Phrases with "town"

The skipper — hospitable soul — had a lot of guests from town to a farewell lunch — as usual with him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Rudyard Kipling We were looking for a town that lives under shell-fire. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Jane Austen In town I believe he chiefly lived, but his studying the law was a mere pretence, and being now free from all restraint, his life was a life of idleness and dissipation. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Benjamin Disraeli They mutually exchanged hopes that their return to town had been agreeable. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Thomas Hardy The latter moved on into the dark dense old avenues, or rather vaults of living woodwork, which ran along the town boundary, and stood reflecting. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray But looking out of the window was one thing, and jumping another: and the town clock struck seven. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Bram Stoker In 1527, he returned to Basel, where he was appointed town physician. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. Rider Haggard Go to town by the first train tomorrow morning and post another letter announcing what has happened here. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Elizabeth Gaskell But I never thought anything of it at the time; but now all the town is talking about it, and crying shame, and saying they ought to be married. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray I never saw a town where so many women are to be met — so many and so pretty-with and without bonnets, with good figures, in neat homely shawls and dresses. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

THE town of Sibley was in a state of excitement. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells He had also thought of sitting on the beach on Sunday afternoons and of going for a walk in the country behind the town and picking marguerites and poppies. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Gissing Alfred Waltham was frequently at the Manor. Mutimer now seldom went up to town for Sunday; if necessity took him thither, he chose some week-day. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Samuel Johnson Pope does not appear to have been much dismayed, “for,” says he, “I have the town — that is, the mob — on my side. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Walter Besant I had intended to make my appearance on the metropolitan stage as Romeo, my favourite part, and at once to take the town by storm. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

George Gissing If Roman ecclesiastics closed their eyes to this obstacle, the inhabitants of a little mountain town evidently need nurse no scruples in welcoming the conqueror. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The barmaid told her he had gone into the town to post a letter, and asked Dolly to step into the bar-parlour to wait. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

You may guess what a stir there was in the good town when all these famous outlaws came marching into the streets. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Arthur Conan Doyle Bleak and wind-swept is the little town of Kirkby-Malhouse, harsh and forbidding are the fells upon which it stands. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Charles Dickens While the horses are ‘coming,’ I stumble out into the town too. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Arnold Bennett The town had made up its mind about Osmond Orgreave, and the verdict, as with most popular verdicts, was roughly just so far as it went, but unjust in its narrowness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

At its foot reposed the town with which my destiny seemed so vitally connected, and which I was approaching with so much trepidation. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Edith Wharton The very day I turned up in town Archie Lanfear descended on me with a summons from his mother. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

The fort-crowned hill and the little town clinging to its foot form the centre of the picture. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I have been detained in town all day by business, of various kinds, connected with this. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Willa Cather The thrifty Swedes to the north, who were his best customers, usually came to town and did their shopping after dark — they didn’t squander daylight hours in farming season. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

E. F. Benson I arrived at Victoria about eleven, and took the underground to Sloane Square in order to see if you were in town and would give me lunch. The Bus-Conductor by E. F. Benson

Nathaniel Hawthorne With no more level ground than a single piazza in the midst, the ancient town tumbled its crooked and narrow streets down the mountainside, through arched passages and by steps of stone. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

I shall see you in town very soon. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope As Father John left the town on the previous evening, he sent word up to the governor of the gaol that he would see young Macdermot early on the following morning. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

The town of Galt in Canada is named after him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

No house in any little town or village will be their hiding place for common sense will have told them it would be too risky. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

H. G. Wells It was moonlight and a hillside, the little town lay lit and warm below, and the scene was set to music, a lugubriously sentimental air. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Sinclair Lewis Fern Mullins had come to town early, for the six-weeks normal course for country teachers. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis It was a town of perhaps ten thousand souls, inhabiting about twenty thousand bodies — the proportion of soul-possession may be too high. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain They say the great peak opposite this town is five thousand feet high: but I feel sure that three thousand feet of that statement is a good honest lie. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton In spite of the blood drumming in her head, and the way his airy fib about having heard she was in town had drawn her again into the old net of their complicities, Kate was steadied by his composure. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Gissing I must get back to town early in the morning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She had fallen down over the height, from that road we go on from the town up to the hill. Signa by Ouida

William Morris Here also was no great castle within the town as at Cheaping Knowe, and the town itself nothing so big, but long and straggling along the top of the ridge. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Culham is nine or ten miles from Newcastle, the first town site we should reach. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Benjamin Disraeli It was a single word, “ROMA,” and then, utterly mystified, he returned to town with his own present. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Leon Trotsky In town it was rumored that we had joined a secret organization. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells RICHESSE OBLIGE.” It is not to be supposed that Benham came to town only with a general theory of aristocracy. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Henry Kingsley I went up to town by the Great Western, and, for the first time, knew what was meant by railway travelling. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Edith Wharton I must get back to town to-morrow afternoon. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

Don Balthasar practically owned the whole town and all the surrounding country, and, except for his age and feebleness, might have been an absolute monarch. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins In settling matters with the landlord over night, I had arranged that we should be driven to the nearest town at which a post-chaise could be obtained. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Be that as it may, she broke up her establishment in town at this time, and retired to a lonely cottage in Wales, where she amused herself in superintending her dairy and physicking the poor. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

William Dampier There is a small English town within the great bay standing in a little valley between two high steep mountains. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

After the trial he had left town immediately, in order to avoid meeting with his friends, and had gone up to his station, which was next to that of the Frettlbys’. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Charles Dickens You’re not a bit too soon; for the carriage is at the door now, and they have only come to town for a couple of hours, a’ purpose. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Mr. Mainwaring was upset, too, and as the doctor said Mrs. Scrutton must have perfect quiet he cut his visit short and went back to town that same afternoon. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Arthur Conan Doyle I determined to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the police. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Thomas Hardy I only returned to town yesterday; now, don’t speak, Stephen, for ten minutes; I have just that time to the late post. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Charles Dickens They crowd about him, and tell him that the truth has gone abroad, and that all the town and country ring with sympathy for his misfortunes. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Henry James I had been all summer working hard in town and then had gone down to Folkestone for a blow. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Leon Trotsky People of different classes in town came into contact with one another only in their business relations; outside of these they did not exist for one another. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Mark Twain This is the first Italian town I have seen which does not appear to have a patron saint. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy A load of oak timber was to be sent away that morning to a builder whose works were in a town many miles off. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne In this fashion, after a march of sixty miles in two days, the caravan reached the parish of Apsley, the first town in the Province of Victoria in the Wimerra district. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He’s the jolliest squatter there’s been in town these years, I hear folk say. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle So the throng moved on, until at the very gate it was brought to a stand by a wondrously fat man, who came darting forth from the town with rage in every feature of his rubicund face. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

When he passed through Monza, the night had completely closed in: he managed, however, to leave the town in the direction that led to the right road. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Meredith Till dusk I scoured the town to find Miss Goodwin, without whom there was no clue to the habitation I was seeking, and I must have passed her blindly again and again. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We were not looking for him this morning because he said that he wanted a couple of hours’ exercise and wouldn’t come up to town till the afternoon train. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

You may imagine, I cannot be very easy in a town which is really under the government of an insolent soldiery. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

All desire for amusement in town was gone, and the faculty to transact business had departed as well. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

I would mark with a curious interest the stray country member of the club up in town for a night or so. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

I mind that we pervaded the town considerable, calling upon the people to bring out more armies for us to destroy. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Thomas Hardy The town was small, but the corn and hay-trade was proportionately large, and with his native sagacity he saw opportunity for a share of it. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne Fine town here, sir, beautiful buildings, and much that may interest a stranger. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Jane Austen I have another reason for urging this: Mainwaring came to town last week, and has contrived, in spite of Mr. Johnson, to make opportunities of seeing me. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was silly of her not to have written before though she knew he had left town after the funeral. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells But it crystallized out in the early afternoon into the oddest form, a powerful craving to go to the little town of Pensting, five miles off, on the other side of Buryhamstreet, to buy silk shoelaces. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

T. E. Lawrence The Juheina were active in their flank position from Wadi Yenbo. Garland’s architectural efforts about the town became impressive. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope This case was now over; the bailiff again held up his head; the landlord gained his cause; the farmer was sent to prison, and the blind and deaf witness sneaked out of town in shame and disgrace. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

D. H. Lawrence He might stay in town a night, at his brother-inlaw’s, and go away the next day. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

George Meredith Since he had eaten up his uncle, this old gentleman of his dreams walked in town and country-only, and alas! Mr. Raikes could never encounter him in the flesh. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jules Verne The town was Ashurada, the most southerly of the Russian stations. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Willa Cather The town in the cliffs explained the irrigation ditches. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Algernon Blackwood He began to purr again, and to feel that all the town purred with him. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Jules Verne If the experiment succeeds, Quiquendone will be the first town in Flanders to be lighted with the oxy — What is the gas called?” “Oxyhydric gas. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

I thought it possible that Haire might have let him use the rooms while he was away, as O’Grady lives out of town — somewhere Enfield way. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Anthony Trollope It was his purpose to travel by Mulhouse and Remiremont, and Michel Voss drove over to the latter town to fetch him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

The town of Elgin thus knew two controlling interests — the interest of politics and the interest of religion. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Arnold Bennett The town had no air of being excited about the appearance of its new paper. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli She hoped to reach some town or village before her escape could be discovered, and she hurried on for three hours without resting. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

It wasn’t easy to believe that that great noisy mess of a town was barely three miles away. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

The excitement and dissipation of a town life, which purchase pleasure to-day at the expense of fatigue and disgust to-morrow, were as little to his taste as the amusements of the country. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

G. K. Chesterton The town was mostly in shadow, but the sun had not sunk; wherever its level light could break through, it painted everything a burning gold. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope Mr Moffat was to go up to town to prepare his petition. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude I will pull down the town and build it again, and it shall be as though it had not been, and it shall be the glory of the whole universe. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli Coals were falling also, and the duties in town increasing. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Isabella Bird It is a town of shingles, but looks very well from the sea. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

It is from Swanson, and notifies us that a record of a marriage between Benjamin Orcutt — Mr. Orcutt’s middle name was Benjamin — and Mary Mansell can be found in the old town books. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Gertrude Stein One day we were across town at a picture show and somebody came up to Gertrude Stein and said something. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The fellows in town have a good deal better time. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Andrew Lang After many days, at last they reached the town where lived the king and his daughter. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Dampier Then our men entered the town and found it emptied both of money and goods; there was not so much as a meal of victuals left for them. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Elizabeth Gaskell Both rich and poor, town and country, sympathised with him. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope Then there came another note from Lady Mabel to Tregear. ‘I shall be in town on the thirty-first in the old house, with Miss Cassewary, and will see you if can come down on the first. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

It was a morning of clear spring sunlight when we breakfasted in that little red-roofed town among vineyards with a shining river looping at our feet. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope The idea of spiting a town because there has been a row in it seems to me to be preposterous. North America by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle The common prison of this little town is filled with the miserable objects of your cruelty and oppression. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

William Dampier The houses are but low, yet well built, and the town makes a fine prospect. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Reared in the same town and under the same influences, there was a community of interests between us that threw us together and made us what is called friends. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Oscar Wilde That is the reason why people who live out of town are so absolutely uncivilised. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Daniel Defoe This town is under the government of a mayor and aldermen, and may pass for a place of wealth, considering the bigness of it. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Henry James The town could refresh its recollections of the sky, and the sky could ascertain the geographical position of the town. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Andrew Lang If we don’t reach the town while it is still daylight I shall leave you to shift for yourself. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Marjorie Bowen The place was on show, for two days the town had trooped through the rooms, looking at the furniture, at the extravagances of my lord, and at my lord himself. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Steele Rudd Dave had been to town and came home full of circus. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

To-morrow she must go up to town and face this new emergency in the history of the Ashbys. “Do you believe, yourself, that it is Patrick?” she had asked. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

A. E. W. Mason He walked along the river-bank to Tewfikieh.” Wadi Halfa was the military station, Tewfikieh a little frontier town to the north separated from Halfa by a mile of river-bank. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

They were nearly ruined by their bargain with the State, that they would put up the public buildings if the Capital should be placed at Vallejo, then a town of some promise. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Jules Verne The town above with its kremlin, whose circumference measures two versts, and which resembles that of Moscow, was altogether abandoned. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Willa Cather The town hung like a bird’s nest in the cliff, looking off into the box canyon below, and beyond into the wide valley we called Cow Canyon, facing an ocean of clear air. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

There has been a great excitement in town these last few days. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Lucy Maud Montgomery But it all came back to me when I saw Gilbert last Sunday.” Marilla went to town the next day and returned in the evening. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

I returned to Windsor by the Long Walk, and passing through the town towards the Castle, I found it in a state of agitation and disturbance. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

This plant Latinus, when his town he wall’d, Then found, and from the tree Laurentum call’d; And last, in honor of his new abode, He vow’d the laurel to the laurel’s god. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Guy de Maupassan To the right I perceived a town lying in a valley. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett Mrs. Chris did not “move” much in town circles. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I only once took part in one, and I discovered surprising gifts as a demagogue and made a speech in our little town which is still talked about. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope Old Fawcett and old Tappitt saw each other in town daily, and knew each other as well as they knew the cross in the Butter Market; but none of the two families ever went into each other’s houses. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser He knew that it might come to the ears of the hotel clerks, and so, in a general way, get about town and work serious injury, but the reflection did not cause him to modify his conduct. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

