Phrases with "words"

The words were scarce out of his mouth, before I rose, and rushed out with a shout that electrified him. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Watkin Tench For, perhaps, no words could unfold to an Indian the motives of curiosity which induce men to encounter labour, fatigue and pain, when they might remain in repose at home, with a sufficiency of food. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

D. H. Lawrence The words still burned his bowels. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Mr. Moffat’s words rang in my ears: “Some one entered that room; some one stilled the fluttering life still remaining in that feeble breast; but that some one was not her brother. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Down with that dark thought which would still try to raise its unhallowed head! She turned to Harold with sparkling eyes and words of pleasure upon her lips. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H. G. Wells I would like to underline that “richly dressed,” or have the words printed in florid old English or Gothic lettering. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry James Peter’s liberties bore on her way of uttering certain speeches, the intonations that would have more beauty or make the words mean more. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope But when it was read by the quidnuncs on the following day it was found to contain so deep a meaning that it produced from Mr Ratler’s mouth those words of fear which have been already quoted. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But you have already laden me with benefits, for every one of your encouraging words has been worth more to me than gold. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe And, with these words upon her lips, she yielded up her innocent life, putting an end to the first epoch of my own. Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe [1841]

Arthur Conan Doyle For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the extreme limits of his reason. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The ridicule turns upon superstition, and I have avoided the very words bribery and corruption. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Edgar Allan Poe We spoke no words during the rest of that sweet day, and our words even upon the morrow were tremulous and few. Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe [1841]

Those words of his had rung true enough. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells But our minds were remote from the words upon our lips. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Emilius gesticulated, and struck his breast, and brought out his words as though he meant them. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Lucy Maud Montgomery I was so used to crowding in all the fine big words I could think of — and I thought of any number of them. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Richard Burton As it may be supposed, these wars of words frequently end in violent quarrels; for, to do the Madani justice, they are always ready to fight. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jack London They twisted his words and phrases away from the context, and turned his subdued and controlled remarks into a howling anarchistic speech. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope At first, as her brother’s words came upon her ear, and as she felt the blows which they inflicted on her, she accused him in her heart of cruelty. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But she, too, was stung to wrath by the insinuation which his words contained. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Florence Dixie The words were hardly out of his mouth when the ship heeled suddenly over under a tremendous shock, which was followed by a mighty rush of water along the decks. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Marjorie Bowen She learnt from their accusing words how the whole country was shaken by this brutal murder. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, the son, whom he loved so well, would tell him from day to day,—indirectly, indeed, but with words that were plain enough,—that the thing was not to be done. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell He began to speak; it was in no fine-drawn language, but in words such as we heard every day of our lives, and about things we did every day of our lives. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

The words of mourning, of acute grief, are said; and according to Germanic sequence of thought, inexorable here, the next and only topic is revenge. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Virginia Woolf I sit here like a convalescent, like a very simple man who knows only words of one syllable. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson A placard was hung above the hutch, bearing these words in something of the following disposition: Underneath this, when he had a job, my gentleman sat withinside tailor-wise and busily stitching. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

I saw the directress’s stock of words was yet far from exhausted. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

She read her Bible as diligently as she read her Shakespeare, and the words of the Royal Preacher in some measure embodied her own dreary creed. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

G. K. Chesterton When people say that you can prove anything by logic, they are not using words in a fair sense. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Willa Cather And the last words I heard from her expressed a hope that I would always remember the pleasure we had had together in talking unreservedly about les oeuvres de mon oncle. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Wilkie Collins She took his hand in both her own and murmured a few broken words of gratitude. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The moment those words reached me I stopped and took my place with the crowd going in. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

To use the words of the learned and indefatigable Horst,35 “the world seemed to be like a large madhouse for witches and devils to play their antics in. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope Mary, however, knew that the cold words had come from a De Courcy, and not from a Gresham, and did not, therefore, resent them. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He thought he could — to Julia. Still holding it tight in his left hand, he read on the good but solemn words that seemed to loosen his grasp upon that ill-gotten paper. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Other words used in variable meanings, in most cases more or less dishonestly, are: class, totalitarian, science, progressive, reactionary bourgeois, equality. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Count seventy-four words and score. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

This look decided the Prince, hitherto highly uncertain, though his words had seemed to promise a pledge; he paid little attention to words. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Theodore Dreiser Her words were not convincing at all. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott She, therefore, submitted to necessity, and heard the following words whispered in her ear. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Henry Handel Richardson The sole response she made to his beseeching words was: “I want to be happy. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton A mocking hand seemed to dash the words from his lips. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft Certainly, she suspected that he told me things, for as the weeks passed she tried to stop his visits with words and glances of a most inexplicable potency. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Anthony Trollope But Thackeray’s studied blundering is altogether different from that of Sheridan. Mrs. Malaprop uses her words in a delightfully wrong sense. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson Or are you, perhaps, simple enough to believe any man living would get over what I have to tell him, and care for me afterwards in the same way?” He turned, with tell-tale words on his tongue. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The survival or preservation of certain favoured words in the struggle for existence is natural selection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Now tell us in your own words exactly what you mean. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He knew that his master had a habit of speaking when alone, and concluded that the accidental breakage of some glass or chimney-ornament had elicited the volley of words he had heard. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Algernon Blackwood Yet, if no one ever tried! Oh, for a few swift strokes of awful sacrifice then freedom! The words came back to him, and with them, from the same source, came others: “I sit and I weave. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Wilkie Collins At the first words spoken by Amelius, she would put an end to all further interest in the subject on his part, by telling him that the lost girl had been found, and found by another person. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. Rider Haggard The Earl will be here presently and rough words will fly in this rough weather. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

This was the socialist, Henry Walters. He spoke with tumultuous haste, as if it was all he could do to keep up with the words which came rushing along his tongue. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Fanny Fern These last two words Mr. Dorrance had italicised, as indicating, probably, that he considered it a pun fit even for the critical eye of an authoress. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Edgar Allan Poe The words were the singular but simple ones of the poet Ebn Zaiat, “Dicebant mihi sodales si sepulchrum amicae visitarem, curas meas aliquantulum fore levatas. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James Felix’s words had struck her; but a certain delicacy checked her. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Lewis Carroll And I’ll tell you a secret — I can read words of one letter! Isn’t that grand! However, don’t be discouraged. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

A. E. W. Mason Their words—yes—their words tell me to visit specialists in Europe, and not lose heart, but their voices give the lie to their words. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Virginia Woolf His words falling from a shot-tower hit the water and up it spurted. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

In her own chamber she scanned the New Testament in search of words which would comfort and encourage her. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Anthony Trollope Time quickly renders words and names and even days habitual to us. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith In consequence, he promised Sir William that he would amend his ways, and these were the first hopeful words that Sir William had ever heard from him. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

No words can paint the melancholy beauty of Philæ at this hour. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne During some lulls of the wind and sea, I fancied I heard several times vague sounds, a sort of fugitive harmony produced by words of command. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

James Joyce This is the propper way to say that, Sr. If it’s me chews to swallow all you saidn’t you can eat my words for it as sure as there’s a key in my kiss. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

John Galsworthy It seemed incredible that his father could thus have vanished without, as it were, announcing his intention, without last words to his son, and due farewells. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

One he opened at random and saw that it was the Æneid, and the words which caught his eyes were “manibus date lilia plenis. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Mark Twain His manner became less guarded and his words more distinct as he proceeded: “No,” said he, “I’ve thought it all over, and I don’t like it. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Wilkie Collins He said more words in praise of me for what I have been able to do up to this time, which I am almost ashamed to write down with my own pen. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing Her thoughts would not be controlled, and whatever words she uttered seemed to come from her lips of their own accord. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf From ivory depths words rising shed their blackness, blossom and penetrate. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

The words were “Rock of Ages,” but no one present had heard the tune to which she wedded them. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Galsworthy Those dark eyes clinging to his said as no words could have: ‘I have come to an end; if you want me, here I am. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Margaret Oliphant Oona was penetrated by all these words to the depths of her heart. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Hope Yet the words she had caught sounded like the words of men quarreling, and she could not persuade herself that the gentlemen fenced only for pastime. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins What evil interpretation she placed on my words it is impossible for me to say; I can only declare that some intolerable sense of injury hurried her into an outbreak of rage. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Julia rose from her knees bewildered and aghast: she had caught the strange words distinctly — words that were to haunt her night and day. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing The words she spoke sounded imbecile mutterings, which must confirm Barfoot in his worst opinion of her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He, however, succeeded in doing this at last, the long list of words he found on every page being arranged alphabetically. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

She owed the words to Stanhope; he owed the utterance to her and the rest. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

She was as though hypnotized, not so much by his voice as by the visions that his words had evoked in her. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Julius had said words of terrible import without a suspicion of what he had done. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Her lips moved but no words came. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He had scarcely spoken ten words in his life to a woman outside his own kin, and this bright apparition loosened his knees with nervousness. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Victor Hugo It seemed as though the first uncertain words of an angel just created were blended with the last failing accents of the dying girl. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Marjorie Bowen Her words did not jar; he could be sentimental himself. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Everywhere the words stared you in the face, everywhere you heard the words slipping from somebody’s tongue — Three Bridges Tragedy! At least the thing received a magnificent advertisement. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Edith Wharton His words piled themselves up on her like lead. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Suddenly she began to speak, and the words poured from her lips with a kind of breathless quickness. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then her eyes blurred a little, and she murmured three words half aloud to the death-bound fire: “Good-by, you ass!” she said. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope But they did not like with open words among themselves to accuse their brother of so great a crime. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Marjorie Bowen Conrad’s eyes followed him; he could find no words to break the silence. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

First with the sword he vanquished us, and then with subtle words invited us too talk with him in Orpish, pretending friendship. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

He painted in the briefest words the picture of what he might have been, and what he was. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The right hand continued to move, and now he could see plainly that they were letters and words which it was forming. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Marie Corelli His words seemed to have the effect of an electric shock on the Abbe — he started as though stung by the lash of a whip, and drew himself up haughtily . The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell His face became a totally different countenance with the expression of settled and unrelenting indignation, which his words called out. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope Hard words he could bear, and, as he thought, after a time control. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He turned round and listened for the words that drifted across from the little figure on the opposite bank. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Virginia Woolf Words went on repeating themselves in her mind — words and sights. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Elio But that second time no voice was heard above a whisper, and the whispers were words of sorrow and blessing. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim I sha’n’t use many words about it either. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

H. G. Wells And about some things and particularly about this that came near to you in your dream it is better to attempt no words at all. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Thomas Hardy The words of the cunning-man returned to her mind. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Notice, I am not saying that art would necessarily improve if words conveyed meaning more reliably. New Words by George Orwell

But it was harder to turn the leaves and find the words he sought without attracting the attention of his fierce companion. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Scott Think — remember!” A terrible recollection flashed on Jeanie, which every tone of the speaker confirmed, and which his next words rendered certainty. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Elizabeth Gaskell We’ve enough on our own to think on;’ and she hastily shut the door in Hester’s face, before the latter could put together the right words in which to explain her errand. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The sincerest words of peace, words of menace, and I verily believe words of abasement, even if there had been a voice vile enough to utter them, would have been wasted on their ecstasy. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope As regards manners, tone, and choice of words I think that the oratory of Mr. Everett places him very high. North America by Anthony Trollope

His words to this effect are certain to be quoted and extracted more and more as time goes on, and to take their place among the Scriptures of humanity. Memories and Studies by William James

Edith Wharton Don Gervaso’s words came back to him with deepening significance, and he thought how truly the old chaplain’s prayer had been fulfilled. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Ford Madox Ford Well, she left a lasting wheal, and her words cut deeply into the girl’s mind. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Wilkie Collins It is only to-night that the girl’s words ring in her ear, with a strange prophetic sound in them. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

George Gissing Her words confirmed Polly Hemp in her suspicion that Carrie had reinstituted relations with her husband, and she became all the more eager to play her part out to the end. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It seemed somehow fitting that it should be she who gave him this message—who should have uttered those few indifferent words which had suddenly become the voice of fate. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Olaf Stapledon No words that he could think of seemed fit to express the obscure turmoil of his mind. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Guy de Maupassant I felt an insane longing to open my arms and to carry her off somewhere, so as to whisper the sweet music of words of love into her ears. In the Spring (Au Printemps) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

And afterward — well, it was a tough job changing places with him, and then — damn you! you didn’t let me out!” Nothing could exceed the ferocity with which these last words were delivered. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I do not believe there is any form of words under heaven by which I can lift the burthen from my shoulders. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I would the devil had all these Improvisadores. They gape round him while he twangs and screeches, the wind-bag! And he knows what words to sing to them, too. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson Ay, it’ll be a foot, or near hand; or may be even mair!” It was sweet and laughable to hear Alan eat his words up in the fear of some fresh quarrel. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Now, however, his rapid words tripped each other up, and his speech ended in an unconscious sigh. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

I really mean my words to be taken in their direct, literal, and straightforward sense. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope He had not declared, either by words or by actions, that as his father was a rich man, and as he was an only son, he would therefore do nothing. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I will translate his last words of Cato’s appeal to the world at large: “I have been carried farther than my intention. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

A heated discussion ensued; and the words flashed like tongues of fire in a wood pile. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope I think that between you and me, at any rate, there should be no words spoken that are not true. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Ten times he copied the words in that false pinched writing. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Out with the passage light, Bunny, while I open —” His words died away in a whisper. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Four lines lower, brackets have been inserted around the words (lapidum specularium modo). On the Magnet by William Gilber

M. P. Shiel His answer was in the laconic words addressed to the Master in the house of woe at Bethany: ‘Come and see. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Mark Twain You know what I mean — I don’t know the words to put it in. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I sought for words of comfort, but they would not come. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He looked ghastly white, but he nodded and his lips framed the words “All right. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Heseltine–Wrigge wasted no words upon him. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

My words flowed spontaneously — my utterance was firm and quick. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Before he could wonder, someone had come in, and at once a spate of words broke about the place; the room crackled with fury. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

His words struck me as queer ones. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell I think now that it was the recollection of what had gone before; the miserable thought that possibly his words had brought on this attack, whatever it might be, that so unmanned the minister. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry Handel Richardson But already his mood was on the turn: it seemed as if, in the physical effort of putting the words to paper, his rage had spent itself. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

These words and the stubborn folds between his brows answered her question. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Algernon Blackwood I heard the words in the shadowy spaces of that old-world crypt, rather than among the plush furniture of these Edinburgh lodgings. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Meredith Or could I exchange—I fear to break down—two words with the young lady who is, was. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Gissing The words of kindness with which Mrs. Wade sought to recover her had a natural enough effect; they invited an hysterical outbreak, and for several minutes the sufferer wailed helplessly. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells I acquired a number of mental tools at that time; I exercised my mind upon words and phrases and forms of thought. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anne Bronte And now, with my nerves already excited and half unstrung, I could not hear those words so sweetly warbled forth without some symptoms of emotion I was not able to suppress. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

John Stuart Mill The words which convey it, cease to suggest ideas, or suggest only a small portion of those they were originally employed to communicate. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

While this gruesome fear restrained the ready words on the tip of my tongue, Ransome stepped back two paces and vanished from my sight. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Berkeley To me it is evident those words mark out either a direct contradiction, or else nothing at all. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Edith Wharton It seemed to Glennard that the words had burst from him as blood gushes from a wound. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Henry James Would she throw herself into his arms, or would she be otherwise wonderful? She would see what he would do — so their queer minute without words told him; and she would act accordingly. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Thomas Hardy Jude did not pause to remember that, in the laconic words of the historian, “insulted Nature sometimes vindicated her rights” in such circumstances. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Von Arnim Probably Lady Caroline did not quite appreciate the effect of her voice and face, and how between them they made otherwise ordinary words seem — well, encouraging. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

The words written at the top of the leaf were these: “Above all, express no surprise. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy I cannot admit that my words bear the construction which he has put on them. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Like all royalties, he’s a dab at languages, and speaks English without an accent, but I’m teaching him to give his words a Scotch twist. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins No words can say how anxious I feel to be of some use to you, if I can. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Then she wrote that she was missing him quite a lot — these three words underlined — and was looking forward to seeing him again. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Oscar Wilde He covered page after page with wild words of sorrow, and wilder words of pain. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

After a few kind words to Jane Payland, she dismissed the girl, and went to bed, very tired and heart-sick. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins Sarah’s younger and sharper eyes bore witness to the truth of her uncle’s words — the view over the moor was lonely now, in every direction, as far as she could see. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H. G. Wells Always. Fresh every morning are the old hopes, but the words for them have to be different. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Mark Twain Very well, my copying-gait is 1,440 words per hour — say 1,500. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Samuel Johnson His thoughts are cold, and his words inelegant. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

As nearly as possible I write its words as they sounded to my ear when carefully spoken for my instruction by intelligent natives. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

The coroner had been a kindly-spoken gentleman; in fact he had complimented her on the clear, sensible way she had given her evidence concerning the exact words the unhappy girl had used. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle She held up one shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope At this very moment she was speaking words of wisdom to this effect and as she did so Frank appeared, walking up from the gate. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy The door was quickly opened, and after a few hasty words of converse in the hall, heavy footsteps ascended the stairs. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I ne’er asked for it, because good words is scarce, and bad words is plentiful. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope He let them all go by, and then he repeated the words again, “Bid him be a man. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The words of the little old man recurred to his mind. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Robert Green Ingersoll The religious people have always regarded the testimony of these devils as perfectly conclusive, and the writers of the New Testament quote the words of these imps of darkness with great satisfaction. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Algernon Blackwood The words went past me with a heat like flame. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins Herein is the one last hope of saving the soul of the Prisoner, now under sentence of death!” In those serious words the Memorandum ended. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry James The words he had shown her and then taken back consisted, at all events, of the brief but vivid phrase “Absolutely impossible. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Anthony Trollope In this way only had he written, and each of these sweet silly songs of love had been as full of honey as words could make it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dominey was by her side in a moment, and his first few words of introduction brought every one around her. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

And after all their silence was eloquent, for faint smiles, and glances born of their thoughts, crossed and recrossed, until lips moved and words were formed, which seemed almost superfluous. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Elizabeth Gaskell Trust me,” he gasped the words in excess of passion, “Mary shall fare no better for your insolent interference. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Virginia Woolf But whether he was selling old iron or buying old iron it was impossible to say; the rhythm persisted; but the words were almost rubbed out. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Anthony Trollope But neither could he bring himself to say evil words of Nina, or to hear evil words spoken of her without making some attempt to screen her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

My driver pointed out the objects of interest as in duty bound, but his words fell on unheeding ears. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

R. D. Blackmore I am a man of few words, very few words — as you must have seen already — but of the strictest straightforwardness in deeds. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Patinsky waved his words away. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

For they must necessarily be embodied in words and ideas — and his father or uncle were mentioned — the one had proved a curse, the other a temptation. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton The words hardly reached him: he was aware only of her voice, and of the startling fact that not an echo of it had remained in his memory. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle I laughed heartily also, and said the only Russian words that I knew. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Then he must find on the same page the words that will express his thoughts. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

I go, then, without other farewell than these poor words can give you. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Ralph Waldo Emerson How he flings wide the doors of existence! What questions we ask of him! what an understanding we have! how few words are needed! It is the only real society. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Henry James I don’t know what he had at first meant to say, but I think the sight of my relief touched him, excited him, brought up words to his lips from far within. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

All words are addressed to those who understand them. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell She thought him unfeeling in his talkativeness; his constant flow of words upon indifferent subjects was a wonder and a repulsion to her. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Margaret Oliphant It had been impossible, however, even to say so much without the sudden flush which said more to the eyes of Katie, not herself addicted to blushing, than any words could do to her ears. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

She was clever — that is, she knew a good deal; and, besides, thoroughly possessed the art of making the most of what she knew; of words and confidence she held unlimited command. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

He went on: “Have you seen Gifford? Did he say anything about me?” He uttered the words with a kind of breathless haste. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Edith Wharton Ever since their meeting at the Creston pool he had been subject to these brooding silences, which were as different as possible from the pauses when they ceased to speak because words were needless. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]