Phrases with "impression"

Further, I can prove that, while Polton was absent, trying the key in the lock, some other person abstracted a piece of the wax and made an impression on it with the broken key. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry Adams On the other hand, Cameron made deep impression on Adams, and in nothing so much as on the great subject of discussion that year — the question of silver. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle Eager, active, energetic, he gave the impression of a man who must succeed in the world, but who might be a little unscrupulous in his methods of doing so. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith Which brings me to inquire what impression M. d’Henriel made on you yesterday evening. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Wilkie Collins She had produced a very favorable impression on me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson Such was the impression made, that a young clergyman, himself a man of ability, trembled and became confused when he saw Robert enter the church in which he was to preach. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

From this man I understand that Professor Nogo, though in a state of utter exhaustion, clings feebly to the hard biscuit and cold brandy and water, under the impression that they will yet restore him. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Of course many persons experienced at least temporary relief from the strong impression made upon their minds by this novel and marvellous method of treatment. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

My impression is that it consisted of about eighteen or twenty people. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

As her story drew to a close, her own countenance grew rigid with despair, for she saw that her words had made no impression on the obdurate heart to which she appealed. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins All that had been said, all that had happened during the night of the storm, had produced a powerful, though vague impression on me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Algernon Blackwood Later, of course, the single impression is modified and obscured by other feelings. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Again I had the impression of people near, who for some unknown reason did not molest me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

No other moment of our stay would have served us so well for a first general impression of Vicenza as that twilight hour. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

But his bodily ailment was the least of his troubles, and I had the impression that this plump, four-square personage had been badly shaken. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Henry James After a moment he gave her the further impression of having become sure enough of her to be able very gracefully to say out: “You know your mother loathes you, loathes you simply. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

H. G. Wells Yet I brought away an impression that here was a rightness that earthly economists have failed to grasp. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle The general effect was chubby and rather childlike, so that one received the impression of quite a young man with a broad set smile upon his face. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

John Galsworthy It was his impression that they’d been having a scrap. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins This man’s disorder must have been infectious when the young woman stooped down close over him, under the impression that he was the person she had come to see. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins There was one little obstacle in those early days, which set itself up between my sympathies and Nugent. I was thoroughly at a loss to understand the impression which Lucilla had produced on him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The metropolis, barely glimpsed, made little impression on him, except for the sense of cleanliness he drew from the tall white buildings seen from a Hudson River steamboat in the early morning. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith His mutterings were full of gratitude, showing a vividly transient impression to what was about him, that vanished in a narrow-headed flight through clouds into lands of memory. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

The fact is only unimportant if one believes that what is read in childhood leaves no impression behind. Collected Essays by George Orwell

M. R. James It gave the impression of a town house set down in the country; there was a basement, and a rather imposing flight of steps leading up to the front door. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle The stranger seemed buried in thought, but once or twice I had the impression that he was looking hard at me through the darkness as we strode along together. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins After what she had just seen, however, the general impression became her impression too. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He gave the impression that he was watching every move, every phase of the situation, weighing it all that he might turn it in the best way to his advantage. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was a tall powerfully-made young man, giving the impression of strength more than elegance. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

G. K. Chesterton Heavy and ramshackle as was the vehicle, it was driven quickly enough, and they soon had the exhilarating impression of distancing altogether those, whoever they were, who were hunting them. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

John Galsworthy Fleur replied in a letter so worded as to give the impression that she had no other interest in the world just then but her new scheme. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

But, you see, I found the impression cost me rather too much. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins Her one effort now was to strengthen the impression which she believed herself to have produced. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

M. P. Shiel He did, however, give an impression of incalculable ancientness. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Henry James And now I am already better!” I mention this incident because it confirmed an impression of Rowland’s from which he had derived a certain consolation. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Gertrude Stein I was very surprised, having had a very different impression of her, going up to see her one afternoon, finding her mending her linen and doing it beautifully. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Willa Cather You must be under the impression that I’m one of these damned New England sharks that get their pound of flesh off the widow and orphan. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope And there was, I fear, an impression on the minds of some men that the Duke in such matters was weak and might be persuaded. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton And the English people certainly have somehow got an impression and a tradition that the Irishman is genial, unreasonable, and sentimental. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Andrew Lang Most of us leave school with the impression that there was a good deal of bullying when we were little, but that the institution has died out. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Henry James Isabel’s originality was that she gave one an impression of having intentions of her own. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The impression on my mind was one of great haste. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

The long hall gave the impression of a small cemetery with its double row of white beds looking like an aisle of marble tombs. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

It was remarked that even the coulis de dindonneau made no impression on Bagnigge that night. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Edith Wharton He wondered vaguely if she were more elaborately dressed than usual, or if the festal impression she produced were simply a reflection of her mood. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Thomas Hardy He did not know that she had noted every impression that her daughter had made upon him. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Walter Scott But Saddletree, like other prosers, was blessed with a happy obtuseness of perception concerning the unfavourable impression which he sometimes made on his auditors. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Water and even soap made no impression on it; only two things would remove it — one of them was mud, and the other, curiously enough, was hop juice. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli It left, however, on the mind of Iduna an impression of the desperate resolution of the writer. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Henry James Gordon had given her up; but he bore Bernard a grudge for speaking ill of her, and so long as this disagreeable impression should last, he preferred not to see him. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

He was not a patch on Drivel Jones, and I could see made no impression on the jury at all. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In the last letter she had from him he told her that he was practising in Geneva, New York, and she got the impression that he had settled down with some one to keep house for him. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jules Verne Je voulus fixer dans mon esprit une impression suprême. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Marjorie Bowen While the hymn was being sung I gained the impression far more vividly than I had ever received before that Aunt Ursula Beane had been a rather terrible person. Raw Material by Marjorie Bowen

Wilkie Collins The first and longest of the Extracts produced the most vivid impression in Court. Evidently the writer was in this case a worthy and sensible person. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Or was it that I had no right to ask him,? However, he left an impression on my mind. In the World by Maksim Gorky

She made such an impression on him that, after he returned home, he simply could not get her out of his mind and his thoughts kept reverting to her all that day. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

M. P. Shiel Most profound, most profound, was the impression they made upon me. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Henry Adams The Irish gardener once said to the child: “You’ll be thinkin’ you’ll be President too!” The casuality of the remark made so strong an impression on his mind that he never forgot it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry James His impression was at any rate doubtless his share of surprise at Long’s gift of talk. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Wilkie Collins A remarkable story, which has made such an impression on me that I have written it in my Journal. I am not rich enough to buy the book. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Feeling over himself, he found that his left ear was caked full of dirt, as if someone had wanted to take an impression of the inside. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells He wanted a long, frank, unembarrassed and uninterrupted conversation with Marjorie. He had a very strong impression that Marjorie wanted exactly the same thing. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft The disturbed debris formed an impression we could not shake off, and the smell of gasoline grew stronger. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

I think I’ve got the impression I want. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Virginia Woolf We shall not spoil the reader’s impression of the superb passage describing a visit arranged by Mrs. Greville to George Eliot by revealing what happened on that almost tragic occasion. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Mark Twain Surrounded by poverty, decay and ruin, it conveys to us a more tangible impression of the former greatness of Pisa than books could give us. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells The thing gives one an impression of large pieces of type having been cut away and replaced by fresh blocks. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

William Godwin It was in the close of that month that I read her Letters from Norway; and the impression that book produced upon me has been already related. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

G. K. Chesterton And yet, as we turned that corner, the first impression I had was of something that had nothing to do with the fight at all. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Theron turned away irresolutely, half frightened at the undreamt-of impression this music was making upon him. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry James He mentioned that he was having the charming impression for the first time. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Willems’ troubled eyes took in the quick impression of men and things as he came out from the place of his humiliation. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Walter Besant Then I asked him whether, in case I put into his hand an impression in wax of a key, he would make me its counterpart in iron. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her first startled impression that the white framework seemed to be a painted metal was apparently founded on fact. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Alfred Ainger Such an impression I never received from objects of sight before, nor do I suppose that I can ever again. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Edith Wharton Slightly paler, perhaps, and thinner — but as she moved forward with her easy step the impression vanished. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins That was the impression you produced on me. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Vsevolod Krestovsky But we can discuss that later,” he went on more lightly, as if throwing aside the heavy impression produced by the thought of Princess Anna’s misery. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Robert Louis Stevenson The death of his wife, following so shortly after, must have stamped the impression of this episode upon his mind. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins One of them, let me say at once, produced a very disagreeable impression on me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Walter Scott I fear not his making impression on these poor women, the vassals of the Church, and bred up in due obedience to her behests. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

His manner said that he was not pleased, but Janet found a tone in his voice that told her the impression of Elfrida had not been altogether distasteful. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Henry James This impression would perhaps have been confirmed if a part of the rest of the short conversation of the two young women had reached his ear. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Meredith On second thoughts, he stopped and hailed her; he was moved to confirm an impression of this girl’s features. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The door opened slowly, and I felt the impression of some one looking at me. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

H. G. Wells It fell away from Polly, and he had an impression of somebody squeaking as it went down. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells Our dominant impression of things Russian is an impression of a vast irreparable breakdown. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Quite apart from what Mr. Gover has told us, I gained the impression right from the very beginning that it was only a two man affair. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

The poet’s only recorded impression of the journey is a gleam of Loch Leven, to which he refers in one of his latest letters. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Maria Edgeworth The impression made on my imagination by these horrible tales was greater than my nursery-maid intended. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins Ah, if I could only feel some people’s confidence in three times! No; it produced an impression on me — and that was all. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Henry James Now this fresh impression of mine — what do you propose to do with it when you get it?” “Such things are always useful. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope He had said but very little to them; but on Miss Baker’s mind an impression had been left that it would please him to see the marriage completed. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Well, all the time you were delirious that last impression of yours was uppermost in your mind to the exclusion of everything else. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

G. K. Chesterton In order to do so it is necessary to say what was, at the time of his first success, the public impression of Shaw’s philosophy. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing She did not raise her head as he entered, and only a slight fluttering of the pages of her book indicated that his entrance made any impression upon her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

William Hope Hodgson The place was lit with a gloomy twilight that gave an impression of indescribable desolation. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Henry Fielding They made such an impression on my soul, that I was forced to be dipped three times in the river Lethe to prevent my remembering it in the characters which I afterwards performed in the flesh. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Victor Hugo Lord Scarsdale translated the impression of the assembly in one exclamation, — “What is the monster doing here?” Gwynplaine stood up, dismayed and indignant, in a sort of final convulsion. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was evidently under the impression that the Macedonia was unarmed. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Meredith After a studious interval, until the impression of his lady had subsided, he resumed: “She’s so funny. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

An impression lay on her mind that the fever was not yet out of the house, and never would be out of it, and that any fresh person, coming in to reside, would be liable to take it. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Watkin Tench Nor was the chagrin of these deprivations lessened by the news daily arriving of the convulsions that shook the republic, which could not fail to make an impression even on Batavian phlegm. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Watkin Tench His disappearance seemed to make no impression on the rest of his countrymen, who were apprized of his resolution to go. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

M. R. James I was still at the window, and before I could adjust myself to the new fear there came the impression of a tread on the stairs and a hand on the door. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Arnold Bennett An impression of health, moral and physical, everywhere disengaged itself. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Arthur Machen The horrible detail of faces “as if they had been bitten to pieces” had made its violent impression on him, that was all. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Isabella Bird The wretched poverty of the people of this place made a very painful impression on me. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Theodore Dreiser In the crowded elevator, another dusty, toil-stained youth tried to make an impression on her by leering in her face. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

He had the impression of swimming up into this room from some quite different world, a sort of underwater world far beneath it. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Henry James Bernard saw a latent spark in his friend’s eye that seemed to question his own for an impression of Blanche — to question it eagerly, and yet to deprecate judgment. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

He could not seize it; it was a decidedly unpleasant impression of having seen him before, but where he could not bring to mind. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Algernon Blackwood The impression of subterfuge and caution he conveyed left his observer unsatisfied. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Virginia Woolf The impression was so intense that he could not dismiss it, nor even think whether he had seen her or merely imagined her. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Rudyard Kipling Do you follow me? In that instant, by that stumble, he produced the impression that his adorable assassination was a mere bestial blunder. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

G. K. Chesterton M. Bert did not give the impression of a pious man, though he did give, especially with his eyes, the impression of an honest one. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Ford Madox Ford But the strong impression remained. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Wilkie Collins The blotting-paper was the last thing left to dispose of: two neatly-folded sheets, quite clean, except in one place, where the impression of a few lines of writing appeared. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins The reference to “Mrs. Turner” produced no impression on him of any sort: no person of that name, common as it was, happened to be numbered on the list of his friends or his customers. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

This impression was kept in full force by their numerous festivals. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Even while looking over at the aeroplane’s shadow running prettily over land and sea, I had the impression of extreme slowness. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. G. Wells What struck me most about the New York atmosphere, and the impression was intensified in Washington, was the mixture of praise and detraction with which the President was mentioned. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Makepeace Thackeray Twenty Frederics, if you get an impression of the keys. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Henry Lawson And the water was so bad that half a pound of tea in the billy wouldn’t make no impression on the colour — nor the taste. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Jules Verne D’ailleurs, les Anglo~Saxons ont une telle indifférence pour la vie des gens que cet événement ne provoqua qu’une médiocre impression à bord. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

But her endeavours to make an impression on the paper were without result. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

William Makepeace Thackeray Observation grows used to the rags as much as the people do, and my impression of the walk through this district on a sunshiny, clear, autumn evening, is that of a fete. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The impression was so strong that Mr Verloc glanced over his shoulder. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Why?” “Would Sussex suit you?” Isbel anticipated her aunt’s reply, turning to him with a friendly smile, as if anxious to counteract the impression caused by her free speaking. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

H. G. Wells But the reader will find the full particulars of my impression of all this in the Geological Magazine for October, 1905, and to that I must refer him. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

These are the sinking middle class, and most of them are clinging to their gentility under the impression that it keeps them afloat. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

There is an impression a little ambiguous. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne Paganel venait de courir la ville en compagnie de Robert, et il raconta son impression nocturne d’une très laconique façon. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Ralph Waldo Emerson To judge from a single conversation, he made the impression of a narrow and very English mind; of one who paid for his rare elevation by general tameness and conformity. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Leon Trotsky This produced about the same sort of impression as a stone thrown into a puddle alive with pompous and phlegmatic frogs. My Life by Leon Trotsky

His attitude, compared with the extravagance of those around him, gave the impression of a complacent modern deity presiding over some grotesque ceremonial of pagan worship. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry James What determined him to speak, with a certain sense of the risk, was the impression that the Colonel told queer stories. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins For the moment, the scene produced its impression on Ernest, in spite of the terrible anxieties which consumed him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Leon Trotsky To soften the impression that we were demoting the October capital, I remained in Petrograd for another week or two. My Life by Leon Trotsky

William Hazlitt The understanding is a dividing and measuring faculty: it judges of things, not according to their immediate impression on the mind, but according to their relations to one another. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

John Galsworthy It was the impression of old Jolyon, however, that she was not unhappy. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott He looked around the armed ranks, to see what impression the solemn sounds made on them. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

M. P. Shiel The earthquake of the mansion was intense; but all sense seemed swallowed up and confounded in the one impression of sound. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Ford Madox Ford IT is very difficult to give an all-round impression of an man. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford Otherwise, from both the doctor and the parson, she had an impression of Tietjens’s as a queer house-hold — queer because it was so humdrum and united. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Edith Wharton Other fugitives to Pianura brought another impression of events — that comic note which life, the supreme dramatic artist, never omits from her tragedies. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Algernon Blackwood The true source of the queer impression remained elusive. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It looked just as if, while Violet was shaping out the image, she had given it a gentle pat with her hand, and had neglected to smooth the impression quite away. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

H. G. Wells I had the impression at first that it must be some sort of conservation board, improvised under panic conditions, to save the rare creatures of the world threatened with extinction. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had been expecting a visit from an applicant for the post of assistant bookkeeper, and he entered the room with a little less than his usual ceremony, under the impression that this was she. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Andrew Lang The impression left on my own mind by the Census does pretty closely agree with that of its authors. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle The cabman had described a somewhat shorter man, but such an impression might easily have been erroneous. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Algernon Blackwood It was in this sense, I got the impression strangely, that she had need of me. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Wilkie Collins The impression produced by later events had not only intensified this feeling, but had presented the motives of that true friend under an entirely new point of view. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Just now she’s wanting to leave us with the impression that any of these three might have done it. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

This vision was so intense in Hegel, and the tone of authority with which he spoke from out of the midst of it was so weighty, that the impression he made has never been effaced. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sigmund Freud The impression of that time must be responsible for the fact that until shortly before I went to the university I wanted to study jurisprudence, and changed my mind only at the last moment. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins She wrote to me under the impression that something serious must have happened to prevent me, for the first time, from keeping an appointment that I had made with her. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing I don’t wish to convey an impressionreally it’s very difficult to describe him. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

This outburst, though followed by tears and penitence, confirmed the impression of the Tuscan police that the whole company were dangerous, and made the Government press for their departure. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Helen Zimmern It is quite true that Miss Edgeworth’s books bear reading twice; once for the general impression, the second time to see how cunningly this impression is produced. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Jules Verne The impression became at last so poignant that I asked myself if it would not be better to go to the Captain’s room, see him face to face, and brave him with look and gesture. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Gertrude Stein You see, he said slightly hesitant, the director of the Grafton Press is under the impression that perhaps your knowledge of english. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Look for this impression all along the path; and you will find it again twice. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

She was always under the impression that the grass was damp — even when it burned you as you touched it with the palm of your hand. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Edith Wharton At first its weak flame made no impression on the shadows; then Zeena’s face stood grimly out against the uncurtained pane, which had turned from grey to black. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She recalled her impression of the childlikeness which seemed all the dark dew of appealing eyes, which were like a young doe’s or a bird’s rather than a girl’s. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. F. Benson Lucia was evidently the prey of a guilty conscience too: she meant, so Mrs. Boucher was firmly convinced, to steal away, leaving the impression she was soon coming back. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

George Gissing She had seen little if anything of the representative proletarian, and perchance even if she had the momentary impression would have faded in the light of her burning soul. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

We came to know them so well hereafter that no mere first impression would be worth record. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope The 7th of May had been among his treasures for some time, and now he had acquired an entire letter, envelope and all, which bore the Sydney impression of the 13th May. This was a great triumph. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. Nesbi It made a deep impression, but the impression did not last long. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Charles Dickens But I carried away with me a most pleasant impression of the town and its inhabitants, and have preserved it to this hour. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The impression seems to be that you’re a desperate man. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. F. Benson The red-currant fool made a similarly agreeable impression on Major Flint. “‘Pon my word,” he said. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Richard Burton Below, distant about two miles, lay Al-Madinah; at first sight it appeared a large place, but a closer inspection proved the impression to be erroneous. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Guy de Maupassan I have retained an impression of that evening that I can never forget. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

Her beauty had made a really extraordinary impression and everyone had been charmed with her. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Tobias Smolle This made such an impression on his imagination, that he got up in his sleep and expressed himself as above. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells I’ve given, I see, an impression that I want to make simply a hotch-potch of anecdotes and experiences with my uncle swimming in the middle as the largest lump of victual. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Charles Stur I abandoned the task therefore under an impression that the outlet was not navigable, yet Mr. Pullen succeeded in taking a small cutter into the Goolwa with perfect safety. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

He did not give the exgoverness the satisfaction of seeing what an impression she had made on him, but looked at her serenely when she had finished. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

H.P. Lovecraft As I considered the inevitable end my mind ran over preceding events, and developed a hitherto dormant impression which would have caused a weaker and more superstitious man to shudder. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Richard Burton When the prescription is written out, you affix an impression of your ring seal to the beginning and to the end of it, that no one may be able to add to or take from its contents. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Ivan Turgenev Only one circumstance disturbed him and left an impression that was not quite agreeable. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

He made an impression that was unrivalled. Memories and Studies by William James

D. H. Lawrence I don’t know — I suppose he made an impression on me. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Silence was the best way of showing the impression made upon him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing In the same way he had cultivated a habit of the muscles which conveyed an impression that he was devoted to athletic sports. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Without any special regret she made her retreat from the revel which Courtenay was enjoying under the impression that it was life and the young Russian under the firm conviction that it was not. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Edgar Allan Poe There were several deep scratches just below the chin, together with a series of livid spots which were evidently the impression of fingers. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells We did not get our impression of that cavern all at once. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Gaston Leroux It would not be difficult, to take an impression of Monsieur Darzac’s footprints, and have similar boots made for himself. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

But he did not need another glance at the man to verify his impression of high cheekbones, thin dark face, and jutting chin. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

This world of yours — and perhaps of mine too, for that matter — doesn’t give me the slightest impression of a dream, or an illusion, or anything of that sort. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins My impression is that the shock inflicted on me completely suspended my thinking and feeling power. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

It made no impression whatever on her. In the World by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells I must have been very tired there, but whatever impression was made has gone out of my memory. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Charles Dickens If the fixed impression be of an object terrible to the child, it will be (for want of reasoning upon) inseparable from great fear. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]