Phrases with "understood"

George Meredith She said “Victor”; she tried to smile:—I understood I was not to alarm him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Scenery, for its own sake, he rarely cared to describe; but no one better understood how to reproduce the combined effect of scenery and weather on the predisposed mind. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope And he resented all this the more in his heart because he understood very well how clever and cunning was the son of his enemy. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James I came here as a particular favor to Mr. Sloane; it was expressly understood so. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

I understood that he refused to let me in. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

At last he understood that this was an execution. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton But if the professor understood his book, the girl in Florida understood him; and Betton was fully alive to the superior qualities of discernment which this process implied. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Grey, though he was quite willing to shelf himself, understood it all, and knocked them about in the chambers that afternoon with unwonted severity. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells Here were things I knew and understood completely and that I could not even describe to Rachel. What would she make of Mary’s “Write to me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Ford Madox Ford He continued staring hard at Tietjens. The phrase was singular in that place and at that hour, but Tietjens understood it to mean that he did not want his battalion discipline to go to pieces. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle I understood that one of my enemies had come to grief in trying to get over the pig-sty. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope She saw it all and understood it all, and deliberately determined to take advantage of his weakness. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Baldwin Spencer It must be understood that they are always under the control of the Alatunja, without whose consent they cannot be touched even by the man who has, under his direction, special charge of them. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope Lord Mount Thistle was more sublime and ponderous than ever, though they who best understood the party declared that he would never again be invited to undergo the cares of office. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo The wretched people in distress on board the Matutina understood at once the mysterious derision which mocked their shipwreck. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope He had felt that the hand had been dropped, and had understood something of the reason. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing But Glazzard and I have always understood each other pretty well, and—at all events, he knows me well enough to be satisfied with as much as I choose to tell him. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Gerald had, at first, formally requested him to bring Jennie to see her, but she never had called herself, and Jennie understood quite clearly that it was not to be. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne The engineer, when he found himself in the desert, and the locomotive without cars, understood what had happened. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton He saw that his safety lay in this, and reassurance began to steal over him as he understood that the last danger he was exposed to was that of being too closely scrutinized or interrogated. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

I felt myself in a manner base and ungrateful when I thought I was to share wealth that might have been yours; but I ought to have better understood the justice of my husband’s mind. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Tobias Smolle I would actually give a vast sum for a sight of that manuscript, which must be inestimable; and, if I understood the process, would set about it immediately. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope If those who understood the matter said that more was coming to him, he supposed that he would get it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope Then Nokes gave it to be understood very plainly that it was the settled practice of his life to give Harry Heathcote a thrashing. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But Parker had simply told her that she understood nothing about business. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James What befooled me was to think of it as my property! And I had made it mine — no one else had studied it as I had, no one else understood it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

H. G. Wells He understood why he was bitter; he did his best not to be bitter, but taking thought about it could not make him sweet. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

There was much to which she alone had the clue, too deep, and too obscurely hinted, to be understood at a glance. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope It was thoroughly dishonest, and he understood the dishonesty. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling She understood Peters from the word “go. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Robert Audley understood the meaning of that vivid blush. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Edith Wharton Susy understood that, even before the discovery of her transaction with Ellie Vanderlyn, Nick had secretly wearied, if not of his wife, at least of the life that their marriage compelled him to lead. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

The dialect of Derr2 is strange and barbarous; but we felt as if we understood every word she uttered. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He repeatedly nodded to him in a hurried manner, as if to say that he understood and would obey; and then got out of his sight by slipping aside between the cabins. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Edgar Allan Poe Every succeeding wave of thought overwhelmed me with new terror, for, alas! I well, too well understood that to think, in my situation, was to be lost. The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe [1845]

George Meredith He understood better the fear she expressed of meeting Georgiana. Nevertheless, she exhibited none on entering the house, and returned Georgiana’s embrace with what strength was left to her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton But since she felt that he understood her also, his business would be to make her see Beaufort as he really was, with all he represented — and abhor it. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

This is how Mary understood the marriage tie. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell So much was understood through eyes that could not be put into words. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H. Rider Haggard I never mentioned him to Angela Caresfoot for two reasons, first, because I have not come across her, and secondly, because I understood that Philip Caresfoot did not wish it. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson Then, however, and all of a sudden, as if some inner consciousness had understood them, and now gave bodily warning of it; suddenly, his knees began to shake, and he was forced to sit down. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Some sarcastic words had fallen from him of which Augustus had not understood the bitterness. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I understood now why Chvabrine so persistently followed her up. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Trollope You will have understood all that?” “Yes; I understand. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce He understood little or nothing of it at first but he became slowly aware that his father had enemies and that some fight was going to take place. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Essex understood what had happened and did not hesitate. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope She understood and valued the customs of the magic line. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He not only trusted Jim, he understood him, I firmly believe. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

G. K. Chesterton A hundred times I’ve looked at that dragon and hated it and never understood it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope All this was understood thoroughly by both the men. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

If he had thoroughly understood the conditions, I concluded, he had better jump into the first gharry he could see and drive on to Stein’s house for his final instructions. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope Then she had thrust the thing aside, and had clearly understood — she thought that she had clearly understood — that life for her must be a matter of business. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France The ardent praises of Choulette, which he understood vaguely, awakened this affection in him. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

H. G. Wells Bodisham drummed with the fingers of one hand on the table and Steenhold understood how he felt and thought. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

G. K. Chesterton He understood that plain rage against plain political injustice; he understood again that obvious vindictiveness and that obvious brutality which followed. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

The action was understood by all who had listened to what went before. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Edith Wharton She understood now that she had gradually adjusted herself to the new image of her husband as he was, as he would always be. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Machen The armlet had the letters “C.W.” on it, which are understood to mean Coast Watcher. The Watcher “said he had strict instructions to keep everybody away from the marsh. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Anthony Hope He understood that, cost what it might, they would not let him declare his errand to the king or betray Mr. Rassendyll’s presence. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Guy de Maupassant He understood nothing, be knew nothing more, he felt dazed, stupefied, mad, as if he had just fallen on his head, and he scarcely even remembered the dreadful things the servant had told him. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Anthony Trollope At about three o’clock Frank Greystock was at Fawn Court. Now it was certainly understood that Mr. Greystock had been told not to come to Fawn Court as long as Lucy Morris was there. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Now he thought she understood him, and feared; now he was sure she did not, and despaired. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Jack London At that time he had not understood their language, if by LANGUAGE might be dignified the uncouth sounds they made to represent ideas. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Rudyard Kipling Anna, accustomed to her ways, understood and went to it. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

To those who understood the mission of the man with the bag, and were moreover acquainted with the excitability of the nerves of Mr. Simon Tuggs, it was quite comprehensible. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Thomas Wolfe And by that time George thought he understood it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells What did they think he meant to do? In a moment he understood their tactics, and his resolution was taken. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Theodore Dreiser It was generally understood that the child must not appear, and so it did not. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope How little Lady Baldock understood her. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb She would have gazed up at him trustingly out of her autumn-tinted eyes; she would have embodied all the spiritual glories of which he dreamed; and she would have understood nothing. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Rafael Sabatini Asad heard and understood that Marzak, too, perceived what was here to do; tighter upon him became temptation’s grip; but tighter, too, became the grip of a temptation of another sort. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Walter Besant One of the priests bent over him and gave him, as I understood the gesture, the last absolution as to one in articulo mortis. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood understood this quite as well as Gotloeb, if not better. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather Mrs. Harsanyi understood that this was one of the times when his wife was a part of the drudgery, of the “common, common world. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Walter Scott Achilles Tatius, the moment he saw his confidant, made him a sign, which Hereward understood as conveying a desire to speak with him after the proclamation was over. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Anthony Trollope It must be understood that among the poorer classes in the south and west of Ireland it is almost rare for a married woman to call herself or to be called by her husband’s name. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton What Ralph understood and appreciated was Mrs. Spragg’s unaffected frankness in talking of her early life. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Anthony Trollope She knew it all before — all this that he had to say to her, or she would hardly have understood it from his words, they were so rapid and vehement. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Juror No. 2, on the contrary, Simon Glassberg, a clothier, thought he understood how it all came about, and decided to vote for acquittal. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George MacDonald But before saying anything about it, he read it over aloud, and Diamond thought he understood it much better already. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Gissing Had he known his brother well, Piers would have understood that this exhibition of fine courtesy meant a peculiar interest on Daniel’s part. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf The father and daughter would have been quite content, apparently, to eat their dinner in silence, or with a few cryptic remarks expressed in a shorthand which could not be understood by the servants. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson But though the Prince understood the reproof, his weakness prevailed. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope She understood this so well that she went about the house fearless on that evening — fearless as regarded the moment, fearful only as regarded the morrow. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein All the calamity that shows origin and design is that which when it is understood is redetermined all this is entitled readministration. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope But with this fact, understood between them to be a fact — namely, that Lucinda would be sure to hate any man whom she might accept — they both agreed that the marriage had better go on. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And the squire understood that Florence Mountjoy had been the cause of Harry’s misfortune. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Algernon Blackwood The younger man understood that in a hinterland of this size there might well be depths of wood that would never in the life of the world be known or trodden. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

George Gissing These are wonderful old stories, not to be understood literally. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Gustave Flauber But how were they to make the necessity of an interminable battle understood by all these disheartened people, who were still bleeding from their wounds. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

He understood the cause of Marie-Anne’s distorted features now. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton She sat facing Selden, repeating mechanically: “No, she has never been understood —— ” and all the while she herself seemed to be sitting in the centre of a great glare of comprehension. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope He was astonished to find how completely she understood his position, and how thoroughly she sympathised with his interests. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He understood Spanish fairly well. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anatole France Be informed from the outset, my son, that the sense of the Bible is figurative, and that the capital error of the theologians was to take it literally, whereas it is to be understood as symbolical. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

H. G. Wells He understood why his mind was no longer moving forward with any alacrity. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Trollope Of all this Lord Chiltern understood nothing, but Lady Chiltern understood it all. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

This was how a beautiful lady who had hunted in the forests of St. Germain and Fontainebleau understood sport; and such performances as this Angela found easy and agreeable. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Maria Edgeworth Oliver was delighted to find that he understood Howard’s manner of explaining: his own opinion of himself rose with the opinion which he saw his instructor had of his abilities. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton The one woman knew but did not understand; the other, it sometimes seemed, understood without knowing. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Edith Wharton But I understood from Delane that she was still abroad with her daughter. The Spark by Edith Wharton

He had always, it seemed, been too close to them; he understood how small his feeble little understanding was. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Leon Trotsky Thus the church understood the right of asylum as the right of the persecuted to an asylum, and not as an arbitrary exercise of will on the part of pagan or Christian priests. My Life by Leon Trotsky

But then Mrs. Elwyn never interfered with Hugh, as he understood his friends’ mothers so often interfered with them and with their private affairs. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Miles Franklin He understood and loved his pupils, and would not have aspersions cast upon them. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H. G. Wells The world in these days was not really governed at all, in the sense in which government came to be understood in subsequent years. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Arnold Bennett In her fancy she endowed their conversations with the inexplicable attractiveness of masculinity, as masculinity is understood by women alone. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

I knew what a stepmother was like from the stories grandmother used to tell me, and I understood that sudden thoughtfulness. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope At last it came to be understood among them that they must have some friend to act with them. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

The Swede was as much distressed as Morrison; for he understood the other’s feelings perfectly. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Anthony Trollope He might say what he liked to her; but she understood that she was not at liberty to shew to others words which had been addressed to her in the freedom of perfect intimacy. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope It was an understood thing, in all circles which knew anything, that old Mr. Scarborough could not live another month. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope It may, therefore, be understood that poor Lady Frances was sadly in want of comfort during the sojourn at Königsgraaf. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He was wandering a little when I first came in, but brightened wonderfully afterwards, and quite understood who I was. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

William Morris So I turned me about to Hugh, and he understood me though I could not speak. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Anthony Trollope Those who knew the archdeacon well perfectly understood the causes of his extravagance. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But they all understood each other, and were agreed that everything was to be done to induce papa to accept Mr Rowan’s offer. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And at that I understood the smell of burning wood, the slumbrous murmur that was growing now into a gusty roar, the red glow, and the Morlocks’ flight. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Elio Patty understood the great sorrow that was come upon them, and tried to check her sobs as she heard her papa’s footsteps. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

He understood that there was some suggestion of a future partnership. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Colonel Tempest had before had his doubts whether the doctor understood his case, but now they were confirmed. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope He did not know that in saying all this he was offering his son as a husband to Lady Mabel, but she understood it as thoroughly as though he had spoken the words. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood And this, perhaps, was what drove him to seek the comforting companionship of folk he understood and felt at home with. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Henry James I felt by this time that I understood my theory, but I was not obliged to believe that Mrs. Brissenden did. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Edith Wharton Archer understood that he ran the risk of having his mandate withdrawn, and for some obscure reason he disliked the prospect. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Pu Songling Wang understood that the mysterious hunters came from the little temple. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Your return to England appears to have done what we understood to be impossible—restored your wife’s reason. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

At first he believed I understood Persian. I have frequent disputes with him concerning the difference of our customs, particularly the confinement of women. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin understood at once that somewhere, it might be close at hand, or it might be a mile away, the presence of another steamer had been detected. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope You have never understood Lucinda.” “I hope Griff will understand her, that’s all. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson He must let the fellow see that he understood him. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Of course in such a condition of affairs it would be understood that Lizzie was one of the elders. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Angerstyne understood it at once; it needed not the almost bridal robes of white silk and lace to enlighten him. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Henry Handel Richardson And Walwala, where he understood there had never been a resident practitioner, seemed to offer an opening. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

George Borrow He addressed me in his native language, and, finding that I understood him, he commenced talking with astonishing volubility. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Borrow Now, have you understood me?’ ‘I am afraid, indeed, it will all end ill,’ said Belle. ‘Hold your tongue,’ said I, ‘or you will make me lose my patience. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope She understood that the weakness of her aunt’s caution was due to the old lady’s sense of charity and dislike of slander. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins She spoke to this man, asking him if he understood French. He answered that he understood a little. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope Had Bold been judging of another lover and of another lady, he might have understood all this as well as we do; but in matters of love men do not see clearly in their own affairs. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens You comprehend me?’ Hugh understood him perfectly. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

That young man understood her constitution as nobody else had ever understood it, she told her gossips, and that young man would make his way. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Rudyard Kipling Now, remember!” She understood perfectly, but the minute I released her she mouthed my right wrist once more, and waited with her ears back and all her body flattened, ready to bite. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Algernon Blackwood And then he understood vaguely why he was only warm — not dead. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood Knowledge, as Julius understood the word, was identifying himself with the object: it became part of the substance of the mind: it was known from within. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arnold Bennett Maggie and Edwin understood each other on the whole very well. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing He understood that Mallard would not even permit an allusion to anything save the plain circumstances which had come to light. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Helen Zimmern She understood children, knew them, sympathized with them. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The next moment he understood it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Julian’s eyes had told her that Julian understood her at last! Lady Janet turned to her nephew once more, and addressed him in the hardest words that she had ever spoken to her sister’s son. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He understood now why that blow had been given. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Guy de Maupassan At last Marius’ coat began to shake; no doubt, he understood the cause of all this mirth, and he giggled himself, beneath his big hat. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

What is commonly called a magnetick meridian is not really magnetick, nor is it really a meridian, but it is understood to pass through the termini of the variation on the horizon. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Arnold Bennett Tell me frankly what has been going on between you and Mr. Povey. I have never understood the meaning of that scene in the cutting-out room. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She understood that the prosecuting attorney charged all the comrades with guilt, not singling out any one of them. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne They understood then what fate awaited them next day at dawn, and also with what cruel torture this death would be preceded. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne John Mangles understood his business. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The masters moved as it were in another world, and, as the classes were large, they understood me as little as I understood them. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

She did not know the reason, but she understood that he was bitterly ashamed to see his mother, that, beyond any other possible disaster, that was the one he dreaded. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Dickens This walk was common to all the male members of Sleary’s company, and was understood to express, that they were always on horseback. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

