Phrases with "meal"

Arnold Bennett He seldom ate a meal in the little salons on the first floor without becoming ecstatic upon the cookery. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Washington Irving He was now about to set forth on his wanderings; and being somewhat musical, slung on his back a guitar with which to amuse the villagers, and pay for a meal or a night’s lodgings. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Abraham Merri Now let him be and help us get a meal together. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins So, for years, the Owls slept their happy sleep by day, and found their comfortable meal when darkness fell. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Robert Louis Stevenson After the midday meal and a proper period of digestion, he walked, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied by Jean-Marie; for madame would have preferred any hardship rather than walk. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

He will take pains to serve a meal in style, because he feels that he is participating in the meal himself. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Under Mac Cann’s captaincy the tiny band moved from meal to meal as another army would invest and sack and depart from the cities on its route. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

E. Phillips Oppenheim The meal continued to its appointed end, but the glamour of it had gone. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Thomas Hardy So after giving them a meal in the kitchen I just asked ’em in to hear the singing. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Andrew Lang The meal was quickly ready, and the magician called to the boy to come down and eat it, but he could not be wakened, and they had to sit down to supper without him. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Machen I am not sure, but I think the meal consisted of tea and ham and eggs, the latter beautifully poached. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

He had sent the man down into the cabin to prepare a meal and was sitting on the bow of the boat with his legs dangling over the side, idly watching the sullen-looking water streaming by. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Andrew Lang Soon after the giant went to fetch his brother who was likewise a giant, to take a meal off his flesh; and Jack saw with terror through the bars of his prison the two giants approaching. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing An hour later, when his meal was finished, and he sat on a straight-backed chair meditating in the twilight, a rap sounded at his door, and a letter was handed to him. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

Indeed after the meal was over she commandeered him openly to go with her and try his skill upon the old historic harpsichord. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Accordingly, as soon as the evening meal was finished, I asked the missionary if he could permit me five minutes’ conversation alone. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Picking her up in my arms, I carried her to the hall, where the meal of which I was to partake at the end of my watch was already prepared. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

H. Rider Haggard There also they discovered food, the rations of the sentry, of which they ate with such appetite as they might, and a plentiful supply of meal for the slaves. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

William Dampier Then our men entered the town and found it emptied both of money and goods; there was not so much as a meal of victuals left for them. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Charles Dickens We sit down at table again (rather more cheerfully than before); prolong the meal with a rather mouldy dessert of apples, grapes, and oranges; and drink our wine and brandy-and-water. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Mark Twain So I went and got the bag of meal and my old saw out of the canoe, and fetched them to the house. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Henry Handel Richardson They were at breakfast when the summons came — breakfast, the hardest meal of any to get through without friction. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins My father left me by myself again, when the meal was over. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing I hope your meal will not be disturbed, but I may have to send for you. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

When daylight appeared there was no vestige of any foe to be seen around them, and the band of runaways enjoyed their morning meal in peace. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

My notion was to get a bed and a meal in some secluded inn, and walk out next morning and pick up a slow train down the line. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells There was food aboard, albeit at exorbitant prices, and the three of them contrived to eat a meal on one of the seats forward. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

When I arrived in the sitting-room, I found that he had prepared a meal of corned beef and bread, with tea, so we sat down and discussed it, and as I was pretty peckish I did justice to it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

I don’t believe that you ever gave me so much as a dinner that you didn’t take payment for in meal or in malt. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He ate without his usual appetite and even forgot his whisky and soda until the meal was over. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Dickens After that, when we went in to supper, the place and the meal would have a more homely look than ever, and I would feel more ashamed of home than ever, in my own ungracious breast. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Virginia Woolf I didn’t want to come, but I couldn’t stay and face another meal with her. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Leslie Stephen The meal consisted of very good soup, a boiled leg of lamb with spinach, a veal pie, and a rice pudding. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

No one now would openly set out to give his pupils as little food as they could do with, or tell them that it is healthy to get up from a meal as hungry as you sat down. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The meal was quickly dispatched. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

A few minutes before the meal make a good French salad dressing, add some pickled peppers cut up, some capers, and some chopped-up parsley, pour on the French dressing, mix up well, and serve. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

Arnold Bennett She could not decide exactly when she had begun to expect a declaration; but probably a long time before the meal was finished. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Alie was in exceptionally good spirits and for this reason the meal proceeded in a most delightful fashion. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson The meal at an end, he rose, got his great coat, and looking (as I thought) at me, observed he had affairs abroad. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Of what the meal consisted I have no remembrance now. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

A meal to follow the funeral was certainly provided, and the food then consumed was the best the bereaved could obtain. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing The meal was quickly over, then Lydia took up some sewing. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Their father needs them, and has, I believe, already engaged rooms for them at the Plaza.” “I am sorry,” I replied, “but surely they will not leave till they have had another meal with me. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Before the evening meal he showed me round part of the station, and I was agreeably surprised to find no trace of the poverty my cousin had wailed about so recently. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells Then I turned my head, and saw a meal prepared for me on the table. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Rudyard Kipling They were four beautiful blacks, and they saddled big enough and strong enough to eat the Skidars’ team and gallop away with the meal inside them. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Our meal at an end, Nikola led the old man aside and said something to him in an undertone, emphasizing his remarks with solemn gestures. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James Directly after the meal his host disappeared (he went out, as he said, to call on his women) and the second half-hour was the best, even when there were other people. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell His father had slipped into a habit of silence at meal times — a habit which Osborne, who was troubled and anxious enough for his own part, had not striven to break. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Eva insisted we should open a bottle of champagne, and Billy had her first good meal since the night Mr. Toller was killed. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope But perhaps his, or in this case her, retreat from the room when the meal is over, is the chef-d’oeuvre of the whole performance. North America by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant It is late, late, for luncheon; but there will be some reason; and I never have any heart to take a meal by myself. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Andrew Lang After a couple of days the miller came and said that he must tell him that the old donkey which was to have three beatings and only one meal had died. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The crowd in the street was less, since it was the meal hour, but there were travellers on the road, spurring through the city to some Cotswold inn or manor. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Mark Twain The meal sifted out and made a little track all the way to the lake. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

He did think of it though, and thought better of it too, for he made a remarkably good meal when it came, and was assiduously served by a select knot of young ladies. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

John Galsworthy After the midday meal he rode with them or with Anne alone. A Silent Wooing by John Galsworthy

He took his meal in sullen silence, and left her without a word. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I know people who will keep the radio playing all through a meal and at the same time continue talking just loudly enough for the voices and the music to cancel out. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The meal over, Larose said smilingly, “Now, I think Mrs. Fane, that you owe me some explanation. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang He ought to be ashamed of himself, when there was scarcely a handful of meal in the house, to have spent the money on a useless brute like that. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson The milk and meal you give the beggar, will fatten Jenny. Thrust the woman out, and you thrust your babe out of doors, whether it so seem to you or not. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The elements of this mystic meal were Fish, Bread, and Wine, the last being represented in the Messianic tradition: “At the end of the meal God will give to the most worthy, i. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Virginia Woolf He had made a meal off bread and cheese in a public house. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

I then sat down to contemplate the place, and eat a most delightful meal on the grass, being quite a new thing to me. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Our blankets were unpacked and spread upon the floor of our bedrooms, and almost as soon as this was done the meal was announced as ready. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

James Joyce I’d like to see them do the black fast Yom Kippur. Crossbuns. One meal and a collation for fear he’d collapse on the altar. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Once or twice, when our bullocks failed, and we were obliged to make a meal upon dry bread and water, it seemed like feeding upon shavings. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Jules Verne Reindeer hams, slices of salt beef, smoked salmon, oat cakes, and barley meal scones; tea ad libitum, and whisky in abundance, and several bottles of port, composed this astonishing meal. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence They ate a meal that she considered wildly extravagant. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy The meal was nearly over when he seemed possessed of a new idea of how his object might be accomplished. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

All the same, with the courage of a brave nature, and the hopefulness inseparable from youth, he went on with his meal hoping for the best. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

You wouldn’t put out a finger to keep a hard-working little man from going down the drain, but let an old lag lack the price of a meal and your sobs can be heard in Antarctica. You make me sick. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

But to my amazement I discovered her hard at work preparing a meal for the garrison, just as calmly and quietly as if nothing out of the common were occurring. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

I can see him yet, with the meal on his bald head, and the bit of grey hair over his ears, and his spectacles and his grey moustache. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang And the two enjoyed their meal together. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

They were to have their meal under a large spreading chestnut. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing The meal passed very silently, for Mrs. Hannaford was meditative. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

His meal over, and numerous questions from his mother answered, he turned from the table to the hearth. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then, seeing her looking anxiously out of the window, I hand her the tray, and declare my meal at an end. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Send the guards to take their meal in the canteen of Monsieur de Chavigny; we’ll have a supper here under your direction. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jack London Most of the men were suffering from tired feet, and they prefaced the meal by removing their shoes and unbinding the filthy rags with which their feet were wrapped. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Then from the kitchen came the smell of ham and eggs and coffee, and in the gaslight, the scrambled meal began. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sigmund Freud There is no doubt that he himself is the person whose desires are directed toward this abundant meal, and a meal of roast meat at that. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson More than once during the meal she had made as if to speak. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Kenneth Grahame They had just finished their meal and resumed their arm-chairs, when there came a heavy knock at the door. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

It was unusual for him to be suffered to take a meal unwatched; something unusual was in the air. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Virginia Woolf The meal passed in quiet, well-controlled talk about indifferent things. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry David Thoreau This meal only we had in two nights and a day; and had not one of us bought a partridge, we had taken our journey fasting. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Henry Handel Richardson Only the four of them were present at dinner, and the meal passed off smoothly; though the strangeness of dining in a big hotel had the effect of tying Laura’s tongue. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

It was evidently the living-room, for there were the remains of a meal upon the table, and among other things he noticed a large and freshly cut ham and a bottle of whisky. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

The meal was a bright one and, Mrs. Wardale having now altogether discarded, at any rate for the time being, the idea that her son had engaged himself to an undesirable girl, was most chatty. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Keller retired, when the meal was over, to examine my report minutely in all its details. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

D. H. Lawrence The meal went rather brutally. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing There had been no train to Pendal at the right time; he had taken a meal at Dunfield station, and then had found a cab to convey him to the village. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jules Verne Overcome as they were with horror and fatigue, they took their last meal together. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Eliot Thee wast allays like a bag o’ meal as can ne’er be bruised — though, for the matter o’ that, thy poor feyther war just such another. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson I laid the table for dinner, while Northmour and Clara prepared the meal together in the kitchen. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

I went back to the house and found the servant clearing away a meal and relaying the table for me. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

The old low-Latin term for the noonday meal was merenda, which suggests the idea of food to be earned before it was enjoyed. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

He gulped his meal down hurriedly, and went forthwith to the garden-foot. At the Rising of the Waters by John Buchan

It’s always been my pride to have a good nourishing sit-down meal ready for my ——” “What time would that be? Six?” “No, Mr. Tilsit doesn’t usually manage home before half-past seven. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Laura and her companion were taking an early breakfast—a meal at which neither could eat—by the dressing-room fire. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Then I’ll appear just before the meal is over for I want to get a few words with the men before they have a chance of going up to their rooms. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

The meal was set out, Island fashion, with abundant cakes and sweets. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

George Gissing The meal over, he sought an excuse for spending the next hour in the drawing-room; but Mrs. Hannaford, unconscious of any change in his habits, offered no invitation, and he stole silently away. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Walter Scott In the old translation of the Bible, Paul is made to term himself the knave of our Saviour. The allowance of meal taken by the miller’s servant was called knave-ship. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing He would take a meal and presently come forth. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The meal proceeded in silence. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was only after that meal that Holmes showed signs of renewed activity. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Gissing Mrs. Waltham assented; then, to her visitor— ‘You will do us the pleasure of drinking a cup of tea, Mr. Wyvern? we make a meal of it, in the country way. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Your friend, now, would probably rather starve than ask a meal of a stranger. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Then he read the morning newspaper and pottered about in the garden until after our midday meal at half-past one. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

George Gissing And until that meal was ready, he strolled out to have a look at the sea. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

H. G. Wells I had a meal with them in the Holt Inn. It was a good and sustaining thing for me to have them thus concerned about me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope They will take you in at the poorhouse at Kanturk.” “Is it the poorhouse, yer honor?” “Or, if you get a ticket from your priest they will give you meal twice a week at Clady. You know that. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The luncheon table around which the four men were seated presented all the unlovely signs of a meal where self-restraint had been abandoned—where conviviality has passed the bounds of licence. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

The meal went on slowly, for the service was very bad. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He literally shook at the thought of the tempting meal before him. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

D. H. Lawrence Witt struck, and telephoned down every meal-time for her meal in her room. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The little table in the adjoining room, on which Theron found his meal in waiting for him, seemed a vision of delicate napery and refined appointments in his eyes. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. Rider Haggard After they had done their meal Leonard called to the dwarf, who took his food at a little distance. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Her meal over, she rang her own. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Theodore Dreiser He gave me a meal ticket this noon. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

There he would have some sort of meal and wait until darkness had just fallen. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Willa Cather She gave her family nourishment, to be sure, but there was never during the day a meal that a man could look forward to with pleasure, or sit down to with satisfaction. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

The captain was paying his shot with usury, as he had done many a time before; many a meal had he bought with the same currency from the melodious-minded natives, always, as now, to their delight. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

But she dared not intrude herself upon a meal that was to be shared with a stranger. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton But when the meal was over, and Mr. Royall rose from the table, he looked back at Charity, who had stayed to help the old woman clear away the dishes. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

He had had one good meal at the Australasian Hotel, and then in the failing light of the dusk he had slipped furtively into the Adelaide hills, and like a shadow the darkness had swallowed him up. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

This meal was not for herself; for in the cupboard I have found the remains of her own dinner. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne The meal was eaten in silence. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

A meal is simply ‘une commande’ to him, just as a man dying of cancer is simply ‘a case’ to the doctor. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

It seemed to him that the first meal coming out of that reserve would choke him — for certain. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson Anastasie’s born brother, he did not waste much sentiment on the lady, gave her an English family kiss, and demanded a meal without delay. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

The table appointments were elegant, and Mrs. Pill served a nice little meal to which Miss Loach did full justice. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Henry James Our meal was of the briefest — mine a vain pretense, and I had the things immediately removed. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Guy de Maupassant I waited, patiently, till the meal had been finished, when, turning towards the landlady I said: “See here, Madame Lecacheur, it will not be long now before I shall have to take my leave of you. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Sir Richard Burton So they spread the tables and the company ate the night meal and went their ways, marveling at the tale they had heard. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Edith Wharton But the hired man, though seldom loth to accept a meal not included in his wages, opened his stiff jaws to answer slowly: “I’m obliged to you, but I guess I’ll go along back. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

So I went in search of Peter. I had scarcely begun my long deferred meal when Sandy entered. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Benjamin Disraeli He then clearly proved to them that, if ever they had the imprudence to change any of their old laws, they would necessarily never have more than one meal a day as long as they lived. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Thomas Hardy The meal passed off in almost unbroken silence. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Algernon Blackwood It was a cosy supper and a well-cooked one that we sat down to and ate under the stars, and, according to the clergyman, the only meal fit to eat we had seen since we left London a week before. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Charles Dickens He too, with the world a wide heath before him, enjoyed the meal — again in corroboration of the magnates, as exemplifying the utter want of calculation on the part of these people, sir. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Virginia Woolf But then, she remembered, they had always made off directly a meal was over, on business of their own. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

It was the hour of the evening meal at Oseney, but Peter had no mind to it. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

No sooner have you washed one child’s face than another’s is dirty; before you have washed the crocks from one meal the next is due to be cooked. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Then he haled me to the dining-room, where the remnants of a meal stood on the table, and announced that I had just five minutes to feed. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

John Lewis Burckhard The Dhourra for the day’s use is ground early every morning by the women, for the Nubians never keep meal in store. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

D. H. Lawrence So Harriet boldly invited them to this high tea — a real substantial meal in her own house. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

You’ve been the prodigal son for four weeks now, and you could have had veal for every meal on a gold dish if you’d wanted it. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Wilkie Collins Let me look about observantly, while the meal is preparing. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

He then went away, and made a good wholesome meal with his friend the ghoul. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Our meal was rather odd; it consisted of fruits, some curiously prepared cereals, and a hot, palatable drink, but no meat. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

George Meredith A crazy beggar grateful for a meal Has ever of himself a world to say. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson We made our meal with infinite mirth and tenderness; and the two seemed to be commingled into one, so that our very laughter sounded like a kindness. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson The meal was spread; the house servants, already informed by the boatmen of the master’s return, were all back at their posts, and terrified, as I could see, to face me. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London At twelve o’clock it gets dinner, composed of a tin of coarse Indian meal stirabout (skilly), and at half-past five it gets a piece of dry bread and a tin of water for its supper. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Theodore Dreiser That feeling of rest and relaxation which comes before the evening meal pervaded the place. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Richard Burton Cuts are carefully washed, sprinkled with meal gunpowder, and sewn up. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Gertrude Stein A meal in mutton, mutton, why is lamb cheaper, it is cheaper because so little is more. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Mary would have very much liked to go with them, but she did not want to be intrusive; so she went off to the kennels to see the terriers eat their morning and only meal of dog biscuit. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Rudyard Kipling The Girl came out of the hut where she had been keeping the children quiet, and talking woman-talk to the wife, and they all ate the evening meal together. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

It was a meal which Dickson was to regard as an epoch in his life; for, coming after the bare commons of Rosensee, it was a sort of festival in honour of his restored health. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Sir Walter Scott While the morning’s meal of the young soldier and the old Antiquary was despatched in much more substantial manner, the noise of wheels was heard. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The meal hardly endured ten minutes. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H. G. Wells He would come down later for a meal and say, “I’ve done something. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope For five-and-twenty years he has never paid for a bed or a meal out of his own pocket. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arnold Bennett The meal had an unusual aspect. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Wolfe We had it all planned out to go to a swell restaurant the moment our cure was over and order the biggest meal we could think of! . You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Again and again Herrick would hear the cook called aft, and see him running with fresh tins, or carrying away again a meal that had been totally condemned. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope At the hotels in Egypt one has to dine at an hour fixed by the landlord, and no entreaties will suffice to obtain a meal at any other. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell My landlord brought me a meal which he had cooked himself: of what it was composed he would not say, but it was most excellent, and with every mouthful I seemed to gain strength. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Andrew Lang I will pay you a florin a day, and at meal times you will always find the table in the hall spread with food and wine, and you can eat and drink as much as you require. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Three weeks later I noticed that the boy was in the habit of cooking Naboth’s mid-day meal for him, and Naboth was beginning to grow a stomach. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Miles Franklin All the others were half through the meal when I sat down. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling Others, who were bolder, lay up in the thickets to finish their meal next night. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Jules Verne What a feast this meal was to the poor starving men may be imagined. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

G. K. Chesterton Even to that belated meal we came in a very lounging and leisurely fashion. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Rudyard Kipling At noon they turned aside to eat, and the meal was good, plentiful, and well-served on plates of clean leaves, in decency, out of drift of the dust. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The meal over, Bent suggested he and Larose should go out along the dykes on the chance of getting a duck or two. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

One thing — that man who paid for the meal and the wine was, of course, the host, therefore it was he who had asked those others to meet him there. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

And next to them — Corner Table. ‘Corner Table enjoys his meal with Bovex’. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The meal reminded one painfully of funeral baked meats—or worse. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Lupin has Daisy Mutlar on the brain, so we see little of him, except that he invariably turns up at meal times. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Arthur Machen The meal was brought in on a tray and consisted of “a pair of cold roast fowls, flanked by some potted meats and a cool salad. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

She had the brawny arm of a giantess, and could toss a bag of meal like a baby; to see her twirl a big ham on the counter was to see a thing done as it should be. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

W. W. Jacobs It was not until the meal was despatched that they arrayed themselves in their Sunday clothes and went ashore. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Walter Scott Upon a baulk, that is, an unploughed ridge of land interposed among the corn, the Laird’s trusty palfrey was tethered by the head, and picking a meal of grass. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Thomas Hardy You are sure you are well? There will be plenty of time to get back and prepare the children’s meal before they wake. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell He had asked each of them separately to a meal before now; but they had never gone together, and they felt that there was something serious in the conjuncture. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

D. H. Lawrence From Bozen to Rome, almost every night I had a meal and a bed, perhaps of straw, with some peasant. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Often he would lie from one meal to the next almost without stirring, sometimes asleep, sometimes waking into vague reveries in which it was too much trouble to open his eyes. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

They were the faces of men invited to a meal and quite ready for it. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

George Meredith At Lekkatts beneath Croridge a lean midday meal was being finished hard on the commencement by a silent company of three. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Guy de Maupassan The meal was a long one, served in a truly rustic fashion. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London I’d give half the silks of the Indies for a meal of Christian food again. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I had quite a pleasant little meal in the kitchen that evening, and after a bottle of excellent claret, life took on quite a hopeful and roseate hue. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The meal passed away in silence. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]