Phrases with "abruptly"

Algernon Blackwood And the silence in the crowded room became abruptly noticeable. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Wilkie Collins I took leave of her as hurriedly and abruptly as possible — I could not trust myself to quit her in any other way. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Edith Wharton The older lady sat a moment irresolute; then she restored her arm to the shoulder from which it had been so abruptly displaced. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson Finding Annemarie’s eye on him, however, he abruptly desisted. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James He joined her, and she presently sat down on a divan, rather wearily, and closed her Murray. Then he asked her abruptly how Christina had pleased her. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The top of the trap door was jerked off abruptly and a white face was pushed down and turned sharply in every direction round the hall. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

William Hope Hodgson And then he stopped as abruptly as he had begun. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Elizabeth Von Arnim He said, “Tea, father?” as abruptly as a challenge, and without the smallest sign of the customary appreciation that here was a joke. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

James Joyce He set off abruptly for the Bull, walking rapidly lest his father’s shrill whistle might call him back; and in a few moments he had rounded the curve at the police barrack and was safe. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins For the first four miles the path gently ascended through an open country, then became abruptly much steeper, and led me deeper and deeper among thickets and endless woods. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Mary Webb Then he abruptly turned and shut his door. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Arnold Bennett Edwin had not been ordered abruptly off to bed, with a reprimand for late hours and silly proceedings generally. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James For a moment she answered nothing; then, “No!” she said abruptly and with a quickened light in her eyes which directly contradicted the word. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Ann Radcliffe Overcome with apprehensions, yet agitated with shame and indignation against himself for being so, he gazed at her for an instant in silence, and then abruptly turned away his eyes and left her. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Benjamin Disraeli This must be Beckendorff’s case; for no sooner had I finished than he rose up immediately, and, saying that I spoke like a man of sense, abruptly quitted the room. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Ivan Turgenev She looked at Bazarov, and stopped short in the doorway — so abruptly was she struck by his inflamed and at the same time deathlike face and by his dim eyes fixed on her. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Thomas Hardy This storm, like the first, is of the nature of a squall, and it ends as abruptly as the other. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson The rich flow of musical ideas, the power to bend these rhythmically to his will, to compress them in the chosen form, everything alike had deserted him, and as abruptly as once it had descended. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Rice Burroughs The forest ended abruptly and beyond lay two hundred yards of planted fields between the jungle and the village. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The all-important attic was a low square little box of a room, with the ceiling slanting abruptly down on three sides in conformity with the slate roof outside. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton He made a great effort to regain hold of the idea, but all the whirring, shuttling, flying had abruptly ceased in his brain, and he sat with his eyes shut, staring straight into darkness. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Ann Radcliffe But above all, some hints respecting his past life, which had fallen from Vivaldi, and which occasioned him so abruptly to leave the church, alarmed him. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Virginia Woolf The sight of the lamp-lit room brought back so abruptly all that he had forgotten that he stood for a moment unable to move. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H. G. Wells Quite abruptly the miscellaneous noises of the crowd ceased. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing No sooner had he left the house than a woman, who had been about to pass him on the pavement, abruptly turned round and hurriedly walked away. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

De Guiche, observing Madame turn pale, and guessing the cause of her change of color, abruptly quitted the assembly and disappeared. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells The last acutely bright red line of the sun’s disk vanished abruptly from above the black crest of Cayme as though someone had suddenly thought of it and drawn it into the building. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Rafael Sabatini Then, as abruptly as they had opened, the shutters closed again, leaving Casanova with a sense that the light had suddenly gone out. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

In the rapidly darkening twilight, they came abruptly on a man. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Then ——” but he broke off abruptly and asked: “But how did you come to find that underground chamber below the other rooms?” Stone was all smiles again. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Edith Wharton The girl’s shoulder slipped from hers and they remained looking at each other, the space between them abruptly widened. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Nikolai Gogol He threw down his brush, and declared abruptly that he could paint the stranger no longer. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

H. G. Wells And abruptly the faces all about him leapt out of the black, visible, ghastly-white and astonished, terrified, perspiring, in a livid glare. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins She was surprised at this; and she was more than surprised, when he angrily and abruptly snatched up the lock of hair, just as she touched it. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

In my father’s last letter from Italy he alludes to the sad event, but wishes me not to mention it to my mother, adding that he has fears for her mind if it be abruptly alluded to. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins She withdrew it, but neither abruptly nor angrily. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins She addressed herself to Mr. Hartrey; asking rather abruptly what he had to say to her. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Ann Radcliffe He was proceeding, when the Marchese abruptly checked him, “You avow your folly then!” “My Lord, I glory in my choice. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Wilkie Collins Never before —” he abruptly checked himself, and looked a little confused. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The true nature of the case never once crossed his mind, until Minnie unfolded it for him one day, abruptly and triumphantly. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Wilkie Collins He turned away abruptly and took up his hat. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

A. E. W. Mason We went back to the ballroom, but Joan Carew did not recover her gaiety, and half-way through a dance, when we were near to the door, she stopped abruptly — extraordinarily abruptly. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

In this way we explored the beach for miles, until it terminated in a savage promontory that rose abruptly from the sea against which the huge billows broke in thunder. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

G. K. Chesterton But his poetry comes in abruptly and leads him right. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The ledge upon which I stood terminated abruptly a few paces farther on, and as I reached the end I saw the cause of the reptile’s agitation. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anton Chekhov Are you cross, or don’t you feel well?” Vera pressed the palm of her hand to the cheek nearest to Ognev, and then abruptly jerked it away. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

He may have ——” but he broke off abruptly with another shrug of his shoulders and, letting himself out of the door, drove away. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

She had written a number of times and then, for some reason, abruptly stopped writing. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis Say! Don’t you think there’s a lot of these women that go out for all these movements and so on that sacrifice ——” After his remarks upon suffrage he abruptly questioned her about herself. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Wolfe For fifteen or twenty minutes he repeated this strange manoeuvred, and each time as he approached the door he-would hesitate and half turn as if about to enter, and then abruptly go on as before. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The telephone rang abruptly and he started — answered it with all the sensations of an impostor. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James Well,” she gaily declared, “you’re having it!” He took it from her with momentary patience and then turned abruptly away. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Ivan Turgenev But after questioning the maid, he abruptly departed, and never came back again. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Richard Burton The town, consisting of about one hundred houses, is built at the base and on the sides of a basaltic mass, which rises abruptly from the hard clayey plain. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins A deep flush suddenly overspread his faded face, and he abruptly sat down again, as if conscious of having betrayed a weakness which he would fain have concealed. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. G. Wells Then abruptly happened stresses. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Algernon Blackwood Then, when he least expected it, the trees fell away abruptly on both sides, and he stood on the edge of the village clearing. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

He abruptly resumed — “Yes, we will, Maud — you and I— we’ll leave one proof on record, which, fairly read, will go far to convince the world. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins The poor wretch abruptly moved his chair, so as to turn his back on it. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

But by-and-by she started from that rigid attitude almost as abruptly as she had fallen into it. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jack London I abruptly saw that a policeman was in the act of shooting Hartman. But Hartman was cool and was giving the proper passwords. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Henry James Then abruptly he broke out: “He’s going to marry her. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Edith Wharton The war was over, and we thought we were returning to the world we had so abruptly passed out of four years earlier. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Henry James She heard no knock, but at the time the darkness began vaguely to grow grey she started up from her pillow as abruptly as if she had received a summons. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

A few minutes, however, served to weary her of this, for she abruptly stopped, stood by the bedside, and, looking at her mistress, burst into tears. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She enjoyed her tea, and after two pieces of cake, was contemplating a third, when I abruptly moved the dish away. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing Tarrant’s voice, abruptly reproachful, affected her scarcely less than the preceding shock. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins He turned towards me again, as abruptly as he had turned away. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Marshall was unable to leave town immediately, but two days later, on Friday afternoon, he abruptly shut down work for the week-end, and motored down by himself in glorious weather. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle I remarked to my father what I saw, when he abruptly stopped the carriage and put me inside beside my mother, where, the conveyance being closed, I was out of the sun. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson Called abruptly back from a half-slumber, her mind in its confusion had jumped to the day of infant peccadilloes. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

His face would be drawn up horribly, his eyes would blaze, his forehead ——” But the doctor made a gesture of repugnance and abruptly closed his meditations. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Towards the end of my tale, Kate came in: at once I hastened to the end abruptly and after excusing myself, went into the garden. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Robert Louis Stevenson As for Dick, it seemed to him as if his life had come abruptly to an end. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

At this place, the author of the Relacion del Primer Descubrimiento del Peru, the Ms. so often quoted in these pages, abruptly terminates his labors. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

F. Scott Fitzgerald Glancing at her husband, she found no help from him, and as abruptly as if it were a matter of no importance, she threw up the sponge. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Wilkie Collins He abruptly dropped the conversation, and went to play piquet with my aunt. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

How does it seem to you?” “Would it help my cause to say?” “It would help your cause to tell what sent you so abruptly from Mrs. Clemmens’ house the morning she was murdered. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton Nothing short of a brick wall could have abruptly brought him up. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells He pulled up abruptly on the verge of a fresh explosion of metaphor. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Mark Twain In a little while another veteran was discharged abruptly from the same door, clawing at the air for a saving support. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells She looked up abruptly into my eyes and moved, indeed slightly, but with the intimation that she thought our talk might end. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells The heavy firing that had broken out while we were driving down Maybury Hill ceased as abruptly as it began, leaving the evening very peaceful and still. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells Never was skeptic so utterly defeated; never was unbeliever so abruptly convinced. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

A. E. W. Mason He only knows that our engagement was abruptly broken off; he believes that I have no longer any thought of you at all. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Guy de Maupassant Who could be coming at such an hour! “And abruptly the bell again rang twice. The Spasm (Le Tic) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Wilkie Collins She turned towards him again as abruptly as she had turned away. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The siege was abruptly abandoned, and the foolish Crusaders returned to Jerusalem, having done nothing to weaken the enemy, but every thing to weaken themselves. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

G. K. Chesterton For the boy burst out abruptly into a sort of high, gurgling crow and began to flap his hands about like the wings of a penguin, repeating over and over again, “On the one hand. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Alphonse Daudet His Highness has already done three years somewhere, and — stop a bit! I believe it was at Tarascon.” “At Tarascon!” cried out her worthiest son, abruptly enlightened. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Wilkie Collins I turned, and looked abruptly towards the window; for such memories as the room suggested were more than I could bear. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He held on with all his might, and then, using the material as purchase, bent forward abruptly and felt the man’s body come sliding over him, head first to the ground. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

H. G. Wells The second fascicle began as abruptly as the first ended. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Henry James Newman stood a moment, twisting his mustache and looking at her; then he abruptly turned away. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells Far away below to the south the clouds of the Indian rains pile up abruptly and are stayed by an invisible hand. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Suddenly then they parted as if an unseen hand had been abruptly thrust between them, and they both started to run off in different directions. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Virginia Woolf She had gone without speaking; abruptly a chasm had been cut in his course, down which the tide of his being plunged in disorder; fell upon rocks; flung itself to destruction. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

I jumped on my motor bike again, and started off in the direction of Port Lincoln, but fifty yards was the utmost it carried me before it again stopped abruptly in its tracks. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Rafael Sabatini And then, with almost startled suddenness, she put forth that long white hand, and closed the shutters as abruptly as before. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

They shut up abruptly ten minutes later, when a squadron of cavalry rode past and people stopped shouting to look at them. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy He shook Farfrae abruptly by the hand, and hastened away as if unwilling to betray himself further. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He would know how to restore that poor starved, outraged, beaten creature to the happy place on God’s earth which God intended her to fill!” Rufus abruptly took him by the hand. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jack London Continually changing its intensity and abruptly variant in pitch, it impinged on his nerves and senses, made him nervous and restless and worried him with a perpetual imminence of happening. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Abraham Merri The note of his shrieking changed from fear to agony; then died abruptly into silence. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Gaston Leroux Rouletabille saluted the general, who called to him to come up and, when the young man extended his hand, he drew him abruptly nearer and embraced him. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

H. G. Wells No new system of laws and customs, no new method of economic co-operation based on the idea of universal service to the common good, had sprung abruptly into being complete and finished. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jack London He sat up abruptly and squeezed open his eyes. Lost Face by Jack London

The tracks turned abruptly north, winding indeterminately as if no special object had been in view. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope So she rose abruptly and left the bedside without a word. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather I know them; Sunday-school sneaks, prowling around those little towns after dark!” Victor abruptly dismissed the subject. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell We turned round; we were at the edge of the rising ground which fell rather abruptly from this point into a rich smiling plain — the Bocage country, in fact. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

This correspondence with the central government occupied the month of March, and, before that time, the bloody system had ceased as abruptly as it began. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

F. Scott Fitzgerald Ede’s going to be all dressed up in her new pink dress —’ The conversation terminated abruptly with a squawk which indicated that the telephone had been pulled violently to the floor. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

William Hope Hodgson His voice came so abruptly that it startled me. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing At sight of them she pulled up abruptly, so abruptly that the horse reared a little. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins I asked for Nugent. He had left Lucilla abruptly at the bed-room door — he was out of the house. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

G. K. Chesterton If out of that stiff tie and collar there had come abruptly the head of a cat or a dog, it could not have been a more idiotic contrast. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells Then abruptly Cossar chose his line. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Arnold Bennett Sophia poked the fire, whereupon Mr. Povey abruptly withdrew his face. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jack London This always jerked the man and woman abruptly from their sleep; and at sight of the startled woe upon their faces the crowd would roar with laughter as it flooded past. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

As once before in that same house, I gave way to despair, and it was only the sharp remembrance of Margaret Price that pulled me up abruptly and dragged me finally to my feet. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Wilkie Collins You will understand this better if you will let me temperately explain to you the proposal, which he has just made so abruptly and confusedly in his own words. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The result was that the continuation of my ledge lay twenty feet below me, where it ended as abruptly as did the end upon which I stood. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Lady Morgan They are therefore abruptly introduced to our knowledge as living in a barbarous age, yet endowed with every perfection that renders them the most refined, heroic, and virtuous of men. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

So enchanting a thought was not to be abruptly ended. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

E. Phillips Oppenheim There had been no sound of footsteps, nothing to warn him of it, but he fancied himself abruptly encountered by some nameless danger. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Rafael Sabatini Then abruptly he turned and waved a hand to his janissaries. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

H. G. Wells And there the material facts in this curious, and to me at least very suggestive, story come abruptly to an end. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

Guy de Maupassant It was my own, the first portrait of myself, which I had got taken in the days when I was a student in the Latin Quarter. “I abruptly snatched it up to examine it more closely. The Hermit by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

The shower had abruptly ceased. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Leon Trotsky But apparently there had been some change in the air which brought us abruptly onto the road of revolutionary propaganda. My Life by Leon Trotsky

She put her thigh under his, but when he still failed to respond, she got up abruptly and went into the parlor. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Even when a weaker tribe is not thus abruptly swept away, if it once begins to decrease, it generally goes on decreasing until it becomes extinct. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Having exhausted every imaginable variety of tone, he abruptly said, “Let us pray,” and twisting his chair round, knelt before it. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Sinclair Lewis After the mail and the daily balance sheet, he jumped up abruptly and announced to Paul Popple, ‘Going out for a breath of fresh air. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Your father will forbid me the house! Will he?” And with that, this far from soothing medical practitioner bolted from the house as abruptly as he had come into it. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Abraham Merri The Norseman’s dolorous crying stopped as abruptly as though cut. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson For about a furlong we followed a good road alone, the hillside through the forest, until suddenly that road widened out and came abruptly to an end. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Abraham Merri I heard my own voice shouting command to cease fighting, and at that shout abruptly all sound of battle close by was stilled. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He seemed to half open his mouth to speak to Meadows, but catching sight of me huddling in the chair he checked himself abruptly and crossed over to me. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jules Verne It was at the club of the Rue Monstrelet that the truculent orator Schut, abruptly introducing the subject to his hearers, inflamed them with the expressions and metaphors used on such occasions. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Do you like him, Johnny Ludlow?” abruptly added Dan. “I hardly know whether I do or not: I’ve not seen much of him,” was my answer. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

At the same time the fireman, whom I could also see below me, sat down abruptly before his furnace and ducked his head. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

William Makepeace Thackeray I sent my faithful Gus off once more to break the matter gently to my wife, fearing lest Mrs. Hoggarty should speak of it abruptly to her; as I knew in her anger she would do. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

H. G. Wells He struck out abruptly towards fundamental things. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Gaston Leroux He came here abruptly after the last attack and a mysterious happening that I will tell you about. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Then he muttered huskily something about his watch having stopped, and moved off as abruptly as he came. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He walked back abruptly and said: “I hope you paid him better than Caiaphas did? Even at half-crowns it would only come to three pounds fifteen. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Had the gorge opened out upon a pit of flaming brimstone, neither man could have halted more abruptly nor stared with a greater amazement. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

A strange man was standing in front of him; behind him the windows of a chemist’s shop came abruptly into being. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Wilkie Collins Alban abruptly left his chair. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Presently they turned abruptly to the right, continued for about a mile along a villainous wagon track, and stopped. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Abraham Merri It swelled to a crescendo; abruptly ceased. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton Then abruptly he rose, and crossing the space between them, sat down in a chair at her side. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Jack London The glade ended abruptly at the steep bank of a stream. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Henry James I had faced about so abruptly that I had not telegraphed to my servant. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Fancy me walking into a room alone, and a great man fifty years old coming forwards, and after a few minutes’ conversation actually turning his back upon me, and then abruptly going out of the room. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Edith Wharton But abruptly he turned back and caught his sister’s arm. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Guy de Maupassan Renardet sat still, with staring eyes, and outstretched neck; and he sprang to his feet abruptly ashamed of his fear, took four steps, seized the drapery with both hands, and pulled it wide apart. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

With a nervous smile she turned again to her mirror, and then Jacques de Wissant, with his wife’s enigmatic words ringing in his ears, abruptly left the room. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Henry James The hill sloped abruptly away, and on the remnant of its crest were scattered two or three fragments of stone. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells The very sun, rushing up angrily and abruptly after a heated night, is unfamiliar, an Asiatic sun. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

On pattering bare feet a child came flying out from among the palms, only to pull up abruptly when she perceived that the visitors were strangers. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells One man as I was about to pass him at the top of Bedford Street, turned upon me abruptly and came into me, sending me into the road and almost under the wheel of a passing hansom. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And as they all turned abruptly from their search a bright new ball sliced abruptly over the hill and caught Mr. T. A. Hedrick in the abdomen. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Algernon Blackwood It came from within, I thought at first; and it was like a wave of sighs that rose and fell, sweeping against the glass door a moment, then passing away as abruptly as it came. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H. G. Wells In my memory it seems to me now as though we hung silent for quite a long time over the evasions that were there so abruptly revealed. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

John Galsworthy Wilfrid turned as abruptly and went into the hotel. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Jack turned off abruptly the moment he saw they were nearing human figures, but soon returned to Evan’s side, as if for protection. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

H. G. Wells A voice seemed to be asking what he had said, and was abruptly stilled. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

G. K. Chesterton As the wreath was floating in her direction, her husband was observed abruptly to cross the room and stand beside her. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Walter Scott For these reasons, Bridgenorth became a decided Roundhead, and all friendly communication betwixt his neighbour and him was abruptly broken asunder. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Jules Verne The course of James Starr’s ideas was abruptly stopped, when he got this second letter contradicting the first. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Henry James May 1 smoke again?” Clement Yule abruptly asked. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The shadow of a tree fell abruptly across the dew and ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My eyes caught a printed slip upon the desk before him, and I came back abruptly to the paper. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

But Jeanne abruptly broke in: “No, no; the sun does me a great deal of good. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Leon Trotsky The situation was growing more and more intolerable, but one fine day the house blockade ceased as abruptly as if somebody had lifted it with an all-powerful hand. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I could not leave Mrs. Sheldon or Charlotte abruptly or ungraciously, upon any consideration. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Then the music stopped as abruptly as it had begun, and the girl sank again into a curtsy, amid raucous shouting from the audience. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy Pierston ate scarce any breakfast, and rising abruptly from the table said he would take a walk on the cliffs as the morning was fine. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Henry James Then, stopping short, “ Tony puts him up?” he abruptly asked. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Meredith Then Mr. Pole, in an abruptly serious way, bashfully entreated the ladies to be civil to Martha, who had the best heart in the world. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Ivan Turgenev She shook her head, looked round, laid her guitar on the table and going quickly to the door, abruptly shut it. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells She turned her head and saw him, then doubling abruptly made for the bushes. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Guy de Maupassant But his eyes fell again on the inert body before him, and passing abruptly from fear to anger, he shook with an indescribable rage. The Wolf (Le Loup) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Thomas Hardy He stood a few moments, raised her, abruptly turned, and shut the door upon her, rejoining Edith in the drawing-room. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Henry James Therefore very quietly, but none the less abruptly and hideously, I put it before him on a certain evening that we must reconsider our situation and recognise that it had completely altered. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

How can you look at that child that’s — she’s not playing,” said Knollys, abruptly stopping. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Keep your eyes open, and good luck to you!” He added a few words in a low voice, then left the room as abruptly as he had entered it. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton It brings together types that stand out from their background, but are abruptly different from each other, like the clown among the fairies or the fool in the forest. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

William Hope Hodgson And abruptly it sounded away on our right, and immediately was caught up, as it were, and echoed back from some place beyond us afar up the creek. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James Soon, however, she looked up, and then, “Ah, Ralph, you give me no help!” she cried abruptly and passionately. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The former seemed to have been counting something, but stopped abruptly as the women came into the room. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

G. K. Chesterton But the other revolutionists were abruptly startled by the presentation of quite rational and ingenious arguments on their own side. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Radclyffe Hall But instead he abruptly licked Mary’s cheek — it tasted peculiar, he thought, like sea water. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Boots halted so abruptly that Kennedy trod on his heels. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton Following that curt and uncouth noise was a silence; and then the hand he had raised to his head abruptly rent off his big blue spectacles and showed his staring blue eyes. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Henry Kingsley He, nevertheless, held on his way undiscouraged, and turning by degrees into narrower and narrower streets, came at last on one quieter than the others, which ended abruptly at the river. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

We have reached a point at which all that is habitable and familiar comes abruptly to an end. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]