She understood that more terrible things were shortly to occur. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

But when you led me to talk just now, when the name turned up, when you understood that it was of me that these things had been said, you showed a strange emotion. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Louisa May Alcott Mrs. March put the note in the fire, the money in her purse, and went on with her preparations, with her lips folded tightly in a way which Jo would have understood if she had been there. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope She understood perfectly all those ideas which Lady Albury had expressed to her well-loved friend. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The young man understood and got to his feet. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

But he understood types; and his customers were publishers, a wealthy and judicious class, who were not likely all to fail together. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Anthony Trollope Its duration cannot be understood — that there should have been a time before time existed. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The only word Boots understood was “Xolotl,” and, that was tossed from mouth to mouth with significant frequency. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Ivan Turgenev Looking at her, it suddenly seemed to me that I understood the life of nature, understood its clear and unmistakable though, to many, still mysterious significance. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Bram Stoker I think he understood my look. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope Of Sir Magnus it was hinted that he was afraid of his wife; but in truth he desired it to be understood that all the disagreeable things done at the Embassy were done by Lady Mountjoy, and not by him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Now he understood the reason of Allins’s journey. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

A. E. W. Mason She understood the question in his mind and answered it. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

It is perfectly well understood that there will be on the table six water bottles, for the purpose of keeping the bouquets fresh. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Anthony Trollope We understood at Home that Mrs. Talboys had a considerable family — four or five children, we were told; but she brought with her only one daughter, a little girl about twelve years of age. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Walter Besant Yet this day shall I never forget, nor the “joy of battle” spoken of by Homer, and now understood by me. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope Yours always, F. HOUSTON It was a long rambling letter, without a word in it of solid clearly-expressed meaning; but Imogene, as she read it, understood very well its real purport. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

It is understood that I am innocent in this affair. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

All he understood was that everything was not over yet. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If she had understood only a word or two and let it fall before Pryde! It was an awkward moment. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Hart understood his work very well;—so, it is hoped, does the reader. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Gissing To the rich, illness has none of the worst horrors only understood by the poor. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing It was by this time understood that, on leaving school, he should come into the shop, and there qualify himself for the business of a chemist. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing But it is time that we understood each other. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Sir Richard Burton And she uttered words and muttered charms, some of which we understood and others we understood not. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Andrew Lang When the negro understood that he was being abused, he cried: ‘Come along! I will put you into such a state that the birds of the air will weep for you. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Her only doubt was whether she had better go to her brother at Berlin or to his wife at Exeter. She understood perfectly now the nature of those mistaken suspicions which filled her brother’s mind. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Oliver Goldsmith Whenever I made any observation that looked like a challenge to controversy, he would smile, shake his head, and say nothing; by which I understood he could say much, if he thought proper. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

George Meredith Yet he had not mentioned him during the walk; and Clara took it for a sign that the boy understood the entire satisfaction Willoughby had in mere shows of affection, and acted up to it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope But they too allied themselves with the dominant party, it being quite understood that as long as the old man lived Robert was and would be the most potent member of the family. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James People understood life quite as well as we do. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope On the Duke’s own private list was the name of Madame Goesler. Lady Glencora understood it all. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She understood that Northway was really nothing to her. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope He was angry with his mother, having not had the wit to see that she was about to give way and yield to him, and he was determined to make it understood that in this matter he would have his own way. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Lady Eustace understood this, and relented. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Suddenly he understood that she wished to see the stars once more, the stars they had watched together from the open downland in that wild honeymoon of theirs five years ago. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

It was an understood thing in the household that Mr. Treverton was going to marry Miss Malcolm and reign at Hazlehurst Manor. He walked slowly across the smooth, well-kept grass. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

What was the relation of the Oracles (and we would wish to be understood as speaking particularly of the Delphic Oracle) to the credulity of Greece? 2. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

George Gissing Each understood the other as referring to this point of Wednesday evening, but neither made a remark. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope Though Denot’s sight and speech were almost gone, the sense of hearing was still left to him, and he understood what Henri said. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott She said nothing, but Amy understood the look, and after a minute’s pause, she added gravely, “I wanted to speak to you about this, but I forgot it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]