Phrases with "guilt"

The distance that divides the shedder of blood from all other wrong-doers is so great, that the minor sinner feels himself a saint when he contemplates the guilt of the greater criminal. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The guilt of the prisoners was too manifest, taken, as they had been, with arms in their hands. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edith Wharton A flush of guilt swept over her — vague reminiscences of French novels and of opera plots. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Wilkie Collins Her cheeks were ghastly, her features were rigid, her eyes glared like an idiot’s; guilt and terror had made her hideous to look upon already. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Condemning, as he did, his friend’s guilt and folly, he might have refused to take part in a cause of blood, in which his best friend must perish. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Everybody who wants to can go home!” Still there was silence — Rags knew it was the silence of awe — the strain of guilt had driven John Chestnut insane. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing Only the fear, or the evil pride, that comes of guilt could make you refuse what we ask of you. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

William Makepeace Thackeray Tuesday is passed long ere this: Mr. Horgan’s guilt or innocence is long since clearly proved, and he celebrates the latter in freedom, or expiates the former at the mill. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Eliot There were stories of inexpiable crimes, but stories also of guilt that seemed successful. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

When at last his eyes opened, there was no gleam of triumph, no shade of anger, nothing perceptible of guilt or menace, in the young woman’s countenance. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Virginia Woolf No, I’ve a sense of guilt always. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Your confession of guilt would only implicate your father still more. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

But the rings? Why could I not find the rings? If my present reasoning were correct, this woman should have those evidences of guilt about her. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle We were all guilty — if that is guilt — but he was not. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

It was only since his recent conversation with John Treverton that his opinion as to the husband’s guilt had begun to waver. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anna Katherine Green No guilt showed there; he stood among them, a heroic figure. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald Both girls were expressly disobeying their parents, but they had no more sense of guilt about it than a soldier escaping from an enemy prison camp. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Robert Louis Stevenson The guilt of Breck is manifest; and your testimony, in which you admit you saw him on the hill at the very moment, will certify his hanging. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon What more? An attempt to cover up guilt and futility by mechanical triumphs, business hustle, and the sound of a hundred million gramophones and radio-sets. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Walter Scott I first persuaded her to quit the path of dutyE9 — I, of all men who live, am bound to protect her from the misery — from the guilt — which must attach to her as this man’s wife. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

But when Solomon reached Byzantium, the Emperor absolved him from the guilt of murder, on the pretext that he had slain a traitor to the Roman Empire, and gave him letters of acquittal. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Olaf Stapledon The death penalty was therefore inflicted for the most venial offences, and whenever guilt seemed at all plausible. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing He stood before her a wretched culprit, hiding his guilt with lie upon lie; he, her father, whom she had reverenced so, had compassionated so, whom she loved despairingly. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Instinctively, I did not feel as certain of Arthur’s guilt as he did. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The secret man of guilt might yet come to light; but how or through whose agency, I found myself unable to conceive. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Von Arnim In fact Mrs. Wilkins, driven by terror, guilt and surprise, had been more incoherent if possible than usual. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Ann Radcliffe In these last few moments let me endeavour to relieve my conscience by discovering to you my guilt and my remorse. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Then the air of guilt left him, and he sat down to wait. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Olaf Stapledon Another possible form of relief from his obsessive guilt was sex. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

There was a sense of guilt in lying here in luxury when he was ruined and hadn’t a penny in the world. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

On the contrary, every one, by common consent, seemed to ignore all appearance of guilt on her part. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

It could fasten guilt upon ten innocent men with the greatest facility. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Eliot To catch a few people and torture them into confessing everybody’s guilt was one step towards justice; and it was not always easy to see the next, unless a traitor turned up. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Old Roger Chillingworth followed, as one intimately connected with the drama of guilt and sorrow in which they had all been actors, and well entitled, therefore to be present at its closing scene. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

As he looked at their broken hands and torn mouths he was overwhelmed by the desire to help them, and because this desire was sincere, he was happy despite the feeling of guilt which accompanied it. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

I will prove Launcelot Darrell’s guilt; and that guilt shall stand between him and Maurice de Crespigny’s fortune. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Wolfe This thought was comforting to George, and he pondered it for some time, yet it did not altogether remove the edge of guilt that faintly tinged his contentment. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells The question of his specific guilt is an altogether minor matter. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

I recalled little circumstances which had hitherto escaped my memory, and which now only served to increase the load of guilt my unhappy partner was carrying. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson Challoner observed her retreat and disappear, an almost intolerable sense of guilt contending with the profound sense that he was being gulled. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was now less the proofs of Albert’s guilt which he sought for than the justification of his own conduct as magistrate. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

They have shamefully abused us; and the guilt of their black deed planteth them day by day more firmlier in my deeper-settled hate. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Maria Edgeworth Large bounties to bestow we wish in vain; But all may shun the guilt of giving pain. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

I was conscious of an immense weight of guilt that I had got to expiate. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anna Katherine Green But guilt has terrors unknown to innocence. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne For in dreams the conscience sleeps, and we often stain ourselves with guilt of which we should be incapable in our waking moments. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

This union of antipodes, this unnatural alliance of the extremes of guilt and light-mindedness, I had never met or imagined before. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Thomas Wolfe We must look as well at the heart of guilt that beats in each of us, for there the cause lies. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle I brought the paper back with me, and thought of destroying it, since I could see no way of returning it without confessing my guilt to my husband. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Ann Radcliffe He was torn by contending passions, and opposite resolutions:— now he resolved to expiate her guilt with her blood — and now he melted in all the softness of love. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Henry Handel Richardson Once away, however, he was conscious of a feeling of something like guilt towards them. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Vyvyan Topsparkle’s guilt is beyond the reach of the law, but I may at least unmask him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jane Austen She rejoiced in his being cleared from some part of his imputed guilt — she was sorry for him — she wished him happy. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

How vain were those supplications for grace, those confessions of guilt which broke from his convulsed lips, while her image filled his heart. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Eliot Men were not demons in those days, and yet nothing but confessions of guilt were held a reason for release from torture. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

It would have been impossible to make him see his guilt or his follyeither by evidence or argument — if anybody had tried to argue. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Hazlitt He is tempted to the commission of guilt by golden opportunities, by the instigations of his wife, and by prophetic warnings. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

To affirm another’s guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

God only knows what that guilt has been!” He covered his face with his hands, and waited to hear what more Hester Jobson had to tell him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins We keep our opinion of your daughter’s guilt —you keep your opinion of her innocence. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Margaret Oliphant If there was a little sense of guilt in her, so much the more reason for even an excess of friendliness now. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The proofs of guilt must not be sifted by the slow processes of logic and fair play; they must be multiplied — by spies, by agents provocateurs, by torture. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Hope But if I were stronger, I should have no way to punish him, no means of proving any guilt in him without proving my own guilt also. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

George Gissing My husband may only just have discovered what he thinks my guilt in some chance way. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The consciousness of a father’s falsehood and guilt acted on him as the sudden intelligence of some fatal disaster would have done. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins You say, he is keeping from you information which may fasten the guilt on some other person. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

When I look back on the abyss of meanness, treachery and guilt into which I would have wilfully cast myself, and been condemned to live in all my life, I can scarcely trust myself to write. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

George Eliot But the sense of something like guilt towards her father in a hope that grew out of his death, gave all the more force to the anxiety with which she dwelt on the means of fulfilling his supreme wish. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

That little piece of gold seemed to fasten the dark stigma of guilt upon the absent owner of the house. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D.H. Lawrence If each man by his crying could swerve the slow, sheer universe, what a doom of guilt he might gain. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope I must brazen it out here; and the worst of it is, that I feel that a look of guilt is creeping over me. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Bunyan Though the consciences of such men are awakened, yet their minds are not changed; therefore when the power of guilt weareth away, that which provoked them to be religious ceaseth. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Charles Dickens The pale young gentleman’s nose had stained my trousers, and I tried to wash out that evidence of my guilt in the dead of night. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Then, feeling that to go into the icy water again, enfeebled by fasts as he was, might perhaps carry the guilt of suicide, he scourged himself till the blood ran, and so lay down smarting. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is no guilt in her face, nor any sign of weakness in her scornful rejection of my proposal. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Margaret Oliphant The lesser and the greater guilt were both cleared from that young head which had not been strong enough to wait for this vindication. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

In the present case there was no doubt whatever of the technical guilt of the accused. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Meredith Next day I was back at Dipwell. Such guilt as I have to answer for I may avow. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Fielding Again, we often admire at the folly of the dupe, when we should transfer our whole surprize to the astonishing guilt of the betrayer. Amelia by Henry Fielding

All at once her eyes were opened to the deep and dreadful guilt involved in those vengeful feelings she had so long nourished, to the exclusion of all tender emotions, all generous instincts. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Nathaniel Hawthorne If she had spent the many mouths of her absence in guilt and infamy, yet they seemed to have left no traces on her gentle aspect. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu That brother was to die to-night, and a spirit of guilt to come in his stead. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Olaf Stapledon The agony of shame and guilt is passed. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray As far as moral conviction can go, the man’s guilt is pretty clearly brought home to him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Ann Radcliffe His mind was not yet sufficiently hardened by guilt to repel the arrows of conscience, and his imagination responded to her power. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Olaf Stapledon As the days passed, Jim alternated between what he regarded as “irrational” guilt and intoxicating triumph. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Jerome was my friend, and naturally I differed with the jury that had convicted him as to the degree of guilt implied by the conceded fact that he had shot an Indian without direct provocation. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

F. Scott Fitzgerald With a feeling of guilt they looked at a few really nice houses, aloof, dignified, and cool — at three hundred a month. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Margaret Oliphant There would be no guilt in doing this, there would be no wrong to any one. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Nathaniel Hawthorne For guilt has its moment of rapture too. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

This acceptance of guilt lay unnoticed in my memory for twenty or thirty years. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon I said that spying had got on my nerves and given me an irrational sense of guilt to such an extent that I daren’t face the world any more. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Useless. My original model for the owl had got proofs of my guilt that were not to be resisted. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Now and then a great anxiety gripped her heart with a mysterious sense of guilt — as though she had betrayed him into the hands of an enemy. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Fétis might blab his own and his master’s guilt in a moment of excitement and terror, but face to face with the law, would doubtless recant. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Once I had been among them and accepted by them, I should have touched bottom, and — this is what I felt: I was aware even then that it was irrational — part of my guilt would drop from me. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Their two faces, grim, wrinkled and ghastly with guilt and fear, bent over their victim, looking horrible enough to be mistaken for fiends should he suddenly awake. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Left to their own good sense, while fully believing in Fabrizio’s guilt they admired the determination that he must have had to let himself down from so high a wall. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Elio He made it clear to me that the only preparation for coming to Christ and partaking of his salvation, was that very sense of guilt and helplessness which was weighing me down. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

I impute no guilt; but between innocence and guilt there need be but one passionate hour. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry Fielding My guilt immediately flew in my face, and told me I had been accessory to this lady’s undoing. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope She knew the comparative insignificance of her own fault, and yet circumstances had brought it about that she must stand oppressed with this weight of guilt in his eyes. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing The result of the first day’s espionage being a piece of evidence so incomplete, he had hoped to command himself until more solid proof of his wife’s guilt were forthcoming. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Leslie Stephen To charge those favourable representations which men give of their own minds, with the guilt of hypocritical falsehood, would show more severity than knowledge. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Caroline Lamb That night Lord Glenarvon slept not at the Castle. Zerbellini’s guilt was now considered as certain. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle McFarlane’s guilt definitely established. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Idiotic indiscretion; that is how he defined his guilt to himself. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell One of them said that such an action showed Satan’s prompting, but they all preferred to listen to the grander guilt of the blasphemous sacraments and supernatural rides. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

So far as he was concerned, my guilt was as if it were written in the skies. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The guilt of the parties was placed beyond a doubt. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells She goes about trying to conceal her profound sense of guilt behind a haughty expression. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Oliver Goldsmith But their union was soon found to be disagreeable and inconvenient to both; guilt gave shame frequent uneasiness, and shame often betrayed the secret conspiracies of guilt. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Anthony Trollope It would be for the jury to decide, under such directions as his lordship might be pleased to give them, how far that evidence brought the guilt home to the prisoner. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

To discover the guilt of Amy Duny and Rose Cullender, the girl’s eyes were blinded closely with a shawl, and the witches were commanded to touch her. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Fielding Such is ever the fortitude of perfect innocence, and such the depression of guilt in minds not utterly abandoned. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Henry James Such guilt would not have been great, to Isabel’s mind; she couldn’t make a crime of Madame Merle’s having been the producing cause of the most important friendship she had ever formed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

All I intend is that her self-accusation shall not derive strength or importance from any doubts of my guilt which may spring from the defence which has been interposed in my behalf. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Edgar Allan Poe Should they even trace the animal, it would be impossible to prove me cognizant of the murder, or to implicate me in guilt on account of that cognizance. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

William Makepeace Thackeray The prisoner had fired one shot himself and then called oh his companion in guilt to discharge another. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Henry Kingsley He is entangled in a web of crime and guilt from which there is no escape. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Now you are in my power: The produce of my guilt will at least be mine. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Arthur Conan Doyle Guilt — that was it — guilt and fear! “What’s come over you, lack?” she cried. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

William Makepeace Thackeray But, for God’s sake, if we are to enjoy this, let us do so in moderation; and let us, at least, be sure of a man’s guilt before we murder him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

To harden and embrute the kindly dispositions, we must not only indulge in guilt but feel that we are guilty. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

John Stuart Mill The utmost they allow is an extenuation of its absolute necessity or of the positive guilt of rejecting it. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Anna Katherine Green But I could not help thinking, even on that horrible morning, that your face did not wear a look of guilt so much as it did that of firm and quiet resolution. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is nothing of the baffled conspirator in this woman’s bearing; there is not even any semblance of guilt or fear. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

No thought of guilt my bosom sowrs: Free-willed I fled from courtly bowers; For well I saw in Halls and Towers That Lust and Pride, The Arch–Fiend’s dearest darkest Powers, In state preside. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu If you should faile I must put my Proofs in the hands of the police, for I will take it for a sure sine of guilt if you fail after this to appoint for a meating. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Gaston Leroux At that moment Rance and I were in the vestibule discussing Mathieu’s guilt or innocence, while Rouletabille stood apart buried, apparently, in thought. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Heaven knows I was never born to be the avenger of guilt or the persecutor of the guilty. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell For the knowledge of her father’s capability of guilt seemed to have opened a dark gulf in his character, into the depths of which she trembled to look. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope At Tankerville there was nothing of either, and our hero’s guilt was taken as a certainty. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He doubted, when the appearance of a doubt was in itself evidence of guilt in the eyes of the man who was watching him. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Wilkie Collins The guilt of his absence — if his heartless and hardened nature did not change towards her — would now rest with him, and not with me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Even in that gentle night there move, however, symbols of guilt and danger. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen His punishment followed his conduct, as did a deeper punishment the deeper guilt of his wife. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Tell him not of repentance! Six hours’ repentance for eight times six years of guilt and sin! He buries his face in his hands, and throws himself on the bench. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Olaf Stapledon In many thousands of minds we have watched this subtle guilt at work. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope He had been quite convinced of Caldigate’s guilt — not only by the direct evidence, but by the concurrent circumstances. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Daniel Defoe Blind to my future fate, an humble boy, Free from the guilt and glory I enjoy. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Henry Fielding The truth is, that it is almost impossible guilt should miss the discovering of all the snares in its way, as it is constantly prying closely into every corner in order to lay snares for others. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edith Wharton And what if it were true? What if her unconscious guilt went back even farther than his thought dared to track it? She could not now recall a time when she had not loved him. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

But still — Signa folded up his paper and ate his grapes, with a flush almost of guilt on his face. Signa by Ouida

Caroline Lamb Ah! believe me, Calantha, guilt will make the proudest spirit sink, and your courage will fail you at the moment of trial. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Wilkie Collins We in England are free from all guilt of that kind — we commit no such dreadful crime — we abhor reckless bloodshed with all our hearts. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The devotion that she manifested had not even the appearance of that feeling that now and then inspires a woman to share the guilt of her partner out of the pathetic greatness of her love. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Thomas Paine The guilt of a government is the crime of a whole country; and the nation that can, though but for a moment, think and act as England has done, can never afterwards be believed or trusted. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

You cannot ask Maurice de Crespigny to believe in his nephew’s guilt on the testimony of a pencil drawing which that nephew may boldly repudiate. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Olaf Stapledon In fact it became for them an unconscious symbol, tapping all the secret guilt and fear and hate which the oppressors felt for the oppressed. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Horace Walpole His guilt suggested to him that she had probably been informed by Isabella of his purpose. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

James Joyce I thought you the great in all things, in guilt and in glory. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Bram Stoker It is a purely metaplrysical speculation whether guilt is a necessaiy element of imposition. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

It takes a long course of guilt to subjugate nature completely, and prevent those exterior signs of agitation that outlive all good. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

George Meredith Her air of guilt made the Countess thrill. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

William Harrison Ainsworth Could guilt sleep so soundly? I half doubted the old man’s story. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

James Anthony Froude I have gone full of guilt and terror to the pulpit door; God carried me on with a strong hand, for neither guilt nor hell could take me off. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

T. E. Lawrence Where exactly in the interim my guilt passed from accessory to principal, upon what headings I should be condemned, were not for me to say. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It is perplexing, for they cannot all be the murderer, although in my present state of mind there is a distinct probability of guilt about several of them. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

The guilt of the renowned lawyer was certainly assuming positive proportions. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens No punishment that our inefficient laws provide, is worthy of the name when set against the guilt of this transaction. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Bram Stoker We refer to Cotton Mather, who believed he wrought for the Lord — in his own way — in Xew England. But guilt does not attach to him. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Most women would have thought that conscious guilt spoke in the violence of his self-accusation; she did not. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

James Joyce So yelp your guilt and kitz the buck. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Edgar Allan Poe The monster, in terror, had fled the premises forever! I should behold it no more! My happiness was supreme! The guilt of my dark deed disturbed me but little. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

There were no signs of guilt upon his countenance; certainly there were none in his bearing. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Walter Scott The child of guilt and misery was separated from his companions, strongly pinioned, and committed to a separate room, of which the Captain kept the key. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Never certainly have I seen a plainer confession of guilt upon human countenances. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Henry Fielding As for poor Robinson, the usual concomitants of guilt attended him, and he began to tremble in a violent manner. Amelia by Henry Fielding

George Gissing She had never known such a painful feeling of guilt as whilst she sat with Gilbert and Lydia regarding her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The murderer whose crime remains unsuspected for ten years can laugh at the police officers who discover his guilt in the eleventh. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Walter Scott In one sense, indeed, it seemed as if denouncing the guilt of Staunton, the cause of her sister’s errors and misfortunes, would have been an act of just, and even providential retribution. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

While his innocence or guilt was debated in Madrid with the utmost acrimony, Ambrosio was a prey to the pangs of conscious villainy, and the terrors of punishment impending over him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

What does she do, then? With the courage that characterizes all her movements, she determines upon seeing him, and from his own lips, perhaps, win a confession of guilt or innocence. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green I shall see it always; for hard upon its view, fear entered my soul, horrible, belittling fear, torturing me not with a sense of guilt but of its consequences. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Theodore Dreiser Don’t worry about George W. Stener. His guilt is established by his own confession. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope The article was calculated to give the greatest pain to, no doubt, many persons; and the innocence or guilt of “the Lion,” as poor John Ball was called, must be made manifest to the public. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Gissing She had a sense of guilt in their presence, as if she were there on false pretences. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Henry Fielding I was conscious of I knew not what — guilt I hope it cannot be called. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope By degrees evidence had been obtained of Scrobby’s guilt in the matter of the red herrings, and he was to be tried for the offence of putting down poison. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To acknowledge that he knew all along where it was hidden would be to confess his guilt and to give himself up to the tormentors of the law. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The deed of folly or of guilt does its fatal work when the sinner who committed it has forgotten his wickedness. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

But if guilt were present in that assembly, there was no outward indication of the diabolical element. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Never should he behold her fallen, as she deemed, from her pride of beauty, the poverty-stricken inhabitant of a garret, with a name which had become a reproach, and a weight of guilt on her soul. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

I dreaded to look upon the face that had so recently worn the appalling livery of guilt and malignity. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

A horrible sense of guilt was stealing over me. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Ann Radcliffe My guilt is beyond remedy in this world, and I fear will be without pardon in the next; I therefore hope little from confession even to a priest. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

He understood the hatred with which this Arnold Gauntry must be regarding him, and he realised why the man had been so determined to fasten the guilt of the murder upon him. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

There is something in that word with its suggestions of guilt and retribution which arrests the thought. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Meredith Leonardo stretches the tips of his fingers out to her; on his knees confesses his guilt and warns her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My blackness blotted thy unblemish’d name. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The more Grant thought, the more certain he became that only light on Sorrell’s history would elucidate the problem and prove Lamont’s guilt or — incredible! — innocence. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Then she added, how practicable it was to lay the guilt of the deed upon the drunken sleepy grooms. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Radclyffe Hall She looked at Elizabeth guiltily, but there was no guilt in Elizabeth’s answering smile; on the contrary, there was much happiness, a triumphant happiness that made Joan feel afraid. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Bram Stoker Again I waked with a sense of guilt and of time passed, and found Madam Mina still sleeping, and the sun low down. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

To-day the deliberate increase in the chances of death, The conscious acceptance of guilt in the necessary murder; To-day the expending of powers On the flat ephemeral pamphlet and the boring meeting. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

But why Juliet should hint at his own guilt Cuthbert could not imagine. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

By the former, the power of deciding the guilt or innocence was vested wholly in their hands; while by the latter they enjoyed no power or privilege at all. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Ann Radcliffe What punishment is adequate to guilt like this?’ The father paused — his eyes sternly fixed on Julia, who, pale and trembling, could scarcely support herself, and who had no power to reply. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

William Hazlitt We are not tempted to exaggerate the guilt of his conduct, when he himself gives it up as a bad business, and writes himself down ‘plain villain’. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]