Phrases with "word"

Anthony Trollope I gave my word to Frank not twelve months since, and that with the consent of every one belonging to me. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Bolton believed every word that she said. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

B Seven might have used the word because he needed the rhyme. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edith Wharton The word came out of the depths of Ralph’s anguish: “Yes.” “And why you want it in such a hurry. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Wilkie Collins In the absence of the label (on which he had himself written the word “Poison”), it was impossible for him to identify the bottle. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins I could not say a word to him — I was not even able to return his bow. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Not a word had we heard since; but we had seen the two women-servants whispering together whenever they got the chance; and so we knew they were going. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

I have given my word and I cannot draw back. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Anthony Trollope If it were untrue, perhaps she might say a word to him that would comfort him and give him new hope. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Winston woke up with the word ‘Shakespeare’ on his lips. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim Word by word he read the contents of the note. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Anthony Trollope Linda should have remembered that she had never breathed a word to her sister of Alaric’s passion for herself. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Before he could utter a word I got in first. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He was very upset about something, and we could hardly get a word out of him at dinner. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Ford Madox Ford The word ‘Maritally!’ burst out of the telephone like a blue light! That girl with the refined face, the hair cut longish, but revealing its thinner refinement . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

The stir abroad might have been pretty brisk that evening; we had Dr. Galliard’s word for it: it could have been nothing to what set in the next day. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Henry Fielding However, he had never mentioned one word of his dissatisfaction. Amelia by Henry Fielding

I desired power!” and as she uttered the last word an infernal expression of pride came over her white and delicate face. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

No word was dropped which might lead him to suspect their designs. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Tommy then found a word or two of English, and said, “You master?” The natives always like to know who they are dealing with, whether a person is a master or a servant. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sir Walter Scott I must see if you have kept your word to me, and come as the great Earl men call thee, and not as heretofore like a private cavalier. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Wilkie Collins I, who saw more of him than anyone, never heard a word of complaint fall from his lips. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Imagine their power! The word that flows from their pen will fashion the thought of to-morrow. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Meredith Rose looked at Evan. Could he not see that she had no word in her soul for him of that kind? Yes: but love is not always to be touched to tenderness even at the sight of love. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Louisa May Alcott Meg got behind his chair under pretense of smoothing the wrinkles out of his tired forehead, and standing there, she said, with her panic increasing with every word . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

My stepmother brought me religious books, and told me to read them; but they were hard, difficult books, and I couldn’t find one word of comfort in them. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Each word was produced with a distinctness nearly theatrical, but at the conclusion of all her periods she had the strange trick of dropping to a whisper. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

G. K. Chesterton But even if such laws do good to children or idiots, it is wrong to use the word “charter. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

R. D. Blackmore You first, you first of all the world, my Mary.” She tried to speak, but not a word would come; and that was all the better. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Gaston Leroux She doesn’t doubt your word now, nor your clear intelligence, little angel. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

The temper of the council was very unforgiving, and the old man’s word would have been decisive; but it is my opinion that, well aware of his son’s fiery courage, he dared not pronounce the word. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Robert Green Ingersoll He who descended from the cross went not to see her; and the son had no word for the broken-hearted mother. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins Before Shrowl could utter a word of rejoinder, there was a ring at the gate-bell of the cottage. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is from something more immediate, some determination of blood to the head, some trick of the fancy, that the breach is stormed or the bold word spoken. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

He put on his broad-brimmed hat and without a word led the way through the wicket gate and along the path which he always used himself and which was out of sight of the village fountain. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry Handel Richardson He brought back word that the diggers had entrenched themselves on a piece of rising ground near the Eureka lead, behind a flimsy barricade of logs, slabs, ropes and overturned carts. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I took his word for it, and munched at tongue and biscuits. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

The governor next flew into a towering rage with a kitchen-maid who, when bringing him his soup, had been so rash as to utter the word apoplexy. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Sarah Orne Jewett Mrs. Blackett and I gave our word of honor that we would remind her of this heavy responsibility. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Jane Austen You should learn to think of other people; and, take my word for it, it is a shocking trick for a young person to be always lolling upon a sofa. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

And I seemed to see how he’d stare at me, if he were to hear me say that, how long he would sit and not understand a word of it. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

But you never made a word of objection; you gave in at once. A Curious Experience by Ellen Wood [1883]

She had not understood a word of what Ma Hla May was saying, but the meaning of the scene was perfectly clear. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Charles Dickens Not a word was spoken, not a sound was made. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Not a word was uttered during the time of our remaining, unless, indeed, by the wardswoman in reply to some question which we put to the turnkey who accompanied us. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, my dear lad, you will perceive that instead of my being in your power, you are so completely in mine that it needs but a word from me to destroy your whole family. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

We rode side by side without addressing a word to one another. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George Meredith He asked to be allowed to speak a word to the man who had just entered the house. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

But she may talk; I will go my own way, and she will acquiesce without a word of debate on the subject. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Edith Wharton I am too much of a recluse to be at ease in such scenes, but I have sent word to your father to go with you. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had gone off at a moment’s notice with this stranger, and no word has come from him since. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The younger brother, the one they had married to an elderly shrew, he, on the strength of an older friendship and as if paying a debt of gratitude, took the liberty to utter a word of warning. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

I found him in a state of the wildest excitement, and he implored me to send you word that he wanted to see you again. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

They awaited the word “forward”— awaited, too, with beating hearts and set teeth the gusts of lead and iron that were to smite them at their first movement in obedience to that word. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Rudyard Kipling Somebody in the gallery moaned, ‘Oh Gord, the Gubby!’ and we heard the word run like a shudder, for they had not a full breath left among them. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jack London And he was a man that men liked, which is the finest word of all, a man’s man. Lost Face by Jack London

George Gissing Until she met him she had not known a look of compliment or a word addressed to her emotions. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing I can’t remember a word I said, but speak I did, and in a way that astonished them; they shrank back from me, looking pale and frightened. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Sick for Ill. Good usage now limits this word to cases of nausea, but it is still legitimate in sickly, sickness, love-sick, and the like. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

I haven’t a word to say against him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The Captain listened very attentively, and only put in a word now and then about boys being boys and young men sowing their wild oats. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Not a sound, not a word replied. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The young girls learn to know the young men, the fatuity, and the indiscretion that follows it, become quickly odious, in a word they learn how to choose a husband. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Edith Wharton Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May’s ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arthur Morrison Indeed you’ll do me a great favour if you’ll come, else I shall be all alone, without a soul to say a word to. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope I sent you word that you would have to pay for taking it up. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

William Morris And thou seest also that thy friends would have a word of me. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Jonathan Swif This morning Mr. Lewis sent me word that Lord Treasurer told him the Queen would determine at noon. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Gissing Of course I say not a word about my position, and of course nobody would think of asking questions. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Andrew Lang And do not imagine that you can hide from me, for if you fail to keep your word I will come and fetch you!” added the Beast grimly. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux Natacha Feodorovna is the last word in wickedness and doesn’t deserve anybody’s pity. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

I have already spoken of the Norse word hamr, I wish now to make some further remarks upon it. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

G. K. Chesterton In the first case the word brevity means futility; in the second case, opportunity. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Victor Hugo The idea that the old word “cul-debasse-fosse” awakens in the mind can only be applied to it if it were a lair of wild beasts. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Rafael Sabatini Sakr-el-Bahr crossed to Asad’s side, and begged for a word alone with him. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Henry James The very way Rose Muniment sounded the word ‘intellect’ made him feel this; she pronounced it as if she were distributing prizes for a high degree of it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson A master who went by, a small, jovial man in a big hat, had a word for all the girls, even a chuck of the chin for one unusually saucy face. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy And again I give you my word that I will conceal nothing — so that there will be no excuse whatever for your wearing yourself out with fears that I am worse than I say. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Margaret Oliphant It was not the sleep of youth Vincent thought of, as, without a word to say, he thundered his summons on the cottage door. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Rudyard Kipling I gave my word to Dinah Shadd yesterday, an’, more blame to me, I was wid you last night talkin’ nonsinse but nothin’ more. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rafael Sabatini He did now what he might have done before but that fear and his pledged word between them had paralysed his will. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Gaskell Michael complained that she never had a word for him, or a minute of time to spend with him now; but she only said she must try, while there was yet a chance, to bring back her brother’s lost wits. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Anthony Trollope With that one word spoken her mother would be kind to her, and would wait upon her; would bring her tea, and would sit by her bedside, and caress her. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

A word which could not be pronounced with any certainty, was not in a true sense possessed. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Now he began to pace restlessly backwards and forwards, with his arms folded one over the other; then he stopped in front of me and repeated, “I have a word or two to say to you, young man. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Gissing His mother seldom elicited a word from him on the subject of the sisters. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Bronislaw Malinowski The word purchase covers, probably, the fact that the girl’s parents obtained, at the marriage contract, and probably ever after, gifts from their future son-in-law. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry James I myself had kept back nothing, but there was a word Mrs. Grose had kept back. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

If I were to dissect each incident, every small fragment of a second would contain an harrowing tale, whose minutest word would curdle the blood in thy young veins. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Captain Cockermuth had the young man at the Guildhall and was preferring the charge, before Mr. Cockermuth heard a word of what was agate. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

T. E. Lawrence Accordingly, we put off calling Rafa to meet us at Azrak, and said not a word to Zaal, concentrating our thoughts instead on Wadi Khalid and its bridges. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope There was no word about Frank that night. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Do you?” “I?” The word seemed startled out of her. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Men are ours at a word—or at least a word of invitation. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Anthony Trollope How was she to live without a word of sympathy from any human being? She had been careful to say little or nothing to Tetchen, having some indistinct idea that Tetchen was a double traitor. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

The word supplied a possible answer — the present general pattern of the world was being violently changed into another pattern, perhaps a better one, perhaps not, but anyhow another. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Mark Twain But who says a word in behalf of poor Mr. Laura? (I do not know his other name. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

When Madame Boche advised her to inform Coupeau, Gervaise became really terrified, and implored her not to say a word about it. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He was most annoyed when, upon awakening at seven o’clock the next morning, there was still no word from the inspector. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Anthony Trollope For some few days not a word was spoken, even between the friends themselves, as to Tudor’s intention. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

At supper he put down his knife and fork perpetually to fall into a brown study; and I am sure he never knew a word of the reading afterwards. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe I knew what he meant by that one word well enough — I knew what he wished to make me understand. A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe

If you dare to say one word of this to any living soul I’ll——” The door suddenly opened, and Lady Francis hurried in. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

The word ‘shot’ gave me a sort of inward shudder. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Fechner, with his distinct earth-soul functioning as our guardian angel, seems to me clearly polytheistic; but the word ‘polytheism’ usually gives offence, so perhaps it is better not to use it. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

When Mordaunt finds himself discovered he will destroy all, friends and foes; and on my word he would be bad company in going either to Heaven or to hell. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Willa Cather I want a word with you about this Interstate Commerce Bill. Good-night. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I would not break my word if I could help it, but it was a comfort to feel that I could break it if I liked, on an understood penalty. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Philip Sidney Oft have I mused, but now at length I find Why those that die, men say, they do depart: Depart: a word so gentle to my mind, Weakly did seem to paint Death’s ugly dart. Poems by Philip Sidney

Wilkie Collins Perhaps you think you see a certain contradiction here? In that case, a word in your ear. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Not a word was spoken, and the deepest solemnity prevailed. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

M. P. Shiel Few had been their words, and no word so far of enmity, of quarrel. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Anton Chekhov Then he took me all the way home, and not a word of reproach. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Arthur Conan Doyle And now, sir,” she continued, springing into her saddle, “it is not fit that I leave you without a word more. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Andrew Lang But it seems he could not speake a word of English nor give any account of the birth he pretended to. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins She had not lost one word of the conversation while the doctor was talking of his patient, and of the conditions on which his recovery depended. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

What is it?” “Patrick.” And as he said the word his mind went back to the path across the valley, and he forgot Miss Parslow almost instantly. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Anthony Hope Go and bring dinner, and not a word of the King being here. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Rudyard Kipling If you’re off to Philadelphia this morning, And wish to prove the truth of what I say, I pledge my word you’ll find the pleasant land behind Unaltered since Red Jacket rode that way. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Wilkie Collins For the first time in my experience of him, I found old Betteredge in my company without a word to say to me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

M. P. Shiel The conversation was in French, and no word could be made out. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Guy de Maupassan This abrupt departure, without a word of affection, without a tender look for him who loved her so much — so much! — quite upset him. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London And women there are who become sad when the word goes over the fire of how the Evil Spirit came to select that valley for an abiding-place. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Sigmund Freud Thus, for example, I have avoided stating whether I give the word suppressed a different meaning from that of the word repressed. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arnold Bennett Upon honeymoons people thought of the missing-word amid caresses, and it is a fact that people had died with the missing word on their lips. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will pledge my word to raise no hand against you directly or indirectly. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no letter or message, nor has he heard a word since. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edith Wharton I’m only asking for a word of thanks from you. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Say to her: ‘Peace or war! My word as a gentleman never to say anything of you, never to do anything against you; on your side, a solemn oath to remain neutral with respect to me. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope As lie went, he had considerable doubt whether or no it would be better for him to break his word to Mrs. Val, and not go near her at all. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She had never been able to whisper one single soft word into his ear, to give him even one touch of her fingers in token of her affection. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I had been afraid until then to say a word about the play. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had never said a word to which she could take exception, yet every instinct which she possessed seemed to be in arms against him. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins I won’t say a word about how this was done either. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

No word of his, in all their intercourse to come, should ever remind her of that hidden devotion; no shadow of the past should ever cloud the calm brightness of the present. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing He jots a word or two after each deliberate interrogation, smiling. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang Not a word was allowed to be said in court about the dream. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence He thought Richard Lovat a very suspicious bird, and Richard Lovat thought him the last word in human weeds. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser But it will never get that far — take my word for it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

And this evening I had not a word to say in reply when he spoke to me. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Gissing Mallard kept silence, and when he saw her beginning to look around at the pictures, he threw out a word or two concerning them. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It only retains what hits my fancy; and probably, sir, if you were to preach to me for two hours, I would not be able, when you finished, to remember a word you had been saying. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Anthony Trollope When his first surprise at Mary’s great anger was over, he felt himself called upon to say some word that might exonerate his lady-love; and some word also of protestation as to his own purpose. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel Not a word of the murmuring could he make out, but there he remained, smiling over a viper’s-nest of emotions. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

H. G. Wells It seemed to Mr. Barnstaple that each word translated itself into English as he spoke it. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Anthony Trollope The mother was silent, gloomy, and sometimes bitter, seldom saying a word about Herbert Fitzgerald or his prospects, but saying that word with great fixity of purpose when it was spoken. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

They made continual use of the word “Peterman.” This was a word I had first heard from the natives of the Rawlinson Range, upon my last horse expedition of 1874. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing When he said, ‘My wife,’ he must have been half-conscious that the word bore a significance different from that he had contemplated. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Should he by word or deed throw light upon Gilbert Grail’s future, he felt that all the good of his own life would be at an end. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

This word (messe) can refer to the courses (the food), or to the “mess” (the two persons eating together, i. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Theodore Dreiser No word had ever passed between them but he had been as conscious of her as she of him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell Occasionally she also put in a word in the conversation, and these little sentences were uttered quite in the tone of an equal, if not of a superior. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Thomas Hardy She’ll stick to Manston.’ ‘Pifh!’ ‘Don’t let a word be said till the wedden is over, for Heaven’s sake,’ the clerk continued. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope Cæsar had sent on word to say that he was coming, so that Cicero was prepared for him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Meredith But at a word of the pine forest, and saying she intended to climb the hills early with the light in the morning, a pointed eagerness flushed Carinthia, the cold engraving became a picture of colour. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Margaret Oliphant He could not bear that anybody should say a word to him. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

And how does he reply?” “As I say, by word of mouth. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

There was not a word of Amy in the letter, but it, or something else, made her more bright and cheerful than she had been for some time past. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That is why I went away without a word to anyone—and with only that hurried line to you. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Yes, I declare the word came in my mind; and all the while, in another partition of the brain, I was glowing and singing for my new-found opulence. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

G. K. Chesterton Take my word for it, my evolutionary Bowler, don’t you believe people when they tell you that people sought for a sign, and believed in miracles because they were ignorant. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Every word she uttered only added to his bewilderment. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Eliot Now don’t say a word against it, you dear dolorous thing. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Just a word from the ministry in Paris to the Prefect. But I wanted a woman to manage it for me. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins Take my word for it, we shall wish ourselves back in our own latitudes before we are many days older. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Willa Cather Send word to the Colonel.” “Where’s Gerhardt?” “He’s coming; bringing them up. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry James She knew, however, that it was a word to use more soberly. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

John Galsworthy You believed in God and drove in DILIGENCES.” DILIGENCES! The word awakened in Soames a memory which somehow seemed appropriate. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

I must have a little of you, a touch, a breath, a word that is yours meant for me. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I implore you, therefore, to love me no more, and to forget utterly that I have ever addressed a word or a glance towards you. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Andrew Lang News of it went abroad, and the son of the king of Tethertown said that when the battle was fought he would be there to see it, and would bring back word who was to be king. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Pipes were handed to us, and for what must have been nearly five minutes we continued solemnly to puff out smoke, without a word being uttered in the room. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even though he knew that Arthur had discovered him, he might still flatter himself that he was safe, for the lad could not say a word without compromising his own family. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nae letters; nae messages; no kind of word to onybody; or else — there’s my door. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The lodger said no word while she was so engaged—no word at all. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

He left us all without a word for — for — how long is it? Seven years? Nearly eight years. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Gissing I never spoke a word against Thyrza, not a word. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli Not a word had yet been spoken by either of them; only a murmur of sympathy on the part of Endymion. Lady Montfort spoke first. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Meredith Lady Pennon hinted a word for her Government. ‘A good deal of what you so capitally call “Green tea talk” is going on, my dear. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope He did not stoop to raise her, nor, at the moment, did he say a word to comfort her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

But it was all vague to him like everything else that was outside the lines of his vines, or beyond the walls of the Lastra. Only a word of the rag‐picker’s haunted him like a ghost. Signa by Ouida

Her lips formed the word, “Tonight!” Without a word he crept from his seat and followed her out of the room by a side door. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Theodore Dreiser Won’t you listen?” Her sobs disturbed him so that he was quite sure she did not hear a word he said. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Oh, Maude, I cannot live without you, I cannot leave you without a word of love. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

John Stuart Mill I am not committing the fallacy imputed with some show of truth to Horne Tooke, of assuming that a word must still continue to mean what it originally meant. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Algernon Blackwood He knew every word and every bar; the music was her own. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Francis said a word to him and came on, lost in thought as he always was in these days. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

But she distinctly uttered the word fear. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

I thought I knew the word he was going to say, and that word was ‘Guilty.’ Sure enough I didn’t hear anything more for a bit. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing For the same reason I had rather say “hawkweed” than “hieracium”; the homelier word has more of kindly friendship. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And that was all! I should have been thankful for one word more, even had it shot me through the heart, as mine did him. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Thomas Wolfe They even had a word of praise for old Fussand–Fidget now. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

He was dead without my having the chance to say a word to him. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Thomas Hardy In a word he was at all spare times dreaming of her who was only a memory to him, and would probably never be more. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

The word ‘ivory’ rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Wilkie Collins I am a nice, harmless, idle old man; and I want to have a word with you in confidence, my worthy young bachelor friends. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

We did not say a word to each other, an inclination to sleep irresistibly overcame us; and whether that sleep was to be my last or not, I felt a profound indifference. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

William Morris But the dame refrained her sagely toward them, so that never was one of them that knew her, neither by word nor deed of hers. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

I couldn’t help pitying her, though I cursed my own folly, as I had done a thousand times, that I had ever turned my head or spoken a word to her when first she crossed my path. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Jack London This word “arthurization” has long puzzled the etymologists, but its derivation, I hope, is now made clear. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]