Phrases with "grim"

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]

H. G. Wells No one knew how to arrest the grim development of the situation. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. Rider Haggard By a piece of grim humour, he had named this axe ‘Inkosi-kaas’, which is the Zulu word for chieftainess. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Benjamin Disraeli Before him still scowled in death the grim countenance of a huge roast pike, flanked on one side by a leg of mutton à-la-daube, and on the other by the tempting delicacies of bombarded veal. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

No one knew why Bowring had been murdered, but there was a grim determination about the crime which revealed very clearly that the assassin had made up his mind that the millionaire should not escape. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells Edgeways. No.” He considered the outlook for Lucy. “So much for you, Stella. You can go on now free to face the grim and terrible problems of your time and generation. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Virginia Woolf That grim old housemaid, Ellen Atkins, went about grumbling —“Suppose any of the gentlemen had seen?” Indeed she did shock people. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

H.P. Lovecraft That grim honor is beyond doubt reserved for something which half the sculptures hesitated to record at all, whilst others approached it with obvious repugnance and trepidation. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The grim old trees looked gaunt and eerie as they waved their naked arms about in the cutting wind. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

No, she had rather been compelled to play at hide-and-seek with the grim enemy. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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]

I wot this was no playful bout at quarterstaff, but a grim and serious fight of real earnest. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

George Gissing Left to herself, Marcella had but slender support against a grim temptation already beckoning her in nights of sleeplessness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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]

Margaret Oliphant He made up his mind to this in grim misery, with his teeth clenched, and a desperation of rage and horror in his heart. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Theodore Dreiser She thought of Cowperwood at times; but he seemed to her to be too wrapped up in grim tremendous things, far apart from this romantic world of amateur dramatics in which she was involved. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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

George Gissing Then he took up the satchel again, opened it, and for a few moments kept diving his long black fingers into the coins, whilst his face was transformed to an expression of grim joy. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Ford Madox Ford He said: ‘You know all about keeping in communication with immediately neighbouring units?’ The grim fellow said: ‘Only what they taught in the training camps at the beginning of the war, sir. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

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]

The old lord had given up the ghost two days before, and now lay in grim state in the hall under a splendid mortcloth till such time as he could be moved to the family sepulchre. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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

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

With grim and fearful blows the son of fair Uta then greeted the brave knight Wolfhart. However strong the warrior, he might not save his life. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Ford Madox Ford They lived in a bare, grim farmhouse, drank great quantities of buttermilk and ate great quantities of Wensleydale. It was the hard, frugal life of his desire, and his mind was at rest. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What about you?” “Almost the same story,” was the grim reply. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

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

George Gissing A grim smile crept over her visage; her lips were pressed together, and her eyes twinkled with subdued satisfaction. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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]

A grim idea came into my brain and passed all over my body, as a horrible sensation, such as one feels when one goes into a damp and mouldy cellar. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

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]

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

The life of both officers and men who volunteer for this branch of the service is grim and arduous. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Quite certain now as to what he was going to find, the expression upon his face was grim and hard, and the quickened beating of his heart was not all due to his exertions. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Crazy Jack comes in as usual for his batch of letters, and I sort them and hand them over in grim silence. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Poverty stood at his hearth — when Viola’s grateful smile and liberal hand came to chase the grim fiend away. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

D. H. Lawrence I thought of the girl in Tchekoff’s story, who smothered her charge, and I hoped the grim Teenie would not be driven to such desperation. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

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

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]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins He pounced on it directly; and, crunching it up in his hand, turned his grim threatening face and fiercely-questioning eyes on the landlady. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

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

With Mr. Heathcliff, grim and saturnine, on the one hand, and Hareton, absolutely dumb, on the other, I made a somewhat cheerless meal, and bade adieu early. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Elizabeth Gaskell Where have you been all day — not at work?’ ‘Not at work, sure enough,’ said he, with a short, grim laugh. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

So seizes the grim wolf the tender lamb, In vain lamented by the bleating dam. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

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

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

George Gissing Of my position, the peculiarity was that I never belonged to any cluster; I shrank from casual acquaintance, and, through the grim years, had but one friend with whom I held converse. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Rafael Sabatini And yet can it be that your lust of vengeance is so insatiable that sooner than willingly forgo an ounce of it you will lose your head?” His face became grim again. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

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]

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]

The director was a man ruthless and efficient, who at times, but very imperceptibly, indulged in grim humour. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

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]

H. G. Wells I tell you, I’m grim set on living. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Ivan Turgenev Bazarov maintained a grim and obstinate silence. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Henry Handel Richardson Or let us consult somebody — John perhaps —” “No you don’t, madam, no you don’t!” cried Richard with a grim dash of humour. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Miss Carlyle stood her ground majestically, and looked on with a grim countenance. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Then suddenly the grim face broke down into what might have been the beginnings of a smile. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

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

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

Anthony Trollope When she did so Arthur would look grim and say nothing, and his mother would know that he was displeased. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Algernon Blackwood He attended operations, post-mortems, and anything in the nature of an experiment, while the grim Dissecting Room knew him as well as if his living depended upon passing the examination in anatomy. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Elizabeth Gaskell Others, again, have felt the attraction of remarkable genius, even when displayed on grim and terrible criminals. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rafael Sabatini He had arrived at the conclusion whilst aboard the galley of Spain, as we have seen, that Christianity as practised in his day was a grim mockery of which the world were better rid. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

I had believed that I despised the grim phantom, and laughed his power to scorn. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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

Elizabeth Gaskell Love had gone out of the window, long before poverty had come in at the door: yet that grim visitant who never tarries in tracking a disreputable gambler, had now arrived. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Theodore Dreiser He resolved some day to have a grim adjustment with society on this score. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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]

John Galsworthy The grim remorselessness of that business had no pity for hearts. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford It was a good joke! A good, grim Yorkshire joke! It was impossible to know which of them suffered more. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

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

Henry James To say to herself that he was a kind of grim fate was well enough for a fanciful young woman who was able to take much for granted in him; but the reader has a right to a nearer and a clearer view. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

R. D. Blackmore With grim satisfaction the dog set off in the track of the horse for Scargate Hall. And now he sat panting in the cottage of the gill, to tell his discovery and to crave for help. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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

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]

His brother had been slain, he himself was wounded; full eighty of his knights remained with grim death behind upon the field. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Then he turned to Willems with a grim smile. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope Morton looked at him as grim as death, just raised his hand, and then passed on with a quick step. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

I suppose I can see my stepdaughter now,” Mr. Sheldon added, with a grim smile. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Once more Fawley crossed that huge spacious apartment, at the far end of which Berati sat enthroned behind his low desk, a grim and motionless figure. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He smiled a grim smile, as he unstrapped it. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Then Larose recognised that the other man was the private investigator Padlock Jones. “Mr. Padlock Jones!” exclaimed Larose. “The same,” nodded Jones. He smiled his cold, grim smile. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

H. G. Wells Then, as the Great Slump developed its grim phases, this life of leisure passed away. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their everyday countenance. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

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

Anthony Trollope The lunch was eaten in grim silence. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The grim irony of this thing which had happened held him speechless. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

He nerved himself to meet the grim thought thus forced upon his mental eye, and he gazed on it with a steady and enduring look. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

The grim conflict was maintained all one day — maintained with deathless perseverance, until Dad Petto discovered the belligerent and uncoupled him. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was being cheated of self-pity, he reflected, with a grim little smile forced upon his lips by a latent sense of humour. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Edgehill was holding him down, Colonel Jasper was elevating his legs up in the air, and Sarle, with a grim smile, was tying his ankles with two table napkins knotted together. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

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

Instinctively I held on to my roll like grim Death, but while I was still under the shock of surprise the hobo hit me viciously in the face and plucked at the bills again. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Here at last, he had told himself, was the grim and heroic reality, the thing that had always lain behind this solid-seeming but, in fact, phantasmal ‘civilization’. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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

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]

Sinclair Lewis He passed an alcove in which two grim women, too purposeful about gambling to waste time on keno, were hour after hour yanking the handles of twenty-five-cent slot machines. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

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

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

He laughed a little—a grim laugh—and shook his head. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

George Borrow I followed the alcayde to the end of the corridor, where was a massive grated door, on each side of which sat a grim fellow of a turnkey. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Walter Scott Her grim old assistant hurried to the bedside, with some spirits in a broken glass. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

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

Then Lady Barbara moved forward, the child marching stolidly and with grim determination at her side. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

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

Theodore Dreiser Vesta was astonished to see her stepfather, usually so courteous, in so grim a mood. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle He had one quick vision of great white teeth clenched in grim ferocity, a wild flying beard and blazing wild-beast eyes. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

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]

I thought of the luckless wedding guest in Coleridge’s grim ballad as I sat listening to this modern-ancient mariner. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle A letter was in her hand, which she read and reread with a tightening of those delicate little eyebrows and a grim setting of those delicious lips. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

I ventured to stretch my hand to the bonnet-grec which lay in grim repose on the window-sill. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing But his countenance showed nothing whatever of sourness, or of grim endurance. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The fifth was a palace, with a long front upon the Corso, and of stately height, but somewhat grim with age. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arnold Bennett He, who had meant to govern tyrannically to his final hour, to die with a powerful and grim gesture of command, had to accept the ignominy of submission. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Marjorie Bowen To one side a few unhappy men, of note enough to have been spared, watched in grim silence the unloading of the spoils that came from the sacking of their palaces. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It might be supposed that a melancholy man would here make acquaintance with a grim philosophy. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Miles Franklin It is a sensitive sore that will never heal, a grim hobgoblin that nought can scare away. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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

They gazed at him, grim and sullen, as he rode slowly up the rugged street; sometimes whispering significantly to each other, but without attempting to stop his way. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

D. H. Lawrence Its great pillar of pale, flakey-ribbed copper rose there in strange, callous indifference, and the grim permanence, which is in pine trees. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

A grim murmur runs round, and somebody near Mr. Gabbett laughs a laugh of mingled ferocity and amusement, not reassuring to timid people. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The only moments in Clelia’s life that were not besieged by grim forebodings and remorse were those which she spent in talk with him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was Florestan who entered the sitting room with a grim smile upon his lips. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

With grim sarcasm he called himself the galley-slave of pleasure. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle We came on him quite suddenly, and a grim and menacing figure he looked in that lonely place. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

He lokith as it were a grim lioún; And on his toes he rometh up and doun, Him deynèd not to set his foot to grounde. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

The grim mockery that was daily taking place in the cathedral, and the knowledge of the still grimmer one that was to follow it, weighed upon my heart like lead. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Charles Dickens He seemed a galvanizing apparatus, too, charged with a grim mechanical substitute for the tender young imaginations that were to be stormed away. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

He is a worthy man, not quite so grim as most of our gentlemen. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell She never imagined that the grim warning related to the handsome young man who awaited her with a countenance beaming with love, and tenderly drew her hand within his arm. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Ford Madox Ford The girl had interrupted to say that the world had changed, and Mark, lying back exhausted on his pillows, had said with a sort of grim sharpness: “It is you who say it. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Kenneth Grahame The situation became grim and pallid indeed, when I caught the expressions “garden-party” and “my mauve tulle,” and realized that they both referred to that very afternoon. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Elizabeth Gaskell M. de la Tourelle answered with a grim blasphemy and a fearful threat. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Robert Louis Stevenson With a grim irony they recall the banners in the Invalides, banners as appropriate perhaps over the sepulchres of tailors and weavers as these others above the dust of armies. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Wolfe And now his heavy lip stuck out at his caller with a menacing challenge, and his whole pug-nosed countenance had a bulldog look of grim truculence. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Presently Lieutenant Canby, immensely displeased, said in a grim voice, “Then we’ll make it Thursday, but that means sure. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

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

Charles Dickens To bed therefore she withdrew, with an aspect as grim and gloomy as that of the Maypole’s own state couch; and to bed the rest of the establishment soon afterwards repaired. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

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

Plimmer now recalled, with a grim smile, the second time he had seen the country doctor. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

It was very difficult to make this faithful and grim retainer talk. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry Kingsley Charles had waited with poor weeping Mary to see the coffin carried away tinder the dark grim archway of the vault, and had tried to comfort her who would not be comforted. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Theodore Dreiser Your cautious citizen of average means, looking out through the eye of his dull world of seeming fact, is often the first to forgive or condone the grim butcheries of theory by which the strong rise. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Kingsley Nevertheless, looking round upon those grim earth-mounds and embrasures, he could not but give the men who put them there credit for supposing that they might be wanted. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

She’s a middle-aged lady, very talkative and pleasant-mannered,” added the grim Barbara, in nowise relaxing the stolid gravity of her own manner as she spoke. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The sound of that high-pitched, somewhat quavery, but very distinct, voice carried with it a grim portent of approaching tragedy. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. G. Wells Let us cast up the good mankind can attribute to this strange phase of sternness and grim repression. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells Their faces seemed all with one of two expressions — a leaping exultation and energy or a grim resolution. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Rafael Sabatini Then he ceased to wish anything, ceased to think anything, as a grim horror took him and held him spellbound. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

There are a hundred more like stories of him — every one of them true as my saber — and, in reward, he has just been made a galonne!” “Superb!” said the General, with a grim significance. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

William Hope Hodgson The huge Chinaman was still, however, nearer to Johnson than any one else, and running with a grim intentness; his great head held curiously low. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

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

Anthony Trollope He borrowed fresh horses, and went on with Barney Smith as grim as death. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

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 the other not so, who girded him now for the grim encounter. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

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

It was too grim a business, too inhuman for flesh and blood. Greenmantle by John Buchan

His gathered brows, glowing eyes, and strangely hectic face, and the grim compression of his mouth, still showed the agitation which, somehow, in grey of age, shocks and alarms the young. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was Dartmoor Prison! There it stretched, grim and hideous, within a furlong of me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Charles Kingsley The sun is up at last, and Colonel Pennant’s grim slate castle, towering above black woods, glitters metallic in its rays, like Chaucer’s house of fame. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Though so near death’s door, he had managed to slip out before that grim portal had actually closed upon him. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Robert glanced across at Mrs. Sharpe, but except for a tightening of her always grim mouth she had not moved. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle All the way from the frontier I had heard grim tales of torture and mutilation. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Cornelius Blunn sat by her side, grim and silent, a veritable Nebuchadnezzar, brooding over the terrible writing. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Willa Cather He had been preoccupied and grim ever since they started. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Slowly he paced up Cheapside, Newgate-street, down Snow-hill, and up Holborn ditto, looking as grim as the figure-head of a man-of-war, and finding out fresh causes of misery at every step. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arthur Conan Doyle He drew up his knees, altered his seat, and set his teeth with a grim determination to go through with it should it kill him. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Willa Cather He must settle down into something that was his own, take hold of it with both hands, no matter how grim it was. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

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

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]

Louisa May Alcott Jo smothered a laugh at the sudden change, and when someone gave a modest tap, opened the door with a grim aspect which was anything but hospitable. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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

Then at last jolly Robin turned to the Bishop of Hereford, who had been looking on at all that passed with a grim look. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

It was strange to compare the grim things that fell from their lips with the pretty comedy they themselves presented. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

R. D. Blackmore Then a tall man, with a body full of corners, and a face of grim temper, stood in the doorway. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Theodore Dreiser It was a grim theory, and yet one definitely enforced here, although as he was to learn later even this could be modified here. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

William Hope Hodgson I guessed that he had been to look down into the sea, for any signs of those four grim craft. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

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]

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]

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

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

But at last-dimly, darkly, grim shapes arose out of the chaos of his brain. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

With uplifted swords they rushed, grim of mood, upon the youthful squires. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

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