Phrases with "days"

Andrew Lang When she came in she put her silent wheel into a corner, and cried for three days and three nights. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was now the 24th day of May, and that meant twenty days of hiding before I could venture to approach the powers that be. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Built in the last days of Elizabeth, it was now blandly “Queen Anne.” It stood there in its grasslands, undecorated and sufficient; needing no garden for its enhancement. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Raoul, for three days past my brain has been on fire; flame, not blood, courses through my veins. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing Carnaby found the days very long just now. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Maria Edgeworth This was one of the public days at Clarendon Park, on which there was a good deal of company; many of the neighbouring gentry were to be at dinner. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne During these two days Harding busied himself in executing a project which would completely guard Granite House against any surprise. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope In these beautiful days there was nothing to check her happiness. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson John died five days later at midnight. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang The wedding took place the very next day, and, for many days after, balls, dinners, tournaments, concerts and all sorts of amusements went on all day and all night. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing His days were troubled; his appetite was not what it should have been; he could not take the old thorough interest in his work. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was really so nice a fellow — he had so much to tell me of Meredith — and the time was so short — that I gave up the intervening days between mails entirely to entertain him. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Lisby, my dear, if you had been in the colony with us in the early days —” and here Mary dilated on some of the hard and incongruous jobs she had seen women put their hands to. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

William Morris But Birdalone spake, hardening her heart thereto for very need: Belike then there is a change of days here, for when I last knew of the land there was little peace therein. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Edith Wharton For days that red blaze hung on the edge of the boy’s thoughts like the light of a burning city across a plain. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Eight days after, the postman brought a letter, asking her to go to Paris to fetch the child. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Bridget was a blonde, silent child of three who spent her days endlessly rearranging the same few objects into new patterns. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Ten days later we were in Kansas City where I was surprised by unexpected news. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

After all, it is better to daub canvas for three days than make a fool of yourself for life. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Robert Louis Stevenson For days together a hot, dry air will overhang the town, close as from an oven, yet healthful and aromatic in the nostrils. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood The spell of our early days revived, worked on my nerves and thought, altering my outlook sensibly even at this early stage of my return. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

I remember he sat there without speaking for three days and three nights; all of a sudden I saw that he was crying. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

William Shakespeare My glass shall not persuade me I am old, So long as youth and thou are of one date; But when in thee time’s furrows I behold, Then look I death my days should expiate. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Jules Verne In very early days these woods were the object of considerable trade. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The next few days were spent in going through the legal formalities made necessary by the nature of Flaxman’s death; but at last we were given permission to bury him. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Four days of the week passed like this; of the other two working days, one was better and one worse. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Some are dangerous and laborious routes; some merely desolate; and there are even some sea journeys that one may take in the halcyon days as one drifts through a dream. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Thomas Hardy Mr. Springrove had been too young a man when the pristine days of the Three Tranters had departed for ever to have much of the host left in him now. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

We were now just two days deep in the Desert, and I had brought with me no more bread than might be reasonably required for myself and my European attendants. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

The banker’s reply to this communication was very brief; he wrote: “MY DEAR SIR— Your letter arrived here some days since, but has only been opened by me this morning. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton The next few days dwelt in Odo’s memory as a blur of strange sights and sounds. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells All this would follow Payment in Kind and Continuous Occupation as days follow sunrise. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope She had four days for consideration, and they went past her by no means easily. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She was sure that her friend’s letter must have gone astray,—that letter which for the last three days she had been expecting. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arnold Bennett But for three days Darius had been noticeably worse, and the demeanour of Nurse Shaw had altered, and she had taken less sleep and less exercise. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

No, dearest love, never did I know how utterly I loved you till these last summer days which we have lived together, alone and supremely happy, in the forest that is our native land. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sir Walter Scott He was absent in the woods for whole days and nights, under pretence of hunting, though he did not always bring home game. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Arthur Conan Doyle I hope to heaven that he has gone, for he has brought nothing but trouble here! I’ve not heard of him since I left out food for him last, and that was three days ago. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Baldwin Spencer This statement refers, of course, to the early days before the natives had become contaminated by contact with the whites. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Robert Louis Stevenson He laughed loud and long, and I feared his wits had given way under the strain; for even in the best of days he had been a sparing and a quiet laugher. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Two days after the little one saw the light, she rose from her bed and, taking her baby in her arms, ran out of the house. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Our actual march through South Midian, which had lasted thirteen days (March 29 — April 10), described a semicircle with El–Wijh about the middle of the chord. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Colonel Tempest went on every few days making appointments for meeting, and keeping them rigorously himself. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

H. G. Wells The battle fleets met in the Western Pacific and separated after two days of gunfire and heavy losses. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He walked too near them all their days to be a bogey. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

After spending five days there we started again with a gentle breeze and a rippling sea. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

T. E. Lawrence Also he was the one fully-taught man with us in Arabia, and in these few days together our minds had ranged abroad, discussing any book or thing in heaven or earth which crossed our fancy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sinclair Lewis It had become a system, as in the piratical days of bootlegging; with new forest paths, bribery of frontier guards, and forged passports. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

To turn that corner, however, in the teeth of wind and current, was no easy task, and cost us two long days of hard tracking. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

William Dampier They are not, as I said before, very curious, or strict in observing any days or times of particular devotions except it be Ramdam time, as we call it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Abraham Merri Five days had passed since I had first looked on the fortress. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

A house was taken, and the first warm days of spring found the ladies established in the metropolis. Lodore by Mary Shelley

In days of happiness I have often repeated to myself, with a grateful heart and exulting spirit, all that Raymond sacrificed for me. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

His mother lived out her days a rich woman. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence She made excursions, she walked on the moors, in the brief but lovely days of early October. For three days it was all so sweet and lovely — perfect liberty, pure, almost paradisal. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But that charge against him of self-imprisonment had been false as far as it referred to days subsequent to the rebuke which his housekeeper had given him. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells Perhaps my days of work in Paris have carried my mind on beyond the point at which I left the narrative. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

M. P. Shiel When I first entered it I was a girl, one might say—gay enough; but now I have known what one never forgets; and the days and the hairs grow grey together. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

Edith Wharton The day was radiant, metallic: one of those searching American days so calculated to reveal the shortcomings of our street-cleaning and the excesses of our architecture. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry James Only, of course,” she added, “there have been days when we have thought almost anything. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

For days it seemed she had been lying perfectly still, on her side, one hand under her wan cheek, and only answering “Juan” when I pronounced her name. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Steele Rudd It was very white and sick-looking, and Mother threw her arms round it and cried, “Oh, Joe! My child! my child!” It was several days before Joe felt better. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Elizabeth Gaskell He almost wondered how they durst, with slights and insults, thus provoke the Avenger. The days drifted onward. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Once before he remembered such a scene as this, in a little village in the far-off days in France. He had been on orderly duty, and they were examining a spy. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Rudyard Kipling But Kim slept little, and his thoughts ran in Hindustani: ‘Well is the Game called great! I was four days a scullion at Quetta, waiting on the wife of the man whose book I stole. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the old days it was possible to make war and to pay for it by despoiling the beaten enemy. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Robert Louis Stevenson Some days before our visit, a grizzly bear had been sporting round the Hansons’ chicken-house. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Many of them were entertained for days in the sultan’s own palace, from which they returned with their tongues laden with the praises of the noble infidel. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

So’s Joe Stalin. They aren’t like these chaps in the old days who crucified people and chopped their heads off and so forth, just for the fun of it. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Good men he loved, and hated bad; Joyful days and sweet he had; Good deeds did he plenteously; Beneath him folk lived frank and free. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Her days were heavy with the long process of domination. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins Doubts thronged on her of the dark days to come; dread beset her of the hidden danger which her own silence toward Norah and Magdalen might store up in the near future. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells Ten days later air guards descended upon Mecca and closed the chief holy places. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Forty years ago boats traveled slowly; we were a long time getting to Nijni, and I shall never forget those days almost overladen with beauty. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing The days of romantic love are gone by. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang And the man grieved sore all the days of his life. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Samuel Johnson This was the beginning of the Highland winter, after which we were told that a succession of three dry days was not to be expected for many months. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

H. G. Wells But such occasions were rare, and I suppose that between ten and fourteen I averaged fifty days a year at Bladesover. Don’t imagine I deny that was a fine thing for me. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D.H. Lawrence The days go by, through the brief silence of winter, when the sunshine is so still and pure, like iced wine, and the dead leaves gleam brown, and water sounds hoarse in the ravines. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Three days later, Eustace, writing alone in the library at night, saw it sitting on an open book at the other end of the room. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Those days of waiting, of—of—” she restrained herself; another moment and the word “starving” would have left her lips. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Wilkie Collins The days passed, and I did not see him again until the period of my remand had expired. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sir Richard Burton I used to come to her once in every ten days and lie with her the night, under the semblance of a man, a Persian, and when I was well assured that she had cuckolded me, I slew her. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

E. Phillips Oppenheim The one over-shadowing fear which had made life sometimes during the last few days almost unbearable, he swore should never pass with him up that narrow gangway. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Arthur Morrison The days came and went, and trade varied, as a fact, very little indeed. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Henry Handel Richardson To-morrow was a day, and the next was another, and the next again; and life, considered thus in days and opportunities, was infinitely long. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell This was but the first of a series of days devoted to Nest in reality, though at first he thought some little disguise of his object was necessary. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Thomas Hardy So she viewed with an approach to equanimity the new cancelled days when Donald had been her undeclared lover, and wondered what unwished-for thing Heaven might send her in place of him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang Some days after came the ninety-year-old sister to the palace and asked for the queen. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

My advice is to stay some days at Mélun, where they make excellent eel-pies. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Alfred Ainger I have had playmates, I have had companions In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days, All, all are gone, the old familiar faces. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Wilkie Collins In the bygone days I had respected Mrs. Rymer’s husband as a thoroughly worthy man — but Mrs. Rymer herself was no great favorite of mine. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Andrew Lang But that was not enough for him, and for days and weeks he poured forth rain till the rivers overflowed their banks, and the crops of rice stood in water. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Don’t you?” “Oh, yes—I understand what you mean; but there were forty days before it was all over. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim These days are days of crisis for Poland such as she never dreamed of. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

His death will not be announced till I give the word, but the announcement cannot be delayed more than two days — three at the most. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Jules Verne In journeying eastward he had gone towards the sun, and the days therefore diminished for him as many times four minutes as he crossed degrees in this direction. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Miles Franklin The smoking rooms are full of another story right around the world, always have been, even in days when one’s head could be cut off for a disrespectful word about those in authority. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Moreover, many bees have to remain idle for many days during the process of secretion. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Maria Edgeworth Some days afterwards Lady Katrine took up a book, in which Helen’s name was written in Beauclerc’s hand. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

After those two days of unnatural silence, it was better than music to hear M. Paul haranguing again just in his old fashion. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Sinclair Lewis I just mean ——” Two days later, with pictures, wicker chairs, a rug, she had made the waiting-room habitable; and Kennicott admitted, “Does look a lot better. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I remembered their lies, their promises, their menaces, and all my days of misery. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Japp went up to the huts and hired a slattern to mind his house, and then drank heavily for three days to console himself. Prester John by John Buchan

Two days afterwards we met in the foyer at the Opera, and took a few turns together. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Henry Handel Richardson No more twelve-hour days on her feet — these hot, tired, throbbing feet — or hands rough and red with rough work. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells Little food they had, during the first two days his wounds were open. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Guy de Maupassant In the midst of the trees is a small house where sleeps a good-natured, intellectual man, a sage who passes his days in this Virgilian region. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Willa Cather He bounded up with a start; half of one of his precious days gone already! He spent more than an hour in dressing, watching every stage of his toilet carefully in the mirror. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

I have gone days on a handful of barley-ears. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

The days passed on, and then one afternoon a dense fog fell upon the Fens, and looking out from her window she was glad of it, because it hid the great world beyond. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Augustine Birrell This Bill having in some few days been dispatched to the Lords, the House has since gone on in grand Committee upon the first eight hundred thousand pounds Bill, but are not yet half way. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

He had at least two days to make everything safe. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Guy de Maupassant So they begged the jeweler not to sell it for three days yet. The Diamond Necklace (La Parure) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Edith Wharton The enchantment did not last; he never recaptured it; there were days when what he called her “beauty airs” exasperated him, others when he was chilled by her triviality. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Mark Twain Next the ghastly ticking of a deathwatch in the wall at the bed’s head made Tom shudder — it meant that somebody’s days were numbered. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

So he spends his days loafing in the public library or any other place where he can keep warm. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Gissing Arthur pondered much during the days which followed as to whether it would be wise to acquaint Carrie with the wealth that would become his early in the following year, or not. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I had been five days without food, most of the time in bed, and it was three days since I had had a wash or a shave. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

There are evidently no independent tradesfolk in these early days of the world. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Gissing Harriet Smales, it seemed, had been exercising upon Ida for some days her utmost powers of irritation, teasing her, as Lucy put it, “beyond all bearing. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The evenings of those three days were notable also. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling Four days later I noticed that he had backed himself and his basket under the shadow of the shrubbery, and had tied an Isabella-coloured rag between two branches in order to make more shade. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

A London toyshop in those benighted days considered that it had only to be a shop which sold toys. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Arthur Conan Doyle In these drab days they would call it an orgy of wickedness. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

For days together he would be drinking and swearing. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Frances Hodgson Burnett As days passed Robin heard some of these things—stories from Belgium—which caused her to stare straight before her, blanched with horror. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton Her attention spread a tranquil surface to the demonstrations of others, and it was only in days of storm that one felt the pressure of the tides. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Maria Edgeworth This is peculiarly necessary in days when attempts are made to level all distinctions. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Miles Franklin It gives me days and nights of agony. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

For Dr. Sterne was a typical specimen of the Churchman-politician, in days when both components of the compound word meant a good deal more than they do now. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

But I want you to know, Judith, that you have given me the happiest days of my life. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell How could I know? All I know is, that he left off coming to our hotel, and that at one time before then he had never been two days absent. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

H. Rider Haggard Once more they beheld the face of the sun, and rejoiced in its warmth as only those can rejoice who for days and nights have lived in semi-darkness, wet to the skin and frozen to the marrow. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling This happened a month before he came out to India, and five days after his one-and-twentieth birthday. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

E. F. Benson As was inevitable, matters had come to a crisis between her and Rudolf Villars, and two days ago he had declared to her his steadfast and passionate devotion. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Besides, it would take six days for a messenger to reach your father, and six days for him to come here. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing On Saturday”—it was three days hence—“I go back to Rivenoak; I’ve enough of London; I want to be quiet. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It was ten days or a fortnight before I became fretful and anxious for action; a long tranquillity for such a temperament as mine. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

William Morris How weary is it none can tell, How dismally the days go by! I hear the tinkling of the bell, I see the cross against the sky. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Walter Scott Soft fell the night, the sky was calm, When three successive days had flown; And summer mist, in dewy balm, Steep'd heathy bank, and mossy stone. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Henry David Thoreau One year I went across the middle only five days before it disappeared entirely. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Frederick Marryat Humphrey remained two days at the Intendant’s house, and then returned to the cottage, where Edward had taken his place during his absence. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

We put through a couple of days pleasantly enough, after our hardish bit of work. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Lady Lesbia’s bedroom was the State chamber, which had been occupied by kings and queens in days of yore. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins On all other days of the year, it was Mrs. Blyth who devoted herself to Madonna’s service, by interpreting for her advantage the pleasant conversations that she could not hear. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell I never shall forget last autumn! Some days and nights have been cruel; but now, having once told you this, I need say no more on the subject. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Radclyffe Hall The days that followed were colourless and flat. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

A couple of days later I saw her coffin carried out, and when the nurse told my sister and me that we would never see our mother again, I was surprised merely and wondered why. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

The days — the interminable days! In his unbroken strength and the glare of the noonday sun, he forgot to take account of the nights looming in black and endless procession before him. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy Had she lost her heart to any other man in the world than the one he had rivalled, cursed, wrestled with for life in days before his spirit was broken, Henchard would have said, “I am content. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Two days after we came to our determination, we set out for Portsmouth, and embarked. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells That carried me back to those old days of passion, memories I had never stirred for many years. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

William Makepeace Thackeray The rest did not last long, God help me! He remained yet for two days with us; and a sad comfort it was to think he was in no pain. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

H. G. Wells He was to go back through London to Surrey. His first feeling, he records, was one of extreme relief that his days of ‘hopeless battering at the underside of civilisation’ were at an end. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Meredith On the other side, be it said (since in our modern days every hero must have his weak heel), that now he had gone this distance it was difficult to recede. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Two days later the newspapers got hold of the story, and a nosy young reporter came down to Knype Hill and began asking questions. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence He listened smiling, and said that we were three days too late. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith If any state be enviable on earth, ’Tis yon born idiot’s, who, as days go by, Still rubs his hands before him, like a fly, In a queer sort of meditative mirth. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

It was a job that should have taken us about a couple of days to have done in first-rate style; as it was, I am not going to tell you how long it did take. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Edgar Allan Poe Three days elapsed, and nothing was heard of her. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch About a month before his death (I have this from the postmistress) he sat down and wrote a letter, and ten days later a visitor arrived at the round-house. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

But we had more days with the hot wind, hot and strong; what terrors they were when you were driving sheep!’ ‘You were a tremendous stock-rider, Gladdie!’ remarked her husband. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Jack London They had been born to the sight of the spike line, and all their brief days they had seen it. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells We had a chance to live together for some days and we tool: it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Sigmund Freud Two days earlier there had been an explosion in the course of the same reaction, in which someone had burned his hand. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Charles Dickens I hope it may be taken into account one day, when all days are at an end for me! Don’t be alarmed; I am not going to preach. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell She died a very few days after her arrival at home. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Theodore Dreiser Once the bright days of summer pass by, a city takes on that sombre garb of grey, wrapt in which it goes about its labours during the long winter. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald Three days before he sailed Paula Legendre Hagerty died in childbirth. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton His day had been as all his days were now: a starting in with a great sense of pressure, importance and authority — and a drop at the close into staleness and futility. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Anthony Trollope Cards in these genteel days are among the things tabooed, and a rubber of whist is impracticable. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

But it is in autumn that days of such affecting influence most frequently intervene. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

And we never had a chance of teaching him better, for two days after he ran away again, and hasn’t been seen since. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Walter Besant My wife, the most beautiful and the most faithful woman in the world, is dead: alas! I, too, shall follow soon; my days will be few and full of sorrow. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Gissing Neither mentioned Otway’s name again during the two more days they spent together. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe I suppose you can’t tell how long you have been buried — only three days — this is the twentieth. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells What are we now and what do we intend to do? The days before us begin a new chapter in human history. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope In those early days of secession, when the troops were being first hurried down from New England for the protection of Washington, this mob was vehemently opposed to its progress. North America by Anthony Trollope

Epiphania came crying to me with the news two days after she went, that’s yesterday. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anthony Trollope That had been early in May, and Ralph Newton had called, and, though there had been difficulties, he had received the money before three days had passed. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sinclair Lewis Yet even in this chariot race, Sam expanded and nestled into contentment, as in the old days of overwork and brief vacations he had relaxed into delight on his holidays in a canoe. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

We said, during summer days at Venice, when every campo was a furnace seven times heated, and every canal was filled with boiling bathers, “As soon as it rains we will go to Arquà. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Sinclair Lewis But after ten days of the fortnight on which they had planned, she thought perhaps they had better get back to New York and make sure all the furniture had arrived. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain The idea of a locomotive tearing through such a place as this, and waking the phantoms of its old days of romance out of their dreams of dead and gone centuries, is curious enough. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. Rider Haggard Swanhild nursed him, and most days he sat talking with her in her bower. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Laurence Sterne In days of yore he had signalized himself by some small feats of chivalry in the Cour d’Amour, and had dressed himself out to the idea of tilts and tournaments ever since. A Mystery with a Moral by Laurence Sterne

But why do you give the name of Empress to that dummy?” “Because it sat for days and days in the robes of a Byzantine Empress to a painter . The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry Kingsley Three days ago I received this letter from Mackworth, and after some hesitation I came. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

D. H. Lawrence The landscape is ancient, and classic—romantic, as if it had known far-off days and fiercer rivers and more verdure. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Gertrude Stein Fifty days every year do not make substraction. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

G. K. Chesterton I never dared in the early days of your hope, or the central days of your supremacy, to tell you this; I never dared to break the colossal calm of your face. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Two days later he received another letter. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope The Dean heard of the reported arrival some days before the family did so. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

A. E. W. Mason For each gift that she looked upon had its history, and the days before this miserable night had darkened on her happiness came one by one slowly back to her as she looked. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Jules Verne The fair Phoebe was nowhere to be seen; for it being three days before new moon, she was accompanying the sun in his daily course, and her light was quenched in his beams. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

It was six days since Martial had presented himself at Courtornieu; and Blanche was half crazed with grief and rage. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Gustave Flauber Further away she could see the manoeuvres of the Barbarians between the towers; on days when the siege was interrupted she could even distinguish their occupations. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Algernon Blackwood The night of its occurrence it had been talked over till dawn in more than one flat, and during the following days the Society, as a whole, thought of little else. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sir Richard Burton Thereupon quoth he: “O woman, for sundry days I have seen thee attend the levee sans a word said, so tell me an thou have any requirement I may grant. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton