Phrases with "dared"

The only sensible thing to do is to launch out with Fielding into that deep and open sea of human character and fate which he dared so gloriously. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Walter Scott It was some time before I dared open my eyes, lest they should again encounter the horrible spectacle. The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott [1828]

Charles Dickens On the present occasion, though I was hungry, I dared not eat my slice. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith You have thwarted the best of plots; you have dared to act in defiance of your Chief—’ ‘Eyes to him!’ Barto interposed, touching over his eyeballs. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Ricardo dared not venture out on the cleared ground. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Wilkie Collins Gabriel dared not trust himself yet to speak; but he raised his arm, and put it gently round his father’s neck. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

She had not dared to tell her husband till she was sure. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Rudyard Kipling At that time I dared not think of the change that had come over me, and all in one night: though I have often thought of it since. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I really don’t believe when it came to the point that I should have dared to actually lure that dreadful man to his death in the privet lane. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Rudyard Kipling They were so wildly improbable that he dared not say them out aloud; and I, who entertained all Strickland’s beliefs, was so ashamed of owning to them that I pretended to disbelieve. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I felt a difference in the object of our addresses to God, that I dared not search my heart for the motive of. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

D. H. Lawrence The kisses she needed like warm raindrops he dared not give, till she was parched and gone hard, and did not want them. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

The sounds of the outer world reached him in his loneliness and annoyed him, because, while wondering what they were, he dared not look out to see. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Wilkie Collins I had gone as near to it as I dared when I spoke to you in the library. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Margaret Oliphant They dared not put their position into words—dared not so much as inquire in their thoughts where Susan was, or what had befallen her. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

But I dared not go down again to get it. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

What, his son rebelled, he dared to brave him to his face, he threatened him! The old fellow jumped from his chair, and moved towards the young man as if he would strike him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope To tell the truth, her husband had not dared to mention the appointment when he first saw her after hearing it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy And he dared not suggest going; for she would see in it an admission of defeat. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell She had never dared as yet to look at Mr Donne, though her heart burnt to see him once again. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

I had a cough which tore me to pieces; but I dared not give up my employment, and my fear was of being sent away on account of bad health. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Despair! Who dared talk of that? The poor victim, who on the morrow was to pass the awful boundary between life and death, felt not, as I did, such deep and bitter agony. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

D. H. Lawrence And he dared not think of her face, of her eyes which shone, and of her strange, transfigured face. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy And he dared not go in, realising the futility of any attempt at consolation. To Let by John Galsworthy

He faced about with bold and steady caution, on the alert to give the lie to anybody who dared to accuse him of facing about at all. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The big bay leader had leaped many times in the air, but Mowgli dared not risk a false blow. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Walter Scott Then, stamping his foot against the floor to express the full energy of the passion to which he dared no longer give vent, he turned round and left the apartment. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

D. H. Lawrence He dared not board, because people knew him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

You know it! Harrod! Harrod! How did you know? I— I did not know myself until an hour before I met you; I had not see her in weeks — I had not dared to — for all trust in self was dead. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Bram Stoker I dared not wait to see him return, for I feared to see those weird sisters. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Far overhead, so high up that he dared not calculate the height, he saw their tops glittering in the sunlight, against a tiny patch of blue sky. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

One of his ankles, too, had been so twisted in his fall in the mill that it was heavy as lead and he dared not put it to the ground. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Rafael Sabatini Proceed to stir up mutiny he dared not. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Andrew Lang The wolf came down the inside of the tree, slowly, slowly; Antoine felt turned to stone, so terrified was he, and hardly dared to breathe. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Why! If Lantier dared to follow her about, all she had to do was to call a policeman and have him locked up. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Meredith And at present he had no claim to visit her, dared not intrude. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Then Bergheim cried out that the straw under his hands was taking fire, and that he dared throw it back into the room no longer! I sprang to his aid with the two hatchets. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

And I don’t think I should have dared to disobey one any more than I should those other summonses issued by the law courts. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

George Meredith One third of the Liberals have been with us at heart, and dared not speak, and we dared not say what we wished. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D.H. Lawrence I dared not risk walking to Milan: I took a train. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

She dared not use the awful phrases for herself; only, shyly, she hoped that perhaps, used by some other heavenly knowledge, they might not be altogether inapplicable to herself. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

What was to become of wife, son and daughter when he was dead and gone, was a question which Captain Palliser dared not ask himself. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

John Galsworthy How dared he have anything to break, and yet how dared he break it? “Good-night, Miss Forsyde! Remember me to Mrs. Dartie. I’m not so bad, really. To Let by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling Then Weland strode as far as he dared into the Chapel and threw down all his shoeing-tools — his hammer, and pincers, and rasps — to show that he had done with them for ever. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell He seemed, indeed, almost afraid of himself, and in common hardly dared to give way to justifiable anger — so much did he dread losing his self-control. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Arnold Bennett And he dared not say that she had altered. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He liked something strong, whether in man or woman; he liked whatever dared to clear conventional limits. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Algernon Blackwood How had he dared to seize her in that awful way? The outrage and the love both tore at her. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

D. H. Lawrence He dared not meet his own eyes in the mirror; he never looked at himself. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

I dared not shout to them in English, for fear of being heard on board the other ships around. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells We were so terrified that we dared not go on, but turned aside and hid in a shed in a garden. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

From these signs, I gathered that all was not exactly for the best; and I would have given a good handful of dollars for a plain answer to the questions which I dared not put. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Yet I dared not shoot, good master, for fear lest they should slay me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Chicken rummaged intelligently until he found what he had hardly dared hope for—a small, brown jug that still contained something near a quart of his desire. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Miss Hall, of Bristol, writes: “I, too, have seen fairies, but never until now have I dared to mention it for fear of ridicule. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

There was another person, the bare recollection of whom made her tremble, and whose name she dared not utter. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith It seemed that he could do what he dared not utter. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells They had not dared to speak before, and even now they spoke in undertones of the shadow that had hovered and passed over the dearest thing in their lives. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Hope Neither of us, pursued or pursuer, dared quite to run; as it was, our eager strides and our carelessness of collisions created more than enough attention. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

It was as though she knew the worst, and knowing it, dared not speak; as though there was something more horrible which she dared not reveal. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Not only would compliance purchase comforts, but strange stories were afloat concerning the persecution of women who dared to choose their own lovers. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

She was anxious about his future anxious too about his present mode of life; but she dared not question closely upon either subject. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I put my head under the pillow, leaving one eye uncovered so that I could look at the door, and wished that I dared jump out of bed and run out of the room. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Ann Radcliffe He enquired how long the novice had resided in the convent, and many other particulars, to which the stranger either could not or dared not reply. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Jules Verne He dared not continue in that direction. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

D. H. Lawrence She dared not look at him directly. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Andrew Lang Then he spoke to them with a mighty and terrible voice, and said, ‘Because you have dared to come here, I lay upon you the punishment. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I haf been but few months here, and I haf not dared for licence to apply, because in Paris, where I am from, I haf had leetle trouble with ze police. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Edith Wharton He had accused himself, in midnight retrospect, of having failed to press home his conclusion because he dared not face the truth. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Wilkie Collins On that ground — though I dared not confess it to Eunice — I forgave him, too. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Marjorie Bowen They dared not leave the town; behind its walls was the only chance of safety. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

The Romans had but one virtue, which meant the courage that dares; and to me the highest type of woman would be one whose bold spirit dared and defied the world for love’s sake. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell She dared not light them carrying their burden even, until they passed round the corner of the house; so strong was her fearful conviction that Benjamin was lurking near, seeking again to enter. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

When at length I dared descend the steps, I found her lying there as white as snow. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

I have already dared to drop hints at injustice done to you. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Sinclair Lewis When his first monthly check came, neat in a little sealed envelope, he dared not look at it. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

She dared not speak to Henry; he was there, but he was guiding the car; if he were distracted for a moment they might all crash into utter ruin. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

As ever he did, well may the Wielder reward thee still!” Beowulf spake, bairn of Ecgtheow:— “This work of war most willingly we have fought, this fight, and fearlessly dared force of the foe. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Accustomed to submit to the will of her whom he respectfully called “the mistress,” and of whom he was but the head clerk, he dared not oppose her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Meredith None but a woman of consummate breeding dared have done as she did. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He dared not light a candle, for it was now approaching towards that hour when if anyone were coming down into the vaults he would arrive soon, and, as before, they gave him no peace. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell The room grew cool in the night air; but Ruth dared not rouse him from what appeared to be sound, restoring slumber. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope He knew what it was to stand with his hand on the lock of the door and tremble before he dared to enter the room. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell Edward came to see her, and stayed the allotted quarter of an hour; but he dared not look her in the face. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

D. H. Lawrence And even Kangaroo dared not ask for an answer. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells But fearful as we were we dared essay no vantage-point to survey the crater. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Gissing The way in which Mr. Gresham regarded the picture began to inspire him with hopes he had scarcely dared entertain. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Had another entered? Had his brother dared — No, they were alone; seemingly so, that is. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Julian Hawthorne Peter?” I dared to reply, for my ducking had given me courage. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Henry Kingsley I have not dared to play the fool, as he has, for two reasons. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

With an enemy in his rear whom he dared not fight, and followers whom he dared not trust, the cup of his calamities was nearly full. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry Handel Richardson Now he saw that he dared delay no longer in setting free the imprisoned elements in him, was he ever to grow to that complete whole which each mortal aspires to be. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I dared not count the graves there. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

He dared not move from his shelter. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

I have no money to take me back to England, even if I dared go there — and I dare not. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I dared not meet my poor girl at her grandfather’s, since in so doing I must risk an encounter with you. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Miss Mackenzie got up, blushing to her forehead, and Lady Ball rose from her chair with an angry look, as though asking the oilcloth manufacturer how he dared to make his way in there. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Yet it was so; it was coming, it was sure, this new, incomprehensible, dreaded happiness, of which, now that it was almost within her trembling hand, she hardly dared to think. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Andrew Lang But mindful of the black girl’s commands, he dared not spare the little creature’s life, and taking another arrow from his quiver he laid it as dead as the boar and the hare. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray The principal would not have dared to confess the loss of his money, and did not, openly; but he vowed vengeance against the stealer of his sweetmeat, and a rigid search was made. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He would have gone himself, but he dared not, for he thought he was pretty closely marked, but I was still free from suspicion, and I was the only one to take on the job. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Algernon Blackwood And Dr. Silence understood, too, that he dared not interfere. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope When things were going bad with him no one in the field dared to speak to him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing You will wish you had dared to accept it. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I dared not risk the leap, and yet if I did not jump, what was to become of me? I was just beginning to despair again, when I saw Nikola point up stream and disappear. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Rudyard Kipling I dared not hoist sail lest men should see me; but the Lord commanded the tide to bear me carefully, and I was far from land before the morning. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Arnold Bennett Built on lies! How dared you?” And he pitched into the fire — not the apparatus of crime, but the water-colour drawing of a moss-rose and the straws and the blue ribbon for bows at the corners. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing There was a new look in his eyes, a vehemence, a fervour, which she dared not meet after the first glance. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jules Verne Manoel and Fragoso, as they came back, dared not mention their ill success before Benito. They feared that the disappointment would only force him to some act of despair. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

In your presence I have always had a thought which I dared not show you. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Abraham Merri We had not dared to take the road by which Norhala had led us into the City. The giant slide was broken and climbable. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arnold Bennett In his father’s lifetime Cyril had never dared to break it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Scarcely dared He credit his hearing. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Edith Wharton She would not have detested him so heartily had she not known that he dared to admire her. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon Though under Paul’s influence she had recently begun to modify her puritanism, and now liked to think of herself as ‘modern’ and unconventional, there was a point beyond which she dared not go. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel He dared to draw back from me. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Jules Verne Should Dacosta have spoken then? Perhaps; but he dared not do it. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Guy de Maupassan He went toward them, but when near them dared not address them. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I dared not go into the room where my beloved father lay. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Machen He dared not walk under the clear blaze of the electric lamps. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Anthony Hope I dared not wait, for I feared that the King would die. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Rafael Sabatini To the admiral this was but the barking of a dog that dared not come within biting distance; and the waste of ammunition roused his scorn of that pirate Dragut whom he held at his mercy. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope Her answer would have been ready enough had she dared to speak it out. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

He dared not send out any of his white men, but he bade a party of the scouts follow the Portugoose’s trail. Prester John by John Buchan

George Meredith She dared not speak her wish to one whose remembered mastery in words forbade her poor speechlessness. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

He leaned forward a little; still he dared not look at her. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

On the first day, I dared not look at her; I hated her for not being as unhappy as myself. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Rudyard Kipling He has searched wherever he daredopenly or furtively — in safety or at the risk of his life. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Gissing With difficulty he persuaded Mrs. Abbott to sit down and write a few lines, to be posted at once to Gunnersbury. ‘I haven’t dared to ask her to come. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

When I would have asked him how he dared so to address a young lady, the words were arrested by Janet. I thought she had gone mad. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Edgar Allan Poe No one spoke, and still I dared not satisfy myself by looking at the splinter I held. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Lady Morgan Thus singularly situated, I dared not hazard a revelation of my real character, lest I should lose by the discovery all those precious immunities with which my fictitious one had endowed me. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Miles Franklin He had been in demand among smart hostesses, and there would be an ache in more than one heart, Lady Jane dared suggest, when his ship carried him away from his native shores. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Well, this cushion, this sacred cushion which none of us dared touch, was found by us on a little table by the door, with the ribbon hanging from it by which it had been tied to the bureau. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Jane Austen Elizabeth dared not lift up her eyes. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

A storm arose from the depths of her soul, stirring up feelings to which she dared not give a name. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli Venetia again repaired to the apartment of Lady Annabel. Her step was light, but agitated; it seemed that she scarcely dared to breathe. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jules Verne But the waves were sweeping the deck from one side to the other, and they dared not stay there. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I dared hardly lift my eyes to the dark and radiant presence facing me across a table furniture that was like a display of treasure. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

There was not a man that night in camp who would have dared oppose the steps of the young heroine of the Cross wherever they might choose, in their fantastic flight, to wander. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

In the face of Massy’s last rebuff Sterne dared not declare his knowledge. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

George Gissing Such was their mutual love, that each schemed to win his kindness for the other, his brotherly kindness, for they never thought, had never dared to think, of anything else. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells Only Leblanc would have dared so to summon figure heads and powers and intelligence, or have had the courage to hope for their agreement. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Morgan Robertson But he dared not stop — to become stiffened with cold and pain. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Robert Louis Stevenson From many circumstances, it chanced we were safer than we could have dared to hope. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

He drew his dagger with his left; I opposed my point and dared him with my eye to close. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Yet, Helen! from thy love I turned, When my heart most for thy heart burned; I dared thy tears, I dared thy scorn — Easier the death-pang had been borne. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

So with a calm and a steadfast mind the Lord Juss abode there, his second night without sleep, for sleep he dared not in that accursed place. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell You dared not make it so, if you had the power. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope Speaking before the full court at this trial, he dared to say he knew how to live as a man and to carry himself as a gentleman. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang However, he dared not say no, but smiled and nodded. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing And to-night he had not dared to go to Ida; in his present state the visit could have but one result, and even yet he hoped that such a result might not come about. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Henry Adams With that, a teacher who had failed to educate even the generation of 1870, dared not interfere. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Robert Louis Stevenson He has even dared to translate from his mighty name-father; and the voice of fame supports him in his boldness. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang Moreover, some two hundred poor men and women had dared the fiery death. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim But if ever you dared to set foot in Germany——” “I can assure you,” Mr. Sabin interrupted, “that I shall take particular care never to visit your delightful country. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Abraham Merri This room that held his only doorway back into Sharane’s world! He dared not risk going from that room. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Gissing He had always regarded the winning of a beautiful and intellectual wife as the crown of a successful literary career, but he had not dared to hope that such a triumph would be his. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Margaret Oliphant He dared not trust himself to think. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Eliot She dared not stay to take out her ear-rings, but she threw off her scarf, and let it fall on the floor, before the light tap came again. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Gustave Flauber It was agreed first to entreat the assistance of the Romans, and this mission was offered to Spendius, but as a fugitive he dared not undertake it. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

I had revealed all I dared to. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope About the necklace she hardly dared to speak, merely observing how sad it was that all those precious diamonds should have been lost forever. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mr Warburton had not dared to express a further doubt, and the money had been sent. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope How she would have looked at Captain Batsby had he dared to call her Ayala! Colonel Stubbs should call her Ayala as long as he pleased — if it were done only in friendship. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis It was a long time since any one had dared to make small of such a formidable monument of guineas capped with a baronetcy. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

He got hold of my leg and of course none of our chaps dared touch him then. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Andrew Lang It did not seem to him fair play, but he dared not object, so he only bowed low, and contrived to step back close to the spot where the nightingale was hidden. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence There was something he wanted to say, that he dared not. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Winston dared not turn his head even by a millimetre, but sometimes her livid, gasping face came within the angle of his vision. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald He wished he dared interfere — a girl of that age and position would hardly have two bank accounts. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Von Arnim She dared say she did seem nothing to them now but a poor sweet, but they needn’t tell her so. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

She dared not control him in any thing material while his mind continued in that desperate situation and therefore consented to stay some time longer. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

It is difficult to withold one’s admiration from the audacious old spirit who thus, on the mere strength of his mother-wits, dared to defy the enraged master of a powerful state. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Edmund Burke Entire regiments have dared to violate at once the respect due to the laws, to the king, to the order established by your decrees, and to the oaths which they have taken with the most awful solemnity. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

And in saying all this, Austin’s tone was just as resentfully insolent to Mr. Standup as he dared to make it. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Olaf Stapledon It was a strange life, so rich in human intercourse, and yet so lonely; for he dared not tell anyone of the real purpose of his activities, of their Neptunian aspect, lest he should bethought insane. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rafael Sabatini He dared make no answer, offer no excuse; in that moment he scarcely dared breathe. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jack London This editor, who published patent medicine advertisements, called me a scoundrelly demagogue because I dared him to print in his paper the truth about patent medicines. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I dared not smoke, and could do nothing but stare out of the window. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle But his guardians knew that he was a terrible man, this pale, fat gentleman in the straw hat, and they dared not grant him what he asked. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

His suspicions he dared not mention in open court. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Andrew Lang But she told him she dared not do so, at least if she did open the door it must only be a very tiny chink; and Sigurd declared that would do quite well. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In the agony of my mind I communicated my distress to Lord Peyton, the only person whom I dared trust with so important a secret. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Andrew Lang So, after all, the years of waiting passed more quickly than the queen had dared to hope. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells They dared not even say “I think”; they had to say “I heard a voice” or the “Word of the Lord came to me”. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

D.H. Lawrence His head was ducked low; he dared never lift it, he dared give no sign of his presence. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

John Polidori They described it as the resort of the vampyres in their nocturnal orgies, and denounced the most heavy evils as impending upon him who dared to cross their path. The Vampyre by John Polidori

H.P. Lovecraft There was no one in the soaking street, and in all the world there was no one I dared tell. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

From the moment he dared to hope that his son’s orphan would be spared, he had been devoted to him, but still mournfully, envying and pitying his innocence as something that could not last. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

A. E. W. Mason I have even dared to-night to tell you what I have kept secret for so long, my meeting with Harry Feversham and the peril he has run. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

An enemy of your Majesty who would not have dared to attack you openly has conspired in secret. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope When he went up into that pulpit last Sunday, his studied object was to give offence to men who had grown old in reverence of those things of which he dared to speak so slightingly. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He dared not, even though so close, really touch the young man, but swerved an inch away. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Madame Deberle was now spending a month at the seaside, and the doctor, though he had all his time at his own command, dared not pass more than ten minutes in Helene’s company. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle I know that some great sorrow would come upon us if I dared to say what I really felt. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Ivan Turgenev I dared not touch my own face, dared not glance at myself in the glass. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Elizabeth Gaskell But dead! What did they mean? At Philip’s worst moment of hatred he had hardly dared to wish him dead. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

H. Rider Haggard For it had come to this pass, so great was the terror of the names of Eric Brighteyes and Skallagrim Lambstail, that no six men dared to stand before them in open fight. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Already she had shaped plans, and she dared not allow needless time to intervene before practically pursuing them. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]