Phrases with "forlorn"

Anthony Trollope He certainly was not the man to be taken, from his appearance, for a forlorn lover. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Marriage is terrifying, but so is a cold and forlorn old age. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell And one misses the others too! It seems so flat and deserted without them!’ ‘Yes! We are very forlorn to-night; but I think it’s partly owing to the weather!’ ‘Nonsense, dear. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

They praised his earlship, his acts of prowess worthily witnessed: and well it is that men their master-friend mightily laud, heartily love, when hence he goes from life in the body forlorn away. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Jane Austen I never saw a place that wanted so much improvement in my life; and it is so forlorn that I do not know what can be done with it. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Meredith There—Cornelia, my love! what do ye say?” “I can only reiterate my sister’s words, which demand no elucidation,” replied Cornelia. The forlorn woman turned her lap towards the youngest. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins The one exception was a sturdy white-headed boy, standing apart from all the rest on a stool in a corner — a forlorn little Crusoe, isolated in his own desert island of solitary penal disgrace. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe Our hope was, at best, a forlorn one, but we had none other. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Julian Hawthorne The spectacle was in every respect forlorn and depressing; no barren desert, that had never been trodden by the foot of man, could have so repelled and saddened the observer. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Henry Handel Richardson He moved from there to the warmth of the house-door, and, for some time before going out, stood sunning himself, a forlorn figure, with eyes that blinked at the light. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope As far as she could judge by his manner he was very forlorn and very wretched. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb The forlorn music met Edward at the gate. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Meredith The farmer and Rhoda, deeming that there had been a show of inhospitality, pressed him to make away with this forlorn remainder. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Meredith Presently a sort of forlorn negative was indicated by the motion of her head. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

A memory came to him of that night long ago at Huntingtower when the forlorn little band of the Gorbals Die-hards had gone into action. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Edith Wharton They say there’s not much hope; and nobody but that forlorn frightened Jane mounting guard . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Sir Walter Scott With forlorn dejection at one moment, and with irritated susceptibility at another, he saw this handsome young soldier assume and exercise all the privileges of a cavaliere servente. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence I always sympathise with these rather sulky, forlorn males who insist on making another day of it. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Thomas Hardy A few days more brought Christmas, and the forlorn home of Laura Northbrook blazed from basement to attic with light and cheerfulness. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Now, in the wintry daylight, the ancient dwelling house still looked mysteriously beautiful; but there was something cold, menacing, forlorn in its appearance. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Henry Handel Richardson She said nothing, and after one of the most embarrassing pauses he had ever experienced, he avowed in a burst of forlorn courage: “To tell the truth, I did not hear much of the music. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins He treated me, in my forlorn situation, with a delicacy and respect which I shall remember gratefully long after he has himself perhaps forgotten our meeting altogether. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins She has not got used yet to being a forlorn castaway among strangers. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Anthony Trollope As Cairo is of all towns in America the most desolate, so is its hotel the most forlorn and wretched. North America by Anthony Trollope

But she must have thought hard and lived many hard years during those two days of the Swatow Street siege, when she waited in the upper room, forlorn and helpless. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Olaf Stapledon But forlorn hopes sometimes kindle the best in human nature and carry it to miraculous triumph. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton The character of Djabal in The Return of the Druses is the first of this long series of forlorn hopes for the relief of long surrendered castles of misconduct. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

M. P. Shiel How forlorn that poor man who grows old and never loved me!’ ‘Your mouth is an ear-syringe, sedatively expressive of warm jets of language. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

The effect was extremely comic; their gala dresses and the decorated room forming a contrast the most unaccountable with their uncomfortable and forlorn condition. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Then deserts, limitless, and of the most forlorn and awe-inspiring character, spread themselves out before me. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell Bless thy white lips, lass — they’ve a smile on ’em now! and I’m glad to see it once again, though I’m lone and forlorn for evermore. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Sinclair Lewis Monstrous tattered clouds sprawled round a forlorn moon; puddles and rocks glistened with inner light. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence Men on ponies passed forlorn across the distances. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Mary Webb Yellow light flowed from every gap in the canvas, and Hazel felt very forlorn out in the dark; for light seemed her natural sphere. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Wilkie Collins Ask your own kind heart, my dear aunt, if it would not be downright cruelty to turn this forlorn woman adrift in the world without making some inquiry first. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Olaf Stapledon There is only one forlorn hope for me, that they should of their own free will, and not merely by compulsion, discipline themselves for the common good and for the Spirit’s sake. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Louisa May Alcott One forlorn fragment of dollanity had belonged to Jo and, having led a tempestuous life, was left a wreck in the rag bag, from which dreary poorhouse it was rescued by Beth and taken to her refuge. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arnold Bennett Even on the outskirts of such a family, a musical evening on a Sunday night appeared a forlorn enterprise. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Charles Dickens I never saw such a picture of forlorn affliction and distress of mind. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Ralph Waldo Emerson King Richard taunts God with forsaking him: “O fie! O how unwilling should I be to forsake thee, in so forlorn and dreadful a position, were I thy lord and advocate, as thou art mine. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

I’ve promised to see if there really isn’t a forlorn hope of getting these poor Garlands out of the spider’s web. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson Left standing alone on the gravelled platform, she looked so childish and forlorn that his heart misgave him. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Clinging still to each other as they stood beneath the dangling ropes of the long beam, they had the appearance of a group of statuary to forlorn misery. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins He stood at the window mechanically picking leaves from a pot of heath placed in front of it, and drearily humming the forlorn fragment of a tune. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Dark and intricate as was the way, it was easier now to proceed than to pause; and her desperate and forlorn situation gave her a strength which hitherto she had not felt. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Benjamin Disraeli On a mat, covered with irons, lies the forlorn Conrad. The flitting flame of a solitary lamp hardly reveals the heavy bars of the huge grate that forms the entrance to its cell. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The children had found the Islanders and had led them to the House, where we had been putting up a forlorn defence. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Jules Verne As a forlorn hope, Hobson thought he would make a reconaissance of his limited domain, and see if any part of it was thicker than where they were all now encamped. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

D.H. Lawrence Helena yielded herself like a forlorn child to his arms, and there lay, half crying, while he smoothed her brow with his fingers, and grains of sand fell from his palm on her cheek. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant He did not share those desperate hopes which afforded a kind of forlorn comfort and agony of expectation to his mother’s heart. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Jack London But White Fang sat on his haunches and ki-yi’d and ki-yi’d, a forlorn and pitiable little figure in the midst of the man-animals. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Meredith As in a trance I heard Temple’s moans, and the captain’s voice across the gusty wind, and the forlorn crunching of the ship down great waves. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

All this gave to the aspect of Bartram a forlorn character of desertion and decay, contrasting almost awfully with the grandeur of its proportions and richness of its architecture. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Under these circumstances I became less and less resolutely disposed to renew the forlorn conflict with my father concerning his prodigal way of living. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Thomas Hardy No skill is required as a forlorn hope. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Anna Katherine Green Allow me to express my regret that it is such a forlorn one. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

D. H. Lawrence Next along the forlorn little road nestled a real bright red-tiled roof among a high bushy hedge, and with a white gate. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The Princess Cabbage-Stalk felt very forlorn when she was gone, and began to think that it was quite time her father sent an army to rescue her. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne This was why Hobson thought a boat a forlorn hope, a desperate makeshift, and every one agreed with him. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens Is it likely? Who would think of plotting with a poor little weak creature like me?” The forlorn smile with which she said it, so touched him, that tears started from his eyes. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Geoffrey Chaucer Aurelius, that his cost hath al forlorn Curseth the tyme that evere he was born. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

When matters grew very desperate Eleanor was summoned as a forlorn hope, and did her best to reduce the chaos into something like order. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence When he came in at the door, his heart was blazed with pity and tenderness, she looked so lost and forlorn and young. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson Duncan had a mistress, scarce less forlorn and greatly older than himself, who came up, whimpering and curtseying, to add the weight of her betrayal. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

I wonder who else in the world would have done so much for a forlorn creature who just flashed across a few days of his busy life? and then I wonder who else could. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Anthony Trollope She had heard of forlorn hopes, and perhaps in her young days had read something of Caesar still clinging to his Commentaries as he struggled in the waves. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald This was no forlorn supplication. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Nesbi The girls followed him as gallant soldiers might follow the leader of a forlorn hope. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Jack London If deprived of the society of my fellow creatures, and of the conveniences of life, I could not but reflect that my forlorn situation was yet attended with some advantages. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Sinclair Lewis If she were here Myra would be hinting, “Isn’t it late, Georgie?” He tramped in forlorn and unwanted freedom. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing The place had rather a forlorn look, due in part to the decay of the foliage which in summer shaded the lawn; blinds were drawn on all the front windows; the porch needed repair. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins I wrote the same day to relatives of my father, living in Glasgow, to tell them where I was, and in what a forlorn position I found myself. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Ranged in an irregular semicircle on the sward, they seem to sit in forlorn conclave, half solemn, half ludicrous, with the goats browsing round, and the little Arab children hiding behind them. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

I don’t set up to be a braver man than my fellows, but it seemed to me to require more pluck to enter those dismal regions than to take part in a forlorn hope. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ann Radcliffe This proposal was opposed by Madame La Motte, who shuddered at the idea of passing so many hours of darkness in a place so forlorn as the monastery. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Wilkie Collins What could I do? Here was a stranger utterly and helplessly at my mercy — and that stranger a forlorn woman. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson Tilly’s big heart yearned over her sister’s forlorn little ones; they could be heard bleating like lambs for the mother to whom till now they had never cried in vain. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson The house had entirely fallen, the walls outward, the roof in; it was a mere heap of rubbish, with here and there a forlorn spear of broken rafter. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

They were financed from Holland, and their arms came from Holland. There was nothing forlorn about their movement, you know. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins I began to feel unspeakably forlorn and helpless, so much so as even to wish selfishly that Robert might really have sailed from America, and might get to London in time to assist and console me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins He had known me from a child, and, in my forlorn position, he was as good as a father to me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The voices of the lost group reached him after the manner of men’s voices in a gale, in shreds and fragments of forlorn shouting snatched past the ear. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Poor forlorn thing, she was nicer than she knew, and oh! so much too nice for the tough lot she was in contact with. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins There was no disguising it: Miss Marrable and her bosom friends had been all hopelessly cast in the shade by the new recruit whom they had summoned to assist them, in the capacity of forlorn hope. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Folded in the twilight, these conquered flowerets are sad like forlorn little friends of dryads. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The whole place looked excessively forlorn and comfortless. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Shirley had the air of a black swan, or a white crow, in the midst of this party; and very forlorn was her aspect. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arnold Bennett The vast and forlorn adventure of the little boy from the Bastille was over. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It seemed to him that in spite of his effort to bear in mind that the whole should be greater than any part, his chapters broke up into sentences and his sentences into forlorn and ungregarious words. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Jules Verne But taking to a boat can only be a forlorn hope when everything else has failed. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Tobias Smolle The forlorn widow, being thus deprived of her son, was overwhelmed with grief to such a degree, that she could no longer manage her concerns. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Henry Handel Richardson His victim wound his knotty hands in and out, and swallowed oftener than he had saliva for, in a forlorn endeavour to evade the pitfalls artfully dug for him. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson No surf-bell on forlorn and perilous shores, no passing knell over the busy market- place, can speak with a more heavy and disconsolate tongue to human ears. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson In one, under a sort of shrine, we found a forlorn human effigy, very realistically executed down to the detail of his ribbed stockings, and holding in his hand a ticket with the date of his demise. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson I would much rather stay here and look after Jerry, and dear Ned, and poor John’s children,” said Polly, falling back as a forlorn hope on her own preference. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It is a game full of forlorn hopes and sudden dramatic changes of fortune, and its rules are so defined that their interpretation is partly an ethical business. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

So, as a sort of forlorn hope, I’m trying to run through all the men who were at that garden party. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Willa Cather The men who had looked so haggard and forlorn when dawn overtook them at the edge of the town, began squaring their shoulders and throwing out their chests. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Olaf Stapledon May this fear prove unfounded! Is there any hope of checking this trend of economic determinism? I believe that there is, though only a forlorn one. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

She was a memento mori, or rather memento senescere, to Dorothy. Her soul seemed to have withered until it was as forlorn as a dried-up cake of soap in a forgotten soap dish. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison It was certainly a very few yards wide, and the houses at each side had a patient and forlorn look of waiting for a metropolitan improvement to come along and carry them away to their rest. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

But now the trees were bare and the garden looked somewhat forlorn for lack of greenery. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins There, crouched up in the farthest corner, lay the forlorn cause of my terror, in the shape of a poor little dog — a black and white spaniel. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Regardless of the time he was wasting, and of everything else, he passed on in the direction of Addison Road. As disappointment still pursued him, he made up his mind to attempt a forlorn hope. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle But no heroes, returning from a forlorn hope, could have had a warmer welcome from their comrades. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Yet it left her feeling so forlorn, so forlorn and stray. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Time passed — years of it; and this chance never arrived; and he and Columbine found themselves one day in London, forlorn and starving. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He’s too old, and though he’s a brave old boy, I don’t see him exactly leading forlorn hopes. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Gold and drink together had so changed the woman that he could hardly persuade himself that she was that forlorn attractive female whom he had once so nearly loved. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison As it was spattering with rain, I boarded it, sharing the conductor’s forlorn hope, but taking care to sit at the extreme fore-end inside. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

The door yielded at a push, and they entered the main room, lit by a forlorn candle. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope And who can really calculate chances? Men who lead forlorn hopes generally push through without being wounded; — and the fifth or sixth heir comes to a title. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

He was not the man to lead a forlorn hope, but rather the sagacious commander who directed his troops through a practicable breach. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

He delighted to wander on forlorn moors among what Shelley calls “dismal cirques of Druid stones. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

T. E. Lawrence After our failure with the Howeitat, we had decided not to announce our plain object, lest its forlorn character dissuade our partisans. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It sounded a forlorn enterprise. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jack London Should you, in desperate slyness, seek some forlorn alley or dark passageway and lie down, the omnipresent policeman will rout you out just the same. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope This was his forlorn hope; and as he had been invited to undertake the work, he would not turn from the danger. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The muscular little man leaning on his elbow and gazing over the fields presented a forlorn figure. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jane Austen It reminded her of their first forlorn tete-a-tete, on the evening of Mrs. Weston’s wedding-day; but Mr. Knightley had walked in then, soon after tea, and dissipated every melancholy fancy. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Henry James I timidly expressed the hope that he had got better news from home; whereupon he gave me a look in which, considering his provocation, the habit of forlorn patience was conspicuous. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

George Meredith I knew that the signorina was heart and soul with us; but who could guess that her object was to sacrifice herself in the front rank,—to lead a forlorn hope! I tell you it’s like a Pagan rite. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

She spent all the daytime lurking in a dusty, forlorn room at the top of the house which was a sort of museum of bric-a-brac dating from 1880 onwards. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Was it possible that he might find me something to do? It was but a forlorn hope; for he was not a clock — maker, and of his trade I knew nothing. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

I wish I knew more about those proud, forlorn beauties, whose portraits are fading on the walls. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith I had realized the extremity of my forlorn state on a Sunday that passed empty of my father, which felt like his having gone for ever. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The forlorn hope which had brought me to the Albany was turned as by magic into an almost staggering sense of safety. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Jane Austen One seems so forlorn without them. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Charles Dickens When I recovered a little, my first question referred to the poor forlorn little boy. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Margaret Oliphant There is a moment when the most forlorn sensations and the most dismal circumstances become either ludicrous or irritating. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Thomas Hardy Just as forlorn and stupefied as I was when my husband’s spirit flew away I have sat ever since — never attempting to mend matters at all. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson The stationmaster, having lingered for a time, turned out the solitary lamp and departed; and there they stood, a forlorn little group, round a tumulus of luggage. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins In my forlorn situation, forsaken in a strange place, I dreamed of you again, and I appealed to you again as my one protector and friend. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

The poor plaster statues stand naked and forlorn amid the ruin of which they are part; and the great stage, from which the curtain has rotted away, yawns dark and empty before the empty auditorium. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

D. H. Lawrence For they all seemed lost, like lost, forlorn aborigines, and they treated Alvina as if she were a higher being. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence There, in the cold wind, a forlorn group of men and boys round the aeroplane, the sea washing near, the marsh of the creek desolate behind. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

And how I had come back to England childless and forlorn and all alone. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Walter Besant Yet, I doubt —— I doubt whether the chance be not a forlorn hope. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

His health was now thoroughly broken, and in 1753, as a forlorn hope, he went in search of restoration to Lisbon, where he died on October 8, and was buried in the English cemetery. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Margaret Oliphant Walter heard this conversation with a sort of forlorn amusement. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

D. H. Lawrence On the Saturday Walter Morel went to Sheffield. He was a forlorn figure, looking rather as if nobody owned him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She dressed hesitatingly, responding with forlorn eyes to Laura’s imperious “Come.” When at last she was ready to descend, Laura took her dawn, full of battle. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

D. H. Lawrence And there was something so mute and forlorn in her, compassion flamed in his bowels for her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton He knew that real patriotism tends to sing about sorrows and forlorn hopes much more than about victory. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

William Makepeace Thackeray The mountains round about us dark, lonely, and sad; the landscape as we saw it at night (it is not more cheerful in the daytime), the most solemn and forlorn I have ever seen. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Ann Radcliffe Their only remaining care was to extricate themselves from so forlorn a situation, and they listened at every step with anxious attention for some sound that might discover to them the haunts of men. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anthony Trollope At any rate they made the rooms look less forlorn in the evenings, and made it worth the girls’ while to put on their best bibs and tuckers. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When he had gone to Loring, travelling with a forlorn hope into the neighbourhood of the girl he loved, he had himself been aware that he had lacked strength to control himself in his misfortune. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

But Elvira insisted upon her taking the journey, conscious that in her Daughter’s forlorn situation no increase of fortune, however trifling, ought to be neglected. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins It was then, when he found himself once more forlorn in the world — almost as forlorn as when he had first come to London with poor Columbine — that the notion of trying elocution struck him. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Man made me, and my will Is to my maker still, Whom now the currents con, the rollers steer — Lifting forlorn to spy Trailed smoke along the sky, Falling afraid lest any keel come near. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Florence Dixie It seemed rather a forlorn chase, therefore, as our tired horses were no match for the ostrich, who drew away at every stride. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Sir Richard Burton And I may be excused, O my child, for what I did by thee, because I found myself forlorn of my daughter, my only one, who to me is dearer than my very kingdom. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

D. H. Lawrence The bulk of the land is forlorn and rather shapeless, coming towards us: but attractive. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Benjamin Disraeli You forget that there is one that has greater claims upon you even than a forlorn maiden, your country. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

I can get happy very often when I am by myself, or at church, with him; it is only when I miss his bright outside and can’t think myself into the inner part, that it is so forlorn and dreary. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

It was a Sunday, and on the edge of Battersea Park I encountered a forlorn little company of Salvationists conducting a service in the rain. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The whole army was and felt itself a forlorn hope. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

That will be a prompt way of finishing all, when I am pushed to extremity! But it’s a deed to be reserved for a forlorn hope; I’d not take Linton by surprise with it. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Asleep, the whole world seemed one suite of rooms, and he, a forlorn little prisoner, doomed to wait grimly on the slow coming through the many doors of a Fear which transcended word and thought. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Across the bit of blue water were many red houses, and new, wide streets of single cottages, seaside-like, disappearing rather forlorn over the brow of the low hill. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy We’ve come to ask you to lead a forlorn hope. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Unless she was wanted to examine the forlorn condition of his clothes, there was nothing that she could do. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb A great pity for Hazel and her following of forlorn creatures surged over him. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

A straggling beam of sunset color came in, but it looked out of place and forlorn upon that black floor, like a stranger who meets with no welcome. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Such were the humble beginnings of the Venice of the Western World. The forlorn condition of the new settlers was made still worse by domestic feuds. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Mine was not the stuff of protectors of forlorn damsels, the redressers of this world’s wrong are made of; and my tutor was the man to know that best. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

John Galsworthy And round Crum were still gathered a forlorn hope of blue-bloods with a plutocratic following. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy Something within him — that most deep and secret Forsyte quality, the impossibility of letting go, the impossibility of seeing the fantastic and forlorn nature of his own tenacity — prevented him. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray What a strange air of forlorn gayety there is about the place — the sky itself seems as if it did not know whether to laugh or cry, so full is it of clouds and sunshine. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

It was generally conceded he had made a magnificent speech and no one in the crowded court now looked upon Ramon’s acquittal on all four charges as a forlorn hope. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Ann Radcliffe From such considerations however, she returned again to a sense of her own forlorn and friendless situation. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Ann Radcliffe But this delight faded with its novelty, and in a short time he felt as forlorn as if he was separated for ever from Ellena, in whose presence he but lately almost believed himself. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

It struck me at last, as a kind of forlorn hope, that this Mr. Holbrook might possibly be one of your autumnal visitors; and I came here to ask you that question. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Tobias Smolle The associates thus baffled in their attempts to excite her ideas of pleasure, again shifted their plan, and resolved to attack this forlorn beauty on the side of fear and mortification. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Margaret Oliphant And so was she, as she drew in that long breath, expanding her forlorn bosom with air, which the quick throbs of her heart so soon exhausted. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

One day she found Charles alone, crutching himself slowly along the terrace, and she thought nothing showed the forlorn state of the family so much as to see him out of doors with no one for a prop. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only say you’ll come for a month or so, as if you still loved her — the poor cripple, forlorn of the world. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Margaret Oliphant It gave Walter a kind of forlorn pride in his misery to feel that while Oona had failed altogether, he was able to sustain and uphold her. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. F. Benson This came at the last trick, and though Miss Mapp made one forlorn attempt to thrust the horrible little clubby underneath the other cards and gather them up, the Padre pounced on it. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson A forlorn and frightened child . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

She no longer saw people, and her face bore an unconscious and forlorn expression, as though she had already lived all alone in some unknown sphere. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

R. D. Blackmore For a moment he stopped to consider the forlorn hope of his last resolution. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arnold Bennett He held a white handkerchief to his ear, and offered a calm, enigmatic smile to the two forlorn but victorious occupants of the dinghy. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Charles Dickens He was so jaded and foot-sore, and so soiled with travel, and looked about him so forlorn and strange, that it was a comfort to him to be able to thank any one: no matter for how little. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

D. H. Lawrence There are only two other forlorn ships in the basin. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Ann Radcliffe The scenes which his presence had formerly enlivened, were now forlorn and melancholy, yet we loved to wander in what were once his favorite haunts. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The gate of heaven had been kindly left ajar, that this forlorn old creature might catch a glimpse within. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Rudyard Kipling She used to trot up and down Simla Mall in a forlorn sort of way, with a gray Terai hat well on the back of her head, and a shocking bad saddle under her. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Now we go to choose your forlorn hope. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Meredith Merthyr saw that it was not vanity, but honour; for Carlo stood pledged to lead a forlorn enterprise, the ripeness of his own scheming. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Ann Radcliffe The account appeared a very extraordinary one to Madame; but pity for the forlorn condition of the young sufferer induced her to inquire farther into the affair. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rudyard Kipling The slender little, hookey-nosed boy looked forlorn as a strayed goat when he slapped the white dust off his knees, and the cart jolted down the glaring road. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

They made acquaintance that hour with Death. Ay, Death itself has no bitterness that forlorn cluster did not feel: only the insensibility that ends that bitterness was wanting. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Margaret Oliphant And in her bravery and desperation the widow went out to her other forlorn hope. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

A forlorn figure he looked in that cold half-light as he approached the saeter door. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

John Galsworthy He had every sign of breeding, making his forlorn position more mysterious than ever. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Isabella Bird On the left, there are the extensive ruins of old Dizabad, and a great tract of forlorn graves clustering round a crumbling imamzada. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The thing which more than anything else gave the town an empty, forlorn kind of look was that there were practically no horses left. Coming up for Air by George Orwell