Phrases with "blank"

Jules Verne The colonel and the major stared at each other in blank astonishment. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

You were friendless, and you had no resources, and, as you told me, your life was up against a blank wall. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Alfred Ainger The former was gone, and the blank left him helplessly alone. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle Aylward and Nigel stared at each other in blank dismay. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle But in finance there is always the element of luck, which, however one may eliminate it, still remains, like the blank at roulette, a constantly present handicap upon the operator. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle Scanlan tried his luck with a flow of American slang, which was received with the same blank smile. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Rudyard Kipling The cabman left me: but after a while I picked up another man who was full of figures, and into my ears he poured them as occasion required or the big blank factories suggested. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James What was singular was that it seemed not so much an expectation of anything in particular as a large, bland, blank assumption of merits almost beyond notation, of essential quality and value. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

D. H. Lawrence And that was absurd, too, because the men seemed more often than not to hurry away and leave a blank space between them and these women. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

And what are you here for?” I asked point blank and with a bitterness she disregarded. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

T. E. Lawrence Nuri Said had covered the parades with machine-gun sections, who, in one long rattle of fire, barraged them across to blank walls. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Then afterwards Dr. Athol came in, and, with that grave, quiet smile of his, told us to take no notice at all of the Superintendent. He said the police were up against a blank wall. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

The prospect was a blank before her. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H. G. Wells For a moment Elizabeth stared at her with a blank face. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Guy de Maupassant She did not move any more than did the mother, who, now leaning over the body with a blank stare, was weeping silently and watching it. A Vendetta (Une Vendetta) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson When they do not require to go to the office, when they are not hungry and have no mind to drink, the whole breathing world is a blank to them. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

The most spirited sketch from his fingers was a blank to their eyes; the most original observation from his lips fell unheard on their ears. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

After we had duly admired them, I gave him a half-crown as a tip and he thanked me with a blank look of no recognition. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

She had been wont to complain fretfully of the girl’s exuberance; but the blank her absence made struck a chill to the mother’s heart. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton And now he was confronted by this silent hostile house, which seemed to know nothing of him, but stared down from blank forbidding windows as if on an intruder. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Up to the battlements she went, and with old Ravnor searched the blank prospect. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was empty! They looked into each other’s faces with blank astonishment. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Margaret Oliphant The winter months passed like one long blank unfeatured day. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The blank created by this unwonted darkness chilled him somehow, and there was a vague sense of dread in his mind as he opened the door. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Still, I’m generally successful and rarely have a blank seance. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Wilkie Collins On opening the envelope, he had discovered, to his astonishment, that it contained nothing but a blank sheet of notepaper. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Meredith Over the mountains above the Adige, the leaden fingers of an advance of the thunder-cloud pushed slowly, and on a sudden a mighty gale sat heaped blank on the mountain-top and blew. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

G. K. Chesterton And when the ascent ended with a gap in the trees and a blank space of sky, she looked over the edge like one looking into another world. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Mr. Audley repeated his operations upon the lower label, which he removed from the box, and placed very carefully between two blank leaves of his pocket-book. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Meredith They and their chief and her brother were plain to sight, like sample print of a book’s first page, blank sheets for the rest of the volume. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Julian Hawthorne Those blank spaces completely mystified me. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Edith Wharton To his furious summons Cantapresto presented a blank wall of ignorance. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

I told him that I had wakened up feeling uncommonly ill, with a blank mind except for the address of a doctorman in Wimpole Street, and how during the day recollection had gradually come back to me. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

There had been times when consciousness, even the sort of consciousness that one has in sleep, had stopped dead and started again after a blank interval. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Florence Dixie The next moment Lorna was gone with a cold chill at her heart, and a great dull blank before her, and Rory, with a bursting heart and burning tears in his eyes, went below to his cabin. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Thomas Hardy Ah — there’s a nice bit of blank wall up by that barn standing to waste. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Yet ‘The Lee Shore’ was a modern problem play — much easier to swing than blank verse. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

It was the manuscript of a poem in blank verse. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins She sat down for a few minutes thoughtfully, then opened her letter to Norah, and turned to the end where the blank space was left. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Olaf Stapledon No, down here it was hell; and up there, just those blank stars. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence It left Lou in a sort of blank amazement. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

William Cowper So strong the zeal to immortalise himself Beats in the breast of man, that even a few Few transient years, won from the abyss abhorred Of blank oblivion, seem a glorious prize, And even to a clown. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Oscar Wilde The screen had not been set back, and a blank space was visible on the wall. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am going to set down on blank paper the record of events here just in the way they occur to me. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Peter Ruff returned her gaze in blank amazement. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Life was well-nigh a blank to me; a dead level plain that had to be traversed whether I would or not. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

The east side of it on their left was almost sheer, ending in a blank precipice that dropped out of sight without a break. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

He came home, looking as blank as a sheet, moped, lost flesh, and died nine months later. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

On the next Sunday after the thought Grandemont rode, horseback, down to Charleroi. The big, square house with its two long ells looked blank and cheerless with its closed shutters and doors. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Samuel Johnson He writes too often without regular measures, and too often in blank verse; the rhymes are not always sufficiently correspondent. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

He did not know what had happened to him or where he had been during all those months, for his memory was quite a blank all that time. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

G. K. Chesterton I knew pages of Shakespeare’s blank verse without a notion of the meaning of most of it; which is perhaps the right way to begin to appreciate verse. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

D. H. Lawrence This snub-nose face had gone quite blank with a ghastly voidness, void of intelligence, bewildered and blind. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

James Anthony Froude The ‘Book of Ruth’ and the ‘History of Joseph’ done into blank verse are really beautiful idylls. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Then, as suddenly as she appeared, she disappeared, and over everything there fell a blank dismay. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Stiff all over, unable even to move her eyes, she felt an awful mental tension which was like blank forgetfulness. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Henry James Even Mr. Chayter, the immemorial blank butler, who was so like his master that he might have been a twin brother, helped to remind him that he must be good. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

This chance was never offered me before;   For me this infinite Past is blank and dumb: This chance recurreth never, nevermore; Blank, blank for me the infinite To-come. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Wilkie Collins Under the dull blank of his face there appeared the first signs of emotion slowly forcing its way outward. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

A blank yellow wall rose behind overtopping the tree, reflecting the glare. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The two girls stared at him in blank amazement. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Kingsley And on the appearance of the said Cossacks and Croats, the poet’s vision stops short, and all is blank beyond. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

His next movement was to take from his pocket a small, thick book of blank paper; to produce a pencil; and to begin to write in a cramp, compact hand. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Seldom does a man find himself face to face with a blacker prospect than that which lay before Philip Sheldon; and yet his manner to-night was not the dull blank apathy of despair. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

There was another noon when London streets were filled with blank faces and wondering eyes; when a pang greater than that caused by any air-raid seemed to go through the city. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

D. H. Lawrence They looked as if life were a blank to them. Strike-Pay by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

Virginia Woolf You have done your utmost, I say, addressing that blank and brutal face (for he was twenty-five and should have lived to be eighty) without avail. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

If you disturb him now he’ll desert his holt, and we may have a blank day. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The story of his existence was abruptly broken asunder; all the better part of his life was taken away from him, and he did not know what to do with the blank and useless remnant. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He looked at him and tried to smile, but could not, for the tall man’s eyes were blank of any meaning, and gazed at him emptily. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George Gissing She quoted a line or two of Tennyson; the first time I ever heard a woman speak blank verse with any kind of decency. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James The expression that came nearest belonging to her, as it were, was the one that came nearest being a blank — an air of inanity when she forgot herself in some act of sincere attention. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Suddenly, as he watched in a blank sort of way Brother Soulsby take out a penknife, and lop an offending twig from a rose-bush against the fence, something occurred to him. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti What of her glass without her? The blank grey There where the pool is blind of the moon’s face. The House of Life by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

His facility in the handling of blank verse is also remarkable. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Sinclair Lewis And no smoking!” The barn was blank as a blind face. Land by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Beyond the orbit of Neptune there is space, vacant so far as human observation has penetrated, without warmth or light or sound, blank emptiness, for twenty million times a million miles. The Star by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You offer me an asylum from my friends, of whom I am a little weary; you offer me a blank page of life under new conditions. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry James Her defense would be perhaps to look blank and hard; so she looked as blank and as hard as she could, with the reward of an immediate sense that this was not a bit what he wanted. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is like looking into a blank wall. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

And now, the boy loved him for his love indeed; but for the gift — did he care for it? Not so much as he did for the gift of a blank sheet of paper to scrawl signs on. Signa by Ouida

There were half-a-dozen scattered houses, some of which had a blind look, presenting a blank wall, pierced by an odd window and a door, to the passer-by. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope But you are wrong, Phineas. It was not my engagement or my marriage that has made the world a blank for me. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

What harm?” He looked at her in a blank despair. Signa by Ouida

Some morning, when it is too late, you will find that blank which you now leave in your life filled by some painful feeling not to be confessed. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Rudyard Kipling The cabman left me; but after awhile I picked up another man, who was full of figures, and into my ears he poured them as occasion required or the big blank factories suggested. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

John Galsworthy All seemed to go blank within her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling It’s some rot I wrote last night before I went to bed, and it was too much bother to hunt for rhymes; so I made it a sort of blank verse instead. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle I told him that I had come to crave his granddaughter’s hand, on which he turned to me and asked, “which hand?” with so blank a stare that it was clear that his mind was elsewhere. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willems looked at him for a second with a blank stare, then went on — “I fought against her. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

The Picts, the Picti — what in the name of goodness were they? They had troubled me in all my studies, a sort of blank wall to put an end to speculation. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Rudyard Kipling First Camp lasts a week or ten days, and the boys are looked over for vaccination and worked lightly in brigades with lots of blank cartridge. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

His lips framed the words automatically, but they expressed well enough the blank vacancy of his mind. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Olaf Stapledon He would look into all the crannies of that mind, noting here a promise to be fulfilled, there a blank insensitivity, here some passion unexpressed and festering. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Samuel Johnson His blank verses, those that can read them, may probably find to be like the blank verses of his neighbours. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins All the love that she had in her to give to a man, she had given to Amelius. Her heart sank; she asked herself, in blank terror, if she had lost him. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I’ve never been in Ireland.” After that he was silent again, staring at the fire, while I smoked opposite him, feeling pretty blank and dispirited. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

In the middle of the great blank expanse of head there was a tiny button of an ear. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Either the shutters were shut, or there was no light within, for the windows were blank and dark. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I found it in a blank envelope, on my dressing-case, during the evening. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H. G. Wells He stopped point blank when he saw the thing in the recess, and his ruddy face went white. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells It leaves me with life like a blank sheet of paper, and nothing in particular to write on it. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

James Joyce But then Shakespeare has no rhymes: blank verse. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence At evening, after dinner, Uncle Fred and the rector invariably played crossword puzzles with Granny. “Now, Mater, are you ready? N blank blank blank blank W: a Siamese functionary. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

We had kept our thoughts bound to the slow blank minutes. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray How had he fared? His adversary’s weapon had glanced harmless along the blank surface of his polished buckler; and the victory so far was with him. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

H. G. Wells The intelligence is often oddly low, with unaccountable blank ends, unexpected gaps. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson He may have gained the world and lost himself; and with all his wealth around him, in a great house and spacious and beautiful demesne, he may live as blank a life as any tattered ditcher. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Margaret Oliphant The blank which Oona anticipated had closed down upon her with a force even stronger than that which she had feared. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton But it was not only to Mrs. Dressel that her parables were dark, and the blank look in Bessy’s eyes soon snatched her down from the height of metaphor. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Wilkie Collins He produced his little book of blank leaves, and opened it ready for use. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

E. Nesbi This would have left quite a blank in their lives, although they had often pretended to themselves and to each other that they hated housework. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Rudyard Kipling Meantime, carry on with the passes — don’t fiddle over ’em — and give me a blank or two. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James But without you it’s not a blank — it’s certain damnation!” “Mercy, mercy!” murmured Mrs. Hudson. Rowland made an effort to stand firm, and for a moment succeeded. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope But in the middle of the debris stood one blank bottle, with head erect, unsuited to the companionship in which it was found. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He was prepared for the most frantic ebullitions of wrath, for violence even; or for dull, stupid, blank silence. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith I’ll go to bed, and you shall brew me some; and you’ll let no one come nigh me; and if I talk light-headed, it’s blank paper and scribble, mind that. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Edith Wharton Yes — Westmore was alive at last: the dead city of which Justine had once spoken had risen from its grave, and its blank face had taken on a meaning. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was all in blank verse (in which, from this time, he invariably spoke, as more becoming his majestic station). The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

She had only a blank hopeless kind of feeling; a settled conviction that there was no love for her here, and that there had never been any. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. F. Benson She looked at me in blank surprise. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A sailor and afraid of the weather!” “Ha!” She raised her finger, and a smile of triumph played over her face, only to die away again into a blank look of disappointment. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins On this page —” (as he pointed to the family history, his tones strengthened again)—“on this page there is a blank space left, after the last entry, for writing the future events of your life. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

James Joyce Where? The boy’s blank face asked the blank window. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Rudyard Kipling What a pernicious amount of blank the kids seem to have!” It was quite a respectable roar of battle that rolled among the hillocks for ten minutes, always out of our sight. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Gissing At the point to which he had been reduced by several days of blank despondency, Peak was able to find genuine encouragement in visions such as this. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell She made no great resistance to receiving them from Sally, but kept them unopened, and occasionally returned them in a blank half-sheet of paper. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Meredith It’s nigh my last above the daisies: My next leaf ’ll be man’s blank page. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Her blank verse “Washing Day,” descriptive of the discomforts attending a mistimed visit to a rustic friend, under the affliction of a family washing, is picturesquely circumstantiated. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Thomas Hardy Their countenances, instead of wearing the usual knotty irregularities, had a smoothed-out expression of blank concern. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

George Meredith But a fine round silver coin and an urgent request for an envelope, told her as plainly as a blank confession that this was a lover. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope The early part of the past week had been very blank down in those parts. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

I detected myself staring more frequently at the open doorway and blank window than I could find warrant for doing. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. G. Wells And that being done I would blow my brains out and see what vengeance followed my blank refusal to live. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

John Galsworthy He knew from his chauffeur that she had made one more attempt on Robin Hill and drawn blank — an empty house, no one at home. To Let by John Galsworthy

M. R. James The landlord was strongly in favour of Number 17, but Mr Anderson pointed out that its windows commanded only the blank wall of the next house, and that it would be very dark in the afternoon. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Thomas Hardy No sooner had Yeobright gone from his mother’s house than her face changed its rigid aspect for one of blank despair. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Machen My mind was blank on the matter. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Be at the Embassy at a little before and bring a blank certificate with you. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Ford Madox Ford Valentine could see, without looking out of the window, Marie Léonie’s blank face and the equal blankness with which she must have indicated that she did not intend to understand. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Meredith And Henrietta and Owain, Lady Arpington, Gower Woodseer, all the world—Carinthia shuddered at the world’s blank eye on what it directs for the acquiescence of the woman. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Densham started, and looked at Harcutt in blank surprise. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells Lewisham stopped dead at the corner, staring in blank astonishment after these two figures as they receded into the haze under the lights. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

It was all bare — a blank stretch of desert land, with no city in the distance; no purple domes or airy minarets on the horizon. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ford Madox Ford Perhaps Iago had not been speaking blank verse when he had taken his, Mark Tietjens’, resolution. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

I followed the Shadow into the pavilion, up the crazy stair to the room above, with its four great blank unglazed windows, or rather arcades, north, south, east, and west. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

When he told me I was in such an infernal rage that I fired point blank at him; didn’t wait to see whether he was dead or alive, and rode straight back here to warn you. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Walter Scott Died and interred on the spot”— A blank was left for filling up the period. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Villiers also traced his daily, weary, disappointing way to his solicitor, where he found things look more blank and dismal each day. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Sinclair Lewis As Mrs. Novak, padding on thick slippered feet, brought in the hot cloths, Novak appeared with a blank “Nobody sleeping at the drug store, and Blassner’s house-line is out of order. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Then he would set about the gathering of more evidence against me, and then — then he would find himself up against a blank wall. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith There was an interval of two months: a blank fell charged with apprehension that was like the humming of a toneless wind before storm; worse than the storm, for any human thing to bear. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

D. H. Lawrence But the continual holding most of himself aside, out of count, makes a man go blank in his withheld self. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He stood at the window, observing tradesmen’s carts, housemaids, blank doors, dogs, a beggar fifer. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope We had one blank day last year, and I thought he never would recover it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing More than once, he said, “Oh never mind the ha’penny,” and was met with a look—not of gratitude but of blank amazement. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

In his use of blank verse he has, for majesty, variety, and music, never been approached by any of his successors. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Elio Better this misery than the blank that lay for her outside her married home. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Arnold Bennett In the evening calm of the shabby, gloomy post-office, holding a stubby pencil that was chained by a cable to the wall, he stood over a blank telegraph-form, hesitating how to word the message. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Macgillivray reported that so far he had drawn a blank in the case of Odell; and that the watchers at Palmyra Square had noted very few visitors except tradesmen and organ-grinders. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

I look now at the note-book regretfully, for the blank pages at the end will never be filled up. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

To think that she had fancied herself happy in thus following her path for thirty years, her passions silent, with naught but the pride of virtue to fill the blank in her existence. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Afterwards there seemed to come for him a period of blank ignorance, at any rate as to facts. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Oscar Wilde But the little Infanta was not there, only some wonderful white statues that looked down on him from their jasper pedestals, with sad blank eyes and strangely smiling lips. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Walter Scott The fourth, or blank side of the square, was closed up by the huge and lofty precipice on which the Castle rises. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Edward Bellamy The experiences of the day previous, my waking to find myself in the year 2000, the sight of the new Boston, my host and his family, and the wonderful things I had heard, were a blank in my memory. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Nothing associated with the exiled heiress was left, except the rooms she had inhabited; and even they looked blank and empty and strange without her. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins Mercy’s mind was a blank as she descended the stairs. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Suddenly he half rose and looked wildly into blank space. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Who can wonder that the world should be a blank to her? Still the doctor spoke soothing words, and still he held her hand. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

An author’s mind may be blank today, yet tomorrow teem with schemes and suggestions. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Wilkie Collins No, madam! I really cannot justify it to my conscience to carry about my person any such loose and reckless document as a blank check. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

G. K. Chesterton We got to work, and got out the first advertisement in no time; just a blank space with ‘We Can Do It’ in the middle. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

H. G. Wells Plainly he did not even bring a blank mind to his task. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Suddenly he resumed: “Here is a blank cheque, signed. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Thomas Hardy It must be so!” Donald admitted, his gaze fixing itself on a blank point far away. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Julian Hawthorne A blank space of some length was left for each one, as though the writer had intended filling them in afterwards, but, for whatever cause, had failed to do so. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

In all the regular and prescribed conditions of mortal being, this magic realm seems as blank and tenantless as yon vacant air. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins Lady Janet looked at her in blank amazement. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. G. Wells The opposite bank was left blank and desolate again. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Then I emptied the magazine, firing point blank at the damned sheet. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

His face was like a blank wall, which wasn’t natural, for he should have been interested of course. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

E. F. Benson It became as blank as a piece of sunburnt paper. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Marjorie Bowen But I resisted; I set it from me; and then my eyes wandered round the room in blank despair. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His visitor stared at him in blank surprise. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

G. K. Chesterton My mind was a blank on the thing. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

H.P. Lovecraft This was on the oceanward side that he could not see, where the narrow portal opened on blank space thousands of feet in the misty sky above the waves. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

James Joyce See blank tee what domestic animal? Tee dash ar most courageous mariner. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence But the stony blank of the side of my cheek keeps him away. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arnold Bennett In the narrow entry you were like a creeping animal amid the undergrowth of a forest of chimneys, ovens, and high blank walls. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

From there she was looking into the bleak, blank face of Cheng Brander, and she thought that a baboon might wag a baton with as much intelligence. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

G. K. Chesterton Indeed, it would not have been too much to say that Mr. Crooke’s shop occupied the whole of one side of a showy street in the West End; the other side being a blank façade of public buildings. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

D. H. Lawrence And at the farm they all looked at him with blank faces. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence It made Romero’s mind go blank with wonder. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Henry James At the intersection of two of these streets stood the house of the Carmelites — a dull, plain edifice, with a high-shouldered blank wall all round it. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells The common traffic of the city, the common currency indeed of all the world, was conducted by means of the little brown, green and pink council cheques for small amounts, printed with a blank payee. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

I enclose a blank cheque, signed, which please fill at your discretion. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Down one side ran the high, blank wall of a convent. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle And so it came about that the Gazette had a long column, with headlines like an epitaph, when the sheets of the Intelligence and the Courier were as blank as the faces of their editors. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

George Eliot He tightened his arm almost convulsively round Maggie as she sobbed, but his face looked rigid and tearless, his eyes blank — as if a black curtain of cloud had suddenly fallen on his path. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]