Phrases with "absent"

But with respect to my visit to England. They say I may be absent for a year, and I thought it would be such a good opportunity for you to get an introduction to the English stage. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

I made rapid progress, and while she was absent I sought out others, especially the Kohen, with whom to practice. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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]

Bronislaw Malinowski But where they are completely absent (as in Australia) we prefer not to use the suggestive term consanguinity, and to distinguish these cases from the former we use the term kinship. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Wilkie Collins He could not have looked up more calmly from his learned volume if Frank had been absent for three minutes instead of three years. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

After the first year, however, he seems to have given little or no attention to his parliamentary duties, being seldom absent from the University till his appointment in the Mint, in 1695. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

They will do nothing without superintendence; whilst the officer is absent they sit and chat, smoke, or lie down to rest; and they are never to be entrusted with a water-skin or a bottle of spirits. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Henry James She was most absent of all on the recurrent December day that his tenacity set apart. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

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

A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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

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

Andrew Lang Mr. Portnoff next takes up the tale as follows, Mr. Shchapoff having been absent from home on the occasion described. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Her springing lightly and hastily out the moment it stopped, disdaining the footman’s arm, her compressed lips and absent countenance, proved that her resolution was set upon some plan of action. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

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

James Payn So was it with Mr Samuel Hicks, horse-jockey unattached, when suddenly called upon to fill the vacant seat of Brother Withers, absent without leave. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Meredith Malice had lighted up his features, and finding, after the first burst of sarcasm, that it was vain to indulge it toward an absent person, he altered his style. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The grave-digger was not absent long and Larose had only just finished his meal when he returned. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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]

Wilkie Collins The longer she spoke, the more disadvantageously she challenged comparison with the absent woman, whose name she so obstinately and so audaciously persisted in assuming as her own. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It was by Mr. Angerstyne. For the past two daysnearly three — he had been absent at Malvern. The sight of him was as if the sun had shone. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Lyttelton, who certainly befriended him in later life, was for a great part of this period absent on the Grand Tour, and Ralph Allen had not yet come forward. Fielding by Austin Dobson

The man went, and was absent for some few minutes. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell That was the state of things as regarded the absent one when I went to the farm for my Easter visit, and when I found Phillis in that state of shy reserve towards me which I have named before. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

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]

Oliver, who did not dare to absent himself without permission, and perhaps was too conscientious to do so, left his chair for the window. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

A. E. W. Mason Promise!” Lieutenant Sutch promised, but with an absent face, and Feversham consequently insisted. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Olaf Stapledon Moral sensitivity, too, seemed either absent or so distorted as to be unrecognizable. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling With any other man than her husband she would have fought savagely as a wild cat; but Tom had been absent two years, and, perhaps, a little timely submission would win him back to her. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

William Makepeace Thackeray Lord Lake cannot be absent more than three days; and if he be — why, still there is a chance — why do I say a chance? — a CERTAINTY of escaping from the hands of these ruffians. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Wilkie Collins Romayne was constantly absent in London, attending to his new religious duties under the guidance of Father Benwell. The litter of books and manuscripts in the study was seen no more. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is not for me to be absent when brave men gather. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

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]

Anthony Trollope Then he informed me that he had been to Bowick, and had found his lady-love at home, you and Mrs Wortle having by chance been absent at the time. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anne Bronte I shall not be absent above a week or fortnight at most. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Bronislaw Malinowski For in all there was the necessity of a previous or subsequent sanction of society, and if this were absent society used actually to interfere with the union. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony ate his toast and drained his cup with an absent air; and as soon as breakfast was over made Mary a private sign to follow him upstairs. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell There she lay with the rosy colour, absent from her face since the days of childhood, flushed once more into it by her sickness nigh unto death. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Thomas Hardy A feature in the decline of town fires was noticeably absent here — steam. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James She’s absent — with all respect to her sick friend, though I know indeed she has plenty — so that I may not see her. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Marjorie Bowen Wilt thou give me the news or wait till the Duke leaves his laboratory and finds thou hast been absent from thy post an hour, perchance more?’ ‘Take it then,’ said Luisa with a cry of vexation. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

In every hindrance of desire the sense of an ideal presence which is absent in fact, of an absent, in a word, which the only function of the present is to mean, is even more notoriously there. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Raoul, opening his large eyes, like the absent man in Theophrastus, made no answer, but his sadness increased two shades. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

John Lewis Burckhard The military Sherifs keep mares, but the greater part of these were absent with the army. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Miss Graham seated herself at the piano, and played a few bars with an absent and somewhat pensive air. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He hath in his last sally been absent at least ten days, where I cannot learn. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli I landed in England last seventh of June, absent five-and-twenty years, serving my king and country. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

George Gissing On the day after I said good-bye to him, my father went for his usual morning walk, and was absent for two hours. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing He raised his eyes and regarded her in an absent way. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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]

He returned a high-flown phrase of thanks in a bitter, absent whisper. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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]

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]

Charles Dickens I took advantage of a moment when she was absent to venture a hint on this point, to which the old man replied that there were few grown persons as trustworthy or as careful as she. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Robert Louis Stevenson Belle, Graham, and Lloyd leave today on a malaga down the coast; to be absent a week or so: this leaves Fanny, me, and — who seems a nice, kindly fellow. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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

Thomas Hardy She had regretted his decision to be absent — his unanticipated presence would fill the little unsatisfied corner that would probably have place in her just heart without him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson Well! in any case, he would not have dared to absent himself from the table. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott And do not believe our friends who are absent are cold or indifferent to the cause. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Henry James The defect of your charming picture,” she presently added, “is that an important figure is absent from it. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

It has been asserted that the ear of man alone possesses a lobule; but “a rudiment of it is found in the gorilla”;31 and, as I hear from Prof. Preyer, it is not rarely absent in the negro. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Willa Cather Anna, too, wished to absent herself from the party, but in the end her curiosity got the better of her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton Roberto, however, was often absent in Milan, called thither on business of which the nature was not hard to guess. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

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]

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]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli Discreet Mrs. Dallington Vere! She had been absent from London during the past season, having taken it also into her head to travel. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

The spangled drongo is black, but not so black that a shade of greenish purple is absent from his shoulders. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

George Meredith He kept her to it with lively interrogations, in the manner of a guileless boy urging for eulogies of his dear absent friend. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

In the third or fourth week of May Sterne quitted Paris; and after a stay of a few weeks in London he returned to the Yorkshire parsonage, from which he had been absent some thirty months. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Charles Stur It was not therefore surprising that he wavered, more especially as he had been a long time absent from his people, and there might be objections to his leaving them a second time. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

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

The absent may be always wrong, but they are seldom in a position to be inconsiderate. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Arthur Conan Doyle The experiments of Fol and Sarasin at the Lake of Geneva show that even the ultra-violet rays are absent at that depth. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

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]

Kate Chopin There were no warm lights in her eyes; only a dreamy, absent look. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Leslie Stephen Written in his youth, and yet when his powers of versification had reached their fullest maturity, they represent an element generally absent from his poetry. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle My father was absent from home at the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Marshall was lounging over the rail of the gallery, his back to the others; stifling yawn after yawn; her aunt was staring at the half-open door, with an absent frown. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

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]

Then the great war had intervened and for four years he had been absent from the Commonwealth. In the A.I.F. he had risen to the rank of major. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

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]

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]

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]

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

George Gissing Not strictly that, of course; we must allow for race; but it’s how one has to think of Russia.” Again Mrs. Borisoff scrutinised him as he spoke, averting her eyes at length with an absent smile. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson He had been absent for close on four hours. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James But Roderick’s allusions were ambiguous, and it was possible they might simply mean that he was out of patience with a frivolous way of life and fretting wholesomely over his absent work. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Begun it was, sure enough, with such a spate of anonymous letters that Hla Pe had to absent himself from office for two whole days — it was bronchitis this time — to get them written. Burmese Days by George Orwell

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]

Jules Verne The close of the day was spent in complete repose and pleasant talk about the dear absent ones. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

In November, 1384, he received permission to absent himself from his old comptrollership for a month, and in February, 1385, was allowed to appoint a (permanent) deputy for this office also. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Jane Austen I trust and hope, and sincerely wish you may never be absent from home so long again,” were most delightful sentences to her. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

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

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

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Though she had so well assumed the air of an injured person, and had to the best of her abilities vindicated her absent lover, still she was very unhappy at what her brother had said to her. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

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

We had been absent something like half an hour, and were hoping that we should find Max awaiting us. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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

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

As a matter of fact the thing had been kept very quiet — so quiet that a good many people in Macassar were expecting Willems’ return there, supposing him to be absent on some confidential mission. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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

Maria Edgeworth The absent lose favour so quickly in Cupid’s court, as in all other courts; and they are such victims to false reports and vile slanderers!” Belinda sighed. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Jules Verne He was to be accompanied by Mrs Barnett and Sergeant Long, and expected to be absent a day or two. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Bram Stoker There was no one else present; therefore it must have been an absent person. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

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

When the colour is absent from only one of the two upper petals, the nectary is not quite aborted but is much shortened. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy He felt, too, rather afraid; but upon the whole he preferred witnessing an assignation of strangers to running the risk of being discovered absent by the old shepherd. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

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]

Stobart had been absent more than a month, and the time seemed much longer than it really was by reason of the distances traversed and the varieties of life encountered on the way. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

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]

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 James He was easily bored, too easily, and dull people always put him out; but a quick and cultivated girl like Isabel would give him a stimulus which was too absent from his life. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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]

It has always been a feature of our relationship that Margaret absent means more to me than Margaret present; her memory distils from its dross and purifies in me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Andrew Lang He had been absent ten whole years, but he too knew no more than the rest. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

You, my friend, had been absent upon your travels during the calamitous history I have recited. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

The dinner at an end, the ladies withdrew to put on their cloaks; and while they were absent Browne ascertained that his carriage was at the door. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Gibeon he did endure, and Shiloh, and Sichem; Gilgal, also, and Carmel. But there he broke down: he could not, he said, justify it to himself to be absent longer from his official duties. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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]

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

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

Henry James He had been rather remarkably absent from his wife’s career, and Maisie was never taken to see his grave. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Sigmund Freud Evidently, the visions which unfold in my thoughts, and which constitute the dream, are suggested by the stimuli which I feel and which my absent will does not try to repel. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

But you may rest assured of one thing; we shall not be absent longer from England than is absolutely necessary. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

The absent baronet, whose place he fills, is about to bring an action against him, which will finish his career, unless he can coin the damages in his brain. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

The was the more easy for our three companions in particular; for being friends of M. de Treville, they obtained from him special permission to be absent after the closing of the camp. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

How often, during these last years, he had waited thus on his return! Sometimes he had been absent only a week, sometimes months, and once, directly after her flight, nearly a year had passed. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry James Good heavens,” she added with impatience, “ don’t you see it for yourself? ” “I certainly see that you’re agitated and absent as you warned me so promptly you would be. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

For those that are used to abstain from what is present are not so eager for absent things as others are. Symposiacs by Plutarch

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]

Henry James He went to the East and remained absent from Europe for upward of two years — a period of his life of which it is not proposed to offer a complete history. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

A little Dutch clock in the bar struck two while Lady Audley lingered in this irresolute, absent manner. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas Hardy The flesh was absent altogether; it was love rarefied and refined to its highest attar. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Anthony Trollope Thoughts of this kind, these first moments of much misery, oppressed Mr Harding as he sat sipping his tea, absent and ill at ease. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And Hester naturally was well disposed to be absent for as long a time as would suit her husband. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anna Katherine Green I have heard you sing now and then as if the joy of youth was not quite absent from your heart. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Jonathan Swif I dined with Lord Treasurer, who chid me for being absent so long, as he always does if I miss a day. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope This was empty, for it had been arranged that Mrs Dosett should be absent till the meeting was over. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif When I find you are happy or merry there, it makes me so here, and I can hardly imagine you absent when I am reading your letter, or writing to you. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

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]

Wilkie Collins The most tiresome information that I am acquainted with, is the information which tells us of the virtues of an absent person — when that absent person happens to be a stranger. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

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]

Horace Walpole He learned with indignation that she was absent at the convent. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

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]

George Gissing Her daughter was in London today, her husband absent somewhere else. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been absent and abstracted all day long with the thought of the coming event of the evening. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope Antony was not present, and Cicero tells his hearers with a pleasant joke that to Antony it may be allowed to be absent on the score of ill-health, though the indulgence had been refused to him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell He felt as if the yearning after the absent one would have been a weight to his legs, as well as to his spirit; and he imagined that all men were like himself. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Henry James I had not put her off and I had not gone out; she had been there and after waiting for him an hour had departed in the belief that he had been absent by his own fault. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Almah was always absent for several hours after I rose in the morning, and when she made her appearance it was with the face and manner of one who had returned from some unpleasant task. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

His number was absent from the frame. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

But his countenance was that of one whose mind is absent and wandering. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It is of value to me, and I have noted for some minutes now that it has been absent from the usual pocket where I keep it. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

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

She was never absent from his mind. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Louisa May Alcott All were busy at home, John absent till night, and nothing to do but sew, or read, or potter about. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

William Godwin At length he found him in a vintner’s shop seemingly in a gloomy and absent frame of mind, reposing himself, with his legs stretched out on a form. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

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]

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 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

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

The emperor was absent from the country. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Whom did you find at the club?” “There were a lot of fellows there,” said young Corey, watching the accomplished fumigation of his father in an absent way. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Gissing When the sun made a golden glimmer upon the wall, Mary withdrew, and was absent for a quarter of an hour. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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]

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

William Godwin While she was absent from Mr. Imlay, she could talk of purposes of reparation and independence. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

George Gissing Faint with a sudden nausea, Marcian performed no courtesy, but stood regarding the living woman much as he had gazed at the face in marble, absent and sombre-browed. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

E. F. Benson In answer to any impertinent questions, if she encountered such, she meant to give an absent answer, as if she had not understood. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Meredith Her mistress commenced chiding the absent garrulous creature, and did so until she pitied her, when she accused herself of cowardice, for she was incapable of calling out to the coachman to stop. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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

George Gissing For the next hour or two she kept in solitude, occasionally touching her violin, but always recurring to an absent mood, a troubled reverie. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Walter Scott On inquiry, however, Ravenswood found that the man of the last mattock was absent at a bridal, being fiddler as well as grave-digger to the vicinity. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

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]

W. H. Hudson But even so, that old fear she had so often spoken of to me in former days was never absent from her heart. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

D. H. Lawrence But the ACTUAL MAN in every man was just absent — asleep — or drugged — inert — dream-logged. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

John Locke Their aptness therefore to conclude that they can be happy without it, is one great occasion that men often are not raised to the desire of the greatest absent good. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

But where were they? Reiverslaw had been absent two months from the parish and had not yet returned, and without his testimony Richie Smail and Rab Prentice were meaningless voices. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The snow was falling thicker and faster every minute, and before the man had been absent ten minutes his footmarks were completely hidden. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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]

A. E. W. Mason Ethne during the first part of this drive was almost as silent as her companion; and when she spoke, it was with an absent air, as though she had something of more importance in her thoughts. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Wilkie Collins As the hours passed, the widow and her nieces looked out, from time to time, for the absent man. The Cauldron of Oil by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Arthur Schopenhauer The chief source of all this passion is that thought for what is absent and future, which, with man, exercises such a powerful influence upon all he does. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

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]

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]

George Meredith He’s absent from work, on a visit down into Hampshire, one of the young gentlemen informed me; Fairly Park was the name of the place: but I came to you, Mr. Blancove; for you’re his father. 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]

Anthony Trollope He explained that he had been absent a great deal, and that now Captain Johnstone was taking his share of ease. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Jules Verne A light breeze freshened the air; the moon arose in the constellated depths of the sky, and for several hours took the place of the twilight which is absent from these latitudes. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Edgar Allan Poe For about half an hour the conversation ran upon ordinary topics, but at last, we contrived, quite naturally, to give it the following turn: CAPT. PRATT. “Well I have been absent just one year. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe