Phrases with "early"

Besides, I presume it’s early for a call; but I thought I’d drop in on my way from school. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

There is a fine bit of early religious sculpture over the door, and the traces of a fresco of Christ walking upon the water, also very early. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Mrs. Tempest and her daughter had met the Captain early in the previous spring among the Swiss mountains. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Machen Mr. Jennings did not answer my letter; he was odd to extremity in most things, but in this particular he conformed perfectly to all the literary men whom I encountered in my early days. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Helen Zimmern This early habit of concentrated attention was to stand her in good stead through life. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The sky was beginning to show a tint of early dawn when they stepped once more upon the silent porch. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Abby had married, early and satisfactorily, Dr Harry Johnson, who had placidly settled down to await the gradual succession of his father’s practice; “Dr Harry and Dr Henry” they were called. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells Their hostess was a newcomer to the movement, she knew she might say this without offence, and was passing through a phase, an early phase, through which many of them had passed. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

He early showed extraordinary aptitude for acquiring languages, specially those of the East, and learned 28. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was so highly correct, that the newly-made wife of the Duc de St. Simon went to bed, after the early dinner of those days, in order to receive her wedding-visits. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

D. H. Lawrence An early cup of tea, indoors, when the sun actually shone? No thanks! She was conscious of her gipsy, as she sat there musing in the sun. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

It was a gorgeous day, with that funny Northern light which makes noon seem like early morning. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing It was now early in November; the weather gloomy, and by no means favourable to evening strolls. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

These early ancestors of man, thus seen in the dim recesses of time, must have been as simply, or even still more simply organised than the lancelet or amphioxus. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

I was the eldest of seven children, and my father, worn out by early hardship, was unfit for labour. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope In early days there had been some secret family agreement that in spite of conventionalities he should be John among them. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells Rud, like the early Christian fathers, like the Emperor Shi–Hwang-ti, like the early Moslem who destroyed the library at Alexandria, like the German Nazis, was a natural born book-keeper. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing He knew it was too early to expect Helen yet, but he felt relieved when he saw that the studio was dark and empty. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He went to his room early and wrote a long letter to him. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

I accounted for coming up so early by saying I’d lost my road, and that I wanted to get to Wattle Flat sharp, as another chap wished to buy the plant. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Safe? What had she to fear with me? Ah, what indeed! “So we started on our journey to England. It was a cold, dark night, early in March. We reached Lyons somewhere about seven. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The general and early popularity of the second work is well known. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Thomas Hardy She could not herself account for it fully, not knowing the secret possibly to be that, in addition to early marine associations, her blood was a sailor’s. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Those were the early days at the end of the ’80’s, when Alec MacDonald was far from having attained the national fame which he has now achieved. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

But little Lily was spirited; and if he, so early a friend, could go away without bidding good-bye, why he should not suppose she cared. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

There are black, grey, brown, red, yellow, white and many other coloured flints amongst them, but all are roughly chipped palaeoliths, the weapon of early man. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Andrew Lang This may account for the moral allegories which too weirdly haunt some of his short, early pieces. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence After two days she rose early to meet the postman. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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

Wilkie Collins I know Andrew Treverton’s early history as well as you do. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H. G. Wells ONE sunlit day in early March, Gemini became aware of himself in an extremely comfortable bed in an extremely comfortable room. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

I was now twelve years old, and the contracted habits of my early life had had their usual effect, of exalting my imagination, while they impaired every other faculty. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing Two days later, early in the evening, the friends were again enjoying each other’s company in Reardon’s room. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton Can we get to work early?” “As early as you please. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This morning I heard noises about the house quite early and heavy footsteps in the drive. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

He had been allowed for a treat to have his old bed in the night-nursery, next to Peter, and he realised that he must be up bright and early to frustrate that alert young inquirer. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

Rudyard Kipling It was a fair clean-up from end to end — house, furniture, fittin’s, plant, an’ all the early crops. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Even regarded as an early attempt in the “picaresque” manner, it is abortive and only half organised. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Theodore Dreiser The Chicago fire, Stener’s early absence, Butler, Mollenhauer, and Simpson’s indifference to Stener’s fate and his. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

There had been an early shower, the dust was laid in the streets, and every cobble of the side-walk glistened. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Gissing Mr. Wyvern’s early life had not been in smooth waters; in him too revolt was native, tempered also by spiritual influences of the most opposite kind. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Joseph Furphy The large-hearted patriarchal traditions of early days were still current on the station; but that property had to pay, and pay well, at the manager’s peril. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Sigmund Freud An early knowledge of the male genitals, which she lost later, must, according to the assertions of this second dream, have been acquired at this time. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

It’s going to be an early spring. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Helen Zimmern Thus Miss Edgeworth early lived with and learnt to understand the fashionable society of which she wrote so much. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

He had had to make that statement so often to early birds since San Rosario adopted city banking hours. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

When we got to Cromley, it was too early to go to the spike, and we walked several miles farther, to a plantation beside a meadow, where one could sit down. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James She had come up to Paris by an early train —— she had been staying at Versailles, of all places in the world. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sinclair Lewis The way the cards are stacked against a young fellow to-day, I can’t say I approve of early marriages. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The furniture was massive, early Victorian, not uncomfortable, but direfully ugly. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Edith Wharton He was beginning to feel the social and political significance of those old restrictions and barriers against which his early zeal had tilted. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had woke early that day, and with a little thrill of joy which is a rare thing to feel when a man first opens his eyes. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope What a fate was this in store for her—if it really was in store—that so early in her life she should be called upon to fill so high a place. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Bronislaw Malinowski In most cases the parties are betrothed at an early age, and as soon as they arrive at the proper age, the young man claims his ‘gin’ or wife. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then early this afternoon I began to think—one must always think. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Radclyffe Hall She remonstrated with her mother about these early services, but to no effect. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope He is very good to the poor, but I believe he thinks that early marriages are very foolish. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen The London letter was distinctly gay in its tone, it dealt in a cheerful spirit with some early incidents in the career of a certain admirable actress whose talents then engaged and delighted us. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Anthony Trollope Parson John had no doubt tried them himself in early life, and had found how far they were efficacious for his own happiness. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing She will bring them back early in the evening. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

James Joyce He saw himself rising in the cold of the morning and filing down with the others to early mass and trying vainly to struggle with his prayers against the fainting sickness of his stomach. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The host and hostess went early to bed, after the fashion of countryfolk, and the two travellers were left alone by the fire. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

This gentleman was the Roman Catholic priest from Oxford, who had said Mass early that morning in the muniment room, and had been invited to his lordship’s table in honour of the festival. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The early differentiation out of which the distinction between a leisure and a working class arises is a division maintained between men’s and women’s work in the lower stages of barbarism. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arthur Conan Doyle We’ve only to load up and make for the early train at Congleton.” “Will they let us pass?” “In broad daylight they dare not stop us. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Theodore Dreiser On Monday she arose early and prepared to go to work. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy In the long run, however, despite his meditations, early hours afield and a long ride in the open air produced their natural result. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

H. G. Wells More particularly is this so in early June, when the slender asphodel Saint Bruno’s lily, with its spike of white blossom, is in flower. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He smiled at the fair spectacle of early love; he almost sighed for the inevitable blight of early hopes. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

He dined here, and slept here, and left early in the morning, though you were uncommonly pressing for him to stay. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. F. Benson A man in early middle life, perhaps forty at the most. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle He has certainly been an early starter. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Frances Hodgson Burnett His early habit of crossing the Channel frequently had gradually reestablished itself as years passed. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

From early morning she was to be seen on the paths amongst the houses — by the riverside or on the jetties, the tray of pastry, it was her mission to sell, skilfully balanced on her head. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

We looked at it one night at a shop in Holborn.” She rose from the sofa at last with an aching heart and troubled brain, when the early shadows of the spring twilight were gathering in the room. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Sinclair Lewis He considered the moonlight again, but also he considered being at the office early in the morning, and he wondered if he could without detection slip out his watch and see what time it was. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The early death of his only son left no direct representative either of his talent or of her social virtues. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

Ill health, a somewhat restless disposition, and an early death prevented him from accomplishing any great bulk of work: and the merit of what he did varied. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Ann Radcliffe It was now past midnight — the Marquis was expected early on the following day; and in this interval it at first appeared probable to him that he might quit the forest. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned in early and slept soundly although every now and then he was haunted by a queer sense of some unusual sound,—unusual yet not sufficiently distinct to waken him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson But the rains that heralded winter — and they set in early that year — had not begun to fall when more serious matters claimed Mahony’s attention. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Bram Stoker When the dusk began to thicken, Mr. Salton and Sir Nathaniel walked home — the trap had been sent away early in the day — leaving Adam to follow in his own time. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle How well I remember the eagerness, the delight with which I read those early tales in “Cornhill” away back in the late seventies and early eighties. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

G. K. Chesterton We may or may not see wisdom in early marriages; but we know quite well that wherever the thing is genuine at all, early loves will mean early marriages. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Morrison Locks, Chubb’s patent, early pattern, but not easily to be picked by anything short of a blast of gunpowder. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope The evening passed off better than the preceding one; at least the early part of it. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

You see, sir, it’s early as yet; in a few minutes these here rooms will fill up; and there’s safety in numbers, as they say. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Arthur Machen So, it was within a week or ten days after I had read the paragraph about Llantrisant and had cut it out that I got a letter from a friend who was taking an early holiday in those regions. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

His turning up so early he concluded to be the sign that things, whatever they were, had gone wrong. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Bram Stoker The steward had by previous instructions early breakfast prepared, and it was not long before they went down the gangway on shore in search of the carriage. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Thomas Hughes Here a fresh-looking barmaid serves them each with a glass of early purl as they stand before the fire, coachman and guard exchanging business remarks. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Arthur Morrison Josh Perrott had been out since early morning, and Dicky, too, had done no more than look in for a moment in search of dinner. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins The tidal train did not leave London early that morning; and the inquest was deferred, to suit other pressing engagements of the coroner, until the twenty-sixth. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The broad area between the colonnades is honeycombed with crude-brick foundations; vestiges of a Coptic village of early Christian time. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

It was quite possible that he might have been a descendant, a son, or even a grandson, of the servants whose friendly faces had been familiar to me in my early childhood. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

He was to write in English. This, which had at one time been matter of doubt, had at an early stage come to be his decision. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Thomas Hardy Owlett, during the early part, watched from his mill-window, Lizzy from the door of her house, with the greatest self-possession. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

The word ‘tribune’ comes to us from the early days of the Roman Republic; and even in Rome the tribunate was unlike all other magistracies. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

John Stuart Mill The instrument for enforcing the law could be no other than public examinations, extending to all children, and beginning at an early age. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Charles Dickens From that hour, I withdrew myself at early morning into secret corners of the ruined house, and remained hidden there until she went to bed. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The story, acting thus early upon his imagination, may be said to have influenced his brief career in life, and, perchance, brought about its early close. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

H. G. Wells Very early I got hold of the idea, I do not know how, that Venus could drain away my energy, and this kept my lapses from ideal “purity” within very definite bounds indeed. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Algernon Blackwood It was an early hour in the morning to be out, and his position by the pond, he now realized, might have suggested an undesirable intention. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was late in March at least, or early in April, 1764. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim He went out early this evening, and I have not heard him return. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Come and see me early tomorrow morning,” and he indicated where he lived. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

It appeared that he must sleep in town so as to be early on board his ship. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The early crimson sun of December had gone down behind the hills before we took our seats in the carriage. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang The Zulu godless ancestor-worship, then, by parity of reasoning, is, like their material culture, not an early but a late development. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Sir Lukin had gone to London early for further tidings. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Sir Walter Scott Of the survivors, about one-half escaped by swimming the river, or by an early flight along the left bank of the lake. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope Twice in the course of the next week she went over, but on both occasions she did so early in the day, and returned alone just as he was reaching the house. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan The following day, early in the morning, Yvette went out alone to the place where Servigny had read her the history of the ants. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Fielding Certain it is that this island of Wight was not an early convert to Christianity; nay, there is some reason to doubt whether it was ever entirely converted. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

His father would not therefore press him to adopt a course of life for which he was unsuited, and encouraged him in the study of medicine, for which he early manifested a partiality. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

But there is another class of assassinations, which has prevailed from an early period of the seventeenth century, that really does surprise me; I mean the assassination of philosophers. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His typist-secretary, a young woman of early middle age and very capable appearance, re-entered the room almost immediately. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Margaret Oliphant Ordinarily it was an affair of some trouble to get him roused, to see that he was in time for a train or for any early occupation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Andrew Lang As early as 1699, too, the Parisian critic knew that the editions were not very correct, and that the paper, type, ornaments, and FORMAT were their main attractions. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

In the late thirties and early forties the allegorists, the chief of whom were Samuel Wilberforce and William Adams, were busy and effective. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A great heap of early ripened grapes had been gathered, and thrown into a mighty tub. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He was quietly dressed — that sartorial quietude which frequently accompanies early adolescence, and is usually attributed by novel-writers to the influence of a widowed mother. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

E. F. Benson And a picture of her with her pearls over the fireplace by Sargent; quite an early one. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Charles Kingsley Eh, Yeo?” “He’ll do,” said Yeo; “he will make a brave gamecock in a year or two, if he dares ruffle up so early at a tough old hen-master like the captain. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Our dogs knocked-up completely, and we ourselves were somewhat tired and hungry, partly from night-watching and partly from having fasted since early dawn, whereas it was now four o’clock. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Henry James It lay beneath her window like a single enormous bouquet; as early as May, that year, the flowers were so dense. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Charles Stur The flies on the other hand began their attacks at early dawn, and whether we were in dense brush, on the open plain, or the herbless mountain top, they were equally numerous and equally troublesome. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The wife was by herself then, giving the children their early tea. Jellico’s Pack by Ellen Wood [1869]

The early years of her life were passed in the house of a poor widow, to whom the appearance of this child on her door-step one fine day had been nothing more nor less than a veritable godsend. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Frances Hodgson Burnett The Head of the House of Coombe had, as he said, been born at once too early and too late to admit of any fixed establishment of tastes and ideals. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells Great stone jars upon the terrace bore a blaze of urged and early blossom, and beyond were cypresses. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe In the year 1645, early in the morning of Sexagesima Sunday, it raged with such noise and impetuosity that the very stones of the houses on the coast fell to the ground. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

John Galsworthy An early cockchafer buzzed in the Japanese paper with which they had filled the grate, and one of the horses in the stable stamped restlessly. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

George Borrow I went on board the vessel at an early hour, when I found the crew engaged in hauling the anchor close, and making other preparations for sailing. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

In rather a too philosophical and connected a strain, perhaps, I have given an account of the conclusions I had come to concerning them in my early years. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Walter Scott Bertha had made an early communication to the Count, that his lady, agitated with the many anxieties of the few preceding days, was unable to leave her apartment. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Andrew Lang At Assarlik (Asia Minor) and in Thera early graves, prove the use of cremation, but also, unlike Homer, of iron weapons. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson It would puzzle me to name a woman in Tilling worth catching an early train for. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Walter Besant Yet it is early to talk of these things. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

My landlord was an early riser. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

George Gissing The window of Langley’s bedroom opened on to a balcony, pleasant to him in early morning for the air and the view. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Victor Hugo At times he saw a river — it was the Thames; sometimes a great tower — it was Windsor. It was still so early that there were no signs of life without. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

We thus gain some insight into the early state of man, before he had spread step by step over the face of the earth. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang Now early poets are never studious archaeologists. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

George Eliot We’re late enough as it is, an’ there’s no lettin’ the cows know as they mustn’t want to be milked so early tomorrow mornin’. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Wilkie Collins Her early life had been passed in the island of Martinique, and she was able to communicate with the friendless foreigner in his own language. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing Waking at early dawn used to be one of the things I most dreaded. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James Hyacinth got up early – an operation attended with very little effort, as he had scarcely closed his eyes all night. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

After that, through the night and the dawn and the early morning, the hunt had gone on, through lanes and woods and fields, now swiftly, now slowly. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

So that when, an hour later, Warren Forster arrived on horseback, her reaction from that early morning scene was terrific. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Louisa May Alcott A cluster of grave yet cheerful pansies on a deeper purple ground was pronounced very appropriate and pretty, and Beth worked away early and late, with occasional lifts over hard parts. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

For when the morn came dim and sad, And chill with early showers, Her quiet eyelids closed — she had Another morn than ours. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

His antiquarian enthusiasm was awakened by the collections of Leland, and he early began to visit and study the antiquities of his native county. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arnold Bennett She much preferred his own early drawings of moss-roses and picturesque castles — things that he now mercilessly contemned. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Charles Dickens Our host announced, before our early dinner, that some members of the legislative body proposed to do us the honour of calling. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

His visit to Paris in 1848 showed his early interest in popular movements, and he maintained a catholic width of view in later life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

We were, however, nearing the depot again, and reached it, in sixteen miles, early the next morning. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Very early on the following morning — so early that it woke her while still on her first sleep — there came a letter for her from the parsonage. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I was born, and I passed my childhood and my early manhood within the Tropics who is a mother that never forgets her children however far they may travel. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Lucy Maud Montgomery There Marilla left her until the early dinner was on the table. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Jules Verne Perhaps it announced an early and rigorous winter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope It is astonishing how far a very little cake will go in this way, particularly if administered tolerably early after dinner. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe She appeared to be in her late thirties or early forties. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Olaf Stapledon The bulk of it was written in English, but a few columns and a few advertisements were in Japanese. I vaguely remembered reading it in bed over an early cup of tea. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Lady Morgan So true it is, that almost all the erroneous principles which influence our maturer being, are to be traced to some fatal association’ of ideas received and formed in early life. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Arthur Morrison He watched the early bouts feverishly, feeling unaccountably anxious. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens Awakened early in the morning, by the sunshine and the songs of birds, and hum of insects, he left them sleeping in the hut, and walked into the sweet and pleasant air. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am leaving England early to-morrow morning and to say nothing of my kit, there are one or two necessary papers—my passport, for instance—which I must take with me. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James I thought of the various images of old-world gentility which, early and late, must have strolled in front of it and felt the protection and security of the place. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Having left home early in September for a few weeks’ sketching in central France, we had been pursued by the wettest of wet weather. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Willa Cather If I go by early in the morning, when she’s out weeding the garden, she runs and squats down in the gooseberry bushes till I’m out of sight. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Wilkie Collins The gentleman was Launce’s brother, and the two were on their way to the Commissioners of Police to make the necessary arrangements for instituting an inquiry into Turlington’s early life. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

D. H. Lawrence At that moment Somers would have given a lot to be American too, and not English. But wait — those were early days, when America was still being jeered at for standing out and filling her pockets. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Walter Scott The chamberlain at the same time apprized the Ritt-master, that he must take horse at an early hour for Inverary, where the packet of Sir Duncan would be at once his introduction and his passport. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Patriotism, such as it had been in Revolutionary days, was taught him by his father, as early as his mother taught him religion. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Wilkie Collins My German habits had accustomed me to early rising. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

I could take Lefford on my way—starting by an early train—and pick you up. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

John Galsworthy Maud was at school, but Imogen would be lying there; and moisture came into Dartie’s early morning eyes. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Henry James His own taste is easily impugned, but he entered so early into the blood and bone of our intelligence that it always remained better than the taste of overhauling him. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Merely let it be arranged that we all turn in betimes in view of an early start; we three alone need know how early the start will be. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Bram Stoker Doubtless they were early friends. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was that sense of being hopelessly in the wrong that I had so often felt in early youth when my short legs’ utmost effort failed to overcome the fact that I was late to school. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Jonathan Swif I left them early about correcting the pamphlet, etc. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Charles Dickens He was a most amiable and obedient child, early taught the way of salvation. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He felt a young man’s enjoyment of success, so early and so distinguished. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Yes, if luck had favoured me that night, Squire Bosworth would have come to an early end, and your wrongs would have been righted. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Machen And, cross-examining my memory, I find that I have in no way exaggerated or overcoloured these early and earliest impressions. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ll have to be pushing on my way; for the early hours of a case are the precious ones, as no man knows better than your own self. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Edith Wharton I had always heard that there had been as much of love as of war in Colonel Alingdon’s early career, and I hoped that my question might give a personal turn to his reminiscences. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Meredith He touches again on Vernon’s early escapade. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Gissing He rose now with the early sun; walked fast and far before the beginning of his day’s work, with an aim he knew to be foolish, yet could not abandon. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The entozoon of course gives rise to a variety of stale and melancholy jokes about the early bird, the worm that dieth not, and so forth. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Sarah Orne Jewett The hot midsummer sun makes prisons of these small islands that are a paradise in early June, with their cool springs and short thick-growing grass. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

As early as 1839 Sterling had written an article in the Westminster, which gave him intense pleasure; for while contemning praise in almost the same words as Byron did, he loved it equally well. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It is ULSA ICKY. On her is one of those shapeless faces peculiar to early Italian painting. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope She was to be taken to the theatre that night — and then to Kingsbury Crescent and the realms of Lethe early on the following morning. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It was still early in the day and in the season, and I flattered myself that I was the only visitor. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Olive Schreiner In the very early stages of human growth, the sexual parasitism and degeneration of the female formed no possible source of social danger. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Wilkie Collins I was with my friend the mayor, early this morning, and saw them issued. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. F. Benson When shall we sensibly diminish it? I want to get a habit of early rising. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]