Phrases with "want"

Wilkie Collins I want to be introduced to this gentleman. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith I could pitch any notes, and I was clear but I was always ornamenting, and what I want is to be an accurate singer. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The second, want of water, or of good water, is even less cogent. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope She would not have taken a penny of it, though we need not mind that now; need we? But there is one thing I want to say; you must not think I am interfering. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

They want freedom of opinion, variety of occupation, do they? Let them have it. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins Several readers who want cures for grey hair, for warts, for sores on the head, for nervousness, and for worms. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

They were speedily deported to the Bocche di Cattaro, and, flung into subterranean caves, the moisture and above all the want of bread did prompt justice to each and all of these rascals. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

And, also, I want to make you a present of my kit of tools. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

G. K. Chesterton But if we want the flower of chivalry, we must go right away back to the root of chivalry. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I want him to be brought straight into contact with those people who are helping to make Australia great. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Bram Stoker I want to cut off her head and take out her heart. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arnold Bennett All that she could tell herself was that she did not want to see George Cannon; she was not honestly persuaded that she feared to see him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Ivan Turgenev He did not want to meet Emilie. Madame Fritsche met him on the steps. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Those folk don’t want breakfast, money’s what they’re after. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

They didn’t want me to go out to service, you know,” added Susan, warming on finding sympathetic listeners. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy Now, I didn’t want to ‘urt the feelin’s of the Board by plain speakin’ in their presence. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James I don’t want to trouble you, and I don’t ask of you—anything! It is only to have spoken just once. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope As to Silverbridge, I shall not want you there. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson I do want a change, and my happening to see this notice of Miss Mapp’s in The Times seems a very remarkable coincidence. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Rudyard Kipling Do I want help?” The General Communicator dial had caught his ear. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

John Galsworthy Acquainted by Michael with the fact that the Marquess of Shropshire had a Morland he wanted to sell, he had said at once: “I don’t know that I want to buy one. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Gertrude Stein Here I want to show you something, she said. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Before I do so, however, I want you to give me your promise that you will not be offended at what I am about to say to you. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

H. G. Wells I want mankind drilled — and I don’t care how hard they are drilled — into a proper use of property and money — a proper respect. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell Thou’rt just worn out with the shaking and the want of food. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Virginia Woolf I want to sink deeper and deeper, away from the surface, with its hard separate facts. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

But after all Lord Arglay might — might very easilywant several things done at once when he knew the situation. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins We will say no more of Alexander the Sixth, Father Benwell. If we want an illustration, I will supply it, and give no offense. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Miles Franklin At least he did not want to extirpate my idea of writing, he merely wanted to direct it and change its personality. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Marie Corelli He tells me I am a charming preacher, but that he could never learn anything from sermons!” She laughed, “Oh, he is incorrigible! But I want you to let him know that for once he is mistaken. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

She doesn’t want a slave,’ replied Miss Wendover, in her incisive way. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Meredith Care for insinuations?’ ‘I want a conveyance of some sort,’ returned Mrs. Mel. ‘Object to a donkey, ma’am?’ ‘Not if he’s strong and will go. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

But I didn’t want to laugh any more. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

And her thoughts halted at the question, “What does he want to do?” Her thoughts halted, and were driven into her brain like a nail. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Elizabeth Von Arnim I don’t want to be a s-sister any more. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Marjorie Bowen I want someone — to kiss me — good-bye. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

But I want a quiet home, and the salary is good. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson What we want to see is one who can breast into the world, do a man’s work, and still preserve his first and pure enjoyment of existence. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton That’s why I want you to try and recall everything you heard about her when you used to see her in London.” “Oh, on that score I’m afraid I sha’n’t be of much use. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe Augustus much worse, and evidently sinking as much from want of proper nourishment as from the effect of his wounds. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

R. D. Blackmore When I am at home, my dealings are with fellows who could not speak the truth if they tried for dear life, simply through want of practice. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson Those that I did in the Janet Nicoll, under the most ungodly circumstances, I fear will want a lot of suppling and lightening, but I hope to have your remarks in a month or two upon that point. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

As he unrolled the paper he said, “I want you to go to 98 Brightling Crescent, off the Fulham Road, and find out if the woman who lives there has ever seen this before. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Guy de Maupassant She asked: “You want to take Charlot from us? Oh, no, indeed!” Then M. d’Hubieres intervened: “My wife has not made her meaning clear. The Adopted Son (Aux champs) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

And after all, why should he want to kill me? He told me more than once he was sure to have Arlette for his own. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Bram Stoker I am tired tonight, and I want to sleep. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I, at least, have no thoughts of marriage, and, for that reason, I want to make myself a position by some other means. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arthur Conan Doyle I want my arms round you, and your head on my breast, and — oh, Gladys, I want ——” She had sprung from her chair, as she saw signs that I proposed to demonstrate some of my wants. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Edith Wharton The family don’t want her here, and they’ll say it’s because I’ve been ill, because I’m a weak old woman, that she’s persuaded me. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Perhaps the Sultan thinks I want to run away. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Thomas Paine Let us build; if we want them not, we can sell; and by that means replace our paper currency with ready gold and silver. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Virginia Woolf Her sort of people, she thought, did not want spoons; the others — the English — did. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Anthony Trollope So he praised the squire’s game; said a good-natured word as to Dingles, and bantered himself as to his own want of skill. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith We want only a few names of the fallen. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

One does not want to let rip one’s boats by the run all at the same time. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

George Meredith You have not pardoned my behaviour at the island last year, and I cannot think I was wrong: perhaps I might learn: I want your friendship and counsel. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The want of firmness evinces also the want of any peculiar or deeply rooted system of thought. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

W. W. Jacobs They want the stone back first, and revenge afterwards, so I thought I’d put you on your guard, for they pretty well guess who’s got the thing now. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

It certainly did want a bit of considering, for whichever way I looked I could see policemen, and with my wretched foot I knew I couldn’t walk far. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells It was clear to me that she regarded me with an eye entirely more critical than I had for her, that she didn’t like my scholarly untidiness, my want of even the most commonplace style. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

He finished his meal rapidly, then said in a low voice to Lodovico: “I want a word with you. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Galsworthy I’m sure you didn’t mean to be contemporary, or want to burrow into reality; but your subject has run off with you. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Nurse didn’t want him to, but he said people didn’t get married every day. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman No more, never more again, please God, that brutal hunger and uncertainty, that black devil of want and fear. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

John Galsworthy She was sitting on one of the two rush-seated chairs, with her back to the door, when he came in, and she said at once: “Sit down, Jon, I want to talk seriously. To Let by John Galsworthy

She thinks so much of your opinion — only she doesn’t want to speak to you herself about this until it is a settled thing. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

As they drove along Vandeloup said nothing to Pierre, not that he did not want to, but he mistrusted the trap-door in the roof of the cab, which would permit the cabman to overhear everything. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Meredith People have been talking for some time, and I don’t want to be taken unawares; I won’t be a yoked ox, mind you. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James I want you to like me — awfully. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Oscar Wilde What do you want?” “I want the Dorian Gray I used to paint,” said the artist, sadly. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Her presence had seemed a blessing to them, but it would be unfair to her to keep her in poverty and want when Providence afforded her such powerful protection. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

And what means yon piece of monk’s cant, I wonder?’ So I told him the words meant ‘the monastery is in want of a miracle,’ but the application thereof was dark to me. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Andrew Lang To Jasper he is singularly tender, and remorseful when he thinks that he has shown want of tact. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling I reminded him again that I didn’t want his theories. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope If you should want any one to defend you —’ ‘At these coming elections, for instance. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He did not know what to say, either from want of practice in dealing with women or simply from his innate honesty of thought. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Virginia Woolf It’s silly stayin’ here with a pack of old maids as though we were at the seaside in England. I want to go up the river and see the natives in their camps. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell O, father does so want Mr. Gray for to have his wish! Father saw all the stones lying quarried and hewn on Farmer Hale’s land; Mr. Gray had paid for them all himself. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

I suppose you want it repaired. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

G. K. Chesterton I want to tell, as soon as possible, as large a crowd as possible that the law is altered and this folly about the Flying Inn has ceased. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope Only don’t think I want to ballyrag about the money. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Meredith First, a request: you will promise to remain beside my wife; she will want more than her own strength. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Wilkie Collins Keep quiet! At your age, must I set you an example of self-control? “I want to know, Miss Emily, where Francine de Sor is now?” “She is at the house in the country, which I have left. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Margaret Oliphant If you will tell me what you want to know, I will ask for you. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

I want you to lay in wait and discover who the man is that visits her. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

John Galsworthy Yes! and I may have to use subterfuge and come on you for invitations — if so, you’ll know why! My father doesn’t want us to know each other, but I can’t help that. To Let by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope We never can find him; but then we never do want him — not now. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton And I want to be by myself — to think. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy Why does he want to come bothering me? Jocelyn, you ought to be very proud that I have put you in my letter at all. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

George Eliot You don’t want to be a ‘prentice — I know, I know — you want to make more haste, and you don’t want to stand behind a counter. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Bram Stoker But nevertheless they tell us all things which we want to know. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Meredith I want to look at the blades of your swords, my children. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

The Adda has a good voice; and when once I’m near it, I shan’t want anybody to point it out to me. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

We’ve got at least six hours before us in which to do something, and if we want to save our lives we had better look sharp and decide what that something is to be. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Willa Cather Everything Mrs. Erlich ever told me about Germany made me want to go there. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Edith Wharton And I want to be beforehand now — dam the flood before it swamps me. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George MacDonald I don’t want to make a show with a pair of high-steppers. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Catherine Helen Spence I have been permitted to make the exchange, and now with your good help I want to make the most and the best of my short span of existence. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

E. Phillips Oppenheim He’s got some ‘87 that he bought from me that must want drinking and some ‘84 that would be getting a little thin. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope And now, mother, I want to know if you will object to my returning here and living at the cottage again. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Lady Rachel doesn’t agree with me in attributing her father’s lameness to his surgeon’s want of experience. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

H. G. Wells I want to put things to you frankly and as man to man, not being mealy-mouthed about urgent if delicate things. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Here was an awkward case, all for want of a guide-post. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Pitch-pine walls, corrugated iron roof, and enough draughts to make you want to keep your overcoat on. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Are you not my father, and am I not your son?’ ‘Well, if you really want to know my story, this is it: As I told you, my name is Mogarzea, and my father is an emperor. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy I want your opinion on it, Prosper.” “Auntie,” whispered Fleur suddenly. To Let by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell So class distrusted class, and their want of mutual confidence wrought sorrow to both. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want to go in for Mrs. Dewar’s sake. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins On this account, I trust, nobody will show such want of regard for my feelings as to expect me to say much about my mother’s brother. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I want to see what manner of man my esteemed employer is. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope If we go on it will lead to disfranchising the borough, and we none of us want that. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Oscar Wilde He was looking worried, and when he heard Lord Henry’s last remark he glanced at him, hesitated for a moment, and then said, “Harry, I want to finish this picture to-day. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

James Joyce I want his life still to be his, mine to be mine. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry James As I was not a bit of an accomplice, as I hate what she has done, I didn’t want to be, even to the extent of the mere look of it — what is it you call such people? — an accessory after the fact. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Henry James I want to ask you something — very much indeed; I value this chance. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Henry James Don’t we want to keep up her courage?” If the joke was broad he had at least not begun it — not, that is, AS a joke; which was what his companion’s address to their friend made of it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft There too were forms and fantasies more splendid than any I had ever known; the visions of young poets who died in want before the world could learn of what they had seen and dreamed. The White Ship by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Then want and hunger overtake the ants that have revelled in luxury all the wet season; many of the thorns are depopulated, and only a few ants live through the season of scarcity. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell His small pension of sixpence a day would keep him from absolute want of necessaries. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Besides, we are worn out, at the end of the season, and they want us to come away as much as we want to come. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Joseph Furphy I don’t know, an’ I don’t want to know; for he’s done all the harm he could. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Too full! Their common yard! They don’t want you to speak to a soul, an’ you won’t till this day week, when the Hadmir’lty Session is in full swing. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

I want you to be the shadow of these two men. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edith Wharton What I want to know is: What’s your bag? How many?” “It’s difficult — ” “I see: like the pigs. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Rudyard Kipling I don’t want anything,’ said Nurse Blaber, ‘and if I did I shouldn’t get it. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

A good story is just what I want this vile mornin’. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Wilkie Collins Only there’s this difference between us — I want you to help me. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Gertrude Stein I was very pleased with this and now I want to tell you how to do it. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Kate Chopin That is the reason I want to say you mustn’t mind if I advise you to be a little careful while you are living here alone. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I tell you because I want to know what you are doing and saying. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

H. G. Wells Naturally you are wholly in the drama, and you don’t want even to think of the time before the curtain went up and still less of the time when the curtain will come down. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Oscar Wilde As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jack London What for did I kill Ferguson? What for did Ferguson sing ‘Then I wisht I was a little bird’? That’s what I want to know. Lost Face by Jack London

But before I go any further, Janet, I want to tell you something. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jonathan Swif Good-night, and God preserve you both, and pity me; I want it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Besides, I don’t want it to be known that I came to see you in any case. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

George Gissing I want you to go and work for us all, so that we may live more happily before long. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

G. K. Chesterton I want you to come and see it. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

I am a desolate, wretched woman, and I want your help — I want your advice. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Now I want soldiers, I don’t want convicts. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Whatever happens then it would put us on the map as far as the police are concerned, and we certainly don’t want them to know we exist. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Eliot It seems to me as a woman’s face doesna want flowers; it’s almost like a flower itself. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope I never was more truly in want of council. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

I want to talk about his rudder. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Eliot I want you t’ have your tea, child; it’s all ready — and you’ll have a cup, Adam, if y’ arena in too big a hurry. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

We want to assist the law like all Englishmen, and we don’t want Scotland Yard to be making fools of themselves. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

It would happen on a Sunday, wouldn’t it?’ ‘Do it as quietly as you can, will you? We don’t want more spectators than we can help. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

John Galsworthy You want me to trust you; why don’t you trust me, Father? We wouldn’t want to know anything — we wouldn’t let it make any difference. To Let by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell What for do ye want to get baker’s bread, aunt? This dough will rise as high as a kite in a south wind. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am late enough already; I want help. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willa Cather I want to have a little talk with her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I want to judge if he seems really capable of having killed Harker.” “But what excuse will you make for going to see him?” frowned Stone. “Don’t forget what a clever man he is. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Anthony Trollope Captain Ussher, if you’ll plaze to go on, or stay behind, I’ll be obliged, for I want to spake to Feemy; and there’s no occasion in life for my throubling you to hear what I’ve to say. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Thomas Hardy But it strikes me that there is a want of harmony between your present mood of self-sacrifice and your past mood of self-preservation. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett But now that he was in the open air, he did not want to go home. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edith Wharton There is so much that I want you to tell me about her. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James I want him to judge with me and choose. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope You don’t want to get into all the muck of shooting a wretched, cowardly Landleaguer. If all the leaders had but one life among them there would be something worth going in for. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope This is unartistic on my part, and shows want of imagination as well as want of skill. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I want you to see me just as I am, with all my irrational doubts and scruples; the old ones and the new ones too. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Trollope For the present, however, he was much more inclined, when in want of society, to walk off to the Vicarage than to provide it for himself at home. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

H. G. Wells The British Gazette had suppressed the report of this church intervention and the government had prohibited its publication by the British Broadcasting Company. “They want this fight. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I want to appear at my best to-night. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Sinclair Lewis Well. But, anyway, I want you to be more careful after this, Wrenn. You’re pretty sloppy. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells I want to know —” “But he doesn’t want to know,” came a Utopian intervention. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Sinclair Lewis I want to talk to Detroit, Michigan — Mallard Motor Company — office of the president. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Would you do me a little favour? My father is going to see Mr. Desert today, General Sir Conway Cherrell; I don’t know at what time, but I want to come myself while he’s there. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

I don’t want to get mixed up in anything of that sort. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Jane Austen Altogether, they will have five hundred a-year amongst them, and what on earth can four women want for more than that? — They will live so cheap! Their housekeeping will be nothing at all. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

I left my horse with Dick in the stable; I may want him again before morning, or I may never want him. Sir Dominick’s Bargain by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing You want some of the conceit taken out of you, my lad. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Tim wants to retire, and would lease the place to Roger, but Roger doesn’t want to leave England.” Understandably, Brat thought. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Arnold Bennett Edwin did not want to go, but he had to concur. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Ford Madox Ford I want the number of a man called White, of Simrock Park, Glasgow . The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Now you shall hear what I want you to do. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Meredith She listens, but I don’t want to speak. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Wilkie Collins I want to relieve your mind, my darling before we go. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I don’t want to hear any more!’ And I don’t think he spoke much again till we got into the village. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Rudyard Kipling In the same breath, but in a whisper, she ran on ‘I don’t want to die, Mr. Loftie. But I’ve got to. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Sinclair Lewis You want to watch out for him. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis I don’t suppose the hotel will want you, after this, but we might need you. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant If you ever want her, don’t forget! “And here I am. Saved ! (Sauvée) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

George Meredith If I want to have him in good temper, I have only to remark, ‘as you said’. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Charles Dickens There are none here, and Joe don’t want to hear about them, I dare say. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I want them badly, for I am very romantic. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You want to know his address? You want to find him out?” “He said that he should come back to the island,” Bertha whispered, with her eyes fixed upon the floor. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Katherine Mansfield I want to carry you away to a cave and love you until I kill you—you can’t understand how a man feels. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Anthony Trollope I don’t want any other settlement — if they will only let me alone. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

What did you want to ask me?” Their friendly eyes met, and Anthony smiled a little. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Charles Dickens The business on which folks want me, will keep cold, especially at this season. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Charles Kingsley She wants to find Major Campbell.” “I want to scold Major Campbell,” said Valencia, tripping out on the lawn in her walking dress. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Ivan Turgenev For instance, you won’t fight — and yet you fancy yourselves as brave fellows — but we want to fight. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

After a hot, unlively march of four hours (= eleven miles), on mules worn out by want of water, we dismounted at a queer isolated lump on the left of the track. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

William Hope Hodgson The Second Mate and I will go aloft, and I want about half a dozen of you to come along with us, and carry lights. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James I want to settle on some place where Captain Lovelock won’t go, but he won’t help me at all. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson A great prospect is desirable, but the want may be otherwise supplied; even greatness can be found on the small scale; for the mind and the eye measure differently. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton I don’t want you to waste time barking up the wrong tree. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

At last, however, we got them rounded up together, and then Spicer rode over to where I stood and said — “Give an eye to ’em, will you, while I slip back to the camp? I want to get something. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

John Galsworthy And now! He was almost in want of a warning himself. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Meredith But I want your whole heart to decide. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]