Phrases with "early"

His early biographers, Currie, Walker, Heron drew the picture somewhat darkly; Lockhart and Cunningham have endeavoured to lighten the depth of the shadows. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Thomas Hardy But under pressure from matrons not much older than herself — for a field-man’s wages being as high at twenty-one as at forty, marriage was early here — Tess at length consented to go. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

But these pleasant early days came to a sudden end. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Arnold Bennett Often his father arrived at the shop before him, but Edwin’s conscience would say that of course if Darius went down early for his own passion and pleasure, that was Darius’s affair. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton It is lost labour that you rise up early in the morning and eat the bread of carefulness; while He giveth His beloved sleep. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Gissing In this way, one morning of September, she went by early train as far as Epsom, walked through the streets, and came into that high-banked lane which leads up to the downs. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Kate Chopin They had left their rather distant plantation, Les Chênières, early in the afternoon, wishing as usual to make the most of these visits, which, though infrequent, were always so much enjoyed. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton It was as difficult to extract any sequence of facts from Cicely’s letter as from an early chronicle. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Andrew Lang He decided, however, to go early to bed that night, in order to rise in time nest morning, and so he did. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Perhaps, having begun to be foolish very early, she had outstripped her contemporaries in the race, and had early learned to be wise. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Godwin The Egyptians took the lead in early antiquity, with respect to civilisation and the stupendous productions of human labour and art, of all other known nations of the world. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope The Ullathorne household was early on the move. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Marie Corelli I have decided to leave Rouen for Paris today and will take an early afternoon train. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

An accident when at play conduced to an early taste for reading, and from boyhood he cherished literary aspirations. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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

Walter Besant He was, in early life, a distinguished scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, and was elected a Fellow of that venerable Foundation during the Protectorate, but declared for Crown and Hierarchy in 1660. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Gissing To-day he was disposed to be almost affectionate with anyone who showed him a friendly face: he expressed grief that his cousin must leave for Twybridge early in the morning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith She declined the early cup of coffee. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The early ascendency of leisure as a means of reputability is traceable to the archaic distinction between noble and ignoble employments. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Henry James The early winter dusk had fallen when they got home. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Henry David Thoreau The English experimenters seem early and generally, to have found out the importance of using trees of some kind, as nurse-plants for the young oaks. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

The laborers, on returning to their work early in the morning, found him lying there senseless; and at that very moment they were carrying him to the hospital. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

We started off early the next morning, as we were within a few leagues of the town of Matagalpa, and knew when we got there we should obtain plenty of provisions. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

There were the first rare primroses gleaming star-like amidst the early greenery of high grassy banks in solitary lanes about Crosber, and here and there the tender blue of a violet. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The poor little future religieuse had been early taught to make the dictates of her own reason and conscience quite subordinate to the will of her spiritual director. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Andrew Lang People have their own simple reasons for believing in these plants, and have not needed to bring down their humble, early botany from the clouds and stars. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis Ought to get at it early this afternoon. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang The early vase painters do not, to my knowledge, represent heroes as fighting from war chariots. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was no hour too early or too late to find her ready to spring to attention. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jules Verne The wind has dropped considerably since the early morning, and the swell in the sea is far less heavy. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

E. F. Benson He was not brilliant enough at so early an hour to guess that she had seen the smaller lettering in which her loving memory was recorded. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Willa Cather On the morning of the eighth of April Claude came downstairs early and began to clean his boots, which were caked with dry mud. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Olaf Stapledon Modern science was beyond the reach of feudalism, but within the reach of early industrialism. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh, I know you drink tea at some strange early hour; perhaps it is at two. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Gissing Impatiently he awaited the early nightfall of the morrow. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

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]

From his very early years he had been of an intensely religious mind. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

In 1802 he retired as early as nine, and afterwards still earlier. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was still early when he got home. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

The politicians found early that he was not of the ‘available’ type — that he would not lend himself to party policy or compromise on any matter which seemed to him of national interest. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jane Austen It is yet too early in life to despair of such a happiness. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

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]

G. K. Chesterton It is a relic of those chaotic early days. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edith Wharton An early consciousness of virtue had moreover constituted her the natural guardian and adviser of her elders. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry James I shall not see you again for the present, as, to take your early train, you will have left the house before I put on my wig – and I never show myself to gentlemen without it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Catherine Helen Spence The early marriages, which were all but universal in the society of the twentieth century, demanded a much less stringent bond than either the Catholic or Protestant Church in our times would permit. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

George Borrow Well, early the next day all the chieftains on their horses appeared in front of the palace before the dawn of day. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Thomas Hardy So bide still, d’ye hear, and tomorrow we shall be out of the town altogether — as early as you like. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle We went out to meet the rebels at Shahgunge early in July, and we beat them back for a time, but our powder gave out, and we had to fall back upon the city. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Leon Trotsky But more important is the fact that as early as February, 1920, influenced by my own observation of the lives of the Ural peasants, I insistently advocated a change in the new economic policy. My Life by Leon Trotsky

There were not more than a dozen whitewashed houses, all set in little gardens of wallflower and daffodil and early fruit blossom. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

A few days after, early on Easter morning, April 9, 1626, he passed away. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

The early tropic night settled down, and the train jolted on, slowly, stopping at little stations where barbaric yells sounded from the darkness. Burmese Days by George Orwell

He associated them, too, with the gang we were after, but could not understand anyone coming to get them so early in the night, a good three hours or so before they would be wanted. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

It was convenient to Mr. Nowell to forget Marian’s intention of returning to Hampshire by an early train on the following morning at this juncture. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Nellie Bly The fond father of these children had a habit of coming over early in the morning to see his cherubs, before he went to his bath. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Edith Wharton Mr. Spragg had come to Apex as a poor boy, and their early married life had been a protracted struggle, darkened by domestic affliction. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

The perspective is rather faulty, and the details are not very copious; but for so early a period as the thirteenth or early part of the following century its value is undeniable. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

It is perhaps worth noticing that all Spenser’s early friends, Grindal, the Nowells, Dr. Mulcaster, his master, were north country men. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

George Gissing He passed the early evening with the man in question, who asked him at what hotel he meant to sleep. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu As early as prison rules would permit, he was with Mr. Longcluse, where the attorney awaited him. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Olaf Stapledon Before describing the efflorescence of “humanity” in this kind of world I must mention one grave problem which faces the evolving life of all small planets, often at an early stage. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

This was finished early in March, and given to Ticknor & Company to publish when they saw fit. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Meredith What’s the use of your skewering me with your eyes!” “I perceive that you have never travelled, my Luigi,” said Barto. “I am afraid we shall not part so early as I had supposed. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

During primordial times there would be no early betrothals, for this implies foresight. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Elizabeth Gaskell By-and-by, the neighbours went away; it was still early in the afternoon; and the Abbé and Chevalier accompanied the good ladies to the great hall, and Madame was left alone in bed. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Robert Browning Late August or early September, the stunning cicala is shrill, And the bees keep their tiresome whine round the resinous firs on the hill. Dramatic Lyrics by Robert Browning [1845]

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

D. H. Lawrence It was a magnificent morning in early spring when I watched among the trees to see the procession come down the hill-side. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

He came home from the hospital late one Saturday night, after the children were in bed, and, next morning, Laura, waking at early dawn, thought she saw some strange object on her pillow. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Andrew Lang He sought it for eight days, and on the ninth early in the morning he found the blood-red flower. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Evidently his eagerness to be early to-day had been the newcomer. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He kept his own family also, the custodians of those strangling early standards, out of our way, just as he kept his wife out of our way. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Andrew Lang As early as 1655, a witness quoted by Hahn saw women worshipping at one of the cairns of Heitsi Eibib, another supposed ancestral being. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson Some seven hours’ incessant, hard travelling brought us early in the morning to the end of a range of mountains. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Rice Burroughs To me it was a revelation of the things my early forebears must have endured that the human race of the outer crust might survive. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

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

Leon Trotsky As early as April 8, the British ambassador claims he conveyed Miiukoff’s request for our release to his government. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Although the Party, according to its habit, claims the invention for itself, atomic bombs first appeared as early as the nineteen-forties, and were first used on a large scale about ten years later. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

But, the influence of early associations and personal feelings apart, it would seem that the artists of the stage whom he most admired were not those of the highest type. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Gertrude Stein There are plenty of early dates. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Edith Wharton The next morning early they set out on their journey. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Eliot The cold light of early morning was in the room, and Maso was come for the travelling wallet. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Walter Scott But for all that, I cannot live without my sweet Menie. I would wed her tomorrow, with all my soul, without thinking a minute on the clog which so early a marriage would fasten on our heels. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

I don’t know how early the licence-shop closes. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne If excessive consumption threatens to exterminate the fish of a river, or ruin the early crop of sweet potatoes, these things are put under the protection of the taboo. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Washington Irving Even in riper years, when the consciousness of his own deficiencies ought to have convinced him of the importance of early study, he speaks slightingly of college honors. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Andrew Lang His long-enduring kindness to the unfortunate Miss Delia Bacon, an early believer in the nonsense about Bacon and Shakespeare, was a model of manly and generous conduct. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

M. R. James The third, which was really a pearl of a day for early January, was too fine to be spent indoors. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

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]

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

George Gissing In early winter Fanny French came over to England. She had again been ill, and this time with results obviously graver. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Sinclair Lewis Come back soon and in early autumn we’ll jaunt off together. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

When closely and sternly pressed, Isidora’s mind seemed to assume something of the wild but potent spirit of independence, which her early habits and feelings might have communicated to her. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope To Ayala, when she came up to London early in November, to Ayala, who was going to Rome, where Isadore Hamel now was, Isadore Hamel’s name was not mentioned. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell They had never heard her sing; indeed, the simple art which her mother had taught her, had died, with her early joyousness, at that dear mother’s death. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thenceforth his terror-haunted flight He follows through the starry night; And with the early morning breeze, Behold him on the azure seas. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton I think I shall get up early and have a spin by myself. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Leon Trotsky I remember another early scene that took place in our main kitchen. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Having reached home, the dry bread and the lecture were duly administered to him, and he was dismissed to bed at an early hour. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

As early as the 15th February of that year he had had his first true paralytic seizure. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Tree visited at odd intervals — not at all during early morning. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Andrew Lang This exquisite Homer, sacred to the memory of learned friendships, the chief offering of early printing at the altar of ancient poetry, is really one of the most interesting books in the world. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

From her I learned that Tsiganok was a foundling; he had been found one wet night in early spring, on a bench in the porch. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling The Bride and Bridegroom had risen early to catch their last glimpse of the city. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Caroline Lamb The transient favorite of a day, Of folly and of fools the prey; Till reft of fame, without a friend, Thou’lt meet, unwept, an early end. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

He lies late and goes early to bed, and in between walks up and down about the shore from Trim Head to Whaffle Creek. But this night he has gone out with the gunners — for the first time. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

When he called, it was generally early in the day, about ten o’clock. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Leon Trotsky His decline set in as early as the days of the revolution of 1905. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Algernon Blackwood Had it been winter instead of early spring, I might sum up for you what I mean in one short sentence: I travelled to London in a third-class railway carriage that had no heating apparatus. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Susanna Rowson Mrs. Beauchamp was an early riser. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Scarborough himself had not been well known in early life. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Press her lips the while they glow! Oh, revere her raven hair! Although it be not silver-gray; Too early Death, led on by Care, May snatch save one dear lock away. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Ford Madox Ford She thought that probably God desired that Christopher should be freed as early as possible, Father. Consett suggesting to Him the less stringent course. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

The sittings for the Reform picture continued through 1833, and the early part of 1834. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Virginia Woolf Here, then, one had reached the early nineteenth century. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

His hair was long and yellow and curled upon his shoulders, and in his hand he bore an early rose, which he smelled at daintily now and then. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Thomas Hardy I had not been home many minutes before she came in, next morning early she left again —’ ‘Because you treated her so cavalierly?’ ‘And as I suppose, wrote to you directly. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Leon Trotsky This was the case with the generation of Russian revolutionists whose early youth developed under the weight of the atmosphere of the eighties. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Willa Cather They had made an early start one morning and had driven a long way before noon. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Neither the care of my flock, nor the change of seasons, were sufficient to tame my eager spirit; my out-door life and unemployed time were the temptations that led me early into lawless habits. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Sir Richard Burton Then, after the early meal, take Khwajah Hasan to smell the air, and as thou walkest lead him hither unawares. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope Then he had pressed for an early time, and Patience, with a girl’s usual diffidence, had asked for some little delay. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Indeed I have an impression that all our early conversations were incredibly banal. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope As a precocious boy, he had been too much admired; he had assumed at an early age the duty of a man, and had at once been found miserably wanting. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle An apparent clue was at once obtained, since a boy and a young man were reported to have been seen leaving a neighbouring station by an early train. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He, too, seemed to have recovered from his early morning breakdown. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence One day in early spring Lilly had a telegram, “Coming to see you arrive 4:30 — Bricknell.” He was surprised, but he and his wife got the spare room ready. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Again I am a solitary man; and I will become again, as in my early years, a wanderer, a soldier of fortune. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Andrew Lang Some philosophers may tell us that all known savages are only degraded descendants of early civilised men who have, unluckily and inexplicably, left no relics of their civilisation. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

I doubt you know that I was unhappy in an early attachment, and that the exquisite creature who was to have been my wife died in my arms in her father’s park, struck by lightning. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

All the seats have been sold days and days ago, but that girl can go early and wait in the foyer to see the people pass in. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Henry Kingsley So dark, so hemmed in with trees, and the road so little used; spring was early here, and the boughs were getting quite dense already. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Hood, who was early on the ground, declared that he gave the needful orders and tried vainly to enforce them; Cheatham, in command of his leading corps, that he did not. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

H.P. Lovecraft The next evening, much as on another evening nearly three months before, Charles Ward seized the newspaper very early and accidentally lost the main section. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

E. F. Benson All O.K.” At an early hour next morning the combined exploration began. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

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]

Men crouched in many little knots under a subdued murmur of early morning talk. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft Now, noses protected by handkerchiefs, we tremblingly invaded the accursed south room which blazed with the warm sun of early afternoon. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

T. E. Lawrence Unfortunately Britain was bursting then with confidence in an easy and early victory: the smashing of Turkey was called a promenade. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope The visit to Wharfedale was fixed for Monday and Tuesday, and on the Monday morning they started, after an early breakfast. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton He neglects the early symptoms, and cares the less for being a Cyclops, as the infirmity will most probably exempt him from military service. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

James Anthony Froude These stories and these experiences were Bunyan’s early mental food. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Thomas Hardy The party was to be an early one, and all the guests were assembled long before it was dark. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

He had started for Bath by an early train that morning, in order to attend the funeral of an old friend and brother officer upon the following day. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Washington Irving He took her with him to Sicily, hoping that a change of scene might wear out the remembrance of early woes. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope I doubt whether Messrs. Chapman & Hall, my present publishers, get for early sheets sent to the States as much as 5 per cent. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence I should meet her in the garden early in the morning when I came from a swim in the river — it was cleared and deepened on purpose — and she’d blush and make me talk with her. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

In both classes the male assumes the characters proper to his sex shortly before the age of reproduction; and if emasculated at an early period, loses them. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

As it was so late, an early lunch at the hotel was agreed upon, before starting. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson And early one morning, Maurice held a note in his hand, in which Louise announced that she had “come home,” the night before. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Easter–Day was very early indeed that year, falling at the end of March. To make clearer what’s coming, the house had better have a word or two of description. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

D. H. Lawrence So they would have to wait till spring was in, till the baby was born, till the early summer came round again. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing In boyhood and early manhood the exuberance of his physical power was wont to manifest itself in brutal self-assertion. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

We were to have an early luncheon, and to drive afterwards to see the ruins of one of the grand old Yorkshire abbeys. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Frederick Marryat Humphrey was off the next morning, with Pablo, at an early hour, to meet the farmer of whom he had purchased the goats and kids. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

The days get gradually hotter, especially at noon, when the sun is almost vertical; but the freshness of night and the chill of early morning are no more. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Newton had an early and decided taste for drawing. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Maria Edgeworth He left home early this morning; he is gone to meet his friend, General B—— who has just returned from abroad. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

But whether the ants had got at it, or, being a very old book, it had perished by natural decay, all the early pages had crumbled to dust which blew away when she opened it. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

In early life he worked on a farm. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was full of enthusiasm as he finally shook hands with Greatorex. “Send one of the men who can best be spared,” he directed, “to Paris and Switzerland early next week. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Gather the north flowers to complete the south, And catch the early love up in the late. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

G. K. Chesterton When people are left to themselves in early youth, any of them might marry anything. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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]

George Eliot And while he was dreaming this, Arthur was leading Hetty to the dance and saying to her in low hurried tones, “I shall be in the wood the day after tomorrow at seven; come as early as you can. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

And the time, too, goes on — till one perceives ahead a shadow-line warning one that the region of early youth, too, must be left behind. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

It is also known with the higher animals, even after early youth, that the skull yields and is altered in shape, if the skin or muscles be permanently contracted through disease or some accident. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Nathaniel Hawthorne As early as 1786, he was appointed brigade major of the militia of Hillsborough County, then first organized and formed into a brigade. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Caroline Lamb To the society of women he had been early accustomed; but had suffered too much from their arts, and felt too often the effects of their caprices, to be easily made again their dupe and instrument. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

His early life had spoiled him for that bustling fever which takes men to high places. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

R. D. Blackmore Instead of meeting her consorts in the cloud of early morning, the Swordfish was scarcely abreast of the Southern Cheek by the middle of the afternoon. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope It was now late on the Monday afternoon, and Crosbie was to go early on the Wednesday morning. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing My purpose was innocent enough; I got up early only to do my lessons. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The early town had already had its tea and “pikelets. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells Sir Titus Knowles was fiercely and vulgarly skeptical and early lost his always very thin and brittle temper. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli One cannot get over one’s early impressions; but when you picture him to me as an Epicurean, he assumes a new character. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

There are two simple meals daily, with tea and bananas at 7 A.M., and afternoon tea at 5 P.M. Mr. Maxwell is most abstemious, and is energetically at work from an early hour in the morning. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

He was appalled at the power of his fury, he had not known he was capable of it, for his boyish passion, even when unrestrained, had never equalled this, in all the strength of early manhood. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sidney Colvin At his age no man has ever been a master in the drama: even by the most powerful intuitive genius, neither human nature nor the difficulties of the art itself can be so early mastered. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

H.P. Lovecraft It disappointed me when he sent word that a rising mountain gale made early aerial travel impossible. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Anthony Trollope From their young boyhood nothing had seemed so desirable to him as that they should be accustomed by early training to devote themselves to the service of their country. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

M. R. James At an early hour the servants had occasion to go into the front hall of the residence occupied by the lamented subject of these lines. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

William Godwin Dunstan immediately conceived a jealousy of these qualities, and took an early opportunity to endeavour to disarm them. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

One morning Bruno went down early to the market in the city. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy An idea implanted early in life is difficult to uproot, and many elderly tradespeople still clung to the notion that Fred Beaucock knew a great deal of law. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

One day Jacobus came in early and, beckoning me into the dining-room, wiped his brow with a weary gesture and told me that he had managed to unearth a supply of quarter-bags. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

She had been brought up among violent family quarrels, had been early separated from her disreputable and eccentric mother, and handed over to the care of her disreputable and selfish father. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Joseph Furphy At it, early and late; working through accounts, and serving-out rations, and one thing or another; and no more chance of distinguishing myself than if I was in jail. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Rudyard Kipling Very early in the dawn, before the nesting sparrows were awake, there was a sound in the air which frightened me out of my virtuous sleep. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells The devil was given great power over Marjorie’s early afternoon. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

After what Flaxman told me during the early part of the day I felt almost light-hearted, so I told myself that if all was well I would ask Moira to become my wife at the earliest possible moment. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

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]

He set put early the next morning under a low gray sky, with clouds in the distance that threatened rain. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

We got all three horses back to the pass early the next day. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

William Makepeace Thackeray The Gashleighs, I say, live close by, and came early on the morning after Rosa’s notes had been issued for the dinner. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Jane Austen If you do not call early it will be a slight. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]