Phrases with "used"

Sinclair Lewis He humiliated me constantly as a backwoods American; used to apologize to people, oh, so prettily, when I said ‘I guess’ instead of the equally silly ‘I fancy. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

The cliff off which we used to throw the hides, and where I spent nights watching them, was more easily found. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Ruined Temple at Tafah, Nubia. At Tafah there are two little temples; one in picturesque ruin, one quite perfect, and now used as a stable. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

John Lewis Burckhard This Senna, however, is little esteemed for its quality, and is used only by the peasants, who are well acquainted with its medicinal virtues. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Theodore Dreiser The iron doors, with their outer accompaniment of solid wooden ones, the latter used at times to shut the prisoner from all sight and sound, were grim and unpleasing to behold. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Material help he refused with a red Indian pride; intellectual he used and slighted. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Rudyard Kipling We used her for the mail once, but the mail has grown heavier and heavier, and now we use six-wheeled coupled eighteen-inch, inside cylinder, 45-ton locos. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing As for the snow and frost, you are pretty well used to that, no doubt. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Rudyard Kipling She would never see Torpenhow any more, but she had at least done harm to the man who had come between her and her desire and who used to make fun of her. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James She could study up as she went along; she had got the great thing that you couldn’t learn, a kind of divine afflatus, as the ancients used to say, and she had better just begin on that. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Charles Dickens She used to feed them, Sir. Though never so cold and hungry, the timid things would fly from us. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Charles Dickens His eyes were so often turned towards it, that he used his tools mechanically, and, one would have said, to very poor account. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Rudyard Kipling He used to go to Peshawar in the cold weather to visit his son, who sells curiosities near the Edwardes’ Gate, and then he slept under a real mud roof. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edith Wharton I used to say that I had been taught only two things in my childhood: the modern languages and good manners. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

I stood opposite him for some time before he looked up, a little wildly, if such a strong word can be used in connection with his correct appearance. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Women leering through the gas (Just such bosoms used to nurse you), Men, turned wolves by famine—pass! Those can speak themselves, and curse you. Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

Andrew Lang Ever since I was a boy, certainly, I used to see him at intervals, especially in the Christmas vacations. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Big clumsy hands must have gripped and used these rocky chunks. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Radclyffe Hall Oh, but good heavens! I’m a silly old woman — did you know that I used to get homesick for England? I used to get homesick for penny buns. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He knows his appearance perfectly — used to hunt with his hounds, and that kind of thing, and often talked to him, so he could not be mistaken — and there he was as large as life. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

I posted the men and waited, and Blenkiron, with a white face, insisted on taking his share, announcing that he used to be handy with a gun. Greenmantle by John Buchan

James Joyce Dignam used to be in his office. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Adolph Morgenroth was lying on a couch in the rarely used dining-room. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Samuel Johnson Near the house, at Raasay, is a chapel unroofed and ruinous, which has long been used only as a place of burial. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

She used to run about the house all day with her sleeves tucked up, and she used to cook; and Jane, our English servant, said no lady ever did that. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

James Joyce They were always falling out now but when they were boys together they used to be the best of friends: but such was life. Dubliners by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling K—— used to fritter away his time on designs for old friends. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Marjorie Bowen She used to lean down and bring her little face close to the hole and peer into the darkness and think that she might see gold lying there among the dust. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

Thomas Hardy I used to send dozens for skin complaints. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Rudyard Kipling There was some brown paint and some green paint that they used for the boats, and some black paint for ironwork, and that was all I had. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

James Joyce Which? Time I used to try jotting down on my cuff what she said dressing. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Mark Twain We are getting used to all these things, but we are not getting used to carrying our own soap. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry James It struck him that, in the inevitable course, Chad would be “round,” as Waymarsh used to say — Waymarsh who already, somehow, seemed long ago. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Gertrude Stein Then Tourtebattre used to come all the time and then he used to tell us how old he was when he was asked and he took sugar in his coffee as it was given to him. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Henry Handel Richardson Chafing at the absurdity and fretting for his breakfast, Mahony grumbled: “Was there ever such a fudge? As if the woman didn’t know I used to have to be up at daybreak, if necessary . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It has been embattled on the top by some latter-day baron, in order that it might be used for protection to the castle, which has been built on and attached to it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott It’s the sort Father used to tell us,” said Beth thoughtfully, putting the needles straight on Jo’s cushion. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

There was the Abbe de Villers whom he stayed with at Nogent, and there was Theodore Dablin, the retired ironmonger, whom he used to call his “cher petit pere. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Virginia Woolf He stood on the exact spot where the great statue of Athena used to stand, and identified the more famous landmarks of the scene beneath. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

It gave me great satisfaction to observe this, and in my pride I used to say openly to my cousins: “My mother is a match for all of them. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Henry Kingsley But he used to carry this sort of thing to a rather absurd extent. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Steele Rudd Dad always slept in his clothes, and he used to think some nights that the others came in before time. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Virginia Woolf They said, among other things, that her books were not her own, because she used learned terms, and “wrote of many matters outside her ken”. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Also he used to take a hand in Turkish politics, and got a huge reputation. Greenmantle by John Buchan

So he used to coax good Anselm and another kindly monk to pray for her. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Tod used them to cover his escape. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anne Bronte He used to spend a month at Staningley every year, before I was married; but, since our father’s death, I have only seen him once, when he came for a few days while Mr. Huntingdon was away. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope I don’t get along now quite as well as I used to do. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore Now one of their principal canons of faith, and the one best observed in practice, is (or at any rate used to be) that a man is bound to wear ear-rings. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He banged it down resolutely and in that smooth inexpressive tone so many ears used to bend eagerly to catch when it came from the Great de Barral he said: “Let’s get away. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

In his own way he had found a duty to do here, though he would have laughed at anyone who should have used the word “duty” in connection with him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Bronislaw Malinowski Payment of this nature occurs also for other services, and may be used as bribery towards an avenging party. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Rudyard Kipling The ponies that had done the last twenty miles into Deoli were nearly used up, and tried their best to lie down in the dry beds of nullahs. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Especially as father says the money isn’t forthcoming as it used to be. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He had grown thinner; something of gloom and anxiety had taken the place of that cordial serenity which used to characterize his features. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Makepeace Thackeray In London, then, for a considerable time, I used to get up at eight o’clock in the morning, and pass an hour alone with Mr. Wilkinson, of the Theatres Royal, in Golden Square; — an hour alone. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

The music-mistress and the scene-painter used to sit and watch her as she played; their admiring eyes followed her as she flitted to and fro, and they wondered at her grace and beauty. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald That night he sat at supper with his wife and son, who had used him for their blind purposes. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Morris In short, industrial production was not the instrument used for robbing the “lower classes;” it is now the main instrument used in that honourable profession. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Theodore Dreiser I’ve said all along that these public franchises were worth more than they used to be worth. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

And what’s yours — cur, hound, thief? By God! there have been people I’ve used badly enough in my time, but none worse than you’ve used me. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

The people of Barcelona are so used to street-fighting and so familiar with the local geography that they knew by a kind of instinct which political party will hold which streets and which buildings. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Sigmund Freud This immediately reminded him of his relations with his younger brother, whom he used to maltreat and knock down. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Washington Irving Miss Reynolds used to inveigh against his personal appearance, which gave her the idea, she said, of a low mechanic, a journeyman tailor. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

H. G. Wells We three were armed; M’ling carried the little hatchet he used in chopping firewood, and some coils of wire. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry James I used to learn things and do scenes and rant about the room when I was but five years old. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

He had the revolver for quite a month, yet never used it. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Richard Burton The heel of the weapon is a blunt spike 14 inches long, used to stick it in the ground, and this, as well as the lower third of the blade, is ornamented with brass work. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling They bore rolled banners, a reading-desk in three pieces, and, I specially noticed, a collapsible harmonium, such as is used on ships at sea. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Algernon Blackwood But we used it here — on the earth. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry James You used to be so charming under those inflictions. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

He used it as a living language; the poetasters of the eighteenth century wrote it as a dead language, as boys make Latin verses. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Anna Katherine Green The inner one, used only by the president of the concern, opened on his left. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Willa Cather I believe the girls in Crystal Lake used to be more or less fussy, — but that’s long ago and far away. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope You used to speak of him as though he was merely a clod of a farmer, and of her as a stupid old maid. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Whenever he did go I used to lock myself in here, and try to find the spring which opened the box. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Jonathan Swif I borrowed coat, boots, and horse, and in short we had all the difficulties, and more than we used to have in making a party from Trim to Longfield’s. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Virginia Woolf He used this pen,” and she lifted a quill pen and laid it down again. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. T. A. Hoffmann It is in the Corso that the horse-races used to take place during the Carnival. 9 The great painter Sanzio Raphael. By Salvator Rosa’s intervention Antonio Scacciati attains to a high honour. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

H. G. Wells Stormy weather and in the rainy season we lay snug under the shelter I had made out of the old canoe, and I used to tell him lies about my friends at home. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope Each had the opportunity, and each used it, or tried to use it. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang This happened not only once but many times, till Peronnik grew so used to him that he never troubled to hide. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She used to be angry with him, but she has got over all that foolishness now. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I know of old that Miss Morris is a great friend of the Sawab.” “You used to be his friend, too,” said Lucy. “I felt for him, and do feel for him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving He used to direct and superintend our games with the strictness that some parents do the studies of their children. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Sigmund Freud The young man used to try so far as he could to keep out of the family disputes; but when he was obliged to take sides he would support his mother. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Arthur Morrison He laughed at himself — with some effort — and sat determinedly to smoke a pipe, and grow used to his surroundings. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy No lambing was in progress there now, and the old shepherd who had used him so roughly had ceased from his labours that very day. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Anthony Trollope Then there was an end of that, and Miss Thompson, being somewhat used to such misadventures, thought but little of it afterwards. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

T. E. Lawrence As it grew nearer the masses used to divide into little groups, which swung; parting and breaking into one another. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy He used to drive old Drusilla Fawley’s bread-cart out at Marygreen, till he ‘prenticed himself at Alfredston. Since then he’s been very stuck up, and always reading. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker He has not used his power over the brute world for the only or the last time tonight. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jeremy Bentham Is it susceptible of any direct proof? It should seem not: for that which is used to prove every thing else, cannot itself be proved: a chain of proofs must have their commencement somewhere. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Arthur Machen I used to go to see him often, and we had long conversations together, but he never mentioned Harlesden or his wife. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells But it used to make us laugh — regular roll about we did. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray We used to give away the broken meat from our suppers and dinners to scores of beggars who blessed us. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Sinclair Lewis Mother used to give him cookies then. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling The leaves weren’t more than comin’ out then, an’ the sun used to make our glue-paint stink. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

H. G. Wells Boys and girls who were learning stenography used to go to report him. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

I used to think of him as he was in his boyhood, when Marian and I had such great hopes of him, and would sit and talk of him for hours together by this fireside. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton She said to me once: “You find it duller here than it used to be. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Catherine Helen Spence Does this nation increase in wealth while the population remains stationary? We used to think wealth expanded with the number of workers. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Dick was sitting alone on the high-carved stone edge of the round pool where the monks used to wash, and where gold-fish now lived cloistered lives. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

They were so used to this that they did not care about it; indeed, they had reckoned on it as the most amiable conduct to be expected on his part. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Eliot For a long while I couldn’t get my mind away from the Shetland Isles — I used to feel the wind blowing on me from the rough sea. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Arthur Machen It must be worse than anything they’ve used in France, from what the authorities say. The Terror by Arthur Machen

E. Phillips Oppenheim They used to come and sing outside my windows at night. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Willa Cather You ought to hear him, Dr. Archie. He often sings the old Scotch airs you used to love. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Marjorie Bowen She who had been Florence Flannery noted with a careless eye the stains of wet on the dusty stairs, and with a glance ill used to observance of domesticities looked up for damp or dripping ceilings. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

Sinclair Lewis Of course, we had a car — I mean, before my husband passed on — and I used to make believe drive it, but I don’t think any woman ever learns to drive like a man. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Why, he’s ever so much better to live with now than he used to be. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’m certainly writing faster and I don’t seem to be thinking as much as I used to. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells But who’s the silly ass — ’im or me? When I was a kid, I used to read penny dreadfuls about ‘avin adventures and bein’ a great c’mander and all that rot. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

James Joyce Tiresome old fool! When we knew him first he used to be rather interesting, talking of faints and worms; but I soon grew tired of him and his endless stories about the distillery. Dubliners by James Joyce

George Gissing One used to see her at the Museum.’ The subject was dropped. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

In my time I had done a lot of scrambling on rocks and used to promise myself a season in the Alps to test myself on the big peaks. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Andrew Lang When he had been at home a few days, he rode out with Regin one morning to the heath where the Dragon used to lie. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I feel that you are more tender to me than you used to be, and that upsets me. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Mrs Barnett was astonished at the skill with which the men used their snow-shoes, scudding along at the pace of a horse in full gallop. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing I know she isn’t what she used to be, poor little girl! And I know Kirkwood isn’t what he used to be. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins His seal lay ready on the table, and it mattered nothing whether he used it, or whether a person in his confidence used it for him. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Terry explained that we had not felt sufficiently used to the language, making rather a mess of it, I thought, but Jeff was franker. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Thomas Hardy Does Miss Aldclyffe take any interest in these things?’ ‘Well, scarcely; you see her father doesn’t attend to that sort of thing as he used to. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing Stay for a few days, until I am settled at Bordeaux.’ ‘Stay with my — my husband?’ She used the word purposely, significantly, to see how it would affect him. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I used to sit on the roof marvelling at the folly of it all. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Machen You know my poor father could not afford to send me to the University. I used to grumble in my ignorance at not having completed my education. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

He used to jaw about everything, every Sunday in the park, and his great idea was to purge your life of all pleasure, so that your mind would be clean and clear to think aright. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

William Black I brought Goldsmith the money, and he discharged his rent, not without rating his landlady in a high tone for having used him so ill. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

I used to tell her that I was grieved; that I would not press her; that I would wait and hope for some change in her feelings. My Wife’s Tempter by Fitz James O’Brien

Henry Kingsley Our friend, in the heat of debate, used the word “Dummerkopf,” which answers, I believe, to our “wooden head. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Ford Madox Ford That’s what father used to say; he was an Oxford Disraelian Conservative Imperialist . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

I used to think that if the other two died I could have lived with Aunt Cathie. But existing in that house was like just not suffocating under a kind of moral bindweed. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Walter Scott She had a daughter lame both of hands and feet, a circumstance attributed to the witch’s having been used to transform her into a pony, and get her shod by the devil. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

He used to come to our ‘At Homes,’ but he was never asked to dinner. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Thomas Wolfe They knew that he was diseased and broken, that his wits were always addled now with alcohol, but they used him as men once used divining rods. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Makepeace Thackeray Talleyrand, Eugene, and I used often to laugh at these eccentricities of our brave friends; who certainly did not shine in the drawing-room, however brilliant they were in the field of battle. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Robert Louis Stevenson I used to watch this smoke, when I was wet and cold, and had my head half turned with loneliness; and think of the fireside and the company, till my heart burned. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence In his mind was pinned up a nice description of himself, and a description of Lottie, sort of authentic passports to be used in the conscious world. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

He used to have a way of putting his left arm over me outside the clothes, and he put it so to-night. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Years ago he used to speak at meetings — in France, I believe. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing And I used to read a great deal at the same time. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell What has become of the Millses? They used to drink tea with us sometimes, formerly. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry Handel Richardson You’ve lost your manner — the good, doctor’s manner you used to do so much with. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell I remember at Boulogne’ (another blackberry) ‘how I used to envy the English who were going to Paris; it seemed to me then as if nobody stopped at Boulogne, but dull, stupid school-girls. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Hardy When he used to write to her she’d creep up the lane and look back over her shoulder, and slide out the letter, and read a word and stand in thought looking at the hills and seeing none. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

They gave me something to eat every day; but I did not like the way they used to discuss me in their language. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Willa Cather The amount of sugar she used in these processes was sometimes a serious drain upon the family resources. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Rudyard Kipling I am told so with oaths and curses and that sort of sarcasm (I recognise it now) which I used to launch at the heads of junior forms. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Meredith He used to fence excellently, and he was a good horseman. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

One or two old ladies still used it to trim their shifts, and it was handy to give as presents to such as the children’s mother; but, as for living by it, no, those days were over. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Rudyard Kipling Faiz Ullah, used to the chances of service, plunged into the crowd on the stone platform, while Scott, a black cheroot between his teeth, waited till his compartment should be set away. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Rudyard Kipling Jim used to slip it into his hand behind the door; but his mother she heard the chink. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

D. H. Lawrence Would you care for a cup, Lady Chatterley? I don’t suppose it’s what you’re used to, but if you would . Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I don’t want the old teapot that was here when I used to come. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’ve always heard that Prince Edward Island was the prettiest place in the world, and I used to imagine I was living here, but I never really expected I would. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

M. P. Shiel He used to go about London streets in shough and rough-spun clothes, a plaid flung from one shoulder. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Gaston Leroux They were much too civilized flowers, like those which I used to find in my dressing-room after a first night. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Isabella Bird The streams which intersect the land afford an unlimited and very economical source of power, and have already been used to a considerable extent. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

He used to go shooting in the autumn — fishing — hunting once in a way, in the later season: he had not strength for these sports now. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Looking into the chest, under the linen she saw a cedar box, and, opening it, found piled pell-mell together the jewels with which formerly he used to dress her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Rudyard Kipling Then, in full feather, he sailed round the firmament at large, and, somehow, apropos to something or other, used the word ‘della Cruscan’—‘if any of you have the faintest idea of its origin. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

William Makepeace Thackeray You used to draw when you were at Brasenose, Milliken; and play — yes, you played the violoncello. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

Marjorie Bowen I am so used to unhappiness — but everyone said you were wrong — that it could not be-” “Oh, everyone, eh?” she felt his arm tremble under her clasp. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Henry Adams Clarence King used to say that it was due to discord between the wave-lengths of the man-atoms; but the theory offered difficulties in measurement. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He used to bring them home, particularly in Berkeley Square, for champagne and sandwiches quite late at night. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

You told me a few moments ago that no one else used it, and so you have proved the truth of my statement that this letter”— he tapped it —“is written by you. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Our spiritual pastor, good Mr. Bapchild, used often to dine with us, on Sundays, between the services. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Nesbi But I think they’d all like to think we’d enjoyed talking about the things they used to do. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Willa Cather They had occupied it ever since the beginning of the war, and had used it as a rest camp. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing Thus, one day my hand fell upon the Anabasis, the little Oxford edition which I used at school, with its boyish sign-manual on the fly-leaf, its blots and underlinings and marginal scrawls. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Henry Bragg On the scale used the curve from d to e practically coincides with the bounding line of the figure. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

H. G. Wells Our tower here, we discovered, could be used by enemy aircraft as a landmark. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Olaf Stapledon In fact I am the true synthesis of him and the practical go-getter that I used to be. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Baldwin Spencer A certain amount of human hair, or sometimes banyan-fibre string, is used to bind together the various circles and then the whole surface is covered with a layer of beeswax. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He used to plague the people in the War Office to death. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald I used to call it the ‘sex impulse. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton For a moment she was inclined to sneer at herself for not having used the arts that might have kept him. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

H. G. Wells I did not go by the road past the house and so round to the gardens, but cut over the crest beyond the second keeper’s cottage, along a path Nettie used to call her own. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

At last, and at last, a teeny, tiny mouse poked its little head and bristles out of the gap and came running down towards them, and ever after they used to say: “Much outcry, little outcome. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

It has been used in all the Court ballets. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell We used to dispute about politics and religion. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He used to be my best friend years ago. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

An early riser Mr. Gray has drawn, Who used to haste the dewy grass among, “To meet the sun upon the upland lawn”— Well — he died young. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

George Gissing I have done with the past, and all those I used to call my friends. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Watkin Tench They are, indeed, nearly ambidexter; but the sword, the spear and the fish-gig are always used with the right hand. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

They say he used to board the sealing-schooners up Alaska way when the fog was so thick that the Lord God, He alone, could tell one man from another. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Willa Cather When the women went out into the fields to plant the crops, Marie Louise used to slip away from the others and meet her Bavarian in the forest. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing He himself, indeed, would have used no other word to describe the ill under which he suffered. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

She was becoming used to the annoying, unpleasant difficulties caused by a shortage of money and preferred to remember not the embarrassment but the joy in escaping from them. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Mr. Keegan’s spirit towards the prisoner’s family you may learn from the scandalous and unwarrantable language which has been proved to you to have been used by him towards them. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope My mother has told me that long before she married him he used to spend all his time in the House. I wonder whether you would mind reading the letter he wrote to me when he heard of my election. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry James So, of old, when I came home, I used to stand and look out. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

It used to puzzle me at first. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope You used to play; but I can imagine that the power of doing so will have deserted you. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith Think of the scandal to a sovereign princess! I know the signification of that now; I used to laugh at Harry’s “sovereign princess. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arnold Bennett We aren’t used to audiences. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James I used to talk about his work, but I seldom talk now: the brotherhood of the faith have become, like the Trappists, a silent order. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Edith Wharton She says she used to play with you when you were children. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

I am down in the dirt myself, and I’m used to it. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

D. H. Lawrence I used to be a blacksmith, before I was a game-keeper. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence