Phrases with "becoming"

E. Phillips Oppenheim The past week was fast becoming a nightmare to him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

These outbursts were becoming rarer with Sarah, but they were still constant enough to fill the house with uneasiness. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Miles Franklin I wish I could be so dominating, but judging by Grandma and Ma and myself, this progenitor’s progenitiveness is becoming diluted with the generations. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Thomas Hardy When shall it be? Why not a fortnight from now?” “No,” she said, becoming grave: “I have so many things to think of first. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells England is, as a matter of fact, becoming not only more hygienic and rational, but more moral and more temperate. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing With becoming formality they seated themselves in face of the public. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Once, as we were traversing a populous region of the heaven, a star suddenly blazed into exaggerated splendor, becoming a “nova. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing If you are afraid of it becoming known I will do everything to prevent it. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only marriage upon moderate means was gradually becoming more distasteful to him. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Gissing We must save her from becoming wise through bitter sorrow, if it can in any way b” managed. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing Dunfield society was a little shy of him for some time after, until, indeed, by becoming a widower, he presented himself once more in an interesting light. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jules Verne Their anxiety was becoming intense; but, not wishing to betray it, they readily assented to Mr. Fallentin’s proposal of a rubber. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Do you mind long stories?” “No.” Stephen turned towards her, becoming a solid block of attention. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anthony Trollope He had never called her Fanny in his life — not up to the moment when she declined the honor of becoming Mrs. Saul. The offer itself was made in this wise. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Memory faints at the long tale of it, and they were so intermingled, so alike through all their difference that they were becoming one in the great memory. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

George Gissing Miriam is becoming a hypocrite I have noted several little signs of it since Cecily came. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

What meantime was becoming of the fortune of Henry Allegre is another curious question. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And, besides, my mother was, oh! so angry with him for becoming a servant; although, poor fellow, he had tried hard to find something else to do. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell People speak of the way in which harp-playing sets off a graceful figure; spinning is almost as becoming an employment. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Olaf Stapledon A savage tussle was taking place in the trench, and the invaders were becoming masters of the situation. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Looking to future generations, there is no cause to fear that the social instincts will grow weaker, and we may expect that virtuous habits will grow stronger, becoming perhaps fixed by inheritance. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope It was then past four, and the evening was becoming dark, and there was, moreover, a slight drizzle of rain. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence His brother Alfred, in Nottingham, had caused a great scandal by becoming the lover of an educated woman, a lady, widow of a doctor. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Betty was changing; she was dying back; she was becoming what she had been. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

I talked of becoming a private tutor; swore I had heard nothing was so easy — the only things wanted were pupils; and the only way to get them was to go to London and let my learning be known. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

William Henry Bragg If atoms of other kinds were inserted there would be a compromise, the “density” of the β rays then becoming Σk/Σ(1/d). Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Robert, indeed, had done all she could to give to the whole concern a becoming bridal brightness, till even Mrs. Daniel had been tempted to remonstrate. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne He took it, put it between his lips, lit it, drew several puffs, and his head, becoming heavy under the influence of the narcotic, fell upon the table. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Listen to me, Violet. I don’t believe in those reasons which you gave me just now for not becoming this man’s wife. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Already as they came into warmer latitudes, dots and thin threads of phosphorescence were becoming frequent in the black-green water. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The latter was becoming unintelligible; clean-cut coasts and neat regiments of little figures had given place to a confusion of winding and intersecting lines and bald spaces. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

They were beautiful children, and all behaved with becoming gravity and decorum during the ceremony, walking with much dignity in the procession. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Walter Scott But if they supposed Bletson had the least intention of becoming a martyr to his republicanism, or submitting to any serious loss on account of it, they much mistook the man. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

But he showed his difference from the right kind of a boy by becoming lonely. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

It seemed as if, in obedience to a subtle instinct, she had succeeded in becoming one of the greatest of worldly realists by dint of concentrating the whole romance of her nature upon herself. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope As they have to play as important a part in the tale about to be told as our two friends of the Weights and Measures, it would not be becoming to introduce them at the end of this. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Lucy had been carried back by their terrible pursuers to fulfil her original destiny, by becoming one of the harem of an Elder’s son. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

He is becoming a more psychical creature, a romantic figure to be sympathized with, rather than a beast to be utterly condemned. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Lady Morgan I strongly suspect that my father was aware of this, and that he had despoiled the temple, to prevent me becoming a worshipper at the same shrine. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

John Galsworthy It grew dark while he sat there staring out through the long window at the old oak-tree, ample yet bare of leaves, becoming slowly just a shape of deeper dark printed on the dusk. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Already the child’s face and hands were cold and clammy, her respiration was gradually becoming more and more difficult. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The accused was making his living as an artist then and, becoming acquainted with the deceased, upon a few occasions went to his flat in Earl’s Court for cards. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Gissing He seemed at first a little disinclined to go up for the concert, but on Emily’s becoming silent he hastened to give a cheerful acquiescence. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Guy de Maupassant It gave a feeble sound, which grew and vibrated, becoming sharper and louder till it finally died away on the evening breeze. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Anthony Trollope When once the sense that the thing is becoming long has grown upon him, he may be sure that it will grow upon his readers. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He was looking remarkably well, with a clear eye and a clear skin to which recent exposure to the sun had given a becoming rosiness. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

It is putting off our proud maturity of mind and becoming again as foolish little children in the eyes of reason. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope Will you come before the Board today?” “Yes; of course I shall,” said Crosbie, who was becoming very sore. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The terrestrial orbit will bend toward the wandering star, and the earth, becoming its satellite, will be drawn such a distance that the rays of the sun will have no action on its surface. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

But the silence continuing and becoming absurd, I threw my pride to the winds, and my notebook on the table. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Meredith The moment the woman showed sign of becoming an actress, her doom was written. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Towards the end of the fortnight, however, there were not wanting signs to show that the effect was gradually becoming more lasting. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Anthony Trollope With all her labour, with all her care, and with all her strength, she had not succeeded in becoming the master of that weak old man. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence As a reaction against his poetic activity, he felt as if he were gradually becoming more stupid and blind. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen If this were in fact the case, it is still easy to understand why Swift did not marry upon becoming dean. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

My position, as you are no doubt aware, is one of authority, and I do not wish my usefulness to be impaired by becoming the centre of a ridiculous tale. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Thomas Wolfe McHarg was obviously becoming more and more annoyed, and kept pacing up and down, muttering to himself. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells Now apparently it is becoming — frequent. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dick was born several months after the death of two young sisters and his father, guessing what would be the effect on Dick’s mother, had saved him from a spoiling by becoming his moral guide. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Washington Irving The shabby lodgings with Jeffs the butler, in which he had been worried by Johnson’s scrutiny, were now exchanged for chambers more becoming a man of his ample fortune. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Wilkie Collins She wore a long dark cloak; her head was protected by a quaintly shaped hood, which looked (on her) the most becoming head-dress that a woman could wear. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope Or, at least, it would be becoming that he should be chosen now instead of being a chooser. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Then they began to whisper; and, absorbed as Mary had been in her own thoughts, she could not help becoming aware that it was of her they spoke. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Gissing To be told that she cooked badly had long ceased to be an insult, and was becoming merely a worrying truism. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

Virginia Woolf Also, I continued, looking down at the page again, it is becoming evident that women, like men, have other interests besides the perennial interests of domesticity. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

See, it is becoming of a bright orange color!” Jones looked again, rather unwittingly, but what the Russian said was quite true. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope Now, however, he was certainly becoming tipsy, and, therefore, more likely to agree to whatever those around him might propose. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Phoebus, his family and suite, were to be the guests of the Russian consul, and every preparation was made to insure the celebrated painter a becoming reception. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope It is hard to have to change your leader after middle life, and Cicero could only have changed his by becoming a leader himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope Was it not also true that she was becoming tired of her husband? She had twice told Phineas Finn that of all men in the world she esteemed Mr Kennedy the most. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy And though Jude may have had little chance of becoming a scholar by these rough and ready means, he was in the way of getting into the groove he wished to follow. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Theodore Dreiser What do you think, huh?” Cowperwood, schooled by now in many Western subtleties which he had not previously known, and daily becoming wiser, would as a rule give an instantaneous decision. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne Here he had quitted the activity of his mind, as well as he could, becoming a local antiquary, etc. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is the size of an ordinary marble, yellow when unripe, and gradually becoming red, then black: it is full of small seeds. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

A few of you go a step further and add M.D.” “Many of us take our degree as physician at once, Uncle John,” said Roger. “It is becoming quite the custom. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Richard Burton The land of the Pharaohs is becoming civilised, and unpleasantly so: nothing can be more uncomfortable than its present middle state, between barbarism and the reverse. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Victor Hugo In becoming a Mohawk the members took an oath to be hurtful. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Borrow Her hair was becoming grey, and I said that I believed she was older than myself, but that I was confident she had less snow on her head. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

A machine evolves by becoming more efficient, that is, more foolproof; hence the objective of mechanical progress is a foolproof world — which may or may not mean a world inhabited by fools. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope But now the dread of the new aristocracy was becoming worse than that of the old. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope I have some little money, and that sort of manner which many men think most becoming for the top of their tables and the management of their drawing-rooms. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Charles Kingsley A young author’s power of accurate imitation is, after all, the primary and indispensable test of his having even the capability of becoming a poet. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Olaf Stapledon It was partly a reaction against religious orthodoxy and a sentimental morality which was becoming more and more insincere. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins To my thinking, Stella acted with becoming spirit. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

The scene was becoming intolerable to her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins She had also escaped the misfortune, common to persons at her time of life, of becoming too fat. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Even girls who have been good Sunday-school scholars are becoming insubordinate. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Olaf Stapledon For some centuries I gave myself wholly to a ‘Red Indian’ life, becoming a master of the bow and arrow, and a really brilliant tracker. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Ivan Turgenev The lesser virtues were more agreeable and genial than the great ones; but they all appeared in good humour, and chatted amiably together, as was only becoming for near relations and friends. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

But, even so, she had experienced this morning what she had never experienced before—not only a sensation of abject fear, but also as if she were becoming entangled in a horrible, close-meshed net. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Men read them and talked about them, and the writer who signed himself “An Honest Englishman” was fast becoming a recognised power in the world of politics. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

On the contrary, ghosts in fiction are becoming so numerous that one wonders if the Malthusian theory will not in time affect them. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

G. K. Chesterton It might have stood in his way in becoming an amateur. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

She was thrilled with the idea of becoming the mistress of Wardale Court, with its beautiful appointments and set like a lovely jewel in the glorious old park. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

I run the risk of becoming more hungry by coming out to-night, and leaving work that must be finished by the morning. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

A youngish composer in pass of becoming famous was discoursing from a music stool to two thick men whose backs looked old, and three slender women whose backs looked young. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Benjamin Disraeli The chef was the greatest celebrity of Europe; and he had no limit to his staff, which he had selected with the utmost scrutiny, maintained with becoming spirit, and winnowed with unceasing vigilance. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

But, so soon as Jane gave indications of becoming a mother, it was agreed that Betty should attend on her daughter-in-law. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Thomas Hardy Their shadows, as cast by the western glare, showed signs of becoming obliterated in the interest of a rival pair in the opposite direction which the moon was bringing to distinctness. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

I remember that my head felt void and light, as if my spirit were becoming disembodied and leaving its dew-drenched sheath far below. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Anthony Trollope All which was rather strong language on the part of a young lady, but was thought by those other young ladies at Castle Richmond to show the very essence of becoming young-ladyhood. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

To drop figure and use language now becoming familiar, the social organism is in constant growth, and receiving new additions, and each new addition causes us to modify our view of the whole. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Arnold Bennett He seldom ate a meal in the little salons on the first floor without becoming ecstatic upon the cookery. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Theodore Dreiser That night at the flat she was even more lonely — the dull situation was becoming harder to endure. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

You must see La Valliere, and, without thinking any more of becoming her lover, which is out of the question, must declare yourself her most devoted friend and her most humble servant. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Your life is becoming dear to me. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Henry James I had the brightest prospect of becoming your brother-inlaw: wouldn’t that have been it — or something like that? But it’s indeed visibly clouded. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D. H. Lawrence His necessity to go back was becoming too strong for him. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The people, however, were conscious of God’s work, and were becoming dull and apathetic. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But she had at last taught herself to believe that she had more to gain by becoming the wife of such a man as Crosbie than by remaining as an unmarried daughter of her father’s house. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud Feeling himself and becoming aware of his knees refers to masturbation, and corresponds to his fatigue of the previous day . The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James It would have been more becoming in her ladyship’s eyes that he should take this for granted a little more and take the consent of her ladyship’s — of their ladyships’— family a little less. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

D. H. Lawrence She was sent to a young ladies’ school in Nottingham. And at this period she was absorbed in becoming a young lady. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The young man had the choice of becoming a mining or civil engineer, and of entering the government service. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Apart, moreover, from Sterne’s regrets of London, his country home was becoming from other causes a less pleasant place of abode. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Old? if she is not old at this moment, perhaps she has been old, and has a fair chance of becoming so again. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Jules Verne The sun had disappeared twenty minutes ago behind Granite House. Consequently the Eastern horizon was becoming obscured. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Perhaps abnormal temperaments gave rise to becoming tenderness and sympathy. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Isabella Bird Very few succeeded in securing it in the regulation manner, and the scrimmage for this purpose was often on the point of becoming a real fight. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is a little slatternly — it is a good deal stained — it isn’t becoming — it smells of cigar-smoke; but, allons donc! let the world call me idle and sloven. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Marjorie Bowen The cold, white room, the inane Deputy, were fast becoming intolerable. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

H. G. Wells Toleration to-day is becoming a different thing from the toleration of former times. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne They had not as yet had any unpleasant encounters, and the journey seemed on the point of being successfully accomplished, when the elephant, becoming restless, suddenly stopped. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Then, becoming distracted with the remembrance of her misfortunes, “veterum memor illa malorum,” she took off howling into the fields of Thrace: Tum quoque Sithonios, ululavit moesta per agros. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arthur Conan Doyle In that case, regarding Stapleton as an unmarried man, she counted no doubt upon becoming his wife. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Anna Katherine Green Certainly she had to take more than one look at the everyday implements she carried to retain that balance of judgment which should prevent her from becoming the dupe of her own expectations. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Arnold Bennett He could see now that she was becoming excited. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

He had realised that the life to which he had vowed himself was in danger of becoming no more than a blind alley, and that the huge fabric of the Church was falling about his ears. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Especially anything so outré as becoming a best-seller. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope But things around him were becoming so serious that he must do something. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Tobin came back and sat down, and I began to look out for him, for the man’s adversities were becoming frequent. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Edith Wharton You have, I am sure, the heart to face such chances with becoming equanimity, and to carry the weight of conditional honours without any undue faith in their permanence. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Edith Wharton Victor Grindle was, in fact, becoming the man of the moment — as Jack himself, one might put it, had been the man of the hour. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

It was not for me to behold these wonders; I was content to admire the neat and becoming way she used to do it up so as not to conceal the good shape of her head. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Goldwin Smith The minor antiquities of the generations immediately preceding ours are becoming rare, as compared with those of remote ages, because nobody thinks it worth while to preserve them. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

George Gissing We are all here teetotallers simply because we see such terrible results ensue from the abuse of liquor that we choose rather to go without it altogether than to run the risk of becoming its slave. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

John Stuart Mill Already energetic characters on any large scale are becoming merely traditional. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Niccolo Machiavelli Hannibal, having taken refuge with Antiochus, the Roman ambassadors frequented him so much at home, that Antiochus becoming suspicious of him, did not afterwards have any faith in his counsels. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Captain Cockermuth’s suspicions were becoming certainties. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

She proved to be as charmed with it as I was, and by the end of the week following, matters were in excellent trim for my becoming its owner. The Black Lady of Brin Tor by Guy Boothby

Henry Handel Richardson If he stayed here, he would end by becoming as blunt to what was right and fair as the rest of them. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells How does it stand at present?” “It’s so confoundedly childish,” said the Ethnologist, becoming irritated. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

George Gissing Suppose her to have been heart-free at this juncture of her fate, think you she would have found it a whit less impossible to save her father by becoming Dagworthy’s wife. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope Had not that evidence been complete at all points, it would have been impossible to her to think of becoming the wife of another man. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

But what was he—really? She moved about the room restlessly, telling herself the while that living with these people was becoming unendurable to her. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Willa Cather Bandages are as becoming to you as they are to anybody. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, Mr Harding is becoming uneasy at the rumour which he knows to prevail in Barchester on the subject. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens As he decided against entering, and turned away, Mrs. Grazinglands becoming perceptibly weaker, repeated, ‘I am rather faint, Alexander, but don’t mind me. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Thomas Hardy She involuntarily looked at her father so strangely, that on becoming conscious of the look she paled with embarrassment. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope He had partly expected that Marie would join them below, and was becoming fidgety lest she should break away from her engagement. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Men, becoming lovers, ought to do the same thing. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Virginia Woolf By becoming thus marked, first by circumstances and later, inevitably, by her fame, she lost the power to move on equal terms unnoted among her kind; and the loss for a novelist was serious. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Guy de Maupassan Adieu!” Seeing that the situation was becoming grave, he seized her hands and kissed them, saying: “Pardon me, darling; I am nervous and out of sorts this evening. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis Ambitious colored boys becoming gamblers or hoboes because no one will try them at responsible work. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

It is possible that the stems of some plants by spontaneously turning on their own axes, at the proper rate and in the proper direction, might avoid becoming twisted; but I have seen no such case. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope And she thought of the figure of the man and of his nature, and she knew that he would bear it with a becoming manliness. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells In the very days when our political and economic order is becoming steadily more Socialistic, our ideals of intercourse turn more and more to a fuller recognition of the claims of individuality. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Victor Hugo The hold was becoming fuller and deeper — no means of getting at the leak. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne Footprints were also found of the fine blue and silver foxes, which are becoming more and more rare, and the fur of which is worth its weight in gold. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

We have, in the next place, schools attached to factories for the purpose of instructing young apprentices and others who go there, and who aim at becoming intelligent workmen and capable foremen. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Sigmund Freud So far it is on the way to becoming something resembling an obsession, a delusion, or the like, i. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope But his hair is becoming grey, and his back is becoming bent; and men say that he will never live as long as his uncle. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser It might be that his name was becoming very potent in their political world here. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis She was always becoming indignant. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The property-owning classes were becoming more conservative, the masses of the people more radical. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Arnold Bennett While seeking to impress the Englishman, he was merely becoming ridiculous to the Englishman; and obscurely he was aware of this. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She is immediately complimented upon it, by the others, and led to the bath, where she is perfumed and dressed in the most magnificent and becoming manner. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Anthony Trollope It might be that the sores which she would cause to many by becoming the wife of a Post Office clerk ought to be avoided. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton His publishers, Chapman and Hall, seem to have taken at about this point that step which sooner or later most publishers do take with regard to a half successful man who is becoming wholly successful. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

After long endurance in hopes of becoming inoculated with the virus, I was compelled to defend myself with thick gloves, stockings and a muslin veil made fast to the hat and tucked in under the shirt. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

The young lady I am becoming engaged to has nothing but what she earns in a milliner’s shop. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Anthony Trollope And that voice is becoming stronger and stronger every day because you take no steps to silence it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing The same evening Arthur sank into a terrible despondency, a sickness of the heart, exceeding in misery even that bodily suffering to which he was now becoming almost reconciled. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Alfred Ainger The sister’s illnesses were becoming more frequent and more protracted, and the cares of housekeeping weighed too heavily on her. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

After her death John continued to live with his sisters, who were clever and original in mind, becoming the leader in the home circle, where views were freely exchanged on the questions of the day. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Walter Scott His eyes glistened as he looked upon a couple who were obviously becoming attached, and who seemed made for each other. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Jane Austen Her spirits sank under the glow of theirs, and she felt herself becoming too nearly nothing to both to have any comfort in having been sought by either. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Our thoughts, on the contrary, were fast becoming cloddish. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Edith Wharton But his work too was becoming a perplexity. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Jules Verne The boat must keep up an average of nine miles an hour, and the wind was becoming calmer every moment! It was a capricious breeze, coming from the coast, and after it passed the sea became smooth. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

William Henry Hudson And, seeing this, all those things in which we ourselves excel seem poor in comparison, becoming pale in our memories. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Algernon Blackwood It was like becoming part of a softly coloured dream which he did not even realise to be a dream. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

It might be their last opportunity of seeing such a procession, she said, for times were changing and such deep, very deep mourning was becoming out of date. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Teddy will tell you that I was almost babbling in delirium, things were becoming so ghastly, when an idea occurred. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

All she herself had taught them was an unaffected manner and the necessity of becoming married. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Like a prudent householder, he projected improvements as he passed; to one he added a stable, to another a tennis-court, a third he supplied with a becoming rustic boat-house. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope His life was becoming that of a parliamentary official rather than that of a politician — whereas, though Mr Monk was in office, his public life was purely political. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The family question was far too serious a question to be lightly treated A becoming shadow of solemnity stole over his manner. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Thomas Carlyle Democracy virtually extant will insist on becoming palpably extant. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Jack London At first, in a mild way, he had dabbled in philosophy; then, becoming interested, he had drifted on into economics and sociology. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Meredith If people stare at you, as you say, you are very well aware it is not because you are becoming plain. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne The storm could be heard raging without, the snow fell fast, becoming rapidly solid and coating the already frosted window panes with fresh ice. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He tried again by becoming hysterical. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had been ill-used, and the bitterness of it was fast becoming part of himself. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

E. F. Benson Already the evils of decentralisation and overlapping were becoming manifest. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her eyes were becoming like pools of sweet contentment. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Two furlongs from the start, and he was out a good three lengths by himself, with the field already becoming an extended one. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

But should I get it in time? Hunger was torturing me; my brain was swimming; my limbs were losing their strength; my mind was becoming confused. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

They would have been hunting, she decided, and were now in process of becoming drunk as soon as possible. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Sinclair Lewis At least, he enjoyed Peony’s becoming urbanized. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis