Phrases with "took"

We buried him in the church of San Gennaro. In doing so, we took up his father’s coffin; the lid came off in moving it, and the skeleton was visible. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

History, however, rather favors the notion of her innocence; and it is said that Francesco, unable to overcome her virtue, took away her good fame by evil reports. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

A hundred high-born maids she took with her hence, who were arrayed as well befit them. 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

She took off her mask, unconscious that an adept in coquetry would have maintained the mystery of her loveliness a little longer. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith I took an oar in one of the boats, and we won a prize; and when I was landing I didn’t stride enough to the spring-plank, and plumped in. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Abraham Merri My dazzled sight cleared, glare and blaze and searing incandescence took form, became ordered. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant I took the few thousand francs from out of my pocket. Lasting Love by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H. Rider Haggard So we took the heart and liver and buried them for a few minutes in a patch of snow to cool them. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope The man was strong and likely to live — and after a while had married a wife, some woman that he took from the very streets. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett She took it for granted for some time that this was because Andrews had laid down some mysterious law. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The “trashy peasant” sprang into the hole, took the coffin from her, placed it beside the black boards, and, jumping out of the grave, began to hurl the earth into it with his feet and his spade. In the World by Maksim Gorky

The man looks dead tired, too, and I don’t believe he took his clothes off or slept a wink. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Then I took two lengths of a fishing-rod, which came to just six feet, and I went back with my client to where the elm had been. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

For the Queen, far from making a secret of her affectionate friendship, took care to publish it to the world. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne At the outset of the conversation he took the affirmative, and assumed the part of an accuser. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Thomas Love Peacock He took the opportunity of his father’s absence to smuggle a dumb carpenter into the Abbey, and between them they gave reality to one of these models in Scythrop’s tower. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Henry James As I took her hand, bidding her good-night, I couldn’t but exhale a compassion. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope I trust it will be understood that he addressed himself, and not his lady-love, in this uncivil way ‘D tion!’ Then when the chair had been well kicked out of his way, he took himself up to bed. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Before it took action, before it took shape, the men in the airships could feel the gigantic insurgence of emotion, as cattle and natural creatures feel, it is said, the coming of an earthquake. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

John Galsworthy If old Jolyon saw, he took no notice. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens But Benjamin took it all very coolly. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

William Henry Hudson The indifferent way in which he spoke of centuries in connection with this brilliant and apparently fresh-painted picture rather took me aback. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Caroline Lamb She only smiled with a look of incredulity and contempt, asking her, if her beloved Henry would really be so cruel as to tear her away at last from London; and saying this she took leave. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

D. H. Lawrence Then he put on his boots and his overcoat and took the gun. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Miles Franklin It was a small thing to have a little pocket-money to spend on anything that took my fancy — a very small thing, and yet how much pleasure it gave me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Arnold Bennett I took you with only the clothes on your back. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Washington Irving Intrigues of all kinds took place, as is usual in royal palaces. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Edgar Allan Poe Upon my calling at Mr. B.’s, and making known to him the wishes of the society, he received me with great civility, took me into his study, and gave me a clear explanation of the whole process. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Walter Scott She took the spindle, now charged with her labours, and, undoing the thread gradually, measured it by casting it over her elbow and bringing each loop round between her forefinger and thumb. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Larkin, with a glow of satisfaction, took one of these noble cigars, and rolled it in his fingers, and smelt it. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jessie’s thighs were smooth and firm and round: I took delight in recalling the touch of them, and her bottom was firm like warm marble. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Jules Verne The little party took some salt meat, biscuits, and a few flasks of rum with them, and there was nothing in their excursion to surprise the rest of the colonists. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The two were perfectly compatible if the caterer took pains. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

He took his place beside the mistress and spoke. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H. G. Wells Public opinion in Norway was said to be violently pro-American and in Sweden and Finland pro-German, but none of these states took overt military action. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Charles Kingsley He took the proffered wrapper; lay down; and seemed to sleep. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Caroline Lamb Mrs. Seymour and many others declined being of the party; but Lady Margaret took Gondimar’s arm with a smile of good humour, which she could at times put on, Buchanan drove Calantha in his barouche. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Rudyard Kipling Can you not let the Arrmy rest? ’Tis not good for Terence.’ I took refuge by Mulvaney, for Dinah Shadd has a temper of her own. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Frederick Marryat They supplied the provisions to Clara’s cottage; and when Pablo took them over in the cart, Humphrey rode to Lymington and provided a conveyance to London for the following day. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Guy de Maupassan Every other day Jeanne went to see him, and on Sundays took him out. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence He took out the flute, and adjusted it. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He took a deep breath at the door. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Wilkie Collins Sir Joseph took up the conversation next. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Geoffrey Chaucer Arcite is coold, ther Mars his soule gye: Now wol I speken forthe of Emelye.  Shrighte Emelye, and howleth Palamon, And Theseus his suster took anon Swownynge, and baar hir fro the corps away. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Anthony Trollope But the necessity of seeing his uncle before he took any actual steps secured him from the necessity of coming to any absolutely immediate decision. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I had given Johnson his instructions I took a cab out to Kingston and found the Baron in a most affable mood. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She saw him when she took her first glance at the restless Manhattan audience — down in the front row with his head bent a bit forward and his gray eyes fixed on her. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford She said over her shoulder: ‘I want to talk to you to-night, Father,’ took the last trick of the rubber, collected 17 marks 50 from the doctor and 8 marks from the unter-leutnant. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Charles Dickens The members of this good company did a very necessary and customary thing, last night — they each took a bedroom candlestick, and lit the candle before they went up-stairs. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

At this I protested so strongly that I think she believed me honest, for she took the money and gave me a warm new plaid for it, and an old hat of her man’s. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Algernon Blackwood And so he took pains, though without making definite suggestion, to place himself in the way of this woman and her nephew — only to find that his hints were disregarded. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

William Hope Hodgson Because of this, and because of a feeling of natural anger against the thing, the bo’sun took up from the sand one of the spears which had been cast down when we hauled the boat ashore. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

At first he visited Escampobar because when he took his leave he had no place in the world to go to, and a few days there were a complete change from the odious town. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The over-rouged young lady followed her with a brief, bitter glance — then turned again to the weak-chinned waiter and took up her argument. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassan One day, our captain took five or six of us aside, and spoke to us about it, long and furiously. The Lancer’s Wife (La Revanche) by Guy de Maupassan

Isabella Bird A dirty chambermaid took me to a room or dormitory containing four beds. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

These curious attacks of terror were repeated; not often, but at a few days’ interval; so that at length Captain Fennel took care not to go about the house alone in the dark. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Edgar Rice Burroughs This was a new one on them, and so being stupid brutes they took me to their masters whom they felt would be better fitted to solve the riddle of my return, for riddle they still considered it. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Nikola followed and took his place beside him, and presently two tall monks appeared bringing with them the man who had brought the accusation against me on the previous evening. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

I took from my pocket the most satisfactory weapon ever devised by man for the destruction of his unsuspecting enemy. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Kate Chopin When he had finished he took off his dust-cap and went out to wash his hands. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

F. Scott Fitzgerald Nell took some and I pretended to, and they set on the side of our seats. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Henry James He took a strong dose and went to bed. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

She said: “If it’s like that, my dear?” Pauline said: “But if he took it? I thought-there-I might: but now, I daren’t. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

As for the coolies, they had deserted because their supply of opium had been cut off — they would not stay in the jungle without opium, which they took as a prophylactic against fever. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Machen He took his parcel to the sunny corner of the garden, where the old wooden seat stood sheltered from the biting March winds. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Edith Wharton When he reached the stud-farm a glance showed him that the horse was not what he wanted; nevertheless he took a turn behind it in order to prove to himself that he was not in a hurry. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope Lord George took him away, and brought him back again, and blew him up; and at last, under pressure from Mrs. Carbuncle, made him consent to the fixing of a day. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She took no notice of the unswept condition of the rooms and indulged in no explanations nor apologies. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

He had been an ordained clergyman of the Church of England, taking up that trade as he took up the trade of letters, for bread and cheese. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Ciccio got up quickly and took his mandoline from its case. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells She took them and stood shyly for a moment, and then the watchful gravity of her face broke into soft emotion. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Guy de Maupassant He took the Argenteuil train, got out at Colombes, and walked thence to the Ile Marante. The moment he arrived at this place of his dreams he began fishing, and fished till nightfall. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

It will be odd if I let you slip this time!” Then the short man came out, paid the bill, and, followed by the others, took the road to Paris. Chicot followed them at a distance. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Willa Cather When his hunger was satisfied, he did, of course, have to tell them about Mrs. Marshall, and he noticed what a friendly interest the boys took in the matter. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

H. G. Wells He sighed and took the pathway to his left that led back to the bridge and Vigours’. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

He wrapped Mongan in his green cloak and took him away to rear and train in the Land of Promise, which is beyond the sea that is at the other side of the grave. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Edith Wharton Keniston took the onset without outward sign of disturbance. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Henry James I took my detachment too soon for granted. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Now, however, the rain had stopped, and feeling uncomfortably warm, he took it off and threw it carelessly over a bush just beside him. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

But she began by being wobbly, took to jumping off in the middle of an exercise, and ended by being unable to get up from sitting position on the boom. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

F. Scott Fitzgerald The large lady and the clerk having compromised on fifty words, Lois took a blank and wrote her telegram. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton But Mrs. Drover, when she appeared, took it on a higher plane. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

I went to the door, but it would not open; the brass handle refused to turn, so I took a bottle of milk and with all my force struck at it. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

We will get a certain little table for two that I know of, in the bay-window where I took the fair pigtail just now, to the evident anxiety of the parental chignon who was at the large table. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Olive Schreiner One said, “It is surely a waterfowl, a duck, or it may be a goose; if we took it to the water it would swim and gabble. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Anthony Trollope Let that be enough, Mr. Greenwood.” “Nor yet Lord Hampstead.” “Nor yet Lord Hampstead. I think it very wrong of you to come after all that took place. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The Clerk took it in his left hand. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Hope Plain it was, and Hermann took alarm. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Edith Wharton He took another turn, with the thwarted step of the man whose nervous exasperation escapes through his muscles. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Anthony Trollope He took a deep interest in the welfare of those around him; he shared their joys, and sympathized with their grief, and he was consequently beloved, and almost adored. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson With difficulty he took in his good fortune: at first, any unexpected knock at the door made him shake and try to hide. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Lawson Then the milkers got bad udders, and Tom took his life in his hands whenever he milked them. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

The old man took his arm in a friendly way, and led him towards the garden. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Bram Stoker He is ugly, and is disguised as a Councillor of State!” The King, Louis XIV, took much interest in the trial and even tried now and again to smooth matters. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

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]

For two hours I sat in Norie’s dirty den, while he smoked and orated, and, when he remembered his business, took down in shorthand my impressions of the Labour situation in South Africa for his rag. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Wilkie Collins Launce took a man’s advantage of her indecision. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

They had nearly reached Sloane Square before Diana took courage to broach the subject so naturally repugnant to her. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing What is there to drink, mother?” Mrs. Lashmar took her son to the dining-room, and, whilst he was refreshing himself, talked of the career before him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I am afraid, my dear Colonel, that you must regret the hour that you took in such a stormy petrel as I am. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Jules Verne The boat was not there! We may imagine the horrible anxiety which took possession of Harding and his companions! At last, towards half-past twelve, a boat, carrying two men, touched the beach. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

I took up one, and found that it crumbled easily in my hand. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

John Galsworthy Three days later, in that fast-yellowing October, Soames took a taxi-cab to Highgate Cemetery and mounted through its white forest to the Forsyte vault. To Let by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence So strong in their frailty! She rose, a little stiff, took a few daffodils, and went down. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence However, he moved quietly through the dance, laughing and talking abstractedly all the time with Alice. Then Lettie cried a change of partners, and they took their valeta. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

I am too worried already to think that I took the money these hussies offered me. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton She took out her cheque-book to see if her balance was larger than she remembered, but found she had erred in the other direction. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Sinclair Lewis He took as long as he could in unpacking things which needed no unpacking, and hesitated down the stairs. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

He thought hard as he was dressing hurriedly for dinner, and finally sealed the notes in a Bolton Park envelope which he took from the writing-desk in his room. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Mark Twain It took twenty-five minutes to do it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

He took with him “a ton or so of books” in an enormous trunk painted one half black the other white — “the magpie chest” which henceforth always accompanied him on his travels. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Frederick Marryat Humphrey took the cart to Lymington, to procure clothes for Chaloner and Grenville, and it was decided that they should assume those of verderers of the forest, which would enable them to carry a gun. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

It was only when one took note of the mouth and chin that one could discern his latent strength of character. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

If you would let me see what it was you took out of the hedge . Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I took as little notice of his anger. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Rudyard Kipling She took us through the hall to Wollin, planting things in his back-garden. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

M. P. Shiel On the twelfth day Clark took a single-altitude observation, and found that we were only in latitude 86° 45’; but the next day we passed beyond the furthest point yet reached by man, viz. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

We took a path up the Berg among groves of stinkwood and essenwood, where a failing stream made an easy route. Prester John by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence The cab-men looked hard at us: but no doubt owing to the knapsack, took us for poor Germans.   Coffee and milk—and then, only about three-quarters of an hour late, the train from the north. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Virginia Woolf She took a list from her bag and began reading in a curious stiff voice at first, as if she were holding the words — boy’s boots, bath salts, sardines — under a tap of many-coloured water. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

What took you to Plymouth this morning, Bothwell?” she asked, as her cousin came up to the carriage door. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing Every day the distance between them widened, and when he took her in his arms she had to struggle with a sense of shrinking, of disgust. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Close to the islet what I took to be the tip of a shark’s fin appeared. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Joseph Furphy My horses were not far off; and, to save time, I took Alf’s saddle and bridle from under his wagon. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

That which was in the room beneath the tide, and which had pushed the tide hither — before it, now gathered, took form, and rose up, sudden and monstrous. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

For Perrault had come to preach and proselytize, whereas Henschell took a more immediate interest in the gold deposits. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Shrieked Emely, and howlèd Palomon, And Theseus his sistir took anon Swoonyng, and bare hir fro the corps away. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

He took leave of me last night. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Guy de Maupassant He took the bit of thin string from the ground and was carefully preparing to roll it up when he saw Maitre Malandain, the harness maker, on his doorstep staring at him. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

George Gissing Oh, I know him! But he took precious good care not to let you know where he lived. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Edith Wharton Two facts, however, took the edge from its perfection: that it had happened in the shop, and that she had not had on her black silk. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jules Verne Although not dangerous individually, these carnivorous beasts are formidable in packs, and the hunters therefore took care to be well armed when they went beyond the enceinte of the fort. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence Then I took on with another girl, a teacher, who had made a scandal by carrying on with a married man and driving him nearly out of his mind. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Keep awake with me a minute, will you?’ Lydia took the sleepless girl in her arms. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. T. A. Hoffmann We took a gondola to St. Mark’s. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Jules Verne The valet Frycollin did not conceal his terror at finding himself borne through space on such a machine, and he took no pains whatever to hide it. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle It took the shape of a letter dated from New York, and addressed to the same criminal investigator whose theory I have quoted. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

G. K. Chesterton MacIan took the second sword in his left hand and, with a violent gesture, hurled it at the feet of little Mr. Wimpey. “Fight!” he said in a loud, harsh voice. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Parson Kendall, he made the word, and he locked down a couple o’ ghosts in their graves with it; and when his time came he went to his own grave and took the word with him. The Roll-Call of the Reef by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I took a great fancy to that young man. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope As he did so Mr. Harding took both his hands and pressed them warmly. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

When he returned from work that afternoon it was with an auger under his coat and a conviction which led him to empty out the contents of a small phial which he took down from a shelf. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James I remember, once, a lady thought I was offering them for sale, and I took it very ill. The American by Henry James [1877]

M. R. James And if I’ve took it to my own rebuke one half-a-dozen times, it’s been nearer fifty. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Arthur Morrison Dicky, with a cast-off jacket from the vicar’s store, took to hanging about Liverpool Street Station in quest of bags to carry. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Frances Hodgson Burnett He took a flask out of his overcoat pocket—and it was a gem of goldsmith’s art. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Goodwin took off his hat and seated himself, with his characteristic deliberate ease, upon a corner of the table. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

H. Rider Haggard Thereupon I took a heavy spear, and, spreading the shirt upon the floor, drove the spear down upon it with all my strength, the weapon rebounding without leaving a mark upon the tempered steel. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins He stooped hastily, took up the box by the cord round it, and left the room. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

I used to fly it when he first bought it; before he took it to Australia. David — my husband — and I used to dream of having one too, but we could never afford it. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Jules Verne Only two or three occurrences of any importance took place on the way from the lakes to the Pacific Ocean. The march was all day long across forests and plains. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Sir Simon, when he saw how the land lay, took a lane leading down to the Brotherton road. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing Presently the conversation took a wider scope. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

Sinclair Lewis She sighed: “It smells musty in here, so musty!” She ran to the mahogany chest of drawers and took out a sheet of parchment. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

Anna Katherine Green Then, as I thought the time had come for me to enjoy myself, I took a walk about the great building, ending up with the reading-room. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

She took off her pince-nez and wiped them away with a neatly folded square of handkerchief. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

John Galsworthy He took a step nearer to his father. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton He took it and glanced down the page, his face grown grave. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Eliot A terrible alarm took possession of her. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Rudyard Kipling Stalky took the arm-chair and contemplated the scene with his blandest smile. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

She was carried into one of the spare rooms at Cully, and Lionel took up his station there also. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle Advance, Walter, and may God and Saint George be with England!” Sir Walter Woodland, riding a high black horse, took station by the Prince, with the royal banner resting in a socket by his saddle. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. Rider Haggard Without any comment the Zulu took up his axe and departed, and we also departed to bed. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

With that act Ralph D. Spencer passed away and Jimmy Valentine took his place. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

It took all next day to water the horses. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jules Verne Captain Nemo took the ingots one by one, and arranged them methodically in the chest, which he filled entirely. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Some of the animals had noticed that the van which took Boxer away was marked “Horse Slaughterer,” and had actually jumped to the conclusion that Boxer was being sent to the knacker’s. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

George Meredith All took their seats at the early breakfast next morning. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The butler, an exservice man, took in the situation like lightning, and sprang over and switched off the lights. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Walter Besant The former, all four, took to drink, and died in a disgraceful manner. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Rosina took hers with hesitation. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jules Verne Robert took a little food with the rest. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Stur I took every precaution to fortify the horses, and again reduced the loads, keeping barely a supply of flour for a day or two. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

D. H. Lawrence I took a brush and tried to paint them, then I raged at myself. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Picking him up, I took a look into his eyes by the moonlight. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

The person who took it knew its nature very well, and that person ——” “Oh, then you know who took it!” I broke in in increasing astonishment. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Curse them, were they speaking of him? The hall was crammed at last, and the important bodies took their seats upon the front benches. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

They took ——” But suddenly Dr. Shillington sprang to his feet and, swinging up his arm, dashed something with great violence to the floor in the middle of the room. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

I took it and held it treasuring every touch. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

He took them off, peering myopically at the bed. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Stemm had condemned the project,—but, nevertheless, took glory in it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Did you never know it? She took Miss Deveen’s emeralds at Whitney Hall.” “Oh, that was a mistake,” said Tod, cheerfully. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle The thick, warm air of the conservatory and the rich, choking fragrance of exotic plants took us by the throat. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Theodore Dreiser Still, the name of his daughter being involved, he took the matter up with Cecily, who under pressure confessed. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim We took that expedition together last night. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft It took no excessive sensitiveness to beauty to make me literally gasp at the strange, unearthly splendour of the alien, opulent phantasy that rested there on a purple velvet cushion. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

He took off his hat and pushed back the light curling hair from his forehead, laughing softly to himself. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

D. H. Lawrence He was a young man with very clear greyish eyes that waited until they were called upon, before they took expression. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Hastily unlocking the door of the communication between the rooms, I took my position in the closet. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Edgar Rice Burroughs The cave which took my fancy lay halfway up the precipitous side of a lofty cliff. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

George Borrow They at the same time, however, shook me by the hand, and, uninvited, took a small portion of my bread. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Some such thought as this was in her mind when she took her place beside Gilbert Monckton at the altar. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle I took to my heels, did ten miles over the mountains in the darkness, and a week later I found myself in Florence, with the certainty that no one in the world knew what had become of me. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Then the hatter took advantage of the clamor which greeted the performance of this feat and quietly made for the door. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James I took no interest in my food. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

So far so good, but it was necessary to dispose safely of Master Rede. Sir Gabriel took upon himself the duty of master of ceremonies. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Then I took up my position in a corner of the library close to the window, so that I could not fall to hear Lawson’s footsteps if he passed. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]