Phrases with "write"

Bram Stoker I took the cover off my typewriter, and said to Dr. Seward, “Let me write this all out now. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Mark Twain I am not a musical critic, and did not come here to write essays about the operas and deliver judgment upon their merits. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope He did, no doubt, write letters to Brutus urging him in the same way. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

One morning, though I had never tried my hand with the pen, it suddenly occurred to me to write a satire on this officer in the form of a novel which would unmask his villainy. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Meredith She was reproached, but she said: ‘You have to write or you entertain at night; I should be a clog and fret you. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

This the ancients have made manifest, whom sixteen letters sufficed to speak and write anything. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Robert Louis Stevenson I write in the midst of a wreck of books, which have just come up, and have for once defied my labours to get straight. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope But he was very happy when he sat down to write to his father from the club. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy I dare not write to Anne as yet, and please do not let her know a word about the other young woman, or there will be the devil to pay. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Leslie Stephen At last he made up his mind to write against the bill, but he made it up too late. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Great is the fascination of being able to obtain a thing on the spot without having to write for a week and wait for a month, and then get something quite different. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

One day I happened to write a little song which pleased me. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Wilkie Collins Oh, Mr. Brinkworth! how can I break it to you? how can I write the words which repeat what he said to me next? It must be done. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope It was very painful to her to leave unanswered so kind a letter as that, and it was quite impossible that she should write of Harry in the old strain. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Did she not write and tell you that because of her health it cannot be as you would have it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells Well, I’ll write the alternatives down. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

As a rule, I write with difficulty, but that evening words came to me with winged speed, and with them a hovering impression that I must make haste, that I was much pressed for time. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

Wilkie Collins The first use to which I put this improvement is to write these lines. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins He expressly forbade me to write to you. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe In fact, to write upon such a theme it is necessary to have been hanged. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

John Galsworthy The tremendous effort it was to write a simple note to Madame Lamotte when he reached his Club warned him still further that he was at the end of his tether. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Queer stuff, he thought, to write to a young woman you were dying to hug. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. F. Benson When will you be able to come?” “Whenever you ask me,” said Georgie. “Then you must give me a day or two to settle down, and I’ll write to you. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Jane Austen It will be readily believed that Mrs. Norris did not write to her sister in vain. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins The person of whom I am thinking, when I write this, knows what I am going to do — and approves of it. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Rudyard Kipling I’ll write you later about your journey. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

And when a prisoner receives no letters, an agent, who wishes to show that he is corresponding knows well enough how to write to him. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

I write to Alicia, proposing to take George down to the Court.” “2. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins You had better ask her — Ah, dear! dear! I forgot — I mean, write on her slate. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry Handel Richardson And be sure you write once a week. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

H. Rider Haggard I took the bone pen, and it is before me as I write — sometimes I use it to sign my name. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

For indeed he was, above all else, a man of his own age: a man who could think subtly and work nobly as well as write splendidly; who could weep as well as laugh. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

It was the first time she had ever attempted to write to him; and she stuck her work-box with the lid open behind the sheet of paper that Jane Cross might not see what she was doing. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

If Aunt Mary thought I could tell a story, or write one, oh, I don’t know what she’d do. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

That the lady meant to be disagreeable I could have no doubt as the minutes went by; and scarcely had I commenced to write than she began at me again. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Virginia Woolf How can you learn to write if you write only about one single person? To take the obvious example. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Helen Zimmern To-day the best authors do not think it beneath their dignity to write for children — quite otherwise; while formerly few persons of any literary ability condescended to write children’s books. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Anthony Trollope We do not think the language of Dogberry natural, when he tells neighbour Seacole that “to write and read comes by nature. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing After Christmas she may find a home for herself where she likes; money will be paid to her through a lawyer, but from this day I will neither speak nor write to her. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Hardy He says I am to write and say you are to stay no longer on any consideration — that he would have done it all in three hours very easily. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Sinclair Lewis Would you like to drop over to the hotel and ask her to write the resignation, now we’ve accepted it? Glad I could get the board to put it that way. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle I speak of this creature because it chanced to bring about a tragedy, but I could, and perhaps will, write a book upon the wonderful life which we have seen here. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Or, stay; the letter can go, and I’ll write and say it’s not to be acted on until he is well again. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Theodore Dreiser He soon found a place in a cigar store, and, after working a few weeks, he began to write home the cheering ideas he had in mind. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

He has promised to write to Mr. Villiers, who, I trust, will find satisfaction in his views. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Sinclair Lewis Bully work!” They recalled the good old days when Overbrook used to write poetry. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell It was the word ‘Album’ that frightened me I thought she wished me to write a sonnet on purpose for it, which I could not do. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Charles Dickens Noblemen and gentlemen write to say there never was such a man for probity and virtue. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Thomas Wolfe Boy, you shore do write ’em long, don’t you?” “Yes, it is pretty long. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope I wanted to select my own subjects — not to have them selected for me; to write when I pleased — and not when it suited others. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Bram Stoker As I write there is in the passage below a sound of many tramping feet and the crash of weights being set down heavily, doubtless the boxes, with their freight of earth. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

DEAREST FRANCIS—I hesitated whether to write after I had seen the news, but I feel that it would not be friendly on my part did I not tell you of my sympathy. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope It cannot in any circumstance be easy to write to a father of his daughter’s love for an objectionable lover; but the Duke’s character added much to the severity of the task. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Adieu, dear lady R——; continue to write to me, and believe none of your goodness is lost upon Your, &c. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

After debating the question for some time, she resolved to write a letter, which Larkspur could carry to the rectory. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Tom at once got out his pen and paper, and began to write his letter. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell It is not because I have forgotten that I was once young myself, that I write to you in this strain; but because I remember it. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

So, if you’d like to come, I’ll write and tell them. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

Wilkie Collins Occupation over the letter that was easy to write might have its fortifying effect on her mind, and might pave the way for resuming the letter that was hard to write. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Now will you write and say when you are to be expected? I assure you I have looked forward to your coming as one of my chiefest spring pleasures, ranking it with the advent of the birds. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

G. K. Chesterton It is very hard (if that is the question) to throw a brick at a man and ask him to write an epic; but the more he is a great man the more able he will be to write about the brick. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Place yourself similarly at the centre of a man’s philosophic vision and you understand at once all the different things it makes him write or say. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing How am I to understand this contradiction? I beg that you will write to me at once. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope He knew that no one could trust either his spoken or written word, and he was content to speak and to write without attempt to hide this conviction. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

I hate to write it down, but the truth is his mother brought him up to be frightfully mean. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Montenero determined to write immediately to his friend General B — to request that a party of the military might be sent to guard his house. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

E. F. Benson A certain friend of mine, living abroad, is amiable enough to write to me about once in a fortnight. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Wilkie Collins He shook hands with me, and said he accepted my advice as the advice of a friend, and so went back to his parsonage to write the letter. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Owing to their historical position, it became the vocation of the aristocracies of France and England to write pamphlets against modern bourgeois society. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Now take my advice and don’t write about spring; it will make everybody hate you, and will do no good. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

He is so clever, he could soon learn to write with his left, and perhaps hooks don’t hurt after the first. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Why should you be able to write a cheque for their million, or even a part of it?” “I have the brains,” Matthew reminded her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Maria Edgeworth He could not think of intruding upon her at such a time — and, in short, he put it off till it seemed too late to write at all. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins After a little consideration, she sat down to write a letter. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Edith Wharton At first he did not write regularly; he was feeling his way. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Ford Madox Ford What’s your game?’ Tietjens said: ‘Give me the fourteen end-rhymes of a sonnet and I’ll write the lines. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

I gave him three minutes to write and sign a settlement of all his iniquitous claims against me, or have his brains beaten out over his own carpet. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Ivan Turgenev It’s no use grumblingwrite it, I wish it. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

What do you write — or shouldn’t I ask?’ ‘I write innocuous heroines out of my system, that’s all. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith Of course it was in her power to write to Beauchamp, just as it had been in his to speak to her, but the fire was wanting in her blood and absent from his mood, so they were kept apart. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Radclyffe Hall But now there were bills to be paid and plans to be made for the future, and at last Joan persuaded her mother to write to the firm in London who had attended to Colonel Ogden’s affairs. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Fanny Fern We should be very much obliged to you if you would write us a little dialogue to be repeated by two little girls, of the age of six; something sweet and simple, such as you know how to write. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells I give you The Expansion of Sex. When I write that review I will slate it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

I am persuaded you have had the goodness to write before, but I have had the ill fortune to lose your letters. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Robert Louis Stevenson And when you write the whole for the half, you do not express your thought more forcibly, but only express a different thought which is not yours. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mdlle. Reuter was quite sufficiently acquainted with English to understand it when read or spoken in her presence, though she could neither speak nor write it herself. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Charles Dickens No more, dear Mr. Pip, from your ever obliged, and affectionate servant, “Biddy.” “P.S. He wishes me most particular to write what larks. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Florence Dixie As I am going up country I should much like to write a letter ere I leave. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope No provision was made either for her to see her lover or to write to him. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Raleigh, contrasting him with Salisbury, who could speak but not write, and Northampton, who could write but not speak, thought Bacon eminent both as a speaker and a writer. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Anatole France Thief, robber, murderer, write with the piece of charcoal I throw in your face, write with your own filthy hand, on the floor, your title deed. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anne Bronte I then gave her his address, exhorted her to write frequently, reiterated some of my former admonitions regarding her own concerns, and bade her a fond farewell. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

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]

Wilkie Collins I AM going to try if I can’t write something about myself. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He resigned, and in the anguish of his heart, determined never to write again. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing You remind me that I really ought to write to him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Walter Scott I have known a learned man write a thousand pages with one quill. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing Why did he write until he had decided on the day?” “Really, I don’t know,” answered Mr. Lashmar, feebly. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Tell those city folks who write for you to write for the villagers also. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells You have to write and keep on writing memoranda on the different expressions of our fundamental ideas, as fact challenges them. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Gaston Leroux This anniversary and your sudden appearance in my room at the Opera, the other evening, reminded me of the time long past and made me write to you as the little girl that I then was . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

It is usual to blame Mark Twain’s wife for his failure to write the books he ought to have written, and it is evident that she did tyrannize over him pretty thoroughly. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein All this occupied a great deal of that winter and then we went to Spain. In Spain Gertrude Stein began to write the things that led to Tender Buttons. I liked Spain immensely. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope Then he would slowly write some letter, almost measuring every point which his pen made — thinking that thus he was performing his duty as a man of business. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope As the old lady sealed up the jars, though they contained no wine, so must Tiro write letters, though he has nothing to say in them. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Yet was I offered a bountiful wage to write fairly a merchant’s accounts, one Fugger, a grand and wealthy trader, and hath store of ships, yet his father was but a poor weaver. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Benjamin Disraeli I write to him every day, and sometimes twice a day, and pass my life in collecting things to interest him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

E. F. Benson Southey, it may be noticed, who nine years before had very decidedly discouraged Charlotte from attempting to write verse, was not sent one. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

So it was not that knowledge which had caused her, a day or two ago, to write to London for Francis. Some news brought in by Stephen Radcliffe had unhinged and shocked her beyond expression. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anthony Trollope I will ask my uncle, sir, to write to him. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells In this new-born world of dogmatic communism, he insisted, there was to be no recognition for White or Catholic or any sort of right writer, write he ever so beautifully. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells He tried to read, even tried to write a little, but most of the time he looked out of the window. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

George Eliot For Miss Lingon had had a superior governess, who held that a woman should be able to write a good letter, and to express herself with propriety on general subjects. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Mark Twain Said his brother William was the cussedest joker in the world, and hadn’t tried to write — HE see William was going to play one of his jokes the minute he put the pen to paper. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope My dear Sir, Father has been going on with all that nonsense of his, and I think it most straightforward to write a letter to you at once, so that things may be understood and finished. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry James Gordon Wright, while the storm was at its climax, sat down to write letters, and wrote half a dozen. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Ivan Turgenev I scarcely know how to write . The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

A. E. W. Mason Not to write letters was indeed a part of the man. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Gissing It has not yet come into my possession, and I had decided that I would not write to you till that happened, but perhaps you may altogether misunderstand my silence. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

John Morley One of his first enjoyments was to write letters to his episcopal foe, signed with a cross and his name: Voltaire, Capucin indigne. Voltaire by John Morley

Maria Edgeworth Pray write quickly, and tell me so; and forgive, if you cannot approve of, the warmth with which I have spoken. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Charles Dickens Two of them, the Park and the Bowery, are large, elegant, and handsome buildings, and are, I grieve to write it, generally deserted. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

But it appears that to write successfully about such a world you have got to believe in it. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Henry Handel Richardson Please don’t write to them about it. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Probably she would write as well, giving all the particulars about her. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

E. F. Benson Were I to write much I should become blind. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Meredith I write coldly; I am tired, and forget my English. I do not forget my friends. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Wilkie Collins The next thing I thought of doing was to write to your respected father, requesting a private interview. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He has been kind to her according to his lights, and if she could write little goody-goody books he would admire her immensely, and so would half the neighbourhood. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

James Joyce Could he write something original? He was not sure what idea he wished to express but the thought that a poetic moment had touched him took life within him like an infant hope. Dubliners by James Joyce

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was not hard to speak, smooth and pleasant to the ear, and so easy to read and write that I marveled at it. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Kate Chopin It was a matter less nice, less difficult, to write to the brothers-one up on the Red River plantation living as best he could; the other idling on the New Orleans streets. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Ford Madox Ford It’s more difficult to get rhymes than to write sonnets . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

If a hundred clerks were gathered together, They could not write down a half of her ways. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Thomas Wolfe But when I try to play or write or sing, I can think of nothing else but you . You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins I inquire peevishly what I am wanted to write at that time of night, when I am just digesting my dinner. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins My very fingers burn as I write it! 13th. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He began to write verse at a very early age, and continued to do so until almost his latest days. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Gissing You won’t tell me?’ ‘And if I did, how would it help you?’ ‘Cannot I go there? Or can’t I write and say that I wish to speak to him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Wilkie Collins Have you got your pocket-book, Amelius? In case we are separated at some later time, I want to write the name and address in it of a person whom we can trust. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope Why should she not have her friend? He would not write abominable letters and ask her to say that she loved him! And yet she was aware that there was a danger. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Later, he asserted that Hugo, after accepting the dedication of the Lost Illusions to himself, had induced Edouard Thierry to write an abusive article against him. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Gissing You lament that I can’t write in that attractive way. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope And then that embrace! She knew that the Duke would be struck with horror as he read of such a tale, and she found herself almost struck with horror as she attempted to write it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Tell him that if he consents he need not write any answer: you will know what it means — that you may go — and it will save him trouble. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

We were to write to each other every third day, not more often, so that our letters would be days of great expectancy to both of us. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H. G. Wells One strand concerned this review he was going to write about Cottenham C. Bower. He had got an outrageously pedantic phrase in his head upon which he wanted to base his critique. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edith Wharton Pauline thought: “I’ll write to Jim again, and tell him how perfect Dexter has been about Lita and the baby, and that will convince him there’s no need to hurry back. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

A man who understands about people hasn’t any yen to write history. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

William Black His object was to raise a genuine, hearty laugh; not to write a piece for school declamation; and he had enough confidence in himself to do the work in his own way. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

It is a grand object—the very poetry of politics; only think—a free Italy!” Byron acted on his assertion that a man ought to do more for society than write verses. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Anthony Trollope Each note as it came was answered — instantly; but she would not write except when the notes came. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence I wanted to hurry, so began to solve the deadlock by making Abd el Kadir write to Feisal for his decision and by making Tewfik hand over the store to me. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell Quiet days, occupied in reaching, and feminine occupations in the house, did not present much to write about; and Charlotte was naturally driven to criticise books. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Ford Madox Ford Pure air! He was going to write to Valentine Wannop: ‘Hold yourself at my disposal. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Gertrude Stein This is now the book in which I write and receive. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing He got a place in an office, and he began to write poetry—some of which was published and duly left unpaid for. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Nobody seems to write the sort that Colonel Higginson formerly contributed to the periodicals, or such as Emerson wrote. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Mark Twain Others wrote as they did, because they feared it would be unpopular to write otherwise. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

And where did we finally lay her? In that spot — ah! why does my blood run chill while I write it — where she stood when she took that oath to the Colonel, whose breaking caused her death. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

He had gone away five years ago after a small trouble over a girl — no, no, he had merely stabbed her — and had not bothered to write to them. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Eliot I’ll write to him about it, if you like. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Wilkie Collins But, instead of handing it to me as usual, he began to write in it himself. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And when her courage failed her, as it did on most days, and it seemed impossible to write to Frederick, she would look at Mr. Wilkins and revive. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

What could they mean? Idly I began to read them backward, when — But try for yourself, reader, and judge of my surprise! Elate at the discovery thus made, I sat down to write my letters. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope To write a scurrilous attack, such as the second Philippic, is a bad exercise for the ingenuity of a great man; but so is any anonymous satire. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Radclyffe Hall She told Joan to write to London for it next day. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing She was too fond of me to hold out long against my determination, and so, with many promises to write frequently, and not to be away more than a few months, I set off to see foreign countries. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Kingsley He rose up with deadly wrath in his face, and swore a fearful oath, an oath so fearful, that he who endorsed every word of it then, will not write it down now. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

That from which I write is frequented by Peel and Palmerston. I fremis to think that I may meet them at the board today. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

You write to me! — you’ll not have time. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins I have endeavored to write and tell you about my dear lost father and my old home. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

He promised to write about his furniture — some of the movables in those rooms upstairs are his — cabinets, carved chairs, tapestries, and so on; but he said nothing as to where he was going. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins What was I thinking of? I daren’t write it down. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Wilkie Collins I have no wish to intrude on your private affairs; I have no wish to write a word which could be construed into any indirect reflection on yourself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I delivered a letter from the duchess of Blankenburg. I stayed but a few days at that court, though her highness pressed me very much to stay; and when I left her, engaged me to write to her. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Wilkie Collins You may believe this, and believe all I write hereafter. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

One to break myself in to dialogue; one to learn how to write description; one to learn how to group my characters; one as a study in composition, etc. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

If he wanted to write a letter he could ask permission of the Commandant, and send the letter, open, through that Almighty Officer, who could stop it if he thought necessary. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was anxious to write of things she had known and seen; and among the number was the West Yorkshire character, for which any tale laid among the Luddites would afford full scope. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope Would the lawyer write to Miss Trefoil on that very day; — or rather not on that very day but the next. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

When we were in Paris she wanted to see the big fountains play, and she told me to write to the emperor and ask him to have them set going for her. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope To get his lawyer to write and offer me money!” “He should not have gone to his lawyer. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

I am too much terrified to write coherently; but understand me — hasten — do not waste a minute. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith An idea came that she would soon cease to be able to write at all. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The young Mrs. Milton not only wished it, but incited her family to write and beg that she might be allowed to go home to stay the remainder of the summer. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

The Egyptians first employed this vague and uncertain method of calculating when they began to write the beginning of their history. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Edith Wharton He had promised to write as soon as there was anything definite to say, and had left her his address, and asked her to write also. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Charles Kingsley Your aim will not be to write like this man or that woman, but to write like yourselves, being of course responsible for what yourselves are like. On English Composition by Charles Kingsley

Benjamin Disraeli Thank God! I never could write a line. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

I’ll write to him this moment, and tell him we are not all the tools of Philip’s malice. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

You will also write on such theme as they shall select. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Merkins and Son write they have no vacancy for Lupin. OCTOBER 30. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

F. Scott Fitzgerald Unless they will let me write my father, whom I loved dearly. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope He’ll write me a very savage letter, and then in a week or two I shall answer him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

I had not the courage to write to you beforehand to tell you what was going to be. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins The writer of the letter proved to be a married younger brother of Mr. Engelman, residing at Bingen, on the Rhine. “I write to you, dear sir, at my brother’s request. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Helen Zimmern I am now correcting what I had written of my father’s life, and shall be for some months, so shall not write any letters of such length as this. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

You’ll write a leaflet about the affair at the cemetery, won’t you?” “Of course!” The mother rose quietly and walked into the kitchen. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Edgar Allan Poe Many a work has been slashingly condemned therein, of which the critic himself could not write a page, were he to die for it. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe