Phrases with "alarm"

Ann Radcliffe His blood ran cold at the sound, but silence returning, and continuing unbroken, he attributed his alarm to the illusion of a fancy, which terror had impregnated. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jules Verne He did not wish to alarm the animals before the approaching season-that is to say, before the winter months, when their furs become thicker and more beautiful. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dick got up to change his hat from the bed to the luggage stand, and in alarm Rosemary put her hand over the mouthpiece of the phone. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maria Edgeworth The sudden illness of Sir John Berryl spread an alarm among his creditors, which brought to light at once the disorder of his affairs, of which his son had no knowledge or suspicion. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins This time they saw nothing to alarm them. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope It was not that he ever had his heart in it, even when it was not near enough to alarm himself. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant Katie followed with Walter. There was a look of agitation and alarm in her face; her heart beat she could not tell why. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Mr. Lovel had been careful not to alarm his daughter by any hint of his convictions. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens They shouted once, they shouted twice, they shouted three times, to alarm the English archers; but, the English would have heard them shout three thousand times and would have never moved. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Wilkie Collins Nothing to alarm her was visible that I could discover. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry James My movement had given the alarm and my young friend and M. Pigeonneau got up; Miss Ruck alone didn’t, in the local phrase, derange herself. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Henry James What degree of alarm this young person took need not be exactly measured; she instantly rose, however, with a blush which was not a refutation. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy Not to alarm the old man, Mills clung close to the shadow of the stone. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Wilkie Collins Oh, my tongue! my tongue! Why had I not controlled my miserable, mischievous woman’s tongue! “I didn’t mean to alarm you, Eustace,” I said. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jeremy Bentham Some alarm is inspired by an act of extortion on the part of an officer of police: a contribution levied by robbers upon the highway would inspire much more. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

D. H. Lawrence I sounded the bell again, and dark forms moved with cries of alarm overhead, and something fell heavily. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence We must push to the coast, and re-open sea-contact with Suez. Yet it would be good to alarm Maan further: so we sent mounted men to Mriegha and took it; and to Waheida and took it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I had to shut it again for fear the warder would see it and begin to search and sound the alarm at once. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The emptiness of the room did not alarm me. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James But to his great surprise this expression suddenly resolved itself into an appearance of alarm and even of resentment. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Then, more privately, for he did not wish to alarm the others, he added into Mallinson’s ear: “Looks as if you’re right. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Margaret Oliphant There was nothing to alarm the most timid in the countenance upon which he gazed. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood took the alarm of the paper and sat still. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jack London Maud was pale but composed — my eyes had gone instantly to her face — and she was looking at me with mingled alarm and relief. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft It was time, too, I think I wrote, to alarm the people generally against this thing in their midst. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins I passed the whole of that day and the next in a state of agitation and alarm which nothing could tranquilise. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Eliot He was silent a few moments, not looking at her; while her eyes were turned toward him yearningly, in alarm at this sudden change. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Jane Austen She was now in an irritation as violent from delight, as she had ever been fidgety from alarm and vexation. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Wilkie Collins When I made my alarm at the door, they had all gone to bed but the farmer’s eldest son, who was sitting up late over his pipe and newspaper. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Thomas Hardy I have news to tell you on this very point, but my alarm had put it out of my head. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Henry Lawson I’ll set the alarm at five, that’ll give me time to dress and git there early. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Arthur Conan Doyle There would be no alarm at Haifa until it was found that the steamer did not return in the evening. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Charles and Brooks instinctively drew a long breath; and Charles for the first time believed the alarm of poachers had not been a false one after all. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Anthony Hope The least thing was enough to alarm us, standing where we stood, and the constable’s face was full of suspicion. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

William Harrison Ainsworth The alarm was instantly given, the castle searched in every direction, but the stranger was seen no more. The Spectre Bride by William Harrison Ainsworth [1822]

Thomas Hardy You alarm yourself unnecessarily,’ he said tenderly. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Each one brought with it something new, and the new ceased to alarm the mother. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle Bouvet had dropped the candle when the alarm came, and I, pawing about in the darkness, could find nothing but broken bottles. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anna Katherine Green How could the assassin, by any means possible, have got so far away from the pedestal, in the infinitesimal lapse of time between the cry that was heard and the quick alarm which followed. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Thomas Hardy Melbury, after much alarm and consideration, had decided not to follow her either. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Eliot The sharp instinct of anxious love saw something to give him alarm in the very first glance. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In our own surprise and alarm we partook of the taciturnity of the witnesses, which I think was rather fine and was much decenter than any sort of utterance. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Sir Walter Scott For three men to attempt them at this moment, were little else than madness; for they are good men of war, and have, as such, placed sentinels to give the alarm when any one approaches. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Charles Dickens His father had paid all the debts that he knew of, soon after Benjamin had gone up to London; so there were no duns that his parents knew of to alarm him, and keep him at home. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle He would not tear it down for fear of giving the alarm by ringing the bell. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

In the course of a few weeks two books were published, which raised the first alarm respecting this mysterious society, whose dwelling-place no one knew, and no members of which had ever been seen. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Walter Scott His victim started from sleep, and it would appear that he instantly suspected the purpose of his old associate, for it was in a tone of alarm that he demanded wherefore he disturbed him. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Ah! But he couldn’t expect to get into the riven even, without the Colonel seeing him and the alarm being given. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Sigmund Freud On the other hand, I am haunted by a faint doubt — I do not know whence it comes — whether my alarm is altogether honest. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sir Walter Scott Through the Border counties the alarm spread with rapidity, and on no occasion when that country was the scene of perpetual and unceasing war, was the summons to arms more readily obeyed. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Meredith There was nothing to alarm me save my own eagerness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H.P. Lovecraft Next the corner of Babson Street I saw to my alarm that one of the houses was still inhabited, as attested by curtains at the window; but there were no lights within, and I passed it without disaster. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

She bent her neck to protect her face and stifled her sobs so as not to alarm the neighbors. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Ivan Turgenev When Fabio met his friend in one of the streets of Ferrara he almost cried out aloud, first in alarm and then in delight, and he at once invited him to his villa. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Jane Austen With great indignation did he continue to observe him; with great alarm and distrust, to observe also his two blinded companions. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H.P. Lovecraft Our alarm was now divided, for, besides our fear of the unknown, we had always entertained a dread that our grisly collection might be discovered. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

The young detective’s alarm had been well founded, for it was already beginning to rain. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

The sight which She beheld penetrated her with horror; but her alarm was more audible than Antonia’s. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Henry Hudson I observed, too, that the alarm was spreading, and that larger birds, usually shy of men — pigeons, jays, and magpies, I fancied they were — now began to make their appearance. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

The little boy ran over to examine the sword and golden tassels, while the little one began to cry in alarm at the sight of the strange dress. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Algernon Blackwood Afterwards, I have heard —” He shrugged his shoulders slightly, and the odd look — it almost seemed a look of alarmcame back into his eyes. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

She looked up without surprise or alarm as her third caller entered. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

George Gissing His first movement of alarm had passed, and now he affected to take the matter with indifference. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

When I gave the alarm the landlady of the hotel and the servant came running to me immediately. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Woe is me, Alhama! And when the hollow drums of war Beat the loud alarm afar, That the Moors of town and plain Might answer to the martial strain. Poems 1816-1823 by Byron [1816-1823]

Jules Verne He remained motionless long enough to alarm his companions. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

If Mrs. Darrell had been free to dismiss Eleanor Vane, she would doubtless have done so, for the girl’s presence had now become a source of alarm to her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Oliver Goldsmith The numberless graces that once resided there were now fled, and the hand of death seemed to have molded every feature to alarm me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch For the first alarm must needs come from the lower end towards which he had been walking with his other visitor, when we first spied on the cottage through the bushes. Margery of Lawhibbet by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I reeled, I stumbled, I fell; and at the same instant the cause of my alarm wheeled past me at full gallop. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins I tell you, also, that the anxiety and alarm of her sister’s illness has already affected the health and spirits of Lady Glyde, and has made her totally unfit to be of use in the sick-room. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Sir Richard Arden fancied that he had, perhaps, a sleeping-room in the house, and on that chance tried what his protracted alarm might do. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Wilkie Collins I can’t call to mind that anything happened to alarm Rosanna.” “Nothing to alarm her, father. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Walter Scott Meanwhile, their numbers and zeal were magnified at Edinburgh, and great alarm excited lest they should march eastward. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Leon Trotsky The alarm of mobilization breaks into their lives like a promise; the familiar and long-hated is overthrown, and the new and unusual reigns in its place. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Gaston Leroux The discovery flung us into a state of alarm that made us forget all our past and present sufferings. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Rafael Sabatini A cry of alarm went up from some who had watched him. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Thomas Hardy His alarm was lessened, though his perplexity was increased, when he received a brief reply that such a lady was in the house. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Algernon Blackwood The alarm came a little later. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Nothing had as yet occurred to alarm him; but just at this moment a small dog, who was asleep in the area, awoke and came running towards him. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Goldwin Smith I sent the General a letter on Monday, that would distress and alarm him; I sent him another yesterday, that will, I hope, quiet him again. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

He was not slow in giving the alarm to the garrison. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had then written when he had promised, and their alarm might have been spared. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins In her state of mind and body, she was evidently at the mercy of any false alarm which might be raised by her own fears. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Robert Louis Stevenson We had some alarm about Paatalise, but he slept well all night for a benediction. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t alarm yourself,” he said hurriedly, as Clarissa rose with a frightened look. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

You will either retire at once to your cabin, or will cease to breed disaffection in my crew, and groundless alarm in my passengers, by instilling your own childish, ignorant fears. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The alarm bell in the safe began to whirr harshly, and I knew my time was up; but I would not heed it, and replacing the flashing circlet upon my head I turned defiantly to the mirror. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

He heard footsteps in the passage and sounds of menace and alarm below. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Wilkie Collins We had no right, that I could see, to alarm the widow, because we happened to attach purely fanciful suspicions to a man of whom we knew nothing. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Wilkie Collins Her mistress had posted her, to give the alarm in the case of an outbreak on the part of Mrs. Zebedee, kept locked up in the room. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson The same course of thought relieved me of the least alarm for Catriona. She might be thought to have broke prison for her father; she might have believed so herself. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was tired with the journey, with the knocking about in town, and the discomfort and alarm produced by the apparition of the finger. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Henry James The alarm was unreasoned, however; for he was clear about the area of her indiscretion as little as advised of its vertical depth, and he made a very civil profession of the desire to serve her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sir Walter Scott The alarm which I have received forms a sufficient apology for my nervous complaints. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Joseph Furphy No alarm yet, of course; but I was choking with grief, to think how I’d treated the little chap; so I gave Maggie and Billy the slip, and went back to meet him. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

While we were eating our dinner, Mr. Tietkens gave the alarm that the enemy was upon us again, and instantly we heard their discordant cries. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Willa Cather This behavior spread alarm among his friends. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Rafael Sabatini Thus you behold Casanova physician to one of the most illustrious members of the Venetian Senate. His self-assurance did not suffer the responsibility to alarm him. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Sir Walter Scott He hesitated, turned on his heel, and, muttering something between his teeth about unwillingness to alarm the lady, relieved them of his hateful company. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Robert Louis Stevenson We had an alarm of war since last I wrote my screeds to you, and it blew over, and is to blow on again, and the rumour goes they are to begin by killing all the whites. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Anne went back to her room, and waited near the open door — ready to close and fasten it instantly if any thing occurred to alarm her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Horace Walpole Come, my Lord; I like this sorrow — let us return to the Princess: she is not apprised of your cruel intentions; nor did I mean more than to alarm you. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

She waited in alarm and listened, but for the present all was again quiet. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Kingsley But Amyas having, as he phrased it, “fleshed his dogs,” was loth to hang about the islands after the alarm had been given. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

On it was written one word, but it was a word which invariably carries alarm with it. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton Durham, at the news, was almost afraid to show himself too amazed; but his small signs of alarm and wonder were swallowed up in the flush of Madame de Malrive’s incredulous joy. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Thomas Hardy But we must not alarm her now; and above all things we must not let the inn-people see us go out; it would look so odd for two to go out, and only one come in. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

She has given me very great alarm to-night by her conduct. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H.P. Lovecraft On account of the general alarm and precautions, there were only two more victims, and the capture was effected without major casualties. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

John Galsworthy About tea-time on the third day — she had just changed her dress, keeping her appearance so as not to alarm him, because he noticed everything — she saw a difference. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Marjorie Bowen But the girl’s alarm increased at the mention of that dreaded name. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

What you are to do is this: the San Francisco police have sent out an alarm regarding the disappearance of a Miss Tufft — the millionaire’s daughter, you know. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins Don’t alarm yourself, Regina. I must go back, under any circumstances; the carriage will be waiting for me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Glancing lights in Chedzoy, Westonzoyland, and the other hamlets to left and right, showed how fast the alarm was extending. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The servants, already attracted to the door by the noise, were looking with much alarm up the street, in the direction of the approaching tumult. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Margaret Oliphant I told you, but you did not understand it; and he declares that Susan——” “Arthur!” cried Mrs. Vincent, with a sharp outcry of alarm and remonstrance. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

H.P. Lovecraft I suppose you are come from my father to see what ails me, and I hope you will say nothing to alarm him. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Frederick Marryat There was no time to be lost, so Edward carried her into the stable and left her there, still insensible, upon the straw, in a spare stall; while he hastened to alarm the house. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Walter Scott At once, however, she stopped short, and exclaimed, in a voice of alarm and horror, “Grandson of my father, there is blood on your hand. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins Even if she gets better, even if she comes to herself again, it would still be a dangerous experiment to move her too soon — the least excitement or alarm would be fatal to her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I must warn you, however, Mr. Melas, that if at any time to-night you attempt to raise an alarm or do anything which is against my interest, you will find it a very serious thing. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

John Hill Burton The secondary evils arise out of the danger there exists of other people being murdered either by the same man, or by others following his example, and the alarm so occasioned in the neighbourhood. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

He escaped with a few cuts and bruises; but Victoria’s alarm was extreme, though she concealed it. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

R. D. Blackmore He reserved him as a choice bit for his own skill, and was careful not to alarm him yet. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu While he revolved these things an alarm had been sounded in another quarter, which unexpectedly opened a chance of extrication, sudden and startling. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Whilst Mazarin was endeavoring to recover from the serious alarm he had just experienced, Athos and Raoul were exchanging a few words in a corner of the apartment. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Tobias Smolle It was about the middle of the night, which succeeded this adventure, that the vent of the kitchen chimney being foul, the soot took fire, and the alarm was given in a dreadful manner. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Charles Dickens Again something of the same sensation as before — an involuntary chill — a momentary feeling akin to fear — but vanishing directly, and leaving no alarm behind. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

The first slight alarm that was occasioned was early in 1720. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

William Hazlitt It is a character which most husbands ought to study, unless perhaps the very audacity of Petruchio’s attempt might alarm them more than his success would encourage them. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

The secret kind of way in which the thing was done was calculated to alarm any one interested in the inmates of this house. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing And if——” “Hush!” This time the alarm was justified. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Afterwards, when the alarm sounded and you took off his arrest, I knew that his fate must overtake him — that my refusal had done no good. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Thomas Wolfe Several policemen followed them and tried to allay any feelings of alarm or panic. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It was the youngest of these who gave the only evidence of any value, and one which added a new feature of alarm to the existing panic. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

A dormitory without an alarm clock. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins I asked Mrs. Crosscapel how and when the alarm of the murder had been given. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

To his utter amazement and alarm he found that the King was strong for the match, and that the proceeding of the Council was condemned at Court as gross misconduct. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Henry Adams After 1500, the speed of progress so rapidly surpassed man’s gait as to alarm every one, as though it were the acceleration of a falling body which the dynamic theory takes it to be. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Rafael Sabatini A golden-haired young man beside her, his face haggard and stubbled with a beard of some growth, looked up in alarm as she was taken from his side. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne It need hardly be said these precautions were adopted without the knowledge of Lady Helena and Mary Grant, as Lord Glenarvan did not wish to alarm them. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Elio Her inexperience prevented her from imagining the consequences of her disappearance from the Manor; she foresaw none of the terrible details of alarm and distress and search that must ensue. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

But, for the last time, I most emphatically assure you that anything that tends to alarm Charlotte is the one thing of all others most sure to hinder her recovery. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells And similarly the now very numerous associations for world peace halt in alarm on the edge of their own implications. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Henry Handel Richardson For she could see the bush-dweller’s alarm at the noise and bustle of the city. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Maria Edgeworth Lady de Brantefield, when the alarm was over, I believe, recovered her usual portion of sense, and Lady Anne her silly spirits; but neither of them, I know, showed any feeling, except for themselves. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Frances Hodgson Burnett Colin answered as if neither the doctor’s alarm nor Mrs. Medlock’s terror were of the slightest consequence. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Rudyard Kipling Oh, Dick, help me — help me!’ The passion of tears had grown beyond her control and was beginning to alarm the man. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Gertrude Stein Alarm over the action of the one who when he sees the light rise and the sun set and the stars shine and the water flow alarm is the same alarm as any alarm. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Arthur Conan Doyle He had evidently been in his bed when the alarm had broken out, for he wore a foppish, embroidered nightshirt, and his bare feet projected from his trousers. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Walter Scott As he advanced up the grand staircase, there were other symptoms of alarm and precaution. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Antonia’s alarm increased: Yet the Bolt She knew to be fastened, and this idea in some degree reassured her. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Edmund Burke They see with horror and alarm that enormous and shameless act of proscription. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Jeremy Bentham The alarm is greater, when, by the nature or the circumstances of the crime, it is more difficult to discover or to recognise its author. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Thomas Hardy In this agony of suspense she entered the house, put the baby in a place of safety, woke the lad and the female domestic, and ran out to give the alarm at the nearest cottage. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Charles Stur Topar seeing us determined, got into a state of alarm almost bordering on frenzy; he kept shouting out “kerno, kerno,” “rocks, rocks,” and insisted that we should all be killed. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Margaret Oliphant His companion heard the sounds below with a thrill of alarm more real than she had ever felt before. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Benjamin Disraeli His alarm was not decreased, when he perceived that the master of the cottage did not recognize him. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Wilkie Collins Nothing arose to embarrass or alarm me now, out of my intercourse with home. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Don’t alarm her, Miss Butterworth, and don’t accuse her of anything wrong too suddenly. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Her first thought was to alarm the servants; her second, to be still; for she remembered the fear and mystery that attached to the house. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

I see nothing in what you have told me to alarm me for the safety of — your friend. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

His duns had found him out, and pursued him in wrath and alarm to England, and pestered him very seriously indeed. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I had better get back at once and alarm Knockraw. . Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She heard an alarm clock ring, and saw a light make a yellow square on an illusory blank wall opposite. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Gertrude Stein The next time there was a Zeppelin alarm and it was not very long after this first one, Picasso and Eve were dining with us. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Meredith In a minute we had an alarm sounding, my father was among us, there was a mad play of chatter, and we stood in the strangest nightmare-light that ever ended an interview of lovers. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Gaston Leroux It followed me, moved with me and was so soft that it did not alarm me. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Henry James But by your own admission you saw I was marching, and even if she had given the alarm you wouldn’t have tried to stop me. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

After that episode the quarrels in the house ceased to alarm me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

And of course no excitement; nothing to irritate, or alarm him” (Owen’s eye met Margot’s); “absolute quiet and rest. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

The alarm clock continued its nagging, feminine clamour, which would go on for five minutes or thereabouts if you did not stop it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth One letter, which had been directed to his house in the country, and which had followed him to town, seemed to, alarm him terribly. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

James Hogg The alarm in and about Glasgow was prodigious. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

George Meredith A tremour of alarm ran through her. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle His horse, however, had been steadily gaining upon ours, and at the renewed alarm had darted off again, so that he was already some hundred yards from us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

This caused a certain amount of alarm among my men, which induced them to run up a stiff bush-fence round the camp, and kept them talking all night. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry Kingsley A loud-sounding alarm drum, beating more rapidly and furiously each moment, but only heard by one man, and not heeded by him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Augustine Birrell Such a plot, plan, or purpose undoubtedly existed, though, as it failed, it is now easy to consider the alarm it created to have been exaggerated. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Wilkie Collins The statuette fell to the ground, and Mrs. Jazeph stooped to pick it up with a cry of alarm which seemed strangely exaggerated by comparison with the trifling nature of the accident. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Once again she knew that sharp pang of alarm at her own insecurity in this harsh, indifferent world. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson Her father’s alarm was unfeigned and physically prostrating, and he had thought more than once of making an unconditional surrender to the police. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing The gravity of his appearance and manner, the good-natured commonplace that fell from his lips, could not alarm her; a dialogue began, and went on for about half an hour. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Meredith Returning, she found them both with sad visages, and she ventured, in alarm for them, to ask the cause. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

James Joyce Not so faintly now as they come near the bridge; and in a moment, as they pass the darkened windows, the silence is cloven by alarm as by an arrow. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jane Austen A long time, is not it, for a cold to hang upon her? She never mentioned it before, because she would not alarm us. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Thomas Hardy So without much alarm she took Knight’s arm after dismounting, and went with him between and over the graves. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope I am in an awful state of alarm about Sam. Much as I like him,—or at any rate did like him,—I fear he is going, or perhaps has gone, to the dogs. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thomas Hardy The shrivelled voice of the heath did not alarm him, for that was familiar. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The alarm was sounded, trumpets brayed, drums rolled; the great bronze bell swung in horror from its lofty belfry. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arnold Bennett And as he realised all this, Edwin’s retrospective painful alarm as to what might have happened if Hilda had noticed George Cannon in the outer office lessened until he could dismiss it entirely. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Margaret Oliphant He could not, himself, understand the sudden tempest of resistance, of anger, of alarm that got up within him. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

At first he wondered why he was up because when he once fell asleep, usually he didn’t get up before the alarm clock rang. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Eliot Pierre came with a look of alarm in his face. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

H. G. Wells His passage seemed to alarm it, and it rose with a noise like a sawmill. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

H. Rider Haggard I do not want to alarm you, Mr. Heigham; but, because I like you, I ask you to steel your mind to disappointment, so that, if a blow comes, it may not crush you. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Our alarm now was lest we should get within the clutches of this fell swoop, for the port once past, it would have required us weeks to bear up again, whilst this wind lasted. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. G. Wells I heard Cavor’s voice in alarm and entreaty. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to the other servants, they had all gone to bed, and the alarm did not reach them until just before the police arrived. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]