Phrases with "former"

Ivan Turgenev In former years they had all lived together; then they had been separated, and had not seen each other for a long while. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Full reference will be made to the two former in the exposition of Hume’s philosophical views. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Jane Austen That the Miss Lucases and the Miss Bennets should meet to talk over a ball was absolutely necessary; and the morning after the assembly brought the former to Longbourn to hear and to communicate. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Borrow I asked some of the principal workmen whether, at the present day, they could manufacture weapons of equal value to those of former days, and whether the secret had been lost. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Leon Trotsky On the Volga, in the summer of 1918, agents of France and England engineered a rebellion of Czecho-Slovak regiments, made up of former war prisoners. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith The former had long been conquering, but the latter were far from extinct. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe In this sense, however, I have preferred using the latter word alone; employing the former in the general acceptation given it in the heading of this paper. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Walter Scott He had indeed been told of saints and martyrs of former days, who had braved for their religious faith the extremity of death and torture. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells Electric lights had replaced the lamp of former days; that was the chief alteration in the original equipment. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The uniform is the same for cavalry and infantry throughout the service; the only difference being that the former wear short black riding boots, and the latter, Zouave gaiters of white linen. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Theodore Dreiser The former was pleased beyond expression, and was really hypnotised by the environment, the trappings of the box, the elegance of her companion. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Her large dark eyes had lost their former sparkle, her clear olive skin its freshness. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Andrew Lang On the morrow I went to my brother, who dwells in the Nether Aird of Drumlochy, and told him of the last and of all the former appearances, which was the first time I ever spoke of it to anybody. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She may however, be very sure that I sha’n’t disturb her happy evenings here, or anywhere assume my former friendly privileges. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Friedrich Schiller The slightest circumstance might restore it to all its former vigor; and therefore Martinengo well understood that the blow which he was about to strike must be a mortal one. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

Andrew Lang Happily, the princess had studied magic under a former governess, so was able to fathom her step-mother’s wicked plot, and hastily changed herself into a whale, and her foster-brother into its fin. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

T. H. Huxley The former consist of four incisors, or cutting teeth; two canines, or eyeteeth; and four molars, or grinders, in each jaw — making twenty in all. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. G. Wells The former one was so intent upon the other that she discovered Mr. Barnstaple with a squeak of surprise after she had got to his landing. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

W. H. Hudson I quickly applied ointment from the second pot to my body, and was restored to my former state. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H. G. Wells Very cautiously, for I remembered my former headlong fall, I began to reverse my motion. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edgar Allan Poe The former I shall behold no more. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne Il engagea Glenarvan à former sa troupe des meilleurs marins du Duncan. Il insista même à cet égard, insistance qui, soit dit en passant, dut effacer tout soupçon de l’esprit du major. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Ann Radcliffe I endeavoured to conjecture the cause of this harsh treatment; and, at length concluded it was designed by my father, as a punishment for my former disobedience. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Gustave Flauber The former slave practised himself for some days in shooting arrows at the flamingoes on the lake. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

This astonishment was doubled when Aramis saw Athos fill a bumper and toss it off with all his former enthusiasm. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edgar Allan Poe The former alternative presented too many difficulties and dangers to be thought of without a shudder. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope There is a gallery in the college in which are hung sketches and pictures by former students. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle In a former letter he frankly informed me that the name was not his own, and defied me ever to trace him among the teeming millions of this great city. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The former feeling, indeed, was general throughout the village. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Wilkie Collins He chattered on, with something of the smooth gossiping fluency of former times. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The former of these, in various forms, adamas, adamant, aimant, yman, and piedramon, has gone into many languages. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Andrew Lang The former coachman grew as white as a sheet when he saw the shepherd, and, falling on his knees, begged for mercy and pardon. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edward Bellamy From among the former heads of departments who may be eligible at the time, the President is elected by vote of all the men of the nation who are not connected with the industrial army. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Charles Stur The former was originally built of wood, and may be said to be coeval with the colony itself. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope Lizzie Eustace, who in former days had known something of policemen, saw the man, and learned from him all that there was to learn. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

One of these, the largest fragment, struck the narrow space of soil between the Englishmen and the guide, not three feet from the spot where the former stood. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

In former editions of this work I sometimes spoke as if this latter alternative had frequently occurred. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells Afterwards as he walked up and down the garden he remembered their former dispute and thought how characteristic of Marjorie it was to have a daughter in spite of all his wishes. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

He was pursued from place to place by his enemies, abandoned by all his former friends, and, finally, by his own children. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

William Makepeace Thackeray I am inclined to believe the former had a wet COMPRESSE around her body, on the occasion when I had the happiness of meeting her. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Native craft lie inside, opposite the ruins of a stone house: the existence of a former population is shown by the many graves on the upper plateau. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The former had no doubt finished his questions, for a moment later he said good-night and carelessly followed the same path taken by the first cavalier. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now that I have my mother safe in the quiet peace that becomes her age, and duly rewards her former exertions, I can turn to all that old narration and thoroughly enjoy it. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

On the eastern parts of the continent there are two cannibal tribes, the Wadoe and the Wabembe; and it is curious to find the former occupying the position assigned by Ptolemy (iv. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The former then moved to the passage near the witness box. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton Have you” she retorted, repeating her former phrase with an added keenness of intention. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

John Lewis Burckhard He sent Abdulla to Cairo together with Ghaleb, but was ordered by the Porte to set the former at liberty. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Olaf Stapledon Our former dominions in South Africa and South Nippon” (by this name I knew he referred to Australia) “and our ally the Maori Kingdom, have a firm hold on us. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Tobias Smolle I have, in a former letter, observed that the meal of this grain goes by the name polenta, and makes excellent hasty-pudding, being very nourishing, and counted an admirable pectoral. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope As that dread subsided she was unable to recover her former spirits. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France I have always been friendly disposed towards you and I am not of that kind of women who in their prosperity disregard their former friends. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Andrew Lang The former youths had been handsome, but this one was handsomer still. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

One of the first objects which I had in view for the furtherance of my plan of escape was to obtain possession of the money which was sewed in the padding of my former master’s turban. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Charles Dickens The former Dauphin was now dead, and the King’s third son bore the title. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

H. G. Wells Compared with any former period in human history the second and third decades of the twentieth century saw a stupendous diffusion and ferment of ideas round and about the earth. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Wilkie Collins On former occasions, when the exercise of his authority was required in the school, his forbearing temper always set things right. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

G. K. Chesterton But in order to effect the former he would sometimes fight for his freedom with startling energy, from which men were sometimes lucky to escape with a broken head instead of a broken neck. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Theodore Dreiser She turned and blew the former out — then slipped quietly to the front door, opened it and stepped out into the night. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

It may seem strange, considering the discontent shown by Velasquez with his former captain, Grijalva, for not colonising, that no directions should have been given to that effect here. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope As to that question of a former marriage, the old lawyer declared that he was unable to give any certain information. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Francis Bacon The former extendeth to the mysteries themselves; but how? by way of illustration, and not by way of argument. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Francis Bacon The former of these explanations is adopted by Fracastorius and almost all who have entered into the investigation with any subtlety, and there is no doubt that the air has something to do with it. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is, on the face of it something unnatural about this strange and sudden friendship between the young Spaniard and Scott Eccles. It was the former who forced the pace. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Watkin Tench The former was ever meek and feminine, the latter fierce and unsubmissive. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

The green and budding twigs may represent existing species; and those produced during former years may represent the long succession of extinct species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Only after seven years might they return home and resume their former shapes, if they were still alive. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The former was seated on the bed just above me, and Glass was leaning against the wall. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

William Makepeace Thackeray Who will follow Gahagan on a foraging party?” I expected that, as on former occasions, every man would offer to accompany me. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing I often amuse myself with taking to pieces my former self. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilt thou take her out to-day and show us the mounty at a heron?” She answered, “Joyfully, O King. Yet I beseech you add this favour to all your former goodness, to hear me yet one word. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Anne Bronte All my former occupations seem so tedious and dull, my former amusements so insipid and unprofitable. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope And the young earl, now that Owen’s name was again rife in his ears, remembered all the pleasantness of former days. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Such enterprises would use up too many of the pence out of the few pounds of wealth that survived after the extravagance of former aeons. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

My former book gives you examples of both sorts. Symposiacs by Plutarch

In this case the gradual acquirement at an earlier and earlier age of the adult structure would be favoured by natural selection; and all traces of former metamorphoses would finally be lost. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne A great many of the animals had, however, disappeared with the rest of the island, amongst them many of the dogs which had escaped the former catastrophe. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Caroline Lamb Tears and reproaches are ever irksome; and the confidence that had once been placed in a former mistress, now suddenly withdrawn, was wholly given to her. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

In executing the former part of his task, he left no doubt as to the necessity of speedily applying some remedy. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Anna Katherine Green Why should the Coroner of Greene County want to see me?” Coroner Price proffered him a cigar, during the lighting of which the former remarked: “It’s certainly very odd. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Guy de Maupassan The eighteen felt that they were slaves, and their former paradise where concord and perfect equality had reigned, became a hell, and that state of things could not last. The Clown (Le Scapin) by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hobbes The former is nothing else but sense and memory, and is absolute knowledge; as when we see a fact doing, or remember it done; and this is the knowledge required in a witness. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

George Gissing Her walking-dress showed something of the influence of Miss Bonnicastle; it was more picturesque, more likely to draw the eye, than her costume of former days. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Walter Scott The former was covered, not only with reeds and pulse, but also with dried flesh, which Theodorick assiduously placed in such arrangement as should invite the appetite of his guests. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Algernon Blackwood When together, it was the former that asserted its rights, but when apart, oddly enough, it was the latter. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

This former trainer may not have liked being superseded by the deceased. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Baldwin Spencer He walked between them as they journeyed along to Pundamunga's camp at Koreingin, where he found the former seated on the ground with Mukalakki, a man, on one side, and Kudbau, a lubra, on the other. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Robert Louis Stevenson A trifling operation was to restore his former lightness of foot; and it was a renovated youth that was to set forth upon this re‰nacted honeymoon. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott But all the ornaments were in the taste of a former and distant period, and one would have almost supposed himself traversing the halls of a Scottish nobleman before the union of the crowns. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Benjamin Disraeli This volume, which was purchased with an avidity exceeding even the eagerness with which his former productions had been received, exercised extraordinary influence on public opinion. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Niccolo Machiavelli And, as I believe consideration ought to be given to both these methods, I made the former move with sound, and the latter in silence. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Anthony Trollope Good taste would save me from the former offence, and my own convictions from the latter. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson It was odd to compare this with the former days, when the engine was in fall blast, the mill palpitating to its strokes, and the carts came rattling down from Silverado, charged with ore. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

The former seemed restless and preoccupied, the latter quietly observant. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Sarah Orne Jewett Beside a delightful variety of material, the decorations went beyond all my former experience; dates and names were wrought in lines of pastry and frosting on the tops. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

H. G. Wells Propositions that had seemed, in former ages, to be inspired and exalted idealism began now to be recognized not simply as sober psychological truth but as practical and urgently necessary truth. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

At a later date, the two former were seized with a fit of delirium which is one of the phases of the tension of grief. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Washington Irving NOTHING in England exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination, than the lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

For this belief implies the former existence of links binding closely together all these forms, now so utterly unlike. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Our former second mate, who was determined to get liberty if it was to be had, dressed himself in a long coat and black hat, and polished his shoes, and went aft, and asked to go ashore. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell One day the minister brought her a set of blue ribbons, reminding her with a tender smile of a former conversation in which she had owned to a love of such feminine vanities. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Andrew Lang Some handsome pillars still stood amongst the heaps of ruins, and several rooms, which yet remained in fair preservation, gave evidence of former splendour. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James On many of these occasions Rowland bore him company, for they were the times when he was most like his former self. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

H. G. Wells But this never was the primary issue, and it is steadily receding from its former importance. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Andrew Lang The former was communicated by Mr. D. C. Macpherson from local tradition; the latter was obtained from a tailor, a native of Lochaber, who emigrated to Canada when about thirty years of age. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard The sailors showed as great cowardice here, as those of Sowakin on a former occasion. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Rudyard Kipling The former must foresee everything, and while not making their precautions ridiculously elaborate, must see that they are at least adequate. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Jules Verne Faites-moi donc le plaisir d’attendre pour vous former une opinion sur le commandant et l’équipage de ce bateau. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Munton came to call on Mrs. Rose; and the former being deaf, I heard all the speeches of the latter lady, as she was obliged to speak very loud in order to be heard. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Jimmy was mounted on a gray-hipped horse, which was also out on my former trip; he carried his rider well to the end. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The former went to see her every day, and was wrapped up in the expected event. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope There was another paragraph in the newspaper about the robbery, acknowledging the former paragraph to have been in some respect erroneous. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Cyrus Smith, Gédéon Spilett, Harbert, Pencroff et Nab se disposèrent donc de manière à former une ligne infranchissable. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson But directly afterwards, he dropped back into his former humble tone. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Some small and broken tribes, remnants of former races, still survive in isolated and generally mountainous districts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

James Hogg I confess it freely, and believe it was a judgment from heaven inflicted on her for some sin of former days, and that I had no power to have acted otherwise towards her than I did. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Anthony Trollope On former occasions she had almost made up her mind to confide her troubles to this old woman, and now the occasion seemed so suitable that she could not keep herself from telling so much as that. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

John Locke In our notions concerning Substances, we are liable to all the former inconveniences: v. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Olaf Stapledon True, there were great desert tracts in which the ruins of former farmsteads might be observed; but the slow-witted populace never dreamed that this was a symptom of an ever-spreading disaster. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edward Bellamy Having taken but slight interest in educational matters in my former life, I could offer few comparisons of interest. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Jane Austen The former was divided between admiration of the brilliancy which exercise had given to her complexion, and doubt as to the occasion’s justifying her coming so far alone. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

The former was in an excited state and had clearly been drinking — to the scandal of the two shepherds, who wore portentous faces. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

John Lewis Burckhard The former have a yellow body; a gray breast, and wings of a dirty white, with gray spots. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Mr. Pope tells me that I am dead, and that this obnoxiousness is the reward for my inoffensiveness in my former life. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Caroline Lamb The former at least proves a sense of shame, and whilst this exists all virtue is not extinct. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Daniel Defoe Doubtless they had some method in former days in foreign countries, as well as here, to move heavier weights than we find practicable now. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Wilkie Collins Like a lurking reptile it dropped out of sight again as she instantly resumed her former position in the chair. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Ivan Turgenev It was only when they were already saying good-by that her former friendliness seemed somehow to light up again in her. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Machen I found Roberts cheery and welcoming, but, I thought, hardly in such rosy spirits as on my former visit. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

He was welcomed by many old friends of former days, among them Li Hung Chang, whose diplomatic views coincided with his own. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Jane Austen Mrs. Bates, the widow of a former vicar of Highbury, was a very old lady, almost past every thing but tea and quadrille. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

He no longer had to occupy himself with imaginary deductions, as in former times when in the employ of his patron, the astronomer. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Paine The instant the former has it in his power to punish, he feels a disposition to forgive; but the canine venom of the latter knows no relief but revenge. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Nathaniel Hawthorne Meeting former acquaintances, who showed themselves inclined to ridicule my heroic devotion to the cause of human welfare, I spoke of the recent phase of my life as indeed fair matter for a jest. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Gaston Leroux Then he continued, but, as he spoke, he was overcome by all his former emotion and began to tremble like a leaf: “Yes, she was waiting for me . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Andrew Lang Her former bridegroom rode over it a few days ago and heard her singing, but was no wiser than the rest. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

They had only to resume their former confidence in themselves and their general, and success was certain. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Hope I leapt out of the carriage, bidding the man wait, and at once started in pursuit of my former servant. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Francis Bacon In some it is a conceit that is almost a nature, which is, that men can hardly make themselves believe that they ought to change their course, when they have found good by it in former experience. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Thomas Hardy A keener regard attached to the prelates, by reason of his own former hopes. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell But not even guinea-fowls for supper could tempt Mr. Sheepshanks. He remembered the made-wines he had tasted in former days at Hollingford parties, and shuddered. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Guy de Maupassan An atmosphere of mildew, an atmosphere of former days, damp and icy, seemed to permeate one’s lungs, heart and skin with melancholy. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Her former demonstrativeness seemed to have increased her present reserve. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

George MacDonald The former was a great Italian of noble family, who died more than five hundred years ago; the latter a Scotch shepherd who died not forty years ago. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Marie Corelli Sylvie gazed around her vaguely — the letter of her dead admirer grasped in her hand — and his former letter, proposing marriage, lying still open on the table. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The former was the first to speak. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassan But since Rosalie had been sent away, she had lived quite apart from her husband, and at the present moment it seemed utterly impossible to renew their former relations. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Her sole thought was to get as far away from her former life as possible — to disappear in the crowd and never to be heard of again. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Lady Emilia and Miss Selvyn had lived several years in the country with great rational enjoyment, when the former was seized with a fever. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Richard Burton The former is generally used when a woman is in danger of exposing her face by accident, or an animal of falling. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Elizabeth Gaskell Her former pupils at the Towers were going to present her with that; they were to dress her from head to foot on the auspicious day. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Caroline Lamb Two friends now appeared to bless her further, as she thought, by their affection and confidence—Lady Mandeville and Lady Augusta Selwyn. The former she loved; the latter she admired. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The former can count on assent, the latter on inattention. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Anna Katherine Green It was Coroner Price. “Try again, and from behind the pedestal this time,” he called out across the intervening space as he stepped back into his former place of observation. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope But it is, I understand, capable of absolute proof that he also stated that this former wife died soon after that second marriage — which in such event would have been but a mock marriage. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He accordingly lapsed into moodiness, and at every allusion to the possibility of Farfrae’s near election to the municipal chair his former hatred of the Scotchman returned. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Philip Sidney And so was the manner the ancients took by some “Nuntius,”85 to recount things done in former time, or other place. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Nikolai Gogol As soon as dinner was over, the two former friends both rose from their seats, and began to look for their hats, with a view to departure. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Jacques Futrelle I am the daughter of a former Italian ambassador to the Court of St. James. My mother was an English woman. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Thomas Hardy But he speedily lapsed into his former conviction, and said harshly — “Well, then, now is your chance; I am open to an offer for this gem o’ creation. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The former are constantly saying, in effect, ‘Increase the national dividend, and all will be well’; the latter, ‘The national dividend is fairly sufficient were it but divided equitably. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

For the duke was furious with his former friends. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H.P. Lovecraft The phrase was just this: ‘Sshh! — write!’ Mr. and Mrs. Ward conferred at some length after dinner, and the former resolved to have a firm and serious talk with Charles that very night. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Wynne walked around the table and replaced the spheres and replicas in his pocket, after which he resumed his former position. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It dates from itself; — not from former men or better men, — gospel, or constitution, or college, or custom. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Charles Kingsley The former I won’t see, and therefore don’t. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

These latter have their definite characteristics, and the former have their distinguishing peculiarities. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

The former all stopped, horror-struck at its appearance. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The former thought they had seen Monsieur de la Mole enter that morning, but had not seen him go out. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

There were no hamlets or farms, only shepherds’ cabins, and the ruins of former habitations from which the walls of the pastures had been built. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Anthony Trollope We may add that the excellent house which the former warden inhabited will still be attached to the situation. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Our acquaintance with the oldest explorations is at present fragmentary, and we are apt to assume that the little told us in our school-books is the sum-total of former exploits. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Janet and Miss Cattledon went up in the brougham, the latter more stiffly ungracious than usual, for she still resented Mrs. Knox’s former behaviour to Janet. I walked. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Charles Dickens Mr. and Miss Gradgrind being then announced, he received the former with a shake of the hand, and the latter with a kiss. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

The former was for ordinary persons, the latter for beings of larger talents and higher spiritual powers. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

And how should either of them guess of a former meeting? Fifteen years are a gulf to swallow memories, and in fifteen years a girl-baby finds magic indeed to change her. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

I kept a wary eye on all dark men of medium height, but nothing came my way, and the jockeys having weighed out for the second race, I returned to my former place on the grandstand. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Andrew Lang The former (with the alternative of Joseph’s family or tribal god) is Wellhausen’s theory. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

William W. Story, the American sculptor, would seem to have been a former acquaintance. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Thomas Hobbes The former is natural; the latter arbitrary worship. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edgar Allan Poe My eyes then fell, as I called to mind the circumstances of a former night, to the spot beneath the glare of the censer where I had seen the faint traces of the shadow. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Hardy From his appearance he had possibly been in former time groom or coachman to some neighbouring county family. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells The former overwhelmed her own. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jules Verne Les halos ne peuvent donc se former par des ciels sereins. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Benjamin Disraeli There is much astir; the old spirit is not extinct, but the difficulties are greater than in former days when we had only the Austrians to encounter, and we cannot afford to make another failure. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell The former was long in shaking off the effects of this illness. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Borrow On a former occasion, I have spoken of the cathedral of Seville, but only in a brief and cursory manner. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Mr. H[oward] took possession of body and goods, and was not prevailed upon till yesterday to resign the former for burial. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Anthony Trollope Tillietudlem was once more vacant, and Undy determined to try it again, undaunted by former outlays. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I staggered to my feet with a laugh, but my brain seemed to spin round, and I came down into my former position. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

Oscar Wilde The former was entirely his own. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Of two evils it is always best to choose the least, and as M. Vandeloup had to choose between the loss of his popularity or his liberty, he chose to lose the former instead of the latter. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton The Major and she are living as happily as birds, in an absurd villa, and the former has taken to smoking. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

As to their few acquaintances, former fellow-servants, and so on, they had gradually fallen out of touch with them. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Jane Austen Sometimes she could fancy that he talked less than on former occasions, and once or twice pleased herself with the notion that, as he looked at her, he was trying to trace a resemblance. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

In former days, when the energies of herself and her husband were chiefly devoted to acquiring and saving money, they had let these upper rooms for a good sum yearly. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Anthony Trollope When any mention was made of baronets either married or unmarried, of former lovers, of broken vows, or of second engagements, Miss Altifiorla would look with a meaning glance at her hostess. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Lord Mount Severn leaned over her, tracing the former looks of Isabel; and the likeness grew upon him in a wonderful degree. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James Newman knew the crooked from the straight at a glance, and the former had cost him, first and last, a great many moments of lively disgust. The American by Henry James [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The former was a short man, whose spurred riding boots scarcely reached the floor, but his face was stern and his steel-grey eyes and tone were alike menacing. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The Mount Olga of my former expedition was now in view, and bore north 17° west, a considerable distance away. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles