Phrases with "earlier"

Henry Handel Richardson He was returning from the Zeitzerstrasse, where, in a photographer’s show-case, he had a few days earlier discovered a large photograph of Louise. This was a source of great pleasure to him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It must be explained that Aunt Rosina, as Miss Houston was called, had been well acquainted with her nephew’s earlier engagement, and had approved of Imogene as his future wife. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The earlier men were hunting men, and to hunt a neighboring tribe, kill the males, loot the village and possess the females, was the most profitable, as well as the most exciting, way of living. Memories and Studies by William James

Leslie Stephen The loss is little to be regretted, since the biographical part of earlier memoirs must have been scanty, and the criticism inappreciative. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

With all its merits, Bleak House has little of that charm which belongs to so many of Dickens’s earlier stories, and to David Copperfield above all. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope I doubt whether men in his position of life should ever marry at an earlier age. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Sidney Colvin As to the error by which Keats’s later recast of his work has been taken for an earlier draft, see note 61. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli She advanced, and thanked him for wishing to see her, and regretted she could not receive him at an earlier hour. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle On that eventful evening Rebecca went to bed rather earlier than usual. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Yeats hedges as to the literalness with which he believed in all this, but he certainly dabbled in spiritualism and astrology, and in earlier life had made experiments in alchemy. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Not a sign appeared indicating a return of the nervous suffering which the sense of his presence had inflicted on her, earlier in the day. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

His ripened judgment only approved a selection made in earlier years, and in days full of hope. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

After she had had her breakfast, she began to feel oddly restless, and so, earlier than was usual with her, she got up and dressed. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Rafael Sabatini He found about a cupola a terrace which he had not earlier noticed, and on this terrace a hod of plaster, a trowel, and a ladder some seventy feet long. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

The peace communicated there was of a different kind from the earlier revival of rest. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Rafael Sabatini It was inevitable that in such a moment the earlier stab of remorse should be repeated. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

H.P. Lovecraft When, around 1920, I had my researches in coherent shape, I felt a slight lessening of the tension which their earlier stages had increased. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

D.H. Lawrence We went on through the straggling, raw village, deep beside the stream, then over the small bridge, and up the steep hill down which I had come earlier in the evening. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

And the two or more parent-species are supposed to be descended from some one species of an earlier genus. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells Some yards above it were projections that might have been the remains of an earlier bridge of stone. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Olaf Stapledon Each earlier cosmos appeared to have been fashioned with conscious will to embody certain principles, physical, biological, psychological. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Mrs Hamps having departed, all the family, including Darius, had retired earlier than usual. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The methods which, as counted in terms of facility of life, answered measurably under the earlier conditions, are no longer adequate under the new conditions. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

William Hope Hodgson Indeed, I have often thought since, that I was correct in my earlier surmise, that they had left soon after the attack. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

I never even in Italy saw a name scratched on a wall with an earlier date than 1480. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Edith Wharton So they had moved to their present quarters, far over on the West Side, in a leprous brownstone survival of an earlier world. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He, at first, thought of talking the matter over with Colbert, but his friendship for Aramis, the oath of earlier days, bound him too strictly. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

One evening three weeks subsequent to Mr. Carlyle’s visit to Castle Marling, Barbara Hare called at Miss Carlyle’s, and found them going to tea much earlier than usual. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H.P. Lovecraft When the longer passage of buzzing came, there was a sharp intensification of that feeling of blasphemous infinity which had struck me during the shorter and earlier passage. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Marshall would depart for town three hours earlier than that. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Andrew Lang The Horae, or Books of Hours, were the latest development of the service-books used at an earlier period. The Library by Andrew Lang

Poor Jennifer! She might have been, Judith thought, a brilliant, successful beauty at an earlier time. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

And so, and so, till the new love, the purer and better love, grew and grew into a mighty tree, which was as an oak to an orchid, compared with that passion flower of earlier growth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thus in 1837, before Pickwick was finished, Oliver Twist was begun, and it was not itself complete before the earlier numbers of Nicholas Nickleby were appearing. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Edgar Rice Burroughs Suddenly her hand, tight-pressed against her bosom, felt the hard outline of the revolver that Clayton had left with her earlier in the day. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Morris Then suddenly he became gay and merry, and he kissed her hand, and fell to much speaking, telling tales of little import concerning his earlier days. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

William Morris When morning was, Birdalone arose, and longed sore to go into the wood to seek Habundia again, but durst not, lest the witch-wife should come to hand again earlier than might be looked for. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Henry James There was nothing like Paris, but it must be confessed that Mr. Luce thought less highly of this scene of his dissipations than in earlier days. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Gissing The moaning which Bob had beard earlier in the evening recommenced. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rafael Sabatini Thereafter, as they sat waiting for the moon to set, Casanova found his earlier estimate of the monk’s character confirmed. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Edith Wharton Of what stuff, then, was his feeling for her made? A few hours earlier she had touched his thoughts as little as his senses; but now he felt old sleeping instincts stir in him . The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Thus encouraged, Haydon set to work with renewed spirit on a companion picture, ‘Chairing the Member,’ which was finished and exhibited, with some earlier works, in the course of the summer. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

When she paused, out of breath, he rose from his seat, and without a word approached his clerk to inspect the notes taken during the earlier part of the examination. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Catherine Helen Spence The children had had their dinner half-an-hour earlier in their own dining-room. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Robert Louis Stevenson She could not bear to think this bitter business fell usually to the lot of one so old as Jonathan, and made desperate resolutions to be earlier in the future. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe And then again the sweet recollection of better and earlier times came over me, and I thought of that happy period when the world was not all a desert, and Pompey not altogether cruel. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

More than any earlier play, more even than Ghosts, The Wild Duck is an avalanche which has begun to move, and with a movement unaffected by the incidents of the plot, long before the curtain rises. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

I had been introduced to the great Percy Thornton earlier in the day, and he was among the first to congratulate me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Bram Stoker Oh, if we had only had them earlier we might have saved poor Lucy! Stop! That way madness lies! Harker has gone back, and is again collecting material. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

It happened that there was in the yard a pile of timber which had been stacked there ten years earlier when a beech spinney was cleared. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

I do not remember anything of my father’s earlier and more energetic time. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

And his personal luggage had been packed earlier and taken down with Robinson’s things. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope It was fixed, therefore, that Mr Wharton and Emily should go down to Wharton Hall at any rate before the end of July. ‘Why do you go earlier than usual, papa?’ Emily asked him afterwards. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud When the first difficulties of the treatment had been overcome, Dora told me of an earlier episode with Herr K., which was even better calculated to act as a sexual trauma. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell Captain Lennox had come earlier than was expected; or was it really so late? They looked at their watches, were duly shocked, and took their leave. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins At the end of that time — no earlier — he might be able to say whether the mischief done would be fatal to her sight or not. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Stealing is looked upon in an honest village as an awful thing; a disgrace, a crime; and there was the night’s earlier misery besides. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

E. Nesbi Perhaps it was because he had been so very nice and kind all the earlier part of the day, and now he had to have a change. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

The first things he did had a character and an importance that brought Lucien himself to admit a degree of soundness in the young fellow’s earlier training, which was equal to great praise. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Sigmund Freud A strange occupation for one of the Fates, and urgently in need of explanation! This explanation is furnished by another and earlier memory of my childhood. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Such is, no doubt, its character in large part during the earlier and less efficient phases of industry. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He asked me the history of my earlier years. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Meredith Weyburn was pushed to think of the matter by remembrance of his foregone resentment at her having withdrawn Aminta from Miss Vincent’s three days earlier than the holiday time. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope But she had grown old earlier in life than he had done, and had taught herself that romance could not be allowed to a woman in her position. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

But here he was on business, addressing people who looked back regretfully from the vulgarity of Mist’s and Applebee’s to the refinement of earlier periodicals, and making a bid for their custom. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

My objection commenced at an earlier point: real or not real, the accomplishments were, as I insisted, vulgar and trivial. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

An earlier work was The Fall of the Roman Republic (1853). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Thomas Hardy The midnight hour for which there has been occasion to wait at length arrives, and I journey towards the stronghold in obedience to a request urged earlier in the day. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Making all allowance for the probable suppressions in Dali’s autobiography, it is clear that he had not had to suffer for his eccentricities as he would have done in an earlier age. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Therefore he may have heard the clicking of the front door upon an occasion much earlier than when he was lifting the glass to his lips, just after he had heard the clock strike half-past 10. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Wilkie Collins Having entered, at rather an earlier age than usual, on my new way of life, I may at least say for myself that I worked hard. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Andrew Lang Presumably, this rudeness is earlier than culture, and therefore this form of animal-worship is one of the earliest religions that we know. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

On the contrary, they are instances of very skilled workmanship, so that it is probable that the art was practised at an earlier date than we now have recorded. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Septimius might perhaps be described as Faust at an earlier stage of development than that in which Goethe represents him. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Olaf Stapledon The jargon of communism was still officially used, but its spirit had vanished; much as, in an earlier age, the jargon of liberal democracy was used in support of capitalist exploitation. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett The need for a comfortable solitude earlier in life had led Edwin to make his bedroom habitable by means of a gas-stove, an easy chair, and minor amenities. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Olaf Stapledon He would then shrug his shoulders, and wonder whether in earlier times the gulf between the generations had ever been so wide. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The earlier Evangelicals had by no means neglected fiction as a means of propagating their views, especially among the young. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle That was a good deal earlierhalf an hour at least before the ringing of the bell. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

George Gissing What should she do with her money? The question perturbed her with a sense of responsibility which would have had no meaning for her in earlier years. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf And then “on reviewing my earlier childhood I find the predominant reflection. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Algernon Blackwood An earlier state of consciousness took this supreme command. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Nobody knew what the feud was about, not even Mrs Creevy or Mr Boulger themselves; it was a feud that they had inherited from earlier proprietors of the two schools. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

It was rather earlier than our usual hour for leaving the Museum and, moreover, it was our last day—for the present. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Because of the feeling that we ought to be doing something, though actually there was nothing we could do, we left Banyuls earlier than we had intended. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Having done what I could in my earlier lectures to break the edge of the intellectualistic reductiones ad absurdum, I must leave the issue in your hands. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells Several officers from the Inkerman barracks had been on the common earlier in the day, and one, Major Eden, was reported to be missing. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

A thrill of exultant joy surged through Larose for he felt that by his strategy he was now atoning for his failure earlier in the night. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Thomas Hardy He stood in the doorway with the same black bag in his hand, and the same old gray cloak on his shoulders, that he had worn fifteen months earlier when returning on the night of the fire. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Meredith If by chance I had come earlier to see him and he to allude to her, he would have had my conscience on his side, and that is what a scrupulous man takes care to prevent. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

I am taking you to the Three Figures, which were carved and erected by an earlier race of men. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle Therefore the shot must have been fired some time earlier than we are told. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft Night was falling now, and as I recalled what Akeley had written me about those earlier nights I shuddered to think there would be no moon. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

The columns, 245 in number, have been brought from earlier Roman and Byzantine buildings. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Hawthorne’s admirers wished especially for some clearer explanation of Miriam’s earlier life, and of her relation to the strange apparition of the catacombs. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

But the murmur was in a language strange to her; and sometimes when she heard she feared, and vague, undefined superstitions came back to her — the superstitions of earlier youth. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The first person she saw was Adrian playing on the grass with the young man she had tried to recognize on an earlier day, and she ran over to them with exclamations. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry Fielding Of this melancholy news I should have sent you earlier notice if I had thought you ignorant of it, or indeed if I had known whither to have written. Amelia by Henry Fielding

It was a moment of reconciliation, when the nagging hunger in his belly was forgotten and his earlier affection for her had temporarily revived. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Hence arise good manners in the way pointed out in an earlier chapter. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Olaf Stapledon My experience of time also had changed; for now, as on an earlier occasion, the aeons had become for me as brief as minutes. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

They will feed, as shewn in an earlier part of this work, adult birds of their own species which have become blind. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang Pere Ayroles prefers the earlier period (1424) when the aforesaid public events had not yet occurred. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford I must confess to having felt a little angry with Leonora for not having warned me earlier that the girl would be going. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Olaf Stapledon New-born? Or newly awakened? Conceived perhaps much earlier in the seven’s active comradeship, but hitherto somnolent, tranced, impotent, and now at last awake and free. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

She keeps, besides, the doors of the Pacific, and is the port of entry to another world and an earlier epoch in man’s history. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Hardy Rosa, whose two or three weeks’ stay on two occasions earlier in the year had so affected the squire, was coming again, and at the same time her younger brother Cornelius, to make up a family party. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

M. R. James They were at first slightly annoyed to see that the door of his rooms was unsported; but in a moment it was remembered that on Sunday the skips came for orders an hour or so earlier than on weekdays. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

I had seen her, earlier in the evening, in the great hall, and again, for a few minutes, walking near us, on the terrace under the castle windows, similarly employed. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott Among much reading of my earlier days, it is no doubt true that I travelled a good deal in the twilight regions of superstitious disquisitions. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

We were now going at a good pace, and I found that my earlier weariness was growing less. Prester John by John Buchan

Edith Wharton He doesn’t think that Dorr boy’s book is in it with your earlier things. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Olaf Stapledon Awake, as in no earlier moment of his life, he saluted the Other, and prepared for the last agony, and sleep. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton The rush of correspondence evoked by Betton’s earlier novel had produced nothing so personal, so exceptional as these communications. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Partly for this reason, and partly, no doubt, because of the rapidity with which the story was written, its construction is weaker than is usual even with Dickens’s earlier works. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You see, Miss Medlincott had interviewed Mrs. Dewar earlier in the afternoon and had obtained her permission for us to stage this small surprise. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

LEAR is, in any case, a plagiarism of an earlier and much better play, KING LEIR, by an unknown author, which Shakespeare stole and then ruined. Collected Essays by George Orwell

One means of doing so has been condemned in him, as in others, as in its great earlier master, Swift, and its greatest later one, Thackeray, by some purists. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

They have greater art, a finer style, and, above all, more pathos than the earlier master was capable of. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Sir Walter Scott The earlier literature of the northern nations did not escape the study of one who read rather to awaken the imagination than to benefit the understanding. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Sigmund Freud But, on the other hand — and I say this with particular reference to some of my earlier publications, e. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Olaf Stapledon The process was a delicate one, and the instructions left by an earlier and brighter generation were at first badly bungled. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Julian Hawthorne Among the pleasantest memories of my earlier days is one of an old gabled farmhouse overlooking the sea. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

It is hard to know what the writer means by “the original building;” he appears to think it extended to the present choir, which, he says, “retains traces of an earlier age. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Wilkie Collins One day Captain Stanwick called much earlier than usual. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Goldwin Smith Such at least is the picture drawn by the sinner saved of his own earlier years. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Algernon Blackwood The studies that had fascinated his mind in earlier youth returned with the power that had subdued his mind in boyhood. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The delicacy of suggestion, the power of hinted ghostliness, though manifest in Shakespeare, are really modern achievements, for no one save him attained to them in earlier art. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Our doubts were presently decided—even earlier than I expected. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch In fact, what remained of the peppermint lozenge had somehow jolted into his windpipe, and kept him occupied with the earlier symptoms of strangulation. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Let us rest awhile reviewing the earlier operations by which its nuts were rendered innocuous, and while the ghosts of the past make and bake their bread. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James He couldn’t rid himself of the sense that Nash had got up earlier than he, had had opportunities of contact in days already distant, the days of Mrs. Rooth’s hungry foreign rambles. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

M. R. James Nor, in going to my room at an earlier hour than usual — about half-past ten — was I conscious of anything that I could call a noise. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

The twilight was earlier than usual on that October evening, and night came up with a great threatening cloud like the outspread wing of a bad angel. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Isabella Bird Sir H. Rawlinson does not regard any of its remains as earlier than the eleventh or twelfth century. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Kingsley The Teutonic races, like the earlier Greeks, before they were tinctured with Eastern thought, had always wanted historic facts, dates, names, and places. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Sir Walter Scott Had I thought otherwise I would have earlier spoken; but I had a natural reluctance to enter upon a subject so painful to us both. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Alfred Ainger It remains to speak of those prose writings of Lamb, many of earlier date than the Essays of Elia, by which his quality as a critic must be determined. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Thomas Hardy The character of the town’s trading had changed from bulk to multiplicity and pence were handled now as pounds had been handled earlier in the day. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Frances Hodgson Burnett Two or three decades earlier the prevailing sentiment would have been that “poor little Mrs. Gareth–Lawless” and her situation were pathetic. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He was going home much earlier than usual, straight from the City and without calling at his club. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Olaf Stapledon The old respect for learning, too, remained, though the kind of learning which was now necessary to the aspiring government official was very different from that which was required in an earlier age. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope It must not be supposed that he had lost sight of his charge during her earlier years. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Here is an earlier picshua again (March 31st, 1899). An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Gloomy and homely as are the earlier acts, Ibsen sees as yet no way out of the imbroglio but that known to Scribe and the masters of the “well- made” play. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

This poem has been thought by earlier commentators to allegorise an event known to have happened in 1358, by later critics another which occurred in 1364. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Olaf Stapledon On the other hand it could not accept the war innocently, as earlier generations had accepted wars. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

His even breathing, felt rather than heard, as he dropped asleep against her shoulder, surrounded Hester with the atmosphere of peace and comfort which his father had broken earlier in the day. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Also I have stressed to Mr. Roberts the other possibility of someone having slipped into the house earlier in the evening before the doors were locked and the burglar alarms set. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Meredith After a turbulent night with Schinderhannes, who let him go no earlier than the opening of a December day, Patrick hied away to one of the dusky nooks by the lake for a bracing plunge. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Joseph Furphy For, away beyond the Celt, paloeontology finds an earlier Brito–Irish people, of different origin and physical characteristics. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

His earlier thought returned to him: probably she was not actually a member of the Thought Police, but then it was precisely the amateur spy who was the greatest danger of all. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

But for you he would have received the letter that told him of his father’s illness upon an earlier day; he would have gone to Devonshire by a different train. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

His missis had gone off earlier with two women. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Had he done so earlier in life he might have come off better on this occasion. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She would have much preferred to stay at home and share the bottle of wine which her husband had purchased earlier in the day from a neighbouring restaurant. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Anthony Trollope While the sun shines the hay must be made, and her sun shines earlier in the day than that of him who is to be her husband. North America by Anthony Trollope

Where the second book departs from the earlier one is in asserting that the whole process could be somewhat moralised if the facts were faced more honestly. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

Leon Trotsky Even to-day, I gratefully remember that in earlier years I was indebted to them for many things. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim But as the train drew near Paris, he felt some return of the depression which had troubled him during the earlier part of the day. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

But she could not refuse the courtesies of this London to her acquaintance in an earlier London. She gave a small sigh and relaxed her will. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Andrew Lang To this part of modern scientific teaching the earlier position of this essay suggests a demurrer. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins The bedroom jugs and cans usually in their places at an earlier hour, were standing that night at the cistern. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But when I come up when red cow was sick at four in the morning, or may be earlier there was always a light in her winder, and the shadder of her face agin the blind. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The Una of Spenser, earlier by ten or fifteen years than most of these, was an idealized portrait of female innocence and virgin purity, but too shadowy and unreal for a dramatic reality. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Some business connected with stock took him to Worcester that day, and he had started in the early morning; but Annet had expected him home earlier than this. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

This obviously refers to the Perlesvaus romance, though whether in its present, or in an earlier form, it is impossible to say. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

What a contrast to the minor characters of Shakespeare’s earlier works! It is difficult to resist the conclusion that he was getting bored himself. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Fierce and selfish in all his earlier life, he had taught himself to be gentle and unselfish to Pippa’s son. Signa by Ouida

William Morris Most of Caxton’s own types are of an earlier character, though they also much resemble Flemish or Cologne letter. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

H. G. Wells It is rather badly constructed, there is an excessive use of soliloquy, but Ann Veronica came as near to being a living character as anyone in my earlier love stories. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Godwin This species of intellect probably differs from the other, chiefly in the relation of earlier and later. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

George Gissing He had never told his friend anything of Ida’s earlier history; but now he felt half-tempted to let him know everything. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Nowhere is there jar, but every later moment continues and corroborates an earlier one. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Thomas Hardy He thought of the night when he had sat thereon with Elfride as his companion, and well remembered his regret that she had received, even unwillingly, earlier homage than his own. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson In earlier life, he had accepted her attitude as a matter of course. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

A short time earlier a C.N.T. member had been murdered, and the C.N.T. had turned out in hundreds of thousands to follow the cortege. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Yet she had learnt much: and her later work would have been almost a wonder in her own earlier time. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

William Morris Then they both sat silent, till Birdalone might master the fluttering of her heart, and she said: Now meseems I have a memory even earlier than those I told thee erst. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Helen Zimmern Experience had taught her to Gentler scan her brother man than she did in earlier life. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

T. H. Huxley No transitional forms of animals are met with among the organic remains of earlier epochs. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Rafael Sabatini When an hour later the ladies took their departure there was about their figures a matronliness which had not earlier been apparent, yet which went unperceived in the uncertain candlelight. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

The earlier stanzas are, however, so necessary to the comprehension of Coleridge’s mood at this time that a somewhat long extract must be made. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Thomas Hardy Fourth, that the loss of his wife two years earlier had awakened him to a keen sense of his blindness, and of his duty by his children. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Leslie Stephen The earlier period, with which I have now to deal, was one of experimental excursions into various fields of poetry, with varying success and rather uncertain aim. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

The low, all-pervading moan that had begun some minutes earlier and persisted continuously now swelled to a deafening roar. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope If ultimately he should find life in Stratton to be unendurable, he would cut that part of his career short, and contrive to get up to London at an earlier time than he had intended. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The thing that the ordinary reader ought to have objected to — almost certainly would have objected to, a few decades earlier — was the equivocal attitude towards crime. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Leslie Stephen We must look back to an earlier period to explain its history. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

G. K. Chesterton The Tallboys family was a little old-fashioned, even for this rather earlier time. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

For how many years had it been there—and yet it looked even fresher than in earlier days. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He squatted there like a pope with his cheek of earlier days. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton In a different way she was what the terrible Princess Belgioioso had been to an earlier generation. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins He asked my pardon for the hard things he had said, and the ill-temper he had shown, earlier in the day. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

But there is an earlier chapter — that supplied by my grandfather. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins EARLY riser as I was, I found that Oscar had risen earlier still. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Walter Scott OLD PLAY Quentin, during the earlier part of the night journey, had to combat with that bitter heartache which is felt when youth parts, and probably forever, with her he loves. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Jack London As it is, I am compelled to grope and guess my way to times and places of my earlier existences. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Mr. Duffham was upon the scene in no time; the Squire had returned earlier than was thought for, and Mrs. Todhetley came down with her face smothered in a woollen handkerchief. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]