Phrases with "fifteen"

Rudyard Kipling Wilton checked himself as he was about to fill a pipe, took one of my cigars instead, and was silent for fifteen minutes. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

She was not on good terms with Aunt Selina and they never saw one another for over fifteen years. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Jonathan Swif We made our voyage in fifteen hours just. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Arthur Morrison But I have paid too much — I can only sell for fifteen pounds. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

The arrow will penetrate the skin (the stem having an awl-like point) at a distance of ten or fifteen yards, and twenty yards is not an uncommon limit to its range. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Gissing Why, the “Britannia” brings him fifteen thousand a year; and he must be in a score of other things. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Walter Scott He threw himself over the balustrade, and alighted safely in the lobby, though a leap of fifteen feet at least, then dashed into the street and was lost in darkness. My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror by Walter Scott [1828]

Theodore Dreiser Two of them had missed scarcely a night in fifteen years. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Dickens Then came the boy-king EDWY, fifteen years of age; but the real king, who had the real power, was a monk named DUNSTAN— a clever priest, a little mad, and not a little proud and cruel. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Calmly, Jacobus proposed that I should order ten or fifteen tons — tons! I couldn’t believe my ears. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

To the north, and about fifteen miles away, the not yet ended Amadeus Lake was visible. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Its distinguishing merit consists of an array of barbs (the serrated spurs of sting-rays) fifteen in number, and ranging in length from 1½ inches to 4½ inches. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

F. Scott Fitzgerald Ten, fifteen steps away sounded the footsteps. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Of the white labourers on this canal, the great majority are Irishmen; their wages are from ten to fifteen dollars a month, with a miserable lodging, and a large allowance of whiskey. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Mark Twain We stood on the summit at last — it had taken an hour and fifteen minutes to make the trip. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

There was an idle, able-bodied ladder loafing against a shed within fifteen feet of me, but as nobody seemed to notice it, I recommended myself mentally to Heaven and started climbing after the pilot. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Will you give ten — no, that is too leetlefifteen dollars for it? It is worth — Oh, more, much more to the true lover. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Samuel Johnson Mull is said to contain six thousand, and Sky fifteen thousand. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Arnold Bennett And what was she? Nothing but a clerk, at a commencing salary of fifteen shillings per week! Ah! but she was a priestess! She had a vocation which was unsoiled by the economic excuse. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

John Lewis Burckhard The Emir Beshir has, since the reign of Soleiman Pasha, likewise acquired a certain influence over Baalbec, and is now entitled to the yearly sum of fifteen purses from this district. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Andrew Lang Bellissima was already fifteen years old, and every one of the Princes wished to marry her, but not one dared to say so. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith We had to draw lots who should keep by Catman out of twenty-seven; fifteen blanks were marked. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Eliot He remembered that I had not seen my son for fifteen years. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

He’d have melted down for fifteen thousand just as easy. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

The fifteen hundred thousand francs have vanished. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Cut off from the rest of the world, they claimed here a consideration and a deference, which, with the moderate income of fifteen hundred a-year, they would have vainly sought elsewhere. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It’s fifteen years and upwards since I was there. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Why are you not making a handsome income and a splendid reputation, like Mr Spinder? The artist named was thirty-five and had been in Paris fifteen years. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Walter Scott On each flank Montrose threw up some trenches, which are still visible; and here he posted his infantry, amounting to about twelve or fifteen hundred men. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Climbing these we looked down into two massive pits, ten or fifteen feet deep and fifty yards long, where hundreds of soldiers and workers were digging in the light of huge fires. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope If you won’t mind going to ——” And so the conversation went on for another fifteen minutes, and then they were at home. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Guy de Maupassan When my time was up, I came hither to make my fortune, or rather to live in Paris — and for six months I have been employed in a railroad office at fifteen hundred francs a year. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch My name is Zebedee Minards.” The parish of Ruan Lanihale is bounded on the west by Porthlooe, a fishing town of fifteen hundred inhabitants or less, that blocks the seaward exit of a narrow coombe. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Nikolai Gogol Or here is a winter scenetake the winter scene; fifteen rubles; the frame alone is worth it. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Isabella Bird The next morning the Khan of Dastgird’s servants brought fifteen bottles and pipkins for eye-lotions and medicines. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Radclyffe Hall My God! Did I ever think to hear a girl child of fifteen calmly stating what she intends to do? Does she ask my permission? No, she states that she intends to be a doctor. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Virginia Woolf Sweet was her smile, swift her submission; dinner in Harley Street, numbering eight or nine courses, feeding ten or fifteen guests of the professional classes, was smooth and urbane. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Charles Dickens The slaughter-house is fifteen feet high, sixteen feet and a-half wide, and thirty-three feet long. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Rudyard Kipling Second Camp — that’s for the fifteen to eighteen-year-olds — lasts ten days or a fortnight, and that includes a final medical examination. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

John Lewis Burckhard They resolved therefore to direct their course towards the setting sun, hoping thus to reach the Nile. After two days thirst, fifteen slaves and one of the merchants died. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Gaston Leroux I return to Monsieur Stangerson. When he bought the estate, fifteen years before the tragedy with which we are engaged occurred, the Chateau du Glandier had for a long time been unoccupied. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

One enters almost every town or village, when travelling by water, under a bridge of one arch, which may be anything from fifteen to thirty feet high and of a most graceful form. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Isabella Bird In the last two years ten and fifteen loads of wheat have been taken from him, and four four-feet jars filled with oil and roghan. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Mark Twain It was twelve foot wide and about fifteen or sixteen foot long, and the top stood above water six or seven inches — a solid, level floor. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

George Berkeley Qu. Whether this bank be not shut up twice in the year for ten or fifteen days, during which time the accounts are balanced? 46. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Before fifteen days are gone by I shall be away from here. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

One evening this man stopped at Aldama’s, and told him he was intrusted with a sum of fifteen hundred dollars to carry to a neighbouring village. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arnold Bennett Underneath that title were written the names and addresses of fifteen subscribers to the paper. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins The lost creature had, to all appearance, barely passed the boundary between childhood and girlhood — she could hardly be more than fifteen or sixteen years old. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Theodore Dreiser We can’t have people running in and out of here every fifteen minutes, and you can’t turn a cell into a business office — that’s not possible. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne What are these, after manatees twelve and fifteen feet long, which still abound in the rivers and lakes of Africa? But it would be difficult to hinder their destruction. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Guy de Maupassan The fifteen thousand francs were sent, and for five months nothing more was heard of Paul. At the end of that time a lawyer came to the château to see about his inheritance. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang On August 21 (1650) fifteen women and one man were executed for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

George Gissing He married a schoolmistress, one Miss Martin, who was responsible for the teaching of some twelve or fifteen children of tender age, and who, what was more, owned the house in which she kept school. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Charles Dickens Surrounded by these things, here I stood on the steps of the Hotel de Ville, persuaded to remain by the P. Salcy family, fifteen dramatic subjects strong. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The election of the new Tsay-ee-kah, the new parliament of the Russian Republic, took barely fifteen minutes. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Edith Wharton He did not even know how old she was — somewhere between fifteen and seventeen, he conjectured — nor had he as yet made up his mind if she were pretty. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Robert Green Ingersoll I would have done it in fifteen minutes, and I know it. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Then add one and one-half tablespoons of red wine (or white), cook until wine is absorbed, then add one tablespoon of tomato paste diluted with water, or four fresh tomatoes, and boil fifteen minutes. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

At fifteen I was an accomplished lûti. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Over the lawn were scattered fifteen or twenty stumps of trees — partially imbedded in the grass — and upon all of these except two sat falcons. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Guy de Maupassant At the end of fifteen months he married the widow. The Avenger (Le Vengeur) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Anthony Trollope But at that special point of the day he is supposed to talk for fifteen minutes, and if any prolonged call is then made upon him, his talking apparatus falls out of order and will not work. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Thomas Hardy Though it still wanted fifteen minutes to the hour at which Nicholas had promised to be there, she began to grow impatient. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

He read through the list — comprising some fifteen items — and pronounced the names with great distinctness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

At a future day, then, you, as this son’s wife, will have fifteen thousand livres a year; which is not bad. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Theodore Dreiser What a bright, healthy, bounding girl! Her voice had the subtle, vigorous ring of fifteen or sixteen. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

After fifteen years of a varied life he returned to Melbourne to settle down, and found that his daughter had grown up to be a charming young girl, the very image of his late wife. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

So he donned his kirtle again and took his weapons, and by then were fifteen sail a-steering up the firth in line ahead, dragons of war. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

John Galsworthy The sum was mounting up — next New Year’s Day it would be fifteen hundred and odd pounds! And it is difficult to say how much satisfaction he had got out of that yearly transaction. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

The next morning we were at it again, and at fifteen feet we saw the fluid we were delving for. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Guy de Maupassan He was now making three thousand francs a year, having started at fifteen hundred. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

Theodore Dreiser He had only something like a dollar and fifteen cents of Carrie’s money, with which he had intended to pay the two weeks’ coal bill before the present idea struck him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. Rider Haggard But the cold was too intense to allow us to do so, for I am convinced that at this great altitude the thermometer cannot have marked less than fourteen or fifteen degrees below freezing point. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith Her visit lasted fifteen minutes. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Mark Twain At the Hermitage we were about fifteen or eighteen hundred feet above the sea, and thus far a portion of the ascent had been pretty abrupt. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence A cheque for fifteen pounds seventeen shillings and fourpence, from a publisher: “Kindly acknowledge. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne The cold supper was eaten without a sound, and presently a profound sleep overcame the travelers, who were tolerably fatigued with their fifteen miles’ march. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

One hundred men were enough to escape with the Duc d’Alençon; I have raised fifteen hundred. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Adams Ten or fifteen years of violent stimulus seemed resulting in nothing, for, since 1898, Russia lagged. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope You’ll allow them fifteen minutes, Mrs Kelly, not more, and then you’ll come up;’ and with these cautions, the doctor withdrew. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

He found good holding-ground off the north end of the larger bank in fifteen fathoms water; bottom sandy, with coral patches. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Kingsley I shall be fifteen years old this month, and know how to answer any one who insults me. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

This is the accumulation of about fifteen years — actually more, since some of these books date from my childhood: but call it fifteen years. Collected Essays by George Orwell

I said, then, fifteen hundred livres. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Kingsley I have seen a fox run fifteen miles as the crow flies, and only three of us in at the death. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

D. H. Lawrence So fifteen lire meant just six-shillings-and- six pence a day, without extras. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jacques Futrelle Five, ten, fifteen minutes more passed, and then Mr. Grimm heard the grind and whir of an automobile a block or so away, coming toward the embassy. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Henry Kingsley I flatter myself that I made a very successful approach, and created rather a sensation among the fourteen or fifteen people who were sitting in the verandah. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Eliot It was but the third morning after the first Christmas he had spent in his English home for fifteen years, and the home looked like an eminently desirable one. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anthony Trollope For the last fifteen years he had resided under the roof of Madame Bauche, at first as a casual visitor, going and coming, but now for many years as constant there as she was herself. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith He had not much remaining of his inheritance—about fifteen hundred pounds. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

I’ve heard that he preached for a year and sax months on Exodus fifteen and twenty-seven, the twelve wells of water and three score and ten palm trees of Elim, a Sabbath to ilka well and ilka tree. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

She had spent the last fifteen years of her life almost entirely among girls. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Tobias Smolle At Coni, you may have a chaise to go with the same horses to Turin, for which you pay fifteen livres, and are a day and a half on the way. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

It was with a light heart and a pleasing consciousness of holiday that I set out from the inn at Allermuir to tramp my fifteen miles into the unknown. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Lurgan Sahib, fifteen feet off, laid one hand on the jar. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Jack London The hull had slipped off the reef and lay in fifteen fathoms. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Joseph Furphy He liked to oblige people; and his tariff was fifteen per cent. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Theodore Dreiser If we could organize a pool to take care of fifteen thousand more shares —” Mr. Stackpole paused, for Mr. Hand was holding up a fat, pink digit. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Sir Thomas Browne The Jew is obstinate in all fortunes; the persecution of fifteen hundred years hath but confirmed them in their error. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I am there shown in the most satisfactory detail to be worth exactly fifteen shillings per annum, and how unlimited is my credit will appear from the immense amount and variety of my debts. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Theodore Dreiser He made out a check for the total fifteen thousand at once to the Girard National Bank to cover a shrinkage there. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Dickens He reigned only fifteen years; but he remembered the glory of his grandfather, the great Alfred, and governed England well. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Charles Stur The average crop of wheat on the plains does not exceed twelve or fifteen bushels to the acre, and depends on the time when the hot winds may set in. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Andrew Lang To avoid scandal, he calmly cast his narrative at a date some fifteen years after Amy Robsart’s death, brought Amy alive, and represented Queen Elizabeth as ignorant of her very existence. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Her name was Logan. She had been a widow for fifteen years and had no children. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope He, even in Ireland, can now get eight and nine shillings a-week easier and with more constancy than he could get four some fifteen years since. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton But I suppose she’s fifteen or sixteen. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Anthony Trollope At the Lowell Bleachery fifteen million yards are dyed annually. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The docther put ’em up at fifteen paces, and the man shot Willoughby through the calf of the leg. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Niccolo Machiavelli I would place the other fifteen quarters contiguous in each group to those of the cavalry with the same space, in which I would quarter a company of infantry from each group. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

John Lewis Burckhard On these occasions, as much as one hundred piastres are sometimes given for the hire of a dress, worth altogether, perhaps, fifteen hundred or two thousand piastres. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne Pencroft at the beginning of the year had gone to Richmond on business, with a young boy of fifteen from New Jersey, son of a former captain, an orphan, whom he loved as if he had been his own child. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

They had only been together for about fifteen months. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope When I went into housekeeping, we only had one girl of fifteen to do everything; and we hadn’t a nursemaid regular till Theodore was born; and there were three before him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Miles Franklin It was from old Mr. Grayling who lived ten or fifteen miles away to the east. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Thomas Hardy In front of this was the grand central dance of fifteen or twenty couples, flanked by minor dances of inferior individuals whose gyrations were not always in strict keeping with the tune. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Joe was barely fifteen when he started going after girls, and from then on he seldom came out fishing, which he said was a kid’s game. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Tobias Smolle The place is well built, adorned with public fountains, and a great number of churches and convents; yet far from being populous, the whole number of inhabitants, not exceeding fifteen thousand. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Sinclair Lewis He was not to think back fifteen years to the time when he was twenty, credulous and enthusiastic, when he was strong for walking, for singing, for making love. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

The door was dotted with numerous circles of maskers, ten or fifteen deep, all watching and applauding the capers of the hilarious couples in the middle. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Anthony Trollope How long do you suppose I have known that Mrs Gregory, who sat opposite to us yesterday?” “How can I tell?” “Just fifteen years. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

William Black On the 27th March, 1766, fifteen months after the appearance of the Traveller, the Vicar of Wakefield was published. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

G. K. Chesterton But fifteen years ago I knew this square as well as Lord Rosebery does, and a confounded long sight better than that man who is going up the steps of old Beaumont’s house. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Musical instruments; every liberty and every indulgence which his welfare may require; to be boarded at fifteen francs. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Lewis Burckhard The school of Ayn Warka was established fifteen years since by Youssef, the predecessor of the present bishop. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Wait for me, Dr. Talbot. I’ll be back in fifteen minutes with such a witness —” Here the door slammed. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence You live in the sun, and you earn fourteen, fifteen pence a day —” “Not enough,” she said. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I frequented a house where there was a fascinating little girl, fifteen years old at most: I had never seen a more adorable miniature. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Jules Verne She saw nothing of the country across which she was traveling at the rate of fifteen versts an hour; nothing of these regions of Western Siberia, so different from those of the east. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Rudyard Kipling On either side of us were hills from a thousand or fifteen hundred feet high, wooded from crest to heel. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

His chamber cost him two francs a day and his breakfast fifteen sous. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

She remembered only too well having seen that look before, upon the September night in Paris; when the girl of fifteen had sworn to be revenged upon her father’s enemies. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy Lord Charles was of opinion that if this attorney fellow would go as far as fifteen hundred, he must be dead keen on settling, and she had only to press for the apology to get it. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Was it not probable that she could as easily bestow fifteen hundred pounds as the half of that sum? But the question was unworthy. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

By this time I wasn’t fifteen yards away from the other two. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

These sakkiehs are kept perpetually going; and are set so close just above Derr, that the Writer counted a line of fifteen within the space of a single mile. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Willa Cather It’s big enough, isn’t it? I could get nothing between a coop, and this at fifteen dollars a day. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope Had the party been French the donkeys would have arrived only fifteen minutes before the appointed time. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There will be less trouble, he thinks, if the boy comes now, than if he were never heard of till he was ten or fifteen years old,—or perhaps till after my brother’s death. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

John Galsworthy Never in all the fifteen years since he had first found out that life was no simple business, had he found it so singularly complicated. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Watkin Tench The kangaroo-rat is a small animal, never reaching, at its utmost growth, more than fourteen or fifteen pounds, and its usual size is not above seven or eight pounds. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

T. H. Huxley It appears that one Seth Wright, the proprietor of a farm on the banks of the Charles River, in Massachusetts, possessed a flock of fifteen ewes and a ram of the ordinary kind. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Elizabeth Gaskell That’s more nor fifteen month ago, an’ nought has iver been heerd on him by any man. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

He invited us to buy tickets at an additional charge of five, ten, or fifteen cents for the gallery, orchestra circle, or orchestra. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

You have just fifteen minutes to write. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Yet even now it may not be too late: fifteen of the twenty seconds may still be unexhausted; and one almighty bound forward may avail to clear the ground. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

Jules Verne A slight declivity ended in an uneven bottom, at fifteen fathoms depth. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

We now called up all the crew, and went on excavating downwards into what seemed to be a long and narrow vault measuring some fifteen feet by three. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Julian Hawthorne I suppose I may be fifteen years your senior; well, fifteen years means a good deal — a good deal. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Jules Verne The air was pure, the wind moderate, and the balloon ascended almost perpendicularly to a height of fifteen hundred feet, as indicated by a depression of two inches in the barometric column. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

He was about fifteen — so he thinks — when he made the great discovery. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

They procured about fifteen yards of cane from one of the creeping palms, from which they removed all the old leaf sheafs and adventitious rootlets, making it perfectly smooth. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Rafael Sabatini And with the Genoese sailed the lovely Amelia Francesca Doria, his chest of gold, the jewels, and the fifteen hundred ducats that Dragut — grimly stifling his reluctance — had paid him. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Joseph Furphy They’d had it fenced-off with dead-wood, twelve or fifteen years before; but when they got it purchased they naterally went-in for a proper fence. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

In each of these about fifteen or twenty convicts slept and ate. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

H.P. Lovecraft Slater raved for upward of fifteen minutes, babbling in his backwoods dialect of green edifices of light, oceans of space, strange music, and shadowy mountains and valleys. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Robert Green Ingersoll At eighteen per cent, it amounts to fifteen million one hundred and forty-five thousand and seven dollars. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. T. A. Hoffmann In his youth he had served in the Austrian army, and for fifteen successive years had been groom to the Count’s father. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Nellie Bly The lover, like all lovers urged the girl to be his in songs that were issued through his nose for fifteen minutes at a time. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Jules Verne He was in some ten or fifteen feet of water, at the base of the cliff, which was here very steep, and at the very spot where Torres had disappeared. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Augustine Birrell At last, at the question, there were forty-two persons and six proxys against it, and forty-one persons and fifteen proxys for it. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Andrew Lang Things were in this state, and the Princess was about fifteen years old, when Prince Narcissus, attracted by the report of Queen Frivola’s gay doings, presented himself at the court. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Your horse is ready saddled; you will gain the first relay; by five o’clock in the morning you will have traversed fifteen leagues. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

M. P. Shiel Without visible motion it came, wafted on the breaths of high heaven: half an hour—and still it was remote, fifteen hundred feet up. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Rudyard Kipling There is the faint “szgee” of the rudder, and back slides the arrow to 6000 on a falling slant of ten or fifteen knots. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

G. K. Chesterton My friend got fifteen shillings in sixpences and coppers off people coming out of the cinema, but then he’s awfully nifty with his fingers. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Anthony Trollope Some poor clergyman had been keeping it ready for him for the last fifteen years and had to turn out as soon as this young spark could be made a clergyman. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

For his own convenience he made them ride and tie, and thus pushed rapidly through the country, travelling generally fifteen leagues a day. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

At fifteen miles from the gorge we encamped on a patch of dry grass. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sinclair Lewis When dinner was over, Rose’s daughter, Valerie, fifteen and fresh and excited, came in from a movie which she and the current boy had been professionally viewing and judging. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Although it was a fine mild day for the wintry season, we yet, cloaked as we were, could not pursue so still an occupation as sketching for more than ten or fifteen minutes. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Some of them could not have been less than from fourteen to fifteen feet, and my heart was in my mouth as I went at each of them, for a slip would have been my ruin. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

But now Australia had gathered herself together for a mighty effort, and had sent to the field a fifteen most of whose members were known only too well. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Anthony Trollope He seemed to have grown fifteen years older during the seven years of his absence. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He stood in the doorway with the same black bag in his hand, and the same old gray cloak on his shoulders, that he had worn fifteen months earlier when returning on the night of the fire. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

What are the circumstances of the case? I have not seen Selina for over fifteen years. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

I have traveled fifteen miles today, to come here and give myself up to the master. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dickens We were a pretty tall time coming that last fifteen mile. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

A pair of knaves seemed hardly worth fifteen hundred pounds. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

John Galsworthy Aunt Juley went on rather hastily: “They say dear Jolyon first left her that fifteen thousand out and out; then of course he saw it would not be right, and made it for her life only. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

This meant that the English or French Communist was obliged to become a good patriot and imperialist — that is, to defend the very things he had been attacking for the past fifteen years. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Baldwin Spencer The age of the wives must have varied from fifteen to fifty. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope It was afterward declared that Mr. Harkaway had not been heard to curse and swear for the last fifteen years. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But another ten or fifteen years or more of the same solitary existence, with the same Agrafena, in the same bachelor quarters, was in truth a somewhat cheerless prospect. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

George Gissing The weekly sum of fifteen shillings for board and lodging had been deducted, throughout the whole time, from the rent due to her as landlady. A Charming Family by George Gissing

For the last twenty years he has walked fifteen miles daily before breakfast, and then gone without breakfast. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Leon Trotsky It cannot be denied that in formulating this view Comrade Trotsky showed great insight and vision, albeit he erred to the extent of fifteen years. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle I only gave fifteen shillings for the bust, and I think you ought to know that before I take ten pounds from you. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Wolfe For fifteen or twenty minutes he repeated this strange manoeuvred, and each time as he approached the door he-would hesitate and half turn as if about to enter, and then abruptly go on as before. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy The man continued — “I haven’t more than fifteen shillings in the world, and yet I am a good experienced hand in my line. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Theodore Dreiser He was making some small money on an investment of fifteen thousand dollars and a plant worth, say, twenty-five thousand. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Washington Irving As to the rest of Goldsmith’s relatives, he abandons his legacy of fifteen pounds, to be shared among them. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

John Lewis Burckhard A camel with a litter cost fifteen hundred in going, and as much in coming back. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

John Lewis Burckhard They had been here for several weeks, and had often summoned the castle, to no purpose, although the garrison consisted only of fifteen men. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

In four weeks he was out rather pale and languid but still able to walk without difficulty, leaning on a stick, for ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mark Twain Then all sit down, and you have a solid mass of fifteen hundred heads, making a steep cellar-door slant from the rear of the house down to the stage. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

He could hit a walking-cane at fifteen yards, at the word. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson About the Brunnhilde tableaux, I thought Peppino would be Siegfried — and perhaps you could learn just fifteen or twenty bars of the music and play it while the curtain was up. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]