Phrases with "understood"

Edmund Burke No crime so bold, but would be understood A Real, or at least a seeming good. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anthony Trollope He understood it all as well as the reader will understand it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing At the same moment she understood those mysterious hints concerning her sister in Widdowson’s letters. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Sigmund Freud Right and left, according to Stekel, are to be understood in dreams in an ethical sense. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Ivan Turgenev And Fabio understood her; he did not inflict that blow upon her. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

It is pleasing to be understood by a youth who loves hawk and hound better than books; for it offers the promise of popular appreciation in years to come. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Edith Wharton He understood that his own eyes must be unbearable, and turning away, rested his elbows on the mantel-shelf and covered his face. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Thomas Hobbes First, because they covenant, it is to be understood they are not obliged by former covenant to anything repugnant hereunto. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

I understood that the crash outside was caused by the porch, with its wooden pillars and tiled roof projection, falling down. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Maria Edgeworth His manner was not false; it was only properly polite, not tending to deceive any one who understood the tokens of conventional good breeding. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Sir Walter Scott On the present occasion, he turned a gaunt and ghastly stare upon the youthful astrologer, and seemed to doubt if he had rightly understood his answer to his patron. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Judith alone had understood him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope Emily understood it all herself. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He was quick, capable, and obliging, and thoroughly understood his work. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

The Spaniard understood it and brought the others back. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell But her quick, proud mind understood it all in an instant. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

James Payn Moreover, I understood it was his dying wish that his story should remain untold. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

D. H. Lawrence He understood in disconnected assertions of fact. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The following is the effect as I understood it. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I understood that they wanted to hang me, and I wanted not to be hung, desperately, from that moment. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some subscribed to the syndicate who hardly understood what were its objects. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

She understood him now, she thought, with completeness. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope He understood life, and the art of pleasing, and the necessity that he should please, too well to do so. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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]

James Joyce He understood our little failings, understood the weakness of our poor fallen nature, understood the temptations of this life. Dubliners by James Joyce

Do you understand?” Max replied that he understood perfectly well, but he was not quite certain that he altogether liked the idea. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope Her mother was to read it when it was written; that was understood to be the agreement between them; but there would be no reason why she should not be alone when she wrote it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant They loved only hunting, understood nothing else, talked only of that, lived only for that. The Wolf (Le Loup) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Let it be understood that you have money and are willing to spend it. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Meredith Apparently Georgiana understood the significance of this odd silence: she was perhaps touched by it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton Ralph understood the look, but hurried on. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Anthony Trollope That was the meaning of the caution, and so the Vicar understood it. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Catherine Helen Spence The opera, indeed, was a long one, but I understood from Mrs. Oliphant that encores were out of fashion. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Yet this must not be understood too literally; for it would be unjust to the Aztecs themselves, at least to their military prowess, to regard the Conquest as directly achieved by the Spaniards alone. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope This also Dr. Stanhope understood and allowed to pass by without remark. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray I speak to the railway porters and hackney coachmen in English, and they reply in their own language, and it seems somehow as if we understood each other perfectly. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

George Gissing Godwin understood these signs. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He understood now that the faint glow from the east window of the church must have illumined his figure to one sitting in the shadows. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Renzo, on his part, suffered not these days, long enough in themselves, to pass away in idleness: fortunately he understood two trades, and of these two chose that of a labourer. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Edith Wharton After her few hours at Altringham she had understood that he would wait for her as long as was necessary: the fear of the “other women” had ceased to trouble her. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George Gissing How can I be expected to look after such things?” “But surely it is not expected of you? I understood that Cecily had left a housekeeper. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins We understood his celebrity, from that moment — I wonder whether I can remember the sermon. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The Duchess understood what the heroic look had meant, and her respect for it was great. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope But I wish it to be understood that it was not my selected task to do so, and is not now my primary object. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry Lawson He understood his brother thoroughly, but his brother never understood him — that was where the trouble was. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

He had witnessed in his youth the ancient ceremonies and usages of his countrymen, understood the science of their quipus, and mastered many of their primitive traditions. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

And Viola’s eyes filled with tears, for she understood that language. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

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

Porthos understood him, and was silent immediately. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Walter Scott The family listened to the portions which she selected, as to some good thing which there was a merit in hearing with respect, whether it was fully understood or no. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Edith Wharton She understood now that if she had always been afraid of him it was just because she could never tell what she was afraid of . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Charles Dickens Bessy was so tired that she hardly understood what an escape it was; how far greater than even her companion understood. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Grimaud understood that it was to be a breakfast on the grass, took the basket, packed up the viands, added the bottles, and then took the basket on his arm. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Lucy Maud Montgomery She understood that she would have trouble in overcoming it; but she resolved wisely to say nothing more just then. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

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]

The disappointed gentleman thought he understood Miss Gertrude pretty well. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope The preparations went on, and it was quite understood that on this peculiar occasion Mrs. Carbuncle intended to treat her friends with profuse hospitality. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang They remain the beings whom Thackeray understood better than any other writer: Thackeray, who liked boys so much and was so little blind to their defects. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Louis XIV., to whom his mother had taught this axiom, together with many others, understood at once that the cardinal must be very ill. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope She knew that it was not because of his present trouble, which she understood to be terrible, but which she could not in truth comprehend. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Perhaps Barris understood — I don’t know, but he bade Pierpont drink his wine without further noise, and that young man obeyed with a childlike confidence which almost made Barris smile. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Morrison So I drove to a large hotel near Charing Cross — I avoid mentioning its name for reasons which will presently be understoodsent in my bag, and dined. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

D’Artagnan understood that orders of the most positive character had been given. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope It must be understood that it was a common practice throughout the States to make a family burying-ground in any secluded spot on the family property. North America by Anthony Trollope

It was conceivable that the Earl, after all, was dissembling, that he understood how dangerous it would be for him to leave England, and was only making a show. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Henry James They were so bad six months ago that I understood her, I thought, as breaking off. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

It was perfectly evident that the more the clerk read, the less the man with the blue apron understood about the matter. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jack London It must be understood that efficiency is not determined by the workers themselves, but is determined by the demand for labour. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

But that he understood what was done there I cannot believe, or he would not be sleeping here like a log. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

If I understood rightly that this prince is not her son, I do not see how it is that he can go into the women’s apartments. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Henry James M. Poupin meditated, and that evening confided his meditations to the companion who reduplicated all his thoughts and understood him better even than he understood himself. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

I understood not a word of what was said, except the reference to the Inquisition. I seized on that last word — I grasped, in my despair, at the heart of father and child. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Wilkie Collins If I had not understood what his words meant, his look would have enlightened me. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Theodore Dreiser She understood quite as well as any one how he liked to live. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather She did her whole duty by each of us, but it was generally understood among us that she’d have made burnt-offerings of us all for him any day. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Anthony Trollope He is not at home at present, but I understood that he will be here shortly. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edgar Allan Poe If our suggestions are truthful, then “after many days” shall they be understood as truth, even though found in contradiction of all that has been hitherto so understood. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Woolf Of course I do!” she said when she understood him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Corey understood something about horses, though in a passionless way, and he would have preferred to talk business when obliged to talk horse. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Do you understand, Patience?” Patience understood well enough, but knew not what reply to make. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Each understood the other perfectly. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Marguerite understood her husband’s look, and signed to Gillonne to withdraw. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins The chief answered mysteriously (as the Captain understood him) in these words: “Long time or short time, your life depends on it, and the lives of your men. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edith Wharton But from the very beginning,” she continued, “I felt there was no one as kind as you; no one who gave me reasons that I understood for doing what at first seemed so hard and — unnecessary. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Then I understood the sudden silence, and the banging of the door. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle I understood now why many of the symbols and hieroglyphs which I had seen around had impressed me with a vague familiarity. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Even in that crowded moment, Lucy understood suddenly how Dakers had managed to reach her final term at Leys without being knocked on the head by exasperated colleagues. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Theodore Dreiser It might as well be understood here, he said, that they were husband and wife. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope This strength the two clerks in Somerset House felt and enjoyed very keenly; and it may therefore be understood that the oilcloth manufactory was much out of favour with them. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It must be understood distinctly that if she is suffered to remain, she adopts an entirely different attitude. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

George Gissing He saw clearly the many points in which Arthur’s character differed from his own, but he understood also that it was on account of these very differences that he had grown so to like him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Will you have the kindness to appoint an hour on Sunday morning when I can speak with you in private? It must be understood that I shall see no one else. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle She understood and appreciated the motives upon which I had acted, and if the rest of her family condemned me, she, at least, would not forget. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

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

Kenneth Grahame Charlotte, to be sure, chin-tilted, at last an owner of real estate, might patronize a little at times; but it was tacitly understood that her “title” was only a drawing-room one. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

A. E. W. Mason He descended into the garden, but no one came to meet him; and he understood now from the uncut grass upon the lawn, the tangled disorder of the flowerbeds, that no one would come. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

I understood that the French were not at all like us. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

But he understood too the educated judgement of his governor, a gentleman looking on all this with the privileged detachment of a cultivated mind, of an elevated personality. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence He laughed, as if he understood what was not said, then, with an “Ah well!” he passed along the hall. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

George Gissing Let it be understood that you gradually abandon conversation such as this of to-night. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Algernon Blackwood It was like reading natural omens; I understood the significance that lay in omens; and in this delightful sense, but in no other, these natural signs were — ominous. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

He spoke of the mode of his escape, which was extremely ingenious, but of which the details, long in themselves, did not interest me, and I understood them too imperfectly to repeat. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

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]

Rudyard Kipling But the experience worked on my mind, as they say certain imperfectly understood rays work on the body. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

No street, as I understood the term, existed. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing The Leach family gave it to be understood by their friends that they had moved out of town because of Mrs. Leach’s health. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins This time, Emily understood him. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And she broke down because she suddenly understood why. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence But he understood a good deal of what was said, nevertheless. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Mrs Freemantle had sent him the invitation nearly a fortnight ago, and he understood there was to be an elaborate dinner party. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Nothing of the kind: Miss Edgeworth cannot have understood it. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Rudyard Kipling They put me into a cart with one of their wounded, and after a while I understood that they had fought against the Boer-log for two days and two nights. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

A minute after, I understood how futile it was. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Multifarious were the conjectures to which this course of conduct gave rise; but Ellen understood and approved his motives. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

H. Rider Haggard Still, he understood now that Francisco was a man of honest mind and gentle instincts, and naturally in this dilemma he turned to seek for counsel to his only white companion. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

This was my first experience of a night alarm, yet I understood at once that the passengers had made a mistake. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins He understood the respect which was due to the doctor’s motives at last. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope As soon as I understood my own feelings I endeavoured to make him understand them also. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins At last, my slow perceptions felt with her and understood her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Guy de Maupassan Madame Bondel obstinately refused to say what she had heard about these neighbors, allowing things to be understood without saying exactly what they were. The Test by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Before his visitors had been two minutes in the room, he understood the motive which had brought them to consult him, and sent for a telegraphic form. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence And the farmer, in a non-mental way, understood, understood even more than Somers. And then in the first dark they went down the hill with the wain, to part at the cottage door. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence Afterwards we understood that we had never expected such excellent spirit from our infantry, who fought cheerfully under machine-gun fire, and made clever use of ground. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope The matter would remedy itself elsewhere, and does it not do so here? This of course is so, and it is not to be understood that labor as a rule is defrauded of its hire. North America by Anthony Trollope

The fat warrant-officer, holding himself as though the effort of carrying his big stomach in front of him demanded a rigid carriage, understood with difficulty. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Anthony Trollope He understood the proposition in all its force. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry James She liked Mrs. Lemon better than any one she had seen in America; she was the only person who seemed to Lady Barb really simple, as she herself understood that quality. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Kenneth Grahame They understood him, they saw through him, they had got ahead of him. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Andrew Lang As soon as he understood what was happening, the wolf began to speak like an angry wolf, but was a little comforted when he remembered that the cheese still remained to him. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He understood the importance of being the first with the awful news at the fort. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

James Payn It was Master Walter that I was speaking of the other day in the carriage, and whom I understood your Ladyship to say that Miss Aynton had refused. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Kate Chopin The Ratignolles understood each other perfectly. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope Lady Mary his sister, could even be asked, because her mother was hardly more than three months dead; but it is understood in the world that women mourn longer than men. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

My husband was sharp-tempered and irritable sometimes, but Huntley understood him, as we all did. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Treville understood admirably the war method of that period, in which he who could not live at the expense of the enemy must live at the expense of his compatriots. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Bertram understood and believed them, and Bertram had good reason to do so. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Stingaree thought he understood it. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Jules Verne He reared up, and his splendid eyes flashed fire; he understood his master. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Tobias Smolle At length I understood from a gentleman who dined at our house, that this perfidious wretch was on the point of setting out for London with his bride, to buy clothes for their approaching nuptials. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

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

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

Besides, I had a queer sort of compunction about killing Laputa. I understood now why Arcoll had stayed his hand from murder, and I was beginning to be of his opinion on our arch-enemy. Prester John by John Buchan

Elizabeth Gaskell As if Alice understood by some other sense what was passing in Mary’s mind, she turned suddenly round, and answered Mary’s thought. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Therewith Zee began to enter into an explanation of which I understood very little, for there is no word in any language I know which is an exact synonym for vril. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell Quick as thought she understood it all — the house was lonely — her uncle had the reputation of being well-to-do — they had pretended to be belated, and had asked their way or something. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She understood the peculiar character of her beautiful young cousin, and saw a difficulty, and even danger, in pressing the question upon her, possibly prematurely. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

By way of a joke and feeler, I took it in my head to try, by taking a harmless rise out of Congow, whether the Nile is understood by the natives to be navigable near its exit from the N’yanza. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You alone I understood and treated as I meant to. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

After the rude remark that had been made about her she thought it would be awkward for both of them if she admitted she had understood it. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope And then there was Sir Harry. I understood it all, but I could not hinder it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

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

Anthony Trollope It will, of course, be understood that lands favorably situated would be tenanted. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She could not be understood as saying, Make my father free and I am the reward. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott I understood the instructions of the King to be honourable, and I executed them honourably; had they been of a different tenor, they would not have suited one of my name or nation. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Gissing Osmond Waymark was light-hearted; and with him such a state meant something not at all to be understood by those with whom lightness of heart is a chronic affection. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

What could the boy say? He only vaguely understood all that the strength and the weakness, the sternness and the tenderness, the force and the frailty of the man’s soul wrestled with and overthrew. Signa by Ouida

Laura understood without being told. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

John Ruskin I shall therefore, in future, use the word “Life” singly: but let it be understood to include in its signification the happiness and power of the entire human nature, body and soul. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

D. H. Lawrence He understood now that the Romans had preferred death to exile. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing She understood what was coming; it appeared in Emmeline’s face. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Charles Dickens He smiled, and I understood his touch to mean that he wished to lift my hand, and lay it on his breast. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

His heart was with the people; he understood their language and their manners, and would make allowances for the temptations which drove them into crime. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope Of course Mrs. Jones understood her,—had understood more than Mary had intended her to understand. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Jules Verne Glenarvan understood his refusal. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jack London But it must be understood that this is East End opulence we are now considering. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Margaret Oliphant They understood each other: they had flirted since they had been in long clothes, and no harm had ever come of it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry Adams To Adams the situation seemed farcical, but the more he saw of it, the less he understood it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding understood what was passing in the mind of the guilty man, who doubtless feared that the engineer would interrogate him on his past life. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope It may therefore be understood that secession would be very fatal to the society of Washington. It was not only that the members of Congress were not there. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith How often in his Helmstone shop had he not heard titled ladies disdaining to talk a whit more prettily than ordinary women; and he had been a match for the subtlety of their pride—he understood it. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

But he never understood it as now, suddenly, he understood Rosamond’s arm when she leant forward to pass a plate to her sister; somehow that arm always made him think of the Downs against the sky. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

F. Scott Fitzgerald DICK: As Goliath said, he understood how David felt, but he couldn’t express himself. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

It was only later on that I understood that they were talking about the army of the Yaïk, which had only just been reduced to submission after the revolt of 1772. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Wilkie Collins You feel the responsibility? You understand the distinction?” I understood that he was afraid. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Meredith Perceiving the moisture in her look, Redworth understood that it was foolish to talk rationally. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope It is understood that nobody is kept within for me. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She understood it all, and could fathom the strength and weakness of every word which Florence had written. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It is understood that a year of probation is to be allowed to those victims who have agreed to their own immolation. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I knew she could play any part; but I understood that she played them one by one. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

This the artist had both understood and translated into terms of paint. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope And Linda understood it thoroughly. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Anthony Trollope But in saying nothing she showed her objection, and Captain Aylmer understood it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope As to the work of translation, it must be understood that the Greek and Latin languages did not stand in reference to each other as they do now to modern readers. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Perhaps because of the similarity of their miserable origin in the dregs of mankind, she had understood Ricardo perfectly. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Willa Cather Niel understood that she did not wish him to talk. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

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

She understood now why he had come back to her to bid her good-night for the second time, and press his cold lips to hers. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arnold Bennett Edwin replied: “What are those schoolbooks doing there on the sideboard? I thought it was clearly understood that you were to do your lessons in your mother’s boudoir. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Guy de Maupassant They lived on terms of the closest confidence, having from the first understood and appreciated each other. The Avenger (Le Vengeur) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Anthony Trollope As regarded the Post Office, it soon seemed to be understood that I was to hunt; and when my services were re-transferred to England, no word of difficulty ever reached me about it. An Autobiography 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]

She understood that the change in her was treachery, of which Pierre was the innocent victim; and feeling herself to blame, she waited tremblingly the explosion of this loyal heart so cruelly wounded. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Edith Wharton You couldn’t, I understood well enough, have felt free to take such happiness as life with me might give you while she was unhappy, and, as you imagined, with no hope of release. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Meredith The establishment soon understood that Mr. Ayrton intended dining within those walls. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Palmerston was dear to ‘the man in the street’, shared his prejudices and understood his humours; and nothing could make him into a serious Democrat or reformer. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anthony Trollope In saying so much of Kate, I do not mean it to be understood that any precocious ideas of love were troubling that young lady’s bosom. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I did say, ‘I must tell her myself how well she has understood me, and how deeply I feel her kindness. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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