Phrases with "church"

H.P. Lovecraft Flatbush was gay for the hour about high noon, and pennanted motors thronged the streets near the old Dutch church where an awning stretched from door to highway. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Henry James In those days the hospitality of the Vatican had not been curtailed, and it was an easy and delightful matter to pass from the gorgeous church to the solemn company of the antique marbles. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

G. K. Chesterton Early one morning in September 1846 Miss Barrett walked quietly out of her father’s house, became Mrs. Robert Browning in a church in Marylebone, and returned home again as if nothing had happened. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope He paid his rent to the day, owed no man anything, and went to church every other Sunday, eschewing the bad example set to him by his father in matters of religion. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Andrew Lang They are already half-way to church with him. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

William Morris It was a fair house with a church but just finished, and Ralph could see down the street its new white pinnacles and the cross on its eastern gable rising over the ridge of the dortoir. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Mark Twain Then she said she’d forgot her Testament, and left it in the seat at church between two other books, and would I slip out quiet and go there and fetch it to her, and not say nothing to nobody. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy We shall have all the church to ourselves, as the rest of the work is finished. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Thus he filled the church at both services, and put money in its treasury and his own fame before the world. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The church seems to have been very much altered, if indeed the body of it was not entirely rebuilt, in 1618 — a date which is found on a pillar inside the church. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Thomas Hardy This conviction was so real with him that one day when, as was frequent, he was at work in a neighbouring village church alone, he felt it to be his duty to pray against his weakness. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Petrarch, according to his own account, so far from promising to bring down his magniloquence to a level with church humility, seized the objection as an excuse for declining the secretaryship. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Knife would furnish Okey–Dokey absolutely free, to be drunk at communion services, provided the church gave him a receipt, to be reproduced for his advertising in the religious press. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens Then I knocked the church services and hymn-books off the ledge of the pew. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

I gave them great pleasure by my readings out of church books. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

George Gissing The church was now empty, but in the doorway appeared faces curiously peering. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Our minds have taken the shape of the inn and the church and the green, I suppose. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George is as poor as a church mouse, and Philip must always be the more profitable acquaintance. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy If I could afford it, be hanged if I wouldn’t keep a church choir at my own expense to play and sing to me at these low, dark times of my life. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton The people going to church certainly looked at it; but they did not look at it in the abstract. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

D. H. Lawrence On this day of decorum, the Brangwen family went to church by the high-road, making a detour outside all the garden-hedge, rather than climb the wall into the churchyard. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton This was the Reverend Dr. Arklow, Rector of St. Stephen’s, the New York church of the Clephane and Drover clan. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

H. G. Wells Why not go and see the inside of the parish church and then return the parson’s call? We’ve never been inside that church. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Walter Scott The church stood in my way, and I took my horse and my company, and went thither, (I thought I should have found a great company in the church,) and when I came there the church doore was fast locked. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Green Ingersoll Men began to investigate, and the church began to oppose. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charles Dickens On Sundays, she went to church elaborated. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Thomas Hardy So the compact was made, and they left the church singly, Nicholas remaining till the last, and closing the door. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Charles Dickens I took some wittles, up at the willage over yonder — where the church stands a’most out on the marshes. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope She declared that she suffered nothing from fatigue, and that her two miles’ walk would not be more than her Sunday journey to church and back. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Walter Scott A half-hour’s walk placed them in front of the once splendid Monastery, which, although the church was as yet entire, had not escaped the fury of the times. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Gaston Leroux You believe that Mlle. Christine Daae has been carried off by an individual called Erik. Do you know this person? Have you seen him?” “Yes.” “Where?” “In a church yard. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

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

Leon Trotsky Tatyana gave me a beer-bottle in the interior of which a complete little church had been constructed out of tiny sticks and boards. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton He’s a Catholic, and his church won’t let him divorce. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence His very breast seemed to open its doors to watch for the great church brooding over the town. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf And here a church raised its filigree spire. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

These are the class of gambling practices of which the church bazaar or raffle may be taken as the type. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Mark Twain A Catholic church is nothing to me that has no relics. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

In his present state of irritation with the Lees he would rather have walked to church than not have gone, especially as Aaron pleaded his age and Henry professional papers as reasons for not going. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Sinclair Lewis But Ah can always get him so mad by tellin’ him the trouble with HIM is, he don’t go to church often enough!” While Martin sought to concentrate. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Robert Green Ingersoll They demand a man who believes in the eternal separation and divorcement of church and school. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James She received him with a meek-eyed dignity that made her seem like a painted saint on a church window, receiving the daylight in all her being. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Robert Green Ingersoll No matter what church you belong to, or what church belongs to us. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

This was one of the great Germanic festivals, which the church later turned into St. John’s Eve. The bonfires still burnt in Germany on this day are survivals of the old heathen custom. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

D. H. Lawrence It came to be, gradually, that after church on Sundays the house was really something of a sanctuary, with peace breathing like a strange bird alighted in the rooms. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins After more than an hour’s walking he reached a village, with a primitive little church and parsonage nestled together in a hollow. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Leon Trotsky For this reason it seemed incredible that people in Europe could have superstitions, that the church could exercise a great influence there, that in America the whites could persecute the negroes. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

Thomas Hardy What church is the licence for?’ ‘That I’ve not looked to see — why our parish church here, of course. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Isabella Bird At the conclusion wine and water (but not as a Eucharistic symbol), mixed with a little earth from the church precincts, were administered to the married couple. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Andrew Lang One day she was going to church to hear a sermon from a great preacher, and she begged the Shifty Lad, as the neighbours called him from the tricks he played, to come with her. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mark Twain They do not call it confiscating the church property. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Isabella Bird On leaving the church after communion each person takes a piece of ordinary bread from a tray near the door. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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]

Nearly four months now since Sir Peter died, and she has never been out but to church — and to that she goes in the pony-carriage. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

At the place called Quarvex, where the church of St Martin hung above the meeting of four streets, stood a stone seat called the Pennyless Bench, built for the comfort of the market-folk. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Jonathan Swif The Queen was at church to-day, but was carried in an open chair. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Poor Pa might yet return, and they compromised by appearing in church in lavender frocks with touches of mauve, half, or perhaps quarter, mourning. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

George Gissing The church bells had ceased ringing, and Sunday’s silence in the street enhanced the effect of blankness and alarming expectancy. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Margaret Oliphant But it was not with any very distinct hopes or wishes of emptying the church in Carlingford, and crowding Salem Chapel, that the young man proceeded. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

You see that church there in the middle . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Mark Twain Sabbath-school hours were from nine to half-past ten; and then church service. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

John Lewis Burckhard But what is more remarkable than the existence of so many churches, is that close by the great church stands a Mahometan mosque, spacious enough to contain two hundred people at prayers. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The church was very old and all ivy-covered and, from the tombstones in the Churchyard many generations of Cators had served at its altar. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope He had three hunters, two grooms, and a gig; and on Sundays went to church with a prayer-book in his hand, and a black coat on his back. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant Just as we are passing so near to a church tower that our long guy-rope almost touches it, the chimes begin to ring three o’clock. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

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

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

MRS MCELLIGOT: Well, glory be to Jesus, ‘twon’t be long before dat dere church in de Gray’s Inn Road opens up for de winter. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

We were married not two hours ago; we are on our honeymoon, and since we left the church door she has not—spoken to me—a single word!” Mr. Lonsdale actually broke into sobs. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells J. W. went to church with me!!!” “August 30th, 1857. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Guy de Maupassan A church clock struck in the distance, and they embraced gently, then clasped each other close, lying on the grass, without the knowledge of anything except of that kiss. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

From the hamlet it led on the one hand to church and school, and on the other to the main road, or the turnpike, as it was still called, and so to the market town where the Saturday shopping was done. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I, on the contrary, go to visit my wife the church in Yorkshire. We all live the longer, at least the happier, for having things our own way. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Henry James The Palladian church was always there, but the piazza took care of itself. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

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]

Sinclair Lewis The church was half barn and half Gopher Prairie parlor. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It’s Sunday, for I hear the church bells. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

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]

E. F. Benson A little later, again with a quickened pulse, Miss Mapp saw the Royce lumber down from the church corner. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Men and ladies bowed and pranced, the costumes posed, church bells tinkled, processions processed, the sun set behind thick clouds capping the hills; I pondered on you and enjoyed it all. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

And above all, no grizzling! Go to church whenever you can without losing a farthing. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Words hitherto only heard by the children when the Lessons were read in church were flung about freely: ‘harlot’ was one of the mildest. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mark Twain ABOUT half-past ten the cracked bell of the small church began to ring, and presently the people began to gather for the morning sermon. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

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

The church looked very splendid, and, as usual on these occasions, no léperos were admitted, therefore the crowd was very elegant and select. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells The church three-quarters empty and maybe three or four communicants, mostly elderly people, with nothing else to do. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Portugal has perhaps gone too far in abolishing these church establishments, but it is a reaction which will lead to the golden mean. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Gissing The cottages were all closed and silent; hark for the reason! From the old church sounded an organ prelude, then the voice of the congregation, joining in one of the familiar hymns. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll My church rewards defenders and burns reformers. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charles Dickens Leaving him to visions, in which perhaps the quiet figures we quitted in the old church porch were not without their share, be it our task to rejoin them as they sat and watched. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Very soon Dicky took her to the little church on the corner of the plaza, and “Mrs. Maloney” was added to her string of distinguished names. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Edith Wharton As he stood in the darkness outside the church these memories came back with the poignancy of vanished things. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A minute later when he emerged into the twilight the relief in coming from the muggy church into an open world of wheat and sky postponed the full realization of what he had done. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

She took the long and obscure one, and in turning the corner of the lane between the church and Timberdale Court, she met Robert Ashton. But for her own movement, he might never have noticed her. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

My father and I left our home this evening at half-past seven to hold a service in the little church our few converts have built for us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

And this is the new church he has erected in his native village—that is good. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray In order to reach that church of the forbidden mosaic, we had sweated up several most steep and dusty streets — hot and dusty, although it was but nine o’clock in the morning. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

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

George Gissing Sibyl Carnaby went to church as a matter of course, and never spoke for or against orthodoxy. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Your church here was running behind every year. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Charles Dickens It was completely done, however, and when we were going out of church Wemmick took the cover off the font, and put his white gloves in it, and put the cover on again. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Around the house, and towering above the tiles, the elms stood as still against the evening sky as the square church tower but a little way to the right. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

H. G. Wells The church fees he found were variable, but for more personal reasons he rejected a marriage at church. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

G. K. Chesterton You’ve made me a dirty tramp, that was a man respected in church and market. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Edgar Allan Poe It is the history of a young person who goes to sleep under the clapper of a church bell, and is awakened by its tolling for a funeral. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The church around her became a friend and comforter. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The women attend church in the morning, no men being permitted to enter, and the men in the evening, when women are not admitted. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells Somewhere in the background a church bell jangled, and children in bright, new-looking clothes were going to Sunday-school. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

G. K. Chesterton A church bell had a word to say in the matter. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The Peabodys attended service at Mr. Clarke’s church in Indiana Place, where Hawthorne may also have gone with them. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George MacDonald The church grew very lonely about him, and he began to feel like a child whose mother has forsaken it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Sigmund Freud But he went peacefully with two tramps into a church, 1 to which a great many steps led up, 2 behind the church there was a mountain 3 on top of which there was a dense forest. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Meredith I tell ye, girl, I don’t understand about church doors and castin’ of her off—he’s come for her, hasn’t he? Then, he shall have her. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

There were, too, other scandals, such as the prying and profane love to shoot privily at church celebrities. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence Ursula must weave mistletoe over the door, and over the screen, and hang a silver dove from a sprig of yew, till dusk came down, and the church was like a grove. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis Neil found some more conversation to offer: “Small church — don’t suppose you can possibly pay him a high salary. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

We had decided to be married at an English church in Paris in three weeks. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Thomas Hardy But there was no choice of occasions for her now, and she steadily waited for the church bells to cease chiming. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

R. D. Blackmore Farmer Anerley went to church in his Fencible accoutrements, with a sash of heavy crape, upon the first day of the Christian year. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson From this slow-grown church important reactions proceed; much for culture, much for giving a direction to the nation’s affection and will to-day. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope When I was in church that morning I told myself that I never, never could be happy unless you came to me again. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

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

E. F. Benson Then they hastily put them down, for a party of tourists, being shown round the church by the Padre, came in at the north door. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Robert Green Ingersoll The moment science succeeds in rendering the church powerless for evil, the real thinkers will be outspoken. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Finally, he left the church very well pleased with his evening’s work. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

They were uttered by a parricide, boasting of his crime in a church at midnight, amid saints, whose images were silent, but seemed to tremble. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Well, you haven’t done me any harm, except that you’ve set me against the inside of a church or a chapel for the rest of my days. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Sir Walter Scott It should be his duty to fortify his dear pupil to resist such unhallowed and pernicious doctrines in church and state as must necessarily be forced at times upon his unwilling ears. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

If you don’t believe me, pay a visit to some rural church next Christmas morning—for the old fashion is observed in many a country district still—and judge for yourselves. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

E. F. Benson She had come to church rather late, having no use for the General Confession, and sang with stony fervour. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Anatole France He had asked for the suppression of permanent armies in the time of the Empire, for the separation of church and state, and had remained always faithful to democracy. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

I’m happy to say, though, that mere church association doesn’t count socially so much as it used to. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Ralph Waldo Emerson The Anglican church is marked by the grace and good sense of its forms, by the manly grace of its clergy. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope It appears to us a question whether any clergyman can go through our church service with decorum, morning after morning, in an immense building, surrounded by not more than a dozen listeners. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The facade of a church rose from a small eminence. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, a certified genealogy of the family in New England, where such matters can be ascertained from town and church records, with at least as much certainty, it would appear, as in this country. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sinclair Lewis She had seen her at church suppers. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The church is our only hope, the First Church of Christ Dentist, where He is worshiped as Preventer of Decay. The church whose symbol is the trinity new-style: Father, Son and Wirehaired Fox Terrier . Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

I could find none of these in closet or chamber, so I went and sought them in church and confessional. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Charles Dickens That I could have been at our old church in my old church-going clothes, on the very last Sunday that ever was, seemed a combination of impossibilities, geographical and social, solar and lunar. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins The church clock struck the hour. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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 There stood the church and there the village, and, pleased with such vicinity, he sat himself down close to his God and to his tenants. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The church had become a void; it was his presence, her presence, their common presence, that had made the indispensable medium. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Robert Green Ingersoll The church knew that the moment the earth ceased to be the center of the universe, and became a mere speck in the starry sphere of existence, every religion would become a thing of the past. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Kingsley Charley, dear, you won’t go to church on Sunday afternoon at Ranford; you will go into the croft with your cousin Ascot to see the chickens fed. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

William Dampier There is a very fair church standing in the midst of the town. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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]

The church bells chimed the hour, and I turned over and went to sleep. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Benjamin Disraeli How came the Whigs to give such a church to such a person? There must have been some mistake. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anna Katherine Green Every soul had left the church save the three before the pulpit. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Elizabeth Von Arnim Martha knew the word that was to have finished the sentence, because of having to go to church every Sunday at Tintagel. It was saved. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

D.H. Lawrence The women are seated, by church instinct, all together on the left, with perhaps an odd man at the end of a row, beside his wife. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

The church he had already located — a red-brick building of a hideousness so complete that it was difficult to believe that it was accidental. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Willa Cather In the morning Paul had to go to church and Sabbath school, as always. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

She testified that the young woman came knocking at the closed door of the inn on the Sunday evening during church time, saying she had lost her way. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Mark Twain But nobody ever sang by moonlight on the upper deck, and the congregational singing at church and prayers was not of a superior order of architecture. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The fact is that three quarters of the people in this place never go near a church in their lives. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Julian Hawthorne They’re suspicious, and afraid of being left in the lurch; so they stand up in a church and tie themselves together by a troublesome knot they call marriage. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

William Morris Right so I fell upon the floor and knelt, Not as one kneels in church when mass is said, But in a heap, quite nerveless, for I felt The first time what a thing was perfect dread. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

By extraordinary exertions Brother Jones-thinking a handsome new church would be an ornament to the town and increase the value of real estate-had got two brethren, who desired to remain incog. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Anthony Trollope If you would only be down punctually for morning prayers, and go to church with him on Sunday afternoon, he would be delighted to have you. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He entered with his latch-key as a church clock tolled one. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells I would be taken through it on my way to church or Sunday school. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Wilkie Collins I heard him say the words myself:—“The church is close by. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Isabella Bird The church has nothing specially ecclesiastical in its appearance. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

Guy de Maupassant He was walking home from church along the by-road that led to his house when he saw ahead of him Martine, who was also going home. Benoist (La Martine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell The church was not warmed, there being no means for this purpose. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Andrew Lang She got that, for the church was very near. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Leslie Stephen The Whig leaders assured him that nothing should induce them to vote against the bill if they expected its rejection to hurt the church or “do kindness to the dissenters. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Guy de Maupassan Though he respected the church through policy, he believed neither in God nor in the devil, expecting consequently in another life neither chastisement nor recompense for his acts. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope The last Sunday she had been at church her father had preached his last sermon. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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]

One windy day in September, Mr. West sat in his study writing a sermon, when a jarring crash rang out from the church close by. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Thomas Hardy He went to church at Great Hintock one afternoon as usual, there being no service at the smaller village. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Denial of this momentous doctrine is the hardest challenge that is now flung into the teeth of the Episcopalian church by the Neo–Dictionarians. SACRAMENT, n. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

Miles Franklin Tales of those who tiraded behind my back were frequent—whether church wardens, local preachers, precentors, acolytes or other scribes and pharisees soon became a jumbled mass. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Tobias Smolle You see them walking to and from church at all hours, in their hoods and long camblet cloaks, with a slow pace, demure aspect, and downcast eye. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

By the by, Fenton, we don’t see them at church or on the docks any more. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

There is a fine old basilicate church dedicated to S. Vittore at the north end of Locarno. It is the mother church of these parts and dates from the eighth or ninth century. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

The church of St, Benedict’s was very old, its outer walls being part of a monastery that had been destroyed by fire in the fifteenth century. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Gustave Flauber At the first stroke of vespers, she would wake him up, brush his trousers, tie his cravat and walk to church with him, leaning on his arm with maternal pride. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

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

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]

A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Every village, therefore, had a church and a clergyman; and in due time, from this very circumstance, the Episcopalians came to be more numerous in New York than any other sect. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

So, into the church Larose went and joined the small crowd of three assembled there. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

I married her in a village church in the Lake country; a quiet little church half hidden among the hills which encircle Derwentwater—a sweet spot. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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

Guy de Maupassan The church slowly began to fill. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

William Dampier The square is called the parade: commonly the church makes one side of it, and the gentlemen’s houses, with their galleries about them, the other. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Once I saw a Frenchman pass a church without unbonneting. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade