Phrases with "failed"

G. K. Chesterton Let those who think he failed call him a bad poet, and there will be an end of the matter. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Though the newspaper account of the burglary failed to mention the false teeth, they worried him considerably. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

Yet all signs failed if their host were of Spanish blood. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

She went to Mohammed Ali, and Mohammed Ali, as recorded, failed her. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Robert Green Ingersoll When the people failed to worship one of these gods, or failed to feed and clothe his priests, (which was much the same thing,) he generally visited them with pestilence and famine. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Guy de Maupassan His studies were not a success, and he failed in his examination for Bachelor of Arts; so, not knowing what to do, he married a pretty girl, as he had plenty of money of his own. The Legion of Honor by Guy de Maupassan

Algernon Blackwood I say ‘had,’ for quite suddenly his talent utterly failed him. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edith Wharton But at the last moment her courage had failed her, and she had said vaguely, in leaving, that she would let him know. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

I don’t like to throw over Wyndham at the last moment, after what you said when I failed the Hope-Actons last year. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson Twice he cleared his throat, and twice the whole resources of the language failed him. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Haughtily presenting his card (which, she could see, had lamentably failed to produce an effect), he demanded to speak to Simmonds, with whom he had important business. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James His child had left with him the sense of a quick irradiation, and he failed to see why, at the worst, such lightnings as she was thus able to dart shouldn’t strike somewhere. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Leon Trotsky The years of reaction which soon followed failed to make me move from this position. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Theodore Dreiser I couldn’t lie out of this, could I?” “You certainly couldn’t,” said Cowperwood, who never failed to respond to the incitement of her charms. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins THE weary days followed each other — and time failed to justify the doctor’s confidence in his new remedies. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It failed to contain a photograph; but there was a letter in it couched in these terms: “DEAR MISS BUTTERWORTH: “The esteem which you are good enough to express for me is returned. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

It failed to stir Cambridge at all profoundly. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry James They must think seriously about coming to Lockleigh. If there was anything awkward in the conditions of his visit or in the announcement of his departure it failed to come to the surface. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Louisa May Alcott The room was very still, when the clear voice failed suddenly at the last line of Beth’s favorite hymn. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins Appearances, fair as they were, failed to convince her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Radclyffe Hall Suppose she had failed to make a career? In that case there might well have been three of them at Leaside instead of two, and two people were enough to get on each other’s nerves, surely. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry Fielding Amelia failed not to enquire very earnestly after her old friend Mrs. James, formerly Miss Bath, and was very sorry to find that she was not in town. Amelia by Henry Fielding

He was by no means a bad or unfeeling man; only he was not hungry himself, and another’s mere necessity of that sort failed to excite his imagination. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He had never failed to visit his old home till last year, and he felt almost glad that he had not carried his thoughts, at that time, to his father’s grave. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope When you had failed to win one woman your heart with a true natural spring went to another. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Whoever it was has failed to make his way in. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton Everything failed him, had always failed him: whatever he put his hand to went to bits. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Virginia Woolf With all her pains, Margaret failed to prevent rash acts on the part of her eldest son John, or the bitter words with which his father denounced him. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Gissing But either courage failed him or there was no really good opportunity. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He might have got your name, and got it incorrectly, at the station; and he might have failed to get your address. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Machen Of course, the end of the Celtic Church was ruin and confusion — but Don Quixote failed and fell, while Sancho Panza lived a fat, prosperous peasant. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope But it seems to me that he failed to comprehend the only way in which a great party can act together, if it is to do any service in this country. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Having failed to gain much by this interview, Mrs. Powell was anxious to bring it to a speedy termination. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He complained greatly of the drought, and said it had never occurred before in his recollection that the maize had failed in Jinotega for want of rain. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

H. G. Wells And the last vestige of any cloud between us for anything we had done or failed to do in these crises of distress and separation, had vanished and gone altogether. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Wilkie Collins A new system had been introduced into his business by his assistant, which, when left to his own unaided resources, he failed to carry out. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

His words sounded like truth; and, on reflection, Diana failed to perceive that she could by any possibility inflict wrong on her friends by obliging her father in this small affair. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle If this had failed — if I found that I had really lost him I meant to go and seek him. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Mark Twain There is one remark (already mentioned,) which never yet has failed to disgust these guides. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

If Essex won in Ireland, he won in England too; but the dice were loaded against him; and if he failed . Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

John Galsworthy If she missed coming, which happened twice, his eyes grew sad as an old dog’s, and he failed to sleep. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton The poor boy’s talk had done for Vance what Vance’s society had failed to do for him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Charles Kingsley He had just time to hurry through the garden, and into his study, when pulse and sense failed him, and he rolled over on the sofa in a dead faint. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope As de Lescure said, his heart failed him. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The ascetic and the creeping hog, although they are at different poles, have equally failed in life. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope But in doing this he failed to hide the attempt even from her, and she broke down under it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith At last she announced that she knew what it was, but Rhoda failed to express curiosity. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

I realise, too, that I still owe my duty to you, as your wife, although, as my husband, you have failed in that which you owe to me. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope Indeed, he had, from one unfortunate circumstance after another, failed hitherto in giving to the potted peas that resolute attention which the subject demanded. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

At eleven-thirty-two the lights failed and did not come on again, until eleven-thirty-eight. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Wilkie Collins Failing in this, he failed to follow out his principle, and starve like a gentleman. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Charles Dickens We were close in with the land again, just as the wind failed us, between eleven and twelve that night; and dropped our anchor by the pilot’s directions. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

For this reason alone her conversation could scarcely have failed to prove interesting. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli They, of course, had not failed to advance in fair proportion with the national prosperity. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

John Galsworthy And how far, if he failed in them, was he liable? It was a director’s duty to be perfectly straightforward. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

George Meredith And she had failed because of her being only a woman! Mr. Morsfield was foolishly wrong in declaring that she, as a woman, had reserves of strength. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Even three pennyworth of best unsweetened gin, taken in half a tumbler of boiling water, failed to comfort or exhilarate her. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins Since that time I have looked at his private diary; and I have found entries in it which explain to me what I failed to understand clearly at his bedside. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

My writing such as it was has failed me; even my reading has little power over me. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Seldom hath punishment, though lame, of foot, failed to overtake the wicked. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

F. Scott Fitzgerald Unfortunately, the laborer, being unacquainted with the code of neckties and tallyhos, failed to follow their example, and one young lady was left at an embarrassed stance. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells The U.S.S.R. is a federated socialist system, which has shown a fairly successful political solidarity during the past two decades, whatever else it has done or failed to do. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had the pluck of a regiment of men, and it was not often that her nerve failed her. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

The guides spoke of wild figs, but we failed to find them. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

G. K. Chesterton If Tennyson failed (which I do not admit) in such poems as “The Northern Farmer,” it was not because he used too much of the spirit of the dialect, but because he used too little. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anna Katherine Green Perhaps this weapon of destruction was meant for one it failed to reach. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Benjamin Disraeli When he failed in ‘34 they said there had not been sufficient time for the reaction to work. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe How can it ever be suspected that a brute beast should have done the deed? The police are at fault — they have failed to procure the slightest clew. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith Poets would have failed at such a time, and he was not one, but an orator enamoured. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

George Gissing In addition to all this she never failed to spend some portion of the day in self-improvement, pursuing a course of severe technical study which she had laid out for herself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Algernon Blackwood Behind his talk came ideas that bore an aspect of familiarity, although my present brain, try as it might, failed to mould them into any acceptable form. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Her heart had failed her, and she was mercifully relieved of a life that was only a torment and distress to her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Dickens At length, between the hurry she had made, her terror, and the tightness of his embrace, her strength failed her, and she could go no further. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe Just in the same way Mr. Buckingham failed to convey the absolutely modern idea “wig,” until (at Doctor Ponnonner’s suggestion) he grew very pale in the face, and consented to take off his own. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

William Morris Wherefore they unheaded it, and found the Lady therein, in such case as though her hour were waning, for air failed her. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

He was not, however, to be shaken from his purpose for a moment; and while all outward resources seemed to be fading away, and his own friends faltered or failed him, he was still true to himself. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

William Hope Hodgson Three of us had seen it — really four; for Plummer distinctly saw it; though he failed to recognise it as anything extraordinary. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope Hitherto she had failed in everything, but now she would try if some mode of success might not be open to her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She had an ideal of friendship as well as of several other sentiments, which it failed to seem to her in this case — it had not seemed to her in other cases — that the actual completely expressed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James She wondered what had happened to him and why he so failed her. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Andrew Lang Elsewhere I have tried to describe the vivid delight of first reading Homer, delight, by the way, which St. Augustine failed to appreciate. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope But among my good words there are so many which are bitter, that I fear I shall have failed in my object as regards them. North America by Anthony Trollope

According to the statement of the advocates and contemporaries of this remedy, none ever failed of receiving benefit unless their little faith and credulity starved their merits. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He strode fiercely into the road round Jakko, and no little harmless snake, if it had crawled across his path, would have failed to suffer a quick fate under the guidance of his imagination. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

I forgot that love was naked, I failed to grasp the meaning of that magnificent symbol. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins Still, while Cristel’s entreaties and Cristel’s influence had failed to shake me, Gloody’s strange language and Gloody’s incomprehensible conduct had troubled my mind. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Walter Scott He failed in this point, however; for Roland, bred a page from childhood, knew how to assume a sullen pettish cast of countenance, well enough calculated to hide all internal emotions. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

At first he failed to recognise her; it was not the woman he had kissed, but another. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope Ayala had sometimes asked herself why Lady Albury should have been so kind and affectionate to her, and had failed to find any sufficient answer. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne But then the courage of these superstitious Scotchmen, which had failed before a fancied danger, returned in face of a real one, which they were ready to brave in order to save their fellow-creatures. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Henry James These slight signs, singular as it may appear, produced in my bosom an agitation so great that I failed to notice Lord Iffield’s whereabouts. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Louisa May Alcott He was always walking rapidly, and never seemed to see her until quite close, when he would look as if his short-sighted eyes had failed to recognize the approaching lady till that moment. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

There was not the slightest sign of a track in this part of the Desert, but the camels never failed to choose the right line. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Strange that grief should now almost choke me, because another human being’s eye has failed to greet mine. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing Again her nerves failed her, and she left the room. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of late, however, Bambro’ had been unable to undertake any enterprise, for his reinforcements had failed him, and amid his following he had but three English knights and seventy men. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins I tried to call after him, but my speech suddenly failed me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells All, it is true, failed to attain that universality. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I had never seen a Latin version; yet, from the simplicity of the scriptural style in any translation (though Beza’s is far from good), I could not well have failed in construing. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

William Dampier Besides, he failed to perform his promise in a bargain of rice that we were to have for the iron which we sold him, but he put us off still from time to time and would not come to any account. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Isabella Bird At five the crowd was very great and the hubbub inconceivable, and Mirza failed to keep order in the absence of Aziz Khan, who had gone on a pilgrimage to a neighbouring imamzada. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Stur However his heart failed him when he saw Mr. Browne mount his horse to depart, and he expressed his readiness to accompany us to the hills, but no farther. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

F. Scott Fitzgerald As she climbed down from the chair she tried to smile — failed miserably. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Radclyffe Hall There was usually a great deal of noise, for not only was there much applause and many encouraging remarks, but the players never failed to call each score. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

But this melancholy serenity now failed Charles Fairfield, for without acknowledging it, he began a little to recede from his resolution. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Even the apparently incomprehensible devotion of Mr. Melton to the interests of such a man as Farnaby, failed to present itself to him as a perplexing circumstance. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Theodore Dreiser He felt that he must make a strong play on this occasion, but now that the hour was come, and he heard Carrie’s feet upon the stair, his nerve failed him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald Curious metal from meteors that failed in the sky; Earth-born the tireless is stretched by the water, quite weary, Close to this ununderstandable changeling that’s I . This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Galsworthy It was an advance which had never yet failed, but it failed her now, and she augured the worst. To Let by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell The wife slept on, only roused by the cry of her child now and then, which seemed to have power over her, when far louder noises failed to disturb her. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Rudyard Kipling Only Yuba Bill failed to appear. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

In all this he seemed more like a man of my own race than before, and in his eager desire for her recovery he failed to exhibit that love for death which was his nature. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arnold Benne Yet I know men whose lives are a burden to themselves and a distressing burden to their relatives and friends simply because they have failed to appreciate the obvious. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Wilkie Collins What the photographs failed to tell me, my friend was so kind as to complete from the resources of her own experience. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

The minister had failed to see his face, but noticed the ends of a long beard blowing over his shoulder as he hurried away. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Scott Defoe — whose power in rendering credible that which was in itself very much the reverse was so peculiarly distinguished — has not failed to show his superiority in this species of composition. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

And as he walked along, he failed not to look narrowly around, though from time to time he was compelled to withdraw his eyes, overcome, and, as it were, dazzled by the spectacle of so great miseries. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

On the sands to the north, M. Lacaze picked up a large old and bleached skull, which went into my collection; we failed to find any neighbouring burial-ground. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope But here, as with the other attorney he failed to make the man understand the state of his own mind. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser She began to meditate on what a terrible thing it would be to lose Cowperwood, seeing that she had failed to establish herself socially. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling I had no help save my own strength, and that failed — the strength of Mother Gunga failed — before their guard-towers. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Various lizards ran over the rocks; and we failed to secure a water-snake, the only specimen seen on the whole trip. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle He ended a string of abuse by a vicious backhander, which I failed to entirely avoid. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The authorities would have dearly loved to have hold of him, but all their efforts so far had failed to uncover him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

When the Sofala failed to come back to Batu Beru at the proper time, Mr. Van Wyk understood at once that he would never see her any more. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins Absorbed in herself, Anne failed to hear him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells He failed to observe that the type of motor-car, like the type of bicycle, was settling-down and losing its adventurous quality. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arnold Bennett One morning her charwoman, who by good fortune was nearly as precise as Sophia herself, failed to appear. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Fielding With these menaces he retired at last, but not without muttering some menaces on his side, and which, to our great terror, he failed not to put into immediate execution. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope While he had been in the room he had constrained himself manfully; not a drop of moisture had glittered in his eye; not a tone of feeling had thrilled in his voice; his features had never failed him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf We feel that something has failed us at the critical moment; and instead of seeing, as we do in The Master Builder, one single whole we see two separate parts. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Wilkie Collins Her notion of the motive which was really at the bottom of the suicide failed, oddly enough, just where my young lady’s assertion of her innocence failed also. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry Handel Richardson DON’T be unhappy! In telling of his fall and making it answerable for his subsequent behaviour, Mahony failed to mention one thing: the uneasiness his leg was causing him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Isabel’s words, if they had been meant to shock him, failed of the mark and only made him smile with the sense that here was common ground. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Of late dad’s sight had failed till it was not safe for him to be on the street alone. Serapion by Francis Stevens

A familiar, reviving smell; nevertheless as he smelled it his nerve failed him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He endeavoured to free his throat from his foe’s grasp; but in that he failed entirely. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anna Katherine Green This was in a spot diagonally opposite, where a space of several feet showed a dimness he failed to understand. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jules Verne A second shot from Benito failed to stop the cayman. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Wilkie Collins Twice she attempted to speak, and twice her voice failed her. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Rudyard Kipling Even the insult failed to move me. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Whereupon Pasquarello replied, that he didn’t know what the Doctor would have; he was like the Romans, and had no taste for real music, since he failed to recognise the most talented of musicians. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Rudyard Kipling The rush had failed and the enemy were flying. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Machen The delicate bivalves of Colchester”— I am afraid that Sala was the first to call an oyster a “succulent bivalve”—“have failed in appeasing our bucolic stomachs. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins In five minutes more, the talk which he still kept up with me, failed in coherence. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton When he thought of her he felt almost as hopeless of explaining himself as he had with Laura Lou. She, who was alive and vibrating at so many points, failed to feel the rhythm of his inner life. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

E. F. Benson Speaking of the book of poems she says: ‘ill-success failed to crush us, the mere effort to succeed had given a wonderful zest to existence, it must be pursued. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope Many such have failed and died out of the world’s notice. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I fancy that I can see how things went ill with Quintus. Cæsar, after the battle of the Pharsalia, had followed Pompey, but had failed to catch him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Wilkie Collins Her hand shook so that she failed at first to open it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Wilkie Collins Finding that I failed to agree with him, Mr. Gracedieu’s misgivings returned. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins The enterprise has failed — the Arctic expedition is lost and ice-locked in the Polar wastes. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Walter Scott Joceline failed not to welcome him with the most cordial frankness; the pasty and the flagon were put in immediate requisition, and good cheer was the general word. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

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

Edith Wharton Yes, he could now read into that farewell all that his heart craved to find there; he could even draw from it courage not to accuse himself for having failed to reach the height of his opportunity. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins If I failed to pay her, it would be too cruel. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson As long as definite knowledge failed him, he could give her the benefit of the doubt. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

I have never failed since to say every day an especial prayer for its return to our holy mother, the Church. Because I love it. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins Circumstances failed to justify my selfish confidence in them. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing If on her second attempt she failed to see Bevis, she would drop this note into his letter-box. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Radclyffe Hall She knew that now — but Elizabeth was married, she was leagues away in Cape Town; she had forgotten Joan Ogden, who had failed her so utterly in the end. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells The model had failed one day just for a moment to respond to Filmer’s guidance, or he had been distracted by the compliments of an archbishop. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins To her shame she confesses that she failed to set you the example of duty and self-restraint when you two happened to be alone yesterday. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He looked at his clerk as though he failed to recognize him, and I could see by the astonishment depicted upon our conductor’s face that this was by no means the usual appearance of his employer. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Guy de Maupassant She set herself to work at once to prepare breakfast, but when it came to killing the rabbit, her heart failed her. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

H. Rider Haggard Nay, there I will be beforehand with him, and with another story — an ancient wile of women truly, but one that never yet has failed them, nor ever will. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins They failed to produce the impression on which I had counted. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He’d have got back afore now if his strength hadn’t failed him; though, maybe, he didn’t think of death. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Washington Irving Had any thing happened to him on the road? Had he failed in his examination? A circumstance occurred in her little household to add to her uneasiness and fill her mind with foreboding. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

This, as the greatest mark of her tenderness he ever received, he failed not to acknowledge with gratitude. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

George Gissing Eve had promised to come tomorrow with Patty. If she again failed him it would be time enough to write. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing Mrs. Jacks, for a moment, failed to remember him; but needless to say that this did not appear in her greeting, which, as she recollected, dropped upon a tone of special friendliness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anatole France Alone of all the party, he failed to remark the assiduous attentions of the Chevalier de la Merlus to Madame de Lespoisse’s younger daughter, or if he did remark them he saw no harm in them. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

The explosion would have done what the axe had failed to do. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton Now the moment was shattered, and the power to rebuild it failed him. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

M. P. Shiel But her heart failed her when her hand was on the knocker. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Charles Dickens It was useless; her eyes failed her; her hand failed her; she could find nothing. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Jules Verne He had constituted himself sick nurse, and considered his reputation at stake if he failed to set his patient on his feet again. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

He himself calls it “a monster,” and a monster it is; but a monster which has never failed to convulse the heart of young readers with the temperament of intellectual enthusiasm and sensibility. Schiller by Thomas De Quincey

Nor, moreover, had Baisemeaux failed to observe that the two orders of arrest and of liberation, were both in the king’s hand. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Daniel Defoe On the other hand, he failed not to set forth the easy, prosperous life which I was going to live. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Like Wellsted (II. X.) we failed to discover any sign of the Birkat (“tank”) mentioned in a guide-book which Burckhardt quotes; nor had the citizens ever heard of a “reservoir. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Though a clever man, he failed there, where very inferior men did extremely well. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Adams He failed to fathom the depths of the new psychology, which proved to him that, on that side as on the mathematical side, his power of thought was atrophied, if, indeed, it ever existed. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was all there, under different names, of course; but who in all London would have failed to recognize it? What do you say to that, Mr. Holmes?” “Well, he was within his rights. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins The hopelessness and the imprudence of this proceeding failed to strike me before I had actually written the opening lines of the letter. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins But it was here exactly that the promise of her face failed of performance in the most startling manner. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

G. K. Chesterton Neither of the brothers Grant failed to notice this fact. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Wilkie Collins After-inquiry, patiently pursued in more than one direction, failed to throw any light on the mystery of Jervy’s death. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jack London But the second half of the scheme failed to connect. Lost Face by Jack London

Louis Pasteur It may be readily understood how, in their state of aerobian life, the alcoholic ferments have failed to attract attention. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Charles Stur If I failed in that great object, I have one consolation in the retrospect of my past services. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Mark Twain So soft was her step, it failed to make even a sound, and but for the magical thrill imparted by her genial touch, as other unobtrusive beauties, she would have glided away un-perceived — unsought. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

It hath never failed me in all this need. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

George Gissing Enthusiasm, strongly sustained by example, can do much; but even Will Noble’s firmness and eloquence had failed to keep in their posts all those whom his strong persuasion had collected around him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James She after all told him nothing but that his light had failed — which he knew well enough without her. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then what do you suppose: Mr Marcus has lost his favourite hat!’ Pat failed to associate the fact with himself. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

The dramatic impressiveness of the minister’s death won him undisputed favour, yet it failed to establish unity in his society. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells