Phrases with "wife"

Tobias Smolle His wife was a great masculine virago, who had all the air of having frequented the slaughter-house. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Radclyffe Hall On Sundays he sat in an uncomfortable pew while his wife chanted psalms in the voice of a peacock. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

For the Greaser loved his wife with the miserable, furious passion of a weak thing. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope His wife from time to time came into the room, shading the light from his eyes, protecting him from the flies, and administering in her soft way to what she thought might be his comforts. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

In this Parisian arrangement it had been so, and his wife had no idea that it was entirely on her account that Daniel Granger set up his tent in the Faubourg St. Honoré. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

In an instant I realized how the shock of seeing that card had been too great for the soul of wife or friend to bear. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

D. H. Lawrence So don’t forget — you are the night wife of the ladybird, while you live and even when you die. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He could not turn Moggs off the premises, because his wife would have interfered. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins I ask you to bear witness,” he added, his voice getting louder again, while his eyes moved uneasily backward and forward between Sir Patrick and Anne, “that I treat my wife as becomes a lady. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arthur Machen Front and back doors were locked, the gas was turned off at the meter, and when Darnell got upstairs he found his wife already in bed, her face turned round on the pillow. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

I wadn’t heed if t’ bairns and t’ wife had enough to live on; but they’re pinched — they’re pined. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Andrew Lang The young prince went quickly back to his father, and told him all he had seen and which wife he had chosen. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It is not I that would marry a wife who dyed her hair. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

Rudyard Kipling I have lent a little money to the Barons, or they would torture us, but my most I will lend to the King. He hath promised me a place near him at Court, where my wife and I shall be safe. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Thomas Hardy Many a Lord Chancellor’s wife had been less intuitively a lady than she had shown herself to be in her lines to him. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith Suspicion of Chillon’s wife Carinthia could not feel. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. Rider Haggard Then, Eric, thou shalt sit in Atli’s hall, and in all honour shall Atli’s wife become thy bride. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

John Galsworthy That diabolical foreign chap, Prosper Profond, had long been gone he didn’t know where, and his wife had been decidedly less restive and sarcastic ever since. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Mrs. Dodd then was not the wife to trust blindly where her poor husband was concerned. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Eliot She spoke rather tremulously — ‘You say she is foolish and helpless — that other wife — and believes him to be her real husband. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was not a chief of brigade yet, you understand, although I already carried myself like one, but I was the youngest colonel in the whole service, and my regiment was wife and children to me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Andrew Lang But I will not go back to my wife just yet, as, if I only go on at this rate, I shall soon have enough money to buy a donkey. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Upon her recovery, Harvey took his wife to Madeira, where they spent three weeks. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft The odour of this singular messenger was really appalling, and I hoped (not in vain, thank God!) that my wife would not wake and confront it. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Anatole France The innkeeper’s wife laid on the table the lavender-scented cloth, the pewter plates, goblets and pitchers. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Andrew Lang Next morning, therefore, they asked him if he had not wife or child, and said that if he would like to go and visit them they would give him a bag of gold to take away with him. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He flushed deeply, but answered up boldly and with great appearance of candor: “Yes; my wife left Haddam yesterday to come to New York, and I have not seen her since. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope By degrees the visitors went, and as the doctor went with them, and as the doctor’s wife had not made her appearance, Charlotte Stanhope and her brother were left together. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

She had gone herself into the country to learn what she could, but she had to stay downstairs while the old chap’s wife went up to the invalid. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Julian Hawthorne My wife is wont to say, with a smile in her dark eyes, that our prosperity is due to the restored virtue of the pearl-shell necklace, which still rests upon her bosom. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

There is generally a little cabin, roofed over at the stern, in which the wife of the captain lives. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell Tom was a scapegrace, poor fellow, and always wanted help of one kind or another; and his wife (for I think scapegraces are always married long before steady folk) was but a helpless kind of body. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Charles Dickens Making no more of Boxer than if he had been a house lamb! The Carrier and his wife exchanged a look of perplexity. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Anthony Trollope As he did so he left the room, and his wife followed him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But the Sons of God who took to wife the daughters of men, these were such as should take her to wife. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf In the next room, meanwhile, Wilfrid was talking to Mrs. Thornbury with greater freedom now that his wife was not sitting there. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing He could not forget that he had made no serious effort to discover his wife and bring her back to live with him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope If you can’t get a wife for him down there in Hampshire, I shall have him up to London, and look one out for him there. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

But Oates and my wife and others intervened. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

George Meredith The young life he looked to for renewal swallowed him: he partly lost human feeling for his wife in the tremendous watch and strain to hurry her as a vessel round the dangerous headland. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D.H. Lawrence The farmer’s wife and children stood by ready to rush in with assistance if necessary. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope It is not that I desire to break off our engagement; but that I cannot allow my wife to keep the diamonds which belong of right to her late husband’s family. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jacques Futrelle Randolph and his wife checked off a large number of these whom they knew were there. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Sinclair Lewis Rose Pennloss, wife of the rather dull and quite pleasant Donald, the grain-dealer, was Cass’s sister, but Cass and she liked each other and let each other alone. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Then he informed his wife of what had befallen. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Flogging banished from the armies of Western Europe, remains here by the sanction of the Duke of Wellington. The right of the husband to sell the wife has been retained down to our times. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

George Gissing None entered save those whom husband and wife held in affection or in respect; idle gaiety was unknown beneath their roof, and worldly ambition had no part in their counsels. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Dr. Loring’s wife was her cousin. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Gertrude Stein The wife of Agero sang some charming old limousin songs, Pichot danced a wonderful religious spanish dance ending in making of himself a crucified Christ upon the floor. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing His wife came down now and then, and was angry with him for his useless obstinacy, so plain it was that he could scarcely hold up his great thick head. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

My wife turned to me in astonishment; not being a Westernshire woman, she was not well up in the traditions of that venerable county. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Theodore Dreiser His wife sat at one end of the table revolving thoughts of her own in silence. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Don’t let my wife know the nature of the business that takes me to London. I can get it broken to her gently after I am gone. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Yet, if Marian Nowell did not love you — as a wife should love her husband, with all her heart and soul — it was ten thousand times better that the knot should be cut in time, however roughly. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now, Mrs Denbigh, what have you got to say against this plan? My wife is just as full of it as me. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Andrew Lang And the hoodie’s wife lay down, and so tired was she, that it seemed to her but a moment before the sun rose, and she awoke again. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Neefit, when he went home that night, told his wife and daughter. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

His wife was a Carwell—an heiress—there’s not a Carwell in this country now, nor for many a day has been. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Leon Trotsky The closest was the chauffeur of Dr. M. The doctor’s wife took my wife and the boys out driving, and was very kind to them. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing The longer he kept silence, the less easily could he acquaint his wife with this matter—in itself so perfectly harmless. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

At the heart of it were his wife and children. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. F. Benson Finally, all sense of decency seemed to have left him, and he had brought to Thurso House, while his wife was in it, a common woman off the street. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

She had been the offender and the wife the victim; and Howard — Well, his actions continued to be a mystery, but I would not admit his guilt even now. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Now their journey to the Burgundian land drew near; man and wife began to fear lest they never should come home again. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The butcher’s wife came out at the sound of her footstep, and gave her the key, with some kindly word of greeting which Eleanor scarcely understood. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

From time to time he eyed his wife through the open door. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Come, darling, say that you will become my wife next week. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Marjorie Bowen My lord’s wife to be reclaimed like a straying dog and sent back shivering to my post! My lord’s wife! But I am more, madam; I am a woman. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Watkin Tench The wife returns to land with her booty, and the husband quitting the rock joins his stock to hers; and they repair either to some neighbouring cavern or to their hut. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Anthony Trollope But you know how strict in such matters papa is, and you must remember, that the wife always follows the rank of the husband. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

When I propose as a remedy that he should remain in the background and take notes, whilst his wife has the sitting, he explains that he can never consent to his wife’s presence at such performances. Memories and Studies by William James

John Galsworthy It was supposed that he went abroad and saw all sorts of people now that his wife was dead; his water-colours were on the line, and he was a successful man. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle How could he live with a wife who would make his whole life a series of surprises? Fancy what a whirlwind she must be in a house. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Andrew Lang The wood-cutter’s wife was looking out of the window when the mules drew up before the door, so heavily laden that they almost sank under their burdens. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Von Arnim And after that he noticed, with just the slightest of starts, that his wife was looking at him. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Mr. Larose is popular with everyone and he and his wife do splendid work among the poor. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Andrew Lang This silly king here, because he can’t cure his wife of asking questions, is going to throw his life away. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Burns and his wife had not been long settled in their newly-built farm-house, when prudence induced him to ask that he might be appointed Excise officer in the district in which he lived. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

We did pretty well with the hotel, and my wife she was always at me to paint up. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

His wife and Milly were summoned by a telegraphic message, and started for Shields by the first train that could convey them there; but they were too late. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Anthony Trollope A man does not willingly accuse his wife of even the first germ of infidelity; does not willingly suggest to her that any one is of more moment to her than himself. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

John Lewis Burckhard He ordered a house to be prepared for us in the middle of the town, and we took possession of it the next day; the owner was absent, but his wife gave us a civil reception. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

He could never receive his wife again — upon that question there seemed to him no room for doubt. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Kingsley And I hope to Gad the Frenchwoman will win, because my wife will get quite as good a gown to look at for twenty guineas or so. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry James It’s not every young man who finds, on reaching the marrying age, a wife kept in a box of rose-leaves for him. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Rudyard Kipling And — and — you see, not being a soldier’s wife —’ ‘We’ll arrange the passage home, of course,’ said Tallantire quietly. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Where are you staying? and how is your wife?” “I am staying in Kensington,” I replied; “and I am glad to say that my wife is in the best of health. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Andrew Lang He married a wife and soon they had a most beautiful daughter, for whom, when she was grown up, he caused a great palace to be built underground, and then killed the architect who had built it. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I don’t pretend to say that my future would not be much sweeter before me with you as my wife — if only either of us had a sufficiency of income. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton My wife and child have got to live. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

A. E. W. Mason He gave up the attempt and asked:— “Are Harry Feversham and his wife in town?” Mrs. Adair was slow to reply. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Gissing A week or two after this, Narramore sent a friendly note— “Shall I see you at Birching’s on Sunday? My wife will be there, to meet Miss Marks and some other people. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Andrew Lang One day his wife took a fancy for broth, and said to him, ‘Oh, go to the village, and buy a piece of beef to make broth. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy By the way, have you had your own kitchen electrified?” “My wife and I are thinking of it, sir. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope She was sitting with his wife when he entered the room. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I fancy I see myself taking a wife on those terms. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James His wife had told him what I wanted and he was amiably amused at my impotence. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

He had children whom he loved, and a wife on whom he doted. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

It’s what my wife could read between the lines. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing But stay; what was this that followed? ‘Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

He had been careful and deliberate, and had waited till he was thoroughly convinced that Celia Clare was precisely the kind of wife he wanted, before committing himself by a serious. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Meeting a peasant mounted upon a sorry horse, he bought the animal, explaining by signs what he wanted; the gaoler’s wife had recommended him to speak as little as possible, in view of his accent. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

And you talk about pulling up! With such a wife as that, one is thankful to drown care once in a way. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

The wife of a Count Octave, having quitted her husband for another, has repented of her fault and separated from her lover, but, through shamefastness, will not return to her husband. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Wilkie Collins Samuel Jerrold was twice married—the second time to a wife so much his junior that he was older than his own mother-in-law. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

George Gissing Alfred and his wife were going again to South Wales; was it impossible for Adela to join them? Letty wrote a letter full of affectionate pleading, but it was useless. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

My wife slept very sound after her journey; but my hurry of spirits denying me that refreshment, I never so much as now lamented the want of the graundee. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

This is an awkward business, and of course it’s very painful for that sweet young wife of his. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

In 1553, a wife cut her husband’s throat, and gnawed the nose and the left arm, whilst the body was yet warm. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

My wife was never mine, save in name, until I was a free man,—free to claim her before God and the world. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells But all the same I’d hate to have a wife who knew nothing about it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Still, all this was highly proper — very useful to him — and his wife seemed to like it — as if she also had derived some distinct and secret advantage from this intellectual connection. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Ford Madox Ford From the moment of his unfaithfulness with La Dolciquita she never acted the part of wife to Edward. It was not that she intended to keep herself from him as a principle, for ever. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Arthur Conan Doyle Books were far dearer in my boyhood than they are now, and carpenters were less well paid, but old Palmer had neither wife nor child, and spent little on food or raiment. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith Camillo sacrifices his wife for safety. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And with such a wife as Hilda—” “Hilda will be a wife in a thousand. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Eliot There’s Chowne’s wife ugly enough to turn the milk an’ save the rennet, but she’ll niver save nothing any other way. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope His wife and daughters went among the poor — and he smoked cigars in his library. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Why should I?” “Should she become my wife — that I would have thought might have been the reason why. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald I took a wife there at twenty-one, added two wings, and with four mangy steers I started out. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing He wouldn’t leave his wife to starve. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins A week had passed, since the Minister’s wife had left me, when I received a letter from the Minister himself. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing And I must needs marry a wife of dainty instincts! What astounding impudence! No wonder Fate pitched me aside into the gutter. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing That’s why I don’t like my wife to make new acquaintances. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope He was still of opinion that the two cousins might ultimately become man and wife if matters were left tranquil and the girl were taken abroad for a year or two. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell I were fetched to Boucher’s wife afore seven this morning. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope Every day passed together as man and wife must be a falsehood and a sin. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

The meal over, the party were free to run and play in the meadows; a few stayed to help the farmer’s wife to put away her earthenware. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

A man of fifty cannot long bear malice with a wife of twenty-three. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James He and his wife spoke sometimes, but seldom talked, and there was something vague and patient in them, as if they had become victims of a wrought spell. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

He tells me that my wife is in England, and safe, but will admit no more. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett His wife ought surely to have been horrorstruck by the word; but she did not blench. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Charles Kingsley His wife knew that she could borrow of Valencia; but she, too, was against the place. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

G. K. Chesterton My wife was better than all women, and yet I could not feel it. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Charles Dickens The wife was standing in the same place, twisting her ring round and round upon her finger. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Marjorie Bowen Even when his wife had been buried here, he had not attended the service. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

George Gissing At eleven o’clock husband and wife were alone again. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence His wife was talking to two other women. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Rudyard Kipling His hosts were most polite; for the cultivator’s wife had told them of his vision of the Red Bull, and of his probable descent from another world. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn There is a note from Bessy, copied into the Diary, surely as heartbroken a cry as could come from a wife and mother. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Willa Cather He telephoned his wife to that effect, and, thinking he had settled the matter, made his reservation on the 11. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

George Meredith His wife could have been inimically imagined fascinated and dwindling. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He will be accompanied by both his wife and daughter. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope Violet, say that you will be my wife once more, and I will swear to work for you like a coal-heaver. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing So there was little chance of his ever winning that sort of reputation which would have enabled him to accompany his wife into society without the galling sense of playing an inferior role. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The man’s wife was seated at a sewing-machine, working; she rose, as her husband entered, to give him greeting. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Shortly before five the following evening, the gamekeeper was standing outside his cottage, waiting for his master’s wife to appear. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anthony Trollope If you were my wife — ” “Tom, pray don’t. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Everything that a wife could do from duty she did; but the love seemed to have fled, and, in such cases, no reproaches or complaints can avail to bring it back. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Thomas Hardy She had been another man’s wife almost the whole time since he was estranged from her, and now she was a corpse. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Wilkie Collins But I was only a woman — and I loved his wife so dearly! Thank God, that faithful love helped me, and I sat down again without saying a word. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Micheline’s sweetness emboldened him; he no longer took the trouble of dissimulating, and treated his young wife with perfect indifference. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Andrew Lang The two sisters returned home, but the wife followed the hoodie. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Your money and your fine wife no longer lift ‘ee above me as they did but now, and my poverty does not press me down. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang Thus a year and a day slipped by, and at the end of it Gorla of the Flocks and his wife seemed suddenly to have grown old. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James M. de la Rochefidele and his wife were preparing to take their leave, and Madame de Cintre’s interview with the mumbling old lady was at an end. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope Her first assertion that she could not become his wife had hardly served to moderate in the least the joy which he had felt from the assurances of her affections. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Morrison He showed his written authority from the last landlord, and the tenant’s wife paid over the sum of nine shillings, giving him at the same time the rent-book to sign and a slip of written paper. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

I thought it was agreed that until Mark had some reasonable prospect of being able to support a wife his visits here had better cease. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

During the recital of the story the young wife had all the time preserved her charming smile, but, for all that, Larose noticed that when her husband had finished her hands were trembling. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins The old man and his wife took it in turns to teach me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald To-morrow morning I’m going to Innsbruck by car with my wife and children — and the governess. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy On entering his wife was nowhere to be seen, and he inquired for her. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

She was probably some minister’s or ambassador’s wife who had a finger in high politics. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Theodore Dreiser The wife of Anson Merrill, the great dry-goods prince, whom she saw in one of the down-town stores one day, impressed her as much too cold and remote. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassan My wife gave birth to a little girl three days ago, and now she is dying and I have not a penny. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Washington Irving He listened to every goblin tale of the neighboring gossips with infinite gravity, and held the porter’s wife in high favor on account of her talent for the marvellous. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope I cannot myself conceive any misery greater than that of having a wife whom I could not ask my friends to meet. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edith Wharton LETHBURY, surveying his wife across the dinner table, found his transient conjugal glance arrested by an indefinable change in her appearance. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch My wife is a better hand at it, but”— here he looked at me doubtfully —“it always makes her cry. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Through her whole life the wife of the unspeakable Cornelius had no other companion, confidant, and friend but her daughter. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Meredith Perhaps I shall see my wife again at the door below, or in heaven. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edith Wharton To such a banquet his wife naturally remained uninvited. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. Rider Haggard Hail to you, wife of the Snake!” Smiling triumphantly the girl moved back to her place by the altar, and turned her proud face to the people. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins Shall I own it? My pride shrank from acknowledging, before the honeymoon was over, that his wife was right. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Talbot would have summoned his wife to her assistance, but he could not bear to see the two women associated until he had discovered the cause of Aurora’s agitation. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Hardy His wife rushed frantically past me as I hastened to the spot, and when I entered I found that he had put an end to himself with his revolver. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

James Payn You made me what I am; a wife fit for yourself, I do believe; not good, like you—not wise, like you—but one who was a faithful and true helpmate, and with whom you were content. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Rudyard Kipling A Sergeant’s wife died of heatapoplexy in the night, and the rumor ran abroad that it was cholera. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Olaf Stapledon At all cost I must go forward, even if my trivial earthly life must come to an untimely end, and my wife and children be left without me. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He turned round to conduct his wife to the little alcove from which she should vanish. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

They knew nothing of Captain Fennel or his antecedents; to become his wife might just be courting misery and destruction. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell Still, this offer gave his wife great and true pleasure, as a proof of the respect in which her husband was held. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

A dreadful tragedy, Stephen — to be cut off from one’s wife like that. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Many again, including the apothecary’s wife and daughter already mentioned, pretended to sorcery, and sold poisons, or attempted by means of charms and incantations to raise the devil. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James He saw his wife seated alone on the terrace, but remained below, wandering, turning, pausing, lingering. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

You would not be happy, or only for a little bit, not for long, with a wife whom every one, every one from the Bishop to the cowman, believed to be Dick’s cast-off mistress. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

M. P. Shiel Me give him plenty of goods to buy a wife or two, if he want wife. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

We were reasonably happy together, till my wife began to fall into those wretched habits of intemperance which finally blighted both our lives. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

With such a wife as Moira, who could be anything else? I can see her now, as I sit here writing; she is walking in the garden carrying something, of which she seems inordinately proud. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

You must have seen that I have not been seeking a dwelling for my wife and myself. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry James I’m not sure that at this very moment my wife can take you in — she has a lot of people staying with her. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

I had wondered, when I saw the Master and his wife on the balcony the night before, how they came to be there at such an hour on such a night. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Henry James There was only one hindrance: that I seemed not to know any of the people he and his wife had known. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Willa Cather The laws are barbarous, Archie.” “Your wife is — still the same?” the doctor asked sympathetically. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

John Galsworthy With a wife and babies you’ll starve in a kennel. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

James Anthony Froude His case was passed over and he was left in prison, where his wife and children were allowed to visit him daily. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

George Gissing He was married but had no children, and his wife had been separated from him for several years. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Green Ingersoll What did the soldier leave when he went? He left his wife and children. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Look at what I had to starve upon for ever so many years — a lieutenant’s half-pay — and to keep my wife and bring up my children upon it! You can’t imagine it, Squire; it’s cruel. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]