Phrases with "before"

The vapours continued to thicken around it, until they resembled the black, heavy, compressed sky masses seen before a bad thunderstorm. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Reaching the causeway over the river bed, he saw that he would not have very much time before him, as the tide was beginning now to flow in steadily. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

It should be an hour or more yet before they are here. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James There!” Mrs. Gereth turned her back and, with a fine imitation of superiority, began to redress the miseries immediately before her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Lying on her sofa with her eyes fixed in listless abstraction, the scene at Rovigo flitted unceasingly before her languid vision. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Just before noon they reached the gate in the further wall. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

You stock me up with books before Yefim comes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing Nancy had written to her father, a short letter but affectionate, begging him to let her know whether the improvement in his health, of which he had spoken before she left home, still continued. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells Dear, you’re still only a young man; we’ve thirty or forty years before us—forty years perhaps or more. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Nikolai Gogol This circumstance, a very insignificant one apparently, caused her to stay two hours longer than usual before her glass. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

Oscar Wilde They had been great friends once, five years beforealmost inseparable, indeed. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The butler had scarcely completed the circuit of the table with the port, before a piercing scream ran through the building, followed by another, and yet another. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Andrew Lang They had not gone far before they reached the castle where the second girl was confined by the power of the dragon with twelve heads, who had stolen her from her home. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne Being thus welcomed as benefactors, neither Mr. Tiffany nor myself felt any scruple in doing full justice to the good things that were set before us. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope The German, at whose hut he had been in the morning, Karl Bender by name, and a servant of his own, had told him that there would be fire about before long. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It was a much more important fact, if one were looking at his genius critically, that he had lived in the days before the general transfusion. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

His apricots, especially, I found most delicious, and I have never tasted better, before or since. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Her doll was perched near her on a chair, and in a sisterly fashion she placed half of her dessert before it. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Edith Wharton The month had been exquisite, and their happiness as rare, as fantastically complete, as the scene before him. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Why else should she want to shut off his view of her? He sent his words to her like letters, as though they left him some time before they reached her. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H.P. Lovecraft It was a long time before I correlated any of these disappointed feelings with the fleeting visual impressions which began to develop. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

When he had ascended about halfway, he was suddenly stopped by an armed Wallachian, who had been kneeling before a shrine in the rock, and seeing the stranger, rose and stood in his path. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Robert Louis Stevenson She looked straight before her for an instant, and then, with a swift and stealthy movement, took hold of her husband’s hand below the table. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

I fancy he’s off my trail now, for he really thinks I sailed from Marseilles the day before yesterday. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Virginia Woolf So, before the looking-glass in the temple of my bedroom, I have judged my nose and my chin; my lips that open too wide and show too much gum. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Bronislaw Malinowski It was easier for influential and important men to maintain their right over their wives before as well as after actual possession. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

In most clubs, before the war, women could get no farther than the entrance-hall. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Algernon Blackwood The recollection of what she had suffered publicly in the Studio a few hours before came into his mind again. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Just before the rent was due at Michaelmas (we paid it half-yearly, by agreement) Gavity put the bill of sale into force. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

Arnold Bennett Despite his serious interest in politics he had read the report before anything else. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James But before she reached it Selina had flung herself upon her in one of her strange but, as she felt, really not encouraging revulsions. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

H.G. Wells But I am afraid he will be a dreadful anxiety, all the same, before he gets into our earthly way with things. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

William Godwin The principal feature they set before us is credulity and a love of the marvellous. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Jules Verne The carriage stopped before a modest-looking house, which, however, did not have the appearance of a private mansion. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Jack London Once again he lived in the lair with Kiche, crept trembling to the knees of Grey Beaver to tender his allegiance, ran for his life before Lip-lip and all the howling bedlam of the puppy-pack. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson My elders used to read novels aloud; and I can still remember four different passages which I heard, before I was ten, with the same keen and lasting pleasure. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser It all came so swiftly, so terribly, she scarcely realized what was happening before the storm was upon her. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

She hesitated,—but surely such knowledge could not have reached him before it reached herself, and so, “No—I do not think so,” she said. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Jules Verne But he shrank from telling the story of his adventures, intimately connected as it was with that of his master; and, before doing so, he determined to exhaust all other means of aid. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

At Lancaster’s I inquired for his gun, was received coolly, and had to pay a heavy bill, which it seemed to have incurred, before it was handed over. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

An’ what’s more, there’ll be trouble among the boys (natives) before vera long. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was halfway down the deck, before he had realised that she was gone. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Washington Irving Nothing of the dream had been real but my burst of laughter, a sound never before heard in that grave sanctuary, and so abhorrent to the ears of wisdom, as to electrify the fraternity. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Elizabeth Von Arnim Briggs, coming in a few minutes before the gong went on the chance that Lady Caroline might be there, was much astonished. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Thomas Hardy These two, with a certain dilatoriousness which appertained to both, were now in the heat of preparation in the bake-house, expecting nobody before six o’clock. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Elio This happened late in the autumn, not long before Sally Martin died. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

She remembered that she had the best part of two hours’ work to do before going to bed tonight. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

I’m afraid Molly would let me have no peace in my life: she’d get tanking at me about Roper before the others. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

Virginia Woolf For the house before the Reformation, like so many houses in that neighbourhood, had a chapel; and the chapel had become a larder, changing, like the cat’s name, as religion changed. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

D. H. Lawrence Will Brangwen had fixed his marriage for the Saturday before Christmas. And he waited for her, in his bright, unquestioning fashion, until then. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

On the contrary, it wore the same arch smile which used to enchant the artist long before in his happy days. Schalken the Painter by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Walter Scott This boy he has left behind him — this Edgar — this hot-headed, hare-brained fool, has wrecked his vessel before she has cleared the harbor. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Henry James But he remained standing before her and said presently, “What is of much more importance is that they don’t like me. The American by Henry James [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle We were within gunshot of our pickets before they would halt, and then they stood in knots and would not go away, but shouted and waved their hands at me. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle When all is well again we shall make our plans and see if we can bring these facts before him, as they have been brought before me. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Never before or since have I seen such a perfect exhibition of self-contained, but all-consuming, rage. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Wilkie Collins He was only irritable when we asked him to take his memory back to the time before his illness; and then he answered in French, “I haven’t got a memory. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell People said how hard it was upon Mr. Wilkins, that scarcely had that wretch Dunster gone off, with no one knows how much out of the trusts of the firm, before his only child fell ill. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Guy de Maupassant The servant, bewildered and in despair, was crying before the door. The Hand (La Main d'écorché) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Henry James You have treated me before the world — convened for the express purpose — as if I were not good enough for you. The American by Henry James [1877]

And there was one other whom Dickson recognised with a peculiar joy—the bagman in the provision line of business whom he had met three days before at Kilchrist. The recognition was mutual. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Leslie Stephen The final catastrophe came in 1784, less than six months before Johnson’s death. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

And would you believe it before he went away on his honeymoon, Arthur brought me the goldfish to keep me company. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Gaston Leroux And he will drag me with him, underground, and go on his knees before me, with his death’s head. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Half an hour passed before anything happened. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

But Lycurgus, before he went, began with the kings and the senators, and thence taking the whole people in order, made them all swear to that which they had promised, and then took his journey. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Henry Adams The last time Henry Adams saw Thackeray, before his sudden death at Christmas in 1863, was in entering the house of Sir Henry Holland for an evening reception. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry James Littlemore explained it in a few words before they returned to their places, admitting indeed that he wasn’t yet able to clear up her present appearance. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Even when he professes an intention of exhausting his subject and affects a logical arrangement, it is not long before he forgets the design and departs from the order. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

He was as lame as a duck from his flying smash just before the Armistice, but all the same he got about at a surprising pace. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sir Walter Scott Beggar’s Opera. After the death of Mr. Bertram, Mannering had set out upon a short tour, proposing to return to the neighbourhood of Ellangowan before the sale of that property should take place. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Arthur Conan Doyle The peaceful penetration of Maple White Land was the pressing subject before us. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anthony Trollope But yet she looked again before she left the shadow of the tower. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

I told him that if anything of the sort happened again I would report it at once to Mr Colles at Durban. I added that before making my report I would beat him within an inch of his degraded life. Prester John by John Buchan

With her mother’s sad experience before her, she would make no loveless marriage, however tempting the prospects might appear to be. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

D.H. Lawrence As she stood before the mirror to put on her hat, her eyes, gazing heavily, met her heavy eyes in the mirror. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry James For whom is that note?” “For Mr. Clement Searle,” said the butler, staring straight before him and dissociating himself from everything. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Pu Songling A cockroach who was crawling before the dogs made a bound, fell on its back, moved again, then remained motionless; the arrow had run through it. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Jack London But before he could cut the strings, it happened. Lost Face by Jack London

I had jumped out of bed and clutched him by the arm before I had any distinct idea of my own whereabouts. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Arnold Bennett A week elapsed before his agitation entirely disappeared, and hence before he could realise how extreme that agitation had been. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope Never before had he dwelt over it so tediously. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling He will get half he gives, and give twice what he gets, till his life’s last breath; and if he lays aside his load before he draws that last breath, all his work will go for naught. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

H. G. Wells He was doing his work before the Last War. I don’t know if he is still alive. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Edgar Wallace The butler came in to ask if he wanted anything before he went to bed, and Tim shook his head. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now it is dark and we must wait for morning before lifting the buoy we lowered today and proceeding seawards. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Let us make haste before the storm breaks. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Edith Wharton But before accepting a seat in your carriage, I must tell you that you offer it to a proscribed man; since I have little reason to doubt that by this time the sbirri are on my track. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

John Galsworthy The doctors’ll be finding something extra-pink before long. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

D.H. Lawrence The dew of a sleep-drenched night glittered before his eyes. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

James Anthony Froude It was too late to take him that night before the magistrate. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim How long will it be before I am able to go about as usual?” “With a stick in three or four days, I should think. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ged! I knew a chap of that name in the Marines who used to drink raw brandy and cayenne pepper before breakfast every morning. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Herman Melville This distempered spirit was lodged, as before hinted, in as distempered a frame. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Jane had been on the look-out on the door-step and, luckily for Hardacre, before he could start making a scene got in her say first. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Walter Scott The maid, who at length answered Tyrrel’s earnest and repeated summons, fled terrified at the scene she witnessed, and carried to the Manse the alarm which we before mentioned. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

But she saw her advantage, and kneeled before him, and put the boy on his knees. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

I could not guess that before many days my old schoolroom would be desecrated by violence, littered with wrecks, with death walking its waves, hiding under its waters. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Charles Dickens The women wear a bright red bodice laced before and behind, a white skirt, and the Neapolitan head-dress of square folds of linen, primitively meant to carry loads on. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Remember there are things that have been heard of before now in love-stories, called ladders. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is a little wine-glass before me in which I will not drink your health. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

They took a long time before they started again, and I was jolly well relieved when they went scouring down the road. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The stranger was back on the footpath before Angus could scramble to his feet, and was beginning to move away by the time he reached the hedge. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Rafael Sabatini Metaphorically they recoiled before her. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Walter Scott Long before daybreak the lists were surrounded by even a larger number of Saracens than Richard had seen on the preceding evening. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

M. P. Shiel I had never before in my life felt quite like that; I hope never to have to undergo such ghouls again. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Andrew Lang Then he remembered that the night before he had disobeyed the orders of the old man. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim The unrest will reach India before long. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

The Indians got there before me, for they had no clothes to put on, and I lost two minutes in looking for my trousers and in slipping into them. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The snake had not moved and appeared somewhat to have lost its power upon the imagination; the gorgeous illusions of a few moments before were not repeated. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

William Makepeace Thackeray He cast his eyes alternately upon them and upon the guillotine, which was before him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

George Meredith But she would be expecting explanations before the reconcilement. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

It was late in the day before he could steady his nerves sufficiently to glance at the evening papers. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

And before the car go first in procession all the maidens of the country, two and two together full ordinatly. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Arthur Conan Doyle It is of the first importance that we should be in our places before it grows dark; so with your permission we shall get started at once. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

We had only one storm before Kendal.’ ‘You must rest now and take your ease. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Meredith My father swept the old man in before him, with a bow and flourish that admitted of no contradiction, and the door closed on them. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edith Wharton Dick, coming home the next morning shortly before daylight, left the house again after a hurried breakfast, and Mrs. Peyton heard nothing of him till nightfall. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

He stared right before him like a man walking in his sleep, and never once looked to either side. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

George Gissing You will know the explanation before long. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle When morning came he rode out before the wall and he held counsel with his knights and squires as to how he should enter in. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson Gladstone, the truculent old man, will quail before the pointing finger of revenge. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anatole France With her cheek in her hand, before the grate, as if she questioned a sibyl, she saw again the face of the Marquis de Re. She saw it so precisely that it surprised her. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Andrew Lang It does not appear that Leyden went ballad-hunting in Ettrick before he rode thither with Scott in the spring of 1802. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray There had been one or two tiffs before between them, and they feared him as if he had been a hogre. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But before I go I must see her. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

And then the preacher would descend, and the elders advance, and the torch-fires would sway and dip before the wind of the mighty roar that went up in triumph from the brethren. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Ivan Turgenev He did not know whether he would be lucky in his new career; he had never before kept an inn, nor had a home of his own at all; he could not sleep. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

But if this seems trifling, and a small matter, I am sure it is no small matter to command and restrain appetite while there are dainties before you to satisfy and please it. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle You, at least, have trusted me, and you have a right, before I become one of your family, to know all that I can tell you. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

By Jen! and he leans oo’er and tuk it; and he sagged like, and so it drew him in, under the mere, before I cud du nout. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Andrew Lang Just before entering it, a glittering carriage came out to meet him, in which was seated a young lady as beautiful as the day, but with a very solemn and serious expression. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

She told him Billy had related everything to her, and if he did not at once hand over the letters, they were going into their friend, the Chief Constable, on the morrow, to lay everything before him. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Now Dora had been quite right in her surmise that the conspirators would have talked things over before she arrived. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

It was a long time before Dora could get to sleep that night. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

He dressed and packed hurriedly, glad to think that if anything had been taken from the vaults he would be well away before the loss had been discovered. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Edgar Allan Poe Every house has a small garden before it, with a circular path, a sun-dial, and twenty-four cabbages. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

To nerve himself for the deadly work before him, he began thinking of a lady whom he had once met — the lovely Donna Lavaca, beloved of El Toro-blanco. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Rudyard Kipling So he endured four hours in the Presence, not stirring one hair, his eyes abased, and the river of feet, from the knee down, passing continually before his eyes. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

One day Becuma came on the lawn before the palace, and seeing that Art was at chess with Cromdes she walked to the table on which the match was being played and for some time regarded the game. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

A fortnight ago you had not arrived, and now you are about to be received by HIM! Never before has it occurred so soon!” “I’m still rather fogged, you know. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Will it satisfy you if both prisoners are held, and their cases decided before the council of gilds, as was first intended?” “Held in the power of Nacoc-Yaotl?” demanded the other scornfully. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassan Listen again: Why did you leave abruptly, the night before last, when the Marquis de Farandal entered? Do you know why?” He hesitated, very much surprised, disturbed, disarmed by this observation. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins To the astonishment of every one, no steps were taken by the legal authorities to clear up this report, and to establish the truth or the falsehood of it, before the trial. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Before the stern realities of life — before sickness and sorrow and the dread shadow of death — that schoolgirl’s vision had utterly melted away. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells The Utopia of a modern dreamer must needs differ in one fundamental aspect from the Nowheres and Utopias men planned before Darwin quickened the thought of the world. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Anthony Trollope Sir Harry before he left his house saw his wife for a moment, but he did not see his daughter. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He seemed to fill the room, speaking words as if they were living things, as if he were taking the world to bits and rearranging it before her eyes. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle We had the reputation of being a mystery ship before we started, and I soon found that it was not undeserved. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Algernon Blackwood A few hours before the spot must have been under water. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

George Meredith And such a revival by any of us would be impolitic, were it a possible attempt, before our systems shall have been fortified by philosophy. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jules Verne Even if we can only crawl on our knees before we get to our destination, we must be there in twenty-five days. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

The niece, who had considerable abilities, had, before she was left to his guardianship, been indulged in desultory reading. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George MacDonald Every human soul to which I had caused a troubled thought, was now grown unspeakably dear to me, and I humbled myself before it, agonising to cast from between us the clinging offence. Lilith by George MacDonald

Jules Verne The gulf observed the night before might have spread farther, and if so they would be cut off from their friends. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

I found the spot all right; but — my usual luck — someone had been there before me. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Andrew Lang At length, however, the lock gave way, and the lid flew open, when, O horror! instead of gold and jewels, she saw before her serpents with glittering eyes and forky tongues. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Elio See to it, friend, before you pronounce a too hasty judgement, that your own moral sensibilities are not of a hoofed or clawed character. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

It was almost before his face as he sat; he could have sworn that it had not before been there. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

E. F. Benson She means to make some little alterations in it before she sends it to the Carlton Galleries.” That was alarming: Elizabeth remembered the “little alterations” Irene had made before. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry James It was not very comfortable, even without him; especially as before she had gone a quarter of a mile she felt that her action had been too marked — she wished she had let him come. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

A great number of courtiers, also selected, occupied the time, before the dancing commenced, in conversing, as people knew how to converse in those times. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Rudyard Kipling The flat-iron dropped down over the tail of the shoal, exactly where the buoy had been, and backed once more before Bai–Jove-Judson was satisfied. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Rudyard Kipling He sailed away Southerly, full spread before the evening breeze, and when we had watched him out to sea, we were silent. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Guy de Maupassan But they were quicker than he, and throwing themselves against the grated door, they pushed it to before he could turn round, and locked him in. The Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens It was in vain for the Doctor in his easy-chair, to try to lead the mind of Mr. Goodchild in the opposite easy-chair, away from what was before him. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Then we went up a creaking outside staircase to his little office, and he showed off before me for a while, with one or two subordinates and the telephone. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

John Lewis Burckhard They had paid him forty-five purses a few weeks before my arrival. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle It was long, however, before Captain Baumgarten had satisfied himself upon the point. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Theodore Dreiser There it ran winding before his gaze, shining brightly in the clear light, between the undulating banks on the right and the tall, tree-covered heights on the left. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Then she suddenly dropped upon her knees and, pulling the blanket a little closer over him, lightly brushed over his forehead with her hand before she glided smilingly from the room. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Maria Edgeworth Lady de Brantefield engaged my mother to be of the party, without her having any suspicion that she would meet the Monteneros. We arrived in time to secure the best places, before the auction began. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett Edwin had been amazed at his luck (he accepted the windfall as his own private luck) when he first saw the bought furniture in the new house, before the removal. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells We crawled, as it seemed, a long time before we saw either Selenite or mooncalf, though we heard the bellowing and gruntulous noises of these latter continually drawing nearer to us. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Rudyard Kipling She shall remain unmoved at Nagasaki while I roast a battered heart before the shrine of a big Kentucky blonde who had for a nurse, when she was little, a negro ‘mammy. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But before he had a chance to see anything, a waiter came up to the table. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

We respectfully bow before it. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arthur Morrison But he scarcely makes three letters before tailing off into sheer scribble. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Borrow The next day my father also departed, leaving me with the woman, telling me before he went that she would teach me some things which it behoved me to know. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

President’s Address before the American Psychological Association, Philadelphia Meeting, December, 1904. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

She had expected to see Marie-Anne fall dead before her, as if stricken down by a thunder-bolt. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Sinclair Lewis He would at least kill Shad before he got killed himself. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Gaston Leroux I saw sparks fly from those yellow eyes and, before I had time to say a word, I received a blow on the head that stunned me. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Swiftly he rushed on Hagen before the hall, while a great shout arose from all the knights around. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

E. Phillips Oppenheim The bullet was one of those foul things they were using in Chicago before the clean-up. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Sinclair Lewis Poor Cass was so much simpler than most of the criminals who appeared before his wisdom, and any beslobbered pickpocket knew more about the intrigue of love. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I placed the open leaf before my mother. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

William Morris And all this we could no more help than the earthquake of the year before last. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Behind every individual, closes organization: before him, opens liberty, — the Better, the Best. The first and worst races are dead. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Henry James I know! With these eyes I have beheld the departed spirit standing before me as near as you are!” And his eyes, as he spoke, certainly looked as if they had rested upon strange things. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Jules Verne It was nightfall before the promontory was doubled. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sinclair Lewis He drove to the office, tried to dictate letters, tried to telephone and, before the call was answered, forgot to whom he was telephoning. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

He came back and stood before her, and their grave eyes met. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

R. D. Blackmore For before he attained to this exalted state of mind one of his favorite pastimes had been a course of stealthy raids upon the pears in Scargate garden. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

What is there left in Pompeii to speak of after this? The long street of tombs outside the walls? Those that died before the city’s burial seem to have scarcely a claim to the solemnity of death. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Andrew Lang There was plenty to do before he got all the others wakened, for the two doors of the castle were crowded with them all the day long. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Never before had I seen my mother so outraged and disappointed — enraged with Cecilia; disappointed with me. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our own opponents, having a clear course before them, never slackened for an instant, but came thundering down with a jingling of harness and a tempest of oaths upon our rude barricades. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

A glorious prospect of stewpans was before them. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He came to me the night before the wedding that was to be. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]