Phrases with "late"

It was too late by weeks and months. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Mark Twain It would have been too late to be valuable, then, and the bill for service would have been barred by the statute of limitation. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang Alas! next day was dark and gloomy, and it was only late in the afternoon that the sun broke through the clouds for a few minutes. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nor was it late when we saw also the return of the carriage. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Good-night, Mr. Ware. Forgive my making such an exhibition of myself I WAS going to be such a fine early Greek, you know, and I have turned out only a late Milesian — quite of the decadence. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

In ten minutes more J. Clancy and General De Vega, late candidate for the presidency of Guatemala, was in the station house. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Sometimes late at night men would come in with a pail of winkles they had bought cheap, and share them out. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf The fact that she would be late in keeping her engagement with William was not the only reason which sent Katharine almost at racing speed along the Strand in the direction of his rooms. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing The habit of her mind overwhelmed her with the conviction that she knew at last the meaning of that mystery of horror which had of late been strengthening its hold upon her imagination. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The late Superior of the Capuchins found him while yet an Infant at the Abbey door. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Hazlitt This admirable comedy used to be frequently acted till of late years. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope Of late years he had crept into credit as a betting-man. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Her thoughts of late had been so concentrated upon her husband and his suffering that it was painful to be obliged to think of anything outside that sick-room and its sadness. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

He went on, “Now you were well acquainted with the late Professor Glenowen, were you not?” Lord Delamarne inclined his head. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

How late you sit up; or rather how late I, in my selfishness, keep you up. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson An English painter, coming to France late in life, declared with natural anger that ‘the values were all wrong. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

But Henry has of late become outmoded. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Frere slept until late in the afternoon, and, when he woke, found the boat still tossing on the sea, and Sylvia and her mother both seasick. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James They only come out rather late in the day. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

John Galsworthy They had never gone in for Santa Claus at Park Lane, partly because they could see through the old gentleman, and partly because he was not at all a late thing. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Benjamin Disraeli The whole circle met at dinner, and never again parted until at a late hour of night. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Algernon Blackwood It was ten o’clock — a late hour for hunters to be still awake. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

George Gissing On his table this evening lay a library volume which he had of late been reading, a book which had sprung into enormous popularity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing He left home at eight o’clock every morning, and returned as late as possible. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Gertrude Stein The time to show a message is when too late and later there is no hanging in a blight. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

But it was too late to repent. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Last night I heard her so late, so late that I had been to sleep and had waked up again. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

George Eliot And that I may no more err by concealment, I will tell you some late occurrences that bear on these memorials, though to my present apprehension doubtfully and confusedly. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Bram Stoker From the burning deserts on the banks of the Amazon he found his way to Brazil, where a certain “Don Juan,” late of Portugal and at that time Regent of Brazil, gave him asylum. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

But of late you have shown me no friendship. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Edith Wharton When, late that night, he went upstairs after long pacings of the garden, he was surprised to see a light in her room. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Machen Sometimes, late in the evening, he caught a passing glimpse of the family at tea, father, mother, and children laughing and talking together, well pleased with each other’s company. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Tell her it is not too late yet, not too late yet, not too late —” The doctor’s hand was on her forehead. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Oscar Wilde What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinoüs was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

It was too late for Mr. Carlyle to stop her and repeat that the servant should go, for Barbara was already up with Mr. Tom Herbert. The latter had seen her running toward him, and waited at the gate. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James And then with a strange face of anguish resting on his own: “Before it’s too latebefore it’s too late!” “Too late for what?” “For you to be free — for you to be free. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sinclair Lewis As Mr. Wrenn returned to his desk he stopped at a window on the corridor and coveted the bright late afternoon. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London It had been a backward spring, and the salmon were late in running. Lost Face by Jack London

The consciousness of this made all other love sacrilege, as it seemed to Diana. She sat up late that night to answer Gustave’s last letter of piteous complaint. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy But it was too late to modify or postpone, and the proceedings went on. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dominey slept till late the following morning, and when he woke at last from a long, dreamless slumber, he was conscious of a curious quietness in the camp. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

George Meredith At the break-up of the festivities Wilfrid received an intimation that his sister had arrived in Meran from Bormio. He went down to see her, and returned at a late hour. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells I begin late, I know, to live my own life, bald as I am and grey-whiskered; but better late than never. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Roger was alone, for Caithness had not returned from the king, and Rosenberg, though it was but late afternoon, had with a few muttered words gone back to his own room. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Edith Wharton The house had formed a part of the convent of the Perpetual Adoration, which had been sold by the nuns when they moved to the new buildings the late Duke had given them. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell We peeped into the old dining-parlour — that parlour where the dinner for the Puritan preachers had been laid out; the flag parlour, as it had been called of late years. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Charles Dickens Of course the late Duke of Wellington was the first passenger, and of course he paid his penny, and of course a noble lord preserved it evermore. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Aghla is a town, or rather large village, of the district of Fez, where the late Muley Suleiman occasionally resided. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Willa Cather I won’t hang around and be a burden to you, but I want to try to get educated up to you, though I expect it’s late to begin. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Nathaniel Hawthorne While the means held out his speculations had been magnificent, but were chiefly confined of late years to such small business as adventures in the lottery. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Gaston Leroux Those lingering after the latest of late suppers were not pleased at this invasion of the police. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Grant said that it was at once too late and too early for him, but would Mr Tullis go on with his breakfast; and Toby did. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was quite late when they reached the cabin by the beach. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

There was but one figure in it — slender, light-haired, with his yellow moustache and pale face, grown of late a little fatter. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassant On arriving home the peasant found his father already seated at table, for he was kept late by his visit to the presbytery. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Thomas Hardy At the same time Farfrae discerned his late antagonist. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

She was clear I had to go into Parliament on the side of Liberalism and the light, as against the late Government and darkness. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

He knows his power—knows that he alone makes or mars a restaurant, and that if he is five minutes late everything is out of gear. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein A sign of saving consists in spending the late morning in the morning and in urging in certainly not urging a calculation. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Willa Cather The group about him grew, and he sat expounding the reforms proposed by the Democratic candidate until a late hour. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Simon had come down so late to breakfast that Brat’s only intercourse with him to-day had been to wish him good morning. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

We got to the ranch late one night and I slept in a room with Dell, he taking the bed while I rolled myself in a rug on the couch. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Of late her spirits had not been of the brightest description, and the knowledge had distressed me more than I could say. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

This was really the reason why the boat was so late in getting back to the ship. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

William Makepeace Thackeray In Oliver’s time it was too late for a chief of the name of Barry to lift up his war-cry against that of the murderous brewer. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

The viceroy summoned Carbajal to attend him at his palace, late at night; and when conducted to his presence, he bluntly charged him with treason. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jonathan Swif I have been much out of order of late with the old giddiness in my head. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Edith Wharton Dorset, as if in obedience to Lily’s imperative bidding, had actually returned in time for a late dinner on the yacht. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing But of late she had been surprised into thinking more highly of some of his qualities than it had hitherto been possible for her to do. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Bram Stoker I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

It was now late into the night. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

As the Miserere was to be performed in the cathedral late in the evening, we went there, though with small hopes of making our way through the tremendous crowd. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Victor Hugo The arrival of the peers who had come in late had wakened them up. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was in a late evening paper that I read an account of the proceedings of yesterday, and I have come this morning as fast as an express train could bring me to testify to the truth. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Willa Cather I returned to Aix-les-Bains late one night, got up early the next morning, and went to the bank, feeling that Aix is always a good place to come back to. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Edith Wharton Next morning, when the questioning began, Vance told his wife that he had stopped in at the “Loafers’,” and stayed late talking about his book with a lot of fellows. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

In talk of this kind the evening passed sociably away, and at a late hour the party separated. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

An ass meeting a pair of horses, late one evening, said to them: “It is time all honest horses were in bed. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

This closed the case for the Crown, and as it was now late the case was adjourned till the next day. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

He had taken of late to talking to himself, for indeed he had for the most part no one else to talk to. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He had told no one of the thing which he had seen, not even the Italian, whose researches he had of late been assisting. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope Clara put on her hat and ran across hurriedly to Mrs. Duffer, who lived at No. 15, next door but one to Mrs. Roden. But she was altogether too late to communicate the news as news. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing But from Mary she was estranged—it seemed as if hopelessly—and Mrs. Bower had of late been anything but cordial when Lydia went to the shop. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. F. Benson She had expected this, as he had been at his diaries late — quite naughtily late — the evening before, so this would be a night of infant slumber for twelve hours or so. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Charles Dickens There’s been overmuch coming back of late years, and I should of a certainty be hanged if took. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Nellie Bly Such a roar of complaint as went up from those late dinner passengers. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Machen John Roberts had come home somewhat late from his work, and it was after dusk when the family sat down to supper. The Terror by Arthur Machen

A side glance showed Dan that Mildred and her lover were running out of the shed, and had arrived just a moment too late to witness his start. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

E. F. Benson But she saw when she went into lunch rather late that Marcia and Stephen had not returned from their gooseberrying. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Davenant had been expected all day, but she did not arrive till late in the midst of the ball, and she just looked in at the dancers for a few minutes before she retired to her own apartment. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

John Galsworthy Those ducks of late had been all definitely painters, etchers, or sculptors, so that her impatience with the Forsytes and their hopelessly inartistic outlook had become intense. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang On and on he walked, till at last, late in the evening, he came to a house where some herdsmen lived. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving It was too late for the soldiers to get out of the way, so they threw themselves on their faces on the earth, ordering their captives to do the like. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

I wouldn’t dream of asking an Englishman to stay if I couldn’t give him late dinner; they think so much of it. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

G. K. Chesterton This would have mattered little, I hope, to any one, but that late comers had to be forced into front seats. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

But it was too late — she had paused in her running commentary on the pictures, she was standing looking, absolutely silent, at the last but one. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe The circumstances connected with the late sudden and distressing death of Mr. Pym are already well known to the public through the medium of the daily press. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Benjamin Disraeli Of late I have seldom visited it; but, indeed, it will become a favourite residence of mine, if it be, as I anticipate, the scene of my nuptial ceremony. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Arnold Bennett It isn’t as if they went to theatres and got home late and so on. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Jonathan Swif Well; little saucy rogues, do not stay out too late to-night, because it is Saturday night, and young women should come home soon then. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Andrew Lang Mrs. Atlay, wife of a late Bishop of Hereford, dreamed one night that there was a pig in the dining-room of the palace. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Charles Stur It was too late to avail ourselves, however, of this providential discovery; but we were on our way to the place at an early hour. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

As we had arranged, they came late to my bedroom at night, and I recounted to them all I had done during the day. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Theodore Dreiser He was out looking for work until late in the afternoon, and before he had returned she had been obliged to leave for the station. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf The spring was late here; the trees were not fully out yet. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson But altogether of late he had fought shy of meeting people. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell He was essentially imitative in his poetic faculty; and of late he had followed the lead of a popular writer of sonnets. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith The wine he had drunk of late from her flowing vintage was in his eyes. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James This came home to him when he sat with her again in the room in which her late aunt’s conversation lingered like the tone of a cracked piano. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

George Gissing Of late she had been in the habit of fixing her look upon Constance, as though much occupied with thoughts concerning her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Stur We reached Gawler Town late at night, and there obtained intelligence that the expedition had passed Angus Park all well. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Soon or late the day is coming, Tyrant Man shall be o’erthrown, And the fruitful fields of England Shall be trod by beasts alone. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

But one day, late in the afternoon, on going into her drawing-room, I heard from the bedroom the ringing laugh of the lady of my heart. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Ann Radcliffe The late conversation had painted in strong colours the attachment of her lover. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Robert Louis Stevenson And now you may ask yourself where he is, and look round for vestiges of my late lord, and in all the country- side there is no trace of him but his forlorn and fallen mansion. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy He thought it hardly worth while to call at the shop for his provisions at that hour, Donn and his daughter being probably not up, if they caroused late the night before. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The name of Ann Thomson was at once called and the late Major Sampon’s housekeeper came into the Court and stepped into the witness-box. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald One man is late and we wait for him. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

E. F. Benson There had been a coolness this morning, for he had come down very late to breakfast, and had ordered fresh tea and bacon with a grumpy air. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

The difficulty was that of late the smugglers themselves had become demoralized. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Andrew Lang Much has been written of late about book-binding. The Library by Andrew Lang

The men spent their afternoon for the most part in the billiard-room, after a late lingering luncheon, at which there was a good deal of pleasant gossip. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It’s the mourning ring prepared for his late Majesty, which only the royal family possess. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

William Morris What sayest thou, fair lord?” Said Ralph: “I have heard of late that it leadeth presently to Hampton under the Scaur, where dwelleth a people of goodwill. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

John Galsworthy I saw her late on Tuesday afternoon, too, in her car, outside —” Soames could see her eyes moving from side to side, and knew that she was about to say something unpleasant. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton She liked to leave her room early, and to return to it as late as possible; and she was walking slowly now in order to postpone the detested approach to her doorstep. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

E. F. Benson And then it was so late when we got here, we thought we wouldn’t disturb you, specially as the drawing-room window wasn’t bolted. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Anthony Trollope Rachel had never been so late before. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Your bedroom is all ready, and tomorrow you shall sleep as late as you will. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Oscar Wilde Of late he had felt no such pleasure. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Isabella Bird Milk can only be got in the Jewish quarter, where smallpox is prevailing; the Sanak water is too foul to be used for tea, and no man will go two miles so late for a pure supply. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He guesses we shouldn’t wait for him this late hour: at least, he guesses that only Mr. Hindley would be up; and he’d rather avoid having the door opened by the master. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

As it was dark and too late to go on farther, we had to encamp without water, nor was there any grass. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edith Wharton She was already seven minutes late for her Marcel-waving, and — Ah: it was Dexter’s voice! Automatically she composed her face to a wifely smile, and her voice to a corresponding intonation. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Richard Hakluyt The Spanishe histories which I have reade, and other late discourses, make greate mention of them. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

Arnold Bennett When I found out the truth it was too late for me to intervene. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George Gissing Last night, when I was tired and willing to be flattered, she tried to make me believe it was not yet too late to learn. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It was wearing late before the party lay down to rest; and when they did so the man who now took charge of Rashleigh for the night handcuffed his prisoner to himself. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope This certainly was a fib, as Brotherton’s late order had been of a very different nature. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

It was the late Mr. Hay’s opinion, that Muley Abd Errahman was a good man, but surrounded with bad advisers. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

E. Nesbi It was not till quite late in the afternoon that Mother said:— “There! That’ll do for to-day. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Thomas Hardy A servile mood of attachment to the Earl became distinctly visible in her contemporaneously with an actual dislike for her late husband’s memory. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

G. K. Chesterton This he had been born too late actually to inaugurate, but he believed at least, that he had considerably improved it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Meredith She exposed herself once of late at Itchincope, and had tried to school her tongue before she went there. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Andrew Lang He explains his ideas in his “Essay on Popular Poetry” as late as 1830. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Oscar Wilde He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Not but what he talks to me a good deal, and always like a friend: he does not forget that my late leddy, his mother, made more of a friend of me than a servant. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Mark Twain Too late he divined her “drift. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

He is most likely a late introduction (but see Piper, I, 44). The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Sinclair Lewis Fred sat with Hazel on the screened porch at the side of their house on a late July evening, very hot, conducive to bad tempers and rebellion. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells A little farther on the dry reeds up the bank were smoking and glowing, and a line of fire inland was marching steadily across a late field of hay. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

As it was so late in the day when we left the mountain, we got only seven miles from it when darkness again overtook us, and we had to encamp. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing Pooh! She is evidently new in this quarter, perhaps come up of late from the country. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He had attained his nineteenth year before he learned the alphabet, and even after so late a beginning he did not prosecute the study with much energy. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Ah! Here is Lady Mary Carden, late as usual. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

The mornings of late have been very foggy; they are almost dark at the hour we go to chapel. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

When Mr. Le Geyt’s aunt and her own doctor arrived late that night, together with Mr. Le Geyt’s valet, Annette had vanished into thin air. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Again there was the sound of a latchkey, again an entrance and again the late comer ignored the electric switch. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Handel Richardson But of late he had had to be wary of indulging: a bath of this kind, taken when he was over-tired, was apt to set the accursed tic a-going; and then he could pace the floor in agony. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

She had of late ceased to take in any paper, but now she took in the “Daily Mail” and the “Evening Standard,” and read the police news with avidity, looking for the trial of “her murderer. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Henry Kingsley I’m not humbugging you, when I say that I have been often sorry for it of late years. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry Kingsley I rather fancy he would have been spoken of as “the late early bird” after that. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Willa Cather The late afternoon sun burned on the snow-crusted pastures. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Benjamin Disraeli Zenobia used sometimes to send him a card; but these condescending recognitions of late had ceased, particularly as the great dame heard he was “always at that Lady Beaumaris’s. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

The Squire, William Standerton, late of Australia, but now of Childerbridge, is an important personage in the neighbourhood. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

John Galsworthy Winter was come! But Soames hastened home, oblivious; his hands trembled as he took the late letters from the gilt wire cage into which they had been thrust through the slit in the door. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Then Joe found a late thrush’s nest with half-fledged chicks in it in a blackberry bush. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon The actual births of planets, due to the chance encounters of mature but not aged stars, reached (or will reach) a maximum fairly late in the history of our galaxy, and then declined. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Francis Bacon For except it be treacle and mithridatum, and of late diascordium, and a few more, they tie themselves to no receipts severely and religiously. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

But was it folly? For him, assuredly, for Dickson McCunn, late of Mearns Street, Glasgow, wholesale and retail provision merchant, elder in the Guthrie Memorial Kirk, and fifty-five years of age. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing He did not return for the mid-day meal, and when Marian, late in the afternoon, came back from the Museum, he was still absent. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps he might be justified if he said that they had been very much troubled of late in that House by gentlemen who could not keep their fingers from poker and tongs. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing John Jacks had fallen of late into a habit of worry about things great and small, as though age were suddenly telling upon him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

When they came in late like this—never at any other time—Raydon always occupied his dressing-room because, unlike his wife, he always slept on far into the morning after an evening in town. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

He didn’t come until late in the afternoon, it must have been getting on for five o’clock. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Edgar Allan Poe The philosophic, of late days, are distinguished by that very facility in belief which was the characteristic of the illiterate half a century ago. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

When Ethel awoke, late in the morning, Villiers was gone. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry James But something admonished him now that it was too lateunless indeed it were possibly too early; and that he at any rate shouldn’t have pleased Mrs. Pocock the more by it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

But walking home late that night he saw his mule standing silent and solemn by the wayside in the misty moonlight. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had been late several times recently, and he knew that were he caught again his name would probably be stricken from the list of officer candidates. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Willa Cather One afternoon, late in the summer, Dr. Howard Archie was fighting his way back to town along this walk through a blinding sandstorm, a silk handkerchief tied over his mouth. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Every duty, every tiny decision, every small household matter, had become of late an intolerable burden. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Another listener and observer there was; one who, detained by some exigency of his profession, had come in late to dinner. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope He had not exactly made himself a party to the intrigue which was to convert the late Mr. Bold’s patrimony into an income for his hopeful son, but he had been well aware what was going on. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen He had returned to a late dinner, and walked to Hartfield as soon as it was over. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope He had had more than one interview of late with Lotta Luxa, and had perceived that something was going on, of which he much desired to be at the bottom. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft These lights were seen as late as 1810, but toward the last they became very infrequent. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Anthony Trollope To him they had come when they were too late to be of use. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Though Nina had quenched her lamp and had gone to bed, it was not late when Trendellsohn reached his home, and he knew that he should find his father waiting for him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather She sometimes came home from a late lesson so exhausted that she could eat no supper. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Louisa May Alcott Your mother will come, I know, and the late train is in at two A.M. I shall go for her, and you’ve only got to bottle up your rapture, and keep Beth quiet till that blessed lady gets here. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Bram Stoker I slept till late in the day, and awoke of my own accord. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Thomas Love Peacock THE HONOURABLE MR LISTLESS Tea, late dinners, and the French Revolution. I cannot exactly see the connection of ideas. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Then he lamented too late that, out of delicacy, he had not asked his late companions who they were and where they lived. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The late Professor Henry Sidgwick was celebrated for the rare mixture of ardor and critical judgment which his character exhibited. Memories and Studies by William James

Bram Stoker As I looked back I saw the steam from the horses of the coach by the light of the lamps, and projected against it the figures of my late companions crossing themselves. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Virginia Woolf But we have no time now for reflections; Orlando was terribly late already. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Till late years I was ever more or less awed and chilled by him. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Willa Cather The household slept late on Sunday morning; even Mahailey did not get up until seven. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Kingsley Now it is worth remarking, that it is Shelley’s form of fever, rather than Byron’s, which has been of late years the prevailing epidemic. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley