Phrases with "work"

T. E. Lawrence Everyone was too busy with his own work to give me specific authority to launch out on mine. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing The prisoner was also employed to fetch the work from the warehouse, and deliver it when finished. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

And the mere existence of work of this kind, which is perceived by generation after generation to be vulgar and yet goes on being read, tells one something about the age we live in. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

The zeal and alacrity with which she set to work seem hardly credible. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The saint, at any rate Tolstoy’s kind of saint, is not trying t6 work an improvement in earthly life: he is trying to bring it to an end and put something different in its place. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell He limped out of the yard through the now deserted house, where men were busy at the mad work of destruction, and found his way back to the lane into which the shippen opened. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Thomas Love Peacock MR. CROTCHET. Your house would have been very safe, Doctor, if they had had no better science than the learned friend’s to work with. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Alfred Ainger But when the head has to go out to them, when the mountain must go to Mahomet!” A few samples of Lamb’s work in this line have been preserved. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

What are they about, these English sailors? are they blind, that they don’t see the light?” Major Lennard, with the candle in his hand, set to work to look for the missing document. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Alfred Ainger The truth is that for Lamb to enjoy a work of humour, it must embody a strong human interest, or at least have a pulse of humanity throbbing through it. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anthony Trollope She knew that she must go about such work with strong convictions, and as yet she could not bring herself to think that “dancing and delights” were damnable. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Kenneth Grahame You see, I understand my work thoroughly, and attend to it all myself. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Joseph Furphy Soon a disquietude from another source set my mind at work in troubled calculation of probabilities. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope The work which he was now doing, was the work for which he had been training himself all his life. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

It is impossible to work under the pressure of thoughts which drive me mad! That is why I am leaving the Council of People’s Commissars. I fully realise the gravity of this decision. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The division of the spoil was a work of some difficulty. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Machen In the farmyards the men go about their work clad in sacks, and if they may will shelter under penthouses and find work to do in the barns. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Rudyard Kipling I count it always as one of the supreme rewards of my work that it has opened to me something of the aims and intentions of my fellow-craftsmen in various parts of the world. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

He rose the next morn, shaking like a leaf, and then for weeks he lay ill in bed, while a young shepherd from the next sheep-farm did his work on the hill. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

George Meredith Their leaders now pretend to work upon the Great Scale; they demand everything on the spot upon their own interpretation of equity. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Anatole France What I say is not to slight him, because such work is still much beyond human power. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Then the poisonous cloud blew away, and we went back to work in a smoke that was no thicker now than that of an ordinary factory chimney. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Jules Verne The work so carefully and intelligently conducted was not, however, at an end. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

And the child, over whom the mother bent! — she who had never been a mother! — she uttered no sound; the furies were at work within her breast. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Virtually the whole range of industrial employments is an outgrowth of what is classed as woman’s work in the primitive barbarian community. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Watkin Tench Nor can I close this part of my work without congratulating both the reader and the author. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Meredith Her head was acute to work in the direction of the casuistries and the sensational webs and films. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

D. H. Lawrence She sang to herself as she went about her work downstairs. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton In 1843 appeared that marvellous drama The Return of the Druses, a work which contains more of Browning’s typical qualities exhibited in an exquisite literary shape, than can easily be counted. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope He works at the mill, doesn’t he?” “At times, sir; and there isn’t a lad in all Bullumpton,”—for so the name was ordinarily pronounced,—“who can do a turn of work to beat him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry Handel Richardson This was outside consideration, and Dr Pughson made short work of the intruder — a red-haired little girl, who blushed meekly and unbecomingly, and withdrew. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell There was leisure for all this kind of work in those days. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Theodore Dreiser You will want to work with him as closely as you can. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Morris I think such work as that ought to be largely volunteer work, and done, as I say, in spells. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Catherine Helen Spence He was made to work for the whole of his maintenance, if he sought shelter in the work-house, and he preferred to do this at liberty. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Joseph Furphy A Divine Idea points the way, clearly apparent to any vision not warped by interest or prejudice, nor darkened by ignorance; but the work is man’s alone, and its period rests with man. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charles Dickens You understand the man’s work better than he does himself, don’t you? Have you made your will? You’re too clever to live long. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

We go differently to work now; with our great engines we cut down through the earth and rock, as if it were cheese, and the wells are of four feet diameter. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

M. P. Shiel Yet work had commenced: between the upper and the nether millstone a woman ground corn at a doorway; the camel passed loaded; the dragoman went with quicker step. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Jack London However, when the slack season came she was discharged, though she had been taken on at such low pay with the understanding that she was to learn the trade and work up. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

R. D. Blackmore But I have got a quantity of work to do. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

His work was in a way political, he told Winnie once. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Sinclair Lewis But I’m scared that your darn scheme might work just opposite to what you say. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anna Katherine Green With the close of the day’s work and the reappearance of Mr. Roberts, he slipped away to the village, to avoid an encounter of the results of which he felt very doubtful. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope It creates a feeling of instant excitement, a necessity for instant doing, a consciousness that there was in those few weeks ample work both for the hands and thoughts — work almost more than ample. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall know how to keep them safely, and as soon as the trial is over and Drayton is hanged, we will get to work with the larger stones. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Andrew Lang Dora is another idyll, resembling the work of a Wordsworth in a clime softer than that of the Fells. The lays of Edwin Morris and Edward Bull are not among the more enduring of even the playful poems. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

And I promised to wait for him, and he was to work to win me. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

All their possessions were seized, and they themselves exported to Panama and Peru, and sold as slaves to work at the mines. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Sidney Colvin In the solitude of his London lodging he found that he could not work nor rest nor fix his thoughts. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

E. F. Benson Mr. Wyse, attending closely to the sermon thought that was a most extraordinary coincidence: even missionary work in foreign lands seemed to be drawn into the vortex. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Arthur Machen Every one of the masters on this side should be in the highest honours and, if possible, he would get famous men for the work — they should not merely be good, but also notorious scholars. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

How could you—could you write it?’” “Some day,” the man says to himself, when the work of the day is done—“some day my hour will come. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

E. F. Benson Rubbish, Benjy! There’s plenty of work for everybody, only those lazy fellows prefer the dole and idleness. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

R. D. Blackmore The crew were trusty, hardy fellows, who liked their joke, and could work with it; and Robin Lyth knew them too well to attempt any high authority of gagging. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The man still continued to work at the meat market, but refused to discuss the trial with any one. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The younger men are at work in a respectable way. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

At the beginning of the winter she selected some book to read, and some piece of work to commence. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

We shall be an elopement, a romance — all our breadth and meaning gone! People will always think of it first when they think of us; all our work and aims will be warped by it and subordinated to it. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle At four paces distance they stopped, eyed each other for a moment, and then in an instant fell to work with a clatter and clang as though two sturdy smiths were busy upon their anvils. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

He set to work with tooth and nail, he made the place a wreck; He grabbed the nearest gilded youth, and tried to break his neck. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Olaf Stapledon I want to work with minds that have not already been stereotyped by middle-class education and comfortable middle-class values. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing This interview revived his spirits; he felt equal to another effort such as that of the morning—which had taxed him more than the hardest day’s work he was ever called upon to do. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Anthony Trollope The two young men shook hands together cordially, and were soon at work upon their eggs and kidneys. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Mark Twain No work is done, in the hive or out of it, save by them. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Madame Midas intended to live in style, so went to work over the setting up of her establishment in such an extravagant manner that Archie remonstrated. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins A labourer was at work in an adjoining field who must have witnessed all that had passed. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Rudyard Kipling She looked for nothing better than everlasting work — the chafing detail of housework — and then a grave somewhere up the hill among the blackberries and the pines. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I am as long again at my work as I used to be, and have to go over it again and again. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Elizabeth Gaskell So father sent George first (you know George, well enough, Mary), and then work was scarce out toward Burton, where we lived, and father said I maun try and get a place. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn But he based his work upon Irish times, composed in the primitive manner, before music was divorced from poetry. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Willa Cather But after the Professor began to take Tom up to the study and talk over his work with him, began to make a companion of him, then Mrs. St. Peter withdrew her favour. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jules Verne The crew were almost all the time at work with the saws, and often powder had to be used to blow up the enormous blocks of ice which closed the way. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

The work will, I fear, be slow, and very expensive for me. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Charles Dickens He’d grow fat upon the work he’d get, that man, and be popular with the gentlefolks in his neighbourhood. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Little children of six were no longer kept indoors to work samplers, whip cambric frills or stitch seams with stitches so tiny that a microscope was needed to examine them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Henry James It was all done in a day, and since then fancy my condition; fancy my work in such a torment; fancy my coming through at all. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He became an eager scholar of Exili, and soon came to be as clever as his master, so that, on being liberated from the Bastille, he was in a position to work on unaided. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Morakanabad and his companions took it for some work which the Caliph had ordered; unhappy men! little did they surmise for what it was destined. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Rudyard Kipling My work is done, and I die without making a show of my fear. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Florence Dixie All I want is that you will let me serve you, work for you, die for you, be to you a true friend. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

The trouble is that whenever an aesthetic judgement on Kipling’s work seems to be called for, Mr. Eliot is too much on the defensive to be able to speak plainly. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Jules Verne To spring into the lift, hoist themselves up to the door of Granite House, where Top and Jup had been shut up since the evening before, to rush into the large room, was the work of a minute only. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

But to my amazement I discovered her hard at work preparing a meal for the garrison, just as calmly and quietly as if nothing out of the common were occurring. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle One morning in the succeeding week Mr. Malone was aware of a large presence in the small room wherein he did his work at the office. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Charles Dickens The work of packing and making ready went briskly on, and by daybreak every preparation for the journey was completed. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Pu Songling It is only to work for a few days down below. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Andrew Lang We are poor girls, and have to work for our bread. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But today Nevil came in at the appointed time, went into his own room, shut the door firmly after him, and, if the pulling in and out of drawers was any evidence, settled down to work at once. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling So the bridge was two men’s workunless one counted Peroo, as Peroo certainly counted himself. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

After a short rest, the hammock men resumed work over a rough plateau: the rises were scattered with brush-wood, and the falls were choked with the richest vegetation. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

I immediately gave her money to purchase what was necessary for cleanliness and decency, and set to work with my daughters to make her a gown. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. G. Wells You got to work it out and take the consequences. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

John Galsworthy It was monstrous that a work of this sort should have to appear with a foreign imprint. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Most of them are quite content to have their work sucked up and lost, sooner than not be in a hurry. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

We dived steeply, and I could see by Archie’s grip on the stick that he was going to have his work cut out to save our necks. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Sinclair Lewis Are you deliberately going to work to ruin me? . Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

I don’t want hard work, you don’t want hard work — nobody wants it who knows what it means. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Some alterations had been begun under Captain Winstanley’s directions; but the work languished in his absence. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

D. H. Lawrence What does she work out to, in the end, with all her social passion, as you call it. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray The two chaplains will remain with you to administer professional consolation — the other gentlemen will follow me up stairs to the ramparts, where I shall find plenty of work for them. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Anthony Trollope It was cocking her up with gimcrack notions about ladies till she’d be ashamed to look at her own hands after she had done a day’s work with them. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells They, too, like the Utopians, do work that concerns themselves and is in their own nature for great ends. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Bram Stoker After the involuntary shrinking consequent on the first nauseous whiff, we one and all set about our work as though that loathsome place were a garden of roses. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Willa Cather She would live for it, work for it, die for it; but she was going to have it, time after time, height after height. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I looked round me, and saw the glimmer of a light in the fort which I had lately passed, and I began to work my way back in that direction. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

No, he hadn’t been to work to-day, but he’d been round at old Benny’s most of the morning, and the people downstairs saw him come in about an hour ago. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony was glad he wasn’t going to work on his book. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Sooner or later, but generally sooner, his goings-on are known, and he is reminded that ‘Britons never shall be slaves’— to things that destroy good work as well as souls. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells Occasionally he smudged his work or used an ink-eraser until he nearly perforated the paper. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Give others’ work just share of praise; Not of thine own the merits raise. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

G. K. Chesterton Nevertheless, the most authoritative and the most recent critics on that great renaissance agree in considering Carlyle’s work one of the most searching and detailed power. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

For sculptor’s work they were utterly useless; for no artist except the most daring of realists would have ventured to indicate the horrors which they presented. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

First of all, I resolved that I would do every piece of work given to me as well as I could, so that no one coming after me could do it better. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Radclyffe Hall She would want to save herself for her work; she would want to give herself wholly to Mary. Yet quite often she would work far into the night. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Robert Green Ingersoll He knows that something is too large or too small; that there is something wrong with his machine; and he goes to work and he makes it larger or smaller, here or there, until the wheel will turn. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope A busy, clever, useful man, who has been at work all his life, finds that his own progress towards success demands from him that he shall become a politician. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens But, she had long been in the way, and he had long been weary, and the work was near its end, and had to be worked out. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Andrew Lang These were all reasons why FitzGerald should think that the two slim green volumes held the poet’s work at its highest level. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison So that on the day when the divers were at work in the bullion-room of the sunken Nicobar, Hewitt gave himself a holiday, and went aboard the tug about noon. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Now during all his years of work as a detective, so many of Larose’s signal successes had been accomplished by his ability of being able to place every matter in its right perspective at once. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It would be better to remain silent, and to work and wait for success. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Seeming him so perturbed, Sarah, who was blunt but good-natured, added, “But cook she says hard work would cure our Miss of all she ails. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle I went to my work as usual at ten o’clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a little square of card-board hammered on to the middle of the panel with a tack. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their work only represents one facet of their character, and there may be a dozen others, all remarkable, and uniting to make one complex and unique creature. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Willa Cather These objects, after they had been mended, acquired a new value in her eyes, and she liked to work with them. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Jonathan Swif The Duke of Ormond “worked as hard as any of the ordinary men, and gave many guineas about to encourage the men to work hard. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

I visit the work at Memmert once a month or so, spend a night with my friend Dollmann and his charming family’ (he leered round him), ‘and return. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Wilkie Collins He’s often late over his work now. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

A. E. W. Mason As she waited at the window she understood very clearly that it was she herself who must buckle to the hard work of forgetting. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Marjorie Bowen Agnolo scrutinized the St Michael once more, but finally drew the curtain again along the rod, for his day’s work was over. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

In fact, there was no time for it, since the work had so increased. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy The schoolmaster’s growing languor and listlessness over his work gave countenance to the idea. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton His eyes were full of visions of work to be, his hands of the strength of work done. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Anthony Trollope He had finished his season well with the Runnymede, and were it not that, let him work as he would, his expenses always exceeded his means, he would have been fairly comfortable. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

It was difficult to realize his work was not out there in the luminous estuary, but behind him, within the brooding gloom. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Edith Wharton And so with the human imaginations at work on the dark event. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Morrison We’re going to work a little burglary. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Olaf Stapledon But they have certainly done very valuable work in showing the pitfalls and limitations of metaphysics. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

It so happened that we afterwards came in the way of several Mohammedan festivals both in Egypt and Syria, and we invariably found the swings at work all day and the fireworks going off every evening. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Louisa May Alcott I am to be mistress of it, and manage it as I like, with plenty of servants, so I never need work a bit. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Alfred Tennyson O lift your natures up: Embrace our aims: work out your freedom. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

Andrew Lang Next morning he set to work to fulfil his good resolutions. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis Honest, there’s lot of fellows that have graduated from colleges that don’t begin to make as much money as fellows that went to work early. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

And tell him that he must not vex himself about her being a girl, for that is my great pleasure; and I do believe, the very thing I should have chosen if I had set to work to wish. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Thomas Wolfe Randy saw that he had caught him on the wing, in that limbo of waiting between work which is one of the most tormenting periods a writer can know. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne This work lasted till the 15th of April, and the time was well employed. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe It is not excellence if it require to be demonstrated as such:— and thus to point out too particularly the merits of a work of Art, is to admit that they are not merits altogether. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

To-day they are incapable of reclining; the glorification of work has poisoned their systems. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

About noon, however, another constable came, who spoke to the lock-up keeper in private; and they both departed together, leaving Ralph to work alone during the rest of the day. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

M. R. James It was about nine o’clock the evening after that Ann did not come home, and I was about my work in the house; there was no company there only Thomas Snell, and it was foul weather. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Henry Handel Richardson However, she again glossed over the bluntness of her denial with: “But he was always one to work himself up over trifles. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

O’Brien made short work of him, though; got the archbishop to send him into retreat, as they call it, to a Franciscan convent a hundred miles from here. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arnold Bennett The result was that six days’ work was generally done in four. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing What have I got to work for, I’d like to know? I don’t just see the fun of it, and you wouldn’t neither, in my case. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson And there, as well to keep up communication with his fellow-reformers as to pursue his work of education, he received boys to teach. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willa Cather He happened to be engaged in work of public utility, but he was not willing to become what is called a public man. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Rudyard Kipling The Black Smoke does not allow of much other business; and even though I am very little affected by it, as men go, I couldn’t do a day’s work now to save my life. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The staff, therefore, though they soon heard whispers of strange things in the town, were still at work when Anthony, late in the evening, returned. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless he inspected the timber that was cut, and made some remarks about the work of the men. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson But there was something else at work in her to-night, which she could not understand. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

On no account attempt to precipitate or disturb the work of nature. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Meredith War did the work of a smithy for the iron and steel holding her together; and but that war costs money, she would have been an empire distinguished by aggressiveness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

William Blades In the “Schoeffer” book the holes are probably the work of Anobium pertinax, because the centre is spared and both ends attacked. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Andrew Lang The work quoted was printed (privately?) by Giuseppe Piccini, at Macerata, in 1674, and, so far, I have been unable to see an example. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

She was a gay child, even after a week’s work and missing the bus on a Saturday half-holiday, and poured out her history without any encouragement. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

But the words danced before my eyes, and I was obliged to give up all attempt at work for that night. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Even had the doubt been stronger, the aspect of helpful hopeful little Ethel eager for work might well have thrust it aside. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Here at Denderah we have an example of Græco-Egyptian work and early Christian fanaticism. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Gervaise did not answer, but hurried over her work with feverish hands. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

They were not merely a part of the landscape; they were a part of his pride and glory, his success, his triumphant life’s work which was fading into failure in his helpless hands. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence They had to work hard, much harder than before, the work was terrible and heart-breaking in its mechanicalness. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

R. D. Blackmore He understands his work right well. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

I could do no work in this apartment for a long time, I was so interested in the perfection of its arrangements. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope You’re going to be Privy Seal, and to work just the same as ever at those horrible two farthings. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mrs Sturt would no more have thought of doing her work in the front kitchen than I should think of doing mine in the drawing-room. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She makes it her object to train young girls for work in offices, teaching them the things that I learnt in Bristol, and typewriting as well. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells Research must fall into its proper place, and for his immediate business he must set to work to supplement his manifestly inadequate resources. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Henry Lawson But I didn’t go the right way to work about it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Of Recreation there is none So free as fishing is alone; All other pastimes do no less Then mind and body both possess; My hand alone my work can do, So I can fish and study too. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Willa Cather It never seems serious as my work with Mr. Harsanyi did. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Jules Verne Pickaxes and boring irons were set to work without intermission. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

It was not altogether pleasing, for it tended to confirm a sad suspicion that Moxon’s devotion to study and work in his machine-shop had not been good for him. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

To keep her brothers from want and a roof over all their heads, she had to take any and all work as it came; the rough with the smooth. Signa by Ouida

How often did our homely adage recur to me, “All work and no play would make Jack a dull boy;” Jonathan is a very dull boy. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

He kept the same hours as the rest of us, but he had no work to do, for it was his wife who really managed things. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The Phoenix was closed as to dramatic performances, but the scene-painter’s work never stopped. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Dickens She soon began to show her desire to put down the Reformed religion, and put up the unreformed one: though it was dangerous work as yet, the people being something wiser than they used to be. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

E. F. Benson Already Hugh was at work with his fingers in the earth, and slowly and carefully he drew out fragments of a broken china cover. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

George Gissing When I first met her, three years ago, I was a simpleton; I thought myself ill-used because I had to work hard for next to no payment and live in solitude. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

As my head was constantly at work for the good of this people, I turned the most trifling incidents into some use or other; and made the narrowest prospects extend to the vastest distances. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Here, at least, he was his own master: free to enjoy strong drinks and strong tobacco — free to be lazy when he pleased, and to work after the fashion that suited him best. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope So, having given to her favourite a position in the world, and an income sufficient for a gentleman’s wants, she set herself to work to find him a partner in those blessings. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He soon knew that the work which he had taken in hand required all the art of the great conjurer. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

If not a scholar, he was a man of wide reading, of deep though desultory thinking, and a good critic where the work of others was concerned. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Algernon Blackwood Our work our service yes, there is progress. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It will educate the people, and the day will come when all good work will stand an equal chance — be it French or be it American.” “True,” said Clifford, “Let’s all have a bock. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

His men are at work as actively as ever; but I marvel that they have not yet finished polishing the surface of that red-granite colossus. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Wilkie Collins I had only to look back at Lucilla’s face to see that the delicate and perilous work of undeceiving her, was not work to be done at a moment’s notice, on the spot. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Oscar Wilde Their work stands in no intellectual relation to their age. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]