Phrases with "alien"

George Gissing The Greeks had nothing alien to study—not even a foreign or a dead language. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Julian Hawthorne Into this we turned, and in a few moments were out of sight of alien eyes amidst the thick-growing hemlocks. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

George Gissing Never had she seen her father in such an alien light. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

Olaf Stapledon Was it likely that this humble instrument could accomplish a task that was profoundly alien to it? This argument was confirmed by the fact that metaphysics seemed never to make any progress. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H.P. Lovecraft If the mind came from a body whose language the Great Race could not physically reproduce, clever machines would be made, on which the alien speech could be played as on a musical instrument. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

William Henry Hudson Then to my spirit “The gushing of the wave Far, far away, did seem to mourn and rave On alien shores”; and so sweet had seemed that pause, that I had hoped and prayed for its continuance. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Not a single dust-speck has soiled sky or earth; not the faintest echo of noisy labours disturbed the silences; not an alien sight has intruded. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

As Coxeter went through the hall, filled with a perplexity and pain very alien from his positive nature, a good-looking, clean-shaven man, who gave him a quick measured glance, passed by. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

All that that alien tree symbolized for him, his exile, the secret, wasted years — it was like an unbridgeable gulf between them. Burmese Days by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Life with its smoky burning gone from him, had left him apart and utterly alien to her. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

It sifts away what is foreign and alien to his genius, and assimilates what is suited to it. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Andrew Lang All these and similar phenomena the savage explains by the hypothesis that an alien spirit — perhaps a demon, perhaps a ghost, or a god — has taken possession of the patient. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

In his native state the black fellow is nearer the ideal than the white alien in his body clothes, starched shirt, high collar, cloth suit, and felt hat. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells You may be English through and through, but all the same, you are alien here. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells The old life seems so cut off from the new, so alien and so unreasonable, that at times I find it bordering upon the incredible. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

D. H. Lawrence He needed an alien contact to give him relief. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Some became demented, and rambled away and no one of an alien tribe would go to seek them. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Many a piece of alien wood passes under this name. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He was an alien in the land of his fathers. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The knowledge had troubled her, for it implied that her letter of appeal, that to which this was an answer, had also been read by alien eyes. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

In the isthmus of Suez, which is considered the healthiest part of Egypt, an alien population of twenty thousand persons failed in the course of ten years to rear one infant born upon the soil. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Margaret Oliphant He had not an inch of ground to stand on in the little alien assembly when she was not there. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

H. G. Wells Odd old Ewart! It was a relationship so alien to my orderly conceptions of honour, to what I could imagine any friend of mine doing, that I really hardly saw it with it there under my nose. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edith Wharton Overhead a great bird of prey circled against the blue; and Halo remembered how she had once thought of happiness as something bright-winged, untameable, with radiant alien eyes. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

William Godwin But on reflection perhaps it may appear not altogether alien to the subject. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Galsworthy The week-ending or purely sporting existence of the big ‘places’ was felt to be alien to them. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Arthur Morrison Then she was an alien who had never entirely fallen into Jago ways; she had soon grown sluttish and dirty, but she was never drunk, she never quarrelled, she did not gossip freely. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Billy and two gins, two unnamed piccaninnies, and an alien from the Malay Peninsula occupied three modest dwellings formed of bushes and palm fronds, on the verge of the sea. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis Perhaps to fastidious and alien persons Uncle Rob’s room would have seemed unlovely. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri It smelled of the jungle, of fast growing vigorous green life, and green life falling as swiftly into decay; and there were elusive, alien fragrances. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

But all at once she saw that he was gazing at her with an alien look—the look of a stern judge—on his sunburnt face. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

D. H. Lawrence Every movement and word of his was alien to her being. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

And though it was to me only that he spoke at first, he would pause from point to point, and translate into Italian for the benefit of the one-eyed alien to whom he owed his life. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Meredith Her child, yes; the love of her child she had; but the child’s destiny was an alien phantom, looking at her with harder eyes than she had vision of in her family. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Then Jenny came, and I saw with shame   She’d doffed her domino; And I had embraced an alien waist —   But I did not tell her so. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Olaf Stapledon The two kinds of beings, though so alien that they could not at all comprehend each other’s idiosyncrasies, were too lucid for mere tribal passions. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells It is remarkable how alien and incomprehensible the stuff I had to handle was to me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The Ptolemies were Greeks, and it is simply impossible to believe that they would have allied themselves with a subject and alien race. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Sinclair Lewis But he always returned to his exile’s room, where he now began to hear the new voice of shapeless nameless Fear — fear of all this alien world that didn’t care whether he loved it or not. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

The tartan of his sad little skirt screamed like a peacock, raucous and alien against the moor. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing Society could not give her more than it was in her to produce; but on the other hand, it planted not one seed of alien evil. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith For Beauchamp will not even look at happiness to mourn its absence; melodious lamentations, demoniacal scorn, are quite alien to him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Olaf Stapledon For that vastness, alien beyond all conception, was also (how could this be?) strangely familiar, intimate even. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells I shall see heavy faces, dull faces, faces with an uncongenial animation, alien faces, and among these some with an immediate quality of appeal. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Without power to retreat, he has thus thrown the intellectual interests of his followers into a channel utterly alien to the purposes of a spiritual mission. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

There had been an intrusion of an alien kind. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

T. E. Lawrence The Arabs, the largest alien component of Turkey, must first be dealt with. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Zona Gale Then she had been like a wild, alien thing in dumb distress; now she was unchained and native. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

T. E. Lawrence It was irksome that he should come butting into our show from Egypt, asking from us alien activities. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing Tobacco he carried loose in his waistcoat pocket; it came forth in the form of yellowish dust, intermingled with all sorts of alien scraps. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The little room which had looked so alien when she came to it six years ago had become a home. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Olaf Stapledon It was indeed surprising that beings whose nature was in many ways so alien and unintelligible should be in this one respect at least so startlingly “human. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, even in hate there can be an element of love, a detached relish of the other's alien vitality. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

William Morris And yet I must say this, that I wot not why ye and these others are become to me, who am alien to you, as very brothers. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Gissing And what is so bitter as the spectacle of alien joy when one’s own heart is waste! Gilbert Grail was no longer the silent and lonely man that he had been. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Olaf Stapledon But as my influence extended, he was forced to admit that there was something in him profoundly alien to his environment, something alien even to himself. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

William Morris Now the poor-wife had stood up with the babe in her arms and was turning to go her ways; but the alien put forth a hand to her, and said: Stand a while and hearken good tidings. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

They answered him not, only beholding him with alien eyes. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

The splendid mansion which he built his daughter is in alien hands, and the fine old house which Lady Pepperrell built herself after his death belongs to the remotest of kinsmen. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells We did no logic nor philosophy at Harbury, and at Oxford it was not so much thought we came to deal with as a mistranslation and vulgarization of ancient and alien exercises in thinking. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Mercury, for instance, is alien to the system, and eminently disturbing in its influence. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The whole existence of this man had been sacrificed for him, and its only reward was a thrust of a lance in a midnight fray — a grave in an alien soil. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Abraham Merri Beautiful was that face, but its beauty was an alien one; elfin. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

M. R. James To others he was polite and carneying — particularly to the unfortunate alien who can only say Shallabalah — though what Punch said I never could catch. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

George Meredith It was for him, and of his doing, that she was in an alien land and an outcast! ‘This house is wretched for you,’ said he: ‘and you must be hungry. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Olaf Stapledon But the other, alien self of the rear-gunner, and the alien self in all the company of the killed, scorned that prayer which all had prayed. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

There was movement within it certainly; rush of streams, fall of rocks, roar of winds through its chasms, but these things were not sound to it as was that alien human step. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

G. K. Chesterton He may have had alien blood, and that alien blood, by the paradox we have observed, may have made him more characteristically a native. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

They regarded me as a convert from an alien world of action which they secretly dreaded, though they affected to despise it. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

But once or twice lately an odd, alien thought had crossed his mind; irrelevant and unbidden. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Virginia Woolf The “soul” is alien to him. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

They are as alien to us as Mastrovin and Rosenbaum, though less hateful. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

H. G. Wells And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Olaf Stapledon In accordance with the exhortation of their prophets, they looked for strange intelligences, alien in idiosyncrasy but identical in underlying spirituality. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

It is alien to our love of individuality. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

In a poet of alien race and language and religion I found a greater sympathy than I have experienced with any other. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet their faces, all unlike as they were, had an expression that seemed not so alien — a glow of kindred feeling flashing upward anew from half-extinguished embers. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells There was no doubt left to me; the atmosphere of the moon was either pure oxygen or air, and capable thereforeunless its tenuity was excessive — of supporting our alien life. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The car, a smoker, was hot and stuffy with most of the smells of the state’s alien population; he opened a window and shivered against the cloud of fog that drifted in over him. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dimly he felt that she was at one with this mysterious morning world, and that he, the owner, was an alien and a trespasser in his own garden. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Weighty stones are found locked among roots which, as the wood decays, are deposited on alien sands, thereafter to invite speculation as to origin and means of transport. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H.P. Lovecraft Indeed, the type is composed of a form of matter totally alien to our part of space — with electrons having a wholly different vibration-rate. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Olaf Stapledon As our exploration advanced and we gathered more and more helpers from the many worlds that we entered, our imaginative insight into alien natures increased. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

It would be a fatal mode of dependency upon an alien and separable accident if they needed an external commentary. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Olaf Stapledon Each world would regard the other as a noble, though perhaps an alien and partly incomprehensible, instrument of the spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling But they are so deep in their new eclipse  Nothing they say can reach, Unless it be uttered by alien lips  And framed in a stranger’s speech. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Marjorie Bowen Contemplation of his brother’s splendour gave him an alien feeling. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

The Internationale is an alien air, after all. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Isabella Bird The Mic–Macs were a fierce and warlike people, too proud to mingle with an alien race — too restless and active to conform to the settled habits of civilization. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Algernon Blackwood We were not alien to Nature, nor was Nature set apart from us; we shared her inexhaustible life, and the glory of the Universe in which she is a fragment. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

These peaceable traits are in great part alien to the methods and the animus of barbarian life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

This is especially true in case the development away from this past standpoint has not been due chiefly to a substitution of an ethnic type whose temperament is alien to the earlier standpoint. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells He adopted a tone of reluctantly using an alien and subtly unsatisfactory terminology for the benefit of his hearers. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang But now thou goest to another home, to an alien mother, to doors that grate strangely on their hinges. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Henry James They were of alien substance — insoluble in the whole. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Oh, that I had married a man of mine own people — though he beat me — and had never eaten the bread of an alien!’ ‘Am I an alien — mother of my son?’ ‘What else — Sahib? . Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Olaf Stapledon From the psychological relations of star with star sprang a whole world of social experiences which were so alien to the minded worlds that almost nothing can be said of them. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft The alien beings desire to know mankind more fully, and to have a few of mankind’s philosophic and scientific leaders know more about them. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

He looked at the little red tin shelter erected on the off-side with an alien eye. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Leon Trotsky The Bohemian habits and tastes which weighed so heavily with Martov were utterly alien to Lenin. He knew that time, be it ever so relative, was the most absolute of gifts. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence She had become strange and alien to Ursula. There was an unmentionable reserve between the two women. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

What mattered it that her marriage vow had been sworn before an alien God? ‘J’ai promis; il suffit; il n’importe à quel dieu!’ ZAMORE: Ta promesse est un crime; elle est ma perte; adieu. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Olaf Stapledon After untold distresses they began to realize that their whole way of life was alien to their essential plant nature. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky In his views, his character, his world outlook, Proudhon, that Robinson Crusoe of socialism, is alien to me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Algernon Blackwood Alone, cut off from his own kind, alien and derelict amid the conditions of a humanity strange, perhaps unknown to him, he sought companionship where he could. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

What now took place was actually as alien to the latitude as to the commonly known laws of meteorology. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Zona Gale But he is a stranger to us — come of an alien race; and the double disappearance is a most tragic occurrence, which the burden of the tax has emphasized. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Rudyard Kipling It isn’t in the States, because the townships can do as they like; and it isn’t in the townships, because these are bossed by alien voters or rings of patriotic home-bred citizens. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Fresh and everlasting, alien yet alluring, distant and deep yet delicate and close, it drew them together and unified them by its subtle existence. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Olaf Stapledon It can well be understood that at first I found these alien minds quite unintelligible. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Yonder sky was sealed: the solemn stars shone alien and remote. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing Nothing she said sounded quite sincere, yet it was more difficult than ever to imagine that she played a part quite alien to her disposition. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence It all seemed alien to her, bruising upon the spirit. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraf Mixed with the present scene was always a little of the past and a little of the future, and every once-familiar object loomed alien in the new perspective brought by my widened sight. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

H.P. Lovecraft Even the pictures illustrate only one or two phases of its endless variety, preternatural massiveness, and utterly alien exoticism. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Olaf Stapledon Apart from contrary influences, peoples of alien culture can now begin to realise one another as never before. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Marjorie Bowen It seemed to the Countess that they both ignored her, that they spoke a language she could not comprehend; that she stood an alien before them. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Olaf Stapledon He died into the great spirit of Man. You! Most single and singular, whom I love best! Even you are in fact immensely remote from me, you dear centre of an alien universe. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Someone or something was trying to play monkey-tricks with my mind, but I was master of that, though my voice seemed to belong to an alien gramophone, and my limbs were stupidly weak. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry James There was an alien object in view — a figure whose right of presence I instantly, passionately questioned. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

He is determined to be in at the finish, he says, and was simply blasphemous when I told him that he was an alien and must keep out of it. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

As it was, there was something almost pathetic in his good behavior, as being possible to him, but utterly alien to his instincts. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

This alien factor is the instinct of workmanship. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Olaf Stapledon Yet in the same instant he, his very self (if his self it truly was), his new, alien and quickened self, assessing his past life’s little worth, declared, ‘All my life I shirked the test. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Machen He was led back to the old conclusion; he had lost the sense of humanity, he was wretched because he was an alien and a stranger amongst citizens. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Rudyard Kipling I put my hand into my pocket to help Naboth, as kings of the East have helped alien adventurers to the loss of their kingdoms. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

This romantic and chivalrous colouring was an element altogether alien to Burns’s character. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Joseph Furphy Naturally then, about sixteen raids, within four days, on an alien element, had stewed every atom of vigour out of my system, and quenched every spark of heroism. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Thomas Wolfe It was like demoniacal possession, driving him with an alien force much greater than his own. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It’s all as alien as a different planet. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Andrew Lang The migrations of peoples, the traffic in slaves, the law of exogamy, which always keeps bringing alien women into the families — all these things favoured the migration of myth. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

In transplanting brains to an alien soil God leaves a little of the original earth clinging to the roots. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Henry James But his sense of this fact was somehow connected with other and such now alien facts; his liking for Nancy Beck was an emotion of which the sole setting was a back piazza. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Everything is so terribly changed that one does not realise for the moment whether we are in a friendly or an alien city. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Kate Chopin She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

This population is quite distinct in race from the land population of Canton, which looks down upon it as a pariah and alien caste. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Gissing She was all instinct, and as intolerant of alien forms of thought and feeling as even an Englishwoman can attain to be. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Olaf Stapledon To enter this world and experience it through the alien senses and alien temperament of its natives was an adventure in some ways more bewildering than any of our earlier explorations. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft A few daring mystics have hinted at a prePleistocene origin for the fragmentary Pnakotic Manuscripts, and have suggested that the devotees of Tsathoggua were as alien to mankind as Tsathoggua itself. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Virginia Woolf But the mind takes its bias from the place of its birth, and no doubt, when it strikes upon a literature so alien as the Russian, flies off at a tangent far from the truth. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Olaf Stapledon For a moment Paul stayed motionless, wondering whether to an alien eye he and Katherine would seem any less comic. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton Men remembered how often barbarous tribes or strange and alien Scriptures had been called in to revive the blood of decaying empires and civilisations. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft For as the echoes of the avalanche died down, there became audible a repetition of that frightful alien whistling I thought I had heard before. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft Now I regret the harm I have inflicted upon these alien and incredible beings in the course of our nightly skirmishes. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Sometimes when he had been reading at home he had looked up to feel the rooms, the furniture — tolerable and even pleasant as it all was — in some sense alien to the sacred syllables. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had dreamed of restoring dynasties and readjusting the balance of power; he was an alien refugee in a republic where visionaries are not wanted and where opulence gives control. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

D. H. Lawrence Why did his heart feel so heavy? Politics — conspiracy — political power: it was all so alien to him. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood She saw him, dropped from alien skies upon the little teeming earth. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Andrew Lang Perhaps we ought next to study cases of ‘possession,’ when knowledge is supposed to be conveyed by an alien soul, ghost, spirit, or god, taking up its abode in a man, and speaking out of his lips. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

The thing was unavoidable; and the sole palliation that it admitted was—to break the concentration of the public gaze, by associating Sir Sidney with some alien group, no matter of what cattle. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Sinclair Lewis Of more prosperous widows surrounded by alien chatter on the porches of gilt summer hotels. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton She had never been more quiveringly, comprehensively alive than as she sat there, in that alien place, staring out alone into an alien future. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

I am not only a foreigner, but I am so alien to you in all the traditions and habitudes that I find it very difficult to get upon common ground with you. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Not she gives the tear for the tear: Harsh wisdom gives Earth, no more; In one the spur and the curb: An answer to thoughts or deeds; To the Legends an alien look; To the Questions a figure of clay. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Edith Wharton But suddenly, as they stood there face to face, almost touching, she became something immeasurably alien and far off, and the question died on his lips. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton It was humiliating to her pride to recognize kindred impulses in a character which she would have liked to feel completely alien to her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Spoken or written, it was an alien thing. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

That was not alien from the usages of the time, and Warburton at least had no right to complain of such a style of controversy. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Edith Wharton Glennard felt himself agrope among alien forces that his own act had set in motion. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Olaf Stapledon He saw the stream itself, to which, after all, the women were not alien but integral. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

A document treacherously inflicted upon a citizen going abroad, exposing him as an alien and pointing him out for special reprobation and outrage. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

R. D. Blackmore That well-balanced vehicle rolls on smoothly, without jerk, or jar, or kick, so long as it travels over alien land. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The deep twilight stillness was suddenly broken by the sound of alien voices. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson By all the towns of the Tevas they went, and Pápara last, The home of the chief, the place of muster in war; and passed The march of the lands of the clan, to the lands of an alien folk. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells You would be alien in any of these dismal democratic countries. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Zona Gale This alien land was no nearer the truth than he. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Gissing Such a step was alien to all the habits of their intercourse, to the spirit of her education. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

They enjoy by natural instinct only the things set in front of them and near them, not things placed afar off; and this without any alien force or motion. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Andrew Lang In later times, too, the Greeks, and still more the Romans, extended a free hospitality to alien gods and legends, to Serapis, Isis, the wilder Dionysiac revels, and so forth. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton But that an American millionaire should give English land to English people was an unwarrantable interference and tantamount to an alien enemy stirring up revolution. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

We resent the displacement of a chair, or the lopping of one of the cedar’s boughs, and we note the new tool-shed with an alien eye. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Of these worlds, one, an immense and very aqueous sphere, produced in time a dominant race which was not a single species but an intimate symbiotic partnership of two very alien creatures. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Do not dabble in the muddy sewer of politics, nor linger by the enchanted streams of literature, nor dig in far-off fields for the hidden waters of alien sciences. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

There was something alien about him, as there had been about “Good Business.” Evidently he was aware of his own peculiari — ties and of the fact that people could not understand him. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton For it is the saddest thing about sorrow that it deadens the capacity for happiness; and to Fulvia and Odo the joy they had renounced had returned with an exile’s alien face. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Algernon Blackwood And it was utterly alien to the world I knew, or to that of the wild yet kindly elements. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Olaf Stapledon Religion was a much greater power than on my own planet; and the religious teachings of the prophets of old were able to kindle even my alien and sluggish heart with fervor. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy He would be preserved meticulously even while they sent him across the world and put him up for trial in a country not his own, before some judge of alien blood. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

In my first printed mention of it I declared: ‘The world is no more the alien terror that was taught me. Memories and Studies by William James

Edgar Allan Poe I arose with a shining pate, wigless, she in disdain and wrath, half buried in alien hair. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang Coleridge, to be sure, gave this name to a work of his, but he wandered from his apparent purpose into a world of alien disquisitions. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Radclyffe Hall In the circumstances, it was too foreign to Milly’s nature, an alien and unwholesome thing that might some day give place to a whirlwind. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith But it made the money-bags’ alien to him, and serpents in his bosom. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Virginia Woolf But one would also expect to find that her mind was disturbed by alien emotions like fear and hatred and that her poems showed traces of that disturbance. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are betraying an alien country for the sake of your own. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Everything that we know of him goes to show that the laborious and elaborate effort of literary reconstruction was quite alien to his spirit. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

It pressed on him, or he against it, as if alien limitation controlled him; he stumbled in his walk because it lay over his eyes and blinded him. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

But ideas and sentiments of alien kinds, or unorganizable kinds, were, if not rejected, yet accepted with indifference, and soon dropped away. Memories and Studies by William James

H.P. Lovecraft There was a hideous fall through incalculable leagues of viscous, sentient darkness, and a babel of noises utterly alien to all that we know of the earth and its organic life. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells The women of Albania are secluded and remote, and indisposed to be of service to an alien sister. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Algernon Blackwood The temples, where once this came to pass, were gone, their ruin questioned by alien hearts that knew not their spiritual meaning. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. G. Wells Now here they were in a company that was not only altogether alien to their former mood, but extremely interesting and exciting and closely akin to the latent factors in Marjorie’s composition. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edith Wharton She opened her eyes and saw the streets passing — the familiar alien streets. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

She was too unlike them, too utterly alien to their tastes, for them to find delight in her society, or in the prospect of its continuance, but it gave them pleasure to see her conciliating and kind. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence It pressed round her, it came to her and took part in her, in form of her man, this vast, resounding, alien world which was not herself. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood The anguish of lonely souls, alien among their kind, hungry for companionship they might not find, unclothed, uncared for, desired of none and understanding none this rose tumultuously in his blood. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Leon Trotsky Considerations of personal safety were absolutely alien to him. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The scuffling, the rattling, the harsh alien voices went on; then the voice she had heard calling on the Lord cried: The ends of the earth be upon me. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am sick of slinking through life under a false name, of vegetating in this wretched hole, an alien from all the interest and excitement of life. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

E. T. A. Hoffmann A gambler becomes an alien to all human emotion, and hence I had not known what was the meaning of a wife’s love and faithful attachment. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann