing me a trick. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

She told me of her astonishment on seeing me in that remote spot. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Perhaps, after all, he was mistaken, he told himself, and therefore, as a just man, surely it was his clear duty to ascertain at once if it were really so. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Wilkie Collins He told me plainly that it was his interest to let my husband and all my neighbours believe the falsehood — because, as long as they did so they were quite certain never to suspect the truth. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I hardened my heart, and answered: “You might have told him, for one thing, that they were not dancing because they had not paid the piper. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

John Locke For what am I the better informed in the nature of extension, when I am told that extension is to have parts that are extended, exterior to parts that are extended, i. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

What would happen? That was what tortured the little beating heart of Signa, as he ran out into the lovely cold darkness of the dawn, as the chimes of the clocks told four in the morning. Signa by Ouida

Theodore Dreiser Some prisoner, who was permitted to read the paper, told him so. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Gustave Flauber Her husband, dressed like a sailor, had come back from a long voyage, and with tears in his eyes told her that he had received the order to take Virginia away. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

F. Scott Fitzgerald People told her constantly that she was a “vampire,” and she believed them. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Thou canst not even skin him properly, little beggar brat, and forsooth I, Buldeo, must be told not to singe his whiskers. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A sudden presentiment told him what was coming. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing Of course she must have told her friend, and whether Miss Cross will ever come to the shop again, I don’t know. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Thomas Hardy Of course, if they had married at that time in a proper manner, I should have told you at once. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Frances Hodgson Burnett And then she told him about the robin and Ben Weatherstaff, and there was so much to tell about the robin and it was so easy and safe to talk about it that she ceased to feel afraid. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Virginia Woolf You did that very well, Delia told him as he passed her. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Willa Cather When I sounded him, he told me he could easily afford it. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope And I told him that I would pay nothing. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry James It told me visibly that from the moment she must talk she could talk only with its aid. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Rudyard Kipling The way he told his tale was this. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Walter Besant I told you at the time that noyeau punch is a very dangerous thing. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Sinclair Lewis But from what they’ve told me, he wasn’t so wild. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy She told him that, to her painful surprise, she had learnt that his engagement to another woman was a matter of notoriety. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

On inquiring next morning after the child, she was told by Captain Byron that he had had quite enough of his young visitor. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle His boots, too, might be told from their traces. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Sinclair Lewis And quite easily he told of what the Senator accounted his uncivilized farm boyhood, his life in a state university. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis She went on: “Mrs. Arty told me you had a real big librarynearly a hundred books and — Do you mind? I went in your room and peeked at them. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing She stood looking at me for some time, and then told me to come in. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Nothing could be seen at this hour of the detail of the mass; only a chink of light here and there and the recurrent fanlights of the doors told of human habitation. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Marjorie Bowen Monsieur told me to do so even now. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Charles Dickens Ah! He told me some things that would startle you a bit, did that friend of mine, on the morning when he died. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jack London Now it happened that Leach was one of the sailors told off to douse Mugridge after his game of cards with the captain. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry James When they reached the house in the Cours la Reine Mr. Probert said: “I think you told me you’re dining out. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Enid’s female perceptions told her of a well-run, well-appointed establishment, with a capable direction at the head. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

I have been told positively in this very room less than a month ago that nothing of the sort was even possible. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

She told me she felt quite well once more before we started. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy If the fellow could build houses, what did his clothes matter? “I told you,” he said, “that I want this house to be a surprise, so don’t say anything about it. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

She seemed dazed, and when I told her to lie down on the sofa she obeyed me without a word. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

The greater part of the population turned out to witness it, and the story of the encounter is told to this day. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Henry James I only wanted to be clear as to whether you have repeated to her what I told you the other night. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell But the change to frost has told upon her; she suffers more of late. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

A. E. W. Mason He told the rest of his story. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Willa Cather His thoughts, he told himself, were his own. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Willa Cather They told me a good many things I wanted to know, and kept me dangling about the office. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope I told him what I told you to-day on the road, but it had no effect on him. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]