Phrases with "fired"

Elizabeth Gaskell But she alternately dreaded and fired up against the workmen, who commented not on her dress, but on her looks, in the same open fearless manner. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle Copley Banks fired a shotted salute and hoisted the green trumpeter ensign, as the custom was among gentlemen of the sea. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

You did not actually see the shot fired which had struck him, but you heard it a fraction of a second before you came round the corner?’ “‘That is so, sir,’ agreed the constable. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

As soon as Fabrizio had a moment to himself he fired his pistol in the air to warn the colonel. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

You fired at the prisoner, but missed him and killed that fellow, Sleeker. You were so excited that you did not know what you were doing. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Rudyard Kipling Poor mother was in the boat, too, and she often told me how she fired dad’s old pistol at the beast’s head. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

James Joyce First he was a skulksman at one time and then Cloon’s fired him through guff. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Robert Louis Stevenson I had never fired with a pistol in my life, and not often with a gun; far less against a fellow-creature. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith A gabble arose between them and Edwards. They fired sharp snatches of speech, and they darted looks at the lady and her lord. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

T. E. Lawrence Shakir, splendid in habit, held a grand parade on entry, and had thousands of joy-shots fired in honour of his partial victory. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He had his revolver in his hand; he fired twice and the wretches fell. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Grisly tales of mishap are told; and even now a musketry salute is fired when boats pass without accident. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Charles Dickens They were even boastful of its eminence in those particulars, and were fired by an express conviction that, if it were less objectionable, it would be less respectable. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Two shots were fired at once, one by D’Artagnan, the other by the adversary of Porthos. D’Artagnan’s ball took off his enemy’s hat. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Isabella Bird After sunset the Agha returned, having so far succeeded in his mission that the headmen have promised to suspend hostilities for tomorrow, but still shots are fired now and then. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Seeing that they were losing ground, one of the printers fired at the fleeing shadow, his shot being followed by a scream of pain, and hurrying up they found a man writhing on the ground. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Walter Scott If he had wanted farther confirmation, the failure of the shot which he fired at Bridgenorth, and of which the wadding only struck him, showed that his arms had been tampered with. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Jules Verne Arrived within reasonable distance they fired again; the bear, mortally wounded, gave a great jump and fell at the foot of the mound. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

A part of its orb was at length hid, and I waved my brand; it sank, and with a loud scream I fired the straw, and heath, and bushes, which I had collected. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Radford rushed up to him and fired point-blank again and again. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Richard Burton I have heard much of their excellent marksmanship, but saw only moderate practice with a long matchlock rested and fired at standing objects. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Meredith But the second story was true: and the something like lover’s wrath with which the outrage to Vittoria fired Pericles, prompted him to act on it as truth. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Rudyard Kipling It is, as musketry theorists observe, one thing to fire and another to be fired at. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

He fired upon them when they were after us, and burst one of their tyres and that is only how we managed to get away. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

James Joyce Even the legendary craft of the company, a craft subtler and more secret than its fabled books of secret subtle wisdom, had not fired his soul with the energy of apostleship. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Andrew Lang When he saw her he fired a shot at her, as he would have fired at a wild beast. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Don’t mention anything about me and don’t say I fired back. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Except when he fired questions at them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

When had our surveillance by the Kormoran begun? Apparently at Wangeroog, but possibly in the estuaries, where we had not fired a shot at duck. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray A pail of water costs nothing, a scrubbing-brush not much, and a charwoman might be fired for a trifle, to keep the room in a decent state of cleanliness. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jack London Day after day the boats lowered and were swallowed up almost ere they touched the water, while we on board pumped the horn at regular intervals and every fifteen minutes fired the bomb gun. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sinclair Lewis Dad Silva’s fired me, for general footlessness. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Last night I thought I fired at the Black Priest.” “Ah!” gasped Lys. “Is that what you dreamed?” “Yes, yes, that was it! I begged you to fire —” “And I did. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins The bullet was fired into the air. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

H. G. Wells I fired this discovery out into the darkness with the greatest promptitude. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

T. E. Lawrence Nuri Said moved down Pisani’s guns and fired a few shots. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The battering party resumed their task, and as the tree swung nearer, he fired at the foremost of them. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

H. G. Wells He fired through sheer lack of nervous and muscular co-ordination. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells They fired as they ran at men unseen, and then emerged a number of pale blue figures in pursuit. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle They had imagined, that I was lost in the woods, and had fired this shot to guide me home. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

When Mrs. Gill came back, she turned: the purple flush which painful excitement kindles on a pale cheek, glowed on hers: the spark which displeasure lights in a dark eye fired her glance. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Elio A good inflammation fired his enthusiasm, and a lingering dropsy dissolved him into charity. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, sir, I hand it to you; you have me beat and —” In an instant he had whisked out a revolver from his breast and had fired two shots. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

W. W. Jacobs At the noise of his approach, it turned its head hastily, and revealed the face of the brown man; the bolt shot back, and at the same moment the Jew raised his pistol and fired twice. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Ivan Turgenev And it must have been its destined end: it was the first time in his life that the soldier had fired a gun, though he had a medal for service in 1812. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Edgar Rice Burroughs In other and simpler words, I fired my revolver at the nearest canoe. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He fired upon the brute and missed his aim, and then it dashed upon him. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

T. E. Lawrence We chased its intermittent flame, hoping to catch it between us and the broken bridge: but before we overtook it there came flashes and explosions far up, as Peake fired his thirty charges. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

T. H. Huxley According to Teleology, each organism is like a rifle bullet fired straight at a mark; according to Darwin, organisms are like grapeshot of which one hits something and the rest fall wide. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Watkin Tench An officer one day prevailed on one of them to place a target, made of bark, against a tree, which he fired at with a pistol, at the distance of some paces. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Benjamin Disraeli Cleveland, a splendid shot, fired first. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Dominique fired a last; shot, and they fell upon him while his gun was yet smoking. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

He insisted so much on the subject that even an honest girl would have fired up. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But he laughed as he lifted his pistol-hand,   And he fired at the rifle flash. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Edgar Rice Burroughs Before she could reach the beast with her puny weapon, I fired again at the point where the tarag’s neck met his left shoulder. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe Even when a cannon is fired over a corpse, and it rises before at least five or six days’ immersion, it sinks again if let alone. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Andrew Lang He called to the dog, and turned to run away, but saw at once that he had made a mistake, for he had called their attention to himself, and a shot was fired after him, which wounded the dog. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

These, I could have taken my oath, were not fired by my friends on the farther bank. Prester John by John Buchan

At the head of these men was an officer, whom Athos and Raoul recognized as the one who had fired the first musket. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

When we were makin’ the bridge, the enemy’s ships were up the river, and they fired on us with chain-shot, which ye ken are mainly used for cutting the rigging of vessels. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton The offer of five cents fired him with an instant willingness to lead her to Mrs. Hochmuller, and he was soon trotting past the stone-cutter’s yard with Ann Eliza in his wake. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Gaston Leroux She fired a revolver, she also, into the group, not knowing whom she might wound. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

He was, as you know, Mr. Jennings, arrested for trying to pass a bad shilling, but there is no doubt he fired the place. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He was certain, too, that if a similar shot had been fired again from the bungalow, all in the field must have heard it. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch By the time the last shot was fired the company could hardly see one another. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle I fired twenty shots altogether, and no torpedo was needed, for she was lying over with a terrible list to port, and presently came right on to her side. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

She fired rapidly, once, twice. Burmese Days by George Orwell

We were saluted on our arrival, by a regular feu-de-joie, fired off by the natives and half-castes belonging to the mission. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Meredith He fired the first shot at the foremost man, as he related in after days, ‘to reduce the odds. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

William Dampier But Captain Townley and his bark being nearer the shore heard some guns fired in the lagoon. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

H. G. Wells I saw her plunge into them, and Moreau, running slantingly to intercept her, fired and missed as she disappeared. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Sire, I sprang upon him as upon an assassin and fired at his men as I would have fired at bandits. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

When I fired I thought it was the other man—the one they were expecting. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

H. G. Wells Montgomery fired and missed, bowed his head, threw up his arm, and turned to run. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Mark Twain Then the girl took a gun and fired it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells I fired, and the Thing still came on; fired again, point-blank, into its ugly face. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Bram Stoker A gun is fired somewhere, the echo of it seems far away. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The wound upon the dead man was, as I was able to determine with absolute confidence, fired from a revolver at the distance of something over four yards. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

But for long; the pirate wore and fired his bow chasers at the now flying Agra, split one of the carronades in two, and killed a Lascar, and made a hole in the foresail. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope When questions were asked about his silence, Lucy, half in joke and half in earnest, fired up and declared that everything had been as natural as possible. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley The ship that fired that gun was doomed. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Hope Explanations must wait now: it was life or death; without hesitation Rupert fired at Herbert, bringing him to the ground with a mortal wound. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Sinclair Lewis You fired him — remember? — for laughing when a dinky gilt chair busted under you. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Velasquez fired at the eagle, and frightened it away. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

A step, a gesture, a word, on your part, denoting an effort to escape, and you are to be fired upon. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

As he did so, Barker, who had reloaded his musket, fired down into the cabin. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle The remainder of the troop fired a single, straggling, irregular volley, and then galloped away down the cross-road, disappearing amongst the trees from which they had emerged. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

At the same instant a shot was fired toward them from the top of the rock. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Olaf Stapledon The police, now completely surrounded and fighting for their lives, fired indiscriminately. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells The soldiers had fired in the air. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells Something might be fired at me, some thunderbolt he felt, and it would be like his luck if it hit him. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Robert Louis Stevenson She would keep back some piece of news during dinner to be fired off with the entrance of the supper tray, and form as it were the LEVER DE RIDEAU of the evening’s entertainment. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Flory levelled his gun and fired at four yards’ distance. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle It was clear that this had been fired at close range and that he had received the whole charge in the face, blowing his head almost to pieces. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Sir Walter Scott Their fall discouraged the rest, who began to turn round their horses; and a few shots fired at them soon sent them off, bearing along with them their slain or wounded companions. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

William Makepeace Thackeray We were victorious; but when another attack was made, what were we to do? We had still a little powder left, but had fired off all the shot, stones, iron-bars, &c. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Conan Doyle Neither could see anything of its enemy save the throbs of fire in the darkness, and the guns were sponged and trained and fired into a dense wall of vapour. The “slapping Sal” by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Certainly, the revolver had been fired much farther away from the face than was usual, but it might easily have been that that was entirely unintentional. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

We fired guns, but without avail, the distance we were separated by being too great for the reports to be heard. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

M. P. Shiel I fired into her neck, and at once, with a roar, she turned tail, making now straight in Maitland’s direction. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Mark Twain They fired a shot apiece as they started, but their bullets whizzed by and didn’t do us any harm. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

One day he fired at the side of “Good-business”; the shots did not pierce his leather coat, but some of them fell into his pocket. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Jack London Some of the men fetched a few pails of water from the spring, but were fired upon, and they gave it up when Jeremy Hopkins had his left hand shot off at the wrist. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

T. E. Lawrence We might hope that the same would happen here; but for the moment the sound of a fired cannon sent every man within earshot behind cover. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

William Dampier We fired seven or nine guns, I remember not well which, and were answered again with three from the shore; for which we gave one again. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

There was a pause while one might slowly reckon three — Fitzgerald fired — and O’Connor fell helplessly upon the ground. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Never even a contradiction or a new witticism, fired across the floor of the House. They never forgot themselves in Greek to that extent, because they were never at home in it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope The other soldier, when he saw his two comrades struck, fired his pistol also, and wounded some other person in the crowd. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Jack London He fired rapidly, six times, and six of the pack lay dead or dying — another manifestation of power that sank deep into White Fang’s consciousness. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Walter Scott James fired upon him, but missed him. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

On this superiority being made clear, the situation of the merchant vessel, though not so utterly desperate as before Monk fired his lucky shot, became pitiable enough. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He fired again, this time with better execution, for Max felt a stab, as of a red-hot knitting needle passing through his shoulder, and knew that he was hit. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

D. H. Lawrence The porter deposited the bag on the steps of the station front, fired off more questions and gesticulated into the half-illuminated space of darkness outside the station. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

William Dampier When we came in sight of the breast-work we fired but two guns and they all ran away: and we were afterwards near half an hour cutting the boom or chain. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Charles Dickens The English broadsides so exceedingly astonished the Dutch that they sheered off at last, though the redoubtable Van Tromp fired upon them with his own guns for deserting their flag. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

G. K. Chesterton He knew at once what it was — somebody had fired off a gun. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Rudyard Kipling She reports that the second shot, a trifle of eight inches, “may have been fired at a different time or just after colliding. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

A few shots fired from an approaching boat drove away all the others. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

George Meredith Epigrams fired at a venerable nation, are surely the poorest of popgun paper pellets. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Meredith Ere ceased the lullaby of his passing bell, He sprang to sight, in human form Revealed, from no celestial aids: The shades enclosed him, and he fired the shades. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli He thought that we must look to the Pelasgi as the colonizing race that had peopled and produced Egypt. The mention of the Pelasgi fired Mr. Phoebus to even unusual eloquence. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

We fired, but my bullet struck the bough the nest was resting on; we fired again, and the bullet passed through the nest without touching the bird. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Niccolo Machiavelli And I confess freely not to have met among so many men whom I have known and worked with, a man in whom there was a mind more fired with great and magnificent things. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

He was seen; he fired once and ran along the wall of the house. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The Agra fired two minute-guns to let the other poor ship know she had a companion in her helplessness and her distress, and probably a companion in her fate. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

William Makepeace Thackeray Boom! the gun fired at the end of the funny little entertainment. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Have you never fired a musket?” “I am a hunter. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Since that day we have never fired that confounded cannon any more. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Henry James Valentin had then fired aside and the young Alsatian had done effective execution. The American by Henry James [1877]

Robert Louis Stevenson By this time the strong sunshine pierced in a thousand places the pine-thatch of the forest, fired the red boles, irradiated the cool aisles of shadow, and burned in jewels on the grass. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

I fired again into the same spot. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry Kingsley Mrs. Donovan, who lay in bed and saw the whole, told my father that Lesbia Burke loaded and fired with greater rapidity and precision than her cousin. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Been fired on by the soldiers once. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

T. E. Lawrence We fired fifteen hundred bullets at our target (they burned it in the afternoon) and then turned home. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope I tell you when a man’s standing to be fired at, he doesn’t know, nine times in ten, whether he fires high or low. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Whoever it was, he must have seen De Besset, and he may have fired that shot. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

For within an hour we four, hastily gathering together what money and jewels we had and what clothing we could carry, fired the dwelling and fled by its light into the hills. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Walter Besant The mathematician of Syracuse fired a fleet with burning-glasses. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Washington Irving The old general fired up in an instant. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

The two sentinels fired again, independently and ineffectually. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Sinclair Lewis He yanked out his automatic pistol, fired twice. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon Always the heart of truth that fired them was the same, the excellence of wisdom, love and creative action. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

He fired low and just ahead of him, and had the satisfaction to see him drop like a rabbit, shot in the leg. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope Three times had Mr. Lax fired at the Captain’s head, and three times had the Captain escaped. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

They censored my stuff so cruel that the paper fired me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He had heard the report of the gun fired on board the launch, and he knew that his life was in untrustworthy hands, and that his enemies were very near. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope What right have you to fire our grass?” “Who fired it first?” “It lighted itself. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott This dauntless example fired Zara. She also defied her sire, and he ordered them both to the deepest dungeons of the castle. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

T. E. Lawrence So after nightfall we returned to the line, laid thirty charges of gelignite against the most-curved rails and fired them leisurely. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The ship who fired that signal is a German man-of-war, and you see we are stopping. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Jules Verne In this way, shots being fired from four different points at once, the convicts would be led to believe that the island was both largely peopled and strongly defended. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

She fired up and told the family how his overtures had been received. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Machen Mr. Mackintosh said that pigeons were birds, and the two comedians fired in a rage and slew twenty-five of them. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells So I fired out my revolver at him and never got near him. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Providentially I came on him with a suddenness which flurried his aim, and though he fired his pistol at me point-blank he wounded neither me nor my horse. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

They both thought they had heard shots fired during the night — but they could not agree as to the direction. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I brooded over my justification, point by point, like Mirabeau’s Memoire to his father, and I was already fired with zeal for the task; but I have decided not to write it. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Detective Jackson had been fired at through his garden hedge, but no one had had even a glimpse of the assassin. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

T. E. Lawrence I inquired about General Barrow. A man just ridden in from the west told us he had been fired on by the English, as they deployed to attack the town. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Isabella Bird When the first shot was fired Bagha Khan, who must have been well known to all his tribesmen, dodged under a rock. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It’s a terrible affair; I’m sorry I fired so hastily; but that idiot Le Bihan and Max Fortin have been working on my nerves till I am as hysterical as a schoolgirl,” I ended angrily. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

As far as we can learn, Myrtle has never fired a rifle in all her life and besides, she is not of the killing type. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

H. G. Wells She was standing off an island that swarmed with penguins, and she fired a gun. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

What would once have aroused his fiercest indignation and fired him to an exertion of his keenest powers, fell on him now like the tedious repetition of an old and worn-out tale. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Several shots were fired at him without effect, and he at last made his escape, with a speed which defied all our attempts at following him. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Gaston Leroux You are right, when you say that Mademoiselle Stangerson fired her revolver, but you are wrong when you say that she wounded the murderer in the hand. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

James Joyce A glow of desire kindled again his soul and fired and fulfilled all his body. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

G. K. Chesterton Smith might have fired off a hundred cannons instead of a pistol, and you would still know he was harmless as I know he is harmless. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. Rider Haggard At the same moment I fired at the cow, and Good at the old bull. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells At any rate, he fired his second barrel at less than twenty yards and threw down his gun, ran a pace or so, and ducked to avoid it. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Willa Cather When the squad fired over them and the bugle sounded, the girls and their mothers wept. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray Monsieur de l’O—— fired almost immediately, and the ball took effect in the left wrist of his antagonist, who dropped the pistol which he held in that hand. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

George Meredith Algernon fired his glove just over the waiter’s head, and Edward put the ease to the man’s conscience; after which they sat and ate, talking little. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Isabella Bird After they received bakhsheesh they escorted me two miles farther “to honour the Khanum,” fired their guns in the air, salaamed profoundly, and with shrieks and yells left me at a gallop. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Then came the sounds of a rifle being fired not very far away. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

This time I fired with more deliberation than before, with the result that both went down, one after the other, like ninepins. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

What little ammunition I had left I fired off as signals, or made tinder of to get up a fire, but the wood would not burn. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

H. G. Wells You know? Not real like shots being fired at you. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Random sent a bullet into the midst of the boatload, and immediately the mate fired also. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

H. Rider Haggard Leonard fired into one of these herds with an express rifle, for they wanted meat, and a prodigious snorting and bellowing told him that his shot had taken effect. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Rice Burroughs They thought they could paddle away from us — it was pitiful! I passed the word from boat to boat to cease firing — not to kill another Hoojan unless they fired on us. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

William Makepeace Thackeray The guns were fired in honor of the King, who was going home by a back door. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

William Dampier But I turned myself about and, to show that we did not intend to harm them, I fired my gun off towards the sea; so that they might see the shot graze on the water. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They quarrelled and fought, your father wounded him; he fired in the air. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Jules Verne They were charged with pyroxyle, taking into consideration its explosive power, which, as has been said, is four times that of ordinary powder: the projectile to be fired was cylindroconic. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne He thought they managed the vessel like gentlemen, and that the stokers fired up like heroes. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Jack London He condescended to give me the once over and fired some question at Vahna. She hung her head, and looked foolish, and blushed, and then replied with a single word and a shake of the head. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But he saw another purpose in her departure, and a sudden passion fired him. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

In the mean time the other two constables, having partially recovered from their alarm, fired their muskets at random and hastily made off in safety. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

We fired over their heads, and then charged ’em with a yell, and they broke and ran. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The man who fired this, remembering the fact, cleaned the barrel, but forgot the cylinder. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

If he had killed ten per cent, for all the cartridges he fired away, I should think he would have destroyed the whole tribe; but he appeared to have been too flurried to have hit many of them. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Charles Dickens Before we departed from that spot, four soldiers standing in a ring, fired twice into the air. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Sir Walter Scott About nine o’clock A.M. they discovered a sail which answered the description of Hatteraick’s vessel, chased her, and, after repeated signals to her to show colours and bring-to, fired upon her. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

G. K. Chesterton He fired three shots from a six-shooter and then gave it up to us, when he might have shot us dead in our boots. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

A Shock Trooper fired his rifle at one of the bombs and burst it, then fired at the other and missed. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

There was not one voice raised against him; each seemed fired by a high enthusiasm for the good of all; each eager only that the highest will should be done. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

Charles Dickens During all that night and the two next days, they broke into the houses, fired the houses, shot and stabbed the Protestants, men, women, and children, and flung their bodies into the streets. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Then, animated by a frightful ardor, Charles loaded and fired his arquebuse without cessation, uttering cries of joy every time his aim was successful. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jack London Another general attack was made at sundown, and thousands of shots were fired into us. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]