Phrases with "escapes"

Oscar Wilde For of a truth pain is the Lord of this world, nor is there any one who escapes from its net. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Charles Kingsley It seemed at moments as if all his strange adventures and hairbreadth escapes had been sent to do him harm, and not good; to pamper and harden his self-confidence, not to crush it. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson His perils and escapes were beyond counting. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

There may be a rough-house or two before he escapes over the frontier, and if you have a chance, do him a good turn. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

It seemed as though he experienced an immense sensation of delight, like a man who escapes almost by a miracle from an imminent danger which he had despaired of avoiding. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Victor Hugo More surely than the eagle escapes the arrow, the animalcule escapes being crushed. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Washington Irving But such is the nature of Spain; wild and stern the moment it escapes from cultivation; the desert and the garden are ever side by side. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

E. F. Benson As a matter of fact, of course he had done so, but the truth usually escapes these earnest inquirers, especially if it is quite simple and straightforward. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The same day, I met with one of those narrow escapes which are so often happening in a sailor’s life. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The hero of SOMETHING FRESH (1915) escapes from low-class journalism by becoming physical-training instructor to a dyspeptic millionaire: this is regarded as a step up, morally as well as financially. Collected Essays by George Orwell

You saw it, too, for nothing of that kind escapes you. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis The driver of their taxi, being Neapolitan, was in a rage so long as any vehicle was on the road ahead of him, and as that was always, their journey was a series of escapes from death. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Richard Burton Detected twenty years ago, the delinquent would have been impaled; now he escapes with a rib-roasting. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jules Verne The whale had taken in another provision of air, and had plunged again; but she soon returned to the surface and spouted out that mixture of gas and mucus that escapes from her air-holes. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope But the horsey man is generally on the alert to take care that no secret of his trade escapes from him unawares. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Having an environment, being in time, and working out a history just like ourselves, he escapes from the foreignness from all that is human, of the static timeless perfect absolute. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The mind is in fault, which never escapes from itself. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

He had had many hair’s-breadth escapes from death, but he was a dead shot with an automatic, and hitherto had been always found with the trump card. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Sooner or later you will find him out; and if he escapes you, and there’s any justice in heaven, he won’t escape me. Prester John by John Buchan

We left him on the high road struggling with Anak, but if he escapes he will certainly come here, and then —’ Forde looked at Polwin again. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton After all my wild hairbreadth escapes I stepped on to the dock in Liverpool, as a schoolboy enters his father’s house on the first day of the Christmas holidays. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Anatole France Truth escapes them, because truth is eternal, and invisible like eternity. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Walter Besant When I consider the number of escapes that were made from Newgate, I am amazed that the man and his wardens and assistants were not brought to justice. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

H. G. Wells In the daytime his secretary intercepts and deals with most of them, but at night he escapes from her control and does what he pleases, that is to say, he opens everything. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Nothing escapes her sway in this present state, except Nature which, while seeming to change, never really changes her ultimate constituent elements, or her universal laws. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Charles Dickens Many were the interruptions which Will Marks encountered from these stragglers, and many the narrow escapes he made. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

One gentleman, actuated no doubt by the friendliest motives, pays a midnight visit to the Bagstones; but being detected, chased, and fired at, escapes by jumping overboard. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He sat before the fire smoking, while Susan Jernam’s busy fingers plied her knitting-needles, and relating his hair-breadth escapes and perils between the puffs of blue smoke. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins His hair-breadth escapes from death; his extraordinary re-appearances in parts of the country where no one ever expected to see him again, were regarded by the poorer classes with superstitious awe. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Daniel Defoe Some Account of the Laws and Customs of the Pyrates. An Instance of Roberts his Cunning. He proceeds again upon Business, and takes Prizes. Narrowly escapes being taken. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

After sundry narrow escapes in the Gulf of ‘Akabah, we were saved, as will be seen, by a manner of miracles. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My arms are outstretched, and a very torrent of words is upon my lips; and then I stop short, my arms fall to my sides, and a smothered groan escapes from me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Leo Tolstoy In the village, while a cow is sold for payment, the police inspector is bribed by a factory owner, who thus escapes taxes altogether. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

Walter Scott But hark in thine ear; see that he escapes thee not — there is more in him than seems. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

James Anthony Froude He is sparing of details of his outward history, for he regarded it as nothing but vanity; but his escapes from death were providences, and therefore he mentions them. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Leslie Stephen Each phrase is either wrong or escapes from error by vagueness, and one would swear that Pope had never seen the sea. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H. G. Wells And the very essence of all this is a vague thing, something we shall never come nearer to it in all our lives than to see it as a shadow and a glittering that escapes again into a mist. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you are called upon to draw, you must see that neither of them, in the event of there being two, escapes from us. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope One Gavius escapes from a prison in Syracuse, and, making his way to Messana, foolishly boasts that he would be soon over in Italy, out of the way of Prætor Verres and his cruelties. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

This is one of the conventions of the werewolf story, the wounding of an animal that escapes and the blood-trail that leads to a human being wounded just as the beast was. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Walter Scott Considering the risk incurred by lending a man’s ear to a conspiracy, thou oughtest to reckon it a saving in every particular, where he escapes with his life and character safe. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope He escapes all the bore of going to lectures, and giving feeds to the neighbours; that’s why he treats us so. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

The ladies present—nothing escapes a woman’s glance—Mademoiselle Montalais, for instance—did not fail to say to each other, “the king sighed,” and “Madame sighed too. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Wolfe One daughter has been in a motor wreck, escapes unhurt apparently, days later has a slight convulsion. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells Apart from their natural aptitudes they will have escaped all the mis-education and mental contagion that today nobody escapes completely. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

In his romances, Hawthorne escapes into a hugely significant, symbolic sphere which relieves the reader of this partial vexation. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Andrew Lang And Nicolette flees, and leaps into the fosse, and thence escapes into a great forest and lonely. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood We only perceive those portions of any object which exist in our three dimensions; the rest escapes us. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Even then an intelligent boy or girl would perceive some of the absurdity, but might catch a charm that escapes the less receptive oldster. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Jules Verne Not a sound, not even a groan, escapes our lips. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Not one of his acts escapes their notice: he can scarcely have a secret of his own; and, if they cannot divine what it is, they at least know that he has one. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anatole France She contemplated them like — there is a beautiful French word that escapes me — like the monuments and the trophies of Monsieur Marmet.” Madame Martin smiled. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

He swallows formulae with the voracity of Mirabeau, and like Proteus escapes analysis. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle In spite of this, however, he had two very narrow escapes to-night — one from my pistol, and one from the officers of the law. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson There is some nicety of feudal custom here that escapes my comprehension. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

A free and true friend is she, and nothing escapes her gaze. The March of Man by Maksim Gorky

He had had perhaps a dozen such escapes during his two years in India. A whole week went by. Burmese Days by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton I observe its end is something blunt; doubtless for that gallant reason that led Orlando to blunt his sword when fighting the lady, whose name, in the ingenious romance, escapes me. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray Nothing escapes that old woman. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Anthony Trollope I will tell you what will be his lot in life — if he escapes from the present danger. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Not a single detail escapes me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

A vile action is recorded of a Spaniard, whose name, which deserves to be branded with infamy, escapes me at this moment. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

It almost reconciles one to being no logician that one thereby escapes so much abstractionism. The Meaning of Truth by William James

David escapes from the warehouse, but Mick Walker and Mealy Potatoes and the others are still there, and there is no sign that this troubles Dickens particularly. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Nothing escapes Pierre, and he is discreet, oh, yes, my friend, he is discreet. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

We’ve had two or three narrow escapes with him already. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Nothing escapes their concentrated vigilance. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Jules Verne In the mine, now empty of coal, escapes of light carburetted hydrogen could not occur. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Jules Verne There is another reason, but it escapes me. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray His escapes from his enemies were marvellous; his courage in facing them equally great. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Nothing, however trivial, escapes his search, and his memory is so absolute, so precise in details, that were it known in New York that such a man existed, the people could not honour him enough. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

So he escapes the quarrel which he fears a show of displeasure might provoke. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Slim escapes with Miss Blandish and is killed after a final rape, and the detective prepares to restore Miss Blandish to her family. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Willa Cather It is just the thing in him which escapes analysis that makes him first-rate. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

G. K. Chesterton It is at once a tune that escapes and an inscription that remains. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson On this occasion he may be permitted to look back with gratitude on the many escapes made in the course of this arduous undertaking, now brought so near to a successful conclusion. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

I, too, was in evening dress, but where I had been escapes me — some forgotten dinner, I suppose. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Gertrude Stein If the town escapes and sees a building it will be satisfied. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

H. G. Wells Often when submerged they betrayed their whereabouts unwittingly by bubbles of gas and escapes of oil. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He thus learnt that Nothing escapes the master’s eye. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Samuel Johnson Poverty preserves him from sinking under the burden of himself, but he escapes no other injury of time. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

H. G. Wells Often. And when I awake it escapes me, it vanishes. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Maria Edgeworth A wife, who has sense enough to abstain from all reproaches, direct or indirect, by word or look, may reclaim her husband’s affections: the bird escapes from his cage, but returns to his nest. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]