Phrases with "long"

George Gissing He had his worries and his desires, but so long as he suffered neither from headache nor stomach-ache, these things interfered not at all with his enjoyment of a fine morning. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Nor was it long before Manning saw where the key of the whole position lay. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

The sun had long set behind the dark wall of the distant forest and the purple strip of the setting sun, amidst the thick, dark-blue clouds, seemed like a stream of fire in the mountain straits. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

As Sweetwater reached the head of the driveway, he saw the first of a long file of carriages approaching up the street. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

It was a long time before I got an idea of what had happened. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

It is important to remember this, because there is always a temptation to think that industrialism is harmless so long as it is clean and orderly. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anna Katherine Green And you have a daughter, you say?” After Mrs. Yardley’s departure, Mrs. Scoville, as she now expected herself to be called, sat for a long time brooding. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Guy de Maupassan It was the best dinner that Monsieur Leras had had in a long time. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

E. F. Benson Lucia had one little turn up and down with the Ambassador, and spoke with great tact of Mussolini, and another with Lord Tony, and not for a long time did she let Stephen join her. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Walter Scott He was yet to learn how long it is ere our reason is enabled to triumph over the force of external circumstances, and how much our feelings are affected by novelty, and blunted by use and habit. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Ford Madox Ford It is possible that he himself might not be as he was if he hadn’t gazed at him for a long time, like a stuck pig. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Virginia Woolf She could hardly believe that so great a monster could start so gently on so long a journey. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

It tired me dreadfully, writing those long letters. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

M. R. James I was at his house not very long ago, and happened to pick up the vase and turn it over to see whether there were any marks on it, and the paper fell into my hand. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

So long as schools are run primarily for money, things like this will happen. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

The service was not a long one, and in something under half an hour we were back in our rooms again. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s a long walk to the school, and the sooner we get started the better. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft Before long I saw that it would be impossible to distinguish any connected discourse. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

T. H. Huxley As the former Director of this Institution, Sir H. De la Beche, long ago showed, this reasoning may involve an entire fallacy. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Andrew Lang She at once recognised him as one of the emperor’s attendants, and let down a long string, to which he tied the letter. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Nothing for a long time has given me greater pleasure than hearing of your appointment. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Bientôt la proue de Standard–Island coupe la masse des acalèphes, qui se divise en deux branches le long du littoral métallique. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Wilkie Collins I hadn’t got it back into my fob very long before I heard that he was getting a bad pain at the back of his head, and that he saw all sorts of moving spots before his eyes. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Rudyard Kipling Kurrell was silent for an instant, and then he, too, laughed laughed long and loudly, rocking in his saddle. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Miles Franklin Harold was as clever in this way as any other man with as much bushman ability as he had, so it was not long ere we were bowling along as merrily as ever. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling Did I not say exceptions prove the rule? The lower combe? Man, dear, anywhere ye please, so long as you do not disturb my pheasants. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells And the noble life is a long, long way ahead. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Then he of the black eyes and long nose knocked him gently in the face, and again and again, jerking him this way or that. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Virginia Woolf Nevertheless (as they take so long finding one’s walking-stick) one can’t help thinking how one might come with a notebook, sit at a desk, and read it all through. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Ann Radcliffe He called to her to follow him, and led her through a long passage to the foot of a staircase. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

William Makepeace Thackeray Add to these, two most grave and stately Arabs in white beards, white turbans, white haicks and raiments; sabres curling round their military thighs, and immense long guns at their backs. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Henry James Ah but then, and just as she had reached the door, came his second observation, a long light reach with which, visibly and quite amusedly, he recalled and placed her. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

George Meredith They receive fitting mates, of a build to promise or aid in ensuring depth of chest and long reach of arm for their progeny. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

From long experience she knew and could taste in advance the individual smell of every cottage on her rounds. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser Still, he had anticipated it so long that the charm of it had been discounted to a certain extent. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Ford Madox Ford I have observed this matter long enough to know the queer, subtle thing that it is; to know how the faculty, for what it is worth, never lets you down. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing When they had left the house, he held a long talk with his sister, and told her of his intention to seek immediately another dwelling. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle The sun had set, and one long mauve gash across the western Channel was closing swiftly into the dull grays of early night. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

