Phrases with "blank"

John Galsworthy When she had finished the main sheaf, she came on a much longer poem entitled ‘The Leopard,’ wrapped round in a blank sheet of paper. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

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

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]

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

Rafael Sabatini A blank amazement overspread it. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Both were equally blank and unresponsive. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Scenes of worship, of slaughter, of anointing, cover the walls; and the blank spaces are filled in as usual with hieroglyphic inscriptions. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

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

In the middle of my meal he spoke suddenly to me in German, but I turned on him a face as blank as a stone wall. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

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]

What I refer to is spaces of blank in your memory. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

D. H. Lawrence So why should it matter to me?’ After a blank pause of incredulity she said: ‘I could die with laughter. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton But, when they ran out, the platform appeared to be perfectly empty, now a blank and solid table of snow; and they began to realize that the noise came from underneath their feet. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Haven was staring at the bed with a blank expression upon his face. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

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

From the table drawer he took out a penholder, a bottle of ink, and a thick, quarto-sized blank book with a red back and a marbled cover. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Fifty lashes, Troke. Tell Macklewain to be ready — or stay, I’ll tell him myself — I’ll break the young devil’s spirit, blank him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Though it is so near London, it’s a blank moor with hardly five trees on it, to say nothing of Christians. Oh, no, sir, the address was a fraud right enough. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Charles Dickens There is a nearer one,” said Redlaw, detaining him, in the same blank effort to remember some association that ought, of right, to bear upon this monstrous object. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

D. H. Lawrence But the weather was bad, it rained a good deal; there were fogs in the morning, and foghorns on the harbour; and the Somers kept their doors continually blank and shut. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins You don’t know what an encouragement your presence is to me; you don’t know what a blank you will leave in my life if you go!’ I am as weak as Oscar is, when Oscar speaks to me in that way. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells It refused point blank to make any apology or offer any compensation. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Meredith It is a blank period in the career of young creatures when a fretting wretchedness forces them out of their dreams to action; and it is then that they will do things that, seen from the outside (i. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins As he did this his face became visible in the moonlight, and displayed to the startled spectators an expression of blank consternation. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

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

Presently there came a blank space of which he had no recollection at all. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Wilkie Collins She drew back from him once more with a look that horrified him — a look of blank despair. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some hours later he stood downstairs in the cloakroom, an electric torch in his hand, staring at the long row of pegs opposite in blank amazement. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins The last fold displayed a strip of blank parchment with little wafers stuck on it at certain places. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James But he expected her intelligence to operate altogether in his favour, and so far from desiring her mind to be a blank he had flattered himself that it would be richly receptive. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Gilbert could discover nothing from that broad stare of blank amazement. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

G. K. Chesterton But it is none the less true that there has been in his creed, at best, negative rather than positive purity: the difference between the blank white window and the ivory tower. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I don’t know if I can explain myself, but I used to use my brains as far as they went, and after they came to a blank wall I guessed, and I usually found my guesses pretty right. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

E. F. Benson The first was blank consternation. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Abraham Merri We stared at a smooth, blank wall. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton But as Moffatt talked he began to feel as blank and blundering as the class of dramatic students before whom the great actor had analyzed his part. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

The impression is taken, yet the film remains blank as it was before, until the proper acid is applied, when the impression becomes visible. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

In his twenty-second year, his thoughts filled and moved and animated his blank verse as easily and familiarly as a hand in a glove. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope It was all blank and black before him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis To save your time, just fill out the blank enclosed. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Her pale face looked paler, and her dead black hair blacker, against the blank whiteness of her widow’s cap. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Pichot must agree in writing to pay two hundred francs a page, with no reduction for blank spaces. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Sir Walter Scott Under a blank cover, simply addressed to E. Waverley, Esq., he found a number of open letters. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins There was no signature attached to it — there was a blank space reserved, to be filled up at some other time. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

They listened moodily, if attentively, and at the end there was a blank silence. Prester John by John Buchan

Henry James She was like a sheet of blank paper — the ideal jeune fille of foreign fiction. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Blades A similar mania arose at the beginning of this century for collections of illuminated initials, which were taken from MSS., and arranged on the pages of a blank book in alphabetical order. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

George Gissing He looked a haggard creature when he again sat down with the accustomed blank slip before him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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

The weakness of the child is that it starts with a blank sheet. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Sir Walter Scott You will choose blank verse, doubtless? — it is more grand and magnificent for an historical subject; and, what concerneth you, my friend, it is, I have an idea, more easily written. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins On the desk lay a nicely bound book, full of blank pages. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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

Nor was his blank unbelief when there was nothing for him any less poignant than it had been in those callow years. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

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

Wilkie Collins For the second time my uncle looked at me in blank perplexity — and I looked back at him in the same condition of mind. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins A quarter of an hour later, Arnold appeared before Sir Patrick — while the old gentleman was sunning himself in the garden — with a face of blank despair. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Then, as the other had paused, he repeated in a blank tone — “An error of judgment . An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Gissing Later, these three months became all but a blank in his memory, the details of the time, with the exception of one or two moments, forgotten. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Every one was going to cut away and leave him; he’d be all by himself, with no one but the dog for company, and be as miserable as a bandicoot; but no one cared a blank brass farden about that. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells He asked her a question point blank and she would not answer him, and for some way they walked in grim silence. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. G. Wells The first great feat that startled Europe, and almost brought about a new Trojan war, was his abduction of the Princess Helena of Norway and his blank refusal to marry her. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Wilkie Collins He spread the simple refreshment demanded, before his distinguished guest, in a state of blank bewilderment. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli There was a blank between the Duke of St. James on one side of the broad room, and Mr. Dacre and those with whom he was conversing on the other. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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

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]

Henry James My early life was perhaps a good preparation for the declining half of life; it having been such a blank that any thereafter would compare favourably with it. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy There was no change whatever in them, unless it were that a certain light of interest kindled by her question turned to complete and blank indifference. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Edith Wharton The fact that I could not read added to the completeness of the illusion, for from those mysterious blank pages I could evoke whatever my fancy chose. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell The blank wall of her promise blocked up the way. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

She loved Charles. When the dawn came up pale and tearful to wake the birds, it found her still sitting by her window, sitting where she had sat all night, looking with blank eyes at nothing. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

George Meredith The action of their intellects resolved to a blank marvel at seeing an imminent thing—an interrogation to almighty heaven treated with method, not with fury streaming forward. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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]

George Borrow It was written in blank verse, and appeared to abound in descriptions of scenery; there was much mention of mountains, valleys, streams, and waterfalls, harebells and daffodils. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

That blank face could never work miracles; or if it could, then only miracles of lowering and loss. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing Her features were fixed in hard, blank misery. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Reardon’s face was that of a man in blank misery. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson I said so, and by so saying produced a blank silence, a mute consternation. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

On the title page of his MS. volume of sermons, he was always careful to write the date of its commencement, leaving a blank for that of its completion. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

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

George Meredith Aminta drove her questioning heart as a vessel across blank circles of sea, where there was nothing save the solitary heart for answer. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins An envelope, containing some blank sheets of paper, was put back in the boy’s waistcoat, so that he might feel it in its place under the lining, when he woke. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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

D. H. Lawrence Some thirty men all at once want to get at a tiny wicket in a blank wall. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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]

Wilkie Collins The blank stillness of horror was in her face. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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]

D. H. Lawrence Nothing at all, but that odd, blank smile. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

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

Margaret Oliphant At the Cottage there had been a moment of blank consternation and silence, even from ill words. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

His voice, blank and forced as though he were talking through hard-set teeth, seemed to flow away on all sides into the darkness, deepening again upon the sea. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Anne Bronte When she was gone the rest was all a blank or worse. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

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]

Henry Fielding Mr. Booth now opened his packet, and, after unfolding several pieces of blank paper successively, at last discovered a guinea, wrapt with great care in the inmost paper. Amelia by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton What kind of house would you desire me to get for you, sir?” He opened his blank blue eyes on Rupert, who seemed for the second staggered. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

He was going to replace the fat annual among the other books, when he discovered that the two blank leaves at the beginning were stuck together. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Leslie Stephen The difference between blank verse in the hands of its few masters and in the hands of a third-rate imitator strikes the ear in every line. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Andrew Lang At fourteen Tennyson wrote a drama in blank verse. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mind, those rooms and everything in them are simply a blank in my mind. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

H. G. Wells We were left regarding one another with blank expressions. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence But it was as if she were a blank wall in his direction, without windows or outgoing. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I can feel that moment now as a tremendous hesitation, blank and yet full of light and life, like a clear sky in the moment before dawn. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

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

Wilkie Collins There the black blank of a swoon swallowed me up. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Lydia’s words were so unexpected, and their meaning when understood so horrifying, that there was a moment of blank silence. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

William Makepeace Thackeray Ellen may breathe her last sigh in blank verse, calling down blessings upon James the profligate who deserts her. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I often think that this blank thing is his real face, watching, though it cannot be watched. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edith Wharton All the way to Monte Carlo those walls were made of the faces in the motorbus, blank inscrutable faces, smooth secret surfaces up which his mind struggled to clamber back to the actual. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft All memories that could be eradicated were eradicated, so that in most cases only a dream-shadowed blank stretched back to the time of the first exchange. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

G. K. Chesterton Do you know what I always say to young people?” A blank silence followed this gay inquiry. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

But the question was how to reach that ledge, for there were no friendly creepers on the great blank stone façade. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Every morning, for a week on end, a flight of stairs used to appear to him in that room, leading up out of a blank wall. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

E. F. Benson How fortunate!” Some deadly misgiving stirred in Lucia’s heart as Poppy turned on her a look of blank unrecognition. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Mark Twain Their blank faces showed that they wondered where the parallel came in. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

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

The musty farm parlour, looking out on to a prim, cheerless garden imprisoned within high, blank walls, was not a room that lent itself readily either to comfort or decoration. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

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]

Henry James She sat down in the centre of the circle of these presences, regarding them vaguely, resting her eyes on their beautiful blank faces; listening, as it were, to their eternal silence. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James He stood there staring at her with his little blank eyes and smoothing his old hat with his coat-tail. The American by Henry James [1877]

But beyond the present she dared not look, so blank was the prospect — a desert, without even the mirage; for her dreams and delusions were gone with her hope. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith It is not always most comfortable for a conspirator to find himself unsuspected: he reads the blank significantly. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Mark Twain February. Two blank years follow. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence But here one sees eyes of soft, blank darkness, all velvet, with no imp looking out of them. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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 blank film would yield the negative picture; the vague longings of Gladys would take the shape of two distinct alternatives, one of them inevitable. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Mr. Linton had resumed his seat by the bed; on my re-entrance, he raised his eyes, read the meaning of my blank aspect, and dropped them without giving an order, or uttering a word. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

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]

H. G. Wells He went to the window and stared at a blank wall opposite. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe The blank wall of the eastern gable was relieved by stairs (with a balustrade) running diagonally across it — the ascent being from the south. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James We recognised more than ever that it had been, for high finish, the gem of our collection — we found what a blank it left on the wall. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Wilkie Collins Having put on his spectacles, he opened the pocket-book, at a blank page, and addressed himself to me once more. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James I stopped short as he turned his face to me, and it happened that for some reason or other I took in as I had perhaps never done before the beauty of his rich blank gaze. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

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]

They seemed now to be facing a blank wall, and what their next step was going to be neither of them could in any way determine. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

D. H. Lawrence Jaz dropped his head and studied his knuckles, a queer, blank smile setting round his mouth. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

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]

Edith Wharton The garden gate, under its lying inscription, led straight into chaos; and behind where Arcadie had stood, other houses, blank unknown houses, were also shouldering up to gape at the disaster. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

His blank verse, though not equal to that of a few other English poets, is musical and wielded in a manner suitable to his subject. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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]

A blank look crossed the girl’s face; she turned instinctively away from him and picked up her hat. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

George Gissing Then came the day which put a term to the mere blank of desolation, and excited new hopes, new fears. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray Their names drop naturally into blank verse. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

G. K. Chesterton The landscape of London was a thing of flat-chested houses, blank windows, ugly iron lamp-posts and vulgar vermilion pillar-boxes; and as yet, of very little else. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The large lady and the clerk having compromised on fifty words, Lois took a blank and wrote her telegram. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Algernon Blackwood Yet it returned each time upon me, blank and unrewarded. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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

Frances Hodgson Burnett After lying awake all one night without a moment of blank peace he came down pale and saw that his hand shook as he held his coffee cup. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Wolfe Fox turns slowly, catches his coat lapels, and looks at her in blank astonishment. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe The Praries. This is a poem, in blank Pentameter, of about one hundred and twenty-five lines, and possesses features which do not appear in any of the pieces above mentioned. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence A blank look had come over the man’s face, as if he did not hear or heed any more. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

And when, in fitful reveries, fancy turned for a moment to an earthly past and future, all there was a blank — the past saddened, the future bleak. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He has filled up the great blank that was left by the disappearance of Bunbury. He is a gentleman—he has lived with gentlemen—he understands their nature both in its strength and its weakness. Old Coloured Books by George Paston [1905]

I gave my cheque for it, as I didn’t like to wake you for a blank one. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He’s such an inquisitive person,” he went on, noticing his host’s look of blank surprise. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Here again the inscription breaks off at the end of the demotic, leaving a blank space for the third transcript. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells But the trouble was the blank incongruity of this serenity and the swift death flying yonder, not two miles away. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Wading up to the knees with nothing before you but a blank wall of mist and the cheerful consciousness that your next step may be your last — such was my state for one weary mile. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

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

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

A row of blank faces popped up above the bulwark. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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

Wilkie Collins She separated one long, thin lock from the rest, cut it off, and pinned it carefully, in the form of a circle, on the first blank page of the album. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence It amazed and stunned Connie. But there he would sit, with a blank entranced expression on his face, like a person losing his mind, and listen, or seem to listen, to the unspeakable thing. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins While he is still hunting through the room, his legs come into collision with a large drawing-board on which there is a blank sheet of paper stretched. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

James Joyce A sail veering about the blank bay waiting for a swollen bundle to bob up, roll over to the sun a puffy face, saltwhite. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Which they did; and were standing with blank faces when I got in. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Charles Dickens Once, his remembrance stopped as he sat at the head of the dinner-table, and was blank until daybreak. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

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

Samuel Johnson His great work is his Chase, which he undertook in his maturer age, when his ear was improved to the approbation of blank verse, of which, however, his two first lines give a bad specimen. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

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

Alfred Ainger It is unlikely that this little venture brought any profit to its authors, or that a subsequent volume of blank verse by Lamb and Lloyd in the following year was more remunerative. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

D. H. Lawrence He looked so preoccupied, and his strange, blank silences, which she could not read, moved her and made her wonder over him, made her feel reverential towards him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

One was a broad printed thing, with names and dates written into blank spaces, and was about the size of a quarter of a yard of very broad ribbon. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence There was a blank of insentience. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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

John Galsworthy With a curious longing for his father, he walked rapidly down Whitehall. Drawing blank at ‘Snooks’’ and The Aeroplane, he tried the Parthenaeum as a last resort. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

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]

Margaret Oliphant After ten—It might, in the dreadful blank of those hours after ten at Sloebury (or even before ten for that matter), be a resource. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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

Why should n’t I see her?” Talbot Bulstrode stared in blank amazement at his mutinous wife. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli It seemed to him that life must ever be a blank without the woman who, a few months ago, he had left an encumbrance. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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]

Arthur Morrison Naylor’s house was at the corner of a turning, with the flank wall blank of windows, except for one at the top; and a public-house stood at the opposite corner. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy But even the frigidity of Miss Aldclyffe’s morning mood was overcome by the look of sick and blank despair which the carelessly uttered words had produced upon Cytherea’s face. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

A long narrow passage stretched away before him, terminating in a blank wall some seventy or eighty yards away. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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]

With blank thoughts, without hope or vision; with naught save an aimless resolution and a causeless bravery, he passed into the short anguish which is death. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton Miss Olive Ashley had quite a pretty talent for imitating the more turgid Elizabethan blank verse. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

All his old feelings seemed to have gone away, leaving nothing in his mind but a blank waste, a weary sickness of life and all belonging to it. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Galsworthy There was Jack Muskham, with a blank face, formally lifting a tall hat as if to someone who was not there, and a short dark man removing a grey felt covering, in unison. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

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

Wilkie Collins She wrote on the next blank leaf: “Shall I make the tea?” “Now,” she said to me, “notice what happens. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

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]

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]