Phrases with "earlier"

Walter Scott Not so Caleb Balderstone. If wordly profit could have consoled the old man, his age was better provided for than his earlier years had ever been; but life had lost to him its salt and its savour. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Sarah Orne Jewett There were four of these large old men at the Landing, who were the survivors of an earlier and more vigorous generation. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Arnold Bennett Her attentions might have infuriated an earlier Hilda, or at least have been met with disdain only half concealed. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

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

Anthony Trollope He must face the enemy, and the earlier that he did it the better. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

An aged monk in San Fernando dwells,   An innocent and venerable man; His earlier days were spent within its cells. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

John Lewis Burckhard As the rock of Moses has been described by travel­lers of the fifteenth century, the deception must have originated among the monks of an earlier period. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It had rained earlier in the morning. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

It will be recollected that twenty years earlier he did not feel equal to anything beyond this, and that it cost him a strenuous effort to escape from the habit. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

There was no especial reason for his not having told her, save that he hated and abhorred that earlier period of his life and instinctively shunned its remembrance. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Wilkie Collins If he conquer the bad habits to which I have alluded in an earlier part of my report, and if he pass many hours of every day quietly in the open air, he may last as a sane man for years to come. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Perhaps it would have been better had I done so earlier and more often. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

He was not a native of those parts, but had been brought there a few years earlier by a firm of builders engaged in the restoration of some of the churches of the countryside. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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]

And earlier or later there comes an hour when Christ is arraigned before the judgment bar in each individual soul. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins In two days’ time I had got everything ready, and had ordered the traveling carriage to the door some hours earlier than we had originally settled. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells An impulse from his cruder, earlier days, to have the World Marshal arrested and shot forthwith, had to be controlled. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Algernon Blackwood I enjoyed this other mode of existence known to the human spirit in an earlier day, and brought, apparently, to earth from our experience upon another planet. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

When the period of moulting has been accelerated, the age at which the colours of the adult plumage are first developed will falsely appear to us to be earlier than it really is. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He found no one he knew, and seemed to be searching for his comrades of earlier days. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Olaf Stapledon The distinction between the conscious and unconscious motives, which had played such a beneficial part in an earlier psychology, had by now led to absurdities. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope And as it was plain to see that things were not quite comfortable, Ralph Newton at last took his departure, so as to catch the earlier of the two trains which had been mentioned. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He went to Sevenbergen earlier than usual on both these errands. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

A few minutes earlier and Chiquita’s escape would have been discovered and prevented. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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]

It was very unlikely that there existed anywhere in Oceania a copy of a book printed earlier than 1960. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells As old as hunger and earlier than lust . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing Those years of London had obscured all my earlier life; I was like a man town-born and bred, who scarce knows anything but street vistas. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

The two last discussed books, with Eromena and some others, are posterior to the Restoration in date, but somewhat earlier in type. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

The tragical history of this cavalier belongs to a period somewhat earlier than that with which we are to be occupied. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

I think, however, the whole doorway is in a later style, and must have been put in after some fire had destroyed the earlier one. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope That one man was Charles Lever — also an Irishman — whom I had known from an earlier date, and also with close intimacy. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ford Madox Ford I took it that Leonora had been afraid I should propose to the girl or, at any rate, have made considerably greater advances to her than I did, if I had known earlier that she was going away so soon. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

The bear’s tail may be insignificant to a naturalist tracing the animal’s descent from an earlier species, but to the rest of us, not concerned with the matter, it is merely small. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Anthony Trollope In earlier days, two or three years ago, at a time which now seemed to him to be very distant, he had regarded Florence as his own, and as such had demanded her hand. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But one evening, when he went to her apartments earlier than usual, he found her alone, and in a melancholy mood. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins They proved to be notes of no consequence, and had been evidently written at an earlier period than the letters he had just read. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

His being commences at the time of his conception, or perhaps at an earlier period. Joseph Priestley by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

Henry James There was but little literary criticism in the United States at the time Hawthorne’s earlier works were published; but among the reviewers Edgar Poe perhaps held the scales the highest. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

When at last one does start, one feels it is such a pity one did not do it earlier in life. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

There was a dignity in him which impressed the most heedless, the dignity of an earlier age, and an extreme fragility which caught at the heart. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

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]

Henry Handel Richardson By choice he was his own stableman, and in earlier life had been a dare-devil rider. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anne Bronte The end of Religion is not to teach us how to die, but how to live; and the earlier you become wise and good, the more of happiness you secure. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

As has been seen in an earlier chapter, the canons of reputability or decency under the pecuniary culture insist on habitual futility of effort as the mark of a pecuniarily blameless life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing He began to perceive it as a misfortune that he had not earlier in life become clear as to the nature of his ambition. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Bram Stoker Before long the searchlight discovered some distance away a schooner with all sails set, apparently the same vessel which had been noticed earlier in the evening. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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

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

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]

In general, the modern stories show a greater intensity of power in employing the motives that earlier forms had used as well as far greater range of motivation. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

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]

Arthur Morrison He could feel his strength going — earlier than in the last round — and Patsy was as strong and determined as ever. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

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

Rudyard Kipling The earlier ones, he admitted, had ‘fair slung him round the deck. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Much better had it been for you and me, Unforc’d by this our last necessity, To have been earlier wise, than now to call A council, when the foe surrounds the wall. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

A few months earlier anyone enlisting in the militia had been told that he was a volunteer and could, if he wished, get his discharge papers at any time when he was due for leave. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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

George Gissing Fevered with eagerness to accomplish that at least, he left home earlier than usual. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

William Morris The power of the upper classes had lessened, as their command over wealth lessened, and they could not carry things wholly by the high hand as they had been used to in earlier days. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Ellmother made the tea, that evening, earlier than usual. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Mrs. Doyle had had her supper earlier in the evening and she waited on them. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

H. G. Wells Ostrog it seems had no bombs at command and in all the earlier phases of the battle the aeropiles played no part. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang It is said that Wallace and Bruce had made use of this cave in earlier days. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

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]

G. K. Chesterton He darted out of the door, raced down the platform, and found his way to the telephone-box he had used earlier in the day. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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

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]

I will go down by an earlier train, for we shouldn’t be seen together. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Ghostly appeal to the senses is more varied now than in earlier times. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Olaf Stapledon Strange it was that these latter-day populations, cramped and impoverished, counting their past pence of energy, should achieve the task that had defeated the brilliant hosts of earlier epochs. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

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

The teeth are likewise pointed in both sexes of R. maculata, but only when quite adult; the males acquiring them at an earlier age than the females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon Its whole economy had been worked out in intricate detail by the technicians of an earlier age through a period of many decades, and had at last become absolutely stereotyped. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

It has been plausibly asserted that his earlier manner of writing, as in Schiller, under the influence of Jeffrey, was not in his natural voice. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

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]

Jack London Each day the sun rose earlier and set later. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

George Gissing She went to bed much earlier than usual. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing This mood had been frequent with him in earlier years, and his sister was delighted to see that he preserved so much of youth. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The day after, there was a justice-meeting at the next town; my master was obliged to attend; and Mr. Heathcliff, aware of his absence, called rather earlier than usual. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

The earlier is on a book of prayers of the fifteenth century, bound in canvas, and worked with 'tapisserie de soie au petit point,' or as I should call it, tent-, or tapestry-, stitch. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

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]

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

Each will therefore serve about equally well during the earlier stages of social growth. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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]

Thomas Hardy The next morning she was stirring considerably earlier than he. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton But Madame de Chantelle never sat up late, and the second evening, with the amiably implied intention of leaving Anna and Darrow to themselves, she took an earlier leave of them than usual. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Olaf Stapledon Frustration from untoward personal relationships may be no commoner than in earlier days; but it is present. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James Three or four short letters had overtaken him in his wanderings — letters as cordial, to all appearance, if not as voluminous, as the punctual missives of an earlier time. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Walter Scott Mr. Touchwood, when surveyed more at leisure, was a short, stout, active man, who, though sixty years of age and upwards, retained in his sinews and frame the elasticity of an earlier period. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

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

Thomas Hardy The one comfort of this dreary winter-time was his perception of a returning ability to work with the regularity and much of the spirit of earlier days. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells There is, unhappily, a disposition on the part of many people, who ought to know better, to regard a role played by Joseph during his earlier days in Egypt as a ridiculous one. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was drunker than he had been earlier in the evening and in a different way. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Still earlier is the classical volume of Henry Gellibrand, A Discovrse Mathematical on the Variation of the Magneticall Needle (Lond., 1635). On the Magnet by William Gilber

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]

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

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]

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]

It has appeared at an earlier point in the discussion that the relation of status, as a feature of social structure, is a consequence of the predatory habit of life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells I’ll go two days earlier to prevent you. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

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]

Wilkie Collins He had taken the key with him, when he left home earlier in the day. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott His small tracts now bring a very high price, especially the earlier and authentic editions. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

In all my earlier imaginings of statecraft I had tacitly assumed either that the relations of the sexes were all right or that anyhow they didn’t concern the state. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

George Gissing But he, listening, had not the merry, fearless pride of fathers in an earlier day. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Olaf Stapledon It must be the task of each generation to secure that its successor should be more healthy, more intelligent, more generous, more sane, and more creative than earlier generations. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Andrew Lang Among many African tribes, a form of theism, Islamite, or Christian, or self-developed, is superimposed on a mass of earlier superstitions. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

George Gissing In earlier years Emily had only laughed at what she called such foolishness; she could not laugh now. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells This “abolition of distance” began rather more than a century ago, and its earlier effects were not disruptive at all. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

H.P. Lovecraft It might explain and relieve much, though perhaps the thing was no more than the delusive aftermath of an earlier shock. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Pictures presented difficulties which I have hinted at in an earlier chapter, but I did not despair. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Gradually and very cautiously all the industrial operations and scientific researches of an earlier age were repeated, but with a difference. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain A brighter person would have seen what the trouble was, earlier than I did, perhaps, but I saw it early enough for all practical purposes. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

The Captain must in earlier days have been a man of his hands, and even now, weakened by lazy living and drink, his big body had energy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H.P. Lovecraft As Derby muttered on I turned to look at him closely, verifying the impression of change which an earlier scrutiny had given me. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Arnold Bennett Tom was patriarchal because he had vague memories of an earlier drawing-room, misted in far antiquity. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

In this case the gradual acquirement at an earlier and earlier age of the adult structure would be favoured by natural selection; and all traces of former metamorphoses would finally be lost. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon With patience, however, and with a sense that he was exploring a mentality more remote than anything he had discovered in earlier adventures. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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]

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]

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey was now in earnest converse with Mr. Yardley at the door, and twilight, which began a full hour earlier in the shop than in the Square, had cast faint shadows in corners behind counters. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The tussle with David earlier that night, the pressure up the Pass, the force of his age and his evil living all swiftly told on him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Olaf Stapledon The crowning vulgarity was the conviction that in no earlier age had religion been so widespread and so enlightened. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

A labourer, hastening through the lane earlier in the evening, with some medicine from the doctor’s for his sick wife, had noticed two foot-pads, as he described them, standing under a tree. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Jack London Equipped with this modern knowledge, I have, returning through the little death from my earlier lives, been able to compare the heavens then and now. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Had I been more sympathetically interested in Teddy Garland, no doubt I should have sought an earlier explanation of his sensational disappearance, instead of leaving it to the last. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Rudyard Kipling While thus occupied she sighted out of the mist a squadron of enemy battle-cruisers that had worried her earlier in the afternoon. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

William Morris I hold that men would wake up after a while, and look round and find the dulness unbearable, and begin once more inventing, imitating, and imagining, as in earlier days. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson He had written (in earlier days, we may presume) a bright and defiant little poem in praise of solitude. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev The next morning Bazarov woke up earlier than anyone else and went out of the house. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant—you won’t want to fight a duel or anything of that sort?” “If I had felt that way about it,” he answered, “it would have been at an earlier stage of the proceedings. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Bram Stoker He was now at his worst; madder than he had been earlier in the night. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Henry James One evening about the middle of July I came in earlier than usual — I forget what chance had led to this — and instead of going up to my quarters made my way into the garden. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Jules Verne And when he reduced the formula, reckoning each later letter from the earlier letter of the word, he obtained. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

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

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]

Labour would unavoidably become dishonourable, as being an evidence indecorous under the ancient tradition handed down from an earlier cultural stage. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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]

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

H. G. Wells The earlier animals, hot and weary with their grovelling, shot vicious glances at him. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry David Thoreau In earlier ages, in some countries, every function was reverently spoken of and regulated by law. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne On the appointed afternoon, Kenyon failed not to make his appearance in the Corso, and at an hour much earlier than Miriam had named. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Leon Trotsky It put an end to the formless, prehistoric, chaotic epoch of my earlier life: from now on I knew a chronology. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The idea is modern and illustrates the complexity of later thought as compared with the simplicity of earlier times. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Gaston Leroux Monsieur Stangerson confirmed what Rance had said, adding that he had not asked Rance to dine with him because his friend had taken his final leave of them both earlier in the evening. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

The well-known Adelaide silversrnith, Henry Steiner, returned to Germany earlier the same year, but retained his North Adelaide home. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Thomas Hardy Knight thought anew of Smith’s hasty words earlier in the day, and looked at the sketches again and again. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing Then he returned to an earlier point of the discussion. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

There are also traces of earlier origins. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Charles Dickens Yet I do not call to mind that I was ever in my earlier youth the subject of remark in our social family circle, but some large-handed person took some such ophthalmic steps to patronize me. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

The period of activity may come on earlier or later in life; but whenever it comes on, the adaptation of the larva to its conditions of life is just as perfect and as beautiful as in the adult animal. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

It hung sometimes in the air, little clouds that threatened to fall back, and never did, for they drifted slowly to one side, and sank again on what had earlier dropped. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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]

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

He had seen them sometimes in earlier rites, and once or twice something had followed Betty in, without her knowledge, as if drawn after her, and had lingered for a while in the hall. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

It is thus possible that the rite had earlier formed a part of the Attis initiation, and had been temporarily disused. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Charles Dickens I came home earlier than usual from the office, and, proceeding into the dining-room, found an obstruction behind the door, which prevented it from opening freely. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

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

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

Anthony Trollope In another, in an earlier chapter, he says “that the State,” meaning the city, “was disturbed by all this, and its appearance changed. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

D. H. Lawrence Those bluebells! They were worse than the earlier songs. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Lapham could not read his Sunday papers, and she had no heart to go to church, as she would have done earlier in life when in trouble. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Von Arnim Jim, earlier in the evening; now Miles; and a week ago Dwight. Tidying them up. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Arnold Bennett The chilliness was rather tonic and agreeable to his body, and he felt quite warm, though on getting down from the dog-cart a few minutes earlier he had been cold almost to the point of numbness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edith Wharton When, that afternoon, he reached home earlier than usual, Alexa’s drawing-room was full of a gayety that overflowed to the stairs. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Sir Walter Scott I wish your aid had been either earlier or later — but you have saved my life, and you are bound to assist in making it endurable to me. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

H. G. Wells These earlier efforts had failed because they had been local and regional. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

Olaf Stapledon In order to discover this unique creature I had to explore not only your own age but many earlier generations in search of genetic strains favourable to my requirements. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Nowhere is there jar, but every later moment continues and corroborates an earlier one. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins I should never have ventured (even if I had been acquainted with the result of the Professor’s experiment, at an earlier hour) to run the desperate risk, which Jack confronted without hesitation. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson I tried to get some information from the womenfolk about the earlier stages of the complaint; but not one was capable of giving a connected answer . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang This being the case, the original version on which Scott worked is earlier than the Elliot version. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Algernon Blackwood For, out of this singular exposition the conviction grew that I was entering almost a new order of existence, and that an earlier mode of consciousness revived. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

A few years earlier Perez had fled from Spain in the wildest circumstances. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Florence Dixie In anticipation of a hard day’s work on the morrow, we hereupon broke up our council of war, and turned in at an earlier hour than usual. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Andrew Lang Balin and Balan was composed later, to lead up to Vivien, to which, perhaps, Balin and Balan was introduction sufficient had it been the earlier written. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

R. D. Blackmore If I fixed an earlier day, I should only disappoint you. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edith Wharton Such generalisations belonged, however, to an earlier stage of his experience. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Sigmund Freud The significance of dreams of urinary difficulties in the case of children has already been considered in the interpretation of an earlier dream (cf. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

But that I could not know; and for years, that is, from seven or earlier up to ten, such was my simplicity, that I lived in constant terror. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Olaf Stapledon And earlier still the wholly-eyeless vaguely felt the contrast of light and shade falling on the body’s surface. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

He regretted that he had not enjoyed these comfortable feelings earlier in life. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

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]

Andrew Lang Now, The Mystic and the Supposed Confessions are prior to In Memoriam, earlier than 1830. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Henry James Bernard felt a good deal of genuine sadness in taking leave of Gordon, to whom he contrived to feel even more kindly than in earlier days. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

H. G. Wells These earlier chapters have given an idea of what happened to Bun Hill, and how the flood of novel things had poured over its devoted rusticity. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]