The conquering army that’s sacked the town and covered the ruins with fag-ends and paper bags. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Edith Wharton One evening, on returning to town after a visit which had confirmed my sense of reassurance, I found Claydon dining alone at the club. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Ivan Turgenev The town in which I was living with my mother became exceptionally lively about that time. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Sinclair Lewis If that happened, he called her whenever he got to the new town — 1 A.M., 3 A.M., it did not matter. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Sure enough the first man I saw there was Archie Roylance, who greeted me with a whoop and announced that he was in town for a couple of days to see his doctor. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Wilkie Collins In another half-hour the two were traveling together to a town in one of the midland counties. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Sinclair Lewis Well, hurray, ready for the big work! I’ll show this town what high-class preaching is!” Not for three days did he chance to think that Cleo might also like to see the church. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope On the morning of the third day she told her cousin that she would, on the next morning, accompany him to town if he would allow her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Ethel, dearest, I shall go to town to-morrow. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jules Verne Two wooden draw-bridges, built on piles, connected the town with its suburbs on the left bank. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

John Galsworthy After to-morrow his Tuesday expeditions to town would have to be abandoned. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Stephen Lucius Gwynn February saw him in town again; and in March it appears that he has “at last got a little bedroom about two miles from town where I shall try now and then for a morning’s work. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Arnold Bennett It crossed the town nearly from end to end, and plunged into a maze of small streets far on the south side of the Kursaal. Then gradually Nella’s equipage began to overtake it. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

At the site of the old town the church still stands, but only a few poor Negroes live there now. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Thomas Hardy It came from the wife of one of his father’s former workmen, and was concerning her son, whom she begged Jocelyn to recommend as candidate for some post in town that she wished him to fill. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Anthony Trollope But he left the town the accepted candidate of his special friends, and was assured, with many parting grasps of the hand on the platform, that he would certainly be brought in at the top of the poll. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The horses went like the wind, and in a few minutes they were at the gates of London. D’Artagnan imagined that on arriving in town the duke would slacken his pace, but it was not so. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

It was past eleven when they drove under the old bar, and through the high street of Southampton. The town seemed strange to Vixen at this unusual hour. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Mr. O’Brien journeyed to Chicago. On reaching the city, he called up Lester, and found out to his satisfaction that he was out of town for the day. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Are you ever in town except for a few weeks of the season?’ ‘Oh, I go about very little now; I’m settling down. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Maria Edgeworth Are not you obliged to me for sending you this winter to town to Lady ——? It was an admirable hit. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis He had never done much in the youthfully-beseeching line; yet, he was solicitous now with Emerson. “Which way you going, Captain? I don’t know this part of town very well. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

I. The first is a series of cases which took place during the last spring in a town at some distance from this neighborhood. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Eliot It seemed a very short walk, the ten miles to Oakbourne, that pretty town within sight of the blue hills, where he break-fasted. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman This was not the pink-walled town we had so rashly entered the day before. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The carcases are accumulating about town and begin to become unpleasant. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Thomas Hardy In the evening the sea rose somewhat, and a cry spread through the town that two bodies were cast ashore in Lullstead Bay, several miles to the eastward. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Thomas Wolfe George had called his novel, Home to Our Mountains, and in it he had packed everything he knew about his home town in Old Catawba and the people there. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Ford Madox Ford We had got married about four in the morning and had sat about in the woods above the town till then, listening to a mocking-bird imitate an old tom-cat. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Henry Handel Richardson And now for Simmonds. As he made ready to go to town Mahony recalled, with a smile, his grotesque imaginings of two nights back. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Almost every sound was hushed, for the air was but faintly stirring; and the town lay panting, waiting for the night to cool. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Wilkie Collins THE residence of my present employer was in the north of England. Having to pass through London, I arranged to stay in town for a few days to make some necessary additions to my wardrobe. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope He remained with Tony McKeon in court till about eight, when they went to the hotel and got their dinner — for they would not leave the town till the jury were locked up for the night. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. G. Wells I inspected the town thoroughly before I made my inquiries. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

William Dampier This town is not far from the mines, where the Spaniards keep a great many slaves to work in the dry time of the year: but in the rainy season when the rivers do overflow they cannot work so well. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Andrew Lang Scarcely had he left the town behind him when he came to a broad river which no man might pass, for he was standing at the end of the world, and this was the river which flowed round it. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I’ve got the sweetest proposition for a motor agency in this man’s town . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I do not know how it happens, but it always does happen, that everybody in every small town knows which is the brightest-witted in every family. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

For me, my friends another town shall frame, And bless the rising tow’rs with fair Lavinia’s name. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

As I turned the promontory I perceived a small neat town and a good harbour, which I entered, my heart bounding with joy at my unexpected escape. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jonathan Swif M—— is in the country at some friend’s, comes to town in spring, and then goes to settle in Herefordshire. Her husband is a surly, ill-natured brute, and cares not she should see anybody. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Gissing Their mother fell into fretting, into hysteria; some change in her life seemed imperative, and at length she persuaded her husband to quit the town in which they lived, and begin life anew elsewhere. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing He learnt that Mr. Egremont had been at home for one day, but was gone out of town again. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope I shall remain in town for another month, and after that I shall go somewhere, I don’t much care where. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Piers Otway had reached London that morning, and would be in town for a day or two only, before going on into Yorkshire. Could he see his old friends tomorrow? He would call in the afternoon. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Isabella Bird All who could leave the town fled; but many carried the disease with them, and died upon the road. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the manufactures and commerce of the single town of Lyons do not amount to a greater value than all the manufactures and all the trade of this kingdom taken together? 212. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Inquiring of our landlady for the nearest bank, Tod was directed to a town called St. Ann’s, three miles off; and we started for it at once, pelting along the hot and dusty road. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The town of Marlowe, though a comparatively old settlement, had only recently acquired a “society. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It seemed as if the whole town had got a new population. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

John Lewis Burckhard A few large hewn stones dispersed over the present town indicate the former existence of an ancient city in this spot, the happy situation of which must in all ages have attracted inhabitants. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Mary Webb It was therefore arranged that Edward should go and see the driver, and afterwards see Hazel, and arrange for her to go to town also. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Thomas Hardy Knowing nothing of each other’s intentions, and screened from each other by the darkness, they had left the town by the same conveyance. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

At night, when you cannot see the hideous shapes of the houses and the blackness of everything, a town like Sheffield assumes a kind of sinister magnificence. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Andrew Lang One day he was invited to a christening where many rich men from the neighbouring town were present, and all agreed that never in all their lives had they heard such playing as his. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Leo Tolstoy And then he was afraid that his father would be annoyed when he came to town for his wages, to find that his master had deducted the cost of the boots. Alyosha the Pot by Leo Tolstoy

Apparently upon the best of terms now, the two remained together for the rest of the afternoon and then returned to town in Ransome’s beautiful Bentley car. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Elizabeth Gaskell The station is some distance from the town of Chartres, which, like so many French provincial towns, consists of a Place, and a few appendent streets. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

We gained the town gates; the sentries let us pass, and at last we were out of Orenburg. Night was beginning to fall. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

George Gissing He merely informed Alice by letter that he was kept in town by business and would see her in the course of a week. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Perhaps no difference between town and country is more noticeable than the difference in the rent charged for the use of the soil. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Leon Trotsky Returning to town after the vacations, I was usually accompanied by my father. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne There were marriages there, as in every other town in the world; but they took time about it. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope It may be imagined how large in proportion to its inhabitants will be a town which spreads itself in this way. North America by Anthony Trollope

But now even Mr. Green thinks he is gone to sea; for the town has been ransacked, and no trace of him can we find. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Then I’ll drop you at some railway station and you will come to town by train. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Henry James After a moment he said, ‘If you’ll come and see us in town she’ll show you the vase. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Ford Madox Ford Campion had already told her over and over again that F ittleworth would rage like a town bull at the bare idea that the tenant of a furnished house should interfere with its owner’s timber. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Henry Handel Richardson Just before they left, a letter arrived from John demanding the keys of his house, and proposing that Polly should come to town to set it in order for him, and help him to engage a housekeeper. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Still the little that he knew made the old town beautiful to him and venerable and most wonderful, as Troy, if he could see it entire, would seem to a Hellenic scholar. Signa by Ouida

The town of Rio Medio was alluded to as one of the unapproachable towns of the earth — closed, like the capital of Prester John to the travellers, or Mecca to the infidels. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Sinclair Lewis The barber was one of the few people in town who took Gid seriously; he consulted Gid tolerantly about his preference in hair styles and his opinion of free silver. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

He missed the seclusion of the crowded town and the safety he could always find in the multitude. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]