Phrases with "church"

Charles Dickens I had been to explore another church at a distance, and happened to pass the church they frequented, at about two of the afternoon when that edifice was closed. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

M. R. James Have you ever seen an old brass in a church with a figure of a person in a shroud? It is bunched together at the top of the head in a curious way. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope Lady Fawn went to church in the carriage and Lucy walked, and as Lucy retired to her room immediately on her return to the house, there had not been an opportunity even for a word. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy On coming out of church he frequently walked beside Cytherea till she reached the gate at which residents in the House turned into the shrubbery. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

When they came back from church they drank tea in a depressed manner, and mother changed her dress directly and went to her own room to pack up. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

The Holy Sepulchre is not in a field without the walls, but in the midst, and in the best part of the town, under the roof of the great church which I have been talking about. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It makes you mine as much as if I had put it on in a church with a huge organ playing. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence She had always liked these toys, and she had the same amused, childish liking for this church lamb. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Borrow As it is, they have not a church fit to say mass in. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

As for the church being “in a plain Gothic style,” it is an extremely beautiful example of pure Lombard, of the first few years of the eleventh century. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Now and then a red brick building, or the slender white spire of a church gave a touch of colour to the landscape, and contrasted pleasantly with the bluish-white roofs and green trees. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

And she didn’t seem to fancy illuminating missals, or church embroidery, just what he had thought she would like. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Thomas Hardy Did he marry ‘ee at church in orderly fashion?’ ‘He did sure — at our church at Havenpool.’ ‘But in a privy way?’ ‘Ay — because of his friends — it was at night-time. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Fanny Fern It would not be very pleasant for you or me to be catechised, or disciplined by a church committee; and it’s my advice to you to avoid such a disagreeable alternative: they say hard things about us. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

That wicked girl who serves her rushed in with a tiny glass bottle and put it to her nose; but I had a mind to run out and fetch the priest from the church where I go to early mass. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

D. H. Lawrence The church clock above her clanged eleven. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I— I don’t know that he attends any church regularly. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

This was the bone of one of the poet’s fingers, which the pious care of Ferrara had picked up from his dust (when it was removed from the church to the Library), and neatly bottled and labeled. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Anthony Trollope You need not even live at Cambridge. Take a church in London. You would be sure to get one by holding up your hand. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant Commandant Desbarres gave the order “Present arms!” The procession resumed its march towards the church amid an immense crowd of people who has gathered from the neighboring districts. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Never before had the old church looked down upon such a scene. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry James And yet the Catholic church was once the proudest institution in the world, and had quite its own way with men’s souls. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope When in her place in church she sincerely said her prayers. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Circumstances very often prevented one doing what one wished: if one was tired or bothered, it was no good going to church in an improper state of mind. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Henry James Every year, the day he walked back from the great graveyard, he went to church as he had done the day his idea was born. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

The father, who never went to church at all and spoke of himself as an agnostic, resented this and a quarrel arose, which ended in Mr. Marley being told never to darken that door again. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Charles Dickens There was one clear shining star that used to come out in the sky before the rest, near the church spire, above the graves. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

His church was always crowded, and his reputation was such that he drew his congregation from all parts of the metropolis. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Edith Wharton And it suits Hermy exactly — she can go to church so much oftener. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

The richest banker in Octavius — a fat, sensual, hog-faced old bachelor — surprised everybody one evening by entering the church and taking a seat. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Jane Austen The church spire is reckoned remarkably handsome. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

D. H. Lawrence The village and the white-towered church was small in the sunshine. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

The church was full; all the world and his wife seemed to have come to it; and the parsons’ surplices stood on end with starch. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Anthony Trollope The news had reached Clavering on a Saturday. On the following Sunday everyone in the parish had no doubt heard of it, but nothing on the subject was said in church on that day. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray They may be walking to church at this moment, neatly shaved, in clean linen, with every outward appearance of virtue. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

They were conscientious ladies, who attended church three times upon a Sunday, and who would have recoiled aghast from before the mere thought of any infraction of the law. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

She liked for to go to church and did this willingly. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Jonathan Swif And I ventured to go to church to-day, which I have not done this month before. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

William Makepeace Thackeray There is a large Presbyterian church very well attended, as was the Established Church service in the pretty church in the park. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Edith Wharton She had imagined herself taking Lizzie Winter to church Fairs, and having the stitches of her knitting picked up by the young girl, whose “eyes were better” than her benefactress’s. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Sinclair Lewis I know you’re busy with a multitude of details, but you mustn’t forget your dear friends at the old church home. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins With that expression of opinion, the page approached the church portico, and waited sulkily among his fellow servants and their umbrellas for the congregation to come out. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Willa Cather He reached the table when all the others were half through breakfast, and made his peace by genially asking his mother if she didn’t want him to drive her to church in the car. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing Of course the church must be decorated. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli The church was crowded; not a chair nor a tribune vacant. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Robert Louis Stevenson And yet, with all his distraction, it might be argued that he heard too much: his father and himself being ‘compliers’— that is to say, attending the church of the parish as the law required. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy The sappy scent of the bracken stole forth from the wood, where, hidden in the depths, pigeons were cooing, and from afar on the warm breeze, came the rhythmic chiming of church bells. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Cloaks and petticoats she never saw, and she was quite at liberty to stay away from afternoon church if she pleased. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

She went to church with a man who had a living wife——” “She didn’t,” burst in the Squire. “It was the man who went to church with her. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

The solitary bell of his own little brown church was ringing for the first mass when he reached the hills above the farm of Fiastra, tolling sadly through the grey winter‐fog. Signa by Ouida

James Joyce This Norman court at boundary of the ville, yon creepered tower of a church of Ereland, meet for true saints in worshipful assemblage, 3 with our king’s house 1 Startnaked and bonedstiff. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

I have not seen her or her daughter at church lately. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence The church was false, but he served it the more attentively. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The church was on the other side of the wide road, lower down, but within view. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Anthony Trollope As for the church rates, of course I regret them. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Isabella Bird The members of the mission church last year were altogether Armenians. The education and training given in the schools are admirable. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Eliot I’ll ne’er lift my hat to him again, nor sit i’ the same church wi’ him . Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Edith Wharton Chuck the Rivingtons? It seemed like being asked to stand up in church and deny her God. She sat speechless and let the fatal words go on vibrating on the wire. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Sinclair Lewis When his new church was built, he worked with his members in laying brick, while his doe-like wife, Corinne, served coffee and brought the hymn-books to the men and lent her lipstick to the sisters. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray I once went into a church at Rome at the request of a Catholic friend, who described the interior to be so beautiful and glorious, that he thought (he said) it must be like heaven itself. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

The only remains of the original church are at the back of the west end, invisible from the inside of the church, and at the opposite end to the choir. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Thomas Hardy Viviette could hear the people coming out of church on the other side of the garden wall. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Wilkie Collins The church was in one of the dreary quarters of London, situated between the City and the West End; the day was dull; the atmosphere was heavy and damp. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Sir Walter Scott I swear to thee by that which thou dost NOT believe, by the gospel which our church teaches, and by the keys which are given her to bind and to loose, that my purpose is deep and peremptory. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Guy de Maupassant I, however, in the place of church furniture, in the place of pulpits, reading desks, altars, and so on, would fit them up with telescopes, microscopes, and electrical machines; that is all. My Uncle Sosthenes (Mon oncle Sosthène) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson And the nave of a church is seldom so long that it need be divided by a screen. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle The bank, the police-station, and the church are all found to be necessary adjuncts of civilisation. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

After church the choral society used to practise in the Great Hall, and as I walked round the school buildings, snatches of their singing would beat against my face like sudden gusts of wind. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope Had it pleased God to vouchsafe to us such a church our path would have been easy. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe, and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years, so as to approach the church by the border of the mill-pond. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Mark Twain Visitors always go up there to look down into the church because one gets the best idea of some of the heights and distances from that point. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Makepeace Thackeray Many more of the mirths in this little book are excellent, especially a great figure of a parson entering church on horseback,—an enormous parson truly, calm, unconscious, unwieldy. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Washington Irving On reaching the church porch, we found the parson rebuking the gray-headed sexton for having used mistletoe among the greens with which the church was decorated. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope Though belonging to a church in which celibacy is not the required lot of its ministers, he had come to regard himself as one of those clergymen to whom to be a bachelor is almost a necessity. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft It cannot be the real hill and church that I see in the pitch-darkness. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Walter Besant One would almost as soon preach in a London church as deliver verses on the boards of Drury Lane, except for the applause, which, in the Early Church, was not wanting. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope Had he seen her handed into a carriage by Mr. Slope at a church door with a white veil over her head, the truth could not be more manifest. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine The former is church and state, and the latter is church and traffic. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

