Phrases with "bear"

Lucy Maud Montgomery But I’m glad it’s not rainy today because it’s easier to be cheerful and bear up under affliction on a sunshiny day. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Rudyard Kipling To earn a living and bear trouble is the duty of man. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Rudyard Kipling God is great! God is great! God is great! I bear witness, etc. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Long as I rule this realm so wide, let our hoards be common, let heroes with gold each other greet o’er the gannet’s-bath, and the ringed-prow bear o’er rolling waves tokens of love. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

George MacDonald But the next he could not bear even Diamond’s sweet voice, and was very ill indeed; so Diamond took the baby into his own room, and had no end of quiet games with him there. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Wilkie Collins We can live there as quietly as we please, until time has helped us to bear our affliction better than we can bear it now. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Walter Scott I think the poor youth’s understanding can bear witness to this much in my behalf. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Thomas Hardy And he took up the clerk’s tale:— ‘Stephen’s wife hated the sea, except from land, and couldn’t bear the thought of going into a boat. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker One of his neighbors, who did not seem to bear him any affection, said that he had gone away two days before, no one knew whither. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even now, she cannot bear to think of them . The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Mark Twain Her battle-flags bear the mold and the dust of centuries, her marts are deserted, she has shrunken far within her crumbling walls, and her great population has diminished to twenty thousand souls. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edgar Rice Burroughs Never would he see one of his own kind again, nor could he bear the thought of returning to the cabin. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is a wonder the carpets will bear this kind of treatment at all, and do not be off at once to mingle with the elements: I never saw things that hung to life by such a frail thread. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Do not imagine that I bear malice; no, you have tamed me, as you say; but it must be confessed that in taming me you have lowered me; by bowing me you have convicted me of weakness. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Willa Cather Somehow it will take more courage to bear your going than everything that has happened before. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

George Gissing After all, it was very unlikely that Dagworthy would offer to bear the expense of the lost hat. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Benjamin Disraeli The household were discharged, all the affairs were wound up, the felucca hired which was to bear them to Genoa, and in readiness, before he notified to them that the hour of departure had arrived. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

H.P. Lovecraft When the head came out it was observed to bear a neat Albemarle wig, and to possess a thin, calm, undistinguished face which seemed somehow familiar to both Ward and the artist. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell He can’t bear to hear Fred spoken of. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H.P. Lovecraft They bear evidence of water action, as if this part of the world had been submerged and come up again after long ages — all since those blocks were made and used. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Virginia Woolf Each one of her fourteen days thus promised to bear some bright illumination in its sober text. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Sometimes he had sharp, swift pains in his head, and again there would be long hours of languor when he could scarcely bear to change his position or lift a pen. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

D. H. Lawrence I know she can’t bear me already, for all the fuss and upset I cause. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She could never bear even to look out of a high window. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Kingsley Then the eyes paled and faded; but still they sought for her painfully long after she had buried her head in the coverlet, unable to bear the sight. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Frances Hodgson Burnett She must be prepared and she could bear anything in the rapture of her joy. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Morgan Robertson The bear would furnish food; but they needed fire, to cook this food, keep them warm, and the dangerous inflammation from their hurts, and to raise a smoke to be seen by passing craft. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

E. F. Benson I can’t bear to think of hurting Georgie, but it will hurt him less if I show him beforehand he’s got no chance. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell It is, or ought to be, enough for him to have one great desire, and to bring all the purposes of his life to bear on the fulfilment of that. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing Lilian meant, of course, that she could not bear to disappoint him, and to make confusion in their hostess’s arrangements. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The bear had returned upon a similar mission; he was calmly distending his cheeks with the contents of the broken box. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Later on we discern how fragile is the woof of sentiment to bear the wear and tear of life. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Strangers, going by, have taken it for a bear garden. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Therefore as we desire that the earth should always have and bear something that is useful for us, so we think that we should not let the table be altogether empty and void of all provision. Symposiacs by Plutarch

I could not bear the employment. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H.P. Lovecraft But he could not play to another his weird harmonies, and could not bear hearing them from another; nor could he bear having anything in his room touched by another. The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Thomas Hardy For poor Lucetta they took no protective measure, believing with the majority there was some truth in the scandal, which she would have to bear as she best might. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Morrison When they come for it you’ll bear me out, sir, won’t you? That was the Perrott boy as was put up to do that, I’ll be bound. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

If her language seems too flowery — too kissy-kissy — you must bear in mind that in romantic girls affection is apt to take such shapes. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope But he would have been equally angry had Aylmer called her Clara. ‘My cousin,’ said Will, stoutly, ‘is able to bear slight fatigue of that kind without suffering. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

I think she will be able to bear it. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Curtis and Falsten are certainly in the best condition amongst us, and in spite of their extreme emaciation they bear up wonderfully under the protracted hardships we have all endured. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Robert Louis Stevenson I propose instead that you should take me with you, a bear in chains, to Baron Gondremark. I am become perfectly unscrupulous: to save my wife I will do all, all he can ask or fancy. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle As they swept gravely in by twos and by threes, with bended heads and muttering lips there were few who did not bear upon them some signs of their daily toil. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Alfred Ainger His income was steadily rising, and he no longer had to bear the pressure of inconvenient poverty. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I can’t bear to hear you talk about her like that. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I just felt that I couldn’t bear Josie Pye’s scorn. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

A. E. W. Mason With the heaviness of a bear he still padded. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

George Eliot But then the other folks ’ud come to know it at last, and I couldn’t bear that. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Thomas Hardy They seem to be one person split in two! And with her unconquerable aversion to myself as a husband, even though she may like me as a friend, ’tis too much to bear longer. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope I always am a bear when I am not pleased. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell You would not bear the dulness of the life; you don’t know what it is; it would eat you away like rust. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

M. P. Shiel Three days before Christmas a bear came close to the ship, and then turned tail. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

D. H. Lawrence Oh, I just couldn’t bear it. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Edith Wharton Glad to see you all the same, Weston; don’t bear you the least grudge. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins Ah, look at that witness against me! I can’t bear even to see it!” She abruptly left him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope It had been represented to him that this odious romp had been no more than a minuet; but he did not bear in mind that his wife had been no party to that misrepresentation. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

To bear a burden is precisely to carry it instead of. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

D. H. Lawrence She knew it was a vulgar thing to do; her father and mother could not bear it; but the nostalgia came over her, she must be among the people. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

How much better is it to bear with patience whatever shall happen! Whether Jupiter have granted us more winters, or [this as] the last, which now breaks the Etrurian waves against the opposing rocks. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Wilkie Collins Pray bear with me for a little longer. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He is coming merely to bear you company. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The Moonites shall restore to the other stars their autonomy, shall not bear arms against the Sunites, and shall conclude with them a mutual defensive alliance. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Henry Handel Richardson Was the last stroke to be put to Elsa’s wish-washy shallowness by her inability to bear a healthy child? Well! they would do their duty, no matter at what cost. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

It is ful wise to bear an evene minde, At everich hour the foe his foe may finde. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Thomas Hardy Last night, when you did not come back, I could not bear it — I could not! Only let me be with you, and see your face, Harry; I don’t ask for more. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

People should either keep straight or have no relatives to bear the brunt of their villainies. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

And unfortunately this was no more than the literal truth; she really could not bear it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Henry James If for reasons of her own she could bear the sense of Sir Claude’s displeasure her young endurance might have been put to a serious test. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope I didn’t bear it well when I swore that I would put him in prison for robbing me. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

William Makepeace Thackeray He could not bear the place or the servitude. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Guy de Maupassan I was mad with rage! I would have killed you both if I could! “I said to myself: ‘He shall never marry Suzanne—never! He shall marry no one! I could not bear it. A Sister’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Upon which account it is that bleak mountains, exposed to cold winds and snow, bear firs, pines, and the like, full of pitch, fiery, and excellent to make a torch. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Tobias Smolle All his fortitude was insufficient to bear him up against this torrent of misfortunes; his resources were all dried up, his invention failed, and his reflection began to take a new turn. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing And he says “think you” for “thank you,” and he sings—oh, to hear him sing! I can’t bear the man. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Walter Scott I bear an aegis about myself against what I should else have feared. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Andrew Lang In the meantime the smith had carried the cap to the castle, and bade a servant belonging to the knight’s youngest daughter bear it to her mistress. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He looked for the hundredth time at the ragged staff of the Warwicks carved above the bear, the poor bear which had lost its ears if it ever had any. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Wilkie Collins These were Mrs Jennet’s last words: ‘Miss Urban sent for me to bear witness, before her niece, to the cruel deception by which she had suffered. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Andrew Lang I shall take care that you shall not hurt my people any more, because you will become a bear yourself. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Francis Bacon I have also thought it worth while to try whether the proportions can be calculated which intangible or pneumatic bodies bear to bodies tangible. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope He passes on to declare in the next sentence that he receives such consolation from philosophy as to be able to bear all the ills of fortune. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

It does not change the nature of the case to say that Tennyson and Longfellow and Emerson sold the poems in which they couched the most mystical messages their genius was charged to bear mankind. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

He winced: but all was overbalanced by this, that Skinner had not come to bear witness for the Plaintiff. Sergeant Saunders rose with perfect dignity and confidence,. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Thomas Hardy Od plague you, you young scamp! don’t put anything there! I can’t bear the weight of a fly. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Isabella Bird It is not, in fact, convenient to give dinner parties in New York; there are not sufficient domestics to bear the pressure of an emergency, and the pleasure is not considered worth the trouble. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Rudyard Kipling I went to him and said, “Now, what does this nonsense mean?” Don’t laugh, dear, I can’t bear it. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Theodore Dreiser He thought once of going to Mrs. Cowperwood and having her bring pressure to bear on her husband, but afterwards he decided that that would not do. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope He, like Icarus, had flown up towards the sun, hoping that his wings of wax would bear him steadily aloft among the gods. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev Antipka could not bear it, and he came away from the crack. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Louisa May Alcott I’m very sorry I was so cross, but I can’t help wishing you’d bear it better, Teddy, dear. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins It was not in human endurance to bear his contempt. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing A friend in Wattleborough will house for us what we really can’t bear to part with. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson Dear vague thing! She missed her boat and can’t bear hotels and telephoned. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Edith Wharton Still, even Varick’s stanchest supporters admitted that he was not meant for matrimony, and Mrs. Varick’s grievances were of a nature to bear the inspection of the New York courts. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Robert Green Ingersoll These are the highest titles humanity can bear — and every title you add, belittles them. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope She had never spoken of her love; for her mother’s sake she had been silent; for her mother’s sake she had determined to suffer and be silent — now, and ever! Well; she would bear this also. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

William Morris So Birdalone arose and said: How shall we bear him to his place? Shall I not take him by the shoulders and thou by the legs? For I am stronger than thou after all these years. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

George Meredith I can’t bear it now I’ve seen you look soft. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne Made of forged steel, and breech-loaders, they ought consequently to be able to bear a considerable charge, and also have an enormous range. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins He asked but two favors during the interval which was to elapse before he saw his wife again — to be allowed to bear it in his own way, and to be left alone. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

They serve dainty lunches and bear some “whimsy” name out of children’s books. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Winnie after the death of her father found considerable consolation in the feeling that she need no longer tremble for poor Stevie. She could not bear to see the boy hurt. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith I can’t bear it!’ ‘How now? What is it now, Jack?’ said Evan. Mr. Raikes pointed at the dog. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Ah, that rigidity! It is impossible to bear the terror of it. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Abraham Merri How acute had been the strain of our journey I did not realize until I tried to stand — and sank back, leg-muscles too shaky to bear my weight. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

John Morley The changes in France he allowed to bear little resemblance or analogy to any of those which had been previously brought about in Europe. It is a revolution, he said, of doctrine and theoretic dogma. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Oscar Wilde He could not bear the idea of reproaching him any more. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

It was no more part of Patrick than was the despair that had filled him when he wrote: “I’m sorry, but I can’t bear it any longer. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He could not bear her to see his worn face too closely. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry Handel Richardson Cuffy couldn’t bear it any longer; he pulled his hand away (Papa didn’t notice) and let Papa and Luce go on alone. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Mary Webb As long as she wore the dress it would be there, like the stigma of pain that all creatures bear as long as they wear the garment of the flesh. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope There are some things John, which no woman should bear or need bear. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

D. H. Lawrence He rises, and stands trying to lift his numbed and powerless arms, while the bear slowly crushes Ciccio, and Kishwégin kneels over her husband. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Isabella Bird The fever still continuing, I found it difficult to bear the movement of the horse, and dismounted two or three times and lay under an umbrella by the roadside. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

She tried to bear the blow bravely, and listened with a gentle patience to Gilbert’s reassuring arguments; but it was a hard thing to bear. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The man should bear rule in the house, not the woman. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

D. H. Lawrence She could not bear him, critically, and yet she enjoyed being rushed through the dance, and tossed up into the air, on his coarse, powerful impetus. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens I could not bear the daily torture of hopelessly loving the dear one whom I will not name. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

If there’s any disappointment to be borne, I’ll bear it like a man; I’ll go back to the Park, and you shall never be bothered with me again. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Isabella Bird About 100 married couples reside permanently at the St. Nicholas; it does not, however, bear the very best reputation, as it is said to be the resort of a large number of professed gamblers. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

D. H. Lawrence She could not bear to come to, to realise. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The bear waited until he was out of sight, and then followed him slowly, for he felt in his heart that the boy’s advice was good, though he was too proud to say so. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope This was a heavy blow, and one which Ferdinand Lopez was not the man to bear with equanimity. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It overwhelmed me now that I should never be able to bear that, and it made me let myself go. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Maria Edgeworth All yesterday, all last night, Helen, what I have suffered! I could not bear it any longer, and then I thought of coming to meet you. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell She had been brought up rather in a school of Spartan endurance than in one of maudlin self-indulgence, and could bear many a pain and relinquish many a hope in silence. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Well, Pen, how are the folks?” He looked half-way round for her answer, and with the eye thus brought to bear upon her he was able to give her a wink of supreme content. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Oxford I was determined to make my home; and also to bear my future course utterly untrammelled by promises that I might repent. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell I can’t bear to think of your lonely position if anything should happen to my father. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Olaf Stapledon At this point I will report a verbal fragment of communication which is typical of most that I have received, and seems to bear out many of the foregoing inferences. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Machen And they all bear witness to an extraordinary exaltation of the senses. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

As yet our friend does not venture to bear his honors; his wife merely puts ‘La Comtesse du Bruel’ on her cards. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

George Meredith Let him open his arms to me, I go; I follow him as far as my feet will bear me. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope Her love was powerful, but so also was her pride; and she could not bring herself to bear the scorn which would lay in Lady Lufton’s eyes. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell They would have scorned to speak of what they had to bear to any one who might, from his position, have understood it without their words. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell Or she would look straight up through the quivering air, as long as she could bear its white dazzling, to try and see God’s throne in that unfathomable and infinite depth of blue. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Siegfried and Kriemhild, as the tale doth tell, gave the messengers such store of gifts that their horses could not bear them to their native land. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Robert Louis Stevenson Herr Doctor, I am convinced you will not fail to bear me out. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence He might have anything of her — anything; but she did not want to KNOW. She felt she could not bear it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

William Henry Hudson And bear in mind, my son, that I am not rebuking you for a want of knowledge; for I know that for many deficiencies you are not blameworthy. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

H. G. Wells Trafford brought his mind to bear upon the instances of contentment about him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

James Joyce It is all very well for the man: he can go his ways as if nothing had happened, having had his moment of pleasure, but the girl has to bear the brunt. Dubliners by James Joyce

She who had been queen of his heart and the idol of his life could not bear to receive cold looks and careless words, and to be looked upon as an encumbrance and a trouble. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Meredith It seems to bear a resemblance. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope But George Voss, sitting there on his bedside, thought that he could go through it all, if only he could induce Marie Bromar to bear the brunt of the world’s displeasure with him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I kep’ him off an’ on till he couldn’t bear it no longer; then he went an’ married a common slut of a thing, just because he thought it ‘ud make me mad. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle As he prospered and grew rich he might well have worn a sword, but instead he would ever bear a small copy of the Scriptures bound to his girdle, where other men hung their weapons. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins She was not fit to bear them yet she said, and signed to the servant to lead me out of the room. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing What temptation? Will it bear putting into words?’ ‘Oh yes, I think it will,’ answered Miss Barfoot, with her gentlest smile. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry Kingsley What are you going to do when he is gone? are you going into the Church?” “Oh, no!” said Charles, “I couldn’t bear the idea of that. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope Most young men have to go through that disappointment, and are enabled to bear it without much injury to their prospects or happiness. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

However little He may be attached to the World, He never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Elizabeth Gaskell They set up such a cry of despair as they guessed the truth, that Margaret knew not how to bear it. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Maria Edgeworth Suddenly turning, Beauclerc exclaimed — “Borne with me, do you say? ’Tis I that have to bear — and by heavens!” cried he, “more than I can — than I will — bear. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

R. D. Blackmore There is no fear of any interruption here; so, Mary, I will tell you, if you are sure that you can bear it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Eliot Sketch the lower ground taken by Usher and those men, but bring all your force to bear on marking out the true High–Church doctrine. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Elizabeth Gaskell She could not bear the gaze of pitying eyes; she could not bear even Victorine’s fierce sympathy. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Rafael Sabatini And so Ibrahim was forced to suffer the further mockery of summoning his slaves to bear away the lifeless body for which he had paid in lively potent gold. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

The image of the Saviour was now carried forwards on a platform, with the heavy cross appearing to weigh him down; and on the same platform was Simon, the Cyrenian, assisting him to bear the weight. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

He just can’t bear what’s said about us any longer —and I don’t wonder! He done his best, and so’s we all. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Charles Dickens I got up and ran back to him, and heard him say, before he knew that I was there, that he could not bear his life much longer, and if it was not for the child, would wish to die. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I told you that on that first evening he began by being as rude as a bear and as cold as stone, and then became suddenly friendly. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Thou, when the rosy morn restores the light, First arm thy soldiers for th’ ensuing fight: Thyself the fated sword of Vulcan wield, And bear aloft th’ impenetrable shield. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H. G. Wells After a time the bear went away, but in an hour he was back again. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Leon Trotsky He couldn’t bear approaching real life at a tangent. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He could not bear to terrify his daughter by a full explanation of the danger she was incurring; he could not bear to delude her with false hope. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

M. P. Shiel When they could bear it no longer, they must have finally opened the door, hoping that by then, after the passage of many days perhaps, the outer air would be harmless, and so met their death. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope But in order that something of the Republic might be preserved, it became necessary to bear with Cæsar. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

D. H. Lawrence I’m sure I am the last person in the world to bear malice. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling They bear not altogether unfamiliar names. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

At five o’clock next morning, being unable to bear the closeness of my cabin any longer, I dressed myself and went on deck. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Even though Agnew was dead, I could not bear to leave him, but felt as though I ought to share his fate. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Rudyard Kipling I bear witness — I bear witness’— the lips were forming the words on his ear —‘that there is no God but — thee, beloved!’ Then she died. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Between ourselves, he does not bear any too good a reputation. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

James Joyce The bear Sackerson growls in the pit near it, Paris garden. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith Now let me confess: I grew frightened; Mr. Warwick was “off his head,” as they say-crazy, and I could not bear the thought of those two meeting. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Meredith Such was the mind Lady Arpington brought the world’s wisdom to bear upon; deeming it in the end female only in its wildness and obstinacy. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jules Verne Young ice formed during the night, and if snow fell it would soon be thick enough to bear the weight of a man. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

D. H. Lawrence Connie could not bear to see him. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

In considering transitions of organs, it is so important to bear in mind the probability of conversion from one function to another, that I will give another instance. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Henry James I couldn’t, in short, I found, bear her being so keen about Mrs. Server while she was so stupid about poor Briss. She seemed to recall to me nobly the fact that she hadn’t a lover. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Charles Dudley Warner His stream of intellect is too small to bear expansion — it spreads into mere surface. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Frances Hodgson Burnett She did not know how she could bear it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am not sure whether it was very wise in Mr. Gray. He himself looked afraid of the consequences but as if he was determined to bear them without flinching. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Here I bear your sword that ye gave me, good knight and true. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Anthony Trollope It is a deal better for me to be at home with my father; my heart’s nearly broken with all I’ve gone through; but he’ll bear with me, for he’s used to me. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Guy de Maupassan If he commits any breach of manners towards you, you cannot bear any malice, he is so pleasant when you next meet him. The Effeminates by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith How fond he was of his girl! Well, bear in mind that father was proud of you, and hold up your head wherever you are. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Andrew Lang He thought she used to prowl about in the daytime, find tracks of a bear or deer, watch where they went to, and then say the beast’s lair had been revealed to her in a dream. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence I want the world to hate me, because I can’t bear the thought that it might love me. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith When I hear beautiful singing, even from a woman they tell tales of, upon my word, it’s true, I feel my sins all melting out of me and I’m new-made: I can’t bear Ned to speak. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Virginia Woolf This world is but a thoroughfare, and full of woe; and when we depart therefrom, right nought bear with us but our good deeds and ill. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

We must hunt them up, Fenton. Can’t bear to see old friends drop away from good company. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

M. R. James And then they saw what it was that had given the poor boy such a fright, and they guessed why the horse went mad, for you know horses can’t bear the smell of dead blood. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Rudyard Kipling Get hence, the hearse is at your door — the grim black stallions wait — They bear your clay to place today. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

I, at last, asked the reason of this, and why they did not remonstrate? “Because, madam, no American gentleman or lady that keeps an inn won’t bear to be found fault with. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

True heart and strong, with love to light— Will they not bear me in the fight To order, shun or wield or mould My Destiny? Unpublished Poems of David Mignot. The song was over. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George MacDonald You would be nobody then, and I could not bear that. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

H. Rider Haggard These old hands are too feeble to dig a grave, nor could I bear her there alone if it were dug. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard