Phrases with "long"

Thomas Hardy Her hands and face appeared to be cold, and she had possibly been sitting dressed in the bedroom a long time without any fire. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The procession of water-fetchers had formed itself in a long chattering line that stretched river-wards. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Nathaniel Hawthorne After long torpor, receiving back her intellectual activity, she derived an exquisite pleasure from the use of her faculties, which were set in motion by causes that seemed inadequate. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George MacDonald And now, if you please, will you tell me something about the Little Ones — the Lovers? I long heartily to serve them. Lilith by George MacDonald

A third was peeling off an airman’s leather coat with a fleece lining, and revealing long legs in trench-boots and a long body in home-spun. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Charles Dickens On either side of each, is a long, long row of low cell doors, with a certain number over every one. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Did you find out —— ” “Did Mrs. Rhodes want me, then? How long ago was that?” “Oh, about an hour, more or less, the first time. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Henry James I wouldn’t have stayed so long for any one but her. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The brute would not take bait, and after long waiting Jack shot him. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

He and Calvin got into a long argument about Mexicans. The Indian said that they were all bad. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

She bin make’m Soosie all asame white Mary.” Still the face-averting boy reiterated: “That fella Soosie he bin go long way — more far. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Alfred Ainger Samuel wept tenderly when he went away, for his mother wrote him a very severe letter on his loitering so long in town, and he was forced to go. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Since things had been allowed to go on so long she felt that they would surely go on longer in the same way. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing This order in the house was of long standing; it had grown to seem as natural as poverty and hopelessness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

It was too misty for direct sunshine, but before long the brilliance of the light was already greater than that of the midday sun on earth. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Jack London Buck writhed his lips into the preliminary of a snarl, but sniffed noses with him, Whereupon the old wolf sat down, pointed nose at the moon, and broke out the long wolf howl. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

He sat now at the house‐door and watched the running figure so long as it was in sight. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy The shawl which she had thrown round her nightclothes had slipped from her shoulders, and her long white robe and pale face lent her the blanched appearance of a second statue embracing the first. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Guy de Maupassant And then she returned to the house with slow steps, only stopping to cough, for she had remained out too long and she was cold, a little cold. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edith Wharton What have I done with my twenty-five years in Africa? I might deceive myself as long as my wife lived — I cannot now. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Gissing Without difficulty she obtained her cup of tea, loitered over it as long as possible, strayed yet awhile about the Downs, and towards half-past six made for the railway station. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Anthony Trollope He had fought the battle long enough to know that such denials create unnecessary animosity. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Gaston Leroux Hand at the level of your eyes!” And they fled down the long passage that opened before them. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

It sat up on the wall with its long hands on its knees looking at me. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Mrs. Grose was the first to break the spell: she threw herself on her knees and, drawing the child to her breast, clasped in a long embrace the little tender, yielding body. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Guy de Maupassant At the bottom of that garden Maitre1 Moreau’s wife had promised, for the first time, to meet Captain Sommerive, who had been making love to her for a long time. What Was Really the Matter with Andrew (Le Mal d'André) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Accordingly I went; and was kept waiting so long before they paid me that it was all but dark when I came out. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

I had a long talk about him with Jack Godstow. I won’t attempt Jack’s dialect, for no words could reproduce the odd Cotswold lilt and drawl, and the racy idiom of every sentence. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Guy de Maupassan Between each farm lay meadows with other farms dotted here and there in the distance, and it seemed a long while before they turned up an avenue of firs which bordered the road. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Lewis Carroll I have put into Class I those whose answers seemed specially short and neat, and into Class III those that seemed specially long or clumsy. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

How long ago did your lobster-fishing lighthouse man have his bloomin’ dream?” “Nearly two hours, sir. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Jack London He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand and said: “Then you’re thinkin’ as it was —” A long wailing cry, fiercely sad, from somewhere in the darkness, had interrupted him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jules Verne It was made up of long slopes and stony plains, a few bushes and some coarse grass, scorched by the sun. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry James They spoke of him as a little angel and a prodigy — they touched on his want of health with long vague faces. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Thomas Hardy And the distance being fifteen miles each way she would have to allow herself a long day for the undertaking by rising early. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope How long you may have had my heart it matters not to say now. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft He had not long survived his return, said his wife, for the doings at sea in 1925 had broken him. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

That all these charges should have sprung out of the ground from their long concealment is strange enough. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Theodore Dreiser It was a long time before he stirred. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

They met every day after this unfortunate incident; and every morning, when the young detective came to give an account of his investigations, they had a long conference together. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett But much worse than this general mortification in presence of an acquaintance seen after a long interval was the special constraint due to the identity of the acquaintance. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray This Messire de Cambronne, when bidden to yield by you of England, answered this, ‘The guard dies but never surrenders;’ and fought a long time afterwards, as became a good knight. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

But long before their return the traditions of the Croix Rousse were enriched by circumstances which led to that before-mentioned capital bargain made by the father of the Giraudier of the present. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Baldwin Spencer A quantity of long grass stalks are cut and the girl sits on them with her legs tightly closed. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

A gentleman, Commander Hardy of the Royal Navy, had been there a lot lately and he and Mrs. Garnett often played tennis and went for long walks together. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins The same day he had a long private interview with my brother. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

It will be long before I forgive you! At least not till I have got back the £300 and another £100 along with it. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

G. K. Chesterton What Lord Seawood saw was a long feathered arrow that stood still quivering in the timber of the summer-house, immediately above Lord Eden’s head. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope I do so long to hear what he’ll say about his new sister-in-law. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Francis Bacon For if books were written of this as the other, I doubt not but learned men with mean experience would far excel men of long experience without learning, and outshoot them in their own bow. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Elizabeth Gaskell Whatever it was — however it came there — imaginer, carver, sufferer, all were long passed away. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope I do know that we should give it up at once if we gave up the hounds, and that we can’t be turned out as long as we have them. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The speech had gone out of his face again, he seemed to be standing a long way off from her, beyond some border-line. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Walter Scott I saw him on the moor, with his horse bloody with spurring, long ere the firing had ceased at the bridge. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Virginia Woolf There was an order, doubtless; but it took so long to find it, and this rambling, she knew, annoyed Peggy, for young people’s minds worked so quickly. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

G. K. Chesterton So long as that was possible, he must be watched. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I do know, for I have heard and seen it, that through many a long day the poor wives and children can only cry aloud to Heaven to pity them and their privations. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Charles Dickens As long as I can remember him he was always going little errands for people, and carrying little gossip. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Thomas Hardy He, though quiet and subdued in his bearing for a long time after the calamity of November, had not simulated a grief that he did not feel. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing There he lay ill for more than a month, and convalescent for as long again. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

Jules Verne As soon as the young man had set foot on the raft the metallic sphere of the diving-dress was raised, and he took a long breath and sat down to rest. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

He was so dreadfully against it long ago—once—indeed, until quite lately. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

That evening I went to bed early and he came and sat with me: he said that the doctor advised that I should take a long rest. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Thomas Hardy But I forgave her long ago; and I forgive him now. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The former sprang at once on his horse; the latter was not long in following the example. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ivan Turgenev The gay music floated across to me in snatches at long intervals. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Theodore Dreiser It was after a long series of appeals to pedestrians, in which he had been refused and refused — every one hastening from contact. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Eliot There is no knowing how long they might have sat in this way, if it had not been for the inevitable Lyddy reminding them dismally of dinner. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She drew a long breath, like one awaking from a vision. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He rose from his couch to write a long letter to the Queen, of exposition and expostulation. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Rudyard Kipling Orde, loth to be interrupted, turned impatiently toward the villagers, and their leader, handing his long staff to one of his companions, advanced to the house. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry James That’s the way I saw you yourself, my lady, if I may say so; that’s the way, with a long pin straight through your body, I’ve got you. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

After a long while Cleves stirred and opened his eyes. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Nikolai Gogol How, in fact, was it to be done? Where was the money to come from? He might, to be sure, depend, in part, upon his present at Christmas; but that money had long been allotted beforehand. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

We crossed both branches of the Sharmá water; and, ascending the long sand-slope of the right bank, we again passed the Bedawi cemetery. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

So long as you speak of yourself, your words must have the deepest interest for me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence From far off, from down long fern-dark avenues there seemed to be the voice of Australia, calling low. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But the fire had not been started long before it came on to rain, and we guessed from the rattle of tins he had put paraffin on it, because although the rain became much heavier the fire went on. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Thomas Love Peacock The north-eastern tower was appropriated to the domestics, whom Mr Glowry always chose by one of two criterions — a long face, or a dismal name. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Besides the crew, we were taking three other negroes up to the mines, and with my boxes we were rather uncomfortably crowded for a long journey. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

I wonder who is going to get the benefit of it?” “Why, Philemon, of course; that is, as long as he lives. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Dorothy drew a long glass-headed pin from the lapel of her coat, and furtively, under cover of Miss Mayfill’s back, pressed the point against her forearm. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

She thought she heard, walking watchfully around the house, gray, heavy figures, with broad, red faces, without eyes, and with long arms. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James Gloriani stood looking at it a long time most intently. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

When I had told them everything they said that in the circumstances the doctor was not likely to be missing for long and that they would soon have news of him. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

At last, about three in the afternoon, I struck my camp, and prepared myself for a long and toilsome retreat. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

And then spears are sharp also; is it not so, Henri? and do you know your chief huntsman must have met a wolf not long ago?” “Why so?” “Because he has caught the likeness; it is striking. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Oscar Wilde How cool the morning air is! Piccadilly lies at our feet like a long riband of silver. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

G. K. Chesterton He thinks that they hide themselves behind long words, remote hypotheses or unreal generalisations. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Julian Hawthorne If you are not broken in to a traveller’s hardships, though, you’ll prefer the Badehaus.’ “‘I think I shall prefer it as long as you are there. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Robert Louis Stevenson I do not know the hour, but the darkness was long come, when the door of the cabinet opened, and I was aware, by the light behind him, of a tall figure of a man upon the threshold. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

But hard was his trial; and many a time has he described to me one effect of it, when too long continued, or combined with darkness too intense. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

How long is it since you have travelled in company with that dreadful box?” “More than two years,” she said in a fearful whisper. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

The one lighted burner of the gaselier, turned too high, hissed up into a long tongue of flame. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

She longed to get away from this hateful room and this horrible house, yet Roger Gretorex would not be free of his poorer patients for quite a long while. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Andrew Lang His youngest son wished to go in search of his brothers, but for long the emperor refused to listen to him, lest he should lose him also. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving I have just been seated there, enjoying the close of a long brilliant day. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Walter Scott But the police did not interfere; the matter most criminal having happened long since, and in a foreign land. My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror by Walter Scott [1828]

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]

Thomas Hardy Two or three years passed away, and the Lady Caroline married a nobleman — the Marquis of Stonehenge — considerably her senior, who had wooed her long and phlegmatically. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

It’s such common knowledge and has been known for such a long time that no one seems to be much interested in it now. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

R. has brought several home from that country, which were alive whilst I was in Tunis. There are also many at the Bardo in cages, that live in this way as long as other birds. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

A people are not a chosen people for half a dozen generations without acquiring a spiritual pride that remains with them long after they cease to believe themselves chosen. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells The long and short of it is, Benham, I want to pay you for my journey here and go on my own—independently. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

William Dampier The canoes or proas they haul up dry and never suffer them to be long in the water. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Arthur Machen I wouldn’t stay up too late, if I were you, after that long walk. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Theodore Dreiser It should have been so long ago. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli His long ears hung down almost to his shoulders; yet singular as he was, not only in these, but in many other respects, everything was forgotten when your eyes lighted on his nose. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Katherine Mansfield I long to do wild, passionate things. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Rudyard Kipling He was silent for a long time, redreaming the dreams that he had dreamed eight years ago, but through them all ran, as sheet-lightning through golden cloud, the light of Mrs. Hauksbee’s violet eyes. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Short reckonings make long friends. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

G. K. Chesterton The hat dominates and defines a figure in inconspicuous and colourless clothes; and so long as he wore it he passed well enough for the driver of such an ancient vehicle. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Baldwin Spencer The two old people lived a long time as, respectively, Maluka and Muluru. Their Ngaidjan have undergone reincarnation, but are not, at present, represented in the tribe. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence So long as Emily need not think about her actions, she had a large, free grace; and the swing and rhythm and time were imparted through her senses rather than through her intelligence. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

He told me that it revealed to him the amazing truth that during a long and, as he hoped, publicly useful life he had never been quite sober. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

The breath was very faint now, and came at long intervals. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Samuel Johnson The sense is carried on through a long intertexture of complicated clauses, and, as nothing is distinguished, nothing is remembered. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Arnold Bennett The scene in the garden porch seemed to have happened after all not very long ago. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James He had been fine to Mrs. Newsome about his useful friend, but it had begun to haunt his imagination that Chad, taking up again for her benefit a pen too long disused, might possibly be finer. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Morgan Robertson But you can have a berth mate with me as long as I sail a ship — if you’ll take it; and you’re to make my cabin your home as long as you like; remember that. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

D. H. Lawrence As we swerved into the sunlight, the road took a long curve on to the open ridge between two valleys. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Edith Wharton As it closed behind him and he set out down the long road that led to the chase, it seemed to him that the morning solitude was thronged with spectral memories. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Daniel Defoe Here my mother-in-law ran out in a long account of the wicked practices in that dreadful place, and how it ruined more young people that all the town besides. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Here they had sat and dreamed: that tray she had so often filled with matches for him; that shade that they had discreetly lowered one long Sunday afternoon. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He sat so long in this attitude, that Robert turned round at last. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Charles Dickens She was so long gone, that I went to look for her, and lost myself. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Margaret Oliphant I will be your friend and your daughter’s friend as long as I live, if you will let me. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Marjorie Bowen They looked at each other, and Lord James’s face grew long and foxy. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Elizabeth Gaskell When he sees me really striving hard and long to do what is right, he must love me. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. G. Wells They lost connection long ago, and there they are. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

D. H. Lawrence And thence, for a long time, they stayed in the mud and dark and dampness of the valley, often with sheer rock above them; the water brawling on one hand, the steep rock or dark trees on the other. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Baldwin Spencer These bars separate long reaches of deep, clear water, fifty to seventy yards in width, which may run for miles. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Group loyalties are necessary, and yet they are poisonous to literature, so long as literature is the product of individuals. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy Presently Loveday, the father, came to the door; her mother vanished with him, and they remained closeted together a long time. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Ford Madox Ford She was all right: high-featured: alabaster complexion — but that was mostly the mirror’s doing — beautiful, long, cool hands — what man’s forehead wouldn’t long for them? . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Beneath the bashet will be noticed a long cylinder. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Joseph Furphy I’m just on the border-land, Collins. I’ve very little more to suffer; and why should I come back, to begin it all again? How long is it since you left me?” “From four to five hours, I think. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Shakespeare’s plays have continued to be admired over a long period because “they corresponded to the irreligious and unmoral frame of mind of the upper classes of his time and ours”. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins The truth is, my daughter inherits my superiority to reason — and, in respect to that accomplishment, has got a long way ahead of her own father. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Thomas Hardy How long he remained in this half-unconscious state he did not know. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

MRS MCELLIGOT: Well, glory be to Jesus, ‘twon’t be long before dat dere church in de Gray’s Inn Road opens up for de winter. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

For some minutes, so animated with disgust was he, he could not take his eyes off it, and then, then — for a long time he scrutinized the hand-writing on the addressed side. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Meredith A man mustn’t sit at business too long at a time. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Theodore Dreiser The flow of Carrie’s meditations had been disturbed, and Hanson had not long gone upstairs before she followed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope And then he added in a postscript: “When you write to me again — and don’t be long first, begin your letter ‘My dear Lord De Guest’— that is the proper way. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe For long hours, detaining my hand, would she pour out before me the overflowing of a heart whose more than passionate devotion amounted to idolatry. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

At last he turned into the long avenue which led to Anchorford House, and his heart leapt when he saw the long Elizabethan front, now bright with twinkling lights. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

John Locke I must beg pardon of my reader for having dwelt so long upon this subject, and perhaps with some obscurity. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells There’s very little excuse for a long engagement. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

A car would have made short time of this road, and at present his legs seemed to be making rather long time of it. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

John Galsworthy She was twenty-nine, Jean twenty-three; but it was no use coming the elder matron! “I haven’t seen anything of Wilfrid for a long time. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton He was therefore completely reassured by the gaiety and simplicity of her welcome, and thought to himself once again that there was everything to be said in favour of a long social acquiescence. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

James Hogg It was not long till they came upon the old blanket—I think, they said not much more than a foot from the surface. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Baldwin Spencer It is wonderful how long the grass keeps its moisture. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

There followed another long pause, during which I perceived a drop or two trickle from Catherine’s cheek to the flags. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope How foolish, how false, how wicked she had been! It was thus that she thought of it all as she sat there alone in her bedroom through the long hours of the afternoon. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

After, as it seemed, a long time, he found himself looking at a clock which said a quarter past ten. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins Not long before I left home, I heard one of our two servants telling the other about a person who had been “bewitched. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Augustine Birrell It was read the second time yesterday, and, on a long debate whether it should be committed, it went for the Bill by twelve odds, in persons and proxys. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Anthony Trollope Mary’s pleas for a long day were not very urgent. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

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]

Anton Chekhov He gave up the flute long ago, and now plays nothing but the fiddle. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

He was a bat in the Corinthian style, rich and voluminous, and succumbed very easily to a low shooter or an unexpected Yorker, but usually he was caught early by long leg. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

What I couldn’t understand was why he delayed so long in joining us again. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

And we fear that so long as this potential motherhood is her lot, woman will be found to be fearfully weighted in the race of life. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

I never stayed away so long before. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope That will be a hundred and five for Greek play, forty for Algebra —” and so he explained to her the exact destiny of all his long hours of proposed labour. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Not long afterward, Miss Eyrecourt and her mother surprised the neighborhood by suddenly leaving Beaupark House. Their destination was supposed to be London. 4. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Mr. Frettlby, the day after Brian’s arrest, had a long conversation with his daughter, and wanted her to go up to Yabba Yallook Station until the public excitement had somewhat subsided. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Henry Fielding I could not long endure this sight, and having acquainted my companion that I was taken suddenly ill, I forced her to go home with me at the end of the second act. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Ordinarily very active, he now sat all day long without moving. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I long to know, Julius Florus, in what regions of the earth Claudius, the step-son of Augustus, is waging war. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

G. K. Chesterton His pallid and classic profile was as immovable as a cameo; but anyone who had known him at all would have known that his brain was going like a motor car that has broken the speed limit long ago. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

She heard a stone roll a long time down the declivity of the rocky beach above the sands. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Virginia Woolf The long night seemed to have set in; the trifling airs, nibbling, the clammy breaths, fumbling, seemed to have triumphed. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Willa Cather Mr. Rosen was a reflective, unambitious man, who didn’t mind keeping a clothing-store in a little Western town, so long as he had a great deal of time to read philosophy. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

D. H. Lawrence There was again a long silence. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens The wind and the wires took up the story with a long lamenting wail. The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens

George Gissing The risk of meeting Barfoot probably need not be considered, for he had told her that he was travelling today into Cumberland, and for so long a journey he would be sure to set forth in the morning. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins Not long afterwards, while I was at school, my mother died. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

There was once a man in Ispahan Ever and ever so long ago, And he had a head, the phrenologists said, That fitted him for a show. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Andrew Lang She stood the whole day long on the roof and waited; perhaps she is waiting there still. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A. E. W. Mason He had not any wish to stir, and he lay wondering idly how long he had been ill. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Wilkie Collins She did not scruple, for instance, to tell me (when we had been long enough together to get used to each other) that she was very unhappy, and fretted a good deal about her husband. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

She listened for a long time to grand — father’s speech in silence, then she suddenly spoke. In the World by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells He found he could hold a sentence, even quite a long sentence, bring out its conclusion with an emphasised clearness and a punch at the air that made it seem significant even when it was not. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Zona Gale About the floor stood stone sarcophagi and beneath the long flags kings were sleeping, each with his abandoned name graven on the stones, washed year-long by the dark. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Henry James She spoke of Benyon as an old friend whom she had known long before she had known Mr. Roy, who had been very kind to her years ago, when she was a girl. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Rudyard Kipling The two had their cots side by side, and would sometimes spend a long afternoon swearing at each other; but Simmons was afraid of Losson and dared not challenge him to a fight. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins After a long lapse of time, the curtain was withdrawn, and priest and penitent left the confessional. The Cauldron of Oil by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Radclyffe Hall Neither of them had spoken for a long time; Mrs. Ogden was the first to break the silence. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Chess players have long memories about the games they’ve played when they may have forgotten everything else. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Nellie Bly One more unfortunate added to a long list which had long since ceased to be of any interest or concern to them. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

I’d seen the man all the day long making up his mind to say something and not daring to. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Jules Verne Le requin haletait encore; il avait dix pieds de long et pesait plus de six cents livres. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

I long ago found out all about him. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Anna Katherine Green But that was long enough for me to take a walk down one of the principal thoroughfares and it was during this walk I saw him. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

But his eyes did not change; they gazed dully back, so dully and so long that she was driven to turn her own away. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Anthony Trollope I would not demean myself so low; no, not though five-and-twenty pound a vote was going, as there was in the good old times—and that’s not so long either. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope