Phrases with "lost"

But if the jury had any idea that the poison was administered from the lost bottle, they might as well dismiss it from their minds, as it was absurd to suppose such an improbable thing could happen. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

He is Bishop of Vannes.” “What! Vannes in Bretagne?” “Yes.” The little man began to tear his hair, saying, “How can I get to Vannes from here by midday tomorrow? I am a lost man. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Rudyard Kipling The rent, he said, was an object to him, for he had lately lost large sums through ill-considered benevolences. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

But why such a waste of argument to prove a fact so simple? In man, as in brute, life once lost is lost forever; and that is why life is so precious to man. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle But if we cannot save them by taking the castle, then surely they are lost indeed. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle If it were so — if I lost my life — I should still have sold it at a glorious price. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Ivan Turgenev I lost patience at last; a malicious allusion broke from my lips. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

James Joyce Lady cairns of Swansea run into by the Mona which was on an opposite tack in rather muggyish weather and lost with all hands on deck. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins Come along; and tell me how you lost your scalp. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

The body was lost in the bushes growing thick along the bottom of the deep ditch. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

R. D. Blackmore All of his eight children died except his youngest son Maunder; his own strong frame was shaken sadly; and his loving wife lost all her strength and buxom beauty. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Gaspar Ruiz lost the hope of being admitted, and lay down under the porch just outside the door. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Sir Walter Scott But you have lost all — stay. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Oscar Wilde To us they seem to have suddenly lost all their vitality, all the few qualities they ever possessed. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

This is the story of how he lost his sluggishness. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I had been nearly a year out of a place, and just before I lost my place I made the acquaintance of a poor lost creature. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Henry James A policeman; while she remained, strolled past her; then, going his way a little further and half lost in the atmosphere, paused and watched her. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

So off they went, grumbling at having to sleep two in a bed, but their troubles on this score, as well as all others, were soon lost in the quietness of sleep. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Though deeply sensible to his brother’s disaster, Hernando Pizarro saw that no time was to be lost in profiting by the advantages already gained. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

John Galsworthy And now the old chap would be as pleased as Punch, for Mrs. Gradman, he knew, had a weak heart, and their son had lost a leg in the war. To Let by John Galsworthy

Olaf Stapledon I went over, hugging the thing; but presumably when I lost consciousness I let it go, and the pulley dragged itself free. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

And this our friend that lost all and languisheth in exile because he saved our lives. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Henry Lawson The sick people were too sick, and the concertina seemed too much in sympathy with them, and the lost half-quid haunted us more than ever down there; so we started to climb out. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

E. Phillips Oppenheim All the same, you can afford to forgive a good deal when you remember that she’s lost her father and two brothers within six months. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Our merchant ships are always undermanned, and if one man is lost by sickness, they cannot spare another to take care of him. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Gissing I know his life would be valueless to him if he lost the means of relieving suffering. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As if I hadn’t lost enough time already without fooling. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We lost heavily in the encounter after the Sagoths reached us; but they were absolutely exterminated — not one remained even as a prisoner. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Willa Cather The things by which he still lives, the types of greed and avarice and ambition and vanity and lost innocence of heart which he created — are as vital today as they were then. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Edgar Allan Poe If the spray-bead be won The stain of thy wing is washed away, But another errand must be done Ere thy crime be lost for aye; Thy flame-wood lamp is quenched and dark, Thou must re-illume its spark. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

What do you think of that? In hell — I’m lost for ever — I have not a chance. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Oscar Wilde The moment was lost in vulgar details. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

So much the worse for you, for by such conduct you have lost my esteem and my patronage. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Rudyard Kipling He lost his money over whist and gymkhanas because they were new to him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope He was somewhat bald, somewhat grey, somewhat fat, and had lost that look of rosy plumpness which is seldom, I fear, compatible with hard work and late hours. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Zona Gale But neither he nor that hypothetical “some one else,” who was also he, lost for one instant the heavenly knowledge that Olivia was up there at the head of the table. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Gissing I lost all control of her, and she used to say if it wasn’t for the children she’d go and leave me. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ivan Turgenev I lost nothing, however, by remaining at home. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Gaston Leroux As a broken-winded horse makes its way in the treadmill, so he walked around with the thought that he also was lost in a treadmill that led him nowhere. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

In the meanwhile, if the police might have lost some of their interest in his doings, those at the Baltic Embassy had certainly not. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

There are things that even you, poor dear lost girl, couldn’t stand. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Makepeace Thackeray Is the money which the noble Macaulay gave to the poor lost to his family? God forbid. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

I lost my reading glasses somewhere this afternoon, and was coming along in the hope that I might perhaps have dropped them in the car and you had found them. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle He continued to walk up and down the room with his head sunk on his chest and his brows drawn down, as was his habit when lost in thought. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson A wonderful prong, running down the chest, forked and lost itself in the whiteness of the barely-hinted breasts. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

The wild things bounded away and were lost among the flanks of the hill. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Algernon Blackwood If we still think that the past is lost, let us ask ourselves whether we regard, as lost all those incidents in a friendship which, even before death, are forgotten. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Guy de Maupassan She started on again, missed the way, wandered about, and in trying to follow other directions, lost herself entirely. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing They do say as he lost ‘undreds of pounds at Kempton Park last week. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Nevertheless it was a marvellous world, she was for the most part lost in the marvellousness of it. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins What may it ha’ been that she lost?” “She lost a letter. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott Having much more confidence in his wife’s good intentions than her prudence, he lost no time in pushing into the parlour, to take the matter into his own hands. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

She was not as a rule a successful player, and money lost at cards was always a poignant bereavement to her. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

When his rank as a teacher is recognised, his words have already lost half their value by repetition. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Edith Wharton The warm darkness enclosing them stirred impulses which their daily intercourse had subdued, and in the sense of her nearness he lost sight of the conditions which had brought them together. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The captain of the cutter lost half a crown. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arrived at the same point of the world’s age — there was no difference in us; the name of parent and child had lost their meaning; young boys and girls were level now with men. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Charles Dickens The King came home from Scotland, determined to make a great struggle for his lost power. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Henry James So, if the remark were not in questionable taste, I should say we had not lost time. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anatole France In fact, he had never lost a line of his writing. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Night after night he pursued this figure, but always lost it in the same passage. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope As has already been said, the old man was very infirm, and had lost the use of his limbs. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

As we went on farther the darkness increased, until at last I lost sight of the chief altogether, and he had to come back and lead me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Ann Radcliffe But there was no time to be lost — they had yet to find a way out of the edifice, and before they could accomplish this, the banditti might return. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch For the road climbed steeply from the cottage, and at once began to twist up the bottom of a ravine so narrow that we lost all help of the young moon. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

H. G. Wells Kurt had also lost something of his pristine freshness. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

He might be a conscientious man, you see, and not like to stop, or he might stop and afterwards whip up to make up lost time. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Meredith Occasionally, he would turn toward them, as if he had just caught a lost idea that was peculiarly precious. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

We invite all delegates to this Congress-” The rest was lost in a storm of hoots, menaces and curses which rose to a hellish pitch as fifty delegates got up and pushed their way out. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Rorie was in the saddle and by Vixen’s side without a minute’s lost time, and they were riding out of the grounds into the straight road. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Morrison You wish to be a client, and you wish me to recover your lost diamond. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

On seeing the Loach girls — this is Isabella’s tale — Emilia lost her footing and fell thirty feet. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

But I honestly told them that if I lost much, my purse would not stand it. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Sinclair Lewis That’s where I lost out — when I first gave her a latchkey without a struggle. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

I took it that Archie had already lost a hundred and fifty. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope But she had at last really lost her great treasure; and if the treasure should be found then would she infallibly be exposed. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He turned round with an oath and went off with his two companions; but he’d lost something of his swagger, I thought. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

D. H. Lawrence Vaguely she knew she was out of connexion: she had lost touch with the substantial and vital world. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

The change seemed to ease him, and he lost his air of heavy preoccupation and let his eyes wander. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Andrew Lang But when Ritter Red saw that there was no longer any danger afoot, he lost no time in creeping down from the tree. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope It would hardly be the case that the man, if really guilty, would encounter Mr Cheekey. During the days that had elapsed, even Mr Apjohn himself had lost something of his confidence. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling Not at a little cost,  Hardly by prayer or tears, Shall we recover the road we lost  In the drugged and doubting years. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Gertrude Stein Isadora lost interest in him, she found the girl too modern a greek. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Presently the ape-man lost patience with their stupid ignorance. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The following morning came the astounding news of the children’s death; and in the excitement caused by that, Mrs. Dovey lost sight of the powder. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

After that misfortune, Margrave took Paris in disgust, and we lost him. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

G. K. Chesterton I would fight for my country, but if I lost my country, I should still exist. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Will you have me for your servant, your slave, your dog? Only give me a black dress, so that I may wear mourning for my lost love—it is all I ask. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Ivan Turgenev Then he gradually got farther away, never ceasing his muttering, and continually looking back over his shoulder; the room grew larger and was lost in fog. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

A shrewd writer, now unhappily lost to us, has somewhere the following dialogue: She. “I feel all a woman’s weakness. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Henry James He told her he had four sisters and two brothers and had lost both his parents. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins Jack lost all his dignity in an instant. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The bright brunette complexion had lost its glowing crimson, and the animation of the young lady’s manner was suppressed — on account of her father’s illness, no doubt, Robert thought. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

The men at their stations lost sight of each other. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

This devotion deeply moved her — and the adamantine face lost the stern rigidity of its terror. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Niccolo Machiavelli And as the bastions ((if you want them not to exceed their regular measurements, for then they would be terraces and castles)) are not made so that others can retire into them, they are lost quickly. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Isabeau, wife of Guillaume Hamelin, confirmed these depositions, saving that she had lost them seven years before. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

George Gissing When her friendship with Rhoda Nunn had progressed to intimacy, she could not refrain from speaking of her cousin Everard, absent at the ends of the earth, and perchance lost to her sight for ever. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jules Verne A few foxes passed in the distance, and the Doctor lost another ball in attempting to shoot them. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Margaret Oliphant Now that he had recovered control of himself, it was time for him to endeavour to make out a reason for the hallucination in which he had almost lost himself and his sober senses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I asked one of the men the road; said I’d lost myself, and would be late home. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle The chauffeur must, as it seemed to me, have been a novice or else have lost his nerve in this disturbance, for he drove vilely on the way to the station. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Henry James Living with it so long and so closely you’ve lost your sense of it; you know it’s there, but you’re indifferent, and you cease even, as of old, to have to whistle in the dark. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle He gave up all pretence at conversation and sat, smoking endless cigarettes, lost in his own thoughts, but he made no remark as to the contents. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And you have lost money at play besides. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope I am lost in surprise when I remember that I am here simply because I walked home from my club with a loaded stick in my pocket. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow Hearing this, your worship, I confess that I lost my temper and returned the compliment, by saying that Carlos was a knave and the Princess of Beira no better than she should be. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

He had been reared as a boy in the high tenets and the pure chivalries of the school of Abd-el-Kader; and they were not lost in him, despite the crimes and the desperation of his life. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Virginia Woolf When he said this, Rachel, who had become oblivious of anything, and had reverted to a childlike state of interest and pleasure, lost her freedom and became self-conscious. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H. G. Wells I have gone, Benham. I am lost already. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Trollope On the day after they parted at Ischl the first news respecting Prime Minister had reached him — namely, that his son’s horse had lost the race. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was presumed of him that he lived by betting, and it was boasted by those who wished to defend his character that when he lost he paid his money like a gentleman. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Hang themselves, or have apoplexy, or a clot or something, or they get lost and catch their jesses in a tree and die of starvation. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Yet, though as bold a man as any enrolled in the French Service, he sat alone here in the shadow of the column, thoughtful, motionless, lost in silence. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

But he lost his wife, and was unfortunate in other ways, and the end was very sad indeed. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

R. D. Blackmore I have not said a word against Sir Duncan Yordas, or his wife, or his son —” “He hath no son, I tell you; and that was partly how he lost his wife. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The man’s nothing but a large-scale thief — I know plenty of people who’ve lost their money through him. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

These several facts show that the power of movement is not immediately lost in the arrested portion of a revolving shoot; and that after being temporarily lost it can be recovered. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins Is there a little Protestant prejudice in this new idea of yours?” Stella made no reply; she seemed to be lost in her own thoughts. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Antonia was wounded to the quick by a revelation that lost her the one friend whom she had counted as changeless amidst the fickle herd. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle Through the gathering twilight the Vaal river lay like a silver serpent, winding its way through valley and gorge, until it lost itself amid the mists of the horizon. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

Gaston Leroux But from the way they talked I gathered that they disagreed and that no love was lost between them. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Marie Corelli Uncle Felix found him lost at night near the Cathedral of Rouen, and has taken him under his protection ever since. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Sinclair Lewis He looked to right and left, slipped into an alley, prowled through the darkness, so fleet and soft-stepping that the shadow almost lost him. The Ghost Patrol by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James They walked, wandered, wondered and, a little, lost themselves; Strether hadn’t had for years so rich a consciousness of time — a bag of gold into which he constantly dipped for a handful. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

John Morley Michel, the receiver-general, became bankrupt, and Voltaire lost a considerable sum of money in consequence. Voltaire by John Morley

One of the Arabs, in plundering the baggage, lost his hand by breaking a bottle containing aqua fortis. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Where others would have toppled over and have been lost to sight for ever, he invariably managed by some cunning trick to wriggle back into a position of safety once more. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

It lost somewhat in its complete success. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

James Joyce Do you remember the night? Cranly lost his temper and began to talk about Wicklow bacon. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Thomas Hardy He staked his watch and chain, and lost as before; staked his umbrella, lost again; staked his hat, lost again; staked his coat and stood in his shirt-sleeves, lost again. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells He had his chance and lost it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Anthony Trollope Lord chancellorships and lord chief-justiceships, though not enjoyed till middle life, or, indeed, till the evening of a lawyer’s days, must, in fact, be won or lost in the heyday of his career. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

I know your continental trips, your journeyings here and there in search of a lost clue. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells We had already lost time, he said, and the traverse round the other face of the mountain would be more and more subject to avalanches as the sun got up. Little Mother up the Morderberg by H. G. Wells [1910]

Goldwin Smith The sound of war Has lost its terrors ere it reaches me, Grieves but alarms me not. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Julian Hawthorne But thou mightst lose them — and if they are to be lost at all, I would rather the responsibility should be mine. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Charlotte Perkins Gilman That’s what I was, John; not a lost soul; not even a ‘sinner’—just ‘a case. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Anthony Trollope She lost herself in pondering first over her own folly and then upon his gross injustice. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton I went away feeling that at last I had really lost her; and the thought made me savage and vindictive. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells Evidently, I thought, this tendency had increased till Industry had gradually lost its birthright in the sky. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Gissing Even you have, no doubt?’ ‘I don’t care to talk about it,’ fell mechanically from Nancy’s lips, which had lost their colour. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Leon Trotsky The official representatives of the commissariat of foreign affairs and of the party institutions felt lost in the midst of the crowd of oppositionists. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I have been asking about him in the city and they say he’s lost a fortune in rubber lately. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Jane Austen Elinor lost no time in bringing her business forward, was on the point of concluding it, when another gentleman presented himself at her side. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Thomas Hardy Well, I lost my wife nineteen years ago or so — by my own fault. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Paine O John Bull, what honours thou hast lost by not being a wild beast. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Ann Radcliffe Having ceased to sing, her fingers wandered over the lute in melancholy symphony, and for some moments she remained lost in the sweet sensations which the music and the scenery had inspired. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Andrew Lang To whom the prince replied: ‘I lost my way hunting in the forest. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Oscar Wilde And when she saw them she wept for joy, and said, ‘He is my little son whom I lost in the forest. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Olaf Stapledon But that other I, that poor, blind, lost I, can never see anything clearly, in spite of all its shrewd ‘realism. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Benjamin Disraeli She looked upon Cadurcis as a lost man. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jules Verne The Shelif was not more than a mile and a half from the meadow, but no time was to be lost if the two men were to reach the town before nightfall. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Olaf Stapledon Privately she had noted also that his embraces had lost their vigour. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The aristocratic “De” was assumed by himself, his father, whom he lost while he was still a child, having been known by the name of Quincey, and he claimed descent from a Norman family. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Virginia Woolf So Jacob galloped over the fields of Essex, flopped in the mud, lost the hunt, and rode by himself eating sandwiches, looking over the hedges, noticing the colours as if new scraped, cursing his luck. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Caroline Lamb Glenarvon played upon every passion to the utmost; and when he beheld her, lost beyond all recall he seemed to love her most. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle Instead of answering, Challenger lost his temper. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

It was Wednesday morning, the day following the wonderful event of finding the box, lost so long, full of its golden guineas. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

H. G. Wells I was beginning to fear I’d lost you all. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. Rider Haggard A few more minutes and it was broken, its streaming colours sank, and I lost sight of Good in the confused and hideous slaughter that ensued. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

The features faded rapidly away, the body lost its consistence, passing from the solid to the shadowy condition, and, before two minutes had elapsed, the spirit-form had entirely disappeared. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Henry Kingsley We had some terrible scenes together about Lord Welter. One day he lost his temper, and became theatrical. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle He lost his senses before he could finish. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

H. Rider Haggard But, Mr. Fraser, like many another, when I lost my love I lost my ambition too; both lie buried in his grave. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang As for the old, the imperturbable Runoia, he loses his claim to the latter title, he is filled with sorrow, and searches through all the elements for his lost bride. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy So lost was the car that he had to whistle and wait for her answering whistle to find it. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H.G. Wells Trying to meet the three pairs at once, the Angel lost his alertness and stumbled over a stone. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Gryce, who never lost any thing, darted on this small gleam of advantage as a hungry pike darts upon an innocent minnow. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anne Bronte He was to have been married before, some two or three years ago; but he lost his bride by losing his fortune. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Wilkie Collins Werdet, I am a lost man!” The publisher thought of his empty cash-box, and was petrified. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Henry James But I can’t go on because I’ve lost my model. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

What then became of me? I know not; I lost sensation, and chains and darkness were the only objects that pressed upon me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jules Verne Lieutenant Hobson, therefore, lost no time in resuming his journey, urging on the dogs to their utmost speed. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Marjorie Bowen She would have lost that nominal innocence which was her chief asset. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Edith Wharton The young man, thus brooding, lost himself in the alluring and perplexing alternatives of his plan. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Willa Cather He lost touch with his idea, I suppose, during his illness. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Wilkie Collins I don’t know whether I fainted or whether I slept; I lost all consciousness of what was going on about me, and I got some other consciousness in its place. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

He says one of the judges — Hooke — lost his patience altogether. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Wilkie Collins He had given his answers with the immoveable calmness of a man on whose mind all human interests had lost their hold. The Cauldron of Oil by Wilkie Collins [1861]

A. E. W. Mason Hanaud pointed to it, and there, lost amongst the huge glittering stones of paste and false pearls, Mrs. Blumenstein’s necklace was entwined. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Only, for the first time, Mr. Luke lost his sympathetic poise. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins What have you to say now?” The tone in which she spoke warned me that my influence over her was a lost influence once more. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Oh! if I had not lost the jewels — if only I had not lost the jewels!” History does not relate how Leonard dealt with this unexpected and yet natural situation. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Was Richard Arden, who had lost nearly seven hundred pounds at Colonel Marston’s little gathering, though he had not paid them yet, now quite desperate? By no means. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

The searchers, puffing and bewildered, lost their tempers. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Folks nowadays hae lost a’ spunk and pith. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

He has gradually lost his epic qualities and become human. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Algernon Blackwood The ages, as you call them but it is such a little time as yet “ The voice trailed off, the figure lost its suggestion of sudden vastness, the darkness emptied. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Olaf Stapledon When the body dies, and I myself, may be, sink into eternal sleep, I shall have lost so little. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James But does that make me like it any better?” “Dear Mrs. Pallant, you’re wonderful, you’re terrible,” I could only stammer, lost in the desert of my thoughts. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

George Gissing I wonder whether he really has lost money, and won’t confess? Yet I don’t think so. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jules Verne In a single night, the thermometer lost nearly 40°; it went down to 8° below zero. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

I am afraid the money is lost irretrievably. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

No doubt it is a very surprising fact that characters should reappear after having been lost for many, probably for hundreds of generations. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Maria Edgeworth Ormond played with so much freedom, and seemed to have so gentlemanlike an indifference whether he lost or won, that he was considered as an easy dupe. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins She may be lost in the labyrinth of London, or she may be hundreds of thousands of miles away. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Three years after my birth I lost my mother, and, too young to feel my loss, my smiles helped to console my father. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

How much finer it is than the vulgar boastfulness of the Semitic epitaphs, or our own miserable, insincere make-believe of the ‘Not lost but gone before’ type. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Edith Wharton I myself had lost a charming young cousin, Newbold Rhinelander, shot down in an aeroplane battle in September 1917, and three dear friends. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]