Phrases with "written"

He came again the next night, however, bringing a written certificate from a clergyman that his case was a deserving one. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Ford Madox Ford The charge was written in a very illiterate hand; an immense beery lance-corporal of Garrison Military Police, with a red hat-band, attended to give evidence . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Virginia Woolf I had come at last, in the course of this rambling, to the shelves which hold books by the living; by women and by men; for there are almost as many books written by women now as by men. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Robert Green Ingersoll Rev. Mr. Spurgeon says that everywhere in hell will be written the words “for ever. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith He had not given her a chance; he had not replied to her letter written with the pen dipped in her heart’s blood; he must have gone straight away to the woman he married. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Nathaniel Hawthorne You have read them, and know what I mean, — that conception in which I endeavored to embody the character of a fiend, as represented in our traditions and the written records of witchcraft. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

It was quite a nice letter, written the previous week from his sheep station beyond Pimba. He had been very ill, he said, and the doctors had told him he could never get very much better. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Wilkie Collins At last I found the book that had belonged to the monks with the whole of the prophecy written in the blank leaf. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The note was written at last, and despatched by an urgent messenger. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Even had the word been written correctly, its signification is not that which Milton intended, viz. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Jules Verne He unfolded it and recognized the Czar’s signature, preceded by the decisive formula, written by his brother’s hand. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Meredith My father has written of death. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jonathan Swif But what now, you saucy sluts? all this written in a morning, and I must rise and go abroad. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

E. F. Benson She did not reproach herself now for the small part that her children had had in her life; but if Thurso lived, the letter she had written to him must be fulfilled here also. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Thomas Hardy Three mornings later he brought an inland letter from Stephen. It contained very little matter, having been written in haste; but the meaning was bulky enough. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Richard Burton When the prescription is written out, you affix an impression of your ring seal to the beginning and to the end of it, that no one may be able to add to or take from its contents. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

This novel is in its own nature and purpose sufficiently obscure; and the commentaries which have been written upon it by the Hurnboldts, Schlegels, &c. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Charles Kingsley It was a note, written seven years before; but not by her; by Lucia ere her marriage. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Now that the letter was written it seemed to be a thing fixed by fate that it must go. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

He found the lovely girl somewhat ignorant; but white paper to be written upon at will, is a favourite metaphor among those men who have described the ideal of a wife. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins Mr. Keller resolved to address a written remonstrance to my aunt. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Ambrosio supposed it to have been written by some one of her Relations, and picked it up intending to restore it to her. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

A great chapter of the history of the world is written in the chalk. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

And at the year’s end they came again, and found the same letters and figures, the which they had written the year before, without any default. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

And War Letters from a Living Dead Man, written by Elsa Parker but said to be dictated by a correspondent presumably from somewhere in hell, shows us His Satanic Majesty with grim realism up to date. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Arthur Conan Doyle Hullo! we are going to hear some news now with a vengeance! Here is Gregson coming down the road with beatitude written upon every feature of his face. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Thomas Hardy The abandoned sheets of paper lying as they did open upon the table, made it possible, as he sat, to read the few words written on each. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Sir Walter Scott To borrow lines from a contemporary poet, who has written but too little: “The knights are dust, And their good swords are rust, Their souls are with the saints, we trust. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Edgar Rice Burroughs This is the first time I have spoken with another of my kind through written words. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Sir Richard Burton And on the other hand, if there be written therein hanging or mutilation or death, I will execute it upon him. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Olaf Stapledon How did I spot him? Surely it’s written all over his face, his walk, the way he moves his hands. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce In the desk lay a manuscript translation of Hauptmann’s Michael Kramer, the stage directions of which were written in purple ink, and a little sheaf of papers held together by a brass pin. Dubliners by James Joyce

George Gissing I have not written to you because I thought it needless to make conjectures, and ask questions, and give assurances, when you were sure, sooner or later, to come and tell me the whole story. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

All his works show learning, and are written in a lively style. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

G. K. Chesterton The lines were bitter and excessive to have been written against any man, especially bitter and excessive to have been written against a man who was not alive to reply. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Charles Dickens This is written of, I am sensible, as if it had lasted a year. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

He had probably written the comedies, as he had written English hexameters, out of deference to others, or to try his hand. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Anthony Trollope There is a letter to his brother written in November, the next letter in the collection, in which he says that Pompey and Cæsar promise him everything. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

What these things were, beyond what has been written here, he told to the Jesuit father — under the seal of confession. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

Writers must feel very flat when they’ve written something that no one can use. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith She had done that, written her name to the renunciation of him! No individual could bear the sight of such a crime, and no suffering man could be appeased by a single victim to atone for it. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

For it is written in The Iron Book that no one but the Assassins of Khorassan — excepting the Eight Sheiks — shall read that written word and live to boast of having read it. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Anthony Trollope It may be imagined that it was not written off-hand, or without many struggles. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There are none, indeed, from Atticus — none written under terms of such easy friendship as prevailed when many were written by Cicero himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells The book was written with the assumption of a certain underlying philosophy which Gemini was beginning to find novel and interesting. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Wilkie Collins A lean, hard, middle-aged man, buttoned up tight in a black frock-coat, received me, holding my written introduction open in his hand. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope I have since written sets of letters to newspapers, and have been paid for them; but then I have bargained for a price. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton She would have written something perfectly dignified, perfectly harmless, perfectly inconsiderable. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

His one desire now was to discover the meaning of the words written on the card. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Virginia Woolf And fatal is no figure of speech; for anything written with that conscious bias is doomed to death. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Miles Franklin In all my life I had not received so much as a post card written by a hand in another country. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Andrew Lang But when he looked at them he found that they were written in a forgotten language, and he could not understand a single word, though he amused himself with trying. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then a minute ago she came in with a telegram all written out and was standin’ there goin’ to give it to me when she changed her mind or somep’n and all of a sudden tore it up. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fanny Fern I will furnish all the facts, and the story, written out by your magic pen, would be a certain success. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

George Gissing This he had done, and the results were written out on an enclosed sheet of paper. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I have explained this so badly and written it so badly, that I fear you will hardly be able to make it out. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Henry Handel Richardson The Baron’s departure was three days old by now, and the letter she had just read was written in his hand. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It has been there with all its written laws, a thing to live by — if we choose. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Alfred Ainger The few events that varied their monotonous life are to be gathered from the letters to Coleridge and Southey, written during this period. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

James Payn If we are pressed for the reason, we can give the true one—to a certain point, if needs must be—you had a mind to alter what you have written to your suitor. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Washington Irving A mountain of written testimony was diligently heaped up, according to Spanish form, by the indefatigable escribano; the corporal was completely overwhelmed by it. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Andrew Lang But tell me, O wise Sumi, where I can find the last of the accursed race who has brought this doom on my son?’ ‘It is written here,’ replied Sumi, turning over some leaves. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe I must have written half a million words or more. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope True, indeed, she had written to him, but her letters had been short and cold, merely detailing certain circumstances of her outward life. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The real history is written in forms not meant as history. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

She did not receive a single answer to those carefully written letters, setting forth her qualifications and her willingness to work hard. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Machen And, by some curious fatality, it is the most commonplace and brutal murders which always attract the most attention and get written up the most. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Athos opened it and began by drawing forth a little note, written in these terms: “My dear Count,—When one travels, and especially for three months, one never has a superfluity of money. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope Where would you be if she got a written promise of marriage from you?” Poor Johnny did not answer this immediately, for in very truth Amelia Roper had such a document in her possession. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel If she had written from dictation that might explain it. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

But the portrait is entirely in the Greek manner, and when they came to that pathetic farewell, it had to be spoken in their own tongue, written in their own familiar characters. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Sidney Colvin The circumstantial account of Brown above quoted compels us to regard the lines In Imitation of Spenser as the earliest of all, and as written at Edmonton about the end of 1813 or beginning of 1814. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson It was common knowledge that old Thistlethwaite had not written a fresh sermon for years; but had used his stale ones again and again, some even said reading them backwards, for the sake of variety. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The one line written contained no direct answer: the words were these: “I have meant to move it, for some time past. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins The next post brought my written engagement, and the offer of a salary which doubled my income. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith The battle of the previous night was written there in one eloquent big lump, which would have passed him current as hero from end to end of the land in the great days of old. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Elio She folded it again in two little notes of Anthony’s, written in pencil, and placed it in her bosom. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Wilkie Collins The thick quarto pages were beautifully illuminated in the manner of the ancient manuscripts; and the narrative, in written characters, had been produced under his own inspection. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

John Lewis Burckhard They also deal in written charms, like those current in the Black countries, such as amulets, and love-receipts, called “Kotob muhbat o kuboul. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

When I became aware that you must have written the letter, I drove at once to Jessum to see if you had gone to London, as you had posted it there. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells On another occasion I undertook to give an afternoon lecture to the Royal Institution. I knew my subject fairly well, so well that I had not written it down. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins As she did this, the wind blew open the title-page of the Hymns, and displayed this inscription on it, written in large, clumsy characters — “Sarah Leeson, her book. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Has he written to the Commissioner lately — written confidentially, I mean?’ ‘He wrote two days ago, but when we steamed the letter open we found it was nothing of importance. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The great bulk of this reverie material was written for Crane & Newberry by girls and women and by a type of slack imaginative men. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Thomas Hardy The papers were written in triplicate, and carefully sealed up with blue wax. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Oscar Wilde We know from Meres that the Sonnets had been written before 1598, and Sonnet CIV. informs us that Shakespeare’s friendship for Mr. W. H. had been already in existence for three years. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

On Friday, they had written to inquire about Claudine’s past life; it was now Monday, and no reply had arrived. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

This was the letter which the heart-broken girl had written to her lover. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Ah! friend, you may shake your head sadly, Yet this much you’ll say for my verse, I’ve written of old something badly, But written anew something worse. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

E. Phillips Oppenheim That room whose four walls witnessed the hideous deed which in men’s minds is written down to my account could tell another tale. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

He would have written as truthful and as melancholy a book if he had lived to-day. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins Except us three, and the clergyman here (to whom your mistress has written word of what has happened), nobody knows anything about it. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

The drama was written in verse, a form of literary composition foreign to Balzac’s talent. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

It is not written in French.” “Nor written in French!” I exclaimed. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Laetius ah quid te tenuit, quid purius, orbis?— Nunc solum mater quod fueris meminit” “What is it? What is written there?” Barbara asked with some eagerness. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

He was at Charterhouse; and an entertaining account of his existence there has been preserved to us in a paper of school reminiscences, written by Mr. C.D. Bevan, who had been his fag. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

An exact report every twenty-four hours of what goes on and everything to be written down. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Henry James Those things are written — literally in rows of volumes, in libraries; are as public as they’re abominable. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H. G. Wells It’s U-P. The Union Jack, so to speak, won’t be worth the paper it’s written on, Tom.” “I suppose you couldn’t lend us a hand this morning,” said Jessica, in his impressive pause. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

In a memorable letter to his mother, written March 13, 1821, he says: “I am quite reconciled to going to college, since I am to spend my vacations with you. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry James She knew more people, as she told Isabel, than she knew what to do with, and something was always turning up to be written about. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy Anybody will tell you the shop — his name is written up. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins I could hardly have mastered what his daughter had written more readily, if I had been reading it myself. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Thomas Hardy She could see Giles and Creedle talking together at the back; the charred spar-gad with which the lines had been written lay on the ground beneath the wall. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Our Voyage hath proved fruitful in Adventures all which being to be written in the Book, you must postpone yr. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Wilkie Collins He was plainly not aware that Lady Janet had already written to her to defer her promised explanation. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Wilkie Collins If the master of the house had not written to them, it followed, surely, that he meant to make writing unnecessary by returning on that day. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell To be sure, she has written in such a hurry lately. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell It might be-it probably was — a statement of Captain Reid’s imperiousness in trifles, very much exaggerated by the narrator, who had written it while fresh and warm from the scene of altercation. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Leslie Stephen The inferiority of Johnson’s written to his spoken utterances is indicative of his divided life. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Upon Lampe’s calling to demand a written character, he was, however, a good deal embarrassed; his stern reverence for truth being, in this instance, armed against the first impulses of his kindness. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Anthony Trollope On this was written a direction,—To Bullhampton and Imber; and here she turned short off towards the parish in which she had been born. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. F. Benson The following extract, written to her brother, has a cramped air about it, suggesting, perhaps, that Miss Wooler, in the approved style, looked over the girls’ letters home before they were sent. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Edith Wharton But she was glad she’d written that reassuring letter to Jim — she was glad, because it was TRUE. . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Anthony Trollope Yours truly, Isabel Brodrick. The reader may perhaps understand that these words were written by her with extreme anguish; but of that her Cousin Henry understood nothing. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Mark Twain And besides, Shakespeare uses his law just as freely in his first plays, written in his first London years, as in those produced at a later period. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope But tell me have you told them in Norfolk that you were coming here?’ ‘No I have not written to my cousin. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It had been written in the records, and upon the stones belonging to the college. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

All the members of each ytrap profess the same political opinions, which are provided for them by their leaders every five years and written down on pieces of paper so that they will not be forgotten. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Guy de Maupassan He replied dryly: “Yes, excellent, provided that it is written in the right key, for there lies the great difficulty. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James This, apparently, had indeed not been the case, if Pinnie had opposed, successfully, his being written to. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope No doubt he had first written a sum of money on the fragment of paper which she had preserved; — and the evidence would so far go against him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I follow the places of His life till I come to the River of the Arrow. There is, moreover, a written paper of the hours of the trains that go south. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Great tragedies and epic poems have been written upon the same theme until it has become so hackneyed that I have no need to enlarge upon it. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins The one unmoved person was Romayne. The sheet of paper on which the will was written lay unregarded upon his lap; his eyes were still riveted on the little figure at the fireplace. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli The rector had written an essay on squirrels, and showed them a glass containing that sportive little animal in all its frolic forms. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope But I did write as I say, and I think that if she had got my letter before she had written herself, she would perhaps have stayed. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Can they have written to him? I go about my duties like a ghost; and pray for submission to the Divine will. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope And then there will be Lady Arabella Portroyal, and Lady Augusta Gelashires. I have got the list written out somewhere, and there are to be just twenty. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Virginia Woolf How many die in every novel that’s written — the best, the dearest, while Moggridge lives. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Theodore Dreiser You should have written me before. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Victor Hugo Why should James II., whose credit required the concealment of such acts, have allowed that to be written which endangered their success? The answer is, cynicism — haughty indifference. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope She knew that Cecilia would have written in that strain only under the influence of some great alarm. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

In his dull brain words were sounding — his own words, written years ago: “When God takes the mind and leaves the body alive, there grows in it, sometimes, a beauty almost supernatural. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

An’ that’s the rason why I think it id be better for the likes iv me to be remimbered in tradition than to be written in history. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling The munshi demanded and received the purwana, or written permit. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Petr asked in the darkness: “What was that written for? Against whom?” “Now for sleep!” said Osip, taking off his boots. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Some indeed had never been written down. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

It is written on your invitation card. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Gertrude Stein This does make a written reason. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope It is written on the whole record of our race, British and American history is made up of rebellion and revolution. North America by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson His history is written with elegance and vigour, but his fabulousness and credulity are justly blamed. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Every night, just at midnight, I used to wake from awful dreams — and the book lay open before me at the last page, where was written ‘Finis.’ I had strange feelings. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Willa Cather Hugh’s written a delightful part for her, and she’s quite inexpressible. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Shall I ever forget the horror of that day, I wonder! I think not! It is written upon a page of my memory in characters over which time can have no power. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Anthony Trollope That very day, just before the Dales had come in, he had received a second letter from his darling Amelia, written very closely upon the heels of the first. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Mrs. Davant, who had been in Paris for the opening, had already written rapturously of the impression produced, enclosing commendatory notices from one or two papers. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

That telegram was written out, but it wasn’t sent. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ivan Turgenev Alas! I was myself in love with the girl who had written to Asanov, and I could have no doubt now that she loved him. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edith Wharton She’s taken ten bottles, and her headaches don’t seem no better — but she’s written a testimonial to say the first bottle cured her, and she got five dollars and her picture in the paper. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins Why is History in general (I know there are brilliant exceptions to the rule) such dull reading? Because it is the narrative of events, written at second hand. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Andrew Lang The British authors who understand boys best are not those who have written books exclusively about boys. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He must have written hundreds of thousands of lines, without a single thought in them which was not unconsciously borrowed from somebody else. The Poetry Did It by Wilkie Collins [1885]

The tale of such atrocities is not confined to the Spaniard. Wherever the civilized man and the savage have come in contact, in the East or in the West, the story has been too often written in blood. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Even some of the most strongly-marked races cannot be identified with that degree of unanimity which might have been expected from what has been written on the subject. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope She had already written to say that she would return home on the day but one after the funeral, and had told Captain Aylmer of her purpose. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

When was it? May. There’s one of ’em written down in cipher in my pocket-book in May, I know that. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry Handel Richardson In her first sick young fear Polly had impulsively written off to Mother Beamish, to claim the fulfilment of that good woman’s promise to stand by her when her time came. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope He therefore determined that he would go to Mrs Finn. She had as yet received no answer from the Duke, though nearly a fortnight had elapsed since she had written her letter. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He’s getting old now, but was a great London specialist once and has written no end of books. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Mrs. Gaskell The rector’s letters, and those of his wife and mother-inlaw, had all been tolerably short and pithy, written in a straight hand, with the lines very close together. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Leslie Stephen In five numbers alone he received assistance from friends, and one of these, written by Richardson, is said to have been the only number which had a large sale. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

But in the Book of Gold it is written otherwise: ‘God preserve us from Satan who was stoned!’ . The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Hector Spurling’s profession was written in every line of his face. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope We find from his own words, in a letter to Atticus written in the year but one after his Consulship, 61 B.C., that as Consul he made twelve public addresses. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang What says Jules Janin, who has written “Contre l’indifference des Philistins,” “il faut a l’homme sage et studieux un tome honorable et digne de sa louange. The Library by Andrew Lang

John Keats This poem is written in the four-accent metre employed by Milton in L’Allegro and Il Penseroso, and we can often detect a similarity of cadence, and a resemblance in the scenes imagined. Poems published in 1820 by John Keats

H. G. Wells The literature of the past hundred years is unparalleled in the world’s history in this feature that the greater portion of it is or has been written under pressure. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James I would have written to you beforehand that I was coming, but I only started at a few hours’ notice. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

I am to draw the Honour of the Club. It is written in the skies. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope The letter was written as follows:— Conduit Street, 14th December, 186—. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

You have read them, and know what I mean — that conception in which I endeavored to embody the character of a fiend, as represented in our traditions and the written records of witchcraft. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Meredith So full of it, and of such dimensions is this book, in which the generations have written ever since they took to writing, that to be profitable to us the Book needs a powerful compression. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang Her thoughts kept turning to the book, in which stood written that great happiness waited her sisters, but that a fate was in store for her such as had never before been known in the world. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells And afterwards she was inclined to regret having written about that new tie. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Guy de Maupassant In a letter found in her pocket, written at the last moment, it was ordered that her body was to be buried in the village in which she had passed the last days of her life. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Thomas Wolfe She remembered all the things they had written about her work: “ . You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope According to Florence’s view, Mrs. Clavering’s letter was written under a mistake. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

It is written that Solomon went after the abominations of Moab, and was yet numbered among the Elect. . Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

It was opened, and seemed written with sunbeams. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope What’s written on these eight bits of paper everybody may know,” and he pulled out of a large case or purse, which he carried in his breast coat-pocket, a fat sheaf of bills. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The friend to whom he first addressed himself having counselled delay, the affair was entrusted to Dr. Hume, and a cartel was written in such terms that there could be only one answer. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Henry Kingsley In the lining, while tearing it up, he found a crumpled paper, a note from his sister, written years before, full of sisterly kindness and tenderness. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Andrew Lang So strongly was I affected by it that I have here written down the whole history, with the date, 19th December, and all the particulars as they are now fresh before me. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Thus it is that now I have before me the notebook with its scribbled pages, written confusedly upon my knee in the dim, waning light of our one electric torch. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Thomas Hardy The irrevocable words were soon spoken — the indelible writing soon written — and they came out of the vestry. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

E. F. Benson Altogether the letter is written without cant or flattery, and in a common-sense style which does credit to his judgment. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Virginia Woolf An epic poem might be written about atmosphere, or a novel in ten or fifteen volumes. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Sir Richard Burton The contracts were written out and the two Kings bestowed robes of honor of silk and satin on those who were present, whilst the city was decorated and the rejoicings were renewed. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Oscar Wilde The use of these boards is to protect the ‘world’s written wealth. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Wilkie Collins Laura had certainly written to say she would pass the night under the roof of her old friend — but she had never been near the house. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I am afraid it will not satisfy my readers of either sex; but the letter was written so and not otherwise, and this glorious romance shall have no other conclusion. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

You know my conditions; they are all written here,” she added, putting her hand upon an open paper which lay upon the table; “they are all written clearly enough for a child to understand. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling My lawyers have written to Mrs. Jennett, and I’ve got to be educated somewhere — in France, perhaps — I don’t know where; but I shall be glad to go away. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne Living in the mine, and wandering about day and night, he perceived that you had discovered the secret, and had written in all haste to beg me to come. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Virginia Woolf In this window-seat, she had written her first verses; in that chapel, she had been married. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Anthony Trollope Dearest Fanny,— I wonder whether it will seem as odd to you to receive a letter from me written at Rome as it is to me to write it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jules Verne Only one man could have written it; and that is the inventor of this unapproachable machine. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Thomas Hardy The letter was from Beaucock, written a few hours later than Melbury’s to his daughter. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells It was Sempack written out again in the handwriting of a very young man — and touched with a nervous wilfulness that was all Philip’s own. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]