Phrases with "dead"

Jones too was dead — he had died in an inebriates’ home in another part of the country. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

I have been in the forecastle only ten minutes ago and there was no dead man there then. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells So I turned back and was making my way over mud and roots and dead fronds and petals scattered from the green world above when abruptly I saw my victim. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Abraham Merri A ring of black-robed men was closing in upon him, black-robed men whose faces were dead white, impassive; black-robed men closing in upon him with clutching hands. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf As he looked, Magdalena, the little girl who was his favourite, tossed a whole armful of dead leaves. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Robert Louis Stevenson The dead themselves were with him, not merely taking part in this thin show of memory that defiled before his brain, but revisiting his bodily senses as they do in profound and vivid dreams. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens It was a fierce battle, and the dead lay in heaps everywhere. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch His servant was deadkilled in trying to escape, or to help his master’s escape. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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]

Outside the church quite a hundred men were waiting, dirty types who had gathered from far and wide at the news of a free tea, like kites round a dead buffalo. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Meredith His dead Rebecca would have understood her passion to be her brother’s comrade, her abasement in the staying at home to guard his butterfly. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The high moon a moth, and he, only not Betty, Betty dead like Richard’s wife, dead women in the streets of the City under the moon. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne Whilst Thomas Black was raving in ecstasy, dead to all terrestrial matters, his companions had wandered as far as the enceinte. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He fancied that now, although she had been dead so long, she was standing just behind the hallan, her eyes taunting him . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

It had been like ranging shots for a gun — first short, second over, and I vowed that the third should be dead on the mark. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

If it had not been for that taste of cognac I should be dead before now. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He had already interviewed the dead man’s two regular medical attendants, his trained nurse, and last, but by no means least, his tearful, hysterical, and singularly attractive young widow. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Abraham Merri If they report me dead for a while there’s nobody to care. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Lots of people are interested in magic, without doing secret incantations under the new moon with the aid of dead men’s grease. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Charles Kingsley But if he has wandered on to the cliffs above Trifaen, he’s a dead man, then, at all events. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Edgar Rice Burroughs And then — ah, I shall never forget that moment — Dian sprang to her feet with a cry of “Land!” Sure enough, dead ahead, a long, low coast stretched across our bow. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H. Rider Haggard Is this so also, ‘Macumazahn?’” “Why do you ask whither we go? What is it to you?” I answered suspiciously, for the objects of our journey had been kept a dead secret. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

I waited, and my fury grew in a dead silence. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

And when again I removed my hands, the table with the shaded lamp had vanished, and the dead man upon the floor, and there was nothing there but that wretch, who regarded me with his unceasing smile. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

I don’t know as his being dead would help it any. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

When I came in, I found mamma and him both seated in dead silence. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Frederick, I had rather see you dead than stand before me the inheritor of Philemon and Agatha Webb’s hard-earned savings. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling If your officer’s dead and the sergeants look white, Remember it’s ruin to run from a fight: So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,   And wait for supports like a soldier. Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling [1896]

He brings forth the living from the dead, and brings forth the dead from the living; and He quickens the earth after its death, and thus shall ye too be brought forth. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

John Galsworthy The retriever, with the dead bird in his mouth, came up to the keeper, who took it from him. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassan Opposite to my uncle who was terribly excited by anger, almost standing up and vociferating, two men, one behind the other, seemed to be waiting till he should be dead with rage. The Marquis De Fumerol by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London I mean that my body would be dead for keeps. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Hardy Looking aloft for a moment I perceive that the sky is much more overcast than it has been hitherto, and in a few instants a dead lull in what is now a gale ensues with almost preternatural abruptness. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

They’re dead and gone, like a lot of other things and people — like I shall be before long, if it comes to that. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H.P. Lovecraft And among the dead faces was the living, mocking face of the youth with the ivory image. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

T. E. Lawrence The Turkish wounded lay out, and were dead next day. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling The tides was the only things that moved in those seas, for the airs was dead still till they began to blow, and then they would blow your hair off. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

If pride and dignity and independence are dead in them, why, so much the worse for them! It is no affair of mine. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

M. R. James Do you see a rather sudden knob of a hill with a thick wood on top of it? It’s in a dead line with that single tree on the top of the big ridge. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

A. E. W. Mason It might have been a dead man or a dead woman who lay still and stretched out upon the bedstead, so little heed did they give to it. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Joseph Furphy Next morning, my father offered £100 reward for him, dead or alive; and five other men guaranteed £10 each. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Ida sat in dead silence watching the declining light, one listless hand dipping in the river. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Steele Rudd Dad was leading her! Those two old horses are dead now. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

He was sleeping like a dead man and I knew I was safe. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

G. K. Chesterton The Christian religion was much more dead in the eighteenth century than it was in the nineteenth century. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Wilkie Collins The minutes followed each other, and still she sat, tearless and quiet, dead to the present and the future, living in the past. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith Desperate determination pushed it along, and there was in consequence a dead stop at the head of the next sentence. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Nash Caromel dead a second time! Church Dykely had never been astounded like this. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

G. K. Chesterton The first is only a lover remembering love; the second is like a dead man remembering life. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Eliot We shall all on us be dead some time, I reckon — it ’ud be better if folks ’ud make much on us beforehand, i’stid o’ beginnin’ when we’re gone. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charles Dickens As he fell a musing in his chair alone, the healthy holly withered on the wall, and dropped — dead branches. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Guy de Maupassan When the valet, alarmed at the report, rushed into the room he found his master lying dead upon his back. Coward by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells They went forward through the rank exaggerated weeds and skirted the body of the second dead rat. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Marjorie Bowen She had been buried quietly, in the same church as her father, at dead of night, with no mourners. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

It is when one wakens up dead tired that the trouble begins. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope How dare you say that?” “But why shouldn’t he say a word to one, so that one shouldn’t go about like a dead body in the house?” “Carry dear, listen to this. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

David Hume But it is a miracle, that a dead man should come to life; because that has never been observed in any age or country. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

The dead do not wish to be moved — it protested with a faint, sickening odor. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Charles Stur The survivors were all but dead when looked at, and I feared we should lose them also. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

They stabbed her to the heart when they maligned her dead father; but she was wise enough to refrain from any attempted refutation of a slander in which, alas! there might be a grain of truth. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Victor Hugo Absorbed in each other, they rarely heeded such exclamations of Ursus. Their depth was a dead loss. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact, we thought that you were dead — a mere arrest of decay. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Meredith Oh, a man can hold his own with an English roly-poly mate: he’s not stifled! But a woman hasn’t his power of resistance to dead weight. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Thomas Hardy The eyes, dead and turned to stone, were even now regarding him. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli There was a dead pause, and Mrs. Grey looked at her husband, and rose. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

That had been his first intent, his sole desire, since, driving his cattle out on the day after the flood, he had made his mute promise to dead Pippa. But, what was right? He did not know. Signa by Ouida

H. G. Wells It was not till the Thursday that the dead came to the surface in any quantity. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Charles Kingsley Dead men he could descry through the blinding veil, rolled in heaps, laid flat; dead men and dying: but no man upon his feet. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

The ground of the trench was littered with empty cartridge-cases, and there were many dead bodies. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Daniel Defoe We that are dead must silence break; And boldly let them know the time’s at hand, When Ecclesiastic tempests shake the land. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Rudyard Kipling He mistrusted that old man with his dead eyes and his deadly tongue. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. F. Benson Fine music that from a dead man. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Larose slept peacefully like a dead man and apparently, by his stillness, was disturbed by no unpleasant dreams. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

A dead leaf fell in Soapy’s lap. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Andrew Lang He will be worshipped with such rites as dead men receive; he will be mixed up in such battles as living men wage, and will be credited with the skill which living sorcerers claim. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence The soldier camp would grow dead silent till the stanza ended, and then from every man would come a sighing, longing echo of the last note. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Tobias Smolle In a word, they fought five times before the combat proved decisive at last, the lieutenant was left dead on the spot. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Henry Handel Richardson ALL were not dead against him then! Oh, a good fellow, this Pendrell! . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

But there was a very pretty line of dead continually growing in our rear, and doubtless the enemy had at his back a similar encouragement. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Next to him who is dead I love you best of all the world. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Sir Richard Burton But Destiny willed that my cunning prevail over his cunning, and I burned him to death after I vainly exhorted him to embrace the religion of Al-Islam. As for me, I am a dead woman. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

H. G. Wells Then off went everything like dead leaves before a gale, a vast hired yacht to the Baltic, to Maine, Newfoundland, and the Saint Lawrence River, and the strangest people packed aboard. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

I pieced together the puzzle, as you have done, and I know that, by some foul fortune, you have stolen the secret of a dead man to ruin an innocent and virtuous family. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells I was a little feverish, I remember, and engaged in an interminable theological argument with myself, why when a man is dead he should leave so queer and irrelevant a thing as a body to decay. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

When they found his body it was estimated he had been dead for about four hours. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

The dead man was a hundred yards away. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Ha! ha! ha!” With the laugh upon his lips, a great flow of blood stopped the clergyman’s utterance, and he rolled slowly over upon his side, a dead man. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing Are not the dead at home? What better home can a man have than the grave? There no tax-gatherer comes to trouble you, no hunger, no oppression. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell But to think of your father having such a son!” “Oh my poor father!” sobbed out Maggie. “How glad I am you are dead before this disgrace came upon us!” “You may well say disgrace. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She gave up the lessons; her progress came to a dead stop; and Lanks, after a period of increasingly impatient surprise, returned, she was afraid, to his original suspicion. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Edith Wharton Something in truth lay dead between them — the love she had killed in him and could no longer call to life. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Charles Dickens A sharp keen wind blew dead against us; a hard frost prevailed on shore; and the cold was most severe. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

And of all the ships in sight, near and far, each was provided with a man, the man without whom the finest ship is a dead thing, a floating and purposeless log. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

George Gissing The ghost of dead music, it evoked the ghost of her dead self. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hobbes For God, that could give a life to a piece of clay, hath the same power to give life again to a dead man, and renew his inanimate and rotten carcass into a glorious, spiritual, and immortal body. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

William Godwin The next morning Zemroude found her favourite bird dead in his cage, and immediately became inconsolable. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

You know they always said at home I was a coward: I could not have remained another minute with that dead man, had it been to save my own life. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Robert Louis Stevenson Mr. Archer now sat by the fire with a book, and now passed whole days abroad, returning late, dead weary. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. T. A. Hoffmann He wished to get up, but felt himself held down as if by a dead weight, and lying as if fettered in iron bonds; he was utterly unable to move an inch. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. Phillips Oppenheim How chivalrous! How noble! What you refused this afternoon, when I stooped to show you my heart as no other man dead or alive has seen it, you would grant me now out of your great magnanimity. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D.H. Lawrence All my dead leaves, they hang to me — and — and go through a kind of danse macabre —’ ‘But you bud underneath — like beech,’ he said quickly. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The mourners mourned only that they had had to pull so far out to sea, and the dead man was consigned with curses to his eternal rest. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

D. H. Lawrence Then he examined the eggs, and pulled out some silk from round the dead larva, and investigated it all in a desultory manner, asking of me all I knew about the insects. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson And I went from the dead monster, and did go, all heart-shaken, unto the dead maid. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins The dead calm continued, and the airless heat. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The head was beaten flat, and the kitten was dead without having made the slightest sound. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arthur Machen There was a sentry, for example, by the quarry at Llanfihangel, where the dead woman and the dead sheep had been found some weeks before. The Terror by Arthur Machen

The dead and they were victims alike of an unrelenting destiny which cut them off from every path of merit and glory. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

But the presumption of her having done so, in order to get rid of a successful rival, was very strong, and the weight of evidence was dead against her. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Some of the dust of the dungeons had got in and it was as dead as a nail. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Charles Dickens It was not because the creature was dead that I was so haunted, because I know that I might have been (and I know it because I have been) equally attended by the image of a living aversion. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton But of course they’d give Terry a tutor — wouldn’t they, Joyce? The boy was dead right; he couldn’t be loafing about any longer with the women . The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Thomas Hardy Moreover, as the approved of my dead mother, M. de la Feste has a sort of autocratic power with my father, who holds it unkind to her memory to have an opinion about him. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Whereas life in the Professor’s house was whittled down to a monotony, a dead level of dullness, that passed belief. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Kingsley They found Hornby dead and cold, with his head on Charles’s lap, and Charles looked so like him that they said, “This man is dead too; let us bury him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The dead woman was buried decently in the kirkyard, and her male kin attended the funeral as if there had never been a word against her fair fame. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

As the awful word “murder” was repeated, the doctor, who had been until this moment beside the dead man, came to the door, and opened it. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

James Joyce More dead for her than for me. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope There, on a clean sward of grass, laid out as carefully as though he were a royal child prepared for burial, was — a dead fox. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

But for turning the baby of dead Pippa’s to public maintenance — Lippo had a foreboding in him that in this matter his brother would be too strong for him. Signa by Ouida

By midnight they were encamped in a dingle of dead bracken, hidden as securely as if they had lain in the Welsh hills. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Meredith You saw little Kiomi curled up under the hop and briony?’ ‘I took her for a dead jackdaw. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edith Wharton You’re dead tired now — you’re falling with sleep. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy So that no communication could possibly have passed between his wife and himself from the first moment that he believed her dead on the night of the fire, to the day of his wedding. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Joseph Furphy And, I say, Collins; mind you slacken the wire down from this end after you get across, on account of steamers, and snags, and so forth, The canoe’s dead certain to be on your side of the river. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The extreme severity with which they exercised these powers, in more than one instance, proves that they were not a dead letter. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sinclair Lewis They were like corpses as the croupier swiftly and callously paid out or raked in the bone chipsdead men’s bones. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had been found in a dead faint lying on the landing. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Hardy You must have learnt a lot of everything from your dear dead friend!” “We won’t get on to that now!” she coaxed. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

All apart from what the dead man himself had said, it was a sure thing no one knew he had succeeded in running him down. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Marjorie Bowen He hath inherited all her affection for my dead lord, and she in her grief reproached me that I had ruined him, for it seems he hath fallen in love in a fantastical sad fashion. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Andrew Lang Abu Nowas had ceased being a dead man, and was looking into the street when he saw the coach coming. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne Strange fantasy! It was but the shadow of the fringed curtain waving betwixt the dead face and the moonlight as the door of the chamber opened and a girl stole softly to the bedside. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Rudyard Kipling He said it was quite right to embalm and trick out and hypocritically bedizen the poor innocent dead in their superior cushioned and pillowed caskets with the window in front. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Yes, his eyes are quite closed; there is one method of ascertaining whether he is dead or not, and that is to shove my sword into him, and if he does not move, he is certainly dead. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

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

A somewhat similar instance occurs in one of Ambrose Bierce’s modern stories of dead bodies. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Walter Scott But as the Sub-Prior drew near to him, his face assumed a more wild and startled expression, while he exclaimed —“The devil! the devil himself, brings the dead back upon the living. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Bram Stoker May I cut off the head of dead Miss Lucy?” “Heavens and earth, no!” cried Arthur in a storm of passion. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Strangwick, retching impotently, complained of the frozen dead who creak in the frost. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

What do you think? He’d far better be dead and buried. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

This is illustrated by the figure in Julian Hawthorne’s Lovers in Heaven, where the dead man’s spirit meets the devil in the after life — who is his own image, his dæmonic double. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

It would be far easier to pass oneself of as dead Hannibal than as living Haldane, for instance. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

None of you has ever seen a dead donkey,” and the others had to be content with this cryptic answer. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

In another minute the church clock boomed out the first stroke of twelve, and the room fell into a dead silence. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

My father was a deodorizer of dead dogs, my mother kept the only shop for the sale of cats’-meat in my native city. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

The young plants keep growing up abundantly every day — look at Bastianini, dead not ten years since — but they are browsed down by the academies. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Wilkie Collins First discovery: In assuming the character of the lady’s husband Mr. Brinkworth was acting under your directions — which tells dead against you. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Meredith It was like the face of a dead savage. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edith Wharton There was more dead than living at Thudeney–Blazes . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Jane Austen The woods and walks thickly covered with dead leaves. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

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

Sinclair Lewis I’m going to get in ‘half-baked’ first, and beat you to it, because it’s dead sure to be handed to a radical that wears jeans!” They grinned together. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Their passengers descended, and ran, holding their light rifles in their hands towards the debris and the two dead men. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Marjorie Bowen The stillness was unnatural; the beauty of the place, the two dead gorgeous birds, the open doors and lovely sunshine, made an impression that appalled. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Huitt had left him for dead but Milhaven had saved his life. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Oh, Orlando, I wish we were both dead and buried and that there were no further life for either of us. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Oscar Wilde Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

For a time there was a dead silence, each man busy with his own thoughts. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

She read slowly: ‘You will be killed before you reach home this evening!’ There was a dead silence, and all looked at the body. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

By long usage the custom of getting into hot water has become a habit which the living pig inherits from the dead pork. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Male snakes, though appearing so sluggish, are amorous; for many have been observed crowding round the same female, and even round her dead body. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arthur Conan Doyle What steps do you propose to take now, Lestrade?” “The most practical way of getting at it, in my opinion, is to identify the dead man. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Hope The visitors wore the green and gold of the king’s huntsmen; the one who had knocked was Simon, the chief huntsman, and brother of Herbert, who lay dead in the little room inside. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

John, dead in his chair! James, dead on the floor! Knapp, who of all present was least likely to feel the awesome nature of the tragedy, was naturally the first to speak. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

In this backward spring there was no sprouting undergrowth, but the dead bracken stalks had not yet shrunk to earth, and he waded waist-deep among them. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

James Joyce We was lowsome like till we’d took out after the dead beats. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Guy de Maupassant An infinite peace, a divine melancholy, a silent serenity surrounded this dead woman, seemed to emanate from her, to evaporate from her into the atmosphere outside and to calm Nature itself. A Dead Woman’s Secret (La Veillée) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Henry James But it doesn’t matter,” said the old woman wearily, “for the theatre’s dead and even you, ma toute-belle, won’t bring it to life. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

No one discovered what had happened until the end of the voyage, when they found the stowaway rotting, dead of suffocation. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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

Elizabeth Gaskell The eyes looked into his with a dead stare! He closed the lids and bound up the jaw. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

But I could not rid myself of the heaviness which had seized me, so returned to the house feeling more dead than alive. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Immediately beyond there was a bowl-shaped depression in the moor, and at the bottom of this was found the dead body of the unfortunate trainer. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

D. H. Lawrence Then with a sullen movement she turned away, as if she had seen nothing, to the four dead pigeons and the knife, which lay there on the rock. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins If we accomplish this object in the course of the next five days, Mrs. Lecount will take the journey to Zurich. If we fail, she will be a fixture at Sea View, to a dead certainty. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

She found Miss Loach dead and the knife on the floor. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Kate Chopin But we make a step towards it, when we learn that there is rottenness and evil in the world, masquerading as right and morality-when we learn to know the living spirit from the dead letter. At Fault by Kate Chopin

E. Nesbi Father was not dead — like poor Uncle Edward — Mother had said so. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

G. K. Chesterton His face was white and discomposed, after the fashion of the foreigners, so that they look like dead men filled with devils; and he spoke our speech brokenly. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Yes,” he shouted in still more excitement, “and I’m a dead man if someone hasn’t been and sneaked a big bunch of grapes off the top — off the top, mind you. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The dead saints are, however, here, and perhaps everywhere else in Tunis, more decently lodged, and their marabets are real “whitewashed sepulchres. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

The offices of washing and shrouding the dead are religious ceremonies, and are performed by one of the officials of the mosque. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

His brother’s armour that cased her body was not so dead nor so hard under his hand, as to his love that yielding cheek, that alien look. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even though the light of tragedy and romance side by side seemed suddenly to creep into the room, Sirdeller listened as one come back from a dead world. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

We’d been away more than a year, and he’d pulled down the old fences and put up new ones — first-rate work it was too; he was always a dead hand at splitting. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing A dead weight seemed suddenly to fall upon his heart and press the very life out of it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

M. P. Shiel The dead long for flowers to keep them going. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Virginia Woolf Parnell is dead he was saying. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Robert Green Ingersoll Tell all your faults and if after she knows your faults she says she will have you, you have got the dead wood on that woman forever. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

That engine in my head went round at its top speed hour after hour till eleven at about at night it let up on me suddenly at the entrance to the Dock before large iron gates in a dead wall. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

On your Bible oath, may God strike you dead if you lie, did I shoot James Dance, mariner?’ “Seeing what was passing in his mind, I said simply, ‘You did. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

James Joyce His childhood was dead or lost and with it his soul capable of simple joys and he was drifting amid life like the barren shell of the moon. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle The dead outnumber the living. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Zona Gale He impressed St. George vaguely as one who seemed to have risen from the dead of the crudities of mere events and to be living in a rarer atmosphere. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Towards evening it became nearly dead calm. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The officer and the man were walking now on a thick sodden bed of dead leaves, which the peasants thereabouts accumulate in the streets of their villages to rot during the winter for field manure. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Opposite stood the dead wall that Mr Carlyle had spoken of. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

He viewed with swift horror the pit into which he had tumbled, the degraded days, unworthy desires, dead hopes, wrecked faculties and base motives that made up his existence. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Gustave Flauber The most stoical kept close to one another, seated in a circle here and there, among the dead in the middle of the plain; and wrapped in their cloaks they gave themselves up silently to their sadness. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber