Phrases with "were"

H. G. Wells Everyone in the hotel had turned out to bear a hand in the row — some of the deshabilles were disgraceful — and now they stood in a silent group watching us recede. Little Mother up the Morderberg by H. G. Wells [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson All were full of hope for the future, and showed an inclination to innocent gaiety. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev Tell me, were you a great friend of Ippolit Sidorovitch, my husband?’ ‘We were educated at the same school. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Robert Louis Stevenson Good, bad, or indifferent - Scottish, English, Irish, Russian, German or Norse, — the songs were received with generous applause. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

They were sitting round a little table, each in a soft and handsome arm-chair, and as they talked, they quietly and luxuriously sipped champagne. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Henry David Thoreau I know not what manner of stuff they are of — sitting there now at three o’clock in the afternoon, as if it were three o’clock in the morning. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch For to my knowledge there were charges lying against young Mr. Mackenzie — though not pronounced — which pointed to a thief in his employment and presumably in his confidence. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Two or three voices were feebly lifted in opposition; Mr. West alone had courage to speak out; but the Captain put him down with his strong hand. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Jules Verne The amount of provisions was increased, and spirits and charcoal were added; for it might be that they would have to winter at some point on the Greenland coast. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James The great pang was that just thereabouts post-offices were so awfully thick. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

G. K. Chesterton The mighty trunks were beginning to sway and shake slightly in the wind. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Henry James But these eyes were charming: gray in color, brilliant, quickly glancing, gently resting, full of intelligence. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

We had advanced half a mile inland through woods, when we came upon a brazen pillar, inscribed in Greek characters — which however were worn and dim —‘Heracles and Dionysus reached this point. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

What would it be best to do? When he had put down Mrs. Curtis at Floor 7, and we were rumbling towards Floor 8, he volunteered, as we bumped with violence against the roof that he was new to the work. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

H. G. Wells The gods he had worshipped were all far away. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Charles Dickens Two long lines, in faded ink, were drawn across it; and at the bottom of the page there appeared this note Account closed, September 30th, 1837. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Guy de Maupassant He had only to look at her to be convinced of it, to feel himself quite jolly, quite stirred up, as it were turned into a pure animal through contentment. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

It need not be so if our language were more adequate. New Words by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf That is the sort of people they werevery interesting people, and I think of them so often, in such queer places, because one will never see them again, never know what happened next. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

William Makepeace Thackeray Both were marked with the coronet of a count; and from the crown which surmounted the helmet, rose the crest of his knightly race, an arm proper lifting a naked sword. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

G. K. Chesterton Previous ages were often, alas, aristocratic in politics or clericalist in religion; but they were always democratic in philosophy; they appealed to man, not to particular men. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing Now wasn’t it a strange thing, Gammon? Just when you and I were so interested in a certain puzzle, a delightful bit of genealogy. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Arthur Morrison But the ill-conditioned kept their way, till, at the cry of “Bell ohl” when all were starting for dinner, one of the worst shouted the cruelest gibe of all. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Virginia Woolf Sneers and yawns were covered with my hand. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

He hasn’t been below since the ship struck, and it seems to him that if he were to take his eyes off her she would fall to pieces. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

He thought if their position were revealed to the friends who had once shown themselves so kind, it might look almost like begging for help again. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

H.P. Lovecraft The far corners were all shadows and the whole place took on a hazy unreality which obscured its nature and invited the imagination to symbolism and phantasm. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

The chief expounders and protagonists of this doctrine are all directly or indirectly engaged in making or growing such articles as were formerly got by exchange with the Stronagu traders. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Rudyard Kipling Those were George Robey’s simple but sound tactics. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Arthur Morrison The conductor cried “All full!” and tugged at his bell-strap, whereunto many were hanging by the hand; but he was swept from his feet, and made to push hard for his own place. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Nikolai Gogol All about stood poles with bundles of straw on top: some alterations were in progress. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now this was true and everyone knew it, though why and how he had deserted were questions answered among us only by dark and frightful guesses. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Willa Cather His little chats with her, her nod and smile when she passed him on the street, were among the pleasantest things he had to remember. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Kate Chopin There were quiet ladies and gentlemen, who did not notice her, lunching at the small tables like her own. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Robert Louis Stevenson Women, I believe, are somewhat rarer than men; but then, if I were a woman myself, I daresay I should hold the reverse; and at least we all enter more or less wholly into one or other of these camps. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Hempel was as straight as a die; was a real treasure — or would have been, were it not for his eternal little bark of a cough. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle The Daring, Dryad, Calliope, Donegal and Lancaster were all sunk by gunflre or torpedo, while the Carnarvon drew out of the line in a sinking condition. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson The shelter of the night, the thrilling and joyous changes of the dawn, were over; and now, in the hot eye of the day, she turned uneasily and looked sighingly about her. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Then it was that the others, the outsiders, were there. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Charles Dickens I remarked to those who were with me in this very establishment at Philadelphia, that the criminals who had been there long, were deaf. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

It vexed Hanrahan to hear that, and he put the Virgil back in his pocket and asked if they had a pack of cards among them, for cards were better than books. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

His smile was as conscious as his words were casual. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Olaf Stapledon Saints, on the other hand, were sinners or potential sinners who by self-discipline and contemplation had been born again, had won for themselves a new nature. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Julian Hawthorne Things were left at such loose ends, in spite of death and marriage, that it was hard not to believe that more remained behind. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

William Morris What matter that his cheeks were pale, His kind kiss’d lips all grey? O, love Louise, have you waited long? O, my lord Arthur, yea. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Sheep, dead or dying, with the birds of prey picking out their eyes, were often met with. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Arnold Bennett Besides, do you want your nephew to die?’ Both the men were somewhat taken aback by the girl’s sagacious grasp of the situation, and it came about that they began to obey her like subordinates. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

William Makepeace Thackeray King Valoroso was very delicate in health, and withal so fond of good dinners (which were prepared for him by his French cook Marmitonio), that it was supposed he could not live long. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

The dark walls were quite covered with holly and ivy, mixed with the blossoms of laurustinus and some bright flowers. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Willa Cather I don’t wonder you were peppery. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Both were regularly harnessed: both pulled alike. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were small things, but they seemed somehow like a chip on a perfect statue. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Edith Wharton But I suppose you were at the fire yourself, weren’t you?” she leaned still a little nearer to say. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Leslie Stephen Thou, God, art merciful, hear my prayers and enable me to trust in Thee. “We were married almost seventeen years, and have now been parted thirty. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Cribb, Spring, Langan, and many others, were successful publicans. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

During the four thousand years of its existence many additions were made to it, but nothing of importance seems to have been taken away from it. The Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge

G. K. Chesterton I should, in other words, think the world a little mad if the incident, were received in silence. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Benjamin Disraeli They were obliged to look about for allies wherewith to form their new popular estate. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Maria Edgeworth Mad. de Rosier began by asking her young arithmetician questions only when they were by themselves — but by and by she appealed to her before the rest of the family. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Conan Doyle The first occasion on which fairies were seen, it transpired, was in 1915. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

D. H. Lawrence She put her arms around him and looked into his face with her clear brilliant, grey-green eyes, as if she too were looking for his soul. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

But change and separation had made no alteration in these ladies’ mutual affections, and no three sisters were ever more attached. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe In short, the ancients were content to read as they scanned, or nearly so. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

He therefore reasoned, that if the annoyance were actually escaped by mere locomotion and change of scene, it obviously could not have originated in any supernatural agency. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton They were related to many of the great men who had built the Republic; but no Ralston had so far committed himself as to be great. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Virginia Woolf There were boxes too, standing in the passage when the school broke up. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell Wives were wanting to finish the completeness of the quarrel, which existed one memorable Christmas week, some dozen years ago, between the two neighbours, the two compositors. Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Then he arrayed himself for its perusal with as much precision as though it were some formal and rather complicated revelation just to hand from the gods. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Jack London They were coated with ice; the thick German socks were like sheaths of iron half-way to the knees; and the mocassin strings were like rods of steel all twisted and knotted as by some conflagration. Lost Face by Jack London

William Hope Hodgson But were capable, under certain conditions, of combining under the action of keynote-vibrations into secondary vibrations of a size and shape to be determined by a multitude of only guessable factors. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins On the side from which I was looking at the river, the neglected trees grew so close together that they were undermining their own lives, and poisoning each other. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Arthur Morrison He had no more than the word of Luker and Birks that the jewels (if they existed) were those of Lady Wedlake, and Luker and Birks themselves only professed to know from hearsay. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

William Morris This book, announced as in the press in the list of April 21, 1894, proceeded slowly, as several other books, notably the Chaucer, were being printed at the same time. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell They were “citizens” told off to keep a watch upon M. de —’s movements. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James She had got one or two before from a man whose name he couldn’t remember, and there was a legend that even these were not the first. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Oscar Wilde The Greeks were a nation of artists, because they were spared the sense of the infinite. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Guy de Maupassant They were just glad to see her, without understanding why. Two Little Soldiers (Petit Soldat) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

H.P. Lovecraft Still more shocking were the products of some of the experiments — grisly masses of flesh that had been dead, but that West waked to a blind, brainless, nauseous animation. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

You were most amiable to me when I first saw you. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

But as the muskets were not loaded, and the cannon had only wadding in them, these facts, I presume, saved the life of Phil Fogarty from this discharge. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Arthur Morrison Then many hands were discharged because the strikes in other trades left them no work. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton Upon this principle I should be very ready for one to declare that all the suggested Datcherys were really blinds; merely because they can naturally be suggested. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft Such failures are not uncommon, and we were more pleased than disappointed, since our return to Wilhelmshaven was now in order. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

The first thing disclosed to it was Jasper himself, walking rapidly, as though he were pursued. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson In a moment the whole party were upon their feet, the cigars were upset, and he was ordered to “get out of that directly, or he would get more than he reckoned for. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft He told the crowd that the men were evidently trying to get to a subordinate peak which overlooked the swath at a point considerably ahead of where the shrubbery was now bending. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

And small wonder was it, for the finger marks were fast turning to bruises, while the scratches showed up as fiery-red as ever. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Rafael Sabatini There was a sound as of someone faintly scratching on the wainscot opposite; and for all that his eyes were on the spot, he saw nothing. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

But directly you were near enough to have a good look into his eyes, that was where his lack of age showed, though he was not exactly a boy. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

George Gissing But I’m pretty much always thinking about you, and I wish you were nearer to me. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Alexis and Petrokine were both lying on the floor like myself, bleeding profusely. A Night Among the Nihilists by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne At this moment the young girl observed, by the light which the chafing-dish cast upon Penellan’s face, that despair and determination were struggling in his rough features for the mastery. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

She had lit the fire, though we were not in the habit of having it till later in the day, because she thought Australians might feel chilly. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

William Hope Hodgson I knew then that they were eyes. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

They were at a loss for an adequate motive. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

This comes from an accidental feature; in the first case “they were rowing,” in the next “they were running,” is to be implied. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins He said just enough about himself to satisfy us that we were receiving a person who was at least of equal rank with ourselves. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Anthony Trollope Our friend, while he was guiding the unfortunates on the road, knew his position, and rode for a while as though he were a chief of men. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather He had never seen her before when her mocking eyes and lively manner were not between her and all the world. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Mrs. Rundell is little consulted nowadays; but time was when Mrs. Glasse and herself were the twin stars of the culinary empyrean. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

H. G. Wells The days of mystic individualism have passed, few people nowadays will agree to that strange creed that we must deal with economic conditions as though they were inflexible laws. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Daniel Defoe Theirs was to edification, and to build one another up in faith; so that they were not as we are, nor are we as they were: but, says she, we ought to do as they did. A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal by Daniel Defoe [1706]

George Gissing Words were needless, and in a few seconds she panted before her friends downstairs. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

G. K. Chesterton He turned to a Lieutenant standing by, a German of the pale-haired and rather pudding-faced variety, whose blue saucer-eyes were staring vacantly. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Edgar Allan Poe A parasol, gloves, and a pocket-handkerchief were also here found. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Margaret Oliphant This subduing influence was the first that occupied his mind as he came out, feeling as if he were stealing away from the scene of what had been far from a triumph. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells In the city — that is the life to which we were born. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

George always looked as though he were making a few thousands a year — a city swell . The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Willa Cather Tolstoi was almost as great a lover of material things as Balzac, almost as much interested in the way dishes were cooked, and people were dressed, and houses were furnished. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

H.P. Lovecraft All were sprung, yet all were tenantless. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Henry James They were nobody’s at all — too proud, unlike base animals and humans, to be reducible to anything so narrow. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had secretly said to himself, that if Eleanor Hebthwaite and Susan Dixon were equal in point of riches, he would sooner have Eleanor by far. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

I had feared that your wounded affections were incurable. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Rudyard Kipling Aren’t you well, or are you ill, O Tribe of Tegumai?’ ‘He came with a horrible picture,’ said the Head Chief — ‘a picture that showed you were full of spears. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Rudyard Kipling The other two were patrolling near by. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

Her features, with the exception of her eyes, were in no way remarkable; but those were sufficiently striking to give character to a face that might otherwise have been insipid. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

After breakfast the next morning, when we were away together, she came to us in her jaunty hat, all feathers, and her purple dress with its white fur. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

If I were a nasty stuffy mummy, now, you would be embracing me by, this time. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Henry Handel Richardson Elsa’s hour had come, and Annemarie and Mathilde were scuttling about, banking up the stoves, disarranging the furniture, rearranging the beds. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Goldwin Smith He has even in some lines of Charity, which also were dear to Cobden, remarkably anticipated the sentiment of modern economists respecting the influence of free trade in making one nation of mankind. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

There were great bags below his eyes, and his skin had the wrinkled puffy appearance of a man in dropsy. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

What were her winter bribes, when the long nights would seem to lie heaviest on the exchequer, is not said. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

He had gone in to see his patients for a moment on his way upstairs, and they were both going on well. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

The evening consultations were considered to be over by half-past eight; at which time Adolphus was wont with exemplary punctuality to close the outer door of the surgery. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Guy de Maupassant He trotted in the English style, rising unnecessarily high in the saddle; looking at times as if he were mounting into space. That Costly Ride (A Costly Outing) (À Cheval) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Maria Edgeworth They were dancing with a degree of animation of which, till then, I never had an idea. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Robert Louis Stevenson Here we were to stay the night at a kind of caravanserai, set apart for emigrants. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

These fêtes were earlier in those days, and in France, than our modern balls are in London. I consulted my watch. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Elizabeth Gaskell To cover my agitation, Amante stopped her whistling, and began to talk; and, by the time the blacksmith came in, she and the good woman of the house were in full flow. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

G. K. Chesterton Paris was taken; Austria dethroned; and we were safe. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H.P. Lovecraft What people thought they saw were organic shapes not quite like any they had ever seen before. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The limitations of this rule were asserted by him to be determined only by the sensibility of each, or the utility to result to all. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Those were the exclamations of the captain. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Nikolai Gogol The nightingales of the Ukraine are singing, and it seems as though the moon itself were listening to their song. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Elizabeth Gaskell If I were avoiding return to a place which I thought to be a hell upon earth, think you I would have taken a quiet sleep under any man’s roof till, somehow or another, I was secure. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Maria Edgeworth If it were in my power, I should, upon the present occasion, disdain to persuade. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Willa Cather These country friends, she used to say, were the wisest of all, because they could never be fooled about fundamentals. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

George Meredith They were answered, except the last one. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Cloris. O that these Dewes Rosewater were for thee, These Mists Perfumes that hang vpon these thicks, And that the Winds were all Aromaticks, Which, if my wish could make them, they should bee. Muses Elizium by Michael Drayton [1630]

James Clerk Maxwell Time would fail me if I were to attempt to illustrate by examples the scientific value of the classification of quantities. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

G. K. Chesterton All their remedies were heroic remedies. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Here we got a bite of supper and were permitted to lie before the fire. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the face of these changes, it were impious to doubt fortune’s kindness. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson But the faces were not miserable or fierce — they smiled at her with shy little baby smiles. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

Jacques Futrelle The coffee was weak and muddy and delightful; the biscuits were yellow and lumpy and delicious; the eggs were eggs. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Monk were one o’ them who liked to take time by the forelock, and get his extra work forrard when he were put on to any. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

William Hope Hodgson A vast rain seemed to come with it, and a wind of a most extraordinary loudness — as though the howling of a night-long gale, were packed into the space of no more than a minute. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

And this true honour from their love-death sprung,— They were the first that ever poet sung. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Robert Louis Stevenson There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,  Nor of people in church or the Park, As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,  And that glittered and winked in the dark. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

You hinted, I believe, to Mrs. Todhetley that you might really take him, if your demands were not complied with. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells They were just as endlessly various in reality as the people at the top of the scramble; in reality but not in the mind of the Communist seer. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

M. R. James If it were the last words she had to speak, she said afterwards, he was striving to keep back a fit of laughing. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle Every practitioner was called to my aid, the fees of the doctors were swelled by the bills of the apothecaries and surgeons. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A hard temperament had been formed by Saxon and Saxon-Dane, and such of these French or Normans as could reach it, were naturalized in every sense. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Edgar Allan Poe Upon its front were characters engraven in the stone; and I walked through the morass of water-lilies, until I came close unto the shore, that I might read the characters upon the stone. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne This one small sin, if I were to aid in it, would add but a trifle to the sum of mine. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Charles Dickens All the flags in the place were hoisted, all the guns in the place were fired, and all the people in the place came down to look at us. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

She seemed, too, to be unusually restless, opening the windows and looking out with forlorn cranings of her neck as if she too were watching for her master. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

John Lewis Burckhard Several camels, at the sight of the water, broke the halters by which they were led, and in rushing or stumbling down the banks, threw off their loads, and occasioned great clamour and disorder. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

E. F. Benson They were not angry, they did not cry for justice, but the calm inexorable gaze of justice that must be done was there . The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

That was a woman in the chair — Moore’s wife — and he treated her, talked about her, as though she were some peculiarly trained and subject animal. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassan We were thunderstruck at the sight. Babette by Guy de Maupassan

Julian Hawthorne You were awed by an evil influence breathed from the actual wood and iron — not by the mere knowledge of ghastly scenes in which they had borne a part. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Ivan Turgenev I should be in a great difficulty, if I were forced to describe exactly what passed within me in the course of the week after my unsuccessful midnight expedition. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling If it were not so the Odes of Horace would not have survived. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

William Morris Mr. W. H. Bowden, who subsequently became overseer, then joined his father as compositor, and the first chapters of The Glittering Plain were set up. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

His real amusements were his trees and his friends. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Jane Austen I scolded him for making love to Maria Mainwaring; he protested that he had been only in joke, and we both laughed heartily at her disappointment; and, in short, were very agreeable. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Two unexpected events were there to greet them. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Maria Edgeworth The making of baskets, of bell-ropes, and of cords for window-curtains, were occupations in which, she thought, they might successfully employ themselves. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

The services that day, I am told, were specially interesting and impressive, but I had a good deal else on my mind — was preoccupied, absent, inattentive. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Dickens Nycey! As the shades of night were by this time closing in, these expressions were supposed to embody this simple people’s views of the evening hymn. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His keen eyes were fixed upon Grace. “My information, madam,” he remarked, “is that it was you who first gave information to the police that the bonds were not forthcoming. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch She felt that his eyes were fixed on her forehead, but dared not look up. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry James She counted over, serenely, for his enlightenment, those that were still to be performed; but he could see that everything would be finished by nine o’clock — the time she had fixed in advance. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

It was a stony gaze; his lips were compressed and bloodless, his features pointed and pale. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were all steady, chapel-going folk, small farmers, well known and respected over the countryside, while I was always a bit of a rover. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James The young couple, neither of whom had a penny, were now virtually engaged: the thing was subject to Ralph’s putting his hand on some regular employment. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Wilkie Collins Remember, I sailed from England with him in the Wanderer; and I was only transferred to the Sea-mew long after we were locked up in the ice. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Guy de Maupassant The whole place had the air of a bygone time, of days that were done and men who had vanished. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Henry James Those few words were in familiar French, the French of the day, which Covick often made use of to show he wasn’t a prig. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Algernon Blackwood They said, these many days ago, that you had gone away, that you were dead. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

His bad, flat face — or, at least, what can be seen of it — does not look as if it were made for the light of day. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Arthur Morrison Two were chandlers’, and the third was a sort of semi-shed of the greengrocery and coal persuasion, with the name “Penner” on a board over the door. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

I observed, however, an occasional slight turn of its head, as if its apathy were more affected than real. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

Robert Louis Stevenson Where are we, any way?’ The driver had fluttered his ticket in the eyes of the branch-toll keeper, and they were now brought to on the highest and most solitary part of the by-road. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Before I had fed Modestine and arranged my sack, three stars were already brightly shining, and the others were beginning dimly to appear. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rafael Sabatini Progress was at first dishearteningly slow, and the labours of the first few days were represented by a handful of grains of wood dug from the uppermost plank. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Schopenhauer If it is true that the Greeks excluded women from their theatres they were quite right in what they did; at any rate you would have been able to hear what was said upon the stage. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Most of the noblemen were great hamatures of hale and porter. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

In every hedge field birds were gathering, huddling together, twittering restlessly. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Parkman is worth reading, if it were only for his account of the Indians. Perhaps the very strangest thing about them, and the most unaccountable, is their small numbers. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Katherine Mansfield I felt so light and free and happy—so childish! I wanted to poke my tongue out at the circle on the grass, who, drawing close together, were whispering meaningly. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

There were four telescreens, one in each wall. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells And now it lay with its head projecting a little over the trench it had won, as if it were a single sentient thing planning the next phase of its attack . The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft They were paying out that infinitely long rope very swiftly now, and I scraped cruelly against the rough and constricted sides of the shaft as I shot madly downward. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

M. R. James The brambles and weeds that had obscured the column and globe were now all cleared away, and it was for the first time possible to see clearly what these were like. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Henry James They were discussing the possibilities of dinner; the hostess enumerated some very savoury ones, and he nodded briskly, assenting to everything. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

James Joyce Austerities were all the sweeter So I were ever in that heart. Chamber Music by James Joyce