Phrases with "absent"

Anthony Trollope Saturday was a half-holiday, and on that day he could be absent on condition of remitting the classical lessons in the morning. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Old Jimmy returned after a fruitless search for the absent horse. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope If he ate a biscuit in the middle of the day, he did so with his eyes firmly fixed on some document, and he had never been known to be absent from his office after ten or before four. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

John Locke As much as we desire any absent good, so much are we in pain for it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Her lover, however, did not second the invitation, but stood moodily twisting his tawny moustache, and staring out into the garden in an absent sort of manner. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

He was never absent from the Council; and when the House of Lords was in session he was to be seen in his place as soon as the business of the day began — at seven o’clock in the morning. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Sinclair Lewis The president had seen John only once before, and by a coincidence it had happened on this occasion also Jasper had been absent — had been out of town. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins The Minister looked at me in an absent manner; his attention seemed to have been wandering. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

John Locke Love. Thus any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

W. H. Hudson Bruno sent word that he was going to Las Mulitas, a place fifty leagues west of Buenos Ayres, to work on an estancia there, and would be absent some months. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Anthony Trollope Lucullus had been absent on that business nearly seven years, and, though he had been at first grandly victorious, had failed at last. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli The pallid, moonlight passion of a cousin, and an absent one, too, has but a sorry chance against the blazing beams that shoot from the eyes of a new lover. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

As they approached the farm Squealer, who had unaccountably been absent during the fighting, came skipping towards them, whisking his tail and beaming with satisfaction. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Willa Cather He was usually at her house on Sunday afternoons; so usually, indeed, that Poppas began pointedly to absent himself. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Walter Scott The task was the less difficult, that I had to do with one of the most absent men that ever dreamed with his eyes open. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

George Borrow He made frequent journeys, and was absent for weeks and for months, but he never exceeded six moons. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

John Locke Another reason why it is uneasiness alone determines the will, is this: because that alone is present and, it is against the nature of things, that what is absent should operate where it is not. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton He “bobbed in,” as he would have put it, after dinner — having, it appeared, run across Ransom early in the day, and learned that the latter would be absent till evening. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

I understood immediately that this room, which was the one formerly occupied by the now absent son, had been given to me as the most comfortable in the house. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

At last she roused herself from this absent dreamy state. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, however, they leapt to Louise; after this break in his consciousness, he seemed to have been absent from her for days. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson Far from it, you have, if I may say so, seldom been absent from my thoughts. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Jane Austen The event was more favourable to Mr. Woodhouse than to Emma. John Knightley came; but Mr. Weston was unexpectedly summoned to town and must be absent on the very day. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Sidney Colvin The practical responsibilities of the profession at the same time weighed upon him, and he was conscious of a kind of absent uneasy wonder at his own skill. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Burton was again absent when Harry Clavering knocked in person at the door, but on this occasion his absence had been specially arranged by him with a view to Harry’s comfort. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot It was this absent glance which frightened her, and she could not help going to kneel at his side again. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Katherine Mansfield Naturally, absent from home one must expect much discomfort and strange food. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Only Somers seemed actually aware that the child was a little human being — and to him she seemed so absent that he didn’t know what to make of her. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He touched it in an absent manner once or twice during the service, and sat with his profile sedulously turned toward the congregation. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

But WHB was not close to his father, a small and gentle man who is almost totally absent from WHB’s autobiographical notes. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Some of the girls went away; some died; others became dead and absent to her in their marriages and household cares. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

George Eliot Maggie noticed that he was unusually absent that evening at tea; and afterward he sat leaning forward in his chair, looking at the ground, moving his lips, and shaking his head from time to time. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps you were thinking of an absent knight. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He told her he was going to absent himself for a few days, and expressed a friendly hope that he should find her at Marmion on his return. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Bram Stoker See! There are five of us when those absent ones return. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Those lovely eyes became clouded over, those lovely lips ceased to smile, and his remarks were responded to briefly, with an absent air. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Are you in a position to quit the post of superintendent at this moment?” “No.” “Well, if the king wishes to displace you—” “He will displace me absent as well as present. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope He had promised not only her, but her absent husband, that until his return there should be a home for her in the school-house. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Elderson would be absent from that meeting of the shareholders, but — unless he was much mistaken — he himself, who would be present, would come in for the blame. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Bright crowds of long-dead men and women pass before her, and among them the two Agneses are never absent long. An Engagement by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

I was then called upon to name the absent person whose form was to be made visible. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Henry James He had none of the occupations of gentlemen and noblemen in England, for the element of politics appeared to be as absent as the element of the chase. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle They must, he reflected, be awaiting him anxiously, for he had been absent nearly five hours. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Henry James Justice was outside, in the hard light, and injustice too; but one was as absent as the other from the air of the long aisles and the brightness of the many altars. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

E. F. Benson Never!” Georgie surveyed with an absent air the pretty piece of needlework on which he was engaged. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle It struck him that it was a very strange thing for the two partners to be absent at the same time from their business. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Caroline Lamb I have been absent for some months. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

I went to the city, telling my wife that I should be absent until the following afternoon. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

But the elements of discomfort, disappointment, and danger were rarely absent for long. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

He had so often shunned her, taking such obvious trouble to keep his distance; but he could hardly absent himself from her wedding. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Edith Wharton Outside, close to the curb, a row of long “rubberneck” cars was drawn up, and with an absent eye Vance watched a band of sightseers, mostly girls, scrambling into one of them. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins Go where I might, the ghosts of the dead and the absent were with me, step by step. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Thomas Hardy Susan dropped the spoon, shook her fist at the vanished figure, and then proceeded with her work in a musing, absent way. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing She might have been—” He checked himself significantly, and Constance allowed an absent smile to pass over her face. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope At this time he was about twenty-five years of age, and for the last two years had been absent from Vernet — for reasons which will shortly be made to appear. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson As you were absent from the class all last week, Schwarz asked to-day if you were ill, and I said I would step round and see. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Julian Hawthorne But he was nowhere to be seen; he had gone off to attend to something on the farm, and would as likely as not be absent till supper-time. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

George Meredith He was guilty of running up to London early next day, and remaining absent until nightfall; and he did the same on the two following days. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Those who have quarrelled with absent friends should kiss and make it up. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Benjamin Disraeli Am I to be absent from the first brewing? No, no! fairly and softly; you can drink my health when I am absent in cold liquor, and say those things which you could not well say before my face. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope In all his words to his daughter he had been governed by a conviction that he never ought to allow the duty of separating her from her lover to be absent from his mind. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not the general, but the head of the Intelligence Department who received him, the chief being still absent upon that business which had called him. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

In her presence David caught her mood, and laughed with it, but when absent from her he was in a passion of worship. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The sun was sloping westward when Lady Eversleigh arose, absent and despondent, to give the signal for the withdrawal of the ladies. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Robert Burns The absent lover, minor heir, In vain assail him with their prayer; Deaf as my friend, he sees them press, Nor makes the hour one moment less. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

I shall not be absent more than two days, and, in the meantime, you will let me know if any thing important occurs?” And, handing over his new address, Hickory speedily took his leave. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Maria Edgeworth He had been absent since the preceding morning, and he now seemed as if he were just come home, much fatigued. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett The two men were never absent from the house at the same time, and one of them always did duty as sentinel at night. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

It would be unmanly, he felt, to allow such comments upon an absent friend to pass unrebuked. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell In those days we did not write letters to absent friends as frequently as is done now, and I had been unwilling to name him in the few letters that I wrote home. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Arnold Bennett Was it not the fact that she had to supervise everything herself, that she could depend on no one? Were she to be absent even for a single day the entire structure would inevitably fall. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Ruth was gazing in absent wonder at the volume which supplied all her aunt’s spiritual needs when she heard the wire of the front door-bell squeak faintly. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Anthony Trollope Mr Kennedy does not like to be absent from Parliament; nor will he be content to postpone the ceremony till the session be over. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She went into the bed-room, and was absent for a few minutes, then reappeared. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope He had gone intending to be absent for some undefined time, so that Lady Ushant and Mrs. Hopkins were free from all interruption. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The appearance of indifference with which, at first, they had treated the absent member’s tardiness became less and less convincing. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Meantime Aeneas seeks his absent foe, And sends his slaughter’d troops to shades below. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Meredith Lord Romfrey added a brief word: he told Nevil that he would see no one for the present; hoped he would be absent a year, not a day less. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Louisa May Alcott She had betrayed herself, however, by a look and a blush, for though an absent man, the Professor saw a good deal more than people fancied. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne Une bonne poignée de main à Marcel. Il n’est absent d’aucun de mes projets d’avenir. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Louisa May Alcott You are not listening to my moral remarks, Mrs. Laurence,” and Laurie paused, for Amy’s eyes had an absent look, though fixed upon his face. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Benjamin Disraeli Mrs. Dallington completed the bouquet, and Arundel Dacre was the butterfly, who, she was glad to perceive, was seldom absent when her presence added beauty to the beautiful. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope For there were many there who did in truth think that statecraft could never be absent from a minister’s mind, day or night. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Oscar came a little before dinner-time; haggard and pale, and so absent in mind that he hardly seemed to know what he was talking about. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Of the ordinary family, all were absent at a country house, except the master and a female servant. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

I sent the king a diagram, painted in various colours, with full explanations of everything, and asked permission to send two more of my men in search of Bombay, who had now been absent twenty days. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

He had drawn upon the absent ranchman’s equipment to replace his own ragged attire. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

W. H. Hudson Once more he took to his old courses, and it soon grew to be a common thing for him to be absent from home for a month or six weeks at a time. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

WHB reacted testily to letters from the Registrar which interrupted this precious holiday time, and he was usually absent from unscheduled University Council meetings injanuary. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

William Makepeace Thackeray We did not fail to attend in the evening, when likewise is a general muster of the seven hundred, minus the absent and sick, and the sight is not a little curious and striking to a stranger. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

George Meredith I have been absent a week or so, and you talk of coming down here and haunting the house! Such ghosts as you meet with strange treatment when they go about unprotected, let me give you warning. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Wilkie Collins Blanche was too eager in pursuit of her object to notice the absent tone, the purely mechanical manner, in which Anne had spoken to her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

The two foes resolved not to absent themselves during the time allowed by the regulations of the club for the ballot. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

Jules Verne Certain it is that one morning, when the weather was bright and calm, they had embarked alone in the little boat, and been absent for seven or eight hours. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Henry James In this note I mentioned that I should be absent but for a few days. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Maria Edgeworth My dearest L——! why does inexorable destiny doom me to be absent from you at such a crisis? Oh! this fatal wound of mine! It would, I fear, certainly open again if I were to travel. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Wilkie Collins Her feet were too large; her shoulders were too high; the graceful undulations of a well-made girl were absent when she walked; and her bosom was, to my mind, unduly developed for her time of life. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Charles Dickens I went back, and was absent from Mr. Slinkton and his niece for about five minutes. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing For him to be absent all day with this weight upon his mind would be intolerable. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli Nevertheless Arundel thought proper to walk down Hill Street at the same hour, and, if not at the same minute, yet in due course of time, he discovered the absent man. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Rudyard Kipling The Gazette of India shows that I have been absent for two months from the station in which is my house. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Thomas Hardy The matter was Miss Aldclyffe’s mention of the young man as Cytherea’s lover, which, indeed, had scarcely ever been absent from his thoughts. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Then all suddenly he started to neglect his duties and absent himself without adequate explanation. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Can She ride in a lured carriage? No. Can she be absent from Goodwood, or missing at cowes? No. She must die standing. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ivan Turgenev He began to be more often absent from home, too. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Can a kingdom divided against itself stand? He sat motionless, gazing with absent eyes in front of him. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

But ’t is my crime — the Queen of Heav’n offends, If she presume to save her suff’ring friends! Your son, not knowing what his foes decree, You say, is absent: absent let him be. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

He was not absent long enough for that. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Meredith I cannot be absent longer than two minutes. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Elizabeth Gaskell While Grace had been absent from her room, her husband had had another paralytic stroke: whether he, too, had been alarmed by that eldritch scream no one could ever know. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

John Locke It is our opinion of such a necessity that gives it its attraction: without that, we are not moved by absent good. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Jonathan Swif I dined with Lord Treasurer, who chid me for being absent three days. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Elizabeth Gaskell But now and then he unexpectedly, and utterly without reason, took the conduct of affairs into his own hands, as when he had been absent without leave only just before the day of nomination. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

John Lewis Burckhard The bishop happened to be absent on my arrival, and I therefore took up my lodging in the house of a poor Greek priest, with whose behaviour towards me I had every reason to be satisfied. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Benjamin Disraeli Her husband was apparently reading, but his eye wandered and his mind was absent from the volume. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

James Joyce The sudden legend startled his blood: he seemed to feel the absent students of the college about him and to shrink from their company. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

He represented to her all that was absent from her own surroundings—refinement, culture. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Henry James He himself, absent as well as present, was all. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

George Gissing She went to her landlady, communicated in part the news she had received, and begged that the children might be cared for in case she should have to be absent through the night. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Zona Gale It was she who sent you our request, was it not? She will so regret being absent today. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

I had a very satisfactory interview with that reverend person while you were absent from Ullerton on some short excursion, as to the purpose of which I am still in the dark. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

There are no vampires, so far as I have been able to find, though the were-wolf and the lycanthrope appear, which were absent from the drama (save in The Duchess of Malfi). The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Andrew Lang That kind of material evidence to the faith in him must be absent by the nature of the case; but the coincident testimony of travellers to belief in a Supreme Being cannot be dismissed as ‘alleged. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Gissing It was the day of Robb’s funeral, and he had meant to absent himself from Hollingford. He remained in his private sitting-room at the Saracen’s Head, wrote many letters, and tried to read. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Herman Melville The brother was absent the entire day, sometimes the entire night. The Piazza by Herman Melville

George Gissing Tempted forth by an acquaintance ‘for half a minute’ as he sat down to the task, he had been absent for three hours, and would certainly return unfit for work. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

But pestilence was absent from among them. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Florence Dixie Gregorio had been absent all day in search of guanaco, but as he had gone on foot and taken no dogs with him, he had been unable to secure the one or two which he had managed to wound. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe While the male is absent at sea in search of food, the female remains on duty, and it is only upon the return of her partner that she ventures abroad. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Think, too, how angry Lady Arabella will be if you are absent on such and errand as this. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall It had been absent of late, washed away by tears and ill-health, but tonight it seemed to be born anew, a pathetic thing, like a venturesome late rosebud that colours in the frost. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H.P. Lovecraft They had been strongest where he sat, and wholly absent except in the room with him or just outside the doors of that room. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Maria Edgeworth I hope that Mr L—— will be absent only a few days; for it would be fatal to my happiness if he should find amusement at a distance from home. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Sir Walter Scott Two members of the corps chanced to be absent from their homes, and in Edinburgh on private business. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Henry Handel Richardson It was the first time she had ever walked her own children out, and on top of that she had been absent for over two months. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith They had been absent from Santa Lucia. What was the deduction? Not such as reason would have made for them; but they were at the mercy of the currents of the blood. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

These votive oratories, however, are wholly absent in the valley of Bab-el-Molûk. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Sir Walter Scott This idea so much hurt and vexed her, that she half-wished the officious assistance of Lovel and Ochiltree had been absent upon the preceding evening. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope Had he really loved her — had he meant to love her — he would hardly have been absent so long after her coming. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

What we now call the philosophy of religion is absent from his writings. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Bronislaw Malinowski In the first place we may remember that in many cases the motive of sexual love was not absent from the aboriginal marriages. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Hope It struck me, however, that Bertram himself was absent and in low spirits, and when everybody except ourselves had gone, I rallied him on his moping preoccupation. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The baron took up a little book that was lying upon the table, glanced at the familiar arms stamped upon its tarnished cover, and opening it, began to read in a listless, absent way. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

William Dampier I judge these sheep were fetched out of the country a good way off, for he himself would be absent a day or two to procure them, and two or three Hottentots with him. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

He danced so deliciously, he looked so superb, and he would give her nothing but these absent answers. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Virginia Woolf She pervades poetry from cover to cover; she is all but absent from history. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Wilkie Collins I went into my study, and wrote a short note there to Clara; merely telling her that I should be absent in the country for two days. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Meredith Robert had spent his hopes upon a wet day that would have kept the congregation sparse and the guests at Fairly absent from public devotions. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Charles Dickens He even showed surprise when he saw Mr. Lorry, and was altogether in an absent and preoccupied state. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Sometimes he was so abstracted as to do the most absent things in the world; and the quick alternations of his gaiety and seriousness were often ludicrous from their excess. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Ford Madox Ford The man, fortunately, was assuring him that he knew, very soberly, all about the penalty for going absent off a draft. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Jules Verne There was none of that ice “blink” to be seen, that whitish tint of which the reflection is absent from dark horizons. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Exulting in his strength, he seems to dare His absent rival, and to promise war. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

One day, while she was expatiating on the theme in the garden at Whitehall, Sir Francis Vere ventured to speak up for the absent man. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

He told Clarissa of his intention one evening when they had returned from a dinner-party, and she was seated before her dressing-table, taking off her jewels in a slow, absent way. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Marie Corelli And the key was unobtainable, as the organist is absent from the town today. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Whereupon Manicamp, dreamy and absent as usual, answered, thinking that some one was asking him about De Guiche, “Thank you, the comte is a little better. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Then he went away, and remained absent for a year. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Mildmay, a wandering restless soul as she was, happened to be absent from London just then. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Henry James Lady Canterville showed no sense whatever of his having mooted the question of becoming her son-inlaw, and he believed the absent object of his attentions hadn’t told her of their evening’s talk. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson When, finally, she raised her head, she might, for all she knew, have been absent for days. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Mrs. Gaskell Her letters back to her husband (treasured as fondly by him as if they had been M. T. Ciceronis Epistolae) were more satisfactory to an absent husband and father than his could ever have been to her. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle And suddenly there came something to remind me of my absent companions. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Pu Songling He was thus obliged to be absent for lengthy periods, during which he left his house to the care of an elder brother, a celebrated scholar, who was married, and whom he tenderly loved. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

I was away from office last Sat., the first time I have been absent through illness for twenty years. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Jack London His face wore an absent expression, as of deep thought, and I became afraid that if his eyes did light upon me he would nevertheless not see me. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle A young assistant informed us that Mr. Harding would be absent until afternoon, and that he was himself a newcomer, who could give us no information. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Jules Verne Not a sound was heard but the low, deep growl of Duk. To tell the simple truth, however, it was not their own danger that occupied their thoughts, but their absent friend, the Doctor’s. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Vatel laughed like an absent man, and amused himself like a child. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He said sharply that it was not very likely, as if defending the absent victim of the accident from an unkind aspersion. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence He went out more often, to the “Red Lion” again, to escape the madness of sitting next to her when she did not belong to him, when she was as absent as any woman in indifference could be. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells That particular conversation, you must imagine with Mr. Siddons somewhat monologuing, addressing himself not only to my present self, but with an unaccustomed valiance to my absent father. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry James He had meant to absent himself from her company on Tuesday as well; a determination confirmed by the fact that the afternoon turned to rain. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jules Verne Le capitaine Crozet, absent du bord, comme il a été dit, ne savait rien du massacre, quand, vers deux heures de l’après-midi, il vit paraître le détachement. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

George Gissing Constance, still in an absent tone, pointed out the features of the landscape, naming villages, hills, and great estates. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

So within the last few months there had been no tidings of Ellen’s absent lover, and the girl was glad that it was so. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

However, as She left a third Person in the room, and expected to be absent but a few minutes, She believed that She risqued nothing in quitting her post. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Robert Louis Stevenson Villon was still absent on the Angers expedition when the Prior of Paray sent such a bombshell among his accomplices; and the dates of his return and arrest remain undiscoverable. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne In any case, however, they were not to be absent for more than forty-eight hours. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas Hardy Yet before he left her she had said that for him to be absent from her wedding was not as she wished it to be. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Some indefinable quality, a sort of literary vitamin, which exists even in a book like IF WINTER COMES, is absent from them. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Does he not command the musketeers?” “No; at present M. d’Artagnan is absent on leave; he is resting for awhile. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope And she contrived that Miss Macnulty should be absent the entire day. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was constant in committee-rooms up to the very middle of August. He was rarely absent from any debate of importance, and never from any important division. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen It may have been his appearance: he was an odd-looking boy — dark, almost swarthy, dreamy and absent in manner, and, for the first years of his school life, a quite typical loafer. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Algernon Blackwood My absent soul, deprived of high glory elsewhere that was mine by right, returned into it unexpectedly, aware of danger. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Charles Dickens Why not?” This time, Mr. Lorry feigned to go out when he could extract no answer from him, and, after remaining absent for an hour, returned. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing It is a funny word, isn’t it?’ ‘The last I should apply to you,’ said Rolfe in an absent undertone, as he caught a glimpse of the white teeth between her laughing lips. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jules Verne Family affairs had suddenly called him away, to be absent some weeks. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Even when any distant excursion forced him to absent himself, her idea followed him to light him cheerily on his way. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Benjamin Disraeli Henrietta piqued herself upon the unsuspected inquiries which she carried on respecting her absent friend. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

Anthony Trollope But at these hotels I found myself driven away — propelled as it were by some unknown force — to absent myself from the feminine haunts. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen But since he must be absent some time or other, I do not perceive how he can ever be secure while she holds her present influence. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Almost. Almost. Di was never absent from John’s thoughts for long together. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Helen Zimmern Lucy’s name often occurs in her letters, and whenever she is absent and there is anything especially amusing to relate, the letter is always addressed to her. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Anthony Trollope While you were absent in Paris, I did talk with that gentleman on our private affairs, yours and mine. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Rudyard Kipling I shall be absent but ten little days. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Dickens He therefore made arrangements to absent himself from Tellson’s for the first time in his life, and took his post by the window in the same room. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope The rector would not accompany them, excusing himself to the others generally on the ground that he could not be absent from his parish on those two days. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton They got into the herdic, and as it drove off he took out his watch and saw that she had been absent just three minutes. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]