Phrases with "ancient"

H. G. Wells In the Modern Utopia he will have set himself to change the ancient law. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

They are thought to be the sheep-folds and dwellings of an ancient people. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Washington Irving The traces of ancient elegance are still to be seen; and the alabaster baths in which the sultanas once reclined. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Algernon Blackwood And, similarly,” he added, “you may chance upon some such remnant of another — the body of ancient friend or enemy. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Andrew Lang Then the infant rebuked the ancient Demigod, who fled in anger to the sea, and with his magic song he built a magic barque, and he sat therein, and took the helm in his hand. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft Piecing together the scattered records, ancient and modern, anthropological and medical, I found a fairly consistent mixture of myth and hallucination whose scope and wildness left me utterly dazed. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

M. P. Shiel And let me tell you, sir, that in marrying her you marry no farmer’s daughter, but a lady of ancient lineage and high race —” “Ah, I thought there was some mystery —” “Not much mystery. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The ancient lady of Sir William Phipps eyed them from the wall in ruff and farthingale, an imperious old dame not unsuspected of witchcraft. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anatole France No, all these things were not shadows of the past, spectres of ancient hours. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

But with no fear, no thought, no word, He thrust the thin-edged ancient sword. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Goldwin Smith He belongs to what Dr. Arnold called the modern period of ancient history. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

There only remained a resolution to return to my ancient studies and to devote myself to a science for which I believed myself to possess a natural talent. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

H.P. Lovecraft For some unknown reason I dreaded the thought of disturbing the ancient bog and its sunless secrets, and pictured terrible sights lying black under the unmeasured depth of age-old peat. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Rudyard Kipling This was only the prelude to a set of geological illustrations, including the terraces formed by ancient riverbeds, denudation, and half a dozen other ations. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Abraham Merri Intoning words more ancient than I had ever known. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy After many turnings he came up to the first ancient mediaeval pile that he had encountered. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Hayden saw a city of ancient reticences and modern energy, with old passageways, crooked and mysterious, arched over with stone that bore carven heraldic shields. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Radclyffe Hall There were large, dim rooms with rough mosaic floors and walls that were covered by ancient frescoes. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Thomas Hardy Stimulated now by ancient memories and present tenderness to use every effort to make her his wife, despite her conventional unfitness, he strung himself up to sift this mystery. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Isabella Bird The enclosure, which is entered by two gates, contains two ancient mosques solidly built, and a few houses among fruit trees, as well as some ruins of buildings. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Most of our best authorities are now convinced that the various larval and pupal stages of insects have thus been acquired through adaptation, and not through inheritance from some ancient form. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence It was an insanitary, ancient place. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

What ancient times, those times we fancy wise, Have left on long record of woman’s rise, What morals teach it, and what fables hide, What author wrote it, how that author died,— All these I sing. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

Thomas Hardy He wore a glazed hat, an ancient boat-cloak, and shoes; his brass buttons bearing an anchor upon their face. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Gritty clouds of ashes blew from open garbage cans, and tangled with the heat was New York’s summertime stench of rotten bananas, unwashed laundry, ancient bedding, and wet pavements. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Leon Trotsky My wife joined the commissariat of education and was placed in charge of museums and ancient monuments. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Victor Hugo This state coach was of an ancient and extraordinary shape, and would have been distinguished by its grandeur among the fifty-one celebrated carriages of which Roubo has left us drawings. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H.P. Lovecraft But not much is written of these beings, because they lived in very ancient times, and man is young, and knows but little of the very ancient living things. The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Rudyard Kipling From Barry Wood to Gouzeaucourt,  From Boyne to Pilkem Ridge, The ancient days come back no more  Than water under the bridge. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Herman Melville Of an ancient style, massy and rusty in link, shackle and bolt, they seemed even more fit for the ship’s present business than the one for which she had been built. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

H.P. Lovecraft Up toward this shimmering rim sloped the ancient table-land, the depressed course of the bygone river traversing it as an irregular ribbon of shadow. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Finely were we sped for ancient history, if we depended on your Greeks, who did but write on the last leaf of that great book, Antiquity.” The friar groaned. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The rules of the art, if any existed in ancient times, are not known; but in our day, one simple rule opens the whole secret. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing For some distance around these ancient ramparts the ground was tilled, and flourishing with various crops. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Adam Lindsay Gordon As the smoke-rack veers to seaward, From “the ancient clay”, With its moral drifting leeward, Ends the wanderer’s lay. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

The ancient lady who accompanied her had been left in the farmhouse asleep. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Only unlike the magnates of ancient Rome, he had no affairs of the city to call him away from these moderate delights. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

With regard to the bishops, who are twenty-six in all, they still have seats in the House of Lords in spite of the Whigs, because the ancient abuse of considering them as barons subsists to this day. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Rudyard Kipling Beetle choked aloud on the sudden knowledge that King was the ancient and eternal Chucks — later Count Shucksen — of Peter Simple. He had not realised it before. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

He lived in an ancient house on the Giudecca, and there I found him—a grave, stately old man, with a grizzled beard reaching nearly to his waist. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

Walter Scott In a medley, contained in a curious and ancient MS. cantus, penes J.G. Dalyell, Esq., there is an allusion to our ballad:— “Sing young Thomlin, be merry, be merry, and twice so merry. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

We want a king of our own choosing, and we would get with him all the ancient sanctions of monarchy. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

They have extended, probably in ancient times, to Upper Egypt, and occupy parts of Nubia; about Sawákin they are an important clan. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

What you see clearly in the case of ancient property, what you admit in the case of feudal property, you are of course forbidden to admit in the case of your own bourgeois form of property. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

F. Scott Fitzgerald I usually like ’em not too ancient or complicated or depressing. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang There are books which no lover of literature can afford to be without; classics, ancient and modern, on which the world has pronounced its verdict. The Library by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott But as club-law pervaded the ancient system of Scandinavia, Meming had the humour of refusing to work for any customer save such as compelled him to it with force of arms. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

H.P. Lovecraft In some of the lower chambers and corridors there was little more than gritty dust or ancient incrustations, while occasional areas had an uncanny air of newly swept immaculateness. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edith Wharton In the pallor of the waning night the ancient monuments of his race stood up mournful and deserted as a line of tombs. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

He is like the ancient geographers of old, who feared to step off the shore they knew lest they should fall into an immeasurable, incomprehensible abyss. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy It was an ancient edifice of the fifteenth century, once a palace, now a training-school, with mullioned and transomed windows, and a courtyard in front shut in from the road by a wall. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang All this theory seems inconsistent, and no ancient poet, not even Virgil, is an archaiser of the modern sort. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

He stood and saw another flash dart its bright, brief, and malignant glance over the ruins of ancient power, and the luxuriance of recent fertility. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Edith Wharton On it rested a smooth page of vellum, torn from an ancient illuminated book, the illumination turned face down so that the blank side of the page was uppermost. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Charles Dickens Turning with a look of great astonishment to the old woman who had opened the door, he inquired for Mrs Rudge — for Barnaby. They were both gone, she replied, wagging her ancient head, for good. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Anthony Trollope Let a Whig have been ever so ancient and ever so weary, he would not have been allowed to depart from Westminster Hall that night. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Matthew Arnold Dr. Petrie and myself then entered into a short explanation of the history and character of the books then present as well as of ancient Gaedhelic documents in general. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

There is no man more exclusive than Horatio Paget. M. Lenoble is a gentleman of ancient lineage and amiable character. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne Master Zacharius turned quickly towards this ancient clock which still spoke. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Yet — silent and motionless as he was — the hoary ancient gave hint of the mysteries of his revenge. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

John Lewis Burckhard I searched about the well for some traces of ancient works, in the supposition that the place was as well known and frequented in the time when the trade of Meroe flourished as it is at present. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Percy Bysshe Shelley Immersed in thought, he wandered onwards, till he came to a woody eminence, whose beauty tempted him to rest a little, in a seat carved in the side of an ancient oak. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Sinclair Lewis The bag is full of treasures and of memories: a leather buckle, an ancient band-concert program, scraps of ribbon, lace, satin. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells You must forget ancient scores. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jack London Once, they came upon a path blazed through the forest, an ancient path, and the Lost Cabin seemed very near. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

The same old surly man with a squint had driven him along the muddy roads in the same ancient gig, past the bare elms, to meet the coach. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Andrew Lang The most erudite ancient poet, in a critical age of iron, does not archaise in our modern fashion. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Edmund Burke Such, I think, is very nearly the state of the question between the ancient founders of monkish superstition and the superstition of the pretended philosophers of the hour. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Sir Walter Scott Emblem of England’s ancient faith, Full proudly may thy branches wave, Where loyalty lies low in death, And valour fills a timeless grave. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Priests and ministers of an ancient Celtic religion which did not disdain to employ the humble allurement of human sacrifice. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Niccolo Machiavelli Whence it does not please me to discuss the ancient matters further than those I have judged necessary to such an introduction. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

H.P. Lovecraft He fell on a narrow hill street leading up from an ancient waterfront swarming with foreign mongrels, after a careless push from a Negro sailor. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Tobias Smolle This ancient couple live in great health, peace, and harmony, and, knowing no wants, enjoy the perfection of content. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

D. H. Lawrence An ancient man in the black-and-white costume comes out of a hovel of a cottage. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Thomas Hardy Footsteps began stamping up and down the bare stairs, the comers inspecting the goods, some of which were of so quaint and ancient a make as to acquire an adventitious value as art. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

In many tombs, the empty sarcophagus yet occupies its ancient place. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. Rider Haggard There is much stir and talk in the city, but the hearts of the people are light because their ancient gods have come back to us, bringing peace with them. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

The wars of later ages, says Verulamius, seem to be made in the dark, in respect of the glory and honor which reflected on men from the wars in ancient times. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

It is quite as legitimately used to denote the literature of ancient times, in contradistinction to the modern. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

George Gissing Rome found herself tottering with senile steps in the same path when the Empire and the ancient world lay in ruins about her. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Virginia Woolf There is something very charming in an ancient snowstorm. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Desrolles was delighted to find his ancient den still standing. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Julian Hawthorne It curled and twisted about his respectable visage, until I could almost have believed that he winked one eye and moved his ancient lips as if to speak. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Arthur Morrison The god was represented as clad in ancient armour, with a large and loose cloak depending from his shoulders and falling behind in a wilderness of marvellously and deeply carved folds. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

A family of turkeys was accommodated within the helmet of some preux chevalier of ancient border fame; and the very cows, for aught I know, were bearing banners and muskets. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Zona Gale One would have said that he had been brought up between the covers of an ancient history, nothing in consequence being so old or so new as to amaze him. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Rudyard Kipling It was the crew of the Clampherdown  Stood out to sweep the sea, On a cruiser won from an ancient foe, As it was in the days of long ago,  And as it still shall be. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Washington Irving The walls had evidently in ancient times been hung with damask; but now were naked, and scrawled over by that class of aspiring travellers who defile noble monuments with their worthless names. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

John Lewis Burckhard This is certainly one of the most ancient quarters of the town. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

John Lewis Burckhard In eight hours and a half, reached the northern extremity of Wady Seras: an ancient brick castle, called Escot (أسقُط), stands upon an island. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Here they were clearly expected, for a figure stood on watch outside, who after a word with Mastrovin opened a pair of ancient rickety gates. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The copper chocolate-pot was of curious shape, and was supposed to be as ancient as the destruction of Pompeii, and to have held some witch’s concoction in the way of a philtre for love or hate. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Algernon Blackwood Some ancient fire had entered his veins, and now ran coursing through his blood; and that he was forty-five instead of twenty did not matter one little jot. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells Until at last men said that had that ancient prophet come again to Utopia, his own triumphant wheel would have crushed and destroyed him afresh. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Henry Handel Richardson On the banks of the river ancient wood-encrusted buildings, square bridge-towers, the prim, delicate lines of a chateau, all lived again, to their tenderest details, in the water at their feet. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

The thing was brilliantly staged—the dim library at Castle Gay, and the robust and bright-eyed sage scintillating among its ancient shadows. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Suddenly there was seen the figure of an ancient man who seemed to have emerged from among the people and was walking by himself along the centre of the street to confront the armed band. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Victor Hugo Some of these mechanisms, the inventions of ancient intimidation, still exist in old prisons — doors of which you saw no doorkeeper. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Ford Madox Ford It was almost as if they were members of an ancient family under some curse — they were so gentlewomanly, so proper, and they sighed so. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Wilkie Collins A secret receptacle was discovered in the body of the eagle, and the ancient title-deeds of the Abbey were found in it. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

As in Rome Christians were thrown to the lions, so centuries earlier in Otumwee, the most ancient and famous city of the world, female heretics were thrown to the mice. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Walter Scott The ruins were of an ancient date, and in the style of a foreign people. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

It was an ancient muzzle-loader, and perhaps for the reason that he had not used it for some considerable time, he made the mistake of giving each barrel a double charge. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

I am a survivor of that most ancient and immemorial union. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Sinclair Lewis When Mr. Gale came down to breakfast he found her caressing an ancient silken flag. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Like an ancient Roman I came, put my helping hand to set affairs right, and as soon as it was done, I am retired again as a private man. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

There was also a faint sweetness of cut hay from the distant Wood Eaton fields, and something aromatic and dry, which was the savour of stone and tile and ancient crumbling mortar. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Gertrude Stein So pleasing is disaster, so ancient is being old enough in the matter. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Edgar Allan Poe The modern epic is, of the supposititious ancient model, but an inconsiderate and blindfold imitation. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

And by that time, Mr. Dodd, it’s ancient history. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. Rider Haggard But they worship an ancient stone statue fashioned like a dwarf, and to him they offer the blood of men. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang We find now that the poets are true to tradition in the details of ancient life — now that the poets introduce whatever modern details they please. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott The latter authority mentions their inhabiting the ancient tumuli, called Barrows, and their abstracting mortals. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

At last the ancient prophecy was remembered, and prayers were offered up in all the churches, that the machinations of the Evil One might be defeated. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

We only know that an ancient city and a mediæval hamlet have been slowly engulfed; and that an early Temple, contemporary with the Temple of Amada, once stood within the sacred enclosure. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

At least I know that some of the pleasantest recollections of my childhood are connected with the voluntary study of an ancient Bible which belonged to my grandmother. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. P. Lovecraf It is amusing to note that in describing an attempted initiation into the ancient brotherhood the author cannot escape using the stock Gothic castle of Walpolian lineage. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Most of the games we now play are of ancient origin, but sport does not seem to have been taken very seriously between Roman times and the nineteenth century. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Thomas Love Peacock The young lady made tea; and afterwards, from time to time, at Mr. Chainmail’s special request, delighted his ear with passages of ancient music. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Not less the clamor, than if — ancient Tyre, Or the new Carthage, set by foes on fire — The rolling ruin, with their lov’d abodes, Involv’d the blazing temples of their gods. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The children were a rich brown pink apparently all over, and the ancient Miss Jones was a jet-beaded mass of bridling gratitude and self-importance. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Edgar Allan Poe In corroboration of this idea we find that spondees most abound in the most ancient tongues. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Neither ancient iniquity nor modern English back-sliding surprised him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

William Godwin One of the most extraordinary things to be met with in the history of ancient times is the oracles. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

William Morris But if ye fear not, then sit ye down on the grass, and I will lay the book on this most ancient table, and read in it, and do ye hearken heedfully. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Can you not understand the ancient sanctity of colours? The Church has her symbolic colours. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Louis Stevenson Two stories in height, walls of a warm yellow, tiles of an ancient ruddy brown diversified with moss and lichen, it stood with one wall to the street in the angle of the Doctor’s property. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Lawson This puzzled some of us until one of the passengers stopped an ancient mariner and inquired. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

George Meredith And it certainly revived an ancient accusation against his countrymen. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Walter Scott This peculiarity of manners, which would have surprised an ancient Roman, is obviously deduced from the Gothic ordeal of trial by combat. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Inland and to the north rise the mounds and tumuli, the sole remains of ancient Elath, once the port of Petra, which is distant only two dromedary marches. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

John Galsworthy Even if she hated him, he at all events ought not to put himself in the wrong by neglecting this ancient rite. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis He pictured Harvard and Yale and Princeton as ancient groves set with marble temples, before which large groups of Grecian youths talked gently about astronomy and good government. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James She was a perfect mistress of the revels; she had arranged some ancient bravery for every day and for every night. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Probably he had resorted to this sequestered place for a length of time, as it bore marks of an ancient settlement. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Virginia Woolf They have had time to develop a very dignified, a very stately society, with an ancient tradition of manners behind it, which makes every relation at once orderly, natural, and full of reserve. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Hardy The Duke himself, however, was a man little attracted by ancient chronicles in stone and metal, even when they concerned his own beginnings. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Jules Verne Whether these chasms were the dried-up beds of ancient rivers or not they were unable thoroughly to ascertain. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Kenneth Grahame You will have heard of Constantinople, friend? A fair city and an ancient and glorious one. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

H.P. Lovecraft The vault to which I refer is an ancient granite, weathered and discoloured by the mists and dampness of generations. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

Nathaniel Hawthorne At frequent intervals along the roadside up-rises the ruin of an ancient tomb. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Then, after they had had coffee, they went out and slowly sauntered to the little garden at the foot of a great cliff on which stands an ancient stronghold. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Thus some forms of supernaturalism are admirably adapted to the province of poetry, such as the presence of spirits, visitations of angels or demons, ancient witchcraft, and so forth. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Walter Scott I suppose a Scotch lady of an ancient family may become the wife of an English baronet, and no very extraordinary great cause to wonder at it. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

I ought to have known my reverend friend better than to imagine he would part with those ancient documents except for money upon the counter. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Andrew Lang When the boys were being cruelly scourged, the priestess of Artemis Orthia held an ancient barbaric wooden image of the goddess in her hands. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon Thus, we are told, in ancient Asiatic culture both law and morality are conceived as external to the individual. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edmund Burke The Revolution was made to preserve our ancient indisputable laws and liberties, and that ancient constitution of government which is our only security for law and liberty. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The ancient inn was a house, of which the eaves approached within about seven feet of the ground; while the roof, sloping gradually upward, formed an angle at several times that height. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

THE ancient custom of hanging out a distinctive shop sign still struggles for existence in old — fashioned neighbourhoods. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Arnold Bennett The walls were hung with ancient and with fairly modern engravings, some big, others little, some coloured, others in black-and-white, but all distressing in their fatuous ugliness. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Andrew Lang It is unnecessary to say that the picture-writing of Mexico and the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt are derived from the same savage processes. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Edmund Burke The usurpation, which, in order to subvert ancient institutions, has destroyed ancient principles, will hold power by arts similar to those by which it has acquired it. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

The Exeter and Vercelli Books are collections of ancient English poems, and they are named from the places where they were found. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Mount Olga is the more wonderful and grotesque; Mount Ayers the more ancient and sublime. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Nathless Yet shall there lurk within of ancient wrong Some traces, bidding tempt the deep with ships, Gird towns with walls, with furrows cleave the earth. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Ralph’s turn now came to be heard, and he was placed at the bar before the magistrates, who were an ancient parson, an old settler and a young military officer. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Richard Burton Pilgrimaging Moslems are here shown the tomb of Al-nabi Daniyal (Daniel the Prophet), discovered upon a spot where the late Sultan Mahmud dreamed that he saw an ancient man at prayer. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Washington Irving In a word, they succeeded in reaching the ancient city of Cordova; where their restoration to their country and friends was celebrated with great rejoicings, for they were of the noblest families. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Leslie Stephen Nay, he says, he meant to erect such a minute monument of their friendship as would put to shame all ancient memorials of the same kind. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Sinclair Lewis Here! You!” The “Here! You!” was directed at the driver of an ancient roadster. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray And he passed into the cloister, and then into the garden where lie the ancient dead. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Baldwin Spencer It is a custom of ancient date which is sanctioned by public opinion, and to the performance of which neither men nor women concerned offer any opposition. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The firm of Desvarennes has been in an ancient mansion in the Rue Saint Dominique since 1875; it is one of the best known and most important in French industry. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

No sooner had it become universal, than thousands of idle but sharp eyes were on the watch for the passenger whose hat shewed any signs, however slight, of ancient service. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Abraham Merri They were Polynesian, the Polynesian of the Samoans which is its most ancient form, but in some indefinable way — archaic. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

She was as much at a loss to conceive how any good could come out of that Nazareth of her abhorrence, as an ancient geographer would have been to have pointed out America in a classical map. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Walter Scott The French and English have, with one consent, made Scotland the battle-field on which to fight out their own ancient quarrel. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

He restored the ancient church of St. Giles there. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He was talking to Charvill, who was much about his height, and looking up at them was Dickson McCunn in an ancient suit of knickerbockers, listening reverently. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Sinclair Lewis At the end was a wild-grape arbor and an ancient bench. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim At such a moment, he was ready even to forget his ancient enmity. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

D. H. Lawrence From the old wood came an ancient melancholy, somehow soothing to her, better than the harsh insentience of the outer world. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Pressed, Purdy admitted that his hurt was a piece of gross ill-luck: he had been accidentally shot by a clumsy fool of a digger, from an ancient holster-pistol. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

But the gravamen of that reproach does not press exclusively upon Oxford; all the ancient institutions of Europe are tainted in the same way, more especially the monastic orders of the Romish church. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

H.P. Lovecraft This ancient confirmed every tale which Jermyn had heard, adding his own account of the stone city and the white apes as it had been told to him. Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Henry Fielding We shall transcribe it therefore exactly in the same form and words we received it; nor can we help regarding it as one of the most curious pieces which either ancient or modern history hath recorded. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Robert Green Ingersoll The ceremonies remain, but the ancient faith is fading out of the human heart. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Burns Then slow raise Marjory o’ the Lochs And wrinkled was her brow; Her ancient weed was russet gray, Her auld Scotch heart was true. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Washington Irving I had hoped to gather some traditionary anecdotes of the bard from these ancient chroniclers; but they had nothing new to impart. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arthur Machen But Mr. Carver banked at Tellson’s, and the ancient should have known better. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

The sin-eater is a person that by an ancient formula can remove the sins from an unburied corpse and let them in turn be swept away from him by the action of the pure air. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Abraham Merri And many things have been taught from ancient days which would not stand the test. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

William Makepeace Thackeray We went out upon the lines of fortification, through an ancient gate and guard-house, where once a chapel probably stood, and of which the roofs were richly carved and gilded. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Olaf Stapledon The rear-gunner did not know that under this salt water was an ancient valley. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

George Borrow I repeat, that it is impossible to continue melancholy in regions like these, and the ancient Greeks and Romans were right in making them the site of their Elysian fields. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells Eudena’s knee was well in a couple of days, for those ancient savages had quick-healing flesh. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Slavery, although in some ways beneficial during ancient times,34 is a great crime; yet it was not so regarded until quite recently, even by the most civilised nations. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sinclair Lewis It may be because he is the heir of ancient migrations — and it may be because he finds within his own spirit so little adventure that he is driven to seek it by changing his horizon. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I know that they speak the Aztec tongue in all its ancient purity, and yet they are surely not of Aztec blood. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Washington Irving He is a strenuous advocate for the revival of the old rural games and holiday observances, and is deeply read in the writers, ancient and modern, who have treated on the subject. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Sinclair Lewis This ancient opponent seemed likely to be her most intimate friend, for Vida Sherwin, though she was cordial, stood back and watched for imported heresies. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

In the afternoon I took Haraldsen to visit the keep of Hardriding ten miles off, an ancient tooth of masonry on a crag by a burn. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Walter Scott Osbert resolved to make the experiment, and set out, attended by a single squire, whom he ordered to remain without the limits of the plain, which was surrounded by an ancient entrenchment. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Mark Twain From the mountain’s peak its broken turrets rise above the groves of ancient oaks and olives, and look wonderfully picturesque. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Algernon Blackwood I am delighted; for it proves again the strength of the ineradicable, ancient tie. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Bubbles had chosen to put on this afternoon a long, rose-red knitted jumper over a yellow skirt, and she looked as if she had stepped out from some ancient Spanish religious procession. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

David Hume A like difference may be observed in the conduct of those French writers, who maintained the controversy with regard to ancient and modern learning. Of the Independency of Parliament by David Hume

Isabella Bird It is grievous to see the remnants of an ancient race in such a degraded state; the more so as I believe that there is no intellectual inferiority as an obstacle to their improvement. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Arnold Bennett The old man had lived too long; he had survived his dignity; he was now nothing but a bundle of capricious and obstinate instincts set in motion by ancient souvenirs remembered at hazard. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]