Phrases with "fatal"

Anthony Trollope She had spoken of Captain De Baron with disapprobation certainly, but had not spoken of him as a fatal danger. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing And I see that I had very good reason; you have a fatal facility in misconceiving even the simplest things. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf And fatal is no figure of speech; for anything written with that conscious bias is doomed to death. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Jules Verne A comet! The discovery was fatal to all further progress in the triangulation. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

William Cowper The fatal hour Was registered in heaven ere time began. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

I dared not ask the fatal question, but I was known, and the officer guessed the cause of my visit. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He had gone as far as his caution had allowed him in trying to prevent the fatal appointment; and then, when it had become clear that the Government was insistent, he had yielded with a good grace. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne There was no reason for postponing the fatal lottery. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

There had been a dispute over cards, a fight had ensued and a fatal blow had been struck. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Henry Fielding It was, my dear, for you, my dread of your jealous honour, and the fatal consequences. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Richard Burton At the same time it must be remembered, that foul and stagnant water, abounding in organic matter, is the cause of half the diarrhoea and dysentry which prove so fatal to travellers in these regions. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins The fatal severity of the German discipline had snapped asunder the last tie that bound her to her better self. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether, therefore, it may not be fatal to engraft trade on a national bank, or to propose dividends on the stock thereof? 107. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Benjamin Disraeli I rose with a resolution to be virtuous, with a determination to be her friend: then I made the fatal promise which you know of, to be doubly the friend of a man whose friend I already was. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

From the very first, somehow, she had accepted the fatal news for true. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

I do not advise you for one moment to submit to disrespect; this would be a fatal error. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Learn of the Sages to allow to the Devils no power in Nature, since the fatal stone has shut ’em up in the depth of the abyss. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

It’s fatal not to face them!’ He opened the door and presented himself boldly at the top of the steps. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins The same night the poison did its fatal work, and his mistress made atonement with her life for the first, last act of treachery which had revenged her on the man she loved. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Leslie Stephen One other blemish is perhaps more fatal to the popularity of the Eloisa. There is a taint of something unwholesome and effeminate. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

He looked back upon that fatal past, and cursed himself for the weak folly that had put such a chain round his neck. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Wilkie Collins The dining-room door, standing wide open, showed her Geoffrey sitting at the table, writing a letter — with the fatal brandy-bottle at his side. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Meredith But then I did not reckon on a fatal attachment, I thought men were incapable of it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The fatal trait is the divorce between religion and morality. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Gissing In an essentially feeble nature this extreme sensibility is fatal to sane achievement; in Wilfrid it merely enforced the vigour of his will. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Wilkie Collins Your fatal consent to wait through a year of probation, furnished me with weapons against you, which I employed to the most unscrupulous purpose. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Her friendship was a fatal sign which called down persecution. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Were there but a hope of confronting her with some fatal disclosure, and dragging her down, down! That cheque must be sent. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The fatal objection was the apparent physical impossibility of the fire having been purposely raised. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Virginia Woolf It is fatal for a woman to lay the least stress on any grievance; to plead even with justice any cause; in any way to speak consciously as a woman. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Cortes and his companions now rode forward to the front, where the troops in a loose, disorderly manner, were marching off the fatal causeway. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins Where is he? when will he get it? [Note. — That innocent letter did its fatal mischief. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Fabrizio had been going to begin the fatal meal; he took her in his arms and covered her with kisses. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Something in his demeanor as he knelt in the line to receive the fatal fusillade prompted a priest to inquire his religion. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

And a bad stumble might be fatal to the night’s work. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Truck collides with taxi on Thirty–Second Street. Miss Roberta Whitingfield victim of fatal accident. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle My death would be a fatal blow to those who loved me, to my dear mother, to my Hussars, to others who shall be nameless. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Wilkie Collins In the broad, cheerful sunshine he had come in to reveal the fatal truth. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He knew that Valeria Harborough was not a good woman—that she had been shamefully false to the best of husbands—that she had abandoned herself recklessly to the promptings of a fatal passion. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

And thus, seeing himself secure of her liking, he flung the fatal die and declared his love. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Charles Kingsley Grace bound it up, and then taking that fatal belt, bound it next to her own heart, never to be moved from thence till she should put it into the hands of him to whom it belonged. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Beyond the one chief and fatal injury, she was not harmed in any way; not by so much as a scratch. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

William Dampier The next day after that fatal skirmish near Santa Pecaque Captain Swan ordered all our water to be filled and to get ready to sail. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence Save for the fatal numbness of her love for him, she could still have escaped him. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Bram Stoker She followed an entirely opposite policy, one which though it doubtless stood by her on many occasions had a fatal weakness. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

W. H. Hudson Many times she spoke of this to me, begging me with tcars never to speak of my dead friend to Bruno, lest he should discover the truth, and that fatal rage should enter into his heart. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Watkin Tench From all which it is evident, that should Great Britain neglect to send out regular supplies, the most fatal consequences will ensue. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Anthony Trollope Two fatal years, years of idleness and gayety, had been passed, but still he thought that it might be possible. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Now that Eleanor was at Plumstead, much might be done to wean her from her fatal passion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She could never for a moment escape from the fatal weight of the knowledge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard Such was Umslopogaas’ axe, Inkosi-kaas, the most remarkable and fatal hand-to-hand weapon that I ever saw, and one which he cherished as much as his own life. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope From the moment of Julia’s death there was no Triumvirate. The other accident was equally fatal to the bond of union which had bound the three men together. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Once more I heard those fatal words repeated, “Raymond! Raymond! Thou art mine! Raymond! Raymond! I am thine! &c. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Ah! all those delays are fatal to justice! Why if all the world were of my mind, the punishment of rascals wouldn’t take such a time. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Marie Corelli Hence the combat and its fatal end, which no one has deplored more bitterly than I. Miraudin was never a gentleman — Fontenelle could have been one had he chosen. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Nathaniel Hawthorne O Fiend, whose talisman was that fatal symbol, wouldst thou leave nothing, whether in youth or age, for this poor sinner to revere? — such loss of faith is ever one of the saddest results of sin. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Benjamin Disraeli When the calculation of interest is fine, a word, a glance, sometimes a sigh, a tear, may have a fatal effect. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli The Duke of St. James, inspirited by his fair ally, rallied, and hoped Sir Chetwode did not back his steed to a fatal extent. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Guy de Maupassant Between himself and this beggar, between his son and himself, he was discovering the existence of those moral divergencies which are as fatal poisons to certain souls. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Bessie’s birthday had come round again — that date so fatal to Ida Palliser — and there was much cheerfulness at The Knoll in honour of the occasion. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Mark Twain Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Since that period I have had no fatal case in my practice, although I have had several dangerous cases. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He had not cried out, nor threatened, nor cursed justice, nor even spoken of a fatal error. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle Many had been driven by pure weight and pressure into the fatal mud which had checked our advance. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charles Dickens But, now I believe that the mark of the red cross is fatal to them, and that they have no part in His mercies. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Milly felt the blow severely; and it was long before I saw her smile, after that dark December day on which the fatal summons came. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Closely connected with this difficulty there was another over which Racine triumphed no less completely, and which proved equally fatal to his successors. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Virginia Woolf It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

George Gissing There is no fatal divergence between our minds; did you not tell me that? You said that if I had been truthful from the first, you might have loved me with no misgiving. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Machaon wounded not with a great or fatal wound on the shoulder, he makes using intentionally a somewhat careless diet. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Victor Hugo That fatal winter night which threw down the beggar woman and her infant in the snow had struck a double blow. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne Mais ce qui était fatal est arrivé au risque de provoquer une véritable catastrophe. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

By fatal lot to me The liquid empire fell, and trident of the sea. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

A fatal chill penetrated his bones; he reached home with the seeds of a rheumatic fever already in possession of his weakened frame. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Olaf Stapledon She was impressed and amused, but also morally shocked by the irresponsibility of risking a fatal accident merely to test his powers. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

She only thought of him as he had been after that fatal meeting in her brother’s painting-room; and she hoped for no mercy from him. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope It would in fact appear that the Constitution as at present framed is fatal to all direct taxation. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins If I could produce no extract from the original book to compare with the certified copy at Knowlesbury, I could produce no positive evidence, and could threaten him with no fatal exposure. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Charles Kingsley However that may be, so ended that fatal venture of mistaken chivalry. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

This, I knew, would have been quite fatal for me, for I still always carried with me my incriminating bar of iron. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

But to yourself, remaining in the Abbey can produce none but fatal consequences. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Those in which letters and arts have flourished have been too much admired, because the hidden object of their culture has not been fathomed, and their fatal effects not taken into account. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took the fatal step forward into her outstretched arms. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Helen Zimmern Too many memoirs begin with tradition; to trace a subject ab ovo seems to have a fatal attraction for the human mind. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Ann Radcliffe Louis, thinking that the undertaking would prove fatal to the father, without benefiting the son, endeavoured, though faintly, to dissuade him from it — but his resolution was fixed. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Arthur Conan Doyle At last by much reasoning I made him understand that my presence would be more hindrance than help, and would probably be fatal to his chances of success. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Oscar Wilde One day, a fatal day I sometimes think, I determined to paint a wonderful portrait of you as you actually are, not in the costume of dead ages, but in your own dress and in your own time. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins Her fatal cry was heard again, in mournful, moaning tones — “What’s come to you, Master? Where’s the story?” “Never mind her,” I whispered to him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The moment destined to be so fatal to her arrived. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins The outward changes wrought by the suffering and the terror of the past had fearfully, almost hopelessly, strengthened the fatal resemblance between Anne Catherick and herself. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Tobias Smolle DEAR KNIGHT, The fatal knots are now tied. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

F. Scott Fitzgerald Did she think she loved him — there was an ultimate and fatal thrust. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

John Morley The foundations of the social fabric were in such a condition that the touch of reason was fatal to the whole structure, which instantly began to crumble. Voltaire by John Morley

She could not understand that such an element could exist among the forces of evil without fatal result to some one. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I know this man’s influence was fatal to your father. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Walter Scott When did a Ravenswood seek the house of his enemy but with the purpose of revenge? and hither are you come, Edgar Ravenswood, either in fatal anger or in still more fatal love. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

A sad procession in the streets is seen, Of matrons, that attend the mother queen: High in her chair she sits, and, at her side, With downcast eyes, appears the fatal bride. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

He besought the governor not to allow them to consort together in any number within fifty miles of his person; if he did, it would be fatal to him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry Adams Forces of nature dance like flies before the net, and the spider pounces on them when it can; but it makes many fatal mistakes, though its theory of force is sound. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Andrew Lang So the last Fairy, who had not yet given her gift, tried to mend matters by promising the Princess a long and happy life after the fatal time was over. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

For, whereas the most complete chain of circumstantial evidence does not necessarily prove the suspected party to be guilty of a crime, the least break in it is fatal to his conviction. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Never more, of his free will, would he see this daughter of Babylon, this enchanting heathen, who had cast her fatal spell around his life. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells That is one of the most fatal of the false simplifications in this collective human brain-storm which is the Russian revolution. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Wolfe It is no jot different from all the other windows, but now the vision of the crowd is fastened on it with a fatal and united interest. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Eliot But Maggie did not feel that right; she was too conscious of fatal weakness in herself, too full of the tenderness that comes with the foreseen need for inflicting a wound. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Beware of the others, too, of course; but a small mouth is a fatal sign. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Some narcotic’s been given him, but he’s not apparently absorbed a fatal dose. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Anthony Trollope To have been in office would not be fatal to me?” “No, not fatal. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

My fingers played with the fatal knob, and once I almost pressed it. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

But Capys, and the rest of sounder mind, The fatal present to the flames designed, Or to the wat’ry deep; at least to bore The hollow sides, and hidden frauds explore. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Then first I felt the fatal passion which I can but believe to be a taint in my very blood. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Unfortunately I am not a rascal: I can’t think of girls as playthings; a fatal conscientiousness in an unmarried man of no means. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, gasping for breath, did Hester Prynne clutch the fatal token, instinctively endeavouring to tear it away, so infinite was the torture inflicted by the intelligent touch of Pearl’s baby-hand. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Gissing She got into debt with her landlady, and only took the fatal step when at length absolutely turned adrift. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

G. K. Chesterton One of the four survivors of the brutal and perhaps fatal scuffle was the immaculate Lieutenant Keith, his clothes torn to ribbons, his eyes blazing, blood on his knuckles. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

On the other hand I hugged the axiom that in all conflicts it is just as fatal to underrate the difficulties of your enemy as to overrate your own. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

William Godwin But Charles manifested the same irresolution at the critical moment in this case, which had before proved fatal to his success. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

D. H. Lawrence To insist that there is only one God, and that God the source of Love, is perhaps as fatal as the complete denial of God, and of all mystery. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang And on the occasion of a feast their places were always next that of the king, so it was easy for the queen to scatter a slow but fatal poison in their cups without anyone being the wiser. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was upon a Sunday evening, or so people fancied, that the spark of fatal fire fell upon that train of predispositions to a brain complaint which had hitherto slumbered within her. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

William Hope Hodgson At the sight, I remembered that I had there a power, which, as I had proved earlier, seemed as fatal to those monsters as to more ordinary animals; and I determined I would take the offensive. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins From that time forth we look at pictures with a fatal self-distrust. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Andrew Lang There is a story which always appears to me a touching proof of this grain of goodness, as involuntary, as fatal as its opposite. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

They will travel to a river, then they will eat, drink, and be merry, and during that period of fatal security they will be caught. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Wilkie Collins Who among us knows the capacity for wickedness that lies dormant in our natures, until the fatal event comes and calls it forth? “No! I am letting you see too much of my tortured soul. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Amongst the most important articles of husbandry, we may notice the banana, whose facility of cultivation and exuberant returns are so fatal to habits of systematic and hardy industry. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Washington Irving The desertion of the court, however, was a fatal blow to the Alhambra. Its beautiful halls became desolate, and some of them fell to ruin; the gardens were destroyed, and the fountains ceased to play. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Joseph Furphy Then, after supplying myself with fresh switches, I resumed my fatal westward course. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

By the end of July we entered Dijon; by the end of July those hours, days, and weeks had mingled with the ocean of forgotten time, which in their passage teemed with fatal events and agonizing sorrow. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Ultimately you have got to drop your snobbishness, but it is fatal to pretend to drop it before you are really ready to do so. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Meredith I will do everything consistent with the duties of a man of honour perpetually running into fatal errors because he did not properly consult the dictates of those feelings at the right season. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Miss Pigchalke had always made the fatal mistake of keeping her expupil too much to herself. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Anthony Trollope The fatal word upon which everything would depend must be spoken at the very latest on their return home on Monday, and she was aware that much must probably be said before that. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Before she knew how it came to pass, she was standing before the altar, and the fatal words were being spoken. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I do not believe that any man or woman is ever suffered to take a fatal step upon the roadway of life without receiving ample warning by the way. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Tobias Smolle The house of Don Diego de Zelos was a little academy for painting, poetry, and music; and Heaven decreed that it should fall a sacrifice to its regard for these fatal and delusive arts. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells This, with such resources as they possessed, might lead to a fatal division and distribution of the national forces. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anthony Trollope Her geographical knowledge of Pimlico had not been perfect, and she had nearly fallen into a fatal error. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Twenty-four hours later, according to his estimation, he had been able to clear the fatal coast for about two miles, but this was not enough. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

George Eliot He took a lantern, got a groom to accompany him with another lantern, and with the utmost practicable speed reached the fatal spot in the park. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins She had already placed two of the bottles on the shelf — when a fatal objection to trusting the empty box out of her own possession suddenly crossed her mind. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope These fatal tidings were brought to Hampton by Harry Norman himself; how they were received we must now endeavour to tell. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle She could only lie with that fixed hopeless stare like some fierce creature in a fatal trap. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope There were three or four others of whom he thought that he knew some fatal objection. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

She was not known to have been in poor health, still less in danger of a fatal attack, and the shock was consequently great to her friends, several of whom were in the building. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Any reticence, any attempt at keeping back suspicious facts, or hushing up awkward coincidences, would be fatal to us. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He signed the fatal contract, and gave it hastily into the evil Spirit’s hands, whose eyes, as He received the gift, glared with malicious rapture. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Cowper He foresees The fatal issue to his health, fame, peace, Fortune, and dignity; the loss of all That can ennoble man, and make frail life, Short as it is, supportable. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Anthony Trollope Her other jewels, the jewels which she had possessed over and above the fatal diamond necklace, were in her dressing-case. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins No sum of money that could be offered would induce any one of the members of his band to risk the fatal chance of his vengeance. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins If the Parliament of Rouen dealt fairly by the prisoner, a fatal exposure of the whole party would be the certain result. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Wilkie Collins You both know that Romayne fought the fatal duel with a son of the French General who had challenged him. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

William Godwin She arrived but a short time before her friend was prematurely delivered, and the event was fatal to both mother and child. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

D. H. Lawrence At the same time, a fatal sort of tolerance made him serve these women, and go on serving. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The gods from heav’n survey the fatal strife, And mourn the miseries of human life. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

E. F. Benson When a thing is done, settled, and there’s no help for it, he finds it adorable, but he also finds fatal objections to doing it at all, if he is consulted about it before it is done. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

H. G. Wells Then Tom, playing with a subject that attracted him with a fatal fascination, repeated, “All day long they lie — still as the grave. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

God has set his seal upon me, and all his Creatures respect this fatal mark!’ He put his hand to the velvet, which was bound round his forehead. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

The ill effects of such an arrangement had been long since felt in more than one of the Indian colonies, where it had led to rivalry and fatal collision. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

It seems as if the hand of an avenging Providence had conducted this unfortunate mother to take a step so fatal to her son. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Walter Scott The shock was fatal to the poor Gascon, for his adversary, aiming at his face, which was undefended by a visor, ran him through the eye into the brain, so that he fell dead from his horse. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Who struck the fatal blow? — the villain Hale I doubt not. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Gissing With Reuben’s temperament to deal with, that would mean a fatal disturbance of their relations to each other. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Benjamin Disraeli It was a practice which led to sordid habits, and was fatal to the beautiful. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He was afraid to stumble inexcusably over something — to say a fatal Yes or No to a question. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

On the 3rd of September, 1651, sire, the anniversary of the other battle of Dunbar, so fatal to the Scots, I was conquered. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing By obeying his impulse, and straightway returning to London, he might be the cause of a fatal turn in Monica’s illness. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

William Makepeace Thackeray He could see forward with a fatal clearness. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anthony Trollope On the next morning they started in a huge waggonette for Copperhouse Cross — a meet that was suspiciously near to the Duke’s fatal wood. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins In despite of himself, he returned to the one fatal subject of the struggle that was now close at hand. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arnold Bennett Then came the fatal letter, the desolating letter, which vindicated Constance’s dark apprehensions. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The fatal cases are certainly in the majority; but there have been cures. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Maria Edgeworth But what a fatal mistake!-a fool, of all animals in the creation, is the most difficult to govern. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Victor Hugo When it leaves the ideal and condescends to be real, its proximity is fatal to man. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle Both her hands were round that which held the fatal phial. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Oscar Wilde He remembered that, the night before he had forgotten, for the first time in his life, to hide the fatal canvas, and was about to rush forward, when he drew back with a shudder. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Augustine Birrell Unluckily, it seems to have been assumed that we could have peace whenever we wanted it, and the fatal error was committed of at once “laying up” the first-and second-rate ships. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Joseph Furphy Folkestone, being a gentleman per se, was distinguished from the ordinary image of God by caste and culture; and to these he added a fatal self-consciousness. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

They had come into contact with those forces in the Queen’s mind which proved, incidentally, fatal to themselves, and brought her, in the end, her enormous triumph. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Arnold Bennett His mind dwelt hysterically on the most fatal possibilities. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Wilkie Collins Here is that leering, wicked, fatal beauty which the girl tried to describe, and did describe, when she said it was awful!” Leonard smiled. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Could there be anything worse from the point of view of his undeniable cleverness? What a fatal aberration of an acute mind! He did not recognize himself there. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

It would be fatal to allow her to be sent to Hong Kong. They would convict her at once. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Anthony Trollope She felt that her husband was dead but still, till the fatal word was spoken, there was hope enough within her heart to feed the agony of doubt which was tormenting her. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

In December, 1830, a midwife, who had attended two fatal cases of puerperal fever at the British Lying-in Hospital, examined a patient who had just been admitted, to ascertain if labor had commenced. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Nor was the fact of the wound being on the back of his head a fatal objection to this, as he might have turned to avoid the blow. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Rudyard Kipling She delighted in hearing men talk of their own work, and that is the most fatal way of bringing a man to your feet. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Meredith The fatal after-dinner speech he believed to have been actually spoken, and he touched on that first. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing It was a great and a fatal oversight. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

She had none of the eccentric predilections which had been so fatal to her cousin. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins Nothing but my fatal admiration for Marian restrained me from stepping in to my own rescue when she effected her sister’s escape. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing The fatal thing is for an electorate to be bent on choosing the man as near as possible like unto themselves. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dickens The devices and pretences that I have seen put in practice to defer the fatal moment, and to interpose between this man and his purpose, are innumerable. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

And now the fatal news by Fame is blown Thro’ the short circuit of th’ Arcadian town, Of Pallas slain — by Fame, which just before His triumphs on distended pinions bore. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The fluid which emanates from that wand, in the hand of one who envenoms that fluid with his own hatred and rage, will prove fatal to my life. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Caroline Lamb They soon heard however, though with the deepest regret, that it was a case where mercy could not be shewn, without apprehending the most fatal effects from it. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Virginia Woolf But when I began to consider the subject in this last way, which seemed the most interesting, I soon saw that it had one fatal drawback. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

She had not known at the time what she had done, but now she remembered that the fatal cup was just like the other and that the two stood very near together. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

So he lost his head straight away and started to run, thus arousing at once the suspicion of Mr. Eli and immediately bringing down upon your friend the fatal shot. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Victor Hugo It is a fatal fact, and one indicating a profound social evil, that light should crush the shadow! Gwynplaine thoroughly grasped this dark evil. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]