Phrases with "last"

Twice last week he foamed au vif and lost the beccade although he is used to the leurre. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

You did, last time you were here. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

William Makepeace Thackeray At last I heard, distinctly, the following sentence:—‘Spirit of Truth, raise up these victims of ignorance and imposture. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

I bustled my mount up ever so little and all four we took the last fence almost in line. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. Rider Haggard But somehow he did live, and at last by slow degrees made his way south and reached this place. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle It was the last French campaign and I the general and army in one. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

The last ascent I made to the summit of Pena Blanca was in the middle of June 1872, after we had had about two weeks of continuously wet weather. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Arthur Machen At last the hangman put the rope round his neck. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne Hong Kong was the last English ground on which he would set foot; beyond, China, Japan, America offered to Fogg an almost certain refuge. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

At last he reached the other side and Robin leaped lightly from his back. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Marjorie Bowen When Mr. Shute at last staggered upstairs he found his wife with half a dozen candles lit, crouching under the tawdry muslin curtains with which she had disfigured the big bed. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

Abraham Merri I spoke at last in sheer desperation. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Lord Arglay was the last person in the world to look for responsibilities. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

Edith Wharton In her round of the rooms she came at last to Dick’s study upstairs. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Charles Dickens At one time she laughed without reason, and at another time she cried without reason, and at last she laughed and cried together in a manner so very unreasonable that her husband was confounded. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

George Elio At last he said, ‘You’ll excuse me, Mr. Tryan, I wouldn’t be takin’ a liberty, but I know what great claims you hev on you as a clergyman. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim One more key clanked in its place and the last of the returned revellers flashed by, a single creaking stair bearing slight evidence to his flying progress. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I possess at last the love of a soul. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Bram Stoker Already a hand short, and entering the Bay of Biscay with wild weather ahead, and yet last night another man lost, disappeared. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is these lines that have been blurred instead of clear this last week, and all the astronomers have been quarreling over the reason. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Henry James At last it stood out that she was trying to look round a corner, as it were—trying to see what was written on the back of his chair. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

M. R. James Well, about eleven o’clock last night, or after, I took my candle and set out for my room. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Thomas Hardy D’Urberville came up and said quietly — “I want to speak to you, Tess.” “You have refused my last request, not to come near me!” said she. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell Yo’ see, Boucher’s been pulled down wi’ his childer — and her being so cranky, and a’ they could pawn has gone this last twelvemonth. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson For some while, Secundra publicly attended on his patron, who at last became more easy, and fell asleep on the frosty ground behind the tent, the Indian returning within. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gertrude Stein A last degree in the kink in a glove the rest. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Thomas Hardy He ate the last mixing o’ barleymeal yesterday morning. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

William Morris Yes, neighbour, yes I am early — and I was late last night; Bedless I wore through the hours and made a shift to write. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Steel and cord do their worst, now my head struggles first! That tug my last spurt has expended — Nose to nose! lip to lip! from the sound of the whip He strains to the utmost extended. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

H. G. Wells Quite half an hour’s amicable discussion led at last to a reduction of sixpence, and all parties professed themselves satisfied with this result. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Your son, in the course of five minutes’ conversation, displayed more intelligence than your firm has done during the last five years. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

H. G. Wells Still it did not prevent the last nights being the most beautiful and memorable of human experiences. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Miles Franklin You take it from me, and I’ve seen all the girls come out for the last twenty-five years, there’s not many could hold a candle to you if you were properly tricked out. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry Adams Yet even the gayest of tempers succumbs at last to constant friction The old friend was rapidly fading. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Richard Burton In Al-Hijaz the flights are uncertain; during the last five years Al-Madinah has seen but few. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. G. Wells That last fight bad filled us with an enormous confidence in ourselves so far as the Selenites were concerned. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The last scenes were passed almost with ease and tranquillity. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

John Galsworthy The last boy in the world to make himself conspicuous or cause public disturbance, Jolly grew rather red and shut his lips. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Willa Cather She got a rise out of me last December that lasted me all winter. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope At last she succeeded; and after a while, too, Phineas himself was able to talk. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The Lion went once a-hunting along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last they surprised a Stag, and soon took its life. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Thank goodness, someone else got sick of it besides me, and at last he was told to shut up. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence That is what you are, though nobody would believe it, and you would be the very last to allow it. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini He was beginning to wonder how this rather extraordinary adventure would end for him when at last Chance pointed out the way. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope But his father had at last succeeded, and the truth had been forthcoming. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Gertrude Stein Win, win, a little bit chickeny, wet, wet, a long last hollow chucking jam, gather, a last butter in a cheese, a lasting surrounding action. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

William Hope Hodgson The one leading from my study into the gardens, was the last to which I went. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Hope His hand wandered for the last time over the gleaming hair that he had loved so well. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Her affection was my last rallying-point, and is now the only bright spot that the horizon of England offers to my view. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Above them lay the Englishmen in their lines, even as they had stood, and higher yet upon the plateau a wild medley of the dead of all nations, where the last deadly grapple had left them. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The passionate emotions of the day, the previous night of agony, had at last exhausted him. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Meanwhile Otter had seen that which caused him to think no more of the shouting above him than of the humming of last year’s gnats. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

During the month that has elapsed since writing the last sentence, we have had strong gales and long, tedious calms. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

But it is only fitting that the last moments of one whose whole life was passed in contradiction should be involved in mystery and doubt. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Kenneth Grahame And so at last you come to the Palace steps — great broad marble steps, reaching right down to the water. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

George Meredith But I told you last night I want you within the twelve hours. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

D. H. Lawrence And he asked himself a last question: “From what, and to what, could this infinite whirl be saved?” So he went his way, and was alone. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

I shall stroll home at my leisure, and spend the afternoon on the billiard-room sofa reading Mudie’s last contribution to the comforts of home. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Sinclair Lewis His last attention to her had been a slap. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

I said him nay, but he muled it through on that line while he lasted; but after turning the other cheek seventy and seven times I doctored the dice so that he didn’t last forever. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Rudyard Kipling An absolute blow-out!’ De Forest plugged him wrathfully, and poured out the story of our doings for the last twenty-four hours on the top-note. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry James This perhaps had something to do with making him at last so confidential; they had such a margin for easy egotism and spreading sympathy. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Pu Songling Just then he heard a scream in the next room, where his father slept; there was a struggle, blows, and at last a sigh of satisfaction. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

We have hardly exchanged a word with each other for the last three months. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Wilkie Collins The last witness was Madame Duparc’s younger son—the same who had complained of feeling a gritty substance between his teeth at dinner. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Edith Wharton All I know is she’s had four maids in the last six months, and the last one, who was a friend of mine, told me nobody could stay in the house. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson I am as sorry as you that these weeks are over; but, glorious as they were, they couldn’t last for ever. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Still the young wife’s trouble might be the result of last evening’s serious interview. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Anthony Trollope Such had been his resolution during the last fortnight, and in accordance with that he had acted. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The change that had taken place in Unyanyembe since I last left it was quite surprising. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Radclyffe Hall A last inarticulate tribute this to the most gallant horse, the most courteous horse that ever stepped out of stable. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Machen I think some poison has been working for the last few weeks; I have trod on the verge of madness, but I am sane now. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

When we at last arrived in London he insisted on getting me a cab and seeing my luggage onto it, before he looked after his own at all. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

At last the convulsion ceased, and the little one then appeared to sink into deep prostration. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Frederick Marryat In this manner they arrived at last to within eighty yards of the animal, and then Jacob advanced his gun ready to put it to his shoulder, and as he cocked the lock, raised himself to fire. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. G. Wells At last I was calm enough to get out of bed and ring up the round-eyed waiter for a flannel nightshirt, a soda and whisky, and some good cigars. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Rudyard Kipling We climbed out of the violet-purple shadows towards the upland where the last of the day lingered. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray The flower of our camp was, however, collected there, and the last words of Lord Lake to me, as I left him, were, ‘Gahagan, I commit those women to your charge. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Wilkie Collins The last time I saw you, you expressed yourself very improperly about Mrs. Farnaby; you spoke as if you meant some harm to her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Isabella Bird Each day has been completely filled up since I wrote, and this is probably the last here. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

This made for me some reputation in the neighborhood, to which I attribute the happiness of having been last night awoke by a pretty voice. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Green Ingersoll All commentators agree that the one that was written last was the original, and the one that was written first was copied from the one that was written last. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing He talked awhile with a labouring serf, who told him that the plague had broken out in Arpinum, where, during the last week or two, many had died. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Edith Wharton At last she said quietly: “No — to-day I’m shopping for myself. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle I rode round the English picket, and then, as I heard nothing more of them, I concluded rightly that I had at last come through their defences. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

The only result was the barbarous murder of Traubenberg, the substitution of new chiefs, and at last the suppression of the revolt by volleys of grape and harsh penalties. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

He cannot afford to lose the last rags of his dignity, the last dregs of his ease. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

At last he found himself in his bedroom, looking out of the window, as the dead man had stood there looking over the ruins of history, from the place of his skull. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft But at last I am going to defy the ban on speech about this thing. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edith Wharton In this interpretative light Mrs. Grancy acquired the charm which makes some women’s faces like a book of which the last page is never turned. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

No-one found it possible to answer immediately; at last Sir Bernard, with a sudden movement, came to his feet. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Leon Trotsky But Yaroslavsky was then in Siberia, and therefore not yet well informed about the new “Leninism.” The last example that I want to quote concerns Stalin himself. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins Her last faint hope of ever seeing Frank again was now at an end. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Ropemaker’s Alley in Moorfields was a highly respectable street at the beginning of last century; a lodging there was far from squalid. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Rudyard Kipling We’ve made two knots this last hour and a quarter! Rather humiliating for eight hundred horse-power, isn’t it?” “Well, it’s better than drifting astern, at any rate. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

This man has made a fortune by Walter Scott’s novels, though, as I was told, he refused his first and best, Waverley, and at last gave but a small sum for it. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Arthur Morrison And now, when at last they met, he was not especially gracious. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle It struck cold to our hearts, and I stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it had died away into the silence from which it rose. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Godwin These last he caused to throw their property into a common stock, and to live together in the same place of resort. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

At ony rate I ken I fell the last fifteen feet or sae, and lichted on my left airm, for I felt it crack like a rotten branch, and an awfu’ sairness ran up it. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle But terrible indeed was the cost at which the last had been repelled. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. G. Wells At last he pressed the telephone button and gave Thirp formal orders for Chiffan’s arrest. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

It was the last time they ever saw each other in life. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

He raised his hand in a wooden salute, and that, she thought, was the last she would see of him. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

R. D. Blackmore For within the last fortnight a very high post at Calcutta had been offered to him by the powers in Leadenhall Street, upon condition of sailing at once, and foregoing the residue of his leave. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

At last she stepped out of doors into the garden, so hurt, so angry, so filled with hatred of Birtley Raydon, that for a few moments she was hardly aware of what she was doing. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell How old are you?’ ‘Seventeen last May. How old are you?’ ‘I am nineteen. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Andrew Lang At last the ceremony was over, and the king, signing to his newly found son to follow him, rose and went into another room. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London Jacob Brinker was the last of the seven, and he was nearly ninety when he died, outliving Tromp a scant two years. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

D. H. Lawrence The last bees were falling down to the hive. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain When he got abroad at last he was hardly grateful that he had been spared, remembering how lonely was his estate, how companionless and forlorn he was. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Sinclair Lewis That last was a joke, you know. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Marjorie Bowen The hackney rumbled off down towards the Mall; a chapman, shouting ballads and the last dying speech and confession of a famous thief hanged that morning, went by. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Andrew Lang It took him a long time, for there were a great many of them, but at last he had them all in his hand. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle I helped him to do it! I was the last person who saw him! I left him here last night, and I heard him lock the door as I came downstairs. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Maria Edgeworth But if you should desire once more to see Olivia, if you should have any lingering wish to bid her a last adieu, it must be this evening. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Andrew Lang Why, you would first have to dig a pit, and then twist ropes of willow, and drive in posts and fill the hole with pitch, and, last of all, set it on fire. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle We have done a good deal in this direction during the last few years, and there are many noble families to whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their pictures, libraries, or plate. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Had I thought it over, as I did the whole case last night, nothing could have induced me to permit it. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne This towing business did not last more than ten minutes each; and relieving each other thus, we could swim on for some hours, perhaps till day-break. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

On the contrary, we had a little talk about the fishing in the Thames and the big chub somebody had landed the year before last on a paste made of brown bread, honey, and minced boiled rabbit. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

They must never indeed be near me until the last moment when I was actually putting them in the post to return them to the police. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Kenneth Grahame Charlotte, to be sure, chin-tilted, at last an owner of real estate, might patronize a little at times; but it was tacitly understood that her “title” was only a drawing-room one. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Robartes. Hunchback and Saint and Fool are the last crescents. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Radclyffe Hall At last he could contain himself no longer. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the ill-fortune which had dogged him for the last four months! The man had been taken ill there in the restaurant. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Here at last I had found signs of life, but they were of the sea rather than of the shore. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Theodore Dreiser This last solution of the difficulty seemed simple enough — in his absence. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

James Joyce A king and a prince at last in death, with incidental music. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Guy de Maupassan At last she said: “How foolish you must think me!” “Why?” he asked. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We have found out at last that it is natural to be happy. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Mrs. Morden was the last to come. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Morris O my love! barren is this first farewell, as was our first meeting; but surely shall there be another meeting better than the first, and the last farewell may be long and long yet. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

H. G. Wells At last he got a shutter to give, and tore it back and stuck in his head. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Diana and her husband did not linger long at Brighton; they went back to town in time to see the last of that old wayfarer whose troubled journey came to so peaceful an ending. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne Her topmast, laden with victims, now appeared; then her spars, bending under the weight of men; and, last of all, the top of her mainmast. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Passing by fair Mansfield Town, with its towers and battlements and spires all smiling in the sun, they came at last out of the forest lands. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

At last the scrunch of a boot on the wet road struck his ear. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

I took something last night that disagreed with me. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Ford Madox Ford I mention these last three because my recollection of that night is only the sort of pinkish effulgence from the electric-lamps in the hotel lounge. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Anthony Trollope The last thing that a man can abandon of his social idolatries is the sanctity of the women belonging to him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton The offer, to Dick, would mean simply, as it meant to her, the last touching expression of an inarticulate fidelity: the utterance of a love which at last had found its formula. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Anthony Trollope She was the last woman in the world to let a word on such a matter pass her lips; but not the less was she conscious of her merit towards him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence At last he went into the next room and went to bed. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

A human figure she at last saw — nay, two: Frederick Murgatroyd went by, carrying a pail of water; Joe Scott followed, dangling on his forefinger the keys of the mill. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

At last in front, a bank of masonry and earth cut by a massive iron barred gate towered up in the fog. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I finished my last crust yesterday. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Rudyard Kipling It is not for nothing, child, that the village bears my name, and ‘he who watches long,’ as the saying is, ‘shall at last have his reward. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

She saw Algy for a few minutes last week, but then he is an old friend, and does not count. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We have at last recognized babies as a permanent class. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Edith Wharton What you said last is not true. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Satisfied at last that I could do nothing more for her, I turned to go. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope He had at last been talked into saying that he loved her, and had then run away frightened by the unusual importance and tragic signification of his own words. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His last letter was written the day before he intended to depart. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Sinclair Lewis Why didn’t you come to the nice party we had at Carrie’s last evening I remember she invited you. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I only know that I hove the lead incessantly while Davies conned, till at last he was grabbing overside with the boat-hook, and there was the buoy on deck. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Andrew Lang When at last he gave up the quest his knees trembled beneath him for very weariness, and glad was he to see a tree growing close by lade with fruits of different sorts, of which he ate greedily. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy It was coming home from Alfredston market, when you were a baby — on the hill by the Brown House barn — that they had their last difference, and took leave of one another for the last time. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

It was the last merry day at the camp. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

H. Rider Haggard He was, I think, taking his last farewell of all that was left of the poor girl who had loved him so well. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

At last the deck became clear of moving figures; the cold, raw fog had driven almost everyone below. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Henry James I shall have seen the last of you. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

D. H. Lawrence At last the door opens a crack. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Oscar Wilde It is very sweet of you to let me have your last afternoon. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edith Wharton They had all been deserted by their owners since the last German advance, for they were in the direct line of the approach to Paris, and the little house in question was also on Bertha’s trajectory. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Sarah Orne Jewett At last I had to say good-by to all my Dunnet Landing friends, and my homelike place in the little house, and return to the world in which I feared to find myself a foreigner. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

George Gissing Could she put off the last vestige of her independence, and, in so many words, ask him to give her money? This evening she expected Waymark, but the usual time of his coming went by. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson I took to my heels to interfere, and perhaps I had done better to have waited where I was, for I was the means of cutting off the madman’s last escape. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf Now I will at last free the checked, the jerked- back desire to be spent, to be consumed. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Wilkie Collins The doctor be —!’ ‘Have you any last wishes I can attend to?’ ‘None, sir. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Radclyffe Hall Stephen never knew how they got her away while the nurse performed the last merciful duties. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

At last he said: “And why shouldn’t Varick marry her, if they both like one another?” “You wouldn’t understand if I were to tell you. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

H. G. Wells The politics and dignities and wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were only the last phoenix blaze of the former civilisation flaring up about the beginnings of the new. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Mark Twain We stood on the summit at last — it had taken an hour and fifteen minutes to make the trip. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It must be sold, and I’m come here, I don’t know why, like a ghost to have a last look round me, and go off in the dark again. Sir Dominick’s Bargain by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne John examined the coal bunkers, and found there was only enough to last fifteen days longer at the outside. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Her last words from the top of the coach fell as harshly on a loving ear as any that had preceded them by a week. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Ford Madox Ford She imagined along an immense line sullen and disgruntled cannon sounding for a last time. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

D. H. Lawrence I’ll preserve one last male thing in the museum of this world, if I can. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens When at last I dozed, in sheer exhaustion of mind and body, it became a vast shadowy verb which I had to conjugate. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Margaret Oliphant And here his last temptation took him, in the guise of love, and rent him in two. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells I want to believe that I am at last to do something that is worth doing, something not fruitless. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Charles Dickens The last I saw of them was, when I presently heard a scuffle behind me, and looking back, saw Joe throwing an old shoe after me and Biddy throwing another old shoe. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Leslie Stephen Boyse, it appears, when still in this position would lay out his last half-guinea to buy truffles and mushrooms for his last scrap of beef. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Henry James At last Mr Vetch observed, without taking his pipe out of his lips or looking round, “I think you might be a little more frank with me at this time of day and at such a crisis. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

It should have been a hopeless affair—the last sight of the lady on a spur of coast with water on three sides—that kind of thing, you know. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope Feelings are changeable, I told them at that great and glorious meeting which we had at Gladstonopolis, and though naturally governed only by instinct, would be taught at last to comply with reason. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann And it was only when at last Nathanael rose and kissed her lips or her hand that she said, “Ach! Ach!” and then “Good-night, dear. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Ivan Turgenev At last he got up and sent to call Kapiton. Kapiton made his appearance. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Henry Adams The matter was settled at last by the people. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle At last they were at the summit and the archer threw himself down upon the grass. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Francis Bacon Whereof, if you look for dispatch, let the middle only be the work of many, and the first and last the work of few. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Wilkie Collins The hard trials to my courage, endurance, and physical strength, through which I had passed within the last twelve hours, had completely exhausted all my powers of resistance. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence At last supper was finished, and he picked up his serviette from the floor and began to fold it. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing I will see her, then the last difficulty is removed. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Frederick Marryat At last Jacob perceived Benjamin on horseback riding leisurely towards him, and immediately went up to him. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

At last throwing my leg over him I seated myself upon his chest, and then--having nothing else to do it with--I drew back my right arm, and let him have three blows with the whole strength of my fist. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Wilkie Collins She took one of them, and seated herself — after a last moment of honorable hesitation — where she could hear the men’s voices through the open window above her. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope There had been something very consolatory, very sweet, to the poor girl in her lover’s last words. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell I think the last would rather have been in the cart with the younger and merrier set, but I imagine that was considered infra dig. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]