Phrases with "declining"

Olaf Stapledon While numbers were declining, the average level of intelligence was declining also. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith Mistress of the letter, and the letter safe under lock, the admiral dead, she had not to bestow a touch of her hand on his coatsleeve in declining to return it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

It is therefore most probable that she died in the latter part of 1743, having been long in a declining state of health. Fielding by Austin Dobson

The fact was, that Horatio Paget saw in his daughter the high-road to the acquirement of a handsome competence for his declining years. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells I had no idea in those energetic needy days of these little tips I was putting aside for my declining years. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim Success had been on his side so long that he might almost have been excused for declining to reckon failure amongst the possibilities. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Jane Austen There will be enough of them, in all probability, to supply every sort of sensation that declining life can need. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The sun was declining in the heavens, but before the shades of evening had gathered around, they reached an Indian temple on an eminence, which afforded a strong and commodious position for the night. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The Board to Alfred, declining this, for the present as unadvisable, they being in correspondence with the person who had signed the order — with a view to his liberation. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope There was Amelia opposite to him, looking at him — the very Amelia to whom he had written, declining the honour of marrying her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Had he been left to his own devices, he would already, like numbers of his coevals, have been supporting (or declining to support) a wife and two or three children. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Algernon Blackwood A clue into the unknown he would follow up as keenly, carefully, as Fillery himself, but he went step by step, with caution, declining to move further until the last step was of hardened concrete. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It should hold true, approximately, that devoutness is declining or tending to obsolescence among the members of what may be called the effective industrial community. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Ralph Waldo Emerson The crime which bankrupts men and states, is, job-work; — declining from your main design, to serve a turn here or there. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

William Dampier Guayaquil stands facing the island, close by the river, partly on the side and partly at the foot of a gentle hill declining towards the river, by which the lower part of it is often overflown. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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

Parliament has already done something in this direction by declining to be an accomplice in the asphyxiation of school children. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing Alma looked round to see that the door was shut; then, declining the offered hand, she said coldly—— ‘You are mistaken if you think I have come as a friend. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

William Cowper Our fathers knew the value of a screen From sultry suns, and, in their shaded walks And long-protracted bowers, enjoyed at noon The gloom and coolness of declining day. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Mrs. Dodd was for declining as usual for since that night Julia had shunned parties. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope Captain Clayton, when he had been at Morony Castle, had treated Flory with great kindness, declining to cross-question him at all. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray Here poor sticking-plaster was again worsted, the Yankee contemptuously riding round him, and then declining further exercise. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

The retirement of her father from the world after her mother’s death had made a great solitude round his declining years. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Charles Dickens And it will not be long, with Heaven’s leave, before she is restored to me; before I find in her and her husband the support of my declining years. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope To no one did she say much on the subject, and greatly disgusted the old family housekeeper by declining altogether to discuss the future Dumbello menage. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells On the other hand, while these things expand in the modern school, there are declining elements, once in older schemes of scholastic work much more evident. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Edith Wharton Luckily for her own popularity she arrived in time to soothe her parent’s declining moments. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Ann Radcliffe Ellena was the sole support of her aunt’s declining years; was patient to her infirmities, and consoling to her sufferings; and repaid the fondness of a mother with the affection of a daughter. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope It is very hard for a young girl to have to be firm with her mother in declining a proposed marriage, when all circumstances of the connection are recommended to her as being peculiarly alluring. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell There are some people who imperceptibly float away from their youth into middle age, and thence pass into declining life with the soft and gentle motion of happy years. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

A dark shadow ran along the river, rolling over and covering up the sparkle of declining sunlight. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

To his mind, no doubt, it seemed a hard thing that she should set her face against a change of fortune that would have ensured ease and comfort for his declining years. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell He sate with his head in his hands, declining to go to bed, refusing to dwell on the thought of his grandchild — not three hours ago such a darling in his eyes. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Henry James Within the range of these numerous acres the declining spurs of the hills continued to undulate and subside. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell The sisters were equally persevering in declining Mr. Smith’s invitations to stay at his house. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Twelve years earlier he had grown to hate the perils of trench warfare in France, and had several times avoided death by declining to attempt valorous impossibilities. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Wilkie Collins The next event was the appearance of an agent, instructed to sell the business in consequence of the landlady’s declining health. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Andrew Lang A kind of deisidaimonia — a sacred awe — falls upon one in turning over these wonderful productions of the artist’s declining years and failing hand. The Library by Andrew Lang

Isabella Bird I saw it first bathed in the mellow light of a declining sun. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Sir Walter Scott The charms of melody and beauty were too strongly impressed in Edward’s breast to permit his declining an invitation so pleasing. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

H. G. Wells With declining strength they had relaxed by imperceptible degrees from the not very exacting standards of their youth. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

