Phrases with "meal"

When we’ve done our meal we’ll post extra sentries; for though I do not for a moment expect they’ll attack us in the dark, it would never do to allow ourselves to be surprised. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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

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

Supper, as a meal not universally taken, in many colleges is served privately in the student’s own room; though some colleges still retain the ancient custom of a public supper. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Arnold Bennett The meal was progressing satisfactorily, though Caroline could not persuade Sarah to eat enough. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Conversation was seldom indulged in at meal times, unless the master chose to begin it. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Jules Verne Their meal concluded, each retired to the corner in which he had rested the preceding night, and Herbert was not long in going to sleep near the sailor, who had stretched himself beside the fireplace. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The habit of early rising was one which Mr. Sabin had never cultivated, and breakfast was a meal which he abhorred. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing But when this meal was over, Sylvia received a message, summoning her to the retreat on the top of the house. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The nine-o’clock breakfast — a meal that begun at nine and rarely ended till eleven — was hurried over in the most uncomfortable and desultory manner on this eventful morning. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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 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]

Gertrude Stein Lessen pay a corridor, meal passes. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing Sidney had no appetite now for the meal he would have purchased on reaching home. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Meredith What more delightful? cried her look, seeing the first mid-day’s rest and meal with Chillon on the walk over the mountain from their empty home. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Rudyard Kipling George shared his meal with Dick and went off to the mule-lines. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing Strong emotion had stilled the sense of hunger as effectually as a meal would have done, and although all his clothes were so wet that they clung about him, Arthur did not feel it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

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

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Your usual style of meal — that is, plenteous, comfortable, and in its perfection — should be that to which you welcome your friends, as it is that of which you partake yourself. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

So we chose our rooms and ordered a meal to be instantly prepared. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

I ate what meal I could get, for, fears or no, I was voraciously hungry. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Without the slightest covering, they are left out the whole night, and their only evening meal is a little chopped barley-straw. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Wilkie Collins I left Versailles immediately afterwards, without taking anything to eat; the act of humility which I had just performed being as good as a meal to me. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

As before, when she had been with Warren, no one was there, but there were the remains of a meal on the table and a crumbling fire in the kitchen. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The meal was nearly over, when Peter came in, and said the butcher had come up for orders. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

We ate a sort of meal in the car with the hood up, and felt our way on in the darkness, for the headlights were in perfect order. Greenmantle by John Buchan

This was an act of great unreason; for the debtor who stays away is but the more remarked, and the boarder who misses a meal is sure to be accused of infidelity. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

In Spain nothing, from a meal to a battle, ever happens at the appointed time. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arnold Bennett You went on to your doorstep, caught your meal as it passed, withdrew, cooked it and ate it, quite in the manner of the early Briton. Constance was obliged to join her sister on the top step. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

We were half through our meal when I saw a distinguished-looking man get up from a table close near us and proceed to walk to the entrance door. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Guy de Maupassan She was a small woman with very little to say, and always kept in the background; when she stayed with the baroness she was only seen at meal times, the rest of the day she spent shut up in her room. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing Each had an open book on the table; throughout the meal they exchanged only a few words. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Fine I mind o’ your gudesire, and mony a nievefu’ o’ meal I gat from him when I was a bairn. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Thomas Hardy It was on the third occasion of his starting after a meal to go out to the flour-mill. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry Lawson He was very unsociable, seldom speaking, whether drunk or sober; but a weary, hard-up sundowner was always pretty certain to get a meal and a shake-down at Bogg’s lonely but among the mullock heaps. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

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

M. P. Shiel But he had to eat his meal alone, for Rowland–Jones did not come. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Marjorie Bowen He had lost the keen appetite that had urged him on the road, and regarded his ordered meal with repugnance. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was not until the meal was well on its way, in fact, that he discovered that he was host. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Meredith For some minutes after the meal Temple and I talked like interchangeing puffs of steam, but soon subsided to our staring fit. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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

Steele Rudd They pick, and paw, and fiddle round a meal in a way that gives a healthy-appetited person the jim-jams. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Henry David Thoreau The village appeared to me a great news room; and on one side, to support it, as once at Redding & Company’s on State Street, they kept nuts and raisins, or salt and meal and other groceries. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

At the same time, he was very stingy, only giving the waiter a tip of two sous for a meal of seven or eight francs. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing When one has neither dined nor supped on the previous day, breakfast becomes a meal of some importance. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

We only saw her at meal times. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

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

Jules Verne But he found it necessary to keep up a stout heart, and to postpone the meal he craved till the following morning. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Guy de Maupassan She heated some wine and toasted a slice of bread, and it made a charming little meal before going to bed. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

Gertrude Stein Manolo always went in hopes of getting a meal but he used to be left to wait while Moréas ate. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Light meal about an hour before death, large quantity of whisky in stomach and a fair amount in the blood. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

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

George Gissing The meal had been in preparation at an eating-house close by, and was now speedily made ready in the parlour. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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

Algernon Blackwood This meal was, if you understand me, obeying a mere habit automatically. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope Her meal may have been worth perhaps a couple of kreutzers, or something less than a penny, whereas that of her father may have cost twice as much. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

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]

These, together with the wine, made the most sumptuous meal we had eaten since we left Boston; and, compared with the fare we had lived upon for seven months, it was a regal banquet. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

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

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]

Polecrab and his wife were both on their feet, and another meal of fish had been cooked and was waiting for him. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

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

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]

Andrew Lang I have just emptied the last grains of meal out of the chest, and baked a bannock; but it won’t last over to-morrow. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

By supper-time he had recovered himself, and the weather-beaten three made such a meal as befits those who have faced danger together. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

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

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

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

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice took the opposite chair, and made his evening meal with a languid appetite. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The meal over and Mangan’s good-byes said, he could not get on his way to the bungalow speedily enough. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

It was not until the meal was over, and they had ascended to the deck once more, that Browne found an opportunity of having a few words with Jimmy. “What on earth did he mean by that?” he asked. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

In the background of his thoughts Theron had carried along a notion of going and dining with Father Forbes when the time for the evening meal should arrive. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

It racked me to recall past happiness, and the greater peril there was of conjuring up its apparition, the quicker the thible ran round, and the faster the handfuls of meal fell into the water. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

She can lift a bag of meal under her arm easier than I can; but she’s a timid creature for all that. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Jack London It is incontestable that a man is not fit to begin his day’s work on a meal like that; and it is equally incontestable that the loss will fall upon his employer and upon the nation. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

He seemed ill at ease; I was myself both sorry and sulky; and the meal passed with little conversation. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jules Verne But then we must remember that one meal sometimes has to last a whole day. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

T. E. Lawrence The meal took hours to produce, and it was long after dark when they called us to it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The household adhered to the American plan of breakfast; and that meal had been a thing of the past for the better part of an hour. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

After the midday meal I used to join Bob in the wagon and learn some Spanish words or phrases from him or question him about his knowledge of cattle. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

A spectacled rat-faced clerk, with patent-leather hair, sitting at a cafe table grinning over a white mug of Bovex. ‘Corner Table enjoys his meal with Bovex’, the legend ran. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence This meal ended our day, save for the stealthy offering by a barefooted slave of a tray of tea-glasses at protracted intervals. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

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

The meal was proceeding with its usual ceremony, and three men servants were in attendance, a butler and two footmen, with the latter attired in the Thralldom livery of gold and green. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

More than any meal to Simpson was the pursuit of the game he was engaged in. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Conversation during the meal would have languished more than once but for the tact and affability of the Chinese; now, in his absence, a rather unhappy silence supervened. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

William Cowper These have their sexes, and when summer shines The bee transports the fertilising meal From flower to flower, and even the breathing air Wafts the rich prize to its appointed use. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

George Gissing The meal dismissed, Glazzard lit a cigar (Northway did not smoke) and broached the topic of their meeting. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

William Dampier There we came to a poor Indian village that did not afford us a meal of victuals. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Little Absom had gone for a meal but would return. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Virginia Woolf The meal began with the comfortable silence of people who are quite at their ease together. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Nor was the meal which followed of a familiar type. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Robert Louis Stevenson I propose I should go now to the tavern, and bid them add a cover for yourself and delay the meal the matter of an hour, which will give you an interval to meet your daughter in. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

So, with the meal over, with no pang of conscience, he accepted a cigarette from Lady Mentone, admiring once again the beauty of the hand that held the cigarette case out to him. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

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

Anne Bronte That meal being concluded, and a few civil words having been exchanged with Mrs. Bloomfield, we repaired to the schoolroom again, and commenced the business of the day. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

When Master Tweeler secured his tarts, Sir Griffin blessed the meal with a hearty “damn!” He did not care for Master Tweeler’s nightly stomach aches, but their rooms adjoined. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing During the excitement of the arrival, and through the cheerful meal which followed, Eustace Derwent maintained a certain reserve, was always rather in the background. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli The huntsmen were abroad; and the fine weather, his good meal and seasonable rest, and the inspiriting sounds of the bugle made Vivian feel recovered from his late fatigues. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

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]

Such, then, was the life story of the man who was now preparing my meal for me. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Morrison Rarely could a meal be seen ahead; and when it came, it made Dicky doubtful whether or not hunger were really caused by eating. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

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]

George Gissing This meal consisted of a small piece of steak, chosen from the odds and ends thrown together on the front of a butcher’s shop, and a few potatoes. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Making our way into the house we proceeded direct to Nikola’s study, where his servants had prepared a meal for us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

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

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

Tobias Smolle Concord being thus restored, we finished our meal with comfort; and in the evening arrived at London, without having met with any other adventure. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson In the early state of the spring-tides the artificers went to the rock before breakfast, but as the tides fell later in the day, it became necessary to take this meal before leaving the ship. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

M. R. James The lower room was the dining-room: a table was laid, but the meal was over, and only wine and glasses were left on the table. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

His highness first set his sentinels and let call the muster, and saw that every man had his morning meal and every horse his feed. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the way of eatables at the same meal we were gloriously favoured; for in addition to porridge, which was common to all, we had Irish stew, sometimes a bit of fish, and sometimes rissoles. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson The meal was excellent; the host not only affable, but primed with curious information. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Presently in the dining-room, which was a remnant of the old keep and vaulted like a dungeon, they sat down to a meal which the chef was ever afterwards to refer to as his masterpiece. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

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]

As to Mr. Brandon, he made his meal of some watery broth, two slices of melon, and a bowlful of pounded sugar. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Edith Wharton It is a somewhat unusual thing for a sister to be late at the last meal she is to take — for two years — with her only brother. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

The Government provided for the prisoners’ food at the rate of two annas and a half per meal per man, out of which the constable’s wife looked to make a profit of one anna. Burmese Days by George Orwell

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]

Henry Fielding In this situation, with our tables likewise fastened by ropes, the captain and myself took our meal with some difficulty, and swallowed a little of our broth, for we spilt much the greater part. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

D. H. Lawrence I suspect myself the maize meal mixed in. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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

Virginia Woolf They had the appearance of crocodiles so fully gorged by their last meal that the future of the world gives them no anxiety whatever. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

So, my meal ended, we went into the tapestry room where, the night being sharp, a pleasant bit of fire burned in the grate, and Wealdon greeted me. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell That night the cottage shone with unusual light and fire gleam; and the father and daughter sat down to a meal they thought almost extravagant. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

His meal over, he went into the bar and sat chatting there with the landlord and the few customers who came in. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

I regarded my hard-won and ill-favoured pledges of a meal with giddiness and discouragement. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arnold Bennett Then there was rattling of key-bunches, and the rasping voices of sour officials, who did not inquire if they would like a meal after their stroll. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Tea was at any time; a scrambling sort of meal that stayed on the table for hours, and was taken just as we chanced to go in for it. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

George Gissing Mr. Lord said that he was going out, and would not require a meal till late in the evening. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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]

Of Lord Delamarne she saw practically nothing except at meal times and then he spoke little to her. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Gissing The sufferer was of decent appearance, and, with ordinary self-command, might have taken his meal in the restaurant like any one else, quite unnoticed. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Rudyard Kipling One heard a water-wheel creaking somewhere and the nearer sound of meal being ground in a quern. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

William Henry Hudson It was, in fact, a kind of supper, and the one great meal of the day: the only other meals being a breakfast, and at noon a crust of brown bread, a handful of dried fruit, and drink of milk. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

She came into her sitting-room, and, careless of what Bunting would think the next morning, put the tray with the remains of the lodger’s meal on her table. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

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 The steward, who never could forget his routine ideas, even in the most exceptional circumstances, thought the meal a slender one. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

But what am I claverin’ here for, when ye’re wantin’ your denner? It’s little I hae for ye, for our meal ark is nigh toom, and there’s no a kain hen left on the baulks. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Washington Irving Now comes on the Sunday dinner, which, to the city tradesman, is a meal of some importance. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

T. E. Lawrence I now had no tricks left worth a meal in the Arab market-place, and wanted the security of custom: to be conveyed; to pillow myself on duty and obedience: irresponsibly. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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]

H.P. Lovecraft After a well-relished meal I poured myself a liberal cup of coffee, but found that the culinary standard had suffered a lapse in this one detail. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Prepare the Indian meal as in the preceding receipt. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

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

George Gissing Helped by his friend’s arm, Ralph managed to hobble to table; he ate little, and talked throughout the meal in his wonted vein of cheerful reflection. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Charles Dickens Next night, when he had eat his poor meal voraciously (he was accustomed to do that, they had observed, as though he had no other in the day), this fellow sat down at his elbow. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Frank went upstairs when the meal was over. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Consequently they were ushered into the dining-room, where the meal had already begun. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The white men made a somewhat better meal in the evening. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing I can’t tell you how long it is since I had a meal in company. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Andrew Lang As soon as the sumptuous meal was over, the Prince and his mermaid took leave of the Emperor, and, seating themselves on the golden horse, continued their homeward journey. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

Our meal over, we went and sat down in the lounge where, a few minutes later Willoughby found us. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

A most formal meal was the result. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

A diversion, however, was caused before the meal was at an end. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

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

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

Marjorie Bowen The meal was cleared away in the dining-room, the fire covered, the chairs put back in their places. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

Rudyard Kipling It was the most civilised meal Gisborne had eaten for months. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

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

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]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins The prisoners’ meal had been served; the duplicate of the death-list had been read in public at the grate; the cell doors were all locked. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

The meal was coarse — he could scarcely touch it; but he drank the beer down thirstily, and took a crust of bread. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

At the midday meal they ate very little. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

James Joyce The meal was prolonged beyond an hour and still my uncle did not come. Dubliners by James Joyce

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]

Sir Walter Scott Crowdy, meal and milk mixed in a cold state. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It soon passed, and he was able in fair comfort to finish the meal down to the last lettuce leaf of the salad, and the last drop of the claret. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

That meal was served by a maidservant. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

The meal was pretentious and filthy. Burmese Days by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence So we stopped at once, under a large rock in Wadi Dhuleil, where was a barren fig-tree, and cooked our first meal for three days. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing The meal was very plain, but the vicar ate with extraordinary appetite; he was one of those men in whom the demands of the stomach seem to be in direct proportion to the activity of the brain. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Hall lit the fire and left him there while she went to prepare him a meal with her own hands. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle We talked little, and I for one was glad when the meal was over and we were able to retire into the modern billiard-room and smoke a cigarette. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

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

Walter Scott The provision which each had made for his refreshment was simple, but the meal of the Saracen was abstemious. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell He was coming home to lunch, having always a fine midday appetite, though he pretended to despise the meal in theory. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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

He finished his meal rapidly, then said in a low voice to Lodovico: “I want a word with you. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

The room was very barely furnished, and there were the remains of a meal upon the table, part of a loaf and a smallish piece of cheese, getting very close to the rind. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Guy de Maupassant She spent her time in looking at them, in listening to them and in waiting for meal times, and once something very funny happened. Bertha (Berthe) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Ford Madox Ford It wasn’t as if we were waiting for a train, it wasn’t as if we were waiting for a meal — it was just that there was nothing to wait for. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Theodore Dreiser In the meantime the evening meal was announced, and, to maintain appearances, she went out and joined the family; the naturalness of her part was very difficult to sustain. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Dickens But in some parts, this custom is inseparably mixed up with every meal and morning call, and with all the transactions of social life. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

D. H. Lawrence This meal cost fifteen francs, for the pair of us. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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

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]

I that day also found several cheeses cased up in lead, one of which I then opened and dined upon: but what time of day or night it was when I eat this meal I could not tell. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

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