Phrases with "before"

Robert Louis Stevenson Night had fallen before I ventured forth again. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Bertrand, my daughter’s page, is hot to go; but in sooth he is over young for such rough work as may be before us. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

I want to go round the paddocks with Brat before it gets dark. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He had hardly taken his finger away before my ear detected the shuffling of feet in the passage outside. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Like Fallon, I must have everything ready before I strike. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Kate Chopin Miss Mayblunt begged to be allowed to keep her cocktail untouched before her, just to look at. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Hope I arrived at the town of Zenda at half-past three, and was in the castle before four. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want you to teach them this: that it’s quite possible, at anything like close quarters, for them to tackle a man with either gun or knife, and put him out before he’s had time to draw either. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Sinclair Lewis Maybe you ought to ask her to go before they do get worse. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

With inexorable, stubborn persistency the mother’s memory held up before her eyes the scene of Rybin’s torture. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Walter Scott A band of about thirty spearmen, with a pennon displayed before them, winded along the indented shores of the lake, and approached the causeway. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

The children’s father had been an only son with one sister, Aunt Bee. The children’s mother had been an only daughter with two brothers: both of them killed by the Germans before they were twenty. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis The two thousand was gone before they had been in Zenith a month. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather The balloon descended slowly, a little way from the tent, and the red-faced man in the linen suit caught Molly Welch before her feet touched the ground, and pulled her to one side. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Babalatchi, staring straight before him, hardly moved his lips, while Mrs. Almayer’s persistent lamentations drowned the whisper of his murmured reply intended only for Almayer’s ear. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Shall we ever again get a writer worth reading? But Lawrence was all right, and Joyce even better before he went off his coconut. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle He quickly restored it to his secret pocket, but not before it had been observed by a working man who had seated himself upon the adjoining bench. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H. G. Wells A considerable measure of breakdown, a phase of display, fear and distress, was necessary before they could be disillusioned. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Elio Come, come, I want you to sing us “Ho perduto” before we sit down to picquet. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Rudyard Kipling Then would he kill me before any one in the world, because he loves me. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

It was not her day for having a headache, but she felt that the circumstances excused her, and retired to her room to have as much headache as was possible before the Bishop’s arrival. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Thomas Hardy The family sat down to table, and a frugal meal of cold viands was deposited before them. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Daniel Defoe Here my spouse, talking of my going to Ireland, asked me if I had no affairs to settle at London before we went off. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

George Gissing Frothingham, it appeared, always visited the office of Stock and Share on the day before publication. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It’s a young woman, a Miss Elsie—yes, a Miss Elsie Leeson. Never before in my house—” “What room?” cried the doctor in a terrible voice, to which Mrs. Parker was a stranger. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Rudyard Kipling Very early in the dawn, before the nesting sparrows were awake, there was a sound in the air which frightened me out of my virtuous sleep. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Louisa May Alcott Dirty little boots stood drying before the fire, and traces of the dearly beloved boys, for whom he makes a slave of himself, were to be seen all over the room. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Rudyard Kipling He noticed it first on a moonlight night, and thereafter it was always before his eyes. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Gissing You might have come to speak to me before this — but never mind. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Meredith There was one woman who bowed to him to all eternity! He had inspired one woman with the mysterious, man-desired passion of self-abandonment, self-immolation! The evidence was before him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Somehow I think it will be a long day before he will attempt to play tricks with Dr. Nikola again. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

In the week before Christmas came the second of the chain of happenings which were the prelude to this story. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins When a girl is devoured by deadly hatred of a man, does the feeling show itself to other persons in her face? I must practice before the glass and train my face into a trustworthy state of discipline. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson Her first impulse was to go straight to Richard. But she had not covered half a dozen yards before she saw that this would never do. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen Miss Dobbs declared that there had been certain relations between herself and Bastindoff, before she entered his service, and during her residence in his house. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

It was such a long time before the murder, you see, and to tell the truth I had forgotten all about it. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Andrew Lang She invited John to come in, and set before him some wine and fried fish, and John ate and drank and felt comforted, and he told his adventures to the little fisher-girl. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton In the last important novel before Martin Chuzzlewit, Barnaby Rudge, the hero himself is an amiable lunatic. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I’ve got to catch the one-thirty from Euston and I’ve a lot to see to before that. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Jack London And before the wind we were, and leaping, when Johnson, easing his sheet at imminent peril, cut across our wake a hundred feet away. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle One other remark upon Scott before I pass on from that line of green volumes which has made me so digressive and so garrulous. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Thomas Hardy He entered this movable home of his, lit his lantern, and, before closing his door for the night, stood reflecting on the circumstances of the preceding hours. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The Stone seemed to melt, and almost before he had realized it to re-harden; the intruding hand was gone. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

We never fastened up the lid of the box before locking it in. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Great, therefore was Reïs Hassan’s anxiety to get in first, secure the oven, and buy the flour before dusk. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

John Galsworthy And, stopping mournfully before the seakail or the Brussels sprouts he would shake his head. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing By-the-bye, I ought to have a word with Mrs. Lessingham and Cecily before I go. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The nails gripped and at once the top was firm and steady, and, apparently, held as tightly as it had been before the screws were cut through. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have caught the three-thirty and shall have left the hotel before you get back. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

It only plays a little, just to amuse their Excellencies the English.” “Well, order the horses, and bring the bill; we will go before it is dark. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Simultaneously Rosemary saw him, acknowledging him before placing him; she looked back startled, and, leaving the girl she was with, she hurried over. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Third, Belgium; and I will pause before this landscape. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Anthony Trollope A word too must be said of Marie Bromar before we begin our story. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I think I’ll tell Gill to clean out the work-room before they come. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As he approached her Jane’s heart beat faster and her eyes brightened as they had never done before at the approach of any man. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Victor Hugo Two doorkeepers placed before the bar a stool with three steps. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He had constantly the vision before his eyes, and he strove to strain into the distance before Cuna should intervene. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

George Meredith Ammiani had determined to hunt out Barto Rizzo and the heads of the Clubs before he saw her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Fanny Fern Ruth seated herself in the victim’s chair, before this august body, facing a flood of light from a large bay-window, that nearly extinguished her eyes. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Levantine, by gad! I swore that Sandy and I would make him swallow that word before he was very much older. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Benjamin Disraeli I’ll fine him before he is executed, that I will!’ ‘The young gentleman to whom this pony belongs,’ continued the gipsy, ‘may or may not be a lord. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Ivan Turgenev I grew more composed and looked into her face; as before it expressed submissive sadness. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton On the pavement before he could hear the policeman idly stir and stamp, for the morning, though bright, was cold. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Towards eight o’clock the trend of the country lay upward, and continued so until we had mounted to a considerable elevation, when an extensive panorama was unfolded before us. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dr. Wilmot was reading with lightning-like speed sheet after sheet, making frequent notes in a pocket-book which he had laid on the table before him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

LAMPRIAS. Not for my sake, my dear friend, I beseech you; for I desire to understand, in what manner these men bring in evil things before the good, and vice before virtue. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

William Black I had desired my girls the preceding night to be dressed early the next day; for I always loved to be at church a good while before the rest of the congregation. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Edith Wharton Supplied with these facts, Lily leaned awhile over the side, giving herself up to a leisurely enjoyment of the spectacle before her. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

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]

Andrew Lang You can fancy how quickly she drew it up again, and luckily she had just time to read it before her gaoler had finished her report and entered the room. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Unaccountable as were some of M. Lacoste’s words, she had never known him attempt before to make her the cat’s-paw by which his difficulties were to be solved. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Then you probably got out of the coffin before it was screwed down, and wandered away. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Briefly, it was 9 A.M. before we doubled Point Nyonye, which had now been so long in sight. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

John Galsworthy Sheer nerves at the meeting before him! As Aunt Juley might have said — quoting “Superior Dosset”— his nerves were “in a proper fantigue. To Let by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell But before I went, cousin Holman made me promise that I would come back on the Saturday following and spend Sunday with them; when I should see something of ‘the minister’. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Andrew Lang When they grew up, he sent the eldest to travel and see the world, and three years passed before his family saw him again. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Catherine Helen Spence The use of the hands was taught before the little ones learned to read, but the education of the eye and of the ear, was earlier still. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Virginia Woolf One, it is said, actually knelt in the snow before her. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Isabella Bird The snow was at times three feet deep, and the tracks even of a heavy caravan which crossed before us were effaced by the drift in a few minutes. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

D. H. Lawrence The grass and corn grew lush, but the light of the dandelions was quite extinguished, and it seemed that only a long time back had we made merry before the broad glare of these flowers. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Odd stood far before his horse, nor was it so sure that he did not goad Atli's horse from his hold. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

E. F. Benson It was the third day after his arrival at the house in Long Island, and he and Maud were sitting together by the fire before evening closed in. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Rudyard Kipling It dropped with a clatter, but almost before it touched the flagging of the verandah Mowgli had leaped clear, and was standing with heaving chest in the open. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Charles Dickens He went to Westminster, at the head of four thousand men, and on his knees before the King, represented to him the bad state of the country, and petitioned him to summon a Parliament to consider it. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle Master Pettigrue had concluded his thanksgiving, and was in the act of rising to his feet, when the musical peal of a bell rose up from the sleeping town before us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Benjamin Disraeli Just before he took his departure, Colonel Albert addressed Myra, and in a rather strange manner. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Seven lapses, before she did anything about them. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

If he were honest and above board, he would go in for her before all the world. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

D.H. Lawrence Then I noticed that a big, blue-checked cloth was spread on the parapet before me, over the parapet of heaven. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Sigmund Freud On the day before the dream the housekeeper's attitude was reinforced by that of the maid. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

She had resumed her attitude, one hand resting lightly on the piano, before old Nelson got up to the top of the stairs. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Never before in his life had his heart beaten as it was beating now. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

A. E. W. Mason He sits here, the pageant takes shape before him, he sees himself taking his part in it. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle We have heard, before you entered, the evidence of Sir Charles Trevor. He has no personal complaint. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James The idea of his security became supremely dear to me, and I asked myself if I were the same young man who had come down a few days before to scatter him to the four winds. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Charles Dudley Warner Garcilasso was thrown back in his saddle — his horse made a wide career before he could recover, gather up the reins, and return to the conflict. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

As we approached the quarterdeck we perceived the steward, a prey to a sort of sacred horror, holding up before us the captain’s trousers. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins There may be more news for you before post time. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

I left London before three this morning to come and say good-bye to him and I’d stop a few days if it were not imperative that I should be in the city tomorrow. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James But before I went I asked her why Linda should regard my young man as such a parti; it didn’t square after all with her account of the girl’s fierce ambitions. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Our little army melted away like dew before the sun. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

It wasn’t so in Doncaster, I can promise you, before your father engaged me. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Oscar Wilde On being brought before the judges, however, he begged to be allowed to withdraw the former plea, and then pleaded guilty to two of the indictments which were not of a capital nature. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then we shall get on to Winchester, for I should desire to see Miss Dunbar before we go farther. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Victor Hugo Gwynplaine was the religion of Dea. Sometimes, lost in her sense of love towards him, she knelt, like a beautiful priestess before a gnome in a pagoda, made happy by her adoration. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hughes They generally finished their regular games half an hour or so before tea-time, and then began trials of skill and strength in many ways. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

I loved and was loved; but almost before I had time to realize my happiness a knowledge of my real position sprang up before my eyes, and I was cast down into the depths again. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Frederick Marryat The Intendant left her to recover herself before he again addressed her. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Andrew Lang Almost every day the grocer would come to have a chat with Mr. Mackay, and the visitor, alone of the natives, had the habit of knocking at the door before entering. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The officers who’d been there before had left a few books behind, mostly sevenpenny editions and nearly all of them the kind of tripe that people were reading in those days. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud The dream was dreamed in Bellevue, a few days before my wife's birthday. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

It was a vast, luminous dream in which his whole life seemed to stretch out before him like a landscape on a summer evening after rain. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

In this way, De Guiche, you see, that any children we may have will run a good chance of being pretty, if my wife and myself have handsome models before us. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Olaf Stapledon The Fates had made him to have some glimpse of the dawn, before his fighting friends: Woe to him if he closed his eyes. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang He went towards it, and perceived before him an old castle, with the door standing open. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew you for a stout seaman, you rogue, before you took to this long-shore canting. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

H. Rider Haggard That you give me £500 for my services on the trip before we start, I undertaking to serve you faithfully till you choose to abandon the enterprise, or till we succeed, or disaster overtakes us. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Morrison The hand is cut off and taken away, but whether the atrocity was committed before or after the hanging of course I can’t say. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather Your father got in before you, and he has the papers upstairs. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

William Hope Hodgson When, at last, he did come, the Second and the Mate joined in giving him a good dressing down for a lazy sojer; so that several minutes passed before we were on our way forrard again. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells Then off went everything like dead leaves before a gale, a vast hired yacht to the Baltic, to Maine, Newfoundland, and the Saint Lawrence River, and the strangest people packed aboard. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Henry James The whole occasion on which the first symptom flared out is before me as I write. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Arthur Morrison I ran too, but I could not gain on the figure, which receded farther and more indistinctly before me. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

He read it through and then, seating himself at the breakfast table, poured himself out a cup of coffee and buttered a piece of toast, before he spoke. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jane Austen They had not remained in this manner long, before Elinor perceived Willoughby, standing within a few yards of them, in earnest conversation with a very fashionable looking young woman. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

The others had grasped now that he was drunk — that he must have been drinking before he met them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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]

George Gissing March!” And before very long they were side by side in the vehicle, speeding along the level road towards Castellammare and the mountains. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Abraham Merri Up thrust the Shape before us. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle But I have been running round making inquiries before I came to you. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson I parted first from one and then from the other with unfeigned regret, but yet with the glee of the traveller who shakes off the dust of one stage before hurrying forth upon another. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle High reeds of a peculiar type grew thickly before us, which were pronounced to be equisetacea, or mare’s-tails, with tree-ferns scattered amongst them, all of them swaying in a brisk wind. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Already in the door of the passage he had achieved, from that point he looked at the scene before him with an impulse of loyalty and devotion. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Oswald understood and flashed a grateful look his way before saying: “You will make the attempt at night?” “Certainly.” “And on Saturday?” “I’ve said it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis Where would you like to go? And shall we go to a movie or something to kill time before dinner?” “You won’t — I’m not doing wrong, am I? I really feel as if I knew you. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jane Austen Long before it had taken place my opinion of you was decided. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was long before his ideas arranged themselves, and for a long time after no plan of operations which had a promise of success suggested itself. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Well, then, look round you on every side, and judge whether I am not eclipsed — I, the king of France — before the monarch of these wide domains. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

I told you before this gentleman came here that I did not mean to marry. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He followed me a pace or two, however, before I reached the door, looking horridly angry, but stopped, and only swore after me some of those “wry words” which I was never to have heard. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim I place them before her and wait while she writes out her message. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Joseph Furphy This nonpareil lies before me now, on an old, cracked dinner-plate, with my knife and tobacco. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The delicious food had been eaten, a plate of fruit still before us. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson And then the first of the two stages swooped upon the Toll House with a roar and in a cloud of dust; and the shock had not yet time to subside, before the second was abreast of it. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

I guess I can stand it! Twenty-nine, turn out that light before you close the door. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Bram Stoker He left Vienna because, he said, of a cabal against him, and travelled in Europe, particularly in Switzerland, before he went to Paris to seek his fortune. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Wilkie Collins He had found the letter — with the envelope unfastened — on the floor of the bedchamber, and had fortunately secured it before the landlady and the servant had ventured back to the room. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

A red mist rose up before his eyes and he gnashed his teeth in rage. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Jules Verne But as it could not be expected that the “Maria Stella” would come to reclaim the animal harpooned by her, they resolved to begin cutting it up before decomposition should commence. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton Phrases of the newspaper and the pulpit danced before her. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Henry James He did like her! He never brought Cissy back, but Cissy came one day without him, as fresh as before from the hands of Marguerite, or only, at the season’s end, a trifle less fresh. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Wilkie Collins Nothing remained but to show her gratitude to Julian by acceding to his wishes, and to ask pardon of Horace before they parted forever. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the end he so far forgets himself, his terror, and the nature of what is before him, that he rushes upon it as he would upon a man. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Alphonse Daudet There he stood, firm and resolute, before the cage, lightnings in his eyes, and on his lip that gruesome grin with which all the town was familiar. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Abraham Merri Fitfully before the ship and at her sides arose those stranger little swirls of mist that swirl up from the Southern Ocean like breath of sea monsters, whirl for an instant and disappear. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

All September the sun shone like June, and it was well into October before the morning frosts began, and the third week of November before the snow came. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

John Locke He was only to look, that he used them before they spoiled, else he took more than his share, and robbed others. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Anna Katherine Green Accustomed as he was to the varying moods of his remarkable friend, he had never before been met with a reticence so absolute. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

There was silence for a moment when young Barton had finished, and then the Chief Commissioner pulled a writing block before him. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Arthur Morrison But there seemed little reason to look for a long delay before the fight. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne The second officer forgot his duty as an officer, and allowed them to discuss the authority of the captain before him. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Theodore Dreiser I’ve told you before that I can’t marry you — not now, anyhow. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

But when he saw me ready to speak, he remarked: “It is an old crime, perpetrated, probably, before you came into the house. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Did he tell you anything about me before I came?” “Not a word,” I replied. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Florence Dixie Never in his life before had he exerted the great physical powers with which he was gifted to such an extraordinary extent. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Isabella Bird Mirza had to go back into the town to obtain a guard from an official, as the camping-ground was very unsafe, and it was 11 P.M. before dinner was ready. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

M. P. Shiel I prayed from my heart that he would leave her straight away, before she could have the triumph of sleeping once with him. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony stood by the window a moment longer before he returned to his bed. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will keep it before I count five. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. Rider Haggard As we drew near we perceived that they were Colossi of some sort or another, and rightly conjectured that before us sat the three “Silent Ones” that are held in such awe by the Kukuana people. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence It was eight o’clock before she asked her first question. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray Now that inns are establishedenvoys of these pedlars attend them on the arrival of strangers, squat all day on the terraces before your door, and patiently entreat you to buy of their goods. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Algernon Blackwood A vision of incredible grandeur opened gradually before his eyes. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It hadn’t pulled up before she shot out of the hall door and into it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Edith Wharton Would Susy appear again? Perhaps she had done so before only because she had been on the watch. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Just before we left my father said, “Mr. Borlsover, may my son here shake hands with you? It will be a thing to look back upon with pride when he grows to be a man. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Anna Katherine Green Did you see anyone over there — in the gallery, I mean — at or before the instant of this young girl’s fall?” She shook her head. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Half-an-hour afterwards, before we got back, Barrington had been carried home, dying. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edith Wharton The taxi stopped at the door and Tarrant got out and opened his umbrella before he began to hunt for his fare. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Sinclair Lewis He learned the silent humor of the authentic Yankee. Evenings he sat with neighbors on the bench before the general store. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri And before us lay spread the most amazing, the most extraordinary fantastic scene upon which, I think, the vision of man has rested since the advent of time. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Nathaniel Hawthorne It shall pass before your eyes, condensed into the space of a few moments. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Maria Edgeworth There was great variety of different characters and talents at this breakfast; and the Abbé amused himself by making his young friend guess who the people were, before he told their names. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

H.P. Lovecraft In his first delvings there was not the slightest attempt at secrecy; so that even Dr. Lyman hesitates to date the youth’s madness from any period before the close of 1919. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

We shall have brought down, at the lowest computation, eight, before the others are aware of anything — that is certain; then all, there are five of us, will dispatch the other eight, knife in hand. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Just as she had made him to all appearance a good sound Catholic she caught him roasting alive her favourite cat before the kitchen fire. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

He said in a kind of whisper: ‘Hardress Fitzgerald?’ ‘Yes;’ said I, boldly, for the excitement of the scene had effectually stirred my blood, ‘Hardress Fitzgerald is before you. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They had fallen out of the pockets of one of his coats, and she happened to glance over them, she says, before putting them back. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Sinclair Lewis I’d kind of like to know about it, before I pass on. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

For God’s sake, Miss Pym, you talk to her and make her see sense before it is too late. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

At a very early period, before man attained to his present rank in the scale, many of his conditions would be different from what now obtains amongst savages. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang Napoleon often visited his outposts in the night before Waterloo, and Cromwell rode along his lines all through the night before Dunbar, biting his lips till the blood dropped on his linen bands. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Henry David Thoreau The pond had in the meanwhile skimmed over in the shadiest and shallowest coves, some days or even weeks before the general freezing. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Just before we left Ronda a couple, self-evidently the domestics of a good family, got into our first-class carriage though they had unquestionably only third-class tickets. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

What could, what did, all that Ivy had said, and was saying, mean? “There’s something else I must tell you and warn you about, before I ring off. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Anton Chekhov He felt ashamed before his son, and at the same time apparently he wanted to keep up before the women his dignity as cock of the walk, and as a forsaken, unhappy father. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

I bethought me of the way I had escaped before and rushed thither, only to find it blocked by a huge contrivance of stone. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Tressa Norne’s strange and remote eyes subtly altered, and she lifted her head and looked calmly at the men before her. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

John Galsworthy The War, which had promised to go on for ever, had ended just as he was about to join the army, six months before his time. To Let by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott New as Quentin was to scenes of splendour, the effect of that which was now before him rather disappointed the expectations which he had formed of the brilliancy of a court. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]