The hussy, seeing her lover in danger, will deny what she has just told me; she will assert that Noel left her long after ten o’clock. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ere long he tired of wasting his ammunition on a statue, but he did not throw away the shafts — he only kept them quiet in his quiver. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Thomas Paine But there are, nevertheless, distinct species of rights, and will continue to be, so long as the earth endures. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

Arthur Conan Doyle He had heard of men who had burst when on camel journeys, and he knew that the Arabs swathe their bodies tightly in broad cloth bandages when they prepare for a long march. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Maria Edgeworth And pray how long do you mean to stay?” “Till I am of age, madam, if you have no objection. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Miles Franklin Then I diverted him by inquiring how long since the wire fence on our right had been put up. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Since the Catholic Mary Stuart was the next heir, the Protestant cause in England hung suspended, so long as Elizabeth remained unmarried, by the feeble thread of her life. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

But I could not do the work of writing a book, or even a long magazine article, if it were not also an aesthetic experience. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Charles Dickens It was something to be reminded that the weary world was not all aweary, and was ever renewing itself; but, this young woman was a child not long ago, and a child not long hence might be such as she. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli Nicæus was habited as his page, in a dress of coarse red cloth, setting tight to his form, with a red cap, with a long blue tassel. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

After sitting a long time, he prepared to descend. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Ivan Turgenev She had hardly ever uttered such a long and animated speech in her life. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Ford Madox Ford A lady in a long skirt — an apparently elderly Di Vernon out of “Waverley,” which was one of the few novels Mark had ever read — was making dreadful havoc with the standing grass. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Had it been summer they would have gone out together and indolently sipped two long Tom Collinses, as they wilted their collars and watched the faintly diverting round of some lazy August cabaret. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

I told you long ago that I was selfish; I am selfish still — more selfish than ever in my misery. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Then he wanted to know in a half-jocular way how she felt about going away, and for a long voyage this time. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Morrison Dan had about as much regard for her as she had for him, and the total made something a long way short of affection. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

It’s a long time since I read of it — I can’t remember where — but I know they have got a gold cup of sorts worth several thousands. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Anthony Trollope But they require a patient reader, and one who can content himself with a long protracted and most unemotional excitement. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell They intended to stay to tea if they were invited, and Ruth and Sally were left to spend a long afternoon together. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jules Verne Mais Mr. Sharp n’était pas de ces gens qui font des spéculations à long terme. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Wilkie Collins For a long time the different persons in the room sat together without speaking, even without looking at each other. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Sinclair Lewis For a long time he sat in his office and was thoroughly wretched. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Edith Wharton When he came back from the Churleys’ he went upstairs to the study and threw himself down on the old divan where Chris had so often sprawled during the long evenings full of laughter and discussion. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Samuel Johnson Learning was then rising on the world; but ages so long accustomed to darkness, were too much dazzled with its light to see any thing distinctly. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Abraham Merri I seemed to have awakened from a long, long sleep, and was not thoroughly awake and troubled by memories of dreams. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Edgar Allan Poe Hardly had I come to this resolution, when, suddenly, a loud and long scream or yell, as if from the throats of a thousand demons, seemed to pervade the whole atmosphere around and above the boat. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Miles Franklin I used to long for any sort of caller, but that infernal book has resulted in my being a kind of puppet show, and I am heartily sick of it. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

The gentle light of a simple, unwearied, as it were, and intelligent good-nature illumined his long hairless face. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H. G. Wells There are two long tables on one of the middle platforms on which simple refreshments are being served. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The cigarette burned on between his fingers, and a long grey ash fell to the floor. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Gaston Leroux There was another moan, followed by a long silence. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was very stiff, for it had not been opened for a long time. Hand and Heart by Elizabeth Gaskell [1849]

Herman Melville And overhanging all was the balustrade by his arm, which, partly stained with pitch and partly embossed with moss, seemed the charred ruin of some summer-house in a grand garden long running to waste. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Mark Twain I set down one time back in the woods, and had a long think about it. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins They refer to private affairs of Mr. Winterfield, in which he is deeply interested, and they ought to have been long since placed in his possession. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Willa Cather Indeed, for her own sake, I could only wish her taste for such things quite dead, and the long struggle mercifully ended at last. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Anthony Trollope How long will it be?” “You’ve got to find the young man first, Potsey. I don’t think you’ll ever do that,” said Georgina, who was rather proud of her own good looks. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Housekeepers say of a domestic who has been valuable, “She had lived with me long enough. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

John Galsworthy He drew a long breath and followed slowly down. To Let by John Galsworthy

Henry Fielding He was a friend, and an excellent friend too, to my husband, long before I was acquainted with him, and he hath done him a thousand good offices. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope As long as you were rich I might have had some chance of getting her back, despite the machinations of her mother. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Hilstead was gained long before lunch could be thought of. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D. H. Lawrence She rarely wrote long letters. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The beginning of written record in the millennium before Christ shows a long tradition already established for the treatment of these odd, disturbing exceptions. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Walter Scott I marvel your ladyship could bear so long with her insolence. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

It would be a long process of small inquiries; a job for an expert. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

He comes of a long line of English gentlemen who with all their breakings of the so-called moral code would regard with abhorrence any legal treachery towards a comrade. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Crowe, my intention is to give him two hundred pounds a year as long as he lives. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Jack London That alone could explain why he was in an open boat drifting down the Yukon. The law of Red Cow that he had so long administered had now been administered to him. Lost Face by Jack London

Sinclair Lewis Then, at the Marburys’, she met Dr. Will Kennicott. THE house was haunted, long before evening. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Nancy was more taken with the picturesque market-women, in their white caps and long gold ear-rings. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Wilkie Collins He ought to have put himself right with Lucilla long since. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Meredith I could have taken her long neck till she twisted like a serpent and hissed. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Willa Cather He turned on his back and lay still for a long time, his hands locked under his head, looking up at the ceiling. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

The lane was a long one, between untrimmed hedges that breathed the delicate perfume of wild flowers, on one side a field of clover, a strawberry garden on the other. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Rudyard Kipling You’ve been at it long enough, goodness knows. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Ann Radcliffe The narrative of her sufferings, upon which she now entered, entirely dissipated the mystery which had so long enveloped the southern buildings of the castle. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

I long for the country air and a sight of the fresh green fields. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was no activity but in and around the saloons, where people sat almost all day long playing cards. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Couch or easy-chair, Baron?” “The couch, if you please,” De Grost replied, “a strong cigar, and a long whiskey and soda. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope Fenwick had indeed said that as long as the young lady was his guest she must be allowed to please herself as to whom she would see or not see. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the end of a long hall they reached a room from which proceeded a variety of howls — indeed, a room which, in later parlance, would have been known as the “crying-room. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells There, arranged for comparison, were the long strips for yesterday and the day before and the day before that. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Bram Stoker Why for instance did she object to see doctors? So long as she was free and could control them she did not mind; but whilst she was under duress they were a source of danger. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Guy de Maupassant The horse remained standing as long as he could see him; then, knowing that his attempts to reach the near-by grass would be hopeless, he once more lay down on his side and closed his eyes. Coco by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Anthony Trollope I suppose it will not be long now. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have wished for so long to see one who has become so famous. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Mrs. Gaskell It seems that Miss Pole had a cousin, once or twice removed, who had offered to Miss Matty long ago. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He saw the long white electric sparks change to crimson with the strontium, to purple with the potassium, to yellow with the manganese. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Willa Cather Flavia had at last built her house and hewn out her seven pillars; there could be no doubt, now, that the asylum for talent, the sanatorium of the arts, so long projected, was an accomplished fact. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

He was as one of the initiated in the old Egyptian mysteries who have crossed the gate only to long more ardently for the penetralia. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. F. Benson I guessed where the ring came from, since Franklyn and his wife had long ago gone to bed, and went straight to Jack’s room. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

Henry James We had a long talk this morning; the poor fellow threw himself upon my charity. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could see the blur of their craft, but they were going nearly as fast as I, and they must have been a long mile from the shore before I caught them up. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

The rank-and-file wore shorts and green shirts open at the neck, but the horseman had breeches and boots and a belted green tunic, while a long hunting-knife swung at his middle. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson But my misdesert began long since, by the acceptation of a bargain quite unsuitable to all my methods. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle I gave him his head and let him go—it did not matter to me where, so long as we left this inn far behind us. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Sometimes she would long remain with her eyelids half closed, and nobody could divine what stubborn thought was thus absorbing her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Henry James She carries it a long time, saddened and oppressed by it, till at last she can bear it no longer. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson Sometimes, as when I inquired too particularly into the question of their names, she laughed at me so long and heartily that I began to feel almost embarrassed. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was a long heavy piece of hard wood, and apparently he had been clutching it for six hours or so. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle But he had come on a long way since then. The Retirement of Signor Lambert by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sinclair Lewis The assistant manager of the hotel spoke excellent English, and Sam had never been entirely at a loss so long as his opponent would be decent and speak a recognizable language. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

With much blushing, she told me she wanted to be married at once so that she could take me away for a long holiday to get well and strong again. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Andrew Lang Tall palm trees grew in long rows on the shore and bore coconuts in their top branches. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope It did not take her long to answer her aunt’s letter. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Elio As long as we set up our own will and our own wisdom against God’s, we make that wall between us and his love which I have spoken of just now. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Frances Hodgson Burnett Just far enough for her long and strong arm, and equally long and strong clutching fingers to do their work. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope As long as the servants were in the room the dinner went on much as other dinners. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

How long did this honeymoon with Henry VII last?’ ‘Oh, quite a long time. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Guy de Maupassan When the curtain fell, the applause was tremendous, and Annette applauded so long that Bertin wished to seize her hands to make her stop. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Maria Edgeworth Even by the feeble tie, which I see you long to break, I must hold, rather than let you go for ever. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

He was doomed to a fretful existence so long as he should exist at all. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Henry James I couldn’t do without you here for anything like so long a time as that. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

But it is getting late, and we have travelled a long distance to-day. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

D. H. Lawrence He drank his tea in a long draught, wiped his moustache with two fingers, and sat looking abstractedly at the children. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prendergast knew that such leeches as Mr. Mollett never leave the skin as long as there is a drop of blood left within the veins. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain He had to go back to his gate-post, and content himself with watching me fall at long range. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Nathaniel Hawthorne The stately mansions are placed each on its carpet of verdant grass, and a long flight of steps descends from every door to the pavement. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

You come to demand money of me — of a Musketeer! To prison with him! Gentlemen, once more, take him to prison, and keep him under key as long as possible; that will give me time to pay him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Think kindly of me, whatever my fate, as I think tenderly of you, and pray for a lonely man whose feet are set on a long road. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I lost time just at first, and the chase became a long one. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

James Joyce Not long before she had celebrated her silver wedding and renewed her intimacy with her husband by waltzing with him to Mr. Power’s accompaniment. Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope The house of Heine Brothers, in Munich, was of good repute at the time of which I am about to tell — a time not long ago; and is so still, I trust. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry James After which there was another long pause. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Guy de Maupassan Her parents hesitated for a long time, restrained by the young man’s bad reputation. A Wedding Gift by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Again she laughed, a long and evil laugh, and Powers caught his breath and watched that ghastly burden borne slowly seawards. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Thomas Hardy His stories lasted so long that at last I was hardly sure that I was not a soldier myself, and had seen such service as he told of. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle The groom also is, we should say, getting rather long in the tooth. The Parish Magazine by Arthur Conan Doyle [1930]

Andrew Lang He waited patiently a long, long time, but when the rope never came back he knew he had been right, and that his comrades had betrayed him. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Elio But it was impossible to lie there long with that beating heart; and the little white figure was soon out of bed again, seeking relief in the very sense of chill and uncomfort. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Robert Louis Stevenson But it is nearer in shore that the danger is worst; for the tide, here running like a mill race, makes a long belt of broken water — a ROOST we call it — at the tail of the land. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing You, beyond doubt, dear lord, my brother, will desire long privacy with the holy man. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope But during the long hours of the night the breeches-maker could not escape;—and in minor matters the authority lay with her. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Olaf Stapledon It followed, they said, that he could not gain true self-fulfilment so long as the demands of the self as a whole system, including the known needs of other selves, were left unfulfilled. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was startled by the sound of a horse’s feet, softly trampling through the long heather. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Francis Bacon But as the matter now is, it is nothing strange if men do not seek to advance in things delivered to them as long since perfect and complete. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was time for much thinking in long hours spent shut in a railroad carriage and his mind was, in these days, not given to letting him rest. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a long time in coming, but at last I heard the sound of feet once more in the passage, and I nerved myself to listen to some other odious deed and to hear the cries of the poor victim. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Meredith She bewailed the boy’s trying his constitution with long walks before he had anything in him to walk on. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Steele Rudd Dad in, admiring them; Mother and Sal squinting through the rails; little Bill perched on one of the round posts, nursing the steel and a long knife; Joe running hard from the barn with a plough-rein. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

At any rate, it was a long ten miles before either of them spoke, and then it was Eli Barton who first broke the silence. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Kate Chopin She remained a long time in the water, half hoping that Mademoiselle Reisz would not wait for her. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The chase was a long one, and when my aunt at last ran the bird to a standstill she was nearer home than she was to the shooting party; she had left that some five miles behind her. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

He only hung on to his berth so long in order to get his pension on the highest scale before he went home. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Bram Stoker So long as home conditions had remained unchanged, Lilla was content to put ambition far from her, and to settle down to the life which had been hers as long as she could remember. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

John Galsworthy The trees, many of them, go up branchless for a long way, and some of the trunks looked almost white. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H. P. Lovecraft From the tips of the fingers or toes, long rat-like claws extended. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

Thomas Hardy Change was only to be observed in details; but here it was obvious that a long procession of years had passed by. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells But alas! Parsons had gone from the St. Paul’s Churchyard outfitter’s long ago, and left no address. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

It seemed a long time, to the two men standing there, before the door of the flat was opened by the cook. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald After a while a waitress spoke to him, a fat waitress with black-rimmed eye-glasses from which dangled a long black cord. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells It may be illusion but that does not matter so long as it remains bright and alive. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Florence Dixie They stood together in the Dead Man’s Valley, a long narrow gorge, fringed on either side by ghastly-looking rocks and precipices. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Wilkie Collins It lay in her lap — she was not even able to look away from him long enough to thread her needle. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The chief trouble is that it means you are away from home for a long time. Collected Essays by George Orwell

I remember the long dismal hours of loitering about before one could get a cup of coffee. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Frederick Marryat Edward asked to accompany him, but Jacob replied: “Edward, you must not think of showing yourself at Lymington, or anywhere else, for a long while, until you are grown out of memory. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

ADELAIDE STRAIN stood still for quite a long time on the stone floor of the garage. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell When I had answered all my cousin Holman’s questions, she heaved a long breath, and said, ‘To think of Margaret Moneypenny’s boy being in our house! I wish the minister was here. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Watkin Tench After so long a confinement, on a service so peculiarly disgusting and troublesome, it cannot be matter of surprise that we were overjoyed at the near prospect of a change of scene. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

George Gissing When it had been long dark, and he had withdrawn from the ward for a little, he was all at once hastily summoned back. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Virginia Woolf It will be quite dark in Neville’s Court long before midnight, only the pillars opposite will always be white, and the fountains. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Daddy’s long sickness had tired her out completely. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

So he climbed up the little howe in the hill beside the firwood, where the long thickets of rushes, and the rabbit-warrens made a happy hunting-ground for the enemies of the law. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

Having long expected this event, her grief was greater than her surprise. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Henry Adams As long as snowballs were the only weapon, no one was much hurt, but a stone may be put in a snowball, and in the dark a stick or a slungshot in the hands of a boy is as effective as a knife. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

John Galsworthy Man and horse, remote, active, and contained — ‘workmanlike’! A long time she stood there, her face raised, dry-eyed, thin and drawn; and the dog sat patiently beside her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Rafael Sabatini From long French windows to the left a shaft of light, emerging through half-drawn curtains, fell with a golden glow upon the lawn. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence One sees only the large whiteness of the table, and the long pallid face and the querulous pale-blue eye of the tall old woman as she looks up questioning from the gloom of the inner place. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

At his feet was a long rift in the solid rock, so narrow that he could almost have leapt across it. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Dickens His garb was very quaint and odd — a long, long way behind the time. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Walter Scott It is long now since you denied her to me, when we were poor and you were powerful. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

There was a long silence in the studio. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing If you had loved me you could never have waited so long without trying to remove the obstacle that was between us. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

But of one thing I was convinced, and that was that as long as I lived I would never willingly set foot in China again. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was a long procession — tenants on horseback, tenants on foot — the carriages of all the gentlemen round about. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At these times the country gave him a feeling of profound melancholy — it offended him that the links should lie in enforced fallowness, haunted by ragged sparrows for the long season. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Anthony Trollope I never for a moment doubted that the truth would be known before long — but did doubt so very much whether it would be known in time. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Before long Stalky arrived, on pretence of borrowing a book. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

And hence it might be rash to predict that Sterne’s days will be as long in the land of literary memory as the two great writers aforesaid. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]