Phrases with "dead"

Rafael Sabatini Next morning when his valet Le Duc awakened him he learnt that he had been brought home dead drunk at midnight in a sedan chair. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

George Meredith He took her hand and dropped the dead thing. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy They themselves were in a dead calm. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

DIGGLE had strict orders from his master to go dead slow when motoring through a village. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

James Joyce The aged sisters draw us into life: we wail, batten, sport, clip, clasp, sunder, dwindle, die: over us dead they bend. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

They could not say with certainty what happened after the train left Brighton. A feature of the case was that the efforts of the police had failed in establishing the dead woman’s identity. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

If I had stopped dead and bucked at father’s wanting me and Jim to help duff those weaners, I really believe all might have come right. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a dead hush of expectation. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Guy de Maupassant And the hands of the sick man seemed dead under the dingy sheets. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Andrew Lang The Arab hastened to the spot and cried, ‘Oh, cease making that terrible noise! Take the mare and go; but carry off the dead girl with you. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

They had both known the dead man quite well, as the house in St. John’s Wood was in the agency of his employers and every quarter it had been he who had called to collect the rent. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Ford Madox Ford Or at the thought of dead that you have never seen dead at all . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Jack London We were caught dead to rights with our clothes on. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Rudyard Kipling They are only resolute they shall eat  That they and their mates may thrive, And they know that the dead are safer meat  Than the weakest thing alive. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Andrew Lang Then the dogs again dug a grave and buried the dead Draken, that their master might not see them. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He mustn’t exert himself too much or he may drop dead suddenly. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Sir Walter Scott On the morning of the day fixed for removing the dead body of the Duke to the place of burial, the private bell by which he was wont to summon his attendant to his study was rung violently. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

T. E. Lawrence All our subject provinces to me were not worth one dead Englishman. We were three years over this effort and I have had to hold back many things which may not yet be said. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Eliot The dead woman’s eyes were wide open, and met hers in full recognition — the recognition of hate. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Jules Verne As to himself, Michael learnt, by some words from the pendja-baschi, that a price was set on his head, and that orders had been given to take him, dead or alive. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle The boy was dead and the man was born. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

William Morris Birdalone took the cup with a sinking heart, and filled it, and brought it back, and stood before the witch more dead than alive. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Willa Cather They’re a history of a live city, not a dead one. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft But the fact remained that on a summer night a bolt had come out of the heavens and left a dead village whose corpses were horribly mangled, chewed, and clawed. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Joseph Furphy I had turned off from the fence to see that dead pine with the big creeper on it. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

When it was over, the girl fell on the floor utterly exhausted, and lay like a dead thing, every bit of strength, almost of life, gone out of her. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

George Meredith He muttered a name full bitter and sore: Red rose and white in the garden; She fell in a lump on the still dead floor: And the bird sings over the roses. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

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]

H. Rider Haggard Here and there, however, grew ghostly patches of a long grey lichen, hanging motionless to the rock as the white beard to the chin of a dead man. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith It drew sustainment from the dead hand in his grasp, and cowered down to the earth claiming all we touch. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

He examined the injuries the dead man had received and scrutinised the clothes he had been wearing, asking the sergeant several questions. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Wilkie Collins Not a breath came from the dead air. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

I can see no other explanation of the phenomena which meet my eye in Africa. In almost all the towns on the Oil Rivers, you see dead or dying animals in some agonizing position. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

This grim introduction to the corpse made me shudder, and, after a moment’s examination of the stiff, wide-eyed dead man, I drew back. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Abraham Merri Kenton, standing there with his dead love in his arms, looked about the ship. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Those who are in earnest do not die, those who are thoughtless are as if dead already. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

H. G. Wells I am driven like a dead leaf before the wind of the great Spirit. Why was I put into this dreadful place? Let me out! OH, LET ME OUT!” Her distress became evident. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

A man fell dead with heart-disease on the sidewalk in front of it one day, and when they went to pick him up he was two blocks away. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Anthony Trollope I am ignorant whether he is dead or alive. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

However it did simplify things when you were just a policeman with a game leg and a concussed spine hunting up some information on dead and gone royalties to keep yourself from going crazy. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

George Meredith Therefore she is silent, for the dead have not a word. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells I love her again and hate her again as though I was still that assistant editor, that writer of rubbish, in lost and forgotten Thunderstone House in dead old London . The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

He pulled up dead in his tracks. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This is owing to the kindliness with which Natures takes an English ruin to her heart, covering it with ivy, as tenderly as Robin Redbreast covered the dead babes with forest leaves. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Willa Cather There are few changes in the old Quarter. Dear old Madame Anger is dead — but perhaps you don’t remember her?” “Don’t I, though! I’m so sorry to hear it. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

George Gissing My uncle Sol was found dead this morning. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

The doctor was now engrossed in the reading of his book, and his interest in it was so great that he was puffing unconsciously upon a cigar that long since had gone dead and cold. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

The dead and the living can never be one — God has forbidden it. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Anthony Froude Pagan had been dead many a day. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Anthony Trollope Carry was standing at the open window, pulling the dead leaves off three or four geraniums which her mother kept there in pots. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anna Katherine Green Sweetwater was certainly no beauty, and to associate him in any kind of physical comparison with the dead girl was certainly incongruous. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Only if it were a child,” a little tremor broke the dead level of the passionless voice, “I should meet it again in heaven. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson I’ve done all I can — with money so tight, and your Uncle a dead weight on my hands. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing With Amy’s sorrow was mingled a suggestion of tenderness which came of her knowledge that the dead man had worshipped her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. T. A. Hoffmann His glazed eyes, their faculty of vision now extinguished, were fixed upon her; and she lay on the ground with the dead man. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Then he did it again, and by that time I was gone dead all over and he could have done what he liked with the corpse but he left off suddenly and then I came to life again and I bolted away. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

John became a dead weight upon her. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry David Thoreau The legions of these Myrmidons covered all the hills and vales in my wood-yard, and the ground was already strewn with the dead and dying, both red and black. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The dead woman clasped in her arms a dead babe. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins Let my dead husband speak for me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Oh, his face was so white and — and soft? It looked dead — it looked as if it had been dead a long time. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

For her part this business of keeping Inconsiderable People alive when they were greatly better dead was vastly overdone. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry Kingsley The officer’s brother was dead enough, poor fellow; but as Charles and Hornby bent suddenly over him to look at him, their faces actually touched. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins On the floor lay a bird-cage, with the poor canary dead inside (it was the same canary that I had seen my wife playing with, on the evening of the day when I first met her). Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The moment of tension turned to bathos as the light flickered on nothing more fateful than a dead crow. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

After working in dead silence for a quarter of an hour, with one knee all the time on the ground, I had cleared away enough to see his head. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Guy de Maupassan Suddenly he stopped and, slipping to the deck, lay flat, beneath his head-gear, as if dead with fatigue. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

H. Rider Haggard Through and through them swept the mighty pair, now Whitefire flashed, and now the great axe fell, and at every stroke a man lay dead or wounded. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy As soon as he’s dead I shall throw up farming and start as a squire. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

D. H. Lawrence It ended the lane in a dead end. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft The stones in the crumbling corridors seemed always hideously damp, and there was an accursed smell everywhere, as of the piled-up corpses of dead generations. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Edith Wharton He knelt down by the mattress, and pressed the lids over the dead woman’s eyes. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Marjorie Bowen He is dead, and we may be dead by this time tomorrow, and kicked into the ditch like hint’ Even the woman listened blankly to his entreaties, and the throng sullenly departed on its way. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Go into the chapel and upon the panelling about where you saw us go through that night, you will find a dead fly. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James He had carried the body away in a gig! Captain Diamond wrote him a dreadful note in answer, saying that he didn’t believe his daughter was dead, but that, whether or no, she was dead to him. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

George Meredith You’ve got my word o’ command, dead woman or live woman. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

D. H. Lawrence She trailed her dead body to the house, to her room, where she lay down inert. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The dead is not all ancient, the live is not all modern. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sometimes his wife sits beside him, but the dead sandalwood has always one occupant upon its branches. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Charles Dickens I hear it!’ ‘The Spirit of your child bewails the dead, and mingles with the dead — dead hopes, dead fancies, dead imaginings of youth,’ returned the Bell, ‘but she is living. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

And do not play the spy, nor backbite each other; would one of you like to eat his dead brother’s flesh?—why! ye would abhor it! then fear God; verily, God is relentant, compassionate. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Wilkie Collins It ceased instantaneously when she said the words “Porthgenna Tower;” and for one moment there was a dead silence in the room. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H.P. Lovecraft Instead, she had gone to a spot her dead son had learned about, and had leaped to a realm whose wondersdestined for him as well — he had spurned with a smoking pistol. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Henry Kingsley They had had another Bloomer ball at Abingdon, but the thing was a dead failure, sir. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Elizabeth Gaskell Was she to call her ‘mamma’? — the name long appropriated in her mind to some one else — to her own dead mother. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Andrew Lang From quarrelling they went on to fighting, and fought so hard that by and bye they were all stretched dead on the floor. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The names had to be the names of dead celebrated people, only one monarch of the same name of the same dynasty was allowed, and Mr. Pope adjudicated on all doubtful cases. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Machen Mrs. Horbury had been dead some years, and it is to be feared that there had been passages between the High Usher and Nelly Foran which public opinion would have condemned. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Yes, he was practically dead and would feel and know nothing of what had happened to him now! He began to strip off his clothes. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Andrew Lang Tsui Goab is thought by the Hottentots themselves to be a dead man, and it is admitted that among the Hottentots dead men are adored. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Baldwin Spencer Another form of magic instrument is made from the hair of a dead man. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Rudyard Kipling Through the uncurtained mullions of the broad window I could see valiant horsemen of the lawn rear and recover against the wind that taunted them with legions of dead leaves. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Walter Scott When I say, Ecosse, en avant 88, shoot Crevecoeur dead on the spot. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Robert Louis Stevenson There’s the big picture of the huntsman winding a horn with a dead boar between his legs, and his legs — well, his legs in stockings. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

So it was I occupied my mind with the exact study of dead languages for seven long years. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Andrew Lang At last he flung him into the Governor’s goose-house, and the geese began to hiss and peck at him, till he felt more dead than alive. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry David Thoreau One afternoon I amused myself by watching a barred owl (Strix nebulosa) sitting on one of the lower dead limbs of a white pine, close to the trunk, in broad daylight, I standing within a rod of him. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

T. E. Lawrence The Arabs explained that the Turks had thrown dead camels into the pool to make the water foul; but that time had passed and the effect was grown faint. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

So, once more, as with the murder of the gamekeeper, the police were completely at a dead end. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

The judge won’t let the jury see it, for what a dead man has written is not evidence, as he can’t be examined as to its truth or falseness. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Nellie Bly That those of different faiths should consent to place their dead together in this lovely tropical valley is enough to give it the name of Happy Valley, if its beauty did not do as much. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Andrew Lang To his horror, the sheep were all stretched out dead before him, except one, which the wolf had eaten, bones and all. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Their dead bodies are not less useful. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Brute beasts would be found lying dead in the fields in the morning. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

W. W. Jacobs You’re a dead man if you don’t. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

The young man knows his patient, but the old man knows also his patient’s family, dead and alive, up and down for generations. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Andrew Lang She wrapt herself round in a dead leaf, but it was torn in the middle and gave her no warmth; she was trembling with cold. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling They were still dead in spite of our best attentions. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

George Gissing Why is there so much suffering under our present social system? Because the majority of men are crushed to a dead level of mechanical toil, with no opportunity of developing their special faculties. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Vittoria lay like a dead body on the bed, counting the throbs of her heart. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George MacDonald It was not merely that life had ceased in her, but that she was consciously a dead thing. Lilith by George MacDonald

He laughed, and said that would be all very well for me, but where would he come in? He would be saddled with a dead body in the height of an Australian summer, and it wouldn’t be a pleasant thing. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Meredith With cynical Adrian then I took flight To that old dead city whose carol Bursts out like a reveller’s loud in the night, As he sits astride his barrel. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

Victor Hugo The whole head of a dead man seems to have vision, and this is awful. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

James Joyce We all respect him now that he’s dead and gone — even the Conservatives,” he added, turning to Mr. Crofton. Pok! The tardy cork flew out of Mr. Crofton’s bottle. Dubliners by James Joyce

The scent in this garden’s as strong as hell, I’m dead sure of that. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

John Donne Thou toldest me in the other voice that I was mortal and approaching to death; in this I may hear thee say that I am dead in an irremediable, in an irrecoverable state for bodily health. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

And in this garden I saw the Yezidee on his knees making living things out of lumps of dead earth!” “The Tchordagh!” whispered the girl. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

His art:— where was it? It seemed to him like a dead thing. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy The obstacles he had encountered, though they did not reanimate his dead passion for Leonora, did certainly make it appear indispensable to his peace of mind to overcome her coldness. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

We cannot raise a blister on a dead man, or hope that a carminative forced between his lips will produce its ordinary happy effect. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Victor Hugo He was overcome by fatigue, and the weight of the darkness would, as with the dead woman, have held him to the ground, and the ice glued him alive to the earth. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins What dead and buried remembrances had I brought to life in him, in all their olden horror? He was the first to speak again. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Nathaniel Hawthorne One dead monk has more than sufficed me; and I am not bold enough to face the whole mortality of the convent. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Sir Richard Burton Then I took the leg bone of a dead man and, going up to the woman, smote her on the crown of the head, and she cried one cry and fell down in a swoon. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

I endeavoured delicately to put off upon a dead beauty what I should have ascribed to a living one. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Andrew Lang And as Masilo looked, he saw that she was indeed his daughter, and he wept for joy that she was not lying dead in the bottom of the lake. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope There might no longer be Romeos among the noble Capulets and the noble Montagues — whom indeed he believed to be dead to faith; but the salt of truth had not therefore perished from the world. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The horse fell dead at the yard gate, the laird won the length of the house and fell there on the threshold. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

He drank it, and immediately he fell down like somebody in a fit, dead drunk. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Point is I’ve upset this bottle, still champagne’s exc’lent thing carpet — point is, is valuable uncle dead — an’— bury?’ Morris sprang from his seat. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I’ve got you all covered, and you’re dead men if you take another step. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

George Meredith In the torch the beard-hair scant With the great breast seemed to pant: In the yellow lamp the limbs Wavered, as the lake-flower swims: In the sunset red the dead Dead avowed him, dry blood-red. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Long before we reached the bottom, we had learned to loathe mountains and to long for dead levels during the rest of life. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

M. P. Shiel They found their master lying calm and dead on his bed. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Jack London And they’ve left their dead a-plenty there themselves. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

The instinctive flinging forward of these hands stopped Ricardo dead short between the door and her chair, with the ready obedience of a conquered man who can bide his time. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Mark Twain While one boy was worrying the tick with absorbing interest, the other would look on with interest as strong, the two heads bowed together over the slate, and the two souls dead to all things else. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Anthony Trollope She was far from being dead to the delights of her inheritance. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I’m a marionette and so are the other people — quite nice they are, and well-mannered, and friendly, but as dead as salted herrings. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Sir Walter Scott To you I shall be dead ere I am actually in my grave, and you will think of me as of a friend disencumbered from the toils and crimes of existence. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Meredith I came a dead thing, and it made me spring up alive. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The trap once replaced over his head, you being on the trap, dead or alive, they will need at least ten minutes to find the hole by which he has escaped. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

With the music from the broken strings, gratitude and affection had passed out of his heart, and left a dead silence there. Signa by Ouida

Rudyard Kipling Her dead watch Canton the abominable, and the dead are more than the myriads living. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arrangements to deal with his dinner were more successful; and, but for the arrival of General Fontana, Signor del Dongo was a dead man. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

So I guess I’ve no contribution to make to quieting Sir Walter Bullivant’s mind, except that he’s dead right. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James Her mother was dead but it killed her again. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Andrew Lang The common explanation of burning was that it prevented the dead from returning, thus it has always been usual to burn the bodies of vampires. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

This was no longer matter of the slightest difficulty, for, despite the dead darkness overhead, the line of stone fence showed distinctly enough against the pale gleam of the snow. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

The dead man possessed something which the other man wanted, and which he knew the dead one carried about with him. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ll not say ill of him that is — dead — ay, dead and drowned — whativer Kester may say — before now; but if I chose I could tell tales. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

H. G. Wells And when the fire was out the giant rats came back, took the dead horse, dragged it across the churchyard into the brickfield and ate at it until it was dawn, none even then daring to disturb them. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Victor Hugo Every moment she seemed about to turn over on her back, like a dead fish. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne The crowd of natives formed in a half circle some distance off, in dead silence. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Both walls and ceilings were covered with a paper of the richest and glossiest black, on which was traced a lurid and arabesque pattern of dead gold. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Anthony Trollope He had not become so dead to honor but that noblesse oblige did still live within his bosom. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Strike me dead if I ever would have thought of the lad for that purpose. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The foremast across which he lay was complete almost to the royal-mast, though the yards were gone; and to his left, just above the battered fore-top, five men were lashed, dead and drowned. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

D. H. Lawrence Miss Frost however meditated bitterly on the fate of the poor dead woman. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing His wife had been long dead and he had one child, Lucy, who was employed as a “fitter-on,” or in some such capacity, in the show-rooms of a large East End millinery establishment. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton The analogy sent a chill through her, but she laughed and answered: “Well, when I am dead you must put me beside her, carved in marble, with my dog at my feet. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Wilkie Collins They persevered, and I persevered; and still there she lay, in her perfect beauty of form, without a sign of life perceptible; there she lay, to all outward appearance, dead by drowning. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

On November 5, at nine o’clock in the evening, after a labour of over fifty hours, the Princess was delivered of a dead boy. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Benjamin Disraeli The dead and soothing calm which succeeded this tornado called him back again gradually to existence. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

He sat down to read, — there was a dead silence through the house. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Andrew Lang The dead man was so astonished at this behaviour, that he peeped out of a little window in the side of the coffin, and cried out: ‘I should laugh as loudly as any of you, if I were not a dead man. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He robbed the dead man both of the casket and the purse that he found in the pockets; had scarcely done so when he heard footsteps. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Tobias Smolle My father had always been their favourite, and now that he appeared their master, after having been thought dead so long, their joy broke out into a thousand extravagances. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Denys lingered, and crowed over his dead foes. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

His dead mother’s face, transfixed with diabolical hate, is thrust upon him, and the loved hands that have caressed him strangle him. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. Rider Haggard There lay upon the place and its surroundings a burden of dead lives, intangible, but none the less real. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle See here!” The man whom we had known as Douglas turned up his own coat and cuff to show a brown triangle within a circle exactly like that which we had seen upon the dead man. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Everything about him is dead right — clothes, manner, modesty, accomplishments. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He is dead who called me into being; and when I shall be no more, the very remembrance of us both will speedily vanish. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Mark Twain It seemed to Tom that his schoolmates never would get done holding inquests on dead cats, and thus keeping his trouble present to his mind. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell And here she was found — dead is she not, monsieur? — with her face down on her pillow, and her beautiful hair all scattered wild; she never would let me tie it up, saying it made her head ache. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Edgar Allan Poe The fury of the tempest immediately died away, and a dead calm sullenly succeeded. Metzengerstein by Edgar Allan Poe [1832]

Kate Chopin The night was so dark, so hushed, that if ever the dead had wished to step from their graves and take a stroll above ground, they could not have found a more fitting hour. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Arthur Conan Doyle If he’s dead I’m dead and all the rest of us, for we are over to the last man. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Andrew Lang If milk flows, it is a sign that we are well and prosperous; but if, instead of milk, there is blood, then we are either dead or in great danger. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux They kissed like a despairing brother and sister who have been smitten with a common loss and who meet to mourn a dead parent. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some day or other you’ll get some one to produce it—I’m dead sure of that. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

John Keats Here’s somebody here and here’s somebody there! Says I hold your tongue you young Gipsey; So she held her tongue and lay plump and fair And dead as a Venus tipsy. Poems by John Keats

After the fifth day of my journey I no longer travelled over shifting hills, but came upon a dead level, a dead level bed of sand, quite hard, and studded with small shining pebbles. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. Rider Haggard It was dreadful to her to think that Arthur was dead, but an added sting lay in the fact that she was not dead too. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

To-day a list of these men’s names with a cross against that of each one whom I know to be dead would look like a Roman Catholic cemetery. A Sole Survivor by Ambrose Bierce

With one sister dead in the house, the victim of violence, and another delirious from fright or some other analogous cause, I had ample time to think — and I used that time. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells And even as he looked a pale blue shape ascended very swiftly from the city like a dead leaf driving up before a gale. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

E. F. Benson The apt roundness of these numbers was incontestable, the thing was too neat not to be true, and before he had been dead for twenty-four hours it was a matter of orthodoxy. At Abdul Ali’s Grave by E. F. Benson

In the morning, when the Tramp Major came round, the body was jammed against the door, and to open it they had to break the dead man’s arm. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Under the provisions of the will then he had to assume his dead uncle’s name. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Walter Scott At length they were all summed up in the apprehension that the phantom of a dead man held the sleeper by the wrist, and endeavoured to drag him out of bed. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Whatever feeling I once entertained for Laura is dead and buried. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Catherine Helen Spence But now —” “I can see you are somewhat depressed by what seems to you a dead level of uniformity. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

He’s dead right enough, and we may get a chance of going through his clothes. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Everywhere he seemed to be up against a dead wall. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Anthony Trollope Do as a friend should do for a friend that is dead and gone. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Charles Stur The surface of the country is undulating, covered in many places by scrub, and the trees being very short-lived, the whole is matted with dead timber, and difficult of access. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Charles Kingsley There was another dead silence. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley