Phrases with "instant"

At a moment when the Duchessa seemed slightly more calm, without stirring from his posture, he broke off his prayer for an instant to say these words: “Once again he offers his life. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

He turned his big fair face towards me with surprise in his keen glance, which (as though he had seen through me in an instant and found nothing objectionable) changed subtly into friendliness. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Meredith He understood how he would stand in an instant were Dr. Middleton absent. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edith Wharton In the pause that followed there was an instant during which the universe seemed to Hugh Millner like a sounding-board bent above his single consciousness. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Andrew Lang In an instant Gille Mairtean the fox had sprung on his back, and gave him such a bite that he fell down unconscious. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Never for an instant stopping the song, he held out his hand for the money, and then slid the gun to my hand. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

For an instant she believed him; he had so innocent an air, and looked so nice dressed as a hussar. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

At the same instant I was thrown violently to the ground by the impact of something unseen in the smoke — some soft, heavy substance that seemed thrown against me with great force. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was a sharp twang as of a broken banjo-string, and at the same instant an arrow appeared in the yellow hide of the crouching lion. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell In an instant he had joined me in the garden. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

In an instant the young stranger was on the stoop. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton Ann Eliza passed hastily into the back room, but in an instant she heard her sister at her side. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edith Wharton But the question brought an instant reaction of bitterness. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

A person was seated at one of the desks, who took off his square cap when Mr. Crimsworth entered, and in an instant was again absorbed in his occupation of writing or calculating — I know not which. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle But it was a hard question, dear,” he took her hand for an instant in his own, “and I acted for the best. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

George Meredith In an instant my father came up right in our faces. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins She rang the bell — and shrank back the instant she had done it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

James Joyce It must understand when it desires in one instant and then prolongs its own desire instant after instant, sinfully. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope Drug them and make them senseless; or, better still, come down upon them with absolute power, and carry them away to instant death. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Henry James There was literally an instant in which Maisie fully saw — saw madness and desolation, saw ruin and darkness and death. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

At the same instant the gun was fired, and he heard the whistling of a ball pass over his head. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling Rarely introduced to the pistol, I saw the Mexican half rise in his chair and at the same instant found myself full length on the floor. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

An instant later a man appeared round the bend of the road. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The instant he came in, he could have seen we were alone. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Stone had the instant impression of three very pretty girls and a youngish and smartly dressed man who was standing just behind them. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Hope In an instant I saw that there must be steps in the wall; it was plain. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The conservatory suffered instant invasion, Christina and Mr. Holland being afforded the entertainment of disappointing couple after couple who came straight to their corner. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

He could put up with this meaningless office-life, because he never for an instant thought of it as permanent. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jules Verne Le frère et la soeur, par une de ces communications magnétiques qui lient mystérieusement les âmes entre elles, subirent à la fois et au même instant une même hallucination. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

But the next instant he was back, panting and breathless. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James An instant later the train was off, but, moving quickly beside it, while Fleda leaned inscrutably forth, Mrs. Gereth grasped her friend’s hand and looked up with wonderful eyes. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

It was as if one had been snatched up for an instant to some vast height overlooking the plains of Time, and had seen the centuries mapped out beneath one’s feet. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Meredith At the same instant Emilia quitted the room. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George MacDonald But the next instant her eyes flashed out of the dark straight into mine. Lilith by George MacDonald

Miles Franklin Marriage! I am sure he does not for an instant think of me in that light. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

In an instant Lane had seen his danger and throwing his instructions to the wind, he suddenly urged on Boxer to topmost speed. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

An instant after they were on the deck. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Benjamin Disraeli She paused each instant to listen for the wished-for sound, but a mute stillness reigned throughout the house and household. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Henry Kingsley She stood there an instant on tiptoe, with the sunlight full upon her, while Sam, buried in gloom, had time for a delighted look, before she stepped into the verandah and saw him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

God bless you all!’” With this he sank into a very tranquil sleep, and, indeed, he scarcely afterwards gave any sign of consciousness except for an instant on the arrival of his sons. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Fanny Fern Katy and Nettie are dropped into the outstretched arms of the crowd below; the strong, brave arm of Johnny Galt is thrown around Ruth, and in an instant she lies fainting in the arms of a by-stander. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Arnold Bennett But from that instant the tide had seemed to turn. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne For an instant it must have ceased to beat. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

If he halted for an instant the longing for tobacco would come upon him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Edith Wharton For an instant the old impulse of flight swept through her; but it was only the lift of a broken wing. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle Next instant its hind legs were high in the air, and the rider had been shot from its back. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

G. K. Chesterton As the little singing figure came nearer and nearer, Evan fell on his knees, and after an instant Beatrice followed; then Madeleine fell on her knees, and after a longer instant Turnbull followed. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Rudyard Kipling I would go without shirts or shoes, Friends, tobacco or bread Sooner than for an instant lose Either side of my head. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle The instant that we heard it, Holmes sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with his cane at the bell-pull. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry James She watched him an instant turn over its con tents. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

H. G. Wells Denton for one instant felt confident, and strangely buoyant and serene. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Craddock strained his eyes, hoping every instant to see a boat shoot out to them with Sharkey seated in the sheets. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

You may imagine that I have no friendly feeling towards this man, yet I cannot for an instant conceive him capable of harming a hair of his wife’s head. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He was with her, and behind them, gliding like a wraith from landing to landing, came Marah, clad like the bride in a traveling dress, but without the bonnet which betokened an instant departure. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope For an instant he stood with the handle in his hand. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell In an instant I understood it all, and remembered that, if Urian had lived, he too might have been in love. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Walter Scott The figure of Hereward, with his axe uplifted, put an instant stop to his career, and with a terrified note of his native cries, he withdrew into the thickest of the adjoining foliage. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Elizabeth Gaskell But in an instant she was strong and quiet. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edith Wharton At his approach it melted for an instant into two separate shapes and then conjoined again, and he heard a kiss, and a half-laughing “Oh!” provoked by the discovery of his presence. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

The instant Groslow put his foot upon the hatchway steps the ship opened like the crater of a volcano. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

An instant of quiet listening, then he touched a spring in the side of the box and laid his ear, in haste, to his loop-hole. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

But these personal distinctions identified in an instant an old friend of mine, whom I had known in the south for some years as the most masterly of mail-coachmen. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

Arnold Bennett He hesitated for an instant afraid, and then with an effort brusquely opened the door and looked forth beyond the shelter of the room. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

In an instant the confused murmur within ceased. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Henry Handel Richardson For an instant their collapse seemed to leave him alone in space, without a hold, and feeling strangely shrunken. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

In an instant I forgot myself, forgot everything but her and the effect she produced upon those about her. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I touched her hand, and in an instant the touch ran through me like fire, from head to foot. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell But if any suspicion mingled for an instant with the thoughts that crossed Job’s mind, it was immediately dispelled by Jem’s honest, fearless, open countenance. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

G. K. Chesterton A moment after there were only two; an instant after only one; and an instant after that the lanterns near to me swung like jangled bells, as if struck suddenly. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Radclyffe Hall She murmured in a kind of ecstatic anguish: ‘Oh! oh! — Oh! oh!’ And then, ‘Joan, Joan, Joan!’ But not for an instant did her tears cease. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling Trejago had to walk with this lady and talk to her at the Band-stand, and once or twice to drive with her; never for an instant dreaming that this would affect his dearer out-of-the-way life. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Their heads showed for an instant in the next. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Edgar Allan Poe In an instant afterward I recollected myself, and my astonishment was profound. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell She saw the same strange glance of satisfaction, the same instant change to apparent regret and pain. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Henry James Beale on the other hand appeared after an instant himself to feel a scruple. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

But in the same instant Hermione caught him by the arm and hauled him inside the restaurant. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Edgar Rice Burroughs For an instant the scene was ludicrous; but only for an instant. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

His tone became ferocious for an instant . Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

For an instant she heard the sound produced by Dominique’s body in passing along the ivy. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

The instant I had done so I saw why he was so silent and immovable. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

My only recourse was to frighten Aju with the threat of instant dismissal if any of the girls were found at night near his quarters. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant up there rode an aide-decamp, with the reddest face that ever I saw upon mortal man. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Fanny Fern Ruth weeps! weeps that her faith was for an instant o’erclouded; weeps that she shrank from breasting the foaming waves at the bidding of Him who said, “It is I, be not afraid. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

At present, excepting only your title, you fight on a level ground with this adventurer, instead of an eminence from which you could in an instant sweep him away. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Thomas Hardy The instant that he was gone Festus shook his fist at the evening star, which happened to lie in the same direction as that taken by the dragoon. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

At the same instant the door opened, and no less a person than Maas stood before him. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Edith Wharton For an instant he did not remember what she alluded to; it was the mere mention of Ellie Vanderlyn’s name that had fallen between them like an icy shadow. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Jules Verne At the same instant the hull of the aeronef opened just behind the first deck-house, where the engines for the fore-screw were placed; and the after-part of the deck collapsed in space. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

A. E. W. Mason But the next instant she dropped it and rather hurriedly. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

In the same instant it occurred to him that he did not know what colour the girl’s eyes were. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells For an instant I thought this was some new device of the Selenites against us, and then I understood. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

To so pay it was the instant choice of her high code of honor, and of her generosity that would not be outrun. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jack London Then his nose touched the flame, and at the same instant his little tongue went out to it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle An instant later he pulled me back into the blackest corner of the room, and I felt his warning hand upon my lips. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells He plunged into his interior and for an instant it seemed he was plucking forth his liver. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The frail and beautiful wings quivered faintly, as if his breath had for an instant called back to life that gorgeous object of his dreams. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Andrew Lang But in an instant the animal was aroused to a sense of her danger, and she fled with all her strength into the thickest part of the forest. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In an instant his resolve was taken, his limbs received new life; he ran quickly from the spot, and paused not for breath until he reached the river-side. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry James The appeal was there for an instant with rare intensity, and what Tony felt in response to it he felt without fatuity or vanity. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Jules Verne Un instant après, la jeune fille se trouvait devant son père. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

At the same instant the train thundered by. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry Kingsley It was unjust and impossible, and in an instant she felt it to be so. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

M. P. Shiel For an instant she stands in stone, incapable of motion. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

G. K. Chesterton An instant afterwards the sharp, weak cry was repeated. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Radclyffe Hall The pony took the fence in his stride very gaily; for an instant he seemed to stay poised in mid-air as though he had wings, then he touched earth again, and away without even pausing. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle Then at last there were steps in the road, a second figure was visible for an instant against the light, the door shut, and all was black once more. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Arnold Bennett One instant he admired it, and the next he judged it glib and superficial. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

For an instant Catharine thought she would take possession of the handkerchief; but she feared that this blood mixed with the saliva would be weak, and would not be efficacious. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

D. H. Lawrence He keeps a suit-case always ready, and the instant he is at liberty, he bolts with it to the station, and changes in the train. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Le capitaine oublia en un instant sa colère, son emprisonnement, tous ses griefs contre son passager. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

I shall write today!” For an instant we all three listened; and Raffles was right. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, perhaps, her mood would change and she would make up for this unkindness by some exquisite attention which would in an instant soothe all my ruffled feelings. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Meredith After an instant of the silence following a shock, Carinthia touched her brother’s arm; and Chillon said: ‘Not my powder!’ They ran till they had Lekkatts in sight. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

She saw a gleam of green close before her; she heard for an instant what seemed the noise of waves on the shore. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

George Meredith On leaving the dinner-table over-night, and seeing that Caroline’s attack would preclude their instant retreat, the gallant Countess turned at bay. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

It flashed upon me in an instant that he had availed himself of my supposed decease to fasten his guilt upon my head. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Barker had retreated to the deck, and for an instant he thought the way was clear, but Lesly and Russen thrust him back with the muzzles of the loaded muskets. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Thomas Wolfe But even in the very instant that he saw it, and knew that it was so, and accepted it, he was overwhelmed with such a sudden sense of loss that he all but cried out in his pain and love. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Charles Dickens Without allowing himself an instant to hesitate, he parted the curtains at the foot of the bed, and looked through. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Abraham Merri Close to it for an instant she swung. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Not for an instant could she be induced to stir from the side of the princess, and she watched her slightest movement. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James The perception of this, in its turn, operated with me for an instant almost as the rarest of temptations. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

The falcon, as though hit by a dagger, described three circles, apparently overcome, and for an instant it looked as if the bird would fall. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

T. H. Huxley The instant he found I saw him, he walked back again, and deposited the soap nearly in the same place from whence he had taken it. Essays by T. H. Huxley

George Meredith For one sharp instant her face was all edged and puckered, like the face of a fair witch. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Another instant and she would have flung herself overboard. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry James He continued to laugh and after an instant he replied: “ Why, I suppose I must have told her. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Marcel Prous L’un ou l’autre de ces soucis m’avait empêché de dormir, et j’étais sans force contre ma tristesse, qui en un instant remplissait pour moi toute l’existence. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Anna Katherine Green For an instant we stood stupefied, then Carrie Benson’s voice rose in one long, thrilling cry, and with a bound she rushed toward the door. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle In an instant I had seen the chance which Fate had brought to me. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins The instant my eyes rested on her, I was struck by the rare beauty of her form, and by the unaffected grace of her attitude. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle An instant later I had burst into the great room from which the murmur of the meeting had come. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Let me know the instant he arrives, Barbara.” “Of course I shall. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jules Verne Marcel cherchait des yeux les vitrages et les calorifères qui produisaient ce miracle, et, étonné de ne voir que le ciel bleu, il resta un instant stupéfait. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Jules Verne Un instant après, il était dans les bras de sa soeur. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Arthur Conan Doyle In front of them was a tall, stately figure, who could only be the Emir Wad Ibrahim. They saw him kneel for an instant in prayer. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

When Mac Cann saw the visitors he halted for an instant and then came forward very slowly, with his head on one side and his thumb rasping steadily on his chin. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

James Joyce They closed for an instant and then opened. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jules Verne Un instant après, l’édifice entier n’est plus qu’un amas de débris. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

But at that very instant the tall fine form of Philip Hamlyn passed across a pathway in the distance, and she turned from the temptation for ever. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Wilkie Collins In an instant more it was over. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sarah Orne Jewett As a matter of fact no boat could help being steady and way-wise under their instant direction and companionship. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Montenero followed an instant afterwards, telling Lady de Brantefield that he had despatched one of his own servants for intelligence. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne Les colons ne quittèrent pas un instant le Nautilus. La nuit était venue, bien qu’il fût impossible de s’en apercevoir dans cette crypte. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

For just an instant Colin thought that the lids behind the round lenses flickered curiously. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Tobias Smolle A fourth began to halloo in all the vociferation of a fox-hunter in the chase; and in an instant the whole house was in an uproar. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Jules Verne Ce fut ainsi jusqu’à midi dix-sept minutes, instant précis où nous rejoignîmes Hans, qui venait de s’arrêter. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

I never supposed for an instant more than I say. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett Why, she was as motherly as her mother! In an instant her feet were choosing their way and carrying her with grace and stateliness across the mire of the unformed garden. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

One story goes that a man swimming out from Grève de la Mauve unwittingly struck into such a shoal, and in an instant was pulled down by a million tenacious mouths and never seen again. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Marcel Prous Un instant après il ajouta: «Cela vous donnera une vision aussi noble que n’importe quel chef-d’œuvre, je ne sais pas moi . Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Bram Stoker I put it down myself to her making a violent effort at the earliest instant she could do so. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins Her manner became shy and embarrassed; and after an instant of hesitation, she turned back silently to the door. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Ann Radcliffe At the same instant he heard from within, a low tremulous sound, as of a person in prayer, or in agony. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

For an instant he felt almost safe, and then a blanker despair than before fell upon him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle Every instant they grew larger and clearer as we gained upon them. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Meredith But, my dear, I have lived too long away from them to wish for an instant the slightest change in anything they think, say, or do. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Henry James For an instant a savage, puerile feeling of hate popped up in my bosom, and I came within a hair’s-breadth of obeying my foremost impulse — that of stuffing the document into the fire. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, as we understood how foolish we had been to trust for an instant a man with such a history, a flush of rage came over us, rage against his villainy and against our own stupidity. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Then suddenly, he became conscious of his teeth, and in an instant the grin was gone. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

In an instant I knew that our positions were again reversed, and, without stopping to give heed to my own sensations, I approached him as near as I dared and laid my hand on his shoulder. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Then all the east blazed up for an instant with sheet lightnings, and thunder growled from the east beyond the sea. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle All was clear for me now and I understood that not an instant was to be lost. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Arthur Morrison Then a policeman swung his lantern across to the opposite side, and in the passing flash Grandfather Nat’s figure stood hard and clear for an instant and no more. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Never for an instant did I dream of disowning her as my child. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Henry James You know with what care I desire to proceed, taking everything into account and making no mistake that may possibly injure HER.” Mrs. Assingham, at this, had after an instant an odd interrogation. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell He could see the startled look overspread her face; and in an instant she would have run away, but before the first rush was made, Mr. Preston laid his hand firmly on her arm. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jules Verne Ce souffle de vie qui lui restait, une syncope pouvait l’éteindre d’un instant à l’autre. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Sir Walter Scott In the third close, the countryman lifted his opponent fairly from the floor, and hurled him to the ground with such violence, that he lay for an instant stunned and motionless. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Young and old exchanged one wild glance and remained an instant pale, affrighted, without utterance or power to move. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Another instant and out of the cloud’s midst at sea-level, sweeping with no apparent hindrance straight through the scarlet terraces and antique shipping, the Nagaina plowed incongruously into view. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Rhoda’s instant desire was to go on to Bayswater, and somehow keep watch near the flats where Barfoot lived. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jack London Ernest told me that the fraction of an instant before it exploded he both heard and saw it strike at his feet. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Andrew Lang This ceremony was scarcely over when the clock struck one, and in an instant Aurora and Argentine had vanished, and in the place where they stood lay two watches. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant a Baggara slipped down from his camel with a sword in his hand. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

It was always Judith’s way, her life through, to know in the first instant whether she liked or disliked anyone. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

M. Seurel, le deuxième problème copié, laisse un instant retomber son bras fatigué. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Charles Dickens The taper at a few yards’ distance is seen by eyes that have this instant opened on the world. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Jules Verne L’éléphant poussa un rugissement de détresse et d’agonie; il se redressa un instant en faisant tournoyer sa trompe, puis il retomba de tout son poids sur une de ses défenses qu’il brisa net. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle I stepped into it, and an instant afterward we had pushed off. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Have I said something to offend you?” After an instant of wonder Marcia’s eyes softened. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James It seemed to her for an instant that he was standing there — a vague, hovering figure in the vagueness of the room. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson A glance, a loosened curl, a studied and admired disorder in the hair, a bit of lace, a touch of colour, a yellow rose in the bosom; and the instant picture was complete. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had felt, it seemed to him now, a curious fascination as he gazed at that immense and royal beast — not terror at all; he had for an instant been almost inclined to go out and meet it. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Henry James And do you,” she asked, “yourself admire her?” It was a question, he indicated, that there might be several ways of taking; but he decided after an instant for the humorous. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

An instant later he had thrown on the light. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Anthony Hope At the same instant Sapt muttered, “Ay, there’s a lamp,” and, stretching up his hand to a little oil lamp that stood on a bracket, he lit it, took it down, and held it over the body. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle Her fidelity turned in an instant to bitter hatred and he saw that she would betray him. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Andrew Lang In an instant the baby stretched out its little hands and began to play a tune so beautiful that even the prince forgot his sorrows as he listened. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon They were invisible till they were almost abreast of me; for they shone only by reflected sunlight, appearing for an instant only, as streaks of light, like lamps seen from an express train. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

In an instant the gaskets were off and the bunt dropped. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Henry James She noticed, for strangeness, that he was very pale at the same time that he was sunburnt; also that he didn’t for an instant smile at her. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant Lestrade gave a yell of terror and threw himself face downward upon the ground. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Wilkie Collins I won’t stay an instant longer, uncle — I wouldn’t interrupt you for the world. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Hope But Rupert — never did his nerve fail him — hit, the king missed; Herbert saw the count stand for an instant with his smoking barrel in his hand, looking at the king, who lay on the ground. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

He took out a loaf, and, raising it in the view of the crowd, began to eat: in an instant all hands were in the basket, and in less time than one can relate it, all had disappeared. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant the bookcase at which Holmes pointed swung round upon a hinge, and a woman rushed out into the room. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Andrew Lang Then she put the ring on her third finger, and in an instant she had vanished from his eyes. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens The instant they set foot in the parlour the quick, womanly eye detected that there was something wrong. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

For an instant there was dead silence. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens