Phrases with "tries"

Edith Wharton He was still scrupulously considerate, almost too scrupulously tender; but with a tinge of lassitude, like a man who tries to keep up under the stupefying approach of illness. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Meredith Well, but though Mr. Whitford does not give you money, he gives you his time, he tries to get you into the navy. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

G. K. Chesterton He goes on asking for a thing because he wants it; and he tries really to hurt his enemies because they are his enemies. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins The fire has died down to one, dull, red spot: he feels chilled; and sitting up in his chair, yawning, tries to summon resolution enough to rise and go upstairs to bed. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Saint. God tries each man According to a different plan. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

As soon as he tries to bring his characters into action, the melodrama begins. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let us teach our children the other way, that the happy man is the successful man, and he who is a happy man is the one who always tries to make some one else happy. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Everybody to-day, whatever his rank, tries to be a “reg’lar fellow. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells Each tries to hide his abandonment to this horrible vice of continence—” “Billy, what’s the matter with you?” Prothero grimaced impatience. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Vetch tries to run, but his legs bend under him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Wilkie Collins She triesvery feebly — to dismiss him. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Any one who tries to catch one of the shore-crabs, so common on tropical coasts, will perceive how wary and alert they are. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He tries to convict me 110 of vaguely identifying it with any kind of good. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

As if it wasn’t well known! When a girl’s failed everywhere else she tries India, where every man’s pining for the sight of a white woman. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassan It is comical to see them together! She looks like the statue of vengeance, and he is very uncomfortable, although he tries to appear at his ease. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Robert Green Ingersoll He loves his wife and children and tries to make them happy; but he is not a Christian, and he goes to hell. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

F. Scott Fitzgerald Richard Caramel tries to move about as if his figure were better. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

He thinks his prescription cured a single case of a particular complaint; he tries it in twenty similar cases without effect, and sets down the first as probably nothing more than a coincidence. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

D. H. Lawrence I say, to any genuine lover this is the greatest disaster, and he tries by every means in his power to prevent this. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton He is supposed to be a romantic and amorous boy; and therefore the dramatist tries to make him talk turgidly, about seeking for “an archangel with purple wings” who shall be worthy of his lady. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

It is a tame and well-mannered beast till the false knight and his wife appear, when he tries to tear their throats. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Robert Green Ingersoll Religion tries to force all minds into one mold. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Miles Franklin Too, in autobiographies, the hero of the narrative tries to deprecate his goodness, while at the same time he often endeavours to depict himself as a saint worthy of wings. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

It is a small still voice, which, however small, can be heard through and above the roar of cant which tries to drown it. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

And now He tries us with fire. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

But if I am some way off and he can’t see me he tries to jump out to get to me. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

George Borrow If they follows me, I tries to baffle them, by means of jests and laughter; and if they persist, I uses bad and terrible language, of which I have plenty in store. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray Or perhaps the family has looked at the dreadful paper beforehand, and weakly tries to hide it. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins Be a Christian for the future, and never again try to injure a man unless he tries to injure you. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

She actually believes the brute tries to jump out of the aquarium to get to her. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Sinclair Lewis They say he tries to make people think he’s a poet — carries books around and pretends to read ’em. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It was a true night fog of the tropics, that, born after sunset, tries to creep back into the warm bosom of the sea before sunrise. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson He tries to be a good father; he boasts himself a libertine. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Everybody tries to talk and write like Cadenus, since it has been discovered that to be half a savage and more than half a beast is the shortest road to a woman’s favour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell I call it a very fine thing to think of what he does or tries to do. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

We’re only waiting until she tries to take in a whole pint of milk instead of half a one in the morning, and then his little game will be up. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

William Hazlitt In the scenes where he tries to work Othello to his purpose, he is proportionably guarded, insidious, dark, and deliberate. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Sinclair Lewis Wah-h-h-h-h!” “— but Istra, oh, gee! you’re like poetry — like all them things a feller can’t get but he tries to when he reads Shakespeare and all those poets. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

William Hazlitt The scenes in which she laments and tries to account for Othello’s estrangement from her are exquisitely beautiful. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Olaf Stapledon When he tries to do so, he fails to break the old habits. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

He starts off with an exordium by which he tries to change the minds of the contesting chiefs, bidding them consider by opposing one another they give occasion of joy to their enemies. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

He is determined to visit the ways of life, to find the exit of the maze, and so tries every opening, unalarmed. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Robert Louis Stevenson One Dicksee, a grazier, tries it on: gives him a guinea. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev After prolonged efforts, it somehow gets better, crawls, tries to open its wings . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith Vernon tries hard to think it does. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Fechner, on the contrary, tries to trace the superiorities due to the more collective form in as much detail as he can. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I pity the fellow that buys him,   He’ll find in a very short space, No matter how highly he tries him,   The beggar won’t RACE in a race. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

John Galsworthy Will that door hold if he tries to break it down? Shall we put the bed against it?” “If we do we should never sleep. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

A furious gale attacks him like a personal enemy, tries to grasp his limbs, fastens upon his mind, seeks to rout his very spirit out of him. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

In one or two instances, he obtains a glimpse of it — as Moses obtained a vision of the promised land — from afar; when he tries to get nearer, he presents us with mere sensualism. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

H. G. Wells It tries him dreadfully having his game improved, but he will do it. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

One tries in vain to imagine a crime for which the peine forte et dure of sixteen hours on camel-back would not be a full and sufficient expiation. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Well, what’s any one, if he’s ever so game, to do? If he tries to draw a weapon, or move ever so little, he’s rapped at that second. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Thomas Hardy Ah, it tries the nerves at night, especially if you are not very well; though we don’t often hear it at the Great House.’ ‘That sound is certainly very dismal. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H.P. Lovecraft Those investigations and discoveries have left their mark upon him; so that his voice trembles when he tells them, and his hand trembles when he tries to write of them. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George MacDonald The coward who tries to be brave is before the man who is brave because he is made so, and never had to try. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Leslie Stephen He does this with “mathematical precision;” he tries an experiment upon human nature; and with the result that “nothing solid, nothing valuable is left in his system but wisdom and virtue. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Andrew Lang Odysseus, in the Odyssey, tries to procure poison for his arrow-heads. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Whenever Fechner tries to represent him clearly, his God becomes the ordinary God of theism, and ceases to be the absolutely totalized all-enveloper. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

But He tries us to the utmost. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

At that word he found out how prison tries the nerves. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing It was the gaze of one who tries humbly to understand, and longs to sympathise. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Sinclair Lewis I found a job for him, in an office, but do you think he appreciates it? Well, a man who tries to do something for mankind gets to expect ingratitude. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence But there he is, before every woman he unfurls his male attractiveness, displays his great desirability, he tries to make every woman think how wonderful it would be to have him for a lover. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Far more than any other man, whom it has been my fortune to meet, he makes himself felt by one who tries a case against him. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

D. H. Lawrence Our mechanical age tries to override it. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence The rabbit boy sucks an orange, slobbers in the tea, insists on coffee and milk, tries a piece of lemon, and gets a biscuit. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

But, when one tries to catch him and pin him down on the dissecting-table, he turns out to be exasperatingly elusive. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells A man who tries to behave as he conceives he should behave, may be satisfactorily honest in restraining, ignoring and disavowing many of his innate motives and dispositions. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hughes East seizes Tom’s arm and tries to pull him away, but is knocked back by one of the boys, and Tom is dragged along, struggling. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

He tries to re-read by firelight “Barnaby Rudge,” which he must almost know by heart, but it is of no use. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George MacDonald Mr. Raymond writes the stories, and then tries them on me. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Gissing A winter in London tries any man — it does me, I know. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells He is enormously rich and he tries to astonish people with his wealthjust as you have dreamt of astonishing people. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

W. H. Hudson A simple mental experiment may serve to convince any person who tries it that the sensations of smell do not reproduce themselves in the mind. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Thus he had never had much trouble with the kind of girl who infatuates a foolish “elder son,” and then, maybe, tries to extract an enormous sum out of him by a threat of a breach of promise case. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The school of diplomacy in which I have been brought up tries to work without such ignoble means. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Henry James But I’ll tell you what he does do,” she continued: “he tries to make me presents. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Anthony Trollope Nobody can be good who tries to separate me from my husband. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Everybody in this house tries to avoid me. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He tries to lift his leaden hand to unloose the locked fingers that hurt his neck. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

Olaf Stapledon In one of his letters, he said, “Children must be allowed to develop in their own way, of course, and learn their own lessons; but one tries to help them to avoid some of one’s own mistakes. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

F. Scott Fitzgerald She’s locked herself into her room, and if he tries any brutality she’s going to turn the light out and on again. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing She worries so about you, and then tries to forget the trouble — you know how. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Bridget detests her, and yet tries to nurse her and to do all she can to lessen her sufferings: but it is an unthankful office. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James A bad woman tries to marry an honourable man, who doesn’t know how bad she is, and they who do know step in and push her back. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Guard the prisoner, you two, and shoot him if he tries any games. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

So I tries the same stunt, thinkin’ it might pacify him. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

John Galsworthy But I’ve seen a lot of tries at that, and it always ends in one bloke swallerin’ the rest. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Also the young white-haired one, the aristocrat, tries to stammer out, at great length, a few words. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Of course, if he tries to make himself agreeable (which he never does to me), it makes a difference, it affects everything — it affects even his looks. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Meredith So Nevil tries to horse Drew, and Drew proposes to horse Nevil, as at school. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Morrison He tries again and again, and although once there is something very like ‘que,’ and once something like a word preceded by a negative ‘n,’ the whole thing is meaningless. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

M. Vandeloup tries to wrench the poison from her, whereupon she flings it into the garden. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Gissing Denzil tries to persuade us now and then that the North Cape has quite a balmy atmosphere, especially from December to March. He is quite safe. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Lewis Carroll Q. Y. Z. tries a rather complex algebraic solution, and succeeds in finding the time of meeting correctly: all else is wrong. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

If he tries it again, I shall just think. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I imagine he must have suffered from tropical fevers, but not so much as he tries to make out. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

You’ll have to sit next to him at the back and give me warning if he tries to get up to any tricks. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

He counteracts all the intrigues by which that rat-faced little rascal, Shaykh Hasan el-‘Ukbi, tries to breed mischief between friends. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Wilkie Collins You’re in luck’s way! Perry tries me at the long Sprint to-day. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

D. H. Lawrence Anyhow, I feel great grasping white hands in the air, wanting to get hold of the throat of anybody who tries to live, to live beyond money, and squeeze the life out. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley He tries to enter into conversation with the magpie, who, however, cuts him dead, and walks off to look at the prospect. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Ivan Turgenev He tries to pass for a wolf, and then slinks off like a dog. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Once we’ve got that bit of him registered he can’t never escape us—no, not if he tries ever so. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fact is that when the British author tells his own story he tries to make himself respectable, and the more respectable a man is the less interesting does he become. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Thomas Paine Our feelings, imprisoned by their magnitude, find no way out — and, in the struggle of expression, every finger tries to be a tongue. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Walter Besant As for the mischief which he tries to work between his honour and myself, there, indeed, I defy him. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Charles Dickens Jerkins and quarter-staves are in the streets again, the nightly watch is set, the rebel, sad and lonely in his Tower dungeon, tries to sleep and weeps for home and children. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

H.P. Lovecraf His room is filled with books of the tamest and most puerile kind, and hour after hour he tries to lose himself in their feeble pages. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Wilkie Collins The boat upsets as usual; the poor dear man tries to save them — and is drowned along with them for his pains. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Charles Kingsley Trebooze comes up to it, tries to scramble over, mutters something, and sits down astride of a bough. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Wilkie Collins Hints, however, are not enough to satisfy the doctor’s innocent curiosity; he tries to induce me to relate in detail what I have myself seen and felt. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

In the postscript were these words, “Should you see my brother, as you are almost certain to do, tell him that, dearly as I love him, I shall not let him find me if he tries for a hundred years. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

William Makepeace Thackeray The second commissioner tries the “Silver Lion”— tolerable house, bed, dinner, bill and so forth. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins Richard Wardour tries his strength on the boat. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

George Meredith It tries us more than anything else in the world—well, just as good eating tries the constitution. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Leslie Stephen When Nestor, in the eleventh book, rouses Diomed at night, Pope naturally smoothes down the testy remark of the sleepy warrior; but he tries to improve Nestor’s directions. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Every “surprise” packet had its cracker; and these the lads pulled at gallantly, delighted with the noise, while the girls shut their eyes, making many tries before the explosion took place. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The doctor, who will never believe that a white man can be a fool, tries almost every night to engage him in what he still calls ‘cultured conversation’; but the results are very unsatisfying. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Gissing If you refuse, there will be a policeman ready to arrest him as soon as he comes to the mill; if he tries to escape, a warrant will be issued. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

In his speech he tries to advise him and at the same time deprecate his anger. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle Suppose he tries to cross, his camel breaks its legs, and he himself is sucked in and swallowed. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

D. H. Lawrence But suddenly she lifted her head again swiftly, like a thing that tries to get free. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’ll be twenty-two of us on Saturday night, and any one who tries to stop us won’t be in church on Sunday morning. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

In passing by, Tobin kicks her foot without intentions, and, being polite to ladies when in drink, he tries to give his hat a twist while apologising. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Rudyard Kipling The town of departure is full of pack-ponies who are not used to it, and every third animal tries to get a kick at his friends in the shafts. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

From twenty until death he tries to conceal it. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Olaf Stapledon The ruling class tries to maintain the old order against the rising power of a new productive class which has come into being as the wielders of the new productive forces. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Be quick — don’t make a noise now; we’ll wait here in case he tries to bolt back the same way he came, which he probably will do. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Olaf Stapledon I am like one who, in the last extremity of mental fatigue, tries to recapture the more penetrating intuitions that he achieved in his lost freshness. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Cloete tries to show him that the fellow can do nothing; but George thinks that some sort of scandal may be forced on, anyhow. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning If to conquer love, has tried, To conquer grief, tries more, as all things prove; For grief indeed is love and grief beside. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

Bram Stoker She tries the door, and finding it locked, goes about the room searching for the key. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins She tries to change the subject. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Louisa May Alcott She tries very hard, and I know you will be pleased with her improvement when you come. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He tries to stop it, can’t, doubles up like a ruler, and almost coughs his guts out. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell They’ll not thank them as tries to put it out. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Rudyard Kipling Never tries to get men in quietly, and make them comfortable like Fung–Tching did. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Meredith Out pops old Nevil, tries to get the man on his back. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He is striving to bring the sons of men into closer spiritual truth with each other and with God, as Salathiel tries to prevent the material destruction of the city. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Sigmund Freud Her younger sister tries to hand her up, from the stalls, a large lump of coal, alleging that she had not known that it would be so long, and that she must by this time be miserably cold. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

William Hope Hodgson The rustle of the paper, tries my brain. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Louis Stevenson Take Shenstone, for instance, and watch that elegant author as he tries to grapple with the facts of life. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle It is conceivable that the fellow might hold it back to see what bids come from this side before he tries his luck on the other. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

George Meredith Nothing to do tries the virtue of the best. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson So-and-so tries to light fireworks with the most indifferent success. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whoever tries to turn the civil war into a social revolution is playing into the hands of the Fascists and is in effect, if not in intention, a traitor. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Andrew Lang Yet, when the predestined AEneas tries to pluck the bough of gold, it yields reluctantly (cunctantem), contrary to what the Sibyl has foretold. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Anton Chekhov To avoid burning his mouth Ivan Matveyitch tries to take a tiny sip. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Caroline Lamb How pale the withered cheek—how faint the smile that tries to make light and conceal the evil under which the soul is writhing. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Thomas Wolfe Now she slides out of her chair and, with face averted, tries to glide past Fox, out of the room. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Rudyard Kipling One tries to make their life pleasant, but ——” she threw out her hands towards the woods. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our lady enters the room, advances to the bureau, and either opens it or tries to do so. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells She tries to pass it off as humorous”— my aunt pulled a grimace —“it isn’t humorous! See! We’re on the up-grade now, fair and square. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

William Morris The old and dying order, once silent and all- powerful, tries to express itself violently, and becomes at once noisy and weak. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

I have the lancet with the snake poison, and if he tries to get out of the door or the window you know very well that every exit is watched. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Mark Twain HE can’t bear to see the child in that peril (a man of a different make COULD), and so he tries to save the child, and loses his life. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling On such occasions youth feigns an air of polite interest and reverence, while age tries to look virtuous. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Radclyffe Hall It’s as though what Ralph lacks in virility, he tries to make up for by being revengeful. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald I believe Rupert Hughes tries to give a real, comprehensive picture of American life, but his style and perspective are barbarous. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Oscar Wilde A great artist invents a type, and Life tries to copy it, to reproduce it in a popular form, like an enterprising publisher. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he’s hardly like other folk; he tries father at times, though I think father’ll be tender of him when I’m gone, for my sake. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Alexey Iványtch tries to oblige me to marry him. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Abraham Merri That tries to pull me from you — from all — to drift untroubled in some vast calm filled with an ordered ecstasy of peace. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

What does he think Mr. Peck’s chances are?” “If Mr. Gerrish tries to get him dismissed? He doesn’t know; he’s quite in the dark. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins He tries again; and, this time, an answering hail reaches us faintly through the white fog. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

It is certain that the common sense of mankind never dreams of using any such principle when it tries to discriminate between conscious states that are knowledge and conscious states that are not. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Leslie Stephen Yet when we notice how every epithet tells, and how perfectly the writer does what he tries to do, we may understand why Pope extorted contemporary admiration. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Henry James A girl who tries to be statuesque at sea — that will act on one’s nerves!’ ‘I don’t know what she tries to be, but she succeeds in being very handsome. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Only I’m blest if I’m not sorry for the cannibal as tries to eat your head. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anyone possessing the psychic gift who denies or tries to smother it is not only unwise but selfish. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Gissing The sense of servitude will grow intolerable—embarrassing all he tries to do—all his public and private life. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

G. K. Chesterton It is the countryman who has not succeeded in being a countryman who comes up to London. It is the clerk who has not succeeded in being a clerk who tries (on vegetarian principles) to be a countryman. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

They said, “If the Home Government tries to abolish our slavery system, we will abolish the Home Government, and go to the United States for protection. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

G. K. Chesterton Bernard Shaw, as I have said, was never national enough to be domestic; he was never a part of his past; hence when he tries to interpret tradition he comes a terrible cropper, as in this case. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells You get a Decree Nisi, and once more the Court tries to make me come back. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Funny thing, but I fancy the old chap tries to make himself out a bigger bounder than God meant him to be. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. G. Wells Obviously. It tries to impose an ever-blessed-Virgin upon you who is just solid goodness all through, like marzipan. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith Adversity is the inspector of our constitutions; she simply tries our muscle and powers of endurance, and should be a periodical visitor. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I consent on condition that La Ramee tries them with me. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

There are interminable Hamlet-like conversations in which Karl tries to decide which is worse, being hungry or sleeping with an old woman. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Sinclair Lewis But he used to be in a tailor shop in Minneapolis (they do say he’s a smart needle-pusher, at that) and he tries to let on that he’s a regular city fellow. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson Number three: she, or the demon that inhabits her body, a creature powerful and deadly, tries to gain admittance. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

If he tries to get away he will destroy the—the sporting chance I mentioned just now. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

She tries him, however: he has had a stormy courtship for such a calm character; but you see it all ends in victory for him. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Virginia Woolf The moment, however, that one tries this method with the Elizabethan woman, one branch of illumination fails; one is held up by the scarcity of facts. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

And tries the best of his wrestling tricks, No paltry strife, But for life, dear life. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

G. K. Chesterton He is the least social of all Socialists; and I pity the Socialist state that tries to manage him. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

But when she tries to talk of serious business — poor Radie! she certainly does talk such nonsense! She can’t reason; she runs away with things. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling Fanning tries a bee’s temper, because she must always keep in the same place where she never seems to be doing any good, and, all the while, she is wearing out her only wings. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Wilkie Collins She tries to conceal it — but, oh, she is broken-hearted! Ask the farmer’s wife, if you don’t believe me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Willa Cather When he tries to put himself in the Yankee’s place, he attempts an impossible substitution. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

But he tries to make me be bad and as there is nobody in the house when he comes home drunk on Saturday night I dont know what to do but so far I didnt let him. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It isn’t in that it tries to make life less so. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Lewis Carroll Nolens Volens tries it by a process like “Achilles and the Tortoise”. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

George Gissing It was like the diver taking a long breath before he springs into the water, like the athlete reposing his sinews for a moment before he tries an enormous effort of strength. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He seemed the eternal example of what the upper class tries to be. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy There, see how a timid woman tries to fence herself in!’ ‘My dear lady-love, neither of those two high-handed courses should I have taken, even had you not stipulated against them. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H. G. Wells One tries not to be rude to them, but it is hard to believe they are not deliberately playing the fool with their brains. The New World Order by H. G. Wells