Phrases with "grim"

H.P. Lovecraft Peculiarly grim and austere, it appeared to be built of stone, stained and weathered with the smoke and storms of a century and more. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

I don’t forget what you’ve done for me, but perhaps”— he nodded significantly —“what I did for you this morning has made things even!” His face was grim and set. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

It was the sight of those two powerful men drawn up in grim silence, the one against the door leading to the front hall, the other against that opening into the kitchen. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

To an English youth, unfamiliar with the language and shy as only English youths can be, a conversation with that redoubtable old lady must have been a grim ordeal indeed. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

He counted them very carefully, and then, with a grim nod to me of thanks, tucked them in his pocket, and shuffled out. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He met the difficulty by an attitude of grim reserve. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

But I saw a grim smile cross into Glass’s face, and he flashed a covert glance in the direction of the window, where Dayus was standing “No, I don’t think so, Mr. Larose,” he said quietly. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence The grim man-at-arms coming up to ask us again if we weren’t going to have a little wine, she lapsed into her ten-pounder French, which was most difficult to follow. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Thomas Hardy The sight of such a flexible bend as that on grim Egdon was quite an apparition. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker All was in dead, grim silence only that the horses whinnied and cowered, as if in terror of the worst. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He flushed to the ears and stammered through an apology, to which Moore listened in grim silence. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Where’s he off to now?’” The doctor’s grim face broke into a smile. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

But in this affair the Kid had not felt the grim thirst for encounter that usually urged him on to battle. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Virginia Woolf She arranged the details of the new plan in her mind, not without a grim satisfaction. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

The eye of the eccentric officer, who had suddenly grown grim and serious, and seemed to have abandoned the general conversation to other people, lighted, as it were accidentally, on me. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Henry Handel Richardson Every morning early, Mother brushed and twisted, with a kind of grim pride, these silky ringlets round her finger. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

William Hope Hodgson And that scum! The dead pigs caught in i! I fancy that was a grim kind of a net, gentlemen. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton It is true, is it not, that Professor Chadd is likely to be made keeper of Asiatic manuscripts?” The grim face of the spinster betrayed a great deal of pleasure and a great deal of pathos also. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

And the wolves feared me then, and the great, grim bear went bounding on heavy paws. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

With a grim smile, he hoped the man would broadcast that about, too. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

These grievous tales were told now to Etzel’s knights; grim was their sorrow, that Bloedel and his men were slain. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The listeners to the will were gathered in the great drawing-room, a sombre-looking apartment, which looked out on to the terrace of grim grey stone. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton Glancing the other way, one still met the grim pile of factories cutting the sky with their harsh roof-lines and blackened chimneys; but here also were signs of improvement. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Gissing His mood changed from fear and indignation to a grim fury; within a few hours he made many resolute enemies by his reckless vehemence and vituperation. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence They sang, rather scrappily, the latest would-be comic songs, as they went through the grim villages. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

I can see him now, so gaunt and grim and debonair, yet already with much of the nonsense gone out of him, though I thought he only smiled on my misgivings. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Rafael Sabatini And lest that grim ejaculation should check his gentleman he made haste to add —“To be sure! To be sure!” Master Lionel stopped and faced the other squarely, his shoulders to his horse. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Eomer woke to him, help of heroes, Hemming’s kinsman, Grandson of Garmund, grim in war. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Rudyard Kipling Yesterday’s function, the disposal of what remained (it is impossible not to be horrible in dealing with such a subject), was comparatively of an unimportant nature, but rather grim to witness. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sinclair Lewis The grim little round man at the desk was saying within himself, ‘I don’t know how long I can keep up this hard-boiled attitude. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Mr. Saul, in the mean time, went about his parish duties with grim energy, supplying the rector’s shortcomings without a word. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

With the face and eyes of an eagle, he was a grim old man with a masterful manner and biting wit. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Meredith The grim and taciturn Baroness Turckems, sitting opposite to her, sighed audibly. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Wolves and lions, and various monsters of the desert roared against him; while the grim Unreality hovered shaking his spectral dart, a solitary but invincible assailant. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Make no mistake, Mr Crawfurd; this is a grim business. Prester John by John Buchan

Endless, and endless now on either side, the tall oaks closed in their ranks and stood gloomily lowering over us, as grim as an army of giants with a thousand years’ pay in arrear. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Elizabeth Gaskell Dr. Mather smiled a grim smile, and the people were ready to stone Manasseh, who went on, regardless, talking and raving. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

G. K. Chesterton Lord Eden remained silent; indeed he seemed to be studying the document with more gravity or grim attention than might be expected. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

With grim impatience of plunder he wished himself to be talking with the man now. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Theodore Dreiser The result was eventually this letter which now spread clear and grim before Butler’s eyes. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope A grim smile of satisfaction crossed his thin face as he heard it, and there was a feeling of triumph at his heart. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon But he had formed such a strong moral habit of pacifism that he was faced with a grim moral struggle to break with that habit. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Draughts, dear Furius, if my villa faces, 'Tis not showery south, nor airy wester, North's grim fury, nor east; 'tis only fifteen Thousand sesterces, add two hundred over. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Arthur Conan Doyle Girdlestone sat very grim and pale, with Ezra at his side. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. G. Wells These grim instructors may do much to make up for the negligence and backwardness of the schoolmaster. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arnold Bennett He could remember a period when Darius had moods of grim gaiety, displaying rough humour; these moods had long ceased to occur. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The room was grim and large, and had a cold, vault-like atmosphere, as if long uninhabited; but there were cinders in the grate and under it. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He went first to the well, sounded it once and then a second time, and stood awhile with a grim look, so that all could see he was dissatisfied. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle At the avenue gate he met his sentinel, who was sitting on his camp stool as grim as ever. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Heseltine–Wrigge mounted guard over the door and stood there, a grim figure of impatience. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

He made no comment, contenting himself with a grim smile. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Its place was taken now by a somewhat cumbersome-looking revolver of ancient pattern, yet with grim suggestions of efficiency in its very ugliness. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Moving so as to get a glimpse of her face, I went on with the grim self-possession natural to my character: “And when he came out he walked briskly away. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis He entered the shadow of the Anatomy Building, grim as a barracks, still as the dead men lying up there in the dissecting-room. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Then Lord Giselher cried out to Wolfhart: “Alas, that I have ever gained so grim a foe! Noble knight and brave, now address you unto me. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Elizabeth Gaskell A large-boned lady, long past middle age, sat at work in a grim handsomely-furnished dining-room. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

His face was darkly flushed but his eyes shone with a grim determination. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The impulse of reaction from the rather grim cheerlessness of their wedding lent fresh gayety to their lighthearted, whimsical start at housekeeping. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Nicot received these apologies in sullen silence, and, folding his arms, leaned against the wall, waiting in grim patience for his admission. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Algernon Blackwood All but one leg! Dr. Silence just had the time and the presence of mind to seize upon the left ankle and boot as it disappeared, and to this he held on for several seconds like grim death. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Bram Stoker It was no dream, but all a grim reality. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Algernon Blackwood There was absolutely no evidence to justify the grim suspicion. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

I need not tell you what it is,” he added with grim meaning. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The big-game hunter stared hard for a few seconds, and then with a grim smile put down the glasses and picked up the rifle. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Nash sat back on her heels and smiled at Lucy. “It is not nearly as grim as it sounds. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

We did,” agreed his lordship, and after a few moments pause he added with a grim smile. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

E. F. Benson He came in, grim and preoccupied, and I noticed that he was pulling on a pipe that was not even filled. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

He was looking sort of grim and blue—the same look he used to get when he’d been up watching for Indians all night or herd-riding. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Abraham Merri We laid her beside Ventnor on the pile of silken stuffs, covered them both with a fold, then looked at each other long and silently — and I wondered whether my face was as grim and drawn as his. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Henry James Then, as he sprang to his feet, he seemed to crack in a grim little laugh. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Ford Madox Ford He watched it with a grim irony. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson It’s done, and of course it ain’t worth while, and who cares? There it is, and about as grim a tale as was ever written, and as grimy, and as hateful. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce Hand by the block stood the grim figure of the executioner, his visage being concealed in a tengallon pot with two circular perforated apertures through which his eyes glowered furiously. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle The case excited extraordinary interest at the time, and nothing could be more natural than that La Reynie, the head of the police, should retain this filler as a grim souvenir. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Thomas Hardy To Tess’s sense there was, just at first, a ghastly BIZARRERIE, a grim incongruity, in the march of these solemn words of Scripture out of such a mouth. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing A grim smile began to contort his lips. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

I wished to Heaven that I had come here for a holiday and not on a grim job, for I never saw a more promising fishing-ground. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Not the interior — not even the library, with its master, a grim gray and scarlet horror on the floor. Serapion by Francis Stevens

A grim and cruel smile went after him as he slunk away. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

It was just before they reached the house that, on the gravel drive, they came across the grim remnants of the scene young Willie had witnessed the previous night. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Sinclair Lewis He looked into his private office, a grim and slate-floored coop in the basement of the Administration Building, and looked at his secretary, a lady who adored him but who was stringy and virginal. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

As it was, grim pictures flashed before his fancy. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

She saw the constables get in, and one glimpse more of the white grim face she knew so well, the defiant smirk, the blood-stained shirt-sleeve, and the coach-door shut. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Pether regarded her countenance closely before replying, and for a moment something like a grim smile rested on his lips. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Amongst them loomed out in the distance my “annihilating” friend, who shook his huge fist at me, but with something like a grim smile about his eyes. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Thomas Wolfe Suddenly he paused and faced Randy squarely, and with a grim set to his jaws said: “All right, let me have it! What are they saying now?” “Who? What is who saying?” “The people back home. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Sinclair Lewis In the center was a rather good painting of a man who was the very spirit of 1850 in New England — burnsides, grim white forehead, Roman nose, prim triangle of shirt-front. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Without removing his gaze he was fumbling in his pocket for his note-book, which he displayed with a faint smile, grim and pallid. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Such acts were not wanting to adorn the grim train that waited on the progress of the plague. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker There was a look of grim satisfaction in his face, as of one who has had a doubt solved. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Mattin, with a grim smile, watched him climb over the bank and disappear. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He looked now like a grim old mechanic. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He showed his cousin the room in which her grandfather and grandmother died — an immense apartment, wherein stood, grim and tall, a gigantic mahogany four-poster, draped with dark green velvet. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Theodore Dreiser It is a grim thing to a woman, however fortunately placed, to realize that age is creeping on, and that love, that singing will-o’-the-wisp, is fading into the ultimate dark. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He gave it up at last with a sigh and then he nodded his head with a grim smile. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

The blood seemed to ebb slowly from his heart, and his grim face blanched. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

H. G. Wells Throb, throb, throb — beat; suppose some trivial screw went wrong in that supporting engine! Suppose —! He made a grim effort to dismiss all such suppositions. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

There was plenty of time for that queer, grim housekeeper to get my letter. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Theodore Dreiser Finally a grim resolution fixed itself in her consciousness. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Miles Franklin It was a grim lonely one, which I vainly tried to hide in a bosom which was not big or strong enough for its comfortable habitation. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Arthur Conan Doyle So dark, so motionless, against that grim light, he might have been the very spirit of Battle brooding over that terrible valley. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

The grim serving-man admitted me to the pleasant chamber which should have been mine own. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Take now thy grim tool to thee and let us see how thou knockest. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

George Gissing Banter he met with so grim a countenance that the facetious soon left him to himself. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hughes It is grim earnest now, and no mistake. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Slowly fighting every inch of the way with a grim tenacity, but indubitably dying. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

The bitter thought galled his mind that he had brought Alison into a grim business. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

There she stood in the black shadow watching for something — or waiting for somebody,” added Bolt in a grim tone. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Wilkie Collins Everything looks dark and confused; grim visions of cloaked men flit by, all smoking; shrill female voices rise above the clatter of our wheels, then subside again in a moment. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jack London This eagerness on their part was noted by Wolf Larsen with a grim smile. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Gradually, however, he began to get a grip of himself again, the beatings of his heart slowed down, his thoughts came clearer and he smiled a grim and confident smile. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope If the whole office were made to go to the mischief, Fiasco, in his own grim way, would enjoy the confusion. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

I admit, too, I was rather scared at the idea of coming up here to your home to-night and ——” “Exactly,” nodded Bannerstein with a grim and something of a menacing smile. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

With a grim smile the surgeon at once complied, but then a quiet voice came from behind them all. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Sinclair Lewis His ribs were grim clear lines, his skin was clammy, his pulse was feeble but terrifyingly rapid. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith Down these hillmen pour like cattle Sniffing pasture: grim below, Showing eager teeth of battle, In his spear-heads lies the foe. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Rafael Sabatini Cowering, he approached her, and Oliver, grim and sardonic, stood back, a spectator of the scene he had precipitated. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens The narrow lanes have great villas opening into them, whose walls (outside walls, I mean) are profusely painted with all sorts of subjects, grim and holy. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Larcom, about to announce Miss Lake, and closely followed by that young lady, passed the grim old phantom on the lobby. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He said he generally appeared about twelve o’clock, and invariably went up the right-hand side of the Edgware Road.” Stone’s grim face relaxed a little. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

What should have been gay with flowers and sun-blinds stood up in the sunlight as grim as a deserted factory; and that, thought Jaikie, is grimmer than any other kind of ruin. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson You forget the grim contrariety of interests. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Presently, there stalked into this apartment, a grim old Shaker, with eyes as hard, and dull, and cold, as the great round metal buttons on his coat and waistcoat; a sort of calm goblin. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Richard Burton The left side was a precipice, grim and barren, but not so abrupt as its brother. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf She took Hugh’s carnations with her angular grim smile. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

He sat thinking deeply, sometimes with a grim smile, and again with a frown corrugating his brows. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

From general topics the conversation concentrated to the bed-rock of grim personalities. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Bram Stoker Her loving kindness against our grim hate. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Oh, this is the most TRAGICAL thing that ever happened to me!” Something like a reluctant smile, rather rusty from long disuse, mellowed Marilla’s grim expression. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

How they will enjoy themselves!” “Bobby won’t enjoy himself much, and he won’t race much either,” said Nicholas with a grim chuckle; “his boots are hurting him. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Andrew Lang There’s a Swiss critic whom I cannot rhyme to, One Scherer, dry as sawdust, grim and prim. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

The church had only oil lamps and he smiled a grim smile as he picked up a lantern from off the vestry floor. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

But though he was smiling at his friend, his inner thoughts were grim thoughts. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Olaf Stapledon When they behaved in the awake way, nine times out of ten they had a grim moral struggle, and came through heroically. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

I have often gone back in memory over those last hours in the court and marvelled over the surprises that grim old Father Time had in store for some of the actors there. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry James She had made him unhappy, she couldn’t help it; and his unhappiness was a grim reality. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Her plump red face and boot-button brown eyes radiated a grim satisfaction with her rôle. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Ha! ha!’ He rose and went to the window, where for several minutes he stood gazing at vacancy, the same grim smile still on his face. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

G. K. Chesterton There is also that grim and stony optimism attributed to the Old Testament, with its divine favouritism for the fortunate. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle Girdlestone, grim and grey, as though he were the very embodiment of the weather, stooped over his mahogany table. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Hughes He stops and examines their condition with a grim smile. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Mathewson, a grim man, was away amongst the Yorkshire wolds, superintending the foreclosure of certain mortgages upon a bankrupt baronet’s estate. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He stopped and looked at them: they stood grim and silent. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Machen As he walked furiously along the grim iron roads he fancied that those persons who passed him cheerfully on their way to friends and friendly hearths shrank from him into the mists as they went by. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

There was a good deal of the actor in him, and he did full justice to his alcoholic babblings of the afternoon, and the grim inquisition of the evening. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I’m pretty certain there’s something hideous at the back of my complex—some grim old business tucked away back in the ages. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Abraham Merri Ruth’s defense, I thought with a grim delight, had been most excellent — those who had taken her and Ventnor had not done so without paying full toll. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Ford Madox Ford The O.C. had a conduct sheet book as neat as a ledger! The old, bald, grim fellow. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Bram Stoker And he has been flapping those grim wings to some purpose of late, Lucy’s mother and Arthur’s father, and now . Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli The grey-headed General looked rather grim when he saw a flag belonging to a troop which perhaps he had himself once commanded. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry Handel Richardson MacNab waylaid her trudging home, grim of face. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen It was no doubt the composite effect of his failures, his loneliness of soul, and solitude of life, that had made him invest those common streets with such grim and persistent terrors. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

But now the tables had been completely turned, and this fellow opposite him, with his grim and menacing expression, appeared to be more ready for violence than even he himself had been. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

The juggernaut on his car towered there a grim load. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I spent four days in Berlin,—my second visit as a traveller from the Bethlehem Steel Company.” “Pick up anything?” “Not much,” was the grim acknowledgement. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He smiled his cold, grim smile again. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

All had abandoned it, save a guard, who lay stretched at the gate of the waterport, like a grim watch-dog. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. G. Wells Then, indeed, for a time I felt the grim thrill of life. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edith Wharton I was glad enough when we got back to the base at last, and the grim load we carried was lifted out and taken into the hospital. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Krag’s grim and rocklike features were revealed. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins Not a human creature passed us in the streets; not a light glimmered on us from the grim black houses. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

H. G. Wells For a few moments there was a grim struggle in the automobile; a gripping of wrists and a blow. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

I had moments of grim exultation and then my heart would sink awfully at the thought of that forecastle at the other end of the dark deck, full of fever-stricken men — some of them dying. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

We were discussing it when you called the other day, and a very animated discussion it was,” he added, with a grim smile. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George Gissing A bad night had left the old lady with a ghastly visage, but she smiled with grim contentment as her secretary entered. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins But no — she mastered the rising irritation, leaned back in her chair, crossed her arms on her broad bosom, and with a smile of grim sarcasm on her thick lips, looked at me as steadily as ever. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

A grim smile curled in his beard. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

When the queen beheld the band so small, grim of mood she spake to the knights: “What ye now would do, ye should give over. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Theodore Dreiser The novelty and danger of the situation modified in a way his disgust and distress at being compelled to be here, but not enough to prevent him from feeling grim and sour. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton His impulse was to fling the paper down, to hurl it as far from him as he could; but a grim fascination tightened his hold and drew his eyes back to the hated head-line. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Like the rest of us who act, all he could say to himself, with a somewhat affected grimness, was: “We shall see!” This mood of grim doubt intruded on him only when he was alone. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He had a great mulberry-coloured face, a big, carbuncled nose, fierce eyes, and a grim and brutal mouth. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

That mystic moth, which, with a sense profound Of all unholy presence, augurs truly; And with a grim significance flits round The taper burning bluely. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her husband’s grim face relaxed as he saw her. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

At this there began a murdering, grim and great, among the knights. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

H. G. Wells There is a grim picture by Eglon Callet called “Security at Last”, of which the reader may have seen reproductions. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Elizabeth Gaskell There now, am I sensible? I suppose I am, for your grim features are relaxing into a smile. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He transferred it to his own pocket, then he laid his hand upon the attendant’s shoulder and he spoke to him very grim words. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Grendel this monster grim was called, march-riever 5 mighty, in moorland living, in fen and fastness; fief of the giants the hapless wight a while had kept since the Creator his exile doomed. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

G. K. Chesterton Hume, who was just behind the detective, said to him in an undertone: “What do you expect to find growing in the old man’s garden?” Hayter looked over his shoulder with a grim geniality. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

E. F. Benson There he sat, grim and eager, tracing, with that pellucid clearness which had made him in his Cambridge days so admirable a lecturer, the history of those mysterious visitations. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

He looked glum and puzzled, as if his tale had aroused grim memories. Space by John Buchan [1911]

H. G. Wells Maybe you will find, as I have done long ago, that the grim face of reality is no more final than its opening grin. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

James Joyce Hanging on to a plank or astride of a beam for grim life, lifebelt round him, gulping salt water, and that’s the last of his nibs till the sharks catch hold of him. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Who would have thought it? Below lay the little image of utter human weakness; above stooped a statue of inflexibility and power, a strong statue with a grim contracted eye. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I’ll glory in it, and by Jove”— his face broke into a grim smile —“it’ll be a pleasure now to keep out of jail for what I’ve done. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Now it befell, that early in winter a savage bear ran abroad from his winter lair, and got so grim that he spared neither man nor beast. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

The old woman stuffed the key in her pocket, and her wrinkled mouth pouted and receded with a grim uneasiness. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Do not tremble: look me in the face: see what a poor, grim phantom I am — more pitiable than formidable. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There was an agitation simmering under the grim formalities and tip-toe treadings of the house of death. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Richard Burton There was, however, a grim smile about his mouth which boded no good. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

By-and-by they came to Guernsey, which looked grim and military, and not particularly inviting, even in the morning sunlight. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Then with a grim smile he carried it into the bathroom and held it under the tap there until the blade was quite clean. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Joyfully I opened the latch, and there was the shepherd’s grim face waiting stolidly on what might appear. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Charles Dickens Some grim discourse ensues, referring to the mistress of the cave, who will be released from jail to-morrow. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Witt watched in grim silence. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft They had to do with some preposterous legend of the bog, and a grim guardian spirit that dwelt in the strange olden ruin on the far islet I had seen in the sunset. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Arnold Bennett Edwin never knew whether this attitude was the result of indifference or due to a grim sporting instinct. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Morris While, all alone, Watching the loophole’s spark, Lie I, with life all dark, Feet tether’d, hands fetter’d Fast to the stone, The grim walls, square letter’d With prison’d men’s groan. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her dry dim eyes filled with unwonted tears as she looked at him; but she seemed just as grim and quiet as usual when he next spoke. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]