Phrases with "took"

Wilkie Collins We took the young woman and the baby with us to the circus at once. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Washington Irving Our illustrious president was in inimitable glee; and poor Goldsmith that day took all his raillery as patiently and complacently as my friend Boswell would have done any day or every day of his life. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

I took it back to the position, where it was unsentimentally torn up for cleaning-rags. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

We not only raised all the money the church needs, and to spare, but I took a personal shine to you, and went out of my way to fix up things for you. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

He had said: “In the time of the Emperor Alexander Pavlovich of blessed memory the nobles took up the study of ‘black books’ and freemasonry. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy He took his young friend’s arm, and led him away from the light. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Then he took to breeding silk-worms, which he WOULD bring in two or three times a day, in little paper boxes, to show the old lady, generally dropping a worm or two at every visit. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Kate Chopin The quadroon sat for hours before Edna’s palette, patient as a savage, while the house-maid took charge of the children, and the drawing-room went undusted. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

D. H. Lawrence He took the uncertain steps of a blind man, because his mind was blind with weeping. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang They took their bows out of the little hut where their toys were kept, and began to see which could shoot the highest. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson After that it took only a moment’s further scrutiny for the Princess to discover that Elizabeth was going to be happy too. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Edmund Burke When George the Second took Mr. Pitt, who certainly was not agreeable to him, into his councils, he did nothing which could humble a wise sovereign. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Edith Wharton Delane, with his amazing simplicity, took all this for granted; the effect of her return was to make him feel he had somehow been in the wrong, and he was ready to bask in her forgiveness. The Spark by Edith Wharton

When she was naked he took her in his arms again, and, with one hand free, turned down the bed, and laid her in it, smoothing the pillows for her head. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Rudyard Kipling It took a full day in those days, if you went to a proper barber. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I did the North Ward — took me over’n hour. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope He ate a very good dinner and took his wine with a full appreciation of its merits. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence I took her hand and examined the wound. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence At length Leslie said softly, mistakenly: “Come along, dear”— and he took her arm. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser He was never a personal factor in the affairs of The United Carriage Company, preferring to be represented by counsel — Mr. Dwight L. Watson, but he took a keen interest in its affairs. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli I took the greatest pains with him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Miles Franklin Grandma took a hand presently. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

There were three counters, and the first time I went to the kitchen I took my tray unknowingly to the wrong one. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Oliver Goldsmith Instead of that he took every opportunity of privately admonishing me against the artifices of Mr Thornhill, who I now find was even worse than he represented him. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

D. H. Lawrence Well, he told her he’d die rather than ever live with her again, so he took his things and went straight to his mother’s on Tevershall hill. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Marie Corelli In this case vengeance was forestalled — for the sinner, repenting in time, took his vengeance on himself. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Rudyard Kipling The saddle-coloured soldiery were firing as the mood took them, and the man in the litter waved a shining sword. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Guy de Maupassan Every one was eagerly looking out for an inn by the roadside, when, suddenly, the coach foundered in a snowdrift, and it took two hours to extricate it. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Marie Corelli Varillo gazed at him affrightedly, and pointed to Ambrosio. The monk said nothing, but merely took the rigid figure by its arm and shook it violently. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Gissing He took the packet of letters from the table. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Th’ Arcadians thought him Jove; and said they saw The mighty Thund’rer with majestic awe, Who took his shield, and dealt his bolts around, And scatter’d tempests on the teeming ground. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Meredith Lord Fleetwood took Woodseer’s arm. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle So Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away somewhere where no one could find them. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rafael Sabatini He took the night into his confidence. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

She took a little cottage on the New Town road, and Rex was assigned to her as her servant. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

We took to our horses again, and went southward towards the very plain between Troy and the tents of the Greeks, but we rode by a line at some distance from the shore. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

That took the charm out of the landscape somehow, and I coiled up, as the Yankees say. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

This done and a rude supper eaten, he took up his auger. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

She took a house at Eton when my brother and I were at school there, and superintended our home studies herself; and from that time to this she has watched my career with unchanging care. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Washington Irving On my going, the counselor offered me his purse, with a horse and servant to convey me home; but the latter I declined, and only took a guinea to bear my necessary expenses on the road. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Katherine smiled at the child’s chubby, earnest face, and Browne took this as a sign that the ice was breaking, though not so quickly as he could have wished. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

He had taken premises a little distance away, and in the lunch-hour he took Gordon to see them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jane Austen Elizabeth received her congratulations amongst the rest, and then, sick of this folly, took refuge in her own room, that she might think with freedom. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Carrie took my arm and we walked round the rooms two or three times and watched the people dancing. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

The most reassuring symptom I noticed was a kind of slow and ponderous hesitation, which I took as a tribute to the evident sincerity of my manner and of my tone. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arnold Bennett She naturally had no sympathy from Charles, who now took small interest even in his own business, or what was left of it, and who was coldly disgusted at the ultimate cost of his marriage. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope Then Mr Kennedy’s post-bag was taken from him; the letters which he wrote were not sent — and he took to his bed. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant Thereupon M. Anserre took pity on him, and turning towards his wife, said: “My dear, you might have the goodness not to disturb us. The Cake (Le Gâteau) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

They took their places in a carriage, the gentleman bundling in his rugs and travelling-bags and despatch boxes with very little ceremony; but this time they were not alone. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then, still rigidly silent, they each took up their hats and went every one his own way. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

She took a liking to him because he was clumsy and shy and inexpressive; she embarked upon the dangerous interest of helping him to find his soul. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Andrew Lang She took it, and dashed it straight at the horrible head, and the monster started, and with a groan that people took for the rumblings of an earthquake, he turned over and died. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

M. P. Shiel Forty more steps I took (slide I could not now for the meteorites)—perhaps sixty—perhaps eighty: and now, to my sudden horror, I stood by a circular clean-cut lake. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Meredith Nor was it sufficient for him to be sensible of her influence, to restrain the impetus he took from her. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Elizabeth Gaskell This I did in about an hour; the weather was so oppressive, I remember, that I took off my coat as I walked, and hung it over my arm. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I left him, therefore, and limped forward along the track until it took an abrupt turn around a shoulder of the mountain. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry James This was a weekly periodical, which had been supposed to be almost past redemption when he took hold of it. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle Captain Johnson took from his pocket a blue paper, which crackled as he unfolded it. The “slapping Sal” by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Meredith Can it be so? It is not money or estates we took at all, dearest! And these excellent young curates—I almost wish it was Protestant to speak a word behind a board to them and imbibe comfort. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing At five years old she had begun to go to school; Mrs. Ledward’s daughter, a girl of seventeen, took her backwards and forwards every day. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

But the girl took no account of that, for she knew he was unhappy and separated from his wife. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Abraham Merri Sometimes, in fair weather, maids of Sharane took their place at the rudder bars. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Meredith And then they took to religion for comfort. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

And I took it to him, gentlemen, thinking what luck I was in, and how safe it were. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

So he took out a small microscope of 160 feet in diameter and put it up to his eye; and Micromegas took up one of 2,005 feet in diameter. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

He took the burning hand in his, and held it while he talked to her. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy She took him to his room, and left him there. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling Why, Mucky ‘Arcourt, one o’ our boys, was that took in he give tongue like a beagle-pup, an’ was properly kicked down the ladder for so doin’. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Dorothy took a thorn of the wild rose, and pricked her arm three times, to remind herself of the Three Persons of the Trinity, before climbing over the gate and remounting her bicycle. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Alexis took charge of the eight survivors, and arranged to pay their passage to one of the British Dominions and to give them a start in a new life. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

If I took service with her, it would be with my eyes open; I should have to be prepared for squalls. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

John Lewis Burckhard Much as this gentleman’s acquaintance had been of service to me on that occasion, a good deal took place now to detract from it. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Abraham Merri She took the strand of sapphires from her hair, she unbraided her coronal and shook loose its russet-gold. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim I came again half an hour ago, and, as there was still no one here, I took the liberty of entering. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman It took all her resolution to enter the room, but nothing unusual happened while she was there. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

He had his arm round her waist and every now and then he stooped and took a loud kiss. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Dorothy took the shears, slit the breastplate up one side, set it on end to dry and started immediately on another child. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence I took her with my arm, my hand over her mouth. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

He took a firmer hold of his cousin’s hand, and seemed to gain courage from the comfortable touch, for his thin voice changed from complaint to command. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Charles Dickens The noise not leavin off, I laid down my pipe, and I took up a candle, and I went down and opened the door. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He discarded his golf clothes, took a shower, put on an old smoking suit and threw himself upon the bed. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle When we had feasted our eyes we took them all out and made a list of them. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

On the seventh morning the host and his warriors rode forth from Bechelaren. Weapons and clothes a plenty they took with them through the Bavarian land. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Sinclair Lewis Then she wrapped up the brooch, put the silver paper in her purse, put the purse in the bag, loudly clicked the bag shut, loudly clicked it open again, took out the purse, took out the silver paper . World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

I told my father so; but he took the matter lightly enough at first, saying it was no business of ours, and that Mrs. Holbrook was just as well able to take care of herself as any one else. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rudyard Kipling Yale took to himself a glass of the old brandy, three cheroots, and his friend, Martyn; and they all left the Mess together. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

When the House was shut up that became impossible, but this year she took such a craving to come back, that Lady Morewood asked me to arrange it. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope Of course she took the money, but she took it with inward groans. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And I was in it! I took my line straight away. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

We always enjoyed going to see her when we were children, for she took great pains to please us and to give us nice things to eat. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Virginia Woolf Whatever he took up he did in the same matter-of-fact sensible way; without a touch of imagination, without a spark of brilliancy, but with the inexplicable niceness of his type. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

D. H. Lawrence I gave him a knife and he took it for himself, in the pantry. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Finally Madame Bijard took the laundry away a bundle at a time, her face splotched with purple and her tall form bent under the weight. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Willa Cather Mrs. Templeton took them to a table which Vickie and the twins had just selected as being especially private — they liked to do things together. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

The good people among whom he had begun his ministry took kindly credit to themselves that he had met his bride while she was “visiting round” their countryside. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Galsworthy The fellow must have the circulation of an ox, or the gift of Baron Munchausen. He took up a book. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then he took a long breath and spoke in a hard, menacing voice: “You better get off at Fort Wayne, Jack.” He was dead. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I took advantage of the lull in hostilities to throw a quick glance over the edge toward Dian. She was half-way down the cliff and progressing finely. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

D. H. Lawrence The suave young Russian rose and took Halliday by the arm, leading him away. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

She said at once that she knew Jane took charge of the jewels, and expected everybody in the house knew it. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

D. H. Lawrence Josephine took her cigarette from her lips again. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Never met any persons in the house when she called for the clothes or took them home. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Sinclair Lewis Wish I could see good old Dibble! Wish he were here tonight!” And Mr. Titus wept, quietly, and Whit took him home. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassan As Bertin took leave of the ladies at the door of exit, Madame de Guilleroy whispered: “Then — will you come this evening?” “Yes, certainly. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Henry David Thoreau The big squash took a premium at your fair that fall, and I understood that the man who bought it, intended to sell the seeds for ten cents a piece. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

Edgar Allan Poe His head was bowed down upon his hands, and he pored, with a fiery unquiet eye, over a paper which I took to be a commission, and which, at all events, bore the signature of a monarch. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Mrs. Daniels took one long deep breath and came from the bureau. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling Shingle took his time to make everything clear, speaking in a tone that no man of his acquaintance had ever heard. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Wilkie Collins Leaving her husband and her stepdaughters to entertain Sir Joseph and Miss Lavinia, Lady Winwood took Natalie into her own boudoir, which communicated by a curtained opening with the drawing-room. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Very soon Dicky took her to the little church on the corner of the plaza, and “Mrs. Maloney” was added to her string of distinguished names. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Flory took to reading voraciously, and learned to live in books when life was tiresome. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth He took leave of this worthy family that night, and, early the next morning, departed. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Satisfied with his inspection, he pulled the sheet over the face again and returning to the chair, took some matches off the candlestick, put them in the side pocket of his sack-coat and sat down. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

He knew more about Tommy Dodd than any man living, so he took Beverley into his confidence, and revealed the animal’s one peculiarity. The Story of Tommy Dodd and “The Rooster” by Guy Boothby

He was a very good-looking young man indeed, now that he took notice. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Ford Madox Ford If he took him on his shoulders he might get high enough to be sniped. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mary took off bonnet and shawl with speed, and advancing, made Mrs. Wilson conscious of her presence, by saying — “Let me do that for you. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

H. G. Wells I am ashamed of myself to be lodged so I took it late on Thursday night because I was tired out and a bit masochist, dramatising myself as an outcast. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope Her love had become her religion to Nina. It took the place of all things both in heaven and earth. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You took upon yourself—” “I know you were angry, very angry. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Kenyon the sculptor, who chanced to be passing the head of the street, took note of that ethereal kiss, and wished that he could have caught it in the air and got Hilda’s leave to keep it. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Bram Stoker Both Sir Nathaniel and Mr. Salton took it that he wanted to be by himself, so as to avoid any questioning or talk of the visit that he was to make that afternoon. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

I took the book in my hands and examined the ancient emblazoned covers. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took one pull at his flask and, in a dark spot with trees all around, one quick glance at his compass with the help of his torch. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Straight to the ships Aeneas took his way, Embark’d his men, and skimm’d along the sea, Still coasting, till he gain’d Cajeta’s bay. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry Kingsley I have never been to the House of Lords since the night I took my seat. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The man mending the net took no notice of him and, except that the smile had now left his face and he had stopped humming, it might almost have seemed that he was unaware of the other’s presence. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle Challenger took up the matter at once with the air of a man who will stand no nonsense. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Steele Rudd The auctioneer rushed Dad. “YOURS,” he said, bringing his hammer down with a bang; “you deserve her, old man!” And the station-manager chuckled and took Dad’s name — and Dad’s money. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

When I went out, I took care not to pass his house, lest he should see me from the windows. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The little creatures, being wooden of body, quickly caught the flames, and an awful struggle for life took place in miniature in the grate. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Edith Wharton Mrs. Lethbury took a touching pride in her daughter’s first steps in the world. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

The only remark, approaching to amiability, which the king could find to say to M. Fouquet, as he took leave of him, were in these words, “M. Fouquet, you shall hear from me. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Oscar Wilde And the Star-Child took the piece of yellow gold, and put it in his wallet, and hurried to the city. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Henry Fielding When the punch came in he took up the bowl and drank my health ostentatiously, in such a quantity that it considerably advanced my scheme. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Henry Handel Richardson Then he took to shouldering his way along the walls, supporting himself by the furniture. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Five minutes later he was on his horse and fording Rood. He took the long road by the back of the Hill of Deer, riding in bright moonshine up the benty slopes and past the hazel thickets. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

E. F. Benson Lucia took no notice but continued playing, till Grosvenor said “Miss Leg!” much louder, and then, with a musical exclamation of surprise, she turned and rose from her seat. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Marjorie Bowen Conrad and the d’Estes moved at his entrance, but slightly, and kept their eyes upon him as he walked to the head of the table and there took his place. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Tobias Smolle A furious abbe, being refused orders by the bishop, on account of his irregular life, took an opportunity to stab the prelate with a knife, one Sunday, as he walked out of the cathedral. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Henry James She was essentially incorruptible, and she took this pernicious conceit to her bosom very much as if it had been a dogma revealed by a white-winged angel. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Morrison It now began to grow dusk, and in about twenty minutes more Dorrington took to the street again. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens Defarge took his receipt without noticing the exclamation, and withdrew, with his two fellow-patriots. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Matilda took the Lamp. ‘Wait for me!’ said She to the Friar; ‘In a few moments I am here again. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Both he took quite literally, as if they were newspaper reports of actual recent events. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Jernam’s head was bent upon his clasped hands, and he took no heed of his wife’s sorrow. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Ann Radcliffe Here they stopped; the man dismounted, and having opened a small door in the wall, he unbound Adeline, who shrieked, though involuntarily and in vain, as he took her from the horse. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

George Gissing John took new lodgings in an obscure part of Clerkenwell, and seemed to have become a young man once more. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I told Charlotte that Collinson’s brother, as I took it to be, was staying with him; and Charlotte told me of a quarrel she had just had with Mina on the score of the captain. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Virginia Woolf Thus, whenever I felt the shadow of her wing or the radiance of her halo upon my page, I took up the inkpot and flung it at her. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

She was the only Oxford woman who took a first that year. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Sinclair Lewis Vito looked confidently at Olivia as he took her dinner order, and she seemed contented now to be accepted as merely a woman, betrayed and lost to scholarship and generally happy. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Before the meeting took place, Mr. Camperdown had been at work looking over old deeds. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

In the meanwhile, Madame Gerdy took back her child; and Claudine had nothing more to restrain her. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I took the picture myself, and the negative is filed in the proper place. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I took those rooms in his name and in his own person. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

He put out his strong hand and took her tiny one. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson At length, he rose and took the rising sun to witness. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The way to the Council House across the ruins was impassable, but Asano met that difficulty and took Graham into the premises of the central post-office. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry James Then he took off his hat, and bent over slowly and solemnly, as if he were performing an obeisance. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Virginia Woolf At the same time he took a little parchment volume from his pocket and laid it on the table. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Mark Twain We took many little fragments of stone from here, because it is well known in all the East that a barren woman hath need only to touch her lips to one of these and her failing will depart from her. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Victor Hugo The performance of “Chaos Vanquished” took place as usual, minus only the effect of the blue light and the brilliancy of the fairies. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charles Dickens Now, too, the fire took fresh courage, favoured by the lively wind the dance awakened, and burnt clear and high. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

I wish you’d go to Mr. P. And save me such a ride; I don’t half like the outside place, They’ve took for my inside. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Virginia Woolf Mrs. Manresa took up the strain. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

George Gissing Then he took his hat and stick, locked the door behind him, and went downstairs. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Repentance took his hands and locked them together. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

William Hope Hodgson When I took my bag down, I found that they had signed on the rest of the crowd. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope But all this Lady Glencora took at its worth. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The last sentence had hardly been hissed out by the gypsy when he took from his pocket a long, thin coil of whipcord, which he entangled in a complicated mesh around the cripple’s body. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

F. Scott Fitzgerald This took religion and years of plenty and tremendous sureties and the exact relation that existed between the classes. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith She kept Crossjay beside her till she dismounted, and the colonel was left to the procession of elephantine ideas in his head, whose ponderousness he took for natural weight. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edith Wharton It was agreed that she was to think over his proposition and give him an answer the next day; and thereupon he took his leave. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

It took him to keep the Fianna safe, but it took all the Fianna to keep their captain out of danger. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Virginia Woolf The house, however, was surrounded by a garden, in which the Rector took considerable pride. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Rudyard Kipling Our Regiment was told the news and they took an account of it, for she was often among them, begging buttons from their uniforms. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Wilkie Collins He took his dog-whistle from the chimney-piece, and turned his steps at once in the direction of the drawing-room, in which his guests were passing the evening. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Baldwin Spencer In the case of my informant it took place before. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

John Galsworthy What? A child’s balloon! He secured it between his hands, took it beneath a lamp-post — green, he judged. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Leslie Stephen Bolingbroke coming one day into his room, took up a Horace, and observed that the first satire of the second book would suit Pope’s style. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Willa Cather But there, we must believe in good luck!” She took up the half-empty glass and held it against the light. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

He took no notice, however, but went to bed and pretended to snore audibly soon after. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Henry Kingsley Jim took out a pistol and presented it to Halbert. “Thank you,” said he. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Wilkie Collins Crayford took his hand in silence; and then (followed by Bateson) left him to his work. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

He very kindly took me over the town, and I always found him ready to give me information respecting the antiquities and natural products of the country. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

He took me to Paris upon the following day. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Washington Irving As our proposed route to Granada lay through mountainous regions, where the roads are little better than mule paths, and said to be frequently beset by robbers, we took due travelling precautions. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Arthur Conan Doyle The officer who guarded them was a ruffian and a villain, Captain Baumgarten. He took a pleasure in humiliating and ill-treating the brave men who had fallen into his power. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Birkin took his place, and the sledge drove away leaving Gudrun and Gerald standing on the snow, waving. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He caught it, and I took it away from him. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

He took it in the palm of his hand and touched the spring, holding the candle still in the other hand. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

D. H. Lawrence He took her on his arm; he took the whole charge of her, and laughing, bore her away towards the steps of the office. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Fielding In short, after hearing, for near an hour, every malicious insinuation which a fertile genius could invent, we took our leave, and separated as persons who would never willingly meet again. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Charles Dickens How young she was, how fair, how loving! I took her to the first poor roof that I was master of, and made it rich. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

The men then approached the camps of the newcomers, where bartering took place. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Henry James I took it that if the girl never put in a word it was because she had perfect confidence in her parent’s ability to come out straight. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins My last look at his beautiful face was on the pier, before they took me away. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

E. F. Benson He took not the slightest notice of his master or me, but stiffly and tensely walked across the grass to the iron gate. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

H. G. Wells How did it all happen, George? Your Marconigram — it took me in the wind a bit. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]