Phrases with "loss"

Anthony Trollope Mr Daubeny detracted something from this triumph by the overstrained and perhaps ironic pathos with which he deplored the loss of his right honourable friend’s services. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe He dreaded the discovery and the vengeance, which might follow the loss of Ellena, should Vivaldi be at liberty immediately to pursue his enquiries. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Henry James And yet a spectator looking from Mr. George Flack to Miss Francie Dosson would have been much at a loss to guess what special relation could exist between them. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Of course, there was everywhere the appearance of enterprise and activity, but it meant final loss for the great mass of the business men, large and small, and final gain for the millionaires. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Of course we were in the flat with the least possible loss of time, and it was apparent at once that the doctor’s death had been much the same as Lady Vane’s. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle But the colonel was too old a soldier to be flurried by danger, or at a loss for a plan. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

His fragment of Hyperion seems actually inspired by the Titans, and is as sublime as AEschylus. He is a loss to our literature. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle He is one of the many victims to these cruel wars, although his loss is but a feather-weight compared to mine. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Mark Twain Let us take comfort in the thought that his loss is our eternal gain. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins My memory reverted, however, to past occasions on which the loss of my health had been entirely my own fault. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins I am at a loss to understand it. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Edith Wharton The Signorina Malmocco’s successes soon repaired the loss occasioned by her brother’s withdrawal, and if any suspected their identity all were interested to conceal their suspicions. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anthony Trollope No wife had ever had less joy from her husband’s society than Lady Clavering had had from that of Sir Hugh. There was no child to mourn the loss — no brother, no unmarried sister. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser There was no thought on the part of the porter of the agony of loss which was represented here. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

No loss of social rank could lessen her pride in him, her belief in him. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassan The greatest sorrow that anyone can experience is certainly the loss of a child, to a mother; and the loss of his mother, to a man. Minuet by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James This indeed gave him one of those partial recoveries of equanimity that were agreeable to him — it showed him that what was still first in his mind was the loss she herself might suffer. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Arthur Schopenhauer So it is that in our good days we are all unconscious of the evil Fate may have presently in store for us — sickness, poverty, mutilation, loss of sight or reason. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Jules Verne A Scotchwoman of the old type, whom a Caleb might have married without loss of dignity. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Watkin Tench From the number of his countrymen to be found, an Englishman is at no loss for society. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

George Gissing He examined the address, and was at a loss to recognise the writing. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Wilkie Collins Whether she finds it or not the loss will help to excuse her absence from the house. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James Pemberton quickly learned however that her grief was not for the loss of her dinner, much as she usually enjoyed it, but the fruit of a blow that struck even deeper, as she made all haste to explain. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll Man has never been at a loss for gods. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Morrison All this buying and selling at a loss was a blind. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

But, till the latter is finished, I cannot, without great loss of character, publish the former, on account of the arrangement, besides the necessity of correction. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Anthony Trollope But remember this:—in my present frame of mind, the suspicion that I feel as to poor Florian is ten times worse to me than the loss of all my meadows. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mrs. Archbold took off his handcuffs, and, passing her hand softly and caressingly over his head, lamented the loss of his poor hair. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

John Stuart Mill In many cases, an individual, in pursuing a legitimate object, necessarily and therefore legitimately causes pain or loss to others, or intercepts a good which they had a reasonable hope of obtaining. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

If you were an Ethiopian serenader, you would be a loss to me. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell The feeling of Emily’s loss does not diminish as time wears on; it often makes itself most acutely recognised. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

His delicately playful equanimity, the product of kindness and scorn, had perished with the loss of his bitter liberty. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Yet, when travellers had come a very great way out of their road to see him, I confess that I was at a loss how to conduct myself. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Bram Stoker Maybe it’s in that wind out over the sea that’s bringin’ with it loss and wreck, and sore distress, and sad hearts. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Something in his boyish attitude and in his entire loss of self-control touched Ruth strangely. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

David Hume Not to mention, that, if the external world be once called in question, we shall be at a loss to find arguments, by which we may prove the existence of that Being or any of his attributes. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Jeremy Bentham Loss of rank by courtesy; including the loss of the advantages annexed by custom to such rank. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jules Verne The loss of an almost insignificant weight suffices to produce a very noticeable displacement. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One would think that the loss of all your money was the loss of some evil thing. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Daniel Defoe I was now at a loss for a market for my goods, and especially for my two pieces of silk. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

The loss of a good working day soon made itself felt. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Hester lost her interest in the dairy; for which, indeed, her increasing loss of sight unfitted her. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Sir Richard Burton I have long lamented the loss of this horse which is under us, for I constructed it and made myself master of it. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Any human being is shut out by loss of sight from accustomed pleasures, the scholar is shut out from knowledge. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Charles Stur On the 7th Jones broke the pole of his dray, and Morgan again broke his shaft, but we managed to repair both without the loss of much time — and made about ten miles of northing during the day. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anne Bronte If her conversation was light and trivial, it was amusing, and she was never at a loss for something to say, or for suitable words to express it in. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

George Gissing The loss was one that would affect the whole of the life that lay before her. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang Mr. Wendell Holmes, your delightful godfather, Gifted, has written much with perhaps some loss from the very quantity. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft The days wore on, and the Stubbses grew very sad over the coming loss of their home and still but nobody seemed able to do anything about it. Sweet Ermengarde by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Sir Walter Scott Her loss was the more lamented, as she was six months advanced in her pregnancy; Angus M’Aulay, her eldest son, having been born about eighteen months before. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope It cannot be that the loss of a few hundred pounds should ruin you. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly There was only one train that I could take from here to Calais, and if I missed it I might just as well return to New York by the way I came, for the loss of that train meant one week’s delay. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Mrs. Gaskell A loss she’d never cease to be sorry for,” broke in Martha triumphantly. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Maria Edgeworth In the whole course of my life I never felt so much self-reproach as I have done since I heard of the illness of Leonora and the loss of my son. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There has never been a case of loss of memory yet which was permanent. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Virginia Woolf To protect culture and intellectual liberty in practice would mean, as we have said, ridicule and chastity, loss of publicity and poverty. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Hope The loss of the box was a calamity, but I would pardon fortune if only the letter escaped capture. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

George Gissing I might have done much, now I can do nothing; and your loss is mine. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

G. K. Chesterton Waste of time was more vivid to her than loss of principle. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Jane Austen She had tasted of consequence in its most flattering form; and he did hope that the loss of it, the sinking again into nothing, would awaken very wholesome regrets in her mind. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

They could not help seeing how ill and how shrunken he looked: Jessy’s loss had told upon him. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins For the first time in Anne’s experience of him, the bright, resolute, self-reliant old man was, for the moment, at a loss what to say, at a loss what to do. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H.P. Lovecraft For we had, of course, decided to keep straight on toward the dead city; since the consequences of loss in those unknown foothill honeycombings would be unthinkable. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

The poor thing discovered her loss directly—she screamed out —“Oh, he’s dead, Heacthcliff! he’s dead!” And they both set up a heart-breaking cry. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope She had never felt herself so much at a loss for words. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

But yet, for the same reason which makes the grief more exquisite, generally for such a loss it is likely to be more perishable. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

In 1818 the great misfortune of his life occurred through the dishonesty of his deputy in Bermuda, which involved him in a loss of £6000, and necessitated his going abroad. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Will had taken a bigger house than his present needs when, at a moment, Sir Frederick Cottenham must sell at a ridiculously low price because of a night’s loss at cards. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli The Statue ordered three divisions of the grand army and a battering-train of the first grade off to the South without the loss of a second. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Charles Stur The loss of his nephew greatly afflicted poor Toonda, who sobbed over it for a long time. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Wilkie Collins On hearing of Emily’s sudden departure, she had been (as the maid reported) “much shocked and quite at a loss to understand what it meant. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

I have suffered too much from the loss of my position, and I cannot forego my new hopes. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne It occurred to him, however, that the count, on discovering an island where he had expected to find the mainland of Africa, would not unlikely be at a loss for a place of anchorage. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Thomas Wolfe It went much deeper than the mere obliteration of bank accounts, the extinction of paper profits, and the loss of property. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

A vision had flashed up of the disconsolate burglar, lying in a pool of blood, slain by his own hand in excessive grief for the loss of his phantasmal sweetheart. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Putting himself in an attitude of aggression, and turning to his offspring, he said: “You will observe, my darlings, that domestic offences are always punished with a loss of blood. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Jules Verne But who knows if it would be well received? What gamblers usually regret above all is less the loss of their money than of their foolish hopes. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope But for that very reason is she less able to bear the loss of it when the offer has come in her way. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Let me not be misunderstood: the loss was great, but it was the loss of the delight his art could give, not the loss of any further possible revelation. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Luckily he seems to have been now at a loss what point to take next, and the pause gave Bacon an opportunity of rising. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson And then the loss of our little girl . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing The loss of his father marked for him the end of irresponsible years; he entered upon manhood with that grief blended of reverence and affection. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

She was vexed with herself for her loss of temper just now. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Without loss of time I wrote off to Grant, and got these men to carry the letter. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Charles Dickens It would have been no loss to the country, if he had been drowned when his ship, in going to Scotland to fetch his family, struck on a sand-bank, and was lost with two hundred souls on board. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

If it will serve to make my meaning a little clearer, we will suppose that a poet has been crossed in love, or has suffered some real sorrow, like the loss of a wife or child. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Willa Cather Thea was surprised that she did not feel a deeper sense of loss at leaving her old life behind her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The loss of his talisman was overwhelming. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence He submitted to that which was happening to him, letting go his will, suffering the loss of himself, dormant always on the brink of ecstasy, like a creature evolving to a new birth. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft Probably represents incredibly advanced evolution of radiata without loss of certain primitive features. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Olaf Stapledon In due season, with the loss of momentum, the two stars come into actual contact. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim He suffered no loss of composure. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope We can imagine that even Punch may occasionally be at a loss for subjects wherewith to delight its readers. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells An extraordinary sense of loss came into his mind, a vague impulse to pursue her and pour out vague passionate protestations. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Augustine Birrell It is idle to mourn the loss of an unwritten book, but Marvell’s life of Milton would have been a treasure. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Wilkie Collins Nothing else seemed to fill up the gap that the loss of Mrs. Treverton had made in his life. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins Love and Honor bade me live to marry Alicia; and a sense of family duty made me shrink from occasioning a loss of three thousand pounds to my affectionate sister. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anna Katherine Green The loss of your late companion has left you desolate, more desolate than you have been willing to acknowledge. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Margaret Oliphant We are supposed, you know, rather to like the loss of the other one. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. F. Benson Very,’ put in Lucia, though Georgie would not feel the loss of that large sum after he was dead. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Karl Philipp Moritz Yet I have sometimes seen some members draw a kind of memorandum-book out of their pockets, like a candidate who is at a loss in his sermon. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

I must stand the loss of what I expected to gain from it—but hang me if I stand the loss of the sum I laid down. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Guy de Maupassant I am at a loss to know what you want of me. A King's Son (Toumbouctoo) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

But then there was the loss of the hand to be’ considered, and secondly there was the affront. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Sir Walter Scott My loss is not much worth speaking about; but Sir Arthur’s engagements are, I understand, very deep, and my heart aches for him and the poor young lady who must share his distress. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Thomas Hardy Then a reason for her husband’s departure occurred to her appalled mind, and a loss of health became quickly apparent. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

But I really am at a loss to think what she will say. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy In spite of all she had been through, the sense of loss was heavy on her. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Now he knew that at any rate it would not be Mr. Slope, though he was perfectly at a loss to guess who could possibly have filled the place. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

I am quite at a loss to know why my reading had this direction or that in those days. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Helen had wondered why the loss should affect her; and so did I. “Where’s the use of your being put out over it, Lettice? You did not take them. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

Wilkie Collins She had lain insensible many days together, and had recovered with the total loss of her speech. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins I received this magnificent present quite at a loss to find words to thank my mistress with for the honour she had done me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

He felt the loss so acutely, that he vowed to think no more of the philosopher’s stone. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Marie Corelli The first step taken, so he instinctively felt, would be to deprive him of Manuel’s companionship — the next perhaps, to threaten him with the loss of his own diocese. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Sigmund Freud The reader is referred to my analogous remarks in connection with the analysis of Dora’s symptom of coughing and with the relation between catarrh and loss of appetite. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A certain partiality, a headiness and loss of balance, is the tax which all action must pay. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Anthony Trollope But neither the loss of my dollars, nor Lord Rufford’s slight vexation will in the least disturb my rest. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The lad, he explained, was prostrated by a kind of coma, which alarmed his teachers all the more as they were at a loss to account for it. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Ivan Turgenev He knew that it was beyond his power to interest Madame Odintsov; he was shy and at a loss when he was left in her company, nor had she anything special to say to him; he was too young for her. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Sir Richard Burton If I put on patience, a lover’s life After loss of love will not last a day. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins You don’t know what a loss you’re inflicting on yourself; you don’t know what trouble and mortification you’re causing me by this shilly-shally conduct of yours. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle Poor Uncle Jeremy mourned the loss of his secretary for months, and many were the verses which he poured forth in the form of epitaphs and of “In Memoriam” poems. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins She next stops it altogether by being suddenly at a loss for some particular word which nobody can suggest. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Andrew Lang So I ask you to have me carried thither, and for that you shall take so much of my property that you suffer no loss in the matter. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The loss sustained by the regiment was as follows: eight officers, nine sergeants and 297 men killed; seventeen officers, ten sergeants and 306 men wounded. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It is not to be supposed, then, that I found in the society of my parents much to supply the loss of my sister. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

All damage or loss to be promptly paid for. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Maria Edgeworth The sobbing child hid her face in Grace’s lap; and when she had told her complaint against Mad. de Rosier, Grace comforted her for the loss of the royal tiger by the present of a queen-cake. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton Very soon his wife’s loss made itself felt as a lasting void. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Wilkie Collins A man of readier mental resources might have felt at a loss how to act for the best, in the emergency that now confronted him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Robert was rather sorry about that, as he had been hoping to hear through him of any further news there might be as to how Mrs. Nairne was continuing to take the loss of her necklace. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Andrew Lang Poor woman, she did not live to get as much as one of them; for what through the loss of Maurice, and the fear of eating her own grandchildren, she died in three weeks after the dance. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy As to caring very deeply for another woman after the loss of Cytherea, it was an absolute impossibility with him. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Jane Austen In that respect Mrs. Weston’s loss had been important. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Wilkie Collins The toilet of Amelius, simple as it was, had its mysteries for Rufus. He was at a loss among the perfumes. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The vengeance of a secret society would not prevent the man’s friends from reporting his loss and claiming him. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

He was dreadfully at a loss what to do with himself, and, alas! it was not to-day only that he felt the burden of his hopeless idleness. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

They were as much at a loss as our old sailmaker was with the captain’s instruments in the cabin. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I was at a loss as to what was the best course to pursue. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Anthony Trollope But his sins against parsondom were becoming very grievous in her eyes, and she was at a loss to know what steps to take. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He scatters his wealth broadcast over strange fields, trusting that it may grow with an increase of a hundredfold, but bold to bear the loss should the strange field prove itself barren. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anton Chekhov He thought that if he had put that lost thousand roubles in the bank, the interest for a year would have been at least forty roubles, so that forty roubles was a loss too. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Wilkie Collins He had noticed something in Francine’s face which he was at a loss to understand, but which made her presence in the room absolutely hateful to him. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Strolling through Lone Mountain cemetery one day my attention was arrested by the inconsolable grief of a granite angel bewailing the loss of “Jacob Hunker, aged 67. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Anthony Trollope I doubt, however, whether there was enough of patriotism alive among Romans at the time to create the feeling which so great a loss and so great a shame should have occasioned. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Kingsley I hope your loss may not be heavy. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Melton, recognizing Amelius, was at a loss to understand who his companion could be. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Why should I not therefore do it for mine?” “Because — why, because it is too preposterous,” said Browne, at loss for a better reason. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Leon Trotsky One measured profit or loss with the eye. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins But, after Lady Verinder had dismissed the police-officer, and had stopped all further inquiry into the loss of the Diamond, no one else could presume to stir in the matter. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

W. H. Hudson That is how it was with little Bruno, too young to feel the loss of a father or to remember him long. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Gissing Sorrow for this loss brought on a distemper to which his age is subject. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

John Ruskin It is a choice to give a price for this, rather than for that; — a resolution to have the thing, if getting it does not involve the loss of a better thing. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Charles Dickens He was anxious that they should leave the house without a minute’s loss of time, and was soon ready. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Jules Verne The loss of his telescope had doubtless a great deal to do with his ill-humor; but the captain drew the most favorable conclusions from Rosette’s continued irritation. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Theodore Dreiser She was so wrought up by her prospective loss that she could only think of rash, impossible, destructive things to do. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing When it was too late, too late by many a year, he mourned the loss which had only startled him, which had seemed hardly a loss at all, rather an emancipation. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jules Verne The loss of the “Bonadventure” was certainly a thing to be lamented by the colonists, and it was agreed that this loss should be repaired as soon as possible. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

In the course of the next few days Blenkinthrope discovered how little the loss of one’s self-respect affects one when one has gained the esteem of the world. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Edgar Rice Burroughs So what wonder that the little boy was quite at a loss to guess the meaning of these strange figures. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Henry Fielding The apprehension of such a loss would have affected any man of business, but much more one whose unavoidable ruin it must prove. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

The loss was debited to a snake, and it being calculated that the meal would suffice for several days, no particular zeal was displayed in tracing out the thief. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry Fielding No man is obliged to impossibilities; and the loss of a child is one of those great trials where our grief may be allowed to become immoderate. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hardy She seemed at a loss at finding nobody there to meet her. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The company still held back, while before him, bending double, stood Pseldonimov, utterly alone, still completely at a loss and very far from smiling. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Wilkie Collins We came to the final question of how to place the papers, with the least possible loss of time, in Mr. Winterfield’s hands. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

He seemed, for a moment, to be at a loss as to what to say. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope And yet he was at a loss to conceive how they could have done so how even Lord Cashel could have reconciled it to himself to do so, without the common-place courtesy of writing to him on the subject. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I have guessed at a failure of belief in her after the trials of Atlas House and the loss of her “poor Possy.” Whatever reality her religion had had for her ebbed away after that. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The loss of this friend Byron always regarded as an incalculable calamity. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

George Gissing The loss of his insurance-money made him for the future regard all such institutions with angry suspicion. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope They who were less privileged had fed themselves with pocketed sandwiches not caring to risk the loss of their seats. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

It is true that she still possessed Mrs. Bolstreath to comfort her, but the loss of Dan could scarcely be compensated by the attentions of the chaperon. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins I was utterly at a loss what to do. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Meredith If we had your set of musicians and talkers!’ Nataly smiled in vacuous kindness, at a loss for the retort of a compliment to a person she measured. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins Seeing that I was at a loss to understand what he said, he invited me by signs to follow him. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Daniel Defoe Must needs be at a loss to guess. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Mark Twain He overcame his four tiger whelps with ease, and with no other hurt than the loss of a portion of his scalp. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle I was at a loss what to say or what to do, and before I had made up my mind he picked up his cane and was gone. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Anthony Trollope He was struggling to remember the loss he had had in the man, and to forget the loss in wealth and station. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The fact that grief or loss might follow your retention of these papers does not release you from your bond. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang This poor animal had just lost his wife, and was going to get some one to mourn over her, for he felt her loss greatly. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Shall I begin, mon sorcier, without further loss of time, to question you?” Without waiting for an answer, he commenced, in stentorian tones. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

George Gissing Pecuniary loss was the least vexatious part of the affair. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Rudyard Kipling They are never abashed or at a loss for words. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

All that she knew of herself was a dull despair—the sense of a loss that engulfed everything she had ever valued in this world. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells I looked up and met them squarely, a little at a loss for what I should say. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope It was quite agreed among them that Lizzie bore her loss very well. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The wicket was instantly opened to receive him, and Lord Evandale rode into the court-yard, so reduced by loss of blood, that he was unable to dismount without assistance. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope At each I think that I saw every house in the place, although my visit to Seymour was made in the night; and at both I was lamentably at a loss for something to do. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin He ordered the demon without loss of time to reanimate the body of his victim, then to go forth, and to walk the boarder three or four times up and down the market-place in the sight of the people. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Henry James It was because you so smiled, before, on that application, that I valued even my minor difference with you; and what I refer to as my loss is the fact that your frown leaves me struggling alone. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Horace Walpole She wished to see me married, though my dower would have been a loss to her and my brother’s children. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Bram Stoker But that happiness, I fear, is not for me — or not without pain and loss and woe. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Edith Wharton He would have liked to be able to feel that, at the time at least, he had staked something more on it, and had somehow, in the sequel, had a more palpable loss to show. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Even if you are condemned to a loss for which the sole consolation must be placed in the life hereafter, you shall have, at least, the last mortal commune of soul with soul. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Anthony Trollope For some time Mrs Proudie was much at a loss to know by what sort of party or entertainment she would make herself famous. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The time you give her is so much absolute loss to yourself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Convey my regrets to him and tell him that I feel the loss quite as a personal one. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]