Phrases with "daring"

The criminal to be executed on that occasion was a thief, already notorious in Paris for his daring and dexterity, though he had only been there a few months. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Wilkie Collins His friend had now arrived with a letter of introduction to a capitalist, well known in commercial circles for his daring speculations and for his great wealth. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Such daring created quite a sensation among the onlookers. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

They were alarmed by the reaction which had set in, and had no choice but to strengthen themselves by a daring policy. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

M. P. Shiel It had taken her two hours to screw her courage to the height of daring the dead man to this extent, and now she was in for it. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Sinclair Lewis But she also learned that by comparison Gopher Prairie was a model of daring color, clever planning, and frenzied intellectuality. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He would not stoop to shows of humility, nor tame a nature accustomed to take pride in daring and independence. Lodore by Mary Shelley

When it reached the capital, all were filled with amazement at the unprecedented daring of the strangers. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

M. P. Shiel And when I did get out, I was away up the length of the street, trailing my long jubbah, glancing backward, panting, for I thought that she might dare to follow, with her daring evil will. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

His daring is of a different kind; it is not the daring of adventure but of intensity; his fine surprises are seized out of the very heart of his subject, and seized in a single stroke. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

I have heard he is a rare and daring infidel. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Here, during the hottest of the fight, he was approached by Lieutenant Price, who had just sabred a daring assailant inside the work. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I might take her to Florence, and put the Apennines between her and that daring wretch. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Eliot So daring an idea was not originated by a native Trebian, but by a young lawyer who came from a distance, knew the dictionary by heart, and was probably an illegitimate son of somebody or other. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

M. P. Shiel Then, indeed, fear overtook me—a tremor in the midst of the exultant daring of my heart—a thought that now at least I must desert him in his extremity, now work out my own salvation. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Alphonse Daudet Alas! all that he did to appease his thirst for deeds of daring only helped to augment it. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

She had the fire and daring of her father, but none of his care and affection for the people. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

John Galsworthy She stood, pouting over its sharp nose and soft warm body, like the very figure of daring with the smell of soft soap in its nostrils. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

George Meredith He was a novice: in daring to rebuke he betrayed his office. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing But, Adela—’ She paused, not quite daring to speak her thoughts. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells He stood leaning with one hand against the wall, looking up at her and tingling with daring thoughts. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Eliot I mean, daring to trifle with the respectability of a family that has a good and honest name to support. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

I felt enterprising, and indeed it is easy to be daring with people one has never seen before and may never see again. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins I was able to ask myself what this young fellow’s daring idea was really worth. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Leslie Stephen Swift’s peculiarity is in the curious sobriety of fancy, which leads him to keep in his most daring flights upon the confines of the possible. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

He followed this daring movement with his eye, no doubt in mixed pity and amazement at its presumption. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith Three days after that, you had an interview with the Duke. Stop, sir! What the devil do you mean by daring to speak while I am speaking? You saw the Duke, I say. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

D. H. Lawrence Martin, for instance, who was a gentleman and a daring soldier, and a queer soul and pleasant to talk to. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson Wherever he touches on the black side of the supernatural his pencil grows more daring and incisive. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith But my daring of her to look me in the eyes and swear on her oath she believed the fortunes true ones, sent her into a fit of sullenness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Charles Kingsley Hark! how jocund Plymouth bells, Wandering up through mazy dells, Call me down, with smiles to hail, My daring Drake’s returning sail. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Herman Melville But it was upon the great state-bell that the founder lavished his more daring skill. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

H.P. Lovecraft Some of the experiments she proposed were very daring and radical — he did not feel at liberty to describe them — but he had confidence in her powers and intentions. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Ivan Turgenev But the adventurous daring of youth, the secret desire to try his luck, to test his powers independently without anyone else’s protection — prevailed at last. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

E. F. Benson Haw!” Mrs Antrobus’s trumpet was turned in his direction at this moment, and she heard these daring remarks. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Sinclair Lewis She glared back, defending her own, daring the world not to appreciate them. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassan At times they were silent, not knowing what more to say, and not daring to embrace each other any more. Margot’s Tapers (Noces de Margot) by Guy de Maupassan

James Hogg It had, however, very nigh cost me my life; for I not long thereafter I encountered M’Gill in the fields, on which he came up and challenged me for a liar, daring me to fight him. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Bram Stoker Here was a kingship going: a daring hand might grasp the crown which rested in so perilous a manner on the head of a baby. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Oh, say you do forgive me, Celia!” He made haste to support this daring use of her name. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

On seeing the Desvarennes take their daring flight, the leading men in the trade had said: “They have system and activity, and if they do not upset on the way, they will attain a high position. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

He dared — for it is a matter of daring just as much as of technique — to expose the imbecilities of the inner mind, and in doing so he discovered an America which was under everybody’s nose. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope He had greatly presumed in daring to question her about her correspondence, and she was determined to show that she thought so. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle So daring was she, that for an instant the Rovers, as they flew to loose the tackles of their guns, and hoisted their battle-lanterns, believed that a man-of-war had caught them napping. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Other parts of the letter seemed to have a challenging tone — as if daring them (the Fynes) to approve her conduct. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Walter Scott I thought I had been marked by one of the officers, and therefore continued to lurk about the vicinity of Edinburgh, but without daring to venture within the walls. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins In the first place, I saw darkly what the nature of the conspiracy had been, how chances had been watched, and how circumstances had been handled to ensure impunity to a daring and an intricate crime. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edith Wharton You were all so good to me — I wanted so to stay with you! I suppose you’ll say that makes it worse: my daring to dream I had the right . The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Olaf Stapledon Paul and his beloved, flushed with exertion and mutual delight and exalted by a sense of their own daring unconventionality, escaped through the garden to the bare down that fringed their suburb. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser Never was there such a defiant, daring manipulator. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Chance aids their daring with unhop’d success; Sergesthus, eager with his beak to press Betwixt the rival galley and the rock, Shuts up th’ unwieldly Centaur in the lock. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jules Verne Perhaps they might offer no path by which even the most daring climber could penetrate to the interior. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

A bold, daring heart, and no encumbrances. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

D. H. Lawrence He seemed to be waiting, not quite daring to ask, trusting to be told. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

He was brilliant and most daring in his interpretation of the words. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

He lay as if stunned, face up and, daring not move, did not see the struggle, but heard the piercing shriek of mad fear, her low angry words; another shriek dying out in a moan. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

A strong party of blacks had seized that outlet, and brandishing their weapons, seemed to defy the white men, daring them to the attempt. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Theodore Dreiser They were not timid, however; were rich in curiosity, and strong in daring and slang. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

R. D. Blackmore This picture was not at all deterrent; so daring are young men, and so selfish. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Duillius next and Catulus were seen, Whose daring navies plough’d the billowy green That laves Pelorus and the Sardian shore, And dyed the rolling waves with Punic gore. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

She rent her hair, beat her bosom, and not daring to quit Ambrosio, endeavoured by loud cries to summon the Monks to her assistance. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Putting on an air of great dignity, I bowed to the woman and passed on, resolving upon the course I would pursue, which must necessarily be daring in order to succeed. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli Many bright dames and damsels, and many influential men, were there, who little deemed that deep and daring thoughts were there masked by many a gracious countenance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

His facial muscles indicated a wild and daring nature, and his eyes were like green fires. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Meredith His powers were placed in evidence by her not daring to utter a sarcasm, which was possibly the main cause of her burning fretfulness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

R. D. Blackmore Mordacks has taken to me, like a better father, mainly from his paramount love of justice, and of daring gallantry, as he calls it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

John Morley It is not given, we all know, even to the most original and daring of leaders, to be without precursors, and Voltaire's march was prepared for him before he was born, as it is for all mortals. Voltaire by John Morley

Arthur Conan Doyle The young fellow’s expression was that of a daring man who realizes his danger, but is determined to throw no chance of safety away. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Walter Scott But, like many people who do daring actions, I went on because I had not time to think of retreating. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Ralph Waldo Emerson His daring imagination gives him the more solid grasp of facts; as the birds of highest flight have the strongest alar bones. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

History itself, though a far more daring story-teller than romance, presents few things so strange18 as the footing on which Gerard and Margaret now lived for many years. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edmund Burke In these meetings of all sorts, every counsel, in proportion as it is daring and violent and perfidious, is taken for the mark of superior genius. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Queen, greatly incensed at such a daring insult from one of her meanest subjects, to make such a prayer on her, demanded immediately the reason, or she would have her put to death. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

G. K. Chesterton He is a daring pilgrim who has set out from the grave to find the cradle. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Late literature laughs at everything, with a daring familiarity undreamed of before, save in sporadic cases. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

His confinement in Newgate, from which the first number of the Review was issued on the 19th February, 1704, had in no way impaired his clear-sighted daring and self-confident skill. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Our town and treasure were thus left undefended for forty-eight hours, while a daring criminal and his associates mingled unsuspected with all classes. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

By the grandeur of his conceptions, the graceful daring of his actions, by his wit and beauty, he won and ruled the minds of all. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

A mild Liberalism prevailed, a Liberalism that would be regarded as hide-bound Toryism now, but was daring enough in those days. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

But they were not quite radical enough, not quite daring enough in their negations. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Jules Verne His mother overcome at last by mental and physical torture, had sunk to the ground, daring neither to look nor listen. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Wilkie Collins She is quite capable (according to my belief) of committing a daring fraud. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Marjorie Bowen She deluded herself from day to day, knowing that she was doing so, yet not daring to face reality. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Virginia Woolf At first he moved as a god; as she came to know him better he was still the centre of light, but combined with this beauty a wonderful power of making her daring and confident of herself. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

To see if Golly Gollan had put a new gag into his triumph of foolery — Gollan who had been rescued from a life on the road by a daring manager, and had been given his chance and had taken it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Caroline Lamb He raised her senseless from the earth; he placed her upon a couch; and without daring to look upon her, as he extricated his hand from the strong grasp of terror, he fled from her apartment. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

On the one hand he did not want Larose to ask him any awkward questions about Professor Bannister and yet, on the other, he wanted to find out how it was Larose was now daring to appear in town again. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Meredith When I was young the boys relished these dreadful words because they seemed to smell of tar and battle-smoke, when every English boy was for being a sailor and daring the Black Gentleman below. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

So vivid is the sober realism of this fine story that the public believed the relation to be plain, unvarnished facts, and were astonished at the writer’s daring to reveal them in all their detail. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

He was described now as a daring man; and the wiseacres shook their heads as they talked of him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins When the idea of his scheme had sprung to life in his mind, the novelty of it had startled him — the enormous daring of it, suddenly self-revealed, had daunted him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H.P. Lovecraft Those who see our photographs will probably find its closest analogue in certain grotesque conceptions of the most daring futurists. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Joseph Furphy Not daring to move hand or foot, I could only wish myself a rhinoceros. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

R. D. Blackmore Hats off, fellows, at the name of your king! Mary, my dear, the most daring villain, the devil’s own son, has just run up herescarcely two minutes — you must have seen him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins Not daring to tell him the truth, I leave him to infer that my marriage engagement has been broken off, he writes back a kind and comforting letter. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Theodore Dreiser Her love was unjust, illegal, outlawed; but it was love, just the same, and had much of the fiery daring of the outcast from justice. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins We two, in the estimation of others, are at once the dupes and the agents of a daring imposture. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Leslie Stephen These, however, are interruptions to the main thread of the book, which is a daring assault upon that serious kind of pedantry which utters itself in theological systems. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Anthony Trollope Then he spoke of entanglements, meaning, as he did so, to explain more fully what were their nature — but not daring to do so when he found that Lily was altogether in the dark as to what he meant. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev I am alive!’ She let her force and daring have full fling. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Not daring to bring them into the hut, he made fires in such secluded spots of the bush as might be secure from observation. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Leslie Stephen Some daring sceptics are even inquiring whether he is a poet at all. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Meredith And he had seen her do a daring thing on the rocks on the heights in the early morning, when she was out by herself, unaware of a spectator, he not knowing who she was;—the Fates had arranged it so. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Sir Walter Scott The local magistrates, from timidity or worse motives, have become shy of acting against them, and impunity has rendered them equally daring and desperate. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret felt very uneasy, knowing her grandfather so well, and not daring to guess what caustic remark might come next to irritate the young sailor guest. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

But nothing could daunt the daring in which she went; she took a third step, and Henry’s voice cried to her suddenly, “Stop there and wait for the cards. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

This daring attempt to reduce all the mysteries of life to a simple sum in arithmetic, and to make God a mere attribute in the mind of man, disturbed and depressed me. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The night was chilly and the billiard-room was the only place where there was a fire, and women nowadays are a daring lot. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Theodore Dreiser She was not exactly as daring as she seemed, but she loved to give that impression. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

A great rout of joy and pleasure was daily seen in front of Gunther’s hall, without and eke within, from many a daring man. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The population of Santiago, they averred, was so floating that although many remembered Sheldon–Brown as a big and daring speculator, they were none of them prepared to swear when he came there. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

His combinations are rarely Napoleonic until he becomes an American. In his native dales he seldom ventures on a daring policy. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

M. P. Shiel But he seems to have been a man of daring eye and headlong lust. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Jane Austen He talked, therefore, for several minutes without Fanny’s daring to interrupt him. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Elizabeth Von Arnim This stranger, this bald stranger, daring to touch her, daring to remind her of what, in her foolishness, she used once to call a good-looking young man. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Wilkie Collins She waited a minute, until she could look at her own daring project from another point of view. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

For each conquest of the heart he had fought, and the more frequent his fights the more expert and daring he became. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Meredith The daring Austrian flank-march on Vicenza, behind the fortresses of the Quadrilateral, was the capital stroke of the campaign. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Theodore Dreiser She looked simple and charming enough to strengthen the daring of any lover. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Some of the more daring of them have made a hunt among the pine forests to-day, but without success. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang Years passed by, and the baby grew up into a find handsome lad, as daring as he was beautiful, and as industrious as he was brave. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was a daring thing to take Miss Moon into the jaws of the lion, yet that very daring would probably prove to be her safeguard. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Olaf Stapledon Much later she would have described it as a blend of common sense, daring imagination and rigorous intellectual integrity. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis Like a dumb farmer seeing a vision of chariots in the August sky, and not daring to even try and explain them. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

They made way for him without actually daring to face his glance. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus, then, did Fleeming pass the whole of that night, crouching on the floor in the draught, and not daring to move lest he should wake the sleeper. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray My uncle (I speak with great respect of him) was too much of a devotee, and too much of a martinet at play ever to win GREATLY. His moral courage was unquestionable, but his daring was not sufficient. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

G. K. Chesterton But surely if you are daring to try and find God beyond the grave and appeal to Him—you ought to let Him find you when He comes and stands there every morning in our little church. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Adam Lindsay Gordon We, too, sprung from loins of the Ishmaelite stallions, We glory in daring that dies or prevails; From ‘counter of squadrons, and crash of battalions, To rending of blackthorns, and rattle of rails. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

H. G. Wells Then we must resist; then we must withstand, not seeking martyrdom but lacing it calmly, daring to say ‘I disbelieve in your encumbering, separating faiths, I disavow your irrational loyalties. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells Then the World Council had set itself to certain tasks that had been so inconceivable hitherto that not the most daring sociologists had looked them in the face. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thus had the dread-one by daring achieved over the ring-hoard to rule at will, himself to pleasure; a sea-boat he loaded, and bore on its bosom the beaming gold, son of Waels; the worm was consumed. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Maria Edgeworth I admire your courage in daring to come forward in the defence of innocence. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Andrew Lang For seven years he led the life of a hunted animal, often cold and nearly always hungry, and never daring to allow himself a sound sleep. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Indoors she fell to conjecturing the meaning of Farfrae’s enigmatic words about not daring to ask her what he fain would. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Walter Scott He never provoked to extremity the daring spirits whom he commanded, and never used any freedom with them beyond the extent that he knew their patience could bear. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Among the rest, the young captain Sandoval is particularly commemorated for his daring prowess. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Meredith She was his mate in love and daring at least. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jules Verne Little Robert did wonders in company with Major McNabbs. The daring boy, in spite of his sister’s injunctions, was always in front, and the first to fire. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Nor, I think, will that reader grasp the way to see the truth who cannot teach himself what has in Cicero’s case, been the effect of daring to tell to his friend an unvarnished tale. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

G. K. Chesterton He was one of an advanced school, propounding many daring theories, especially in the department of psychology and psycho-analysis. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

I shall have to dare your worst in a week and will begin by daring you now. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

The rest of the family huddled together, daring not to look straight at the white men. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells And it seemed to him she was lighter and more daring and altogether prettier than the dreams and enchanted memories that had filled the interval. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells Think of the quandary I got into with you, Stephen. And for my sex I’m rather a daring person. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It would be just like Andrew, he had told himself, just like the man’s daring and resource and besides, besides — was not this the very place near where the man had been last seen. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Leon Trotsky His smartness and daring appealed to my imagination, but his unbridled and shameless scoffing made me boil with impotent hatred. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith His ostentation and his offensive daring combined the characteristics of the peacock and the hawk. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

He kept his eye fixed on the youth who was approaching him, and who was seeking by gestures, (not daring to do so with his voice,) to make him distinguish and recognize him. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

The daring concept of Gelett Burgess’s Ghost Extinguisher is altogether American. The field is still comparatively limited, but a number of Americans have done distinctive work in it. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Mark Twain He then held a position at the gate for some time, daring the enemy to come outside, but the enemy only made faces at him through the window and declined. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Maria Edgeworth How was that daring spirit laid? By what spell?” “By the spell which superior minds always cast on inferior spirits. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell He was a daring and dissolute fellow in those days: careless and fearless, and one who would rather be in a quarrel than out of it. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle No other man in London would have had the daring to plan, or the skill to execute, such a heroic measure. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anna Katherine Green So with the daring of one who in escaping a present danger hurls himself knowingly into another equally perilous, I pushed open the door and entered the office. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

The officer was Captain Downing Madwell, of a Massachusetts regiment of infantry, a daring and intelligent soldier, an honorable man. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Guy de Maupassan He could not doubt for a moment, that the daring invitation came from the third, the youngest and prettiest of the ladies, into whose company a fortunate accident had thrown him. A Good Match by Guy de Maupassan

Benjamin Disraeli He tears himself from her embrace, and without daring to look behind him bounds over the rocks, and is in the ship. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

It dashed rain against the windows with savage roars, and shouted among the branches, daring the man within to match his strength to its violence. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott But in these unquiet times, a man so daring as Julian Avenel has ever found some friends willing to protect him against the penalties of the law, on condition of his secret services. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Sir Walter Scott His daring character was in no degree checked by this unexpected opposition. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It is of Charles I think, James; it is for Charles I weep——” As she uttered the lying words, she still looked proudly into his face as if daring him to doubt her. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

John Galsworthy Not daring to have a bath, or shave (besides, the water would be cold), he changed his clothes and packed stealthily all he could. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis The daring black chemise of frail chiffon and lace was a hussy at which the deep-bosomed bed stiffened in disgust, and she hurled it into a bureau drawer, hid it beneath a sensible linen blouse. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott His time-serving disposition was well-known, and excited the contempt of the more daring leaders of both factions in the state. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Algernon Blackwood Fame had come to him unsought; his published works alone ensured his going down to posterity as a careful but daring and original judge of the human species and its possibilities. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

James Hogg I therefore thanked God for my deliverance, and strode through my woods with a daring and heroic step; with independence in my eye, and freedom swinging in my right hand. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

The man who in a savage tribe, or in the dark feudal ages, would be a magician, is in our century a poet, an orator, a daring speculator, an inventive philosopher. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Gissing Carne and her companion shortly followed, the former replying with a glance of the haughtiest scorn to one young man who was so daring as to invite her to drink with him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

In the fair, slight, girlish body of the child-soldier there lived a courage as daring as Danton’s, a patriotism as pure as Vergniaud’s, a soul as aspiring as Napoleon’s. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Meredith All the heavy day they walked almost silently; she not daring to probe his anguish with a question; and he calm and vacant as the hour following thunder. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And not only is he crafty, but, when occasion demands, bold and fierce like a tiger, determined, and even straightforward and undisguised in his measures — a daring fellow as well as a sly one. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. G. Wells Three little old ladies were particularly energetic in his pursuit, and at last maddened him to the pitch of clapping them into a carriage and daring them to emerge again. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Gaston Leroux Boris and I, daring the promenade, happened to quarrel. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

The façade, on the contrary, is a daring innovation. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Scarcely daring to trust the evidence of my eyes, I looked again. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Louisa May Alcott I’ve a great mind to go over and tell the old gentleman so!” The idea amused Jo, who liked to do daring things and was always scandalizing Meg by her queer performances. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

John Lewis Burckhard Besides corn fields they have extensive vineyards, and sell great quantities of dried grapes at Ghaza, and to the Syrian pilgrims of the Hadj. They have the reputation of being very daring thieves. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne Not daring to run the risk of a battle under the walls of Irkutsk, they immediately broke up the Angara camp. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell Madame de Villette was the adopted daughter of Voltaire, and, as such, all the daring innovators upon the ancient modes of thought and behaviour came to see her, and pay her their respects. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope They were bold eyes, I was going to say, but the word would signify too much in their dispraise; daring eyes, I would rather say, courageous, expressive, never shrinking, sometimes also suspicious. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Rafael Sabatini The crew stood in appalled silence, daring to make no movement that might precipitate their end. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was at once clear that a daring and gigantic robbery had been committed. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Not daring to proceed farther until he knew exactly where he was going to plant his feet, he chanced it and flashed his light again. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Arthur Morrison Leary’s wind was going fast, and his partisans howled savagely at Josh — perceiving his tacticstaunting him with running away, daring him to stand and fight. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Arnold Bennett He has several times recently proved himself to be a daring fellow; unless I am mistaken he will shortly prove himself to be still more daring. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George Meredith Now and then she gives way to the bad trick of laughing without caring or daring to explain the cause for it. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

As we rose, I was visited by a daring impulse. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

Scarce daring to breath, I watched the bitch. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

They were dealing with a coterie of daring scoundrels, who would stop at nothing to secure their own safety, and it behoved them to move warily. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope He went to his club instead,—not daring to go to his rooms. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He was the master-spirit of his little circle—a daring wit, a bold politician, a trenchant critic. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells For a long while I lay close to the peephole, but not daring to move aside the red plants that obscured it. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Retir’d alone she found the daring man, And op’d her rosy lips, and thus began: “What none of all the gods could grant thy vows, That, Turnus, this auspicious day bestows. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Not first time this it was destined to do a daring task. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

But now there was not one in that assembly daring enough to take them openly by the hand. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle So cool a reception ought to deter them from ever invading us again, and confirm my reputation as a daring leader. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins Not knowing the name of it, and not daring to excite surprise by asking, I found the place full of vague yet mysterious interest. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was more daring than became a man to threaten her so. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hitherto known only as peaceful citizens, they felt it incumbent on them, by daring and desperate valor, to prove their fitness to be intrusted with the guardianship of their country’s honor. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]