And the pole a of the smaller terrella has its strength from the larger, declining from the Zenith to the plane of the horizon or to the level. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Charles Dickens The bed was soon made ready; and the visitor, declining all refreshment but a cup of tea, retired. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

The widow Sandal, declining all attendance on the sufferer, paced through the adjacent apartments in agony unutterable and unuttered. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He was decidedly better, but (so he excused himself) would feel easier at home in his own manse; and so, declining our host’s offer of a bed, he shook hands and bade us good-night. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Anthony Trollope When a horse won’t jump it is generally the case that the inner man is declining to jump also, let the outer man seem ever so anxious to accomplish the feat. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Henry David Thoreau Every such tree becomes a nucleus of red, as it were, where, with the declining sun, that color grows and glows. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

I still possessed a freehold in Perth, a small residential estate overlooking the banks of the Swan River, upon which it was my intention to build a home for my declining years. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Charles Dickens I saw in this the reason for my being staved off so long and the reason for my late guardian’s declining to commit himself to the formal knowledge of such a scheme. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

And he hurried away declining to discuss anything further. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope For sons and daughters there was ample sustenance with assistance of due industry; for friends and relatives some relief for grief at this great loss; for aged dependents comfort in declining years. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth She would have followed her benefactress into exile, but that she was prevented by duty and affection from leaving her mother, who was in declining health. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Stur Mr. Browne and I, therefore, climbed it, and on looking back to the north-east, saw there was a declining plain in that direction. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

He implored him to spare the generous old man whose fatal confidence in a wicked woman had brought much misery upon his declining years. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope Nothing could be more disagreeable than such an interview, but he could not allow himself to be guilty of the cowardice of declining it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He was fast declining into a state of poverty, through his own reckless extravagance, at the time when he met with his death at his wife’s hand. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

And she, declining any refreshment, left again with little Polly for Timberdale Rectory. “Has Herbert come to?” asked Tod laughingly, as he went to open the gate for her. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Pope, however, had another reason for declining this showy system of fencing; and strange it is that he had not discovered this reason from the very first. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

He left us, declining our offered escort. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence And of course, Alvina was considered a lady in Woodhouse. That was what it had come to, with James’s declining fortunes: she was merely considered a lady. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James He listened to her philosophically, liking and enjoying her chaff, which seemed to him, oddly enough, wholesome and refreshing, and absolutely declining to satisfy her. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Walter Scott The father in the meanwhile pressed him with remonstrances, and prayed him to observe, he would greatly prejudice himself by declining to give a full account of the transactions of the day. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Walter Scott He was peremptory, however, in declining all engagements during Oliver’s life, whose power he considered as too firmly fixed to be shaken by any plots which could be formed against it. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Pressed with a thousand questions, she appeared incapable of answering them, and, declining assistance, leaned against the casement for support. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope But as Herbert was obstinately bent on declining sacerdotal life, there was no use in dispelling Mrs. Townsend’s bright vision. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Afterwards, all his love centred in his daughter, and he thought he would be able to spend his declining years in peace. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Tobias Smolle For, though Davy had no stomach to the trial, he could not readily find an excuse for declining it. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Their final round was played in the brilliant declining sunlight of a perfect Riviera afternoon. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell The widow had to leave the parsonage, the home of a lifetime, and seek a new resting-place for her declining years. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She was by this time at the door, from which with a gesture, declining his offer, she gently waved him back, and disappeared within it, without another word. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Lady Morgan The fact is, I am indeed ill; my mind and body seem declining together, and nothing in this world can give me joy, but-the prospect of its delivery. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Robert Green Ingersoll He lays by but little for his declining years. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Isabella Bird The Scotchman waited on the owner, who was a tool manufacturer, and, declining the reward, asked only for work, for “leave to toil,” as Burns has expressed it. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They love stoutness in standing for your right, in declining money or promotion that costs any concession. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Wylo became thinner and weaker every day, for Yan-coo, seething, with malignity, stood aloof, declining to interfere. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope Lady Kingsbury thinks that I am an idiot because I do not live exclusively with counts and countesses; but in declining to take her advice I do not injure her much. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Am declining all private investigations. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

William Godwin The multitude, who are always fickle in their impulses, conceiving an unfavourable impression in consequence of his personally declining the trial by fire, turned against him. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Thus passed the day in exercise and knowledge, till the sun’s declining orb reminded us it was time to return to the place from whence we had set out. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Samuel Johnson His friends palliated this relinquishment, of which both friends and enemies knew the true reason, with an account of declining health, and the necessity of recess and quiet. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Conan Doyle At present I am, as you know, fairly busy, but I propose to devote my declining years to the composition of a textbook, which shall focus the whole art of detection into one volume. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

This James Steadman had been valet to her ladyship’s father, Lord Peverill, during the declining years of that nobleman. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The happiness of my early days was painted to me, the disquiet of my manhood, the altered faith of my declining years. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Meredith From motives of prudence, as well as personal disgust, she continued firm in declining to receive her brother. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton As Amherst came out of the hospital, he heard Miss Brent declining a seat in Westy’s phaeton. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

We caught a glimpse of it through the trees, and surprised the gardener who was showing us over by declining to inspect it more nearly. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The daughter was not particularly alarmed by her mother’s complaint of declining health. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle She confessed to me then that she loved me, but added firmly that she was her father’s only child, and that it was her duty to devote her life to comforting his declining years. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling But it was the post that was cleaned out when that long-haired Caucasian removed himself, heavy with everybody’s pay and declining the proffered liquor. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells It left no loophole; it was murderous in argument, and utterly contemptuous in tone; an awful thing for the declining years of a man’s career. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arnold Bennett The declining sun shone with weak goodwill on the garden. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson At last, the day declining — all silent and happy, and up to the knees in the wet lilies — we punt slowly back again to the landing-place beside the bridge. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

What has he been doing all these years? How the devil was I to find out?” “How did you?” I asked, declining to spoil my digestion with a conundrum, as it was his evident intention that I should. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

The night, proceeding on with silent pace, Stood in her noon, and view’d with equal face Her steepy rise and her declining race. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Why, therefore, refrain from justifying the allusion? Why persist in declining the invitations of the hour? Far be it from me to do so. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins Sir Patrick, declining to hear him, went on. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing The landscape before her was wild with the hues of a sky in which the declining sun fought against flying strips of ragged cloud. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

I should break Lady Maulevrier’s heart if I were to make a foolish marriage; and I owe her too much to set her wishes at naught, or to make her declining years unhappy. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells War became a declining habit that mankind was shaking off. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

But I, who have passed life’s zenith, which with a man I take to be thirty, am beginning to be chary of my declining years. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing The satisfaction of declining further assistance was enormous. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Ann Radcliffe Bianchi did not oppose his arguments; she had been unwell for some time, and, believing herself to be declining fast, was anxious to have their nuptials concluded. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

She drops her sword; she nods her plumy crest, Her drooping head declining on her breast: In the last sigh her struggling soul expires, And, murm’ring with disdain, to Stygian sounds retires. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

I look to her as the staff and comfort of my declining years. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Nicholls seems deeply to feel the wish to comfort and sustain his declining years. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Too much it proved for the boat’s constitution, and the boat perished of dropsy—Kate declining to tap it. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Henry James My early life was perhaps a good preparation for the declining half of life; it having been such a blank that any thereafter would compare favourably with it. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

My early life was perhaps a good preparation for the declining half of life; it having been such a blank that any thereafter would compare favorably with it. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

My sunshine came to me in a fitful ray, through clouds that had gathered over my noon; his sunshine covered all his landscape, hallowed and hallowing by the calm of declining day. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

G. K. Chesterton They also call me ‘The Cherub’, in allusion to the roseate and youthful appearance I have presented in my declining years. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

H. Rider Haggard And then, declining his offer of escort, and saying that she would come and see him again on the morrow, she departed on her homeward path. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

R. D. Blackmore Very little wheat was grown on their estates, both soil and climate declining it; but the barley crop was of more importance, and flourished pretty well upon the southern slopes. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry Kingsley His father wrote, declining the honour of his further acquaintance, and sending him a draft for fifty pounds to pay his outstanding bills, which he very well knew amounted to several thousands. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Meredith She had performed her crowning act of obedience to her father by declining the interview with Alvan, and as a consequence she was full of grovelling revolt. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The declining sun is hidden behind the steeple and throws its shadow straight across the street; so that my chamber is darkened as with a cloud. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

He was melted by her affection for the generous friend who had done so much to brighten her declining days. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope A young man had brought it to her when her father was in the mill, and had then gone off, declining to wait for any answer. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle It would brighten my declining years to see a German cruiser navigating the Solent according to the mine-field plans which I have furnished. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Knowing her appearance was an unusual one and would be easily called to mind by any third party who had once seen her, she was always adamant in declining to wait upon anyone in their own house. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

John Galsworthy Even now, when the business had been turned into a Limited Liability Company, and was declining (he had got out of his shares long ago), he felt a sharp chagrin in thinking of that time. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

His studies of our tongue are represented by an eternal “Yes!” his wits by the negative; he boasts of knowing how to “tratar com o branco” and, declining to bargain, he robs double. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the time for the assembling of the national convention drew near, there were other sufficient indications of his sincerity in declining a stake in the great game. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

It seemed to persist in declining to pass through the strainer. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope She began it by declining the drawing-room, and by saying that a bedroom upstairs would suffice for her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Rafael Sabatini Thus ended his priesthood of Mars. THE ORACLE In April 1746, Casanova’s declining fortunes reached their nadir. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Petrarch, according to his own account, so far from promising to bring down his magniloquence to a level with church humility, seized the objection as an excuse for declining the secretaryship. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Isabella Bird It was a fair evening in June, when moonlight was struggling for ascendancy with the declining beams of the setting sun. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

William Makepeace Thackeray As an occupation in declining years, I declare I think saving is useful, amusing, and not unbecoming. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Even his former successes suffered the disparagement natural to a man of declining fortunes. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sir Walter Scott Master Heriot then made him acquainted with the bounty of his sovereign; which he paid over to his young friend, declining what he had himself formerly advanced to him. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Thomas Paine But there is one reflection results from this black business that deserves notice, which is that it shows the declining power of the enemy. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

If I am not mistaken, you are the man to whom I offered a commission, and who surprised me by declining it. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Hours had passed since the Wave had left the jetty of Ware, and the autumnal sun was already declining in the early evening. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

George Meredith Her reasons for declining to see him were exposed by the presence of the gentleman beside her. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He looked at the body laying straight and rigid under its white cover on which the sun, declining amongst the clouds to the westward, threw a pale tinge of red. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

In this, it may be, there was something of indolence or haste; but assuredly there was no proof of declining powers. Fielding by Austin Dobson

He also was rigid in declining all orders to the firm where his own decorations might seem to disturb the relics of the past. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jane Austen His declining to be on cordial terms with the head of his family, has left a very strong impression in his disfavour with me. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Anthony Trollope There were many cars there, and the men would not explain to him their reasons for declining to take him home; but they all refused. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope There were reasons why it could not be so, said the namesake; but in the close confidence of friendship which the giving and the declining of the offer generated came this further blow. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Machen He was reposing on his back in a horse-trough, calling loudly for his solicitor, declining to move till his legal adviser should attend. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

He had spent all his money, he had outlived the best friends of his youth; for it had been his fate to adorn a declining era, and he had been a youngster among elderly patrons and associates. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Yet, in another, was there anything more human? The child who had wakened before the rest regarded him with placidity, declining to be amused by his winkings, but exhibiting no other emotion. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Daniel Defoe Accordingly she came to me, and told me all the discourse; in short, she soon biassed me to consent, in a case which I had some regret in my mind for declining before; so I prepared to see him. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

M. R. James The sun was declining in the heavens when my cousin walked up to the door, and the light smote full upon the imposing façade of the house. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope And there was a bottle of claret, as to which Phineas, who was not usually particular in the matter of wine, persisted in declining to have anything to do with it after the first attempt. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot Arthur went in for the sake of patting Meg, declining as far as possible to see anything in the stables, lest he should lose his temper before breakfast. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Olaf Stapledon In the case of Fascism it is economic determinism, working through the minds of a declining bourgeois oligarchy that has tapped and directed and perverted the reviving spiritual energy. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis Hayden wondered whether Olivia would be spiritually advancing or declining if she switched from Lundsgard’s boisterous salesmanship to Sir Henry’s soggy glory. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon Later, churches and priesthoods had returned, to play an important part in preserving what was now evidently a declining religious consciousness. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens But I found very little, for it was in a bad and declining way. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

He waited quietly for that appointed quadrille, declining a dance in which Lady Laura would have enlisted him, and keeping a close watch upon Clarissa during the interval. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The Board, declining this, pending their correspondence with other parties; but asking him for the names and addresses of all his trustees. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

John Galsworthy She might, indeed, quite easily have died if such belief as she had in a future life had grown instead of declining as her strength ebbed. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Her father seemed to have reasons of his own for following my example and declining to answer questions. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

T. E. Lawrence The declining light shone down the angle of the ridges, its soft rays modelling them and their least contour in a delicate complexity of planes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

When you speak of my father’s declining years, I, who know his weary life so well, would be hard of heart indeed if I were not tempted by the haven you offer. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

No doubt too he and his wife wished to be near Syme, who lived for fourteen months after his stroke, and to cheer his declining days. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

But Liz felt that this was merely a way of declining Lavinia’s offer gracefully, and liked him for it. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope In that she had much to lose in declining the renewed offer which he made her, she would, as it were, continually prompt herself to be harsh and inflexible. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain They “suppose” his father’s declining fortunes made it necessary for him to leave the school they supposed he attended, and get to work and help support his parents and their ten children. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

So she kissed her friend on the forehead, gave me a gracious nod, and, declining the offer of my carriage, walked with her usual brisk, decided tread down the short path towards the town. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Mrs. Haydon was now in declining health, and desiring to consult a famous surgeon in London, she decided to travel thither with her son and daughter. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]