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- They mostly began to reign as old men, and their reigns were short, averaging less than two years each. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The letter, perhaps, began in bitterness, but it did not end so. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- But she took such a long walk up and down our rooms that night, while I was writing to Agnes, that I began to think she meant to walk till morning. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Erringly and strangely she began the task of self-examination with self-condemnation. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- And here, to the great horror of Mr. John Smauker, Sam Weller began to whistle. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- So, he sat down at the foot of his little iron bedstead, and began to wonder how much a year the warder made out of the dirty room. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- He bore it as long as he could, then went to his piano and began to play. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- At last he was happily got down without any accident, and then he began to beat Mr. Guppy with a hoop-stick in quite a frantic manner. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- At length, after a short pause, Miss Crawford began with, So you are to be a clergyman, Mr. Bertram. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- Laurie obediently threw himself down on the turf, and began to amuse himself by sticking daisies into the ribbons of Amy's hat, that lay there. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- You went away just when it began, Clym, she said. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- For ten days after this repulse the Duke of Brunswick hesitated, and then he began to fall back towards the Rhine. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I began my life among them in my father's nursery garden, and I shall end my life among them, if I can. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- He soon began to quarrel again as usual. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- He rose so early that it was not yet light when he began his journey. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.