Phrases with "encumbered"

Helen Zimmern In her Popular and Moral Tales she was encumbered like a clergyman in his sermon, and hence a too solemn and rather stifling air of moral reflection is apt to pervade. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Edgar Allan Poe My friend, however, was now too much injured to render us any aid whatever, and I was so encumbered with my disguise that I could do but little. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Kate Chopin They went together, picking their way across muddy streets and sidewalks encumbered with the cheap display of small tradesmen. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The gate opened upon a narrow alley, encumbered now with charred beams and heaps of refuse from a burnt house across the way. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anthony Trollope But if I were to marry Mr. Barry,” she continued, “I should at once be encumbered with a soul to whom I could not open my own. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

They were both too much encumbered with ideas to move simply, quickly, on the impulse of passion. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Walter Scott But strong, long-breathed, and accustomed to such exercise, Halbert, even though encumbered with his sword, dived and rose like a seafowl, and swam across the lake in the northern direction. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells Half born like a very young foal, encumbered by the foetal membranes it can’t shake off yet. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

This place, Leet Hall, encumbered me: for I feared the opposition that I, as its heir, should inevitably meet. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Charles Stur That it is tortuous in its course, and is in many places encumbered with timber, and its depth entirely depends on the seasons. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Henry Handel Richardson But when she began to let her hands stray over the loose papers and other articles that encumbered chairs, piano and washstand, he raised his head and watched her with a sharp eye. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Baldwin Spencer So far as clothing is concerned, a woman is not much encumbered in her work. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Isabella Bird The side walks are literally encumbered with bales of scarlet flannel, and every other article of an emigrant’s outfit. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Gissing Alma slowly raised herself, and, whilst she plied the office of hostess, Harvey got rid of the foolish hat and stick that encumbered him. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Edith Wharton The studio was at the back of an untidy walled enclosure, encumbered with the materials of an adjoining carpenter’s shop. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Guy de Maupassant Not a hair! As he held his candle aloft at arm’s length in order to see me, his cranium appeared to me to resemble a little moon, in that vast chamber, encumbered with old furniture. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Arthur Morrison At that time the houses on Wapping Wall were not encumbered with dust-bins, since the river was found a more convenient receptacle for rubbish. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

A family is a great responsibility, Don Valera. You are fortunate in not having, as yet, encumbered yourself with one. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Edith Wharton She doubted Mrs. Van Osburgh’s reluctance, but was aware of Miss Farish’s habit of ascribing her own delicacies of feeling to the persons least likely to be encumbered by them. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell If they went in any of his carriages, the loitering charm of the walk would be lost; and they must, to a certain degree, be encumbered by, and exposed to, the notice of servants. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edgar Allan Poe This Mob (a foreigner, by-the-by), is said to have been the most odious of all men that ever encumbered the earth. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Through all the doubts and vacillations which encumbered him, this was the rule not only of his mind but of his heart. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Washington Irving Don Pedro led the van, and Don Juan brought up the rear, but their march was confused and irregular, the army being greatly encumbered by the spoils and captives they had taken. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope He could, no doubt, make his wife a peeress; but he was poor, encumbered with a host of sisters, dull as a blue-book, and possessed of little beyond his peerage to recommend him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Catherine Helen Spence Many estates were so encumbered that it was impossible for the owners to hold them longer, and they were divided and sold to co-operative companies in blocks for farming. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Andrew Lang The rider has broken his stick and lost his hat; but he is too much encumbered with his cackling and excited stock to dare to dismount. The Library by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson Nevertheless it had persisted, like a bright cold little spark at dead of night: his restlessness, the spiritual malaise that encumbered him had been its mute form of protest. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anatole France She heard the noise of his footsteps, heavier than usual, while he traversed the library, encumbered with blue books and journals, to reach his room, where he would perhaps sleep. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The grand entrance faces north, looking down towards Karnak. The twin towers of the great propylon, dilapidated as they are, stripped of their cornices, encumbered with débris, are magnificent still. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Though encumbered with baggage and fatigued with a hard day’s walk, an Indian got his bow ready and let fly a poisoned arrow at one of them. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Margaret Oliphant Boxes of other lodgers going away encumbered the hall, where the landlady hovered weeping, and admitted the pastor sullenly with an audible sob. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

In these forest kampongs the children, who are very pretty, are not encumbered by much clothing, specially the boys. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George MacDonald They saw me encumbered with my dead, but for a time dared not assail me. Lilith by George MacDonald

As he stepped from the door, he encountered, to all appearance, just the same crowd that had encumbered its entrance a half hour before. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The pieces which were cut off soon encumbered the hut. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Florence Dixie We hurried along as quick as we could, though, unfortunately, we could make but slow progress, encumbered as we were with our rifles, and retarded by the long grass. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Jules Verne Carefully laid out in the inside, and little encumbered by instruments and traveling utensils, which each had their particular place, it left the three travelers a certain freedom of movement. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell But in getting over the hedge it encumbered her to hold it in her clasped hand, and she threw it down. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Articles of furniture of capricious and incoherent forms, tables with porcelain tops, and chiffoniers of precious woods encumbered every recess or angle. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Robert Louis Stevenson The second, or light-room store, was at present much encumbered with various tools and apparatus for the use of the workmen. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Watkin Tench The country we had passed through we found tolerably plain, and little encumbered with underwood, except near the river side. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Thomas Hardy Downe descended, but being encumbered with his bag and umbrella, his foot slipped, and he fell upon his knees in the gutter. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Edith Wharton It was becoming difficult for Mr. Langhope to guide his movements about her small encumbered room; and he had always liked being waited on. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Richard Hakluy Two women, not being so apt to escape as the men were, the one for her age, and the other being encumbered with a young child, we took. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Edgar Allan Poe The spot is chosen with reference to its evenness of surface, and that is preferred which is the least encumbered with stones. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Tobias Smolle On the whole, I thought I should have great reason to congratulate myself if it should be my fate to possess twenty thousand pounds encumbered with such a wife. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

It would have been impossible for me to do this, encumbered with such a load, had I not fortunately perceived the floating wing of the athaleb close beside me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Kenneth Grahame Sitting up, he could just see the motor-car in the pond, nearly submerged; the gentlemen and the driver, encumbered by their long coats, were floundering helplessly in the water. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Catherine Helen Spence They were very severe, but the nation used this money and the credit which still stood good, for all other countries were passing through an equally difficult crisis, to buy up encumbered estates. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Bronislaw Malinowski The full quotations of these passages would have encumbered the present work. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

D. H. Lawrence There was the quartered shop, through which one had to worm one’s encumbered way in the gloomunless one liked to go miles round a back street, to the yard entry. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I never go encumbered with many clothes. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Henry James Rowland went late, and found the staircase so encumbered with flower-pots and servants that he was a long time making his way into the presence of the hostess. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Eliot We are familiar with the average men of that period, and are still consciously encumbered with its bad contrivances and mistaken acts. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson Even in the chief thoroughfares Irish washings flutter at the windows, and the pavements are encumbered with loiterers. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett And the reserves in the cellar were still considerable, and the sack of flour that encumbered the kitchen was still more than half full. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne The paths were encumbered with seaweed and fucus, between which grovelled a whole world of crustacea. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne Walking was now more difficult, on account of the numerous rocks which encumbered the beach. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy Being encumbered with the infant, he ran back to meet Thomasin. “Take the baby, please, Mrs. Wildeve,” he said hastily. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing It was so encumbered with furniture that not more than eight or ten square feet of floor can have been available for movement. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

A road more lonely cannot well be conceived than that on which the hoofs of his steed, striking upon the fragments of rock that encumbered the neglected way, woke a dull and melancholy echo. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry James She was only a young artist in conscientious process of formation and encumbered with a mother still more conscientious than herself. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Nikolai Gogol The windows seemed intentionally so encumbered below that they admitted the light only from the top. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Sir Walter Scott The landscape, as they advanced, became waster and more wild, until nothing but heath and rock encumbered the side of the valley. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

H. G. Wells His legs were swathed and encumbered with grey; he made ineffectual movements with his sword. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells But in regard to things, bits of glass, scraps of metal, springs and balances, they have not been encumbered to the same extent. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Isabella Bird The upper part at this date is encumbered with snow, below which primulas are blooming in great profusion, and lower down leathery flowers devoid of beauty cover without adorning the hillside. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Whatever may have been the truth, Melanie found herself encumbered with the cafe, which was far from doing a prosperous business. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Jules Verne It is not at all uncommon to find antlers thus connected lying on the ground; the poor encumbered animals soon die of hunger, or they become an easy prey to wild beasts. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton All this passed through her mind as she sat one afternoon in her brother’s studio, encumbered with half-finished stage-settings and models of famous theatres, and waited for him to come in. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Maria Edgeworth M. de Connal also besought his dear friend, Mr. Ormond to take the Black Islands off his hands, for they encumbered him terribly. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Marjorie Bowen Imagine Rose or Marius without money—impossible, is it not? Yet I know of mortgages, of encumbered estates. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Sir Walter Scott Brian de Bois-Guilbert rolled on the field, encumbered with the stirrup, from which he was unable to draw his foot. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope Caleb Morton was a very strong man, and though one of his arms was altogether encumbered by his antagonist, his other arm and his legs were free. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

And it is the sentiments of these polite men, who do not wish to be encumbered with mind, that vain women thoughtlessly adopt. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Wilkie Collins Her colour is dark; her stature is (I say it thankfully) not remarkable in the matter of height, and not encumbered by what I particularly dislike in a young woman, excess of flesh. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Jules Verne Cases of all sorts encumbered it, and, as they had been but a very short time in the water, their contents were perhaps uninjured. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe His path is encumbered at every step with “bog and briar,” with “brook and mire,” with “beds of tangled fern,” with “groves of night-shade,” and with the minor evils of ant and snake. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott The ground which they traversed was, as Lady Augusta could feel, very broken and uneven, and sometimes, as she thought, encumbered with ruins, which were difficult to surmount. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

By the side of the front window, encumbered by the shadows of nondescript things, the door, standing ajar, let escape on the pavement a narrow, clear streak of gas-light within. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Henry James Her hands were encumbered with various articles involved in her pursuit of her friend. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson The seat he stood on was slippery, his oilskins encumbered him: he made one attempt after another. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson