Phrases with "detached"

One single, detached presence is enough to make a public. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

I detached my eyes from his; his struggles redoubled, and, behind him, stealing in towards us from the court, black on the strip of crimson cloth, I saw Tomas Castro. He flung his cloak back. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells There would be no great difficulty in getting as far as the ravine if the attention of Ratzel’s particular bodyguard could be detached for an hour or so. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

The Spanish commander did not hesitate; but instantly detached a considerable force under Sandoval for this object. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence These strange Skrebenskys made her aware of another, freer element, in which each person was detached and isolated. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

As his steps echoed on the rugless floor, a shadowy something detached itself from the depths of a padded armchair by the corner window, and a voice he recognized greeted him by name. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Henry James Impressed, in her divided state, with a small framed plaque of enamel, she impulsively detached it from the wall and examined it with hungry tenderness. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

James Joyce Haines detached from his underlip some fibres of tobacco before he spoke. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Men detached themselves from the crowd, and went running about to announce my arrival. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Edith Wharton She still wore the academic dress, and her black gown detached itself sharply against the bright colours of the ducal uniforms. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was no touch of the rancour of recrimination in his presentation of detached facts. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The right hand had been detached at the time the arm was thrown into the pond, and the left ring finger had been separated and had vanished. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli The way was broad but ill-lit, with houses of irregular size but generally of low elevation, and sometimes detached in smoke-dried gardens. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Two comrades, meanwhile, detached the cannon and slewed it around until it aimed as nearly as possible at our backs. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Why should it have been removed? It could hardly have become detached accidentally. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Soon afterwards, Cortes returned to his head-quarters at Tepeaca. Thence he detached his officers on expeditions which were usually successful. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Dora detached her gaze from the pictures and turned her back upon them; I saw the measure of precaution. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Stur On the 11th, I detached Mr. Poole and Mr. Browne, with a fortnight’s provisions, to the N.E. in search of water. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

John Lewis Burckhard In the narrower part are single rows of houses only, or detached shops. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry Handel Richardson The plains beneath were veiled in haze; detached sounds mounted from them: the prolonged barking of a dog, the drone of an approaching train. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf One detached herself as Jacob and Florinda approached. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Walter Scott It was retained in the first edition, but is now omitted; as the editor has been favoured, by the learned Mr Ritson, with a copy of the original poem, of which it is a detached fragment. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Edith Wharton The arrival of several unforeseen bills confirmed this view, and once Ralph had adopted it he began to take a detached interest in the affair. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

For the pleasure he felt in pointing out detached beauties which escaped an ordinary eye was contagious. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A man who had been noisily imbibing some curious form of apéritif of the country, detached himself from his acquaintances and leaned over towards the barman. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

D. H. Lawrence Frances was dressed in white muslin, and she walked with dignity, detached and forgetful. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Thus detached from the uncertainties and irritations of their life together, her renovated image leaned to him from that enchanted world where they had first met. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Soon rainbow tints, appearing, disappearing and reappearing magically in detached flakes and patches, and severed by purple rays, hovered and flitted over and along the cloud. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Their houses are mostly pale, roomy, detached bungalows, almost altogether hidden by the bountiful vegetation of the climate. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Henry James Then their companion, after a little more detached contemplation, also took his former place. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

William Morris As I stood there Ellen detached herself from our happy friends who still stood on the little strand and came up to me. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Through the long years he had existed in detached seclusion in his corner of his world around which great London roared and swept almost unheard by him in his remoteness. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The Philosopher, with an effort, detached his eyes from his nose and his mind from his maxim. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Richard Burton After an hour’s rapid march we toiled over a rugged ridge, composed of broken and detached blocks of basalt and scoriæ, fantastically piled together, and dotted with thorny trees. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Sigmund Freud When the girl was about ten years old, her father had to go through a course of treatment in a darkened room on account of a detached retina. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But unhappily a knot of officers on the ridge above had watched this manoeuvre through their telescopes, and now detached small parties of infantry down either side of the pass to beat the covers. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The image of Chloe occupied it, with a sort of detached irritation, until he recalled himself in a fit of anger. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Walter Scott These letters being made up into a packet, were forwarded to Windsor by a trooper, detached on that errand. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Charles Stur These detached hills were perfectly level at the top, and their sides declined at an angle of 54 degrees. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Edith Wharton The phenomenon was not new, but he had never before been detached enough to observe it in its mysterious acuity. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Thomas Wolfe At last Nebraska detached himself from the group and said he was going back to take a smoke. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy They could then see the faint summer fogs in layers, woolly, level, and apparently no thicker than counterpanes, spread about the meadows in detached remnants of small extent. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Without further loss of time, therefore, he detached a body of three hundred Spanish foot and twenty horse, under the command of Sandoval, for the protection of the city. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

T. E. Lawrence They were intensely conscious efforts, with my detached self always eyeing the performance from the wings in criticism. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton This was long before he gained his great distinctions as a war correspondent; but he dealt in the same detached way with the other great wars in the past. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is no office or function of man but is rightly discharged by this divine method, and nothing that is not noxious to him if detached from its universal relations. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Arthur Morrison She lives in her little detached house with its square piece of ground, attended by a house-keeper older than herself and one maid-servant. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Vsevolod Krestovsky But her manner was so detached and indifferent that no one could have guessed her remark was of the least significance. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Elizabeth Gaskell Now and then a yellow leaf came floating down from the trees, detached from no outward violence, but only because its life had reached its full limit and then ceased. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Yet they were not wholly detached from the occasion; they looked at it, after they had taken it in, with an air half-amused, half-proprietary. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

There were shrill protests from women — but his high form detached itself from the group and went off running. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He smiled with the light detached air his world was most familiar with. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

On the less opaque darkness of the shutter-hole, her head detached itself suddenly, very faint, a mere hint of a round, dark shape without a face. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He lay supine and let them dance their endless slow interlacing; taking no part in their gyrations; as detached as if they were a display of Northern Lights. It was that way his mind worked best. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Sir Walter Scott At a greater distance from the buildings were detached oaks and elms and chestnuts, growing singly, which had attained great size. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

M. R. James James detached it and handed it to his aunt, carefully replacing the pin in the paper. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Thomas Hardy Passing under the detached gateway, they entered the porch. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H. G. Wells Among these flowers were moths, great white moths, so that it seemed as if ever and again a couple of blossoms became detached and pirouetted together. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

But, when darkness had set in, he detached a large body under Orgonez to pass the ford, and operate in concert with Lerma. Orgonez executed this commission with his usual promptness. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells Her letters fluctuated very much in tone, but at times they were as detached and guarded as a schoolgirl writing to a cousin. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Cyrano de Bergerac Some time after, I saw a Company of Souldiers marching, with Drums beating; and I perceived Two detached from the rest, to come and take speech of me. A Voyage to the Moon by Cyrano de Bergerac [1657]

Edith Wharton Undine noticed the delicacy and finish of her companion’s features as his head detached itself against the red silk walls. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Every rich man’s house stands detached from its neighbours at the side of a garden, and it is from this cause no doubt that the city (severely menaced by prophecy) has hitherto escaped destruction. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Jules Verne The layers formed in succession are detached from the scoop, exposed to the sun, hardened, and assume the brownish color with which we are familiar. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Jules Verne A certain groaning arose among the planks of the enormous structure, but there was still wanting a few inches before it was quite lifted and detached from the ground. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

H. G. Wells He clawed at the Bolton sheeting before him, and if he could have detached a piece he would certainly have hit somebody with it. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

John Galsworthy Aunt Ann looked down at it; her thin veined hands, as if detached from her firmness, moved nervously over her glacé skirt. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton Written by a rather clever fellow, detached but understanding and a little ironical on the right side. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Very slowly the young man detached himself from his friends and came towards them. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Not much wonder that flyers as a species had a detached attitude to the world. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Having seen two successive wives of the delicate poet chivied and worried into their graves, she had adopted that cool, detached manner to meet her gifted father’s outbreaks of selfish temper. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Wilkie Collins The terrible story of the conspiracy so obtained was presented in fragments, sadly incoherent in themselves, and widely detached from each other. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle Von Bork detached a small key from his watch chain, and after some considerable manipulation of the lock he swung open the heavy door. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Leon Trotsky Just as I was handing him a packet that I took out from under my coat, some one detached himself from the cemetery wall and walked past us, touching Nesterenko with his elbow. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. F. Benson He rang the bell, and with the help of a servant we detached the picture and carried it out onto the landing, and put it with its face to the wall. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

They held a hurried consultation up there, of which I caught only detached sentences, and the general tone of concern. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

John Lewis Burckhard From hence we continued N.N.E. in valleys of sandy soil, full of detached rocks. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

No sooner was the staff raised than the aerial vessel quietly detached itself from the rock to which it had been drawn, and passed slowly forward in the direction of the mountains. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Jules Verne Shall we take some for breakfast?” And without waiting for a reply to this proposal, knowing that it would be approved of, the sailor and Neb detached a quantity of the molluscs. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy Higher Crowstairs, as the house was called, stood quite detached and undefended. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Though scarcely crediting it, he detached one of his company, named Diaz, with a force to intercept him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edith Wharton As her young brown head detached itself against the patch-work cushion that habitually framed his wife’s gaunt countenance, Ethan had a momentary shock. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Do you mind showing me the watch?” He detached it from his waistcoat, chain and all, and passed it to me without a word. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. G. Wells Its detached fore-end remained jammed against that little island, Green Island it used to be called, which forms the stepping-stone between the mainland and Goat Island’s patch of trees. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

He detached his eyes from the centre of his plate and felt excited as if on the point of looking at a wonder. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells It seemed a little thing in regard to her, a thing that could not hurt her, a thing as detached from her life and as inconsecutive as a dream in my head. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

As soon as we were discovered, some six or seven of their best horsemen were detached from the rest of the body, and, at the fullest speed of their horses, came towards us. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

On a detached hillock, a few paces to the north, stands the Fort which defended the establishment. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Two days were spent in exploring the islet and its surroundings, the last being devoted to the outlying detached portion of the reef lying to the south about a mile and a half distant from it. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

It is doing the book injustice to consult it only as a work of reference, or even to read it in detached portions. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Sinclair Lewis He saw that it was she, with her pretenses, who was the child, and the detached and fearless Leora who was mature, mistress of a real world. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

D. H. Lawrence It seemed as if everything were being swept along — I myself seemed to have lost my substance, to have become detached from concrete things and the firm trodden pavement of everyday life. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The consulted one detached himself from the group of shadows to which he belonged and came over to Grant. He introduced himself as the stage-manager, and asked what exactly it was that Grant wanted. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

I can look back now detached yet sympathetic upon that wild confusion of moods and impulses, and by it I think I can understand, oh! half the wrongdoing and blundering in the world. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

D. H. Lawrence After a certain point, she became impassive, detached utterly from him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Here and there, many times, in detached places, Milton has consciously imitated. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had begun at a period when the drama, the dance, music, religion, and education were all very close together; and instead of developing them in detached lines, they had kept the connection. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Olaf Stapledon He seemed to leap at once to the more detached and balanced attitude which most of us were to arrive at twenty or twenty-five years later. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

A line of smoke and fire ran over the country in the rear of a strong patrol detached from the king’s forces. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

G. K. Chesterton The others gave one glance over their shoulders, and saw that the dark cloud of men had detached itself from the station and was moving with a mysterious discipline across the plain. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence The darkness that comes over the heart at the moment of departure darkens the eyes too, and the last scene is remote, remote, detached inside a darkness. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Then she felt a flash of fear of Mr Massy, hearing his thin, detached voice. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence He could think only one detached sentence at intervals. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells They were not concerned about being what was expected of them, or with the sort of impression they were making; they were just interested in a curious keen detached way about the state of the world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The footman, evidently acting upon instructions, took up a position behind his master, and immediately proceeded to assume the detached and impassive pose of the well-trained servant. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

G. K. Chesterton I begin with that impression of Gibbs precisely because his figure did seem so detached and cleancut against the background. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton As it passed over the table a white speck detached itself and dropped from the car. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Jane Austen Could she be detached from them! — and sometimes I do not despair of it, for the affection appears to me principally on their side. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Walter Scott The leaves of the ash-trees detached themselves from the branches, and, without an air of wind, fell spontaneously on the path. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

So that now there was a grand and noble sight, this central mass of heaving men, detached groups of fighters, and the spectators shouting, roaring, the dogs barking as though they were mad. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Jules Verne The country, which extends from the right of the Obi to the base of the spur detached from the Sayanok Mountains, is very sterile. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The eastern jamb is formed by Tírán Island; the western by the sandy Ras Nasráni, whose glaring tawny slope is dotted with dark basaltic cones, detached and disposed like great ninepins. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Miles Franklin I followed him in the direction of a detached building in the garden. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Arthur Conan Doyle Billy detached the head and held it in the air. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

G. K. Chesterton It is quite right to invent subtle analyses and detached criticisms, but it is unreasonable to expect them to be punctuated with roars of popular applause. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

James Joyce By prodding a prong of the fork under the kidney he detached it and turned it turtle on its back. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

G. K. Chesterton He sees where men’s detached intellect will eventually lead them, and he tells them the name of the place—which is generally hell. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

And it is not simply in detached portraits that Saint–Simon’s descriptive powers show themselves; they are no less remarkable in the evocation of crowded and elaborate scenes. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

It turned out to be half of a detached double dwelling, standing on a corner beyond a block of quiet, respectable red-stone fronts, with a deep lawn between it and the street. Serapion by Francis Stevens

About the time when we began our descent into the ravine, two of the peons, detached from the main body for the purpose of observing the schooner from the upland, had topped the edge of the plain. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Charles Dickens The two elder detached the Odd Girl on all expeditions that were considered doubly hazardous, and she always established the reputation of such adventures by coming back cataleptic. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

The fellow’s life had been open to us for years and nothing could have been more detached from feminine associations. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I observe that it is detached from the body of the house, built over the small backyard, and could be removed without injury to the rest of the building. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Henry James He was of course not less conscious of that than Nick Dormer had been when in the cold light of his studio this more detached observer saw too how she had altered. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Borrow I continued firing at the enemy, until three detached themselves in pursuit of me. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

D. H. Lawrence Feeling detached and impersonal, he went down a field-path between the low vines. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle It was all that I could do to persuade him to let me find out Miss Morstan’s address and send her a detached pearl at fixed intervals so that at least she might never feel destitute. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Face, which seemed detached — that’s a common enough thing in Indian magic. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

John Galsworthy Having detached a Courbet, early and about ripe, he was standing in his shirt-sleeves, with a coil of wire in his hand, when Michael entered. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Arnold Bennett He began to speak, in detached bits of phrases: “I say — you know —” “Good-bye, good-bye,” she murmured anxiously. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Perhaps after all it was a good thing that Nan was so detached from material things. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Wilkie Collins Hard botanical names which he could not spell through, and descriptions of plants which he could not understand, occurred here and there in postscripts and detached passages of the longer letters. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Edith Wharton Undine, who had seated herself while she detached her stock and waistcoat, raised her head with an impatient jerk. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

She saw him coming and detached herself at once from her aunt and Mrs. Charters, with whom she had been talking, and advanced to meet him. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Olaf Stapledon Even Paul himself was in a manner a detached spectator of his own behaviour. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The nightmare hag began to cut, and in an instant had detached the arm of the corpse, which she thrust among the coals in the very place where lately she had cooked the fowl. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Thomas Wolfe On a signal from Mr. Logan, Mr. Walters detached himself from his group, came over, arranged the tails of his coat, and knelt down gracefully beside his friend. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was Edith’s face that he had cherished through college with a sort of detached yet affectionate admiration. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, even in hate there can be an element of love, a detached relish of the other's alien vitality. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells And beyond Cheapside there was Clerkenwell with curious little shops that sold scarcely anything but old keys or the parts of broken-up watches or the like detached objects. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time about thirty men detached themselves from the main body and trotted away into the fields upon our right. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. F. Benson Then he took a bunch of keys from his pocket, detached one, and flung it on the ground. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Wilkie Collins Arriving at this conclusion, she put the chest and its contents back again on the shelf — with the one exception of the label detached from the blue-glass bottle. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

G. K. Chesterton But as a detached and eccentric personality, as a man who existed and who had arisen on the outskirts of literature, the world began to be conscious of him at this time. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Gissing One wall presented an unbroken array of volumes, their livery sober but handsome; detached bookcases occupied other portions of the irregular perimeter. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Her arm, detached from the bed, motioned him away. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He had met many peculiar potentates in his time; he took a detached interest in them, and was shrewd as a rule in his assessments. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

As detached as only other people’s belongings can look. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Moreover, there are detached white-yellow pitons to the north-east, the east, and the south; whilst a promising hillock, bearing nearly due north, adjoins the great outcrop. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

E. F. Benson But by an effort he detached himself from that, and turned his mind to her and to his own rescue. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

D.H. Lawrence His dim searching resolved itself into another detached phrase. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The real Arnold Bennett who is cherished in the memories of his friends, was remarkably detached from this matrimonial and quasi-matrimonial byplay. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence But it was obvious that Phoenix, detached and apparently unconcerned, but barbarically potent in his will, would bring the horse to order. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells As he drew nearer this halo detached itself from him and became a wheel sticking up behind him. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

D. H. Lawrence A cold, diabolical consciousness detached itself from his state of semi-intoxication. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

He tossed wearily to and fro; detached words caught her ear as he muttered them. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

H. G. Wells He knew their value, he listened to himself then with a detached respect, and he made the fullest use of them. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

William Hazlitt There are occasional detached images of great beauty and delicacy, but these were not beyond the powers of other writers then living. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

To study any subject scientifically one needs a detached attitude, which is obviously harder when one’s own interests or emotions are involved. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Rozaro then attempted to excuse himself, but without success, and said he had already detached his residence from my camp, and taken up a separate residence with Viarungi, his superior officer. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

D. H. Lawrence It was that that really made Connie lose her power to see him detached from herself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

One of the officers detached himself from the group and coming forward saluted, saying: “Pardon me, Colonel, I thought you had been informed. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells All that day the Prince was negotiating with Washington, while his detached scouts sought far and wide over the Eastern States looking for anything resembling an aeronautic park. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

It detached itself from my lips and fell slowly by her side. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The friar firmly, but gently and persuasively, persisted, and with infinite patience detached the dying man’s gripe from another’s property. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The ship anchored, the boats detached themselves from her sides, the sun sank, and the bay was plunged in gloom. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A low, pale oblong detached itself suddenly from the darkness of the Island, spitting forth the reverberate sound of a racing motor-boat. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jules Verne In a moment Kennedy was on the ladder, and Joe, clambering up the branches, detached the anchor; the car then dipped to where he was, and he got into it without difficulty. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Bronislaw Malinowski Should this not be the case, then they are probably scattered over their district in detached groups, or separate families. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The body-guard of eunuchs was detached to measure out the lists intended for the games, and prepare ringles for the lines to keep off the crowd. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Arthur Conan Doyle A vulgar flaring paper adorned the walls, but it was blotched in places with mildew, and here and there great strips had become detached and hung down, exposing the yellow plaster beneath. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

D. H. Lawrence There was something in him she hated, a sort of detached criticism of herself, a coldness which made her woman’s soul harden against him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton Thus I could mention a number of detached and definite things about Mr. Walter de la Mare; only that they would not, strictly speaking, be about him. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Walter Scott Two or three horsemen advanced in front as a vanguard; one or two remained a bow-shot in the rear; and, wherever the ground admitted, others were detached to keep an outlook on the flanks. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Edith Wharton What was all the flurry about? Mrs. Drover did not find it easy to maintain so detached an attitude. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

H. G. Wells Me? I saw him with that lady in various attitudes and emotions — I never felt so detached before. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Tobias Smolle The body of it is adorned with twenty columns engaged in the wall, and the peristyle, which is open, with ten detached pillars that support the entablature. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

All at once Blanche Farrow detached herself from the others and began running towards the cottage which formed the apex of the reservoir. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Virginia Woolf A single leaf detached itself from the plane tree at the end of the street, and in that pause and suspension fell. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Charles Stur These detached sheets were fringed round with samphire bushes with which the basin was also speckled over. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Edith Wharton A little bunch of violets which had been thrust into the folds of her dress detached itself and fell to the floor. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He had a power to unite the detached atoms again by their own law. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Wilkie Collins The village had a very strong smell, and a curious habit of building boats in the street between intervals of detached cottages; a helpless, muddy, fishy little place. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence Sex desire was a sort of detached thing, that did not belong to a woman. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Madame, having got over her immediate rage, had, it seemed, recovered her detached contempt for the human species, and was regarding the situation with malicious if slightly enjoyable distaste. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells I leant forward to see him better, and a piece of lava, detached by my hand, went pattering down the slope. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry James I don’t care in the least whether I agree with you,” Ransom said, looking askance at young Mr. Burrage, who had detached himself and was getting something for Verena to eat. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton But what especially struck him was the way in which she detached herself, by a hundred undefinable shades, from the persons who most abounded in her own style. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Assuming a detached tone, I wondered how on earth he had managed to spot the little underhand game that had been going on. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

A shallow sea separates the detached parts, but low-water spring tides expose a broad bond of union, an irrefragable proof of their oneness and indivisibility. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

He had just time to get behind the portico of a detached house at angles with the street when I came up. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Virginia Woolf Only through the rusty hinges and swollen sea-moistened woodwork certain airs, detached from the body of the wind (the house was ramshackle after all) crept round corners and ventured indoors. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Virginia Woolf Some detached instinct made her aware that she was gazing at a book which belonged by rights to some other part of the house. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Thomas Hardy It seemed as if the bonfire-makers were standing in some radiant upper story of the world, detached from and independent of the dark stretches below. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Algernon Blackwood EDWARD FILLERY, so far as may be possible to a man of normal passions and emotions, took a detached view of life and human nature. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It was seen, detached as it were, from her dark-mantled form; seen through the mist of the vapours which rose from the caldron, framing it round like the clouds. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The house was detached from any other, and, as it stood at an angle of a narrow lane, there was no other habitation in sight. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Then again, in a comparatively large, detached house, away from the frowsy huddle of the slum, it is much colder and more fuel has to be burnt. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Edith Wharton Darrow, as he observed her, again felt a detached enjoyment in her pleasure. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton He has dared the King-at-Arms and the King.” “Well,” replied Murrel in a detached manner, “I don’t quite see what the devil else he could do. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]