Phrases with "lonely"

Sinclair Lewis Make a life for HIMSELF. Be pretty darn’ lonely for a while. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

I was horribly lonely in this dreary place. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Two legs and a pair of very shabby boots vanished through the trap, and suddenly I felt utterly lonely and desperately sad. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George MacDonald He would be just as lonely there as here. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Henry James He was simply to put her, by herself, into a four-wheeler; she liked so in London, of wet nights after wild pleasures, thinking things over, on the return, in lonely four-wheelers. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

At night especially it reverberated very lonely amongst the planes of the unstirring sails. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Thomas Hardy She hastened by a lonely path to the rectory-house, and asked if Mr. Raunham was at home. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anna Katherine Green I was a father without a son — as lonely and as desolate as though the separation between us were that of the grave I had merited and so weakly shunned. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

That captain succeeded in coming up with their lonely bivouac among the mountains at midnight, when the weary troops were buried in slumber. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

E. Phillips Oppenheim Have you ever known what it is to be lonely?” “I have been lonely for so many years,” she said, “that I shall never be lonely any more. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Not very public in that spot, and at that hour, but as lonely as one could wish. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Its lonely character appealed to his imagination, which in the first instance had been stimulated by a chance remark of Mr. Bolt himself. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Olaf Stapledon Long ago the lonely Adam of our species had hungered blindly, vainly, for human companionship. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

You weren’t nabbed because of any false move you made yourself, but just because of one chance word, uttered once at night months ago in a lonely place. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

D.H. Lawrence Always in front of him, as on a cloth, was the face of Helena, while somewhere behind the cloth was Cornwall, a far-off lonely place where darkness came on intensely. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson I had been feeling so lonely — as if nobody wanted me — and I shall never forget how mother put her arms round me and cuddled me, and how safe and comfortable I felt. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells I was a lonely man and a sad one, and they bore with me. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was no longer a quiet, lonely dwelling. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I knew how lonely you were, and I was selfish enough to wish to give you even so small an evidence of the sincerity of my professions — my anxiety to be employed. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Mother Carke completed these lonely rites at dead of night. Laura Silver Bell by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Joyce The lonely house by the graveyard is uninhabited. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Edith Wharton When they came on her that evening clearing away her lonely supper, as Laura Lou had predicted, their arrival provoked a burst of tears and an embrace in which Vance managed to get included. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

John Galsworthy It’ll be lonely here when she’s gone, Jo.” The look on his face again gave young Jolyon the shock he had felt on first seeing his father. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

This continued all the way up the Farawa water, and then up its feeder to the little lonely loch. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Edith Wharton It made her world less lonely to think of that solitary spark of understanding burning in another mind like a little light in an isolated house. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The truth is that two lonely, hard-up girls — desperately hard-up girls — will be lonely wherever they are. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Sinclair Lewis When the other passengers had gone to bed and the sailors on watch seemed lonely the two men were still declaring, shyly but delightedly, that “things is curious. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James As she rose she spoke to me, and then I reflected that perhaps, secure in my almost inveterate absence, it was her nightly practice to take a lonely airing. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell THE WOUNDED STAG. Passing amid the deepest shade Of the wood’s sombre heart, Last night I saw a wounded deer Laid lonely and apart. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle Tales were told in the city of the weird figure which was seen prowling about the suburbs, and which haunted the lonely mountain gorges. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Clearly after the unsuccessful attempt upon Frau Bischoff he had made at once for the cures house, bent upon slaking his thirst for blood, and thinking that its lonely situation gave hope of success. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

There is an indescribable feeling of solitude in all houses in the environs of Mexico, a vastness, a desolation, such as I never before experienced in the most lonely dwellings in other countries. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edith Wharton Her figure looked black and lonely in the snow, and for a second my heart failed me and I thought of turning back. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis He pictured them thrown together in a lonely camp. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing Lonely I was; as lonely and sorrowful a man as any in England. I wrote back to say that I’d come to him gladly if he could promise to put me in the way of earning my own living. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Five-and-twenty years of lonely misery were blotted out. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

G. K. Chesterton One of them went upwards through a tangled but living forest to lonely but healthy hills: the other went down to a swamp. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The wild, noble, lonely beauty of the view was quite unexpected. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Andrew Lang And now, because he was afraid that their stepmother might not treat them well and might do them harm, he put them in a lonely castle that stood in the middle of a wood. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The streets looked as lonely and deserted as if they had been crowded, overnight, for the last time. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Paul Marchmont was afraid to leave that lonely farmhouse. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She’s got into the way of loving me, bless her, and every now and then, it’s my opinion, she suddenly remembers her lonely days when she didn’t know what love was. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Zona Gale If anything were needed to complete the picture it would be to meet face to face, there in that big, lonely room, a little figure in rose and silver. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Algernon Blackwood With it I saw mentally the desolate moorland flowing like a sea about the old house, the treeless expanse of lonely hills, the nearer copses, sombre and mysterious in the night. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Theodore Dreiser There was something delicate and lonely in her voice, but he could not hear it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang Now for a naked man, with a knife, and bedabbled with blood, to address a young woman on a lonely moor is a delicate business. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Well, I can understand it; all women who are possessed of any feeling do, and one never finds them dull or lonely when removed from the giddy vortex of these exciting amusements. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

And no maids willing to stay in a lonely place so far from shops and the pictures ——’ and so on. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence Do come — my little wife is lonely — come just to see her. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Kingsley For those three days they had not seen a trace of human beings, and the spot seemed lonely enough for them to encamp without fear of discovery, and begin the making of their canoes. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

But wildness was coming in, coming in from the caverns of the hill, and the high, cold spaces round Sprinkling Tarn and the lonely passes above the listening valleys. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Washington Irving Each lonely place shall him restore, For him the tear be duly shed; Beloved, till life can charm no more; And mourn’d till pity’s self be dead. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

They reached that lonely coast beyond Cape Jervis — for of course the two men hiding there were they, and felt quite secure until I accidentally appeared upon the scene. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Henry Lawson He was very unsociable, seldom speaking, whether drunk or sober; but a weary, hard-up sundowner was always pretty certain to get a meal and a shake-down at Bogg’s lonely but among the mullock heaps. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

But there are hours of lonely musing, Such as in evening silence come, When, soft as birds their pinions closing, The heart’s best feelings gather home. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

John Galsworthy You want the mood of Hatteras J. Hopkins: “‘Now, severed from my kind by my contempt, I live apart and beat my lonely drum. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Theodore Dreiser That night at the flat she was even more lonely — the dull situation was becoming harder to endure. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Frances Hodgson Burnett There were hundreds of bits of girls left lonely waiting for their bairns to come into the world—Some with scarce a penny unless friends took care of them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He was on a lonely island in the dead of night. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

W. H. Hudson Elsewhere I had always been able to think most freely on horseback; and on the pampas, even in the most lonely places, my mind was always most active when I travelled at a swinging gallop. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

William Hope Hodgson For a long time, I kept my gaze fixed upon it; feeling, in my lonely soul, that its soft haze was, in some way, a tie with the past. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

It was an ideal setting: a lonely beach in the very early morning, with the mist just rising. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

William Morris As he came back, making a circuit toward the open meadows, he happened on a herd of deer in a lonely place, half wood half meadow, and there he slew a hart with one shaft, for he was a deft bowman. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

They got into conversation — about scenery, lonely walks, and the dullness of St. Heliers. “Did she often walk there?” “Sometimes.” “Would she be there tomorrow?” “She might. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Curious how pleasant it was to sit there in the garden when Phoenix was about, or Lewis. It made her feel she could never be lonely or jumpy. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Never did the lonely prospect of the moor look so dreary as it looked to my eyes that evening. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

James Joyce How was he to blame? Now that she was gone he understood how lonely her life must have been, sitting night after night alone in that room. Dubliners by James Joyce

George Gissing If he lost Marian, he would indeed be a lonely man, for he considered his wife of no account. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

I was a little shy, as lonely people are, but the situation made me eloquent, and even bold. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

No product of man’s handiwork was near me except my truck and spade and the grave of Brimstone Billy, now as lonely as before. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Sinclair Lewis Hate to think of ’em lying there in the cemetery, lonely and waiting, trusting that we — that the Dam-yanks — will remember them. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

It is always a lonely walk from Glenelg to Henley along the foot of the sandhills, and one generally has only the seagulls for company the middle part of the way. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Arthur Machen Some house, often a lonely farm, is suddenly subjected to an infernal bombardment. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

I knew every inch of it — a lonely one it is at night. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

M. P. Shiel I came at last, in the vale of Cashmere, to a lonely Hindoo temple—one of the great vihâras—consisting of a long oblong chamber. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

George Gissing Had they been in a lonely spot, Monica would have felt afraid of him. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Rudyard Kipling Up-stream a lonely black pine stood out from all its fellows to peer up the bend where the racing water ran deep in oily swirls. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But then, would a sailor have been likely to think of anything so subtle as the queue? He would have been more likely to wait for a dark night and a lonely street. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Be that as it may, she broke up her establishment in town at this time, and retired to a lonely cottage in Wales, where she amused herself in superintending her dairy and physicking the poor. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

William Morris Despite the terror of the desert and the lonely ways, when Ralph laid him down on his stony bed, happiness wrapped his heart about. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Radclyffe Hall She drove on and left the car at the stables, then walked round to the house, and when she got there she opened the door of the study and went in, feeling terribly lonely without her father. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

All of this could do poor Reuben very little good; but Judith was aware as, a lonely little black figure, she moved through the courtyard gate into her carriage, that she was surrounded with sympathy. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Wilkie Collins Clara’s early years were spent in a lonely old house in the Highlands of Scotland. The ignorant people about her were the people who did the mischief which I have just been speaking of. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

And there was even a darker side to the evil of the motor-car, for it made so easy an access to lonely places. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, there can be no better pastime for a lonely man than the mechanical exercise of verse. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott You should have had, too, our Scottish residence, surrounded by mountains, and our lonely walks to haunted ruins. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

D. H. Lawrence At the corner stood a lonely house—and in the road-side the most battered, life-weary old carriage I have ever seen. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Mary Webb The book directed that on a lonely hill, you must listen with your eyes shut for the fairy playing. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edith Wharton She lives such a lonely life — it makes me so unhappy. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

H. G. Wells So soon as the footpad became too prevalent people ceased to carry so many valuables, they shunned lonely or dark streets and roads, they went about in company and began to bear arms. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The unmarried men are so lonely that they appreciate a girl’s society in a quite wonderful way, etc. Burmese Days by George Orwell

It’s quiet and lonely and if you’ve only just got away from next door it’s just where they would think you’d try and hide. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Hardy And ‘a must need such reflections — a lonely widow man,” said Longways. “When did he lose his wife?” asked Elizabeth. “I never knowed her. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jack London A child who has been crying all day long, and perhaps half the night, in a lonely dim-lit cell, and is preyed upon by terror, simply cannot eat food of this coarse, horrible kind. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

We are so lonely here, my poor young master and I, that even the welcome of a dumb beast is not to be despised. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

George Gissing If he starved to death — well, many another lonely man has come to that end. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Shut in by trees, and in a lonely spot, people had no occasion to pass it. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Radclyffe Hall Into the club would presently saunter old Admiral Bourne who lived at Glory Point, a lonely man with a passion for breeding fancy mice. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Wilkie Collins I haven’t behaved as well as I ought; and, somehow, when a fellow’s ill and lonely he gets homesick — ” His voice began to grow faint, and he left the sentence unfinished. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Thomas Hardy You have come only to distress me, a lonely woman, and shorten my days! I wish that you would bestow your presence where you bestow your love!” Clym said huskily, “You are my mother. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence Down he went, down the long, dark, lonely corridors and staircases. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Take him away!” All this time my mind was pre-occupied by the extraordinary appearance of the rocket, rising from the neighborhood of a lonely little village between midnight and one in the morning. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

In all this I had a dreary something — not pleasure — but a sad, lonely satisfaction. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Edith Wharton Two days afterward, the ship which had brought him to Europe started on her voyage back to Brazil. On her deck stood Boyne, a lonely man. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

His childhood there had been full of lonely hours, and he had come to like the warm south country. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

G. K. Chesterton But travelling in the great level lands has a curiously still and lonely quality; lonely even when there are plenty of people on the road and in the market-place. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jack London Thus, I rendered my lonely situation as comfortable as could be expected. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Mabrúk Mansúr Agwah. The Boruji (bugler) Mersál Abú Dunyá, a “character” who retires for practice to lonely hills and vales. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Andrew Lang Habitual bullies are very cunning, and I am acquainted with instances in which they carry their victims off to lonely torture cells (so to speak) and deserted places fit for the sport. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton As he paced the lonely sands he tried to reconstruct Fulvia’s broken story, supplementing it with such details as his experience of Venetian life suggested. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

This abode of her married life appeared to her as lonely and unsafe as though it had been situated in the midst of a forest. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

The place is lonely enough for a man to be murdered there and nobody be any the wiser; but, as I have nothing to lose, it will answer well enough for me. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

It’s so big and lonely and must be always reminding her of the happy days she once had. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Sinclair Lewis He seemed kind and insignificant, and as lonely as Babbitt himself. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The troll dances his gruesome jig on lonely hills the gnome executes his little pigeon wing in the obscure subterrene by the glimmer of a diamond. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Dickens He was one man against the whole united concourse; a single, solitary, lonely man, from whom the very captives in the jail fell off and shrunk appalled. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

H.P. Lovecraft And now I shudder when I hear the frogs piping in swamps, or see the moon in lonely places. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft On the thirteenth day they reached the mountain’s lonely base, and Atal spoke of his fears. The Other Gods by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

George Gissing What gave me the strength to pass from idle luxury, poisoning the energies of the soul, to that life of lonely toil and misery? My love, and my love for you. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Machen Below, in the long lovely valley, the river wound in and out between the lonely hills, and, as the sun hovered and vanished into the west, a faint mist, pure white, began to rise from the hills. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins He advanced with eager eyes and quickened step; for he saw before him the lonely figure of a woman, standing by the parapet of the wall, with her face set toward the westward view. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The young lady was blind! Young — lonely — blind. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Machen I knew Treff Loyne was a lonely place — that was why I had gone there, to have a long rest from all the jangle and rattle and turmoil of London, that makes a man alive and kills him too. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Charles Dickens He was not without some refreshment during the long lonely hours; generally carrying in his pocket a sandwich of bread and meat, and a small flask of wine. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Sinclair Lewis You see, I felt beastly lonely tonight. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle This they did no doubt out of admiration for the rugged beauty of the spot, and perhaps from a sense of the novelty of their situation upon this lonely island. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Frances Hodgson Burnett The ivy hung thick over the door, the key was buried under the shrubs, no human being had passed that portal for ten lonely years — and yet inside the garden there were sounds. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Radclyffe Hall Ralph was a confirmed bachelor; he had felt lonely after the old man’s death, had thought of his sister and had besought her to take pity on him; there it had begun and there so far, it had ended. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

D.H. Lawrence And still, in the winter, some are seen, standing away in lonely places where the sun streams full, grey rows of pillars rising out of a broken wall, tier above tier, naked to the sky, forsaken. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Jack London And this strange vessel, with its terrible men, pressed under by wind and sea and ever leaping up and out, was heading away into the south-west, into the great and lonely Pacific expanse. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne For instance, a painter never would have sent down yonder Faun out of his far antiquity, lonely and desolate, with no companion to keep his simple heart warm. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Charles Dickens His lonely daughter, bereft of her final hope and reliance, appealed to them both too strongly. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Charles Dickens The King had been taken for security to a place called Hurst Castle: a lonely house on a rock in the sea, connected with the coast of Hampshire by a rough road two miles long at low water. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Marjorie Bowen On one voyage she told John Shute about him, and he was marooned on a lonely island in the South Seas — tied up to a great, great stone image of a god, burning hot in the tropic sun. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

They then resumed their journey, and at length, wearied with exertion, they arrived at a lonely haystack, where they resolved to repose for an hour or two. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Sarah Orne Jewett There was something lonely and solitary about her great determined shape. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

The first three murders were carried out on lonely park lands, in comparatively unfrequented spots. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

James Anthony Froude Apollyon spreads his bat wings at last, and flies away; but there remains the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the dark scene of lonely horrors. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve been forgetting that Main Street doesn’t think it’s in the least lonely and pitiful. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

We took the lonely path across the fields: her appearance might have raised a stir in the highway. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Miles Franklin Ta-ta!” A shriek, a jerk, and the great train rushed on into the night, leaving me there on the insignificant little platform, feeling how lonely and unhappy, no one knew or cared. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

And I was very lonely in those days, after our troubles had befallen. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George MacDonald She was so lonely there! “Oh! please, North Wind,” he cried, “won’t you help that little girl?” “No, Diamond; I mustn’t leave my work. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

E. Phillips Oppenheim She is there, within reach of my arms; she has found her way in upon a life as lonely and joyless as the life of any man can be. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Few were the objects and lonely the man, “not a person to speak to within sixteen miles except the minister of Dunscore;” so that books inevitably made his topics. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arthur Machen Most horrible of all these horrors, perhaps, was the affair of the Highway, a lonely and unfrequented by-road that winds for many miles on high and lonely land. The Terror by Arthur Machen

No sooner, however, had he drawn the poor justice away from his comrades into a lonely part of the road than he stripped him to his shirt. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Rudyard Kipling I’m rather a lonely chap, though. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

It was dark and bitterly cold, the streets were empty, the stones echoed under my heels with a hollow, lonely ring. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli It never for a moment had entered into his mind that his lonely bosom could again be a fit resting-place for one so lovely and so young. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

At five minutes to two on that afternoon, they were quite certain of the exact time, they had came upon a two-seater Jehu car parked in a lonely glade in the forest, less than a mile from the town. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He was standing on a deserted beach beside a lonely sea. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Beyond any memory of a hurt and lonely youth, beyond any imagination of an unwanted and miserable age, this pain fed on itself and abolished time. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Widow MacNamara’s is a lonely house. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

George Gissing A lonely man, yet a tender one. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Now, these men specialise in holding up lonely country houses. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

So lonely that I don’t suppose his body will be ever found. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Rudyard Kipling I found him, lonely and unbefriended, the very next night after our talk, at the Dugald Delanes’ burra-khana. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

But I fear you must feel lonely without him. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It stood by a lonely bend of the narrow road. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy It might lead you to show pity to your poor lonely one. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing In her house at Wimbledon she perished of ennui, for she was as lonely as Adela in Holloway. Much lonelier; she had no resources in herself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

And he was miserable because he felt suddenly so lonely and terrified, and all at once, mercy on us! What was this again? People were standing in a crowd admiring. The Heavenly Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

M. P. Shiel He is Spirit.’ ‘Yet, by night, in a lonely upper chamber by the sea, I have seen. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Charles Dickens Very little of these trades, or of a lonely lodger rumoured to live up-stairs, or of a dim coach-trimming maker asserted to have a counting-house below, was ever heard or seen. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Andrew Lang One day when she was keeping her sheep in a lonely tract of land, she suddenly felt a wish to dress herself in her robes of splendour. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins It was on the bank of a lonely stream, and close to the outskirts of a thick wood. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

I am very thankful for her, indeed I am; and I hope I am not repining, for it does not signify after all, in the end, if I am weary and lonely sometimes. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins I am a lonely woman thrown helpless on my own resources, without rank or place in the world. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Abraham Merri It was a small and lonely lake high up in the Vosges; and yet, lonely is not just the word with which to tag its spirit; rather was it aloof, withdrawn. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Maskull turned again to Sullenbode. “Now we two are alone in a lonely world. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins I began to despair, and to feel in my lonely moments a yearning to renew that childish experiment of crying, which I have already adverted to, in the way of confession. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

If you think you will be lonely I will take you up to Town with me, drop you at the hotel, and then I will go on to Upper Bellington Street.” Alice, however, would not hear of this arrangement. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Wilkie Collins Never mind my lonely life here, if I can only see George happy and well again! He tells me they have passed a great deal of their time on shore; but not a word does he say about meeting any ladies. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Andrew Lang At last she reached a lonely spot far from the town, where she thought she was safe, and sat down on a stone, and wept bitterly. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Their eyes were heavy for lack of slumber, and they slept as soundly as if there had not been such a thing as an angry sea roaring furiously around their lonely dwelling. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood Between the two lonely figures within, however, there pressed another shadow that was not a shadow from the night. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Tall trees stood lonely and silent sentinels without the old gray walls, and a low ivied parapet guarded the sudden descent of the riven and wooded cliff. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She had heard of not a few drugged sailors who had been picked up unconscious in dark and lonely streets and taken off in an ambulance to some hospital for treatment. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

D. H. Lawrence In Australia, where one can be lonely, and where the land almost calls to one to be lonely — and then drives one back again on one’s fellow-men in a kind of frenzy. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I stopped wearily in the fields at a lonely spot, away from the footpath. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Wolfe The offices stood silent, empty, sterile, but they also seemed to have a kind of lonely expectation of the life that soon would well up swiftly from the streets to fill and use them. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Poor Stanley can sleep in his own bed from now on, instead of guarding a couple of hags in a lonely house. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis The trees that had given a village gentleness to the long streets were thin and shivering, and the houses were scattered and low, lonely as the old frontier. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott Jeanie was thus in the unwonted situation of inhabiting a lonely house, and she felt yet more solitary from the death of the good old man who used to divide her cares with her husband. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

The boy was three years old, and of an inexhaustible loquacity, having been encouraged to babble in Lucy’s lonely hours. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arthur Morrison It was the happiest possible life for a lonely old man with his tastes and his means of gratifying them, and it went placidly on till one Wednesday mid-day. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton During those first lonely suffocating days and nights Vance’s weak body and sore spirit yearned for his neat room at home, the glitter of the bath, the shade of the Mapledale Avenue trees. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Living in so lonely a situation, he was rather fearful as to how far those men would go to get what they evidently imagined was hidden in the house or below it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Sinclair Lewis Myself, I’d be lonely with nothing but bleak debating-societies. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells It was terribly lonely in this chaotic strangeness, and perhaps this man — if it was a man, for it was difficult to see — might for all his stillness be merely insensible. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Willa Cather Don’t you get lonely sometimes in the winter, when everybody has gone away?” “I thought it was something like that. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Rudyard Kipling A barge drifted under the steamer’s stern and a lonely ship’s cow in that barge bellowed. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Anthony Trollope Purity and the Rights of Labour! “It contains just everything,” said Moggs to himself as he sat down to his modest, lonely breakfast. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Wolfe Occasionally he saw somebody that he knew, and in the strangeness of it all they seemed to him like lights shining in the darkness of a lonely coast. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang One day when he was out hunting the Count passed through a forest, and at the door of a lonely cottage he saw a beautiful girl spinning hemp. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I’m so lonely and I need somebody to cheer me up. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

As they approached the flat Gordon edged closer to Ravelston. Now the evening was ending, and he must part from Ravelston, whom he adored, and go back to his foul lonely bedroom. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

There were cold yellow gleams in windows fronting a lonely west. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The children might come in and cheer you, you so lonely here —” The self‐satisfied, soft smile died off his face; the little girl hid hers and screamed. Signa by Ouida