By the afternoon we were damnably hungry and Paddy remembered a church near King’s Cross Station where a free tea was given once a week to tramps. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Thomas Paine It is this that forms the otherwise mysterious connection of church and state; the church humane, and the state tyrannic. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Dr. Alderson employed sham Tractors made of wood, and produced such effects upon five patients that they returned solemn thanks in church for their cures. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

One of the few privileges of being hard up and quite out of society was that one need not go to church —‘and I should like you to appear like a lady. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins The new town is the place they call Welmingham now — but the old parish church is the parish church still. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I followed this clergyman to a church where he was about to officiate, and sat through the service. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

I was back in the parish church at Lower Binfield, and it was thirty-eight years ago. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope It was arranged that the three should go to church together on the first Sunday in December. It would be safer so than in any other way. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

George Meredith Fifty, and you don’t see me till Saturday, when, accordin’ to agreement, you hand to me the cash, outside the church door; and then we parts to meet no more. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Lucy Maud Montgomery When I saw you come into church last Sunday my heart swelled with pride to think you were my dearest friend. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Isabella Bird On entering the church the priest crosses himself and kisses the Cross, which always lies on the altar on the north side, saying, “Glory be to God in the highest. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

In church one day he begged his mother to let him run home and get his little sword, as there was such an ugly woman there and he wished to cut her head off. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith Did you go to church yesterday, Ned? Confound it, you’re on me again, are you?” And Algernon went on spouting unintelligible talk under a torrent of blows. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Edith Wharton The theatre: gigantic, opening before him light and glaring as the Mouth of Hell in a mediæval fresco he and Halo had seen in a church somewhere . The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Thomas Hardy When his thanksgiving had come to an end he rose; the people rose also, and all went out of church together. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

I’ll tell you why I want you to go to church with us, Gerard. John Treverton is sure to be there. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton The bride, softly smiling, drew aside to let her mother pass into the church before her. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

H. G. Wells With them goggling eyes and bandaged head, and never going to church of a Sunday. And all they bottles — more’n it’s right for any one to have. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

And when therefrom they wended And were the church within, Then was the fair knight Aagen Waxen wan of cheek and chin. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Edith Wharton The observance of Sunday at Bellomont was chiefly marked by the punctual appearance of the smart omnibus destined to convey the household to the little church at the gates. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing Ruins of villas, of farms, of temples, with here and there a church or a monastery that told of the newer time. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

A priest from Almanarre — Almanarre is a sort of village up there where there is a church . The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

This emperor let enclose the church of Saint Sepulchre, and walled it within the city; that, before, was without the city, long time before. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Charles Kingsley Now the original idea of a Christian church was that of a grot — a cave. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

Lucy Maud Montgomery She said it wouldn’t do and she told me to learn the nineteenth paraphrase for next Sunday. I read it over in church afterwards and it’s splendid. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Willa Cather The Germans had taken the land behind the church for their cemetery, and it joined the wall of the Cure’s garden. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Theodore Dreiser And nothing would do but that Vesta must go to church with him regularly. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton There he crept through the crowd that laughed and drank and wantoned, till he reached, on the edge of the town, a fortified brown church in a ring of palms. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Samuel Johnson He came to church every morning, preached commonly in his turn, and attended the evening anthem, that it might not be negligently performed. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Robert Green Ingersoll For two hundred and fifty years the church was busy in punishing the impossible crime of witchcraft by burning, hanging and torturing men, women and little children. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Hardy Every winder in church rattled as if ’twere a thunderstorm. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather A church social, a prayer meeting, a ten-cent show; she seemed to have no preference. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The clock in the steeple of the village church struck the three-quarters after eight while she lingered for those few moments. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

She was attached, it appeared, to the big church of St. Jude’s a quarter of a mile off, which had just got a new and energetic vicar. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell The longer he looked the more he was convinced; and it was with a jerk that he recovered himself enough to answer Mr Bradshaw’s question, whether he wished to go to church or not. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Willa Cather Except at church socials, Mrs. Jackson did not meet people in Mrs. Rosen’s set. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

M. P. Shiel As to Kathleen, she had all this time been as quiet as a mouse, and was to be found hobbling to church services. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

There’s a church at Golder’s-green almost as near, and they may have been there. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Walter Scott Two or three years glided on, during which the storm of the approaching alteration in church government became each day louder and more perilous. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Green Ingersoll The church cannot abandon the idea of special providence. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Green Ingersoll The church never wanted disease to be under the control of man. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Isabella Bird Beside it, on the verge of the precipitous heights above the Terpai, is a bold group of rocks, on which the church dedicated to Mar Shalita is built. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope The project of sending her to church was quite out of the question. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton There hung the golden sun, the twilight stretched its wings across the valley, and lights were coming out in the windows of the abbey church of Belle Pais. “Now tell me,” she said. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

He once tried the SPORTING AND DRAMATIC with an article on church edifices in famous fox-hunting centres, but it wasn’t considered of sufficient general interest to be accepted. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

G. K. Chesterton She was married to my brother just before he went to the War, in a little Roman Catholic church off Fleet Street; for he was already of that communion. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

It looks almost as if it might belong to some early Norman church in England, and the stones have acquired a most exquisite warm colour with age. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell The church bells tolled morning and evening. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

G. K. Chesterton I had heard all the regular denunciations of robbery, both right and wrong; I had read the Ten Commandments in church a thousand times. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Theodore Dreiser So she went to church on Sundays and tried to believe, come what might, that all was for the best. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope But tell me, Patience, might not Beatrice now come here? It is so dreadful to see her every Sunday in church and never to speak to her, never to kiss her. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard When he had walked out of church with his beautiful bride, he had thought himself the luckiest man in London, whereas now he could not but feel that matrimony had not fulfilled his expectations. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Margaret Oliphant If there is any truth in the old phrase which calls a church a cure of souls, it is certain that no cure of souls can be delegated to a preacher by the souls themselves who are to be his care. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Then would she fret about the family clock not chiming synchronically with the bells of the neighbouring church where she performed her devotions. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

William Morris And the Queen with much company of virgins, and widows and wedded wives, went from church to church making prayers for the Champion of her daughter, and they gave gifts, oblations and candles. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Virginia Woolf There was a village with a church tower among elm trees; a grey domed manor house in a park; a spark of light burning on some glass-house; a farmyard with yellow corn stacks. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

John Galsworthy And then the first chime of the village church bell tingled his ears. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Jack London I met Colonel Ingram at a church reception. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle We shall have medicine, law, and the church all rallying that night for the protection of woman. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

James Payn We don’t see such awful beards as his in Mirk church every Sunday.” “How touchy dear Walter is upon the subject of beards,” observed Letty demurely. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

The church was within the grounds, and he had to pass it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Peter gathered it up with as perturbed an air as if Mr Finlay had omitted a point of church observance. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Sir Walter Scott He has gone to church service with me fifty times, and I never heard him miss one of the responses in my life. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence The church bells began to ring. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell His inn was flourishing; the numbers increased every year of those who came to see the church at Heppenheim: the church which was the pride of the place, but which I had never yet seen. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Charles Kingsley You’ll find me at church on Sunday. I always do at Rome as Rome does. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Hardy Pacing up the paved footway he entered the church and stood for a while in the nave passage. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Anthony Trollope He may marry after all, for he is just the man to walk out of a church some day with the cookmaid under his arm as his wife. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins You heard our old friend and neighbour contradict me at the supper-table, and declare that he had seen the priest, some hours later, go into our church here with the face of a panic-stricken man. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The bell of Great Winglebury church had just struck ten, and two hours and a half would probably elapse before succour arrived. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Green Ingersoll The church hates a thinker precisely for the same reason that a robber dislikes a sheriff, or that a thief despises the prosecuting witness. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Morrison You just came in, drunk if possible, with a batch of some scores, and rowdied about the church with your hat on, and the curate worked off the crowd at one go, calling the names one after another. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy Up from the level lands below them floated the chime of church bells. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang After this it was impossible to break the promise she had made so publicly, so the King ordered out the state coach to take her and the tailor to church to be married. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

James Joyce Yet even there, on the hill of Calvary, He founded the holy catholic church against which, it is promised, the gates of hell shall not prevail. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Sinclair Lewis Well, where did you go? I got the card you sent me from Chesterton with the picture of the old church on it. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing A church clock was striking eleven. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

In a little I saw a church spire, which meant a village. Greenmantle by John Buchan

M. R. James Lor’! what a noise that man did make! said it was the first time he’d been inside a church for ten years, and blest if ever he’d try it again. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

F. Scott Fitzgerald He sat in the churches as he sat in his father’s church in Buffalo, amid the starchy must of Sunday clothes. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Marjorie Bowen After the dim church the sun was blinding, the crash of the bells deafening. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

The fine weather ran into Sunday. Mrs. Moor went to church in the morning, while Isbel dragged the unwilling Marshall with her to the West Pier to hear music. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Mark Twain By this time the whole church was red-faced and suffocating with suppressed laughter, and the sermon had come to a dead standstill. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At the neighbouring church all was ready. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Thomas Hardy Coming in here and seeing this has frightened me from a church wedding as much as the other did from a registry one. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Robert Green Ingersoll The church never pretended that Franklin died in fear. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Mr. Brandon ordered me to the English church in the Upper Town, saying I should not be very late for that, and told Mathilde he did not want her. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Sunday. We crossed the waste land in the morning to the little church I have spoken of. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Robert Green Ingersoll It was necessary for the bishops of the English church to put their hands upon his head. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins Look at your watch again, Mr. Stone. The church is in the next street. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope And Mr Peacocke hasn’t been to church all day. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

But Methodist — no! People who don’t belong won’t come near the Methodist church here so long as there’s any other place with a roof on it to go to. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope Towards the purchase of this iron church Mr. Clavering had at first given a hundred pounds. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

One could almost have imagined it to be church music accompanying the Good Friday ceremonies. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Karl Philipp Moritz Yesterday week, after I had preached for Mr. Wendeborne, we passed an English church in which, we understood the sermon was not yet quite finished. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Leslie Stephen The “very ladies” were divided into high church and low; and, “out of zeal for religion, had hardly time to say their prayers. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

It’s a shame! I saw Polly Shives — what a lady she is, my eyes! — laughing at me in church last Sunday. I was minded to give her a bit of my mind. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope The church was close to the house, and he had gone back to change his coat and hat, and to get his stick. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The list of the beauties who displayed their hebdomadal finery at the parish church of Waverley was neither numerous nor select. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Charles Dickens Next day they went to church in a coach and twelve, and were married. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Fabrizio did not leave the church until he had prepared the confession which he proposed to make the next day. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

And there men find first a church of our Lady, where that she met the monks, when they fled away for the vermin above-said. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Mark Twain They stay at home all the time and go to church on Sunday. They are al-ways sick. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Or were they meaning it and had she misunderstood the whole thing? The church was no longer a defence; it was itself an attack. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Walter Scott By the mass, it lay so heavy on my conscience, that I carried it to church to see if I could digest it there with my other sins. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Santa Clara is a striking, imposing mass of building, beautifully situated at the foot of three bold, high rocks, with a remarkably handsome church attached to it. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

That birth certificate is copied from the baptism register of St. Phillip’s church in Sutton Coldfield. The baby died the day after the christening. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Folk went to church as they were wont. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

The church was full, as Mrs Forsyth observed, on these occasions; but there were many other ways of accounting for that. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Robert Green Ingersoll The church wishes us to believe. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It’s like being in a church on the morning of a great holiday, when the priest has not yet arrived, and it’s dark and quiet; then it’s raw, and the people are already gathering. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope As you pass along the road from Guestwick into the village you see the church near to you on your left hand; but the house is hidden from the road. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She would be profuse in pretty apologies for her lateness; the view from the church tower had been so entrancing (this was perfectly true) that she had lost all count of time. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

George Gissing People would think it so strange if they went straight from church to their home at West Hampstead. And would not a few autumn weeks of Devon be delightful? Again he yielded. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells Within, the Manchester shop window was cut off by a partition rather like the partition of an old-fashioned church pew from the general space of the shop. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Mark Twain All about that church wretchedness and poverty abound. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton She took him to task for not going to church more regularly, and pointed out to him the evils of desultory reading. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Meredith He listened to the steps of the dissimilar pair on the detonating pavement, and eyed a church clock shining to the sun. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

She went to church regularly, of course — Mrs Creevy had insisted on that. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jack London Less than a month ago you lost more in one night, gambling at cards, than the cost of the upkeep of our poor church for a year. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

The church clock was striking eight as Hammond came at a brisk pace down to the valley. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

To return, however, to Calonico. The church is built on the extreme edge of a cliff that has been formed by the breaking away of a large fragment of the mountain. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]