Phrases with "middle"

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Humphrey Pump was a man of middle size, with very broad shoulders, wearing a sort of shooting suit with gaiters. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

D. H. Lawrence And the Guthries, the family of four, were good solid Edinburgh middle class, enjoying everything in a solid fashion, and daring everything while risking nothing. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson It was the middle of the night. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

When a stick was placed so that the middle of the tendril came into contact with it, no curvature ensued. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Ford Madox Ford It was the middle of the month and he could not have drawn any more pay . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

He discovered by stumbling into it that a little rill of water flowed down the middle of the split and into the sea. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Losing not a moment of time, he lifted up his ladder and leant it upon the brickwork high above the middle of the window. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

George Gissing Face to face with a woman in the prime of her beauty, he heard a voice warning him against the pedantic spirit of middle age, against formalism and fogeyishness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Andrew Lang Their democracy is not roaring modern democracy, but that of the cultivated middle classes. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

At the same time — it was by then the middle of November — a message arrived from Gordon indicating that Khartoum was in serious straits. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells He was not very explicit what it would be; but he was quite sure that there was something to keep them comfortably in the happy middle class, whose way of life was the only one they knew. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

All that Vernon knew of the struggles of the lower middle classes was derived from that great panorama of life which Charles Dickens painted for us. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Willa Cather They are going to begin repairs on the theatre about the middle of March, and we are to run over to New York for six weeks. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle What have ye done in our absence, Silas!’ ‘We have the packs ready for carriage,’ said the man addressed, a sturdy, weather-beaten seaman of middle age. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

D. H. Lawrence The elder was a short, hard-faced energetic man of middle age, the younger a labourer of twenty-three or so. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton Then, leaving the door still half open, he came back into the middle of the room, and ran his roving blue eye round its furniture and ornament. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

William Cowper At first, progressive as a stream, they seek The middle field; but scattered by degrees, Each to his choice, soon whiten all the land. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Arthur Morrison Moreover, he was a small man, for the space he had occupied would be too little even for a man of middle height. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

James Joyce A figure of middle height on the prowl evidently under the arches saluted again, calling: — Night! Stephen of course started rather dizzily and stopped to return the compliment. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’d put him at forty years of age, and he was of a middle height, two or three inches shorter than you, sir. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The door opened quickly to admit a big, stout man, just beyond middle years, with a fatherly and happy-looking face. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

He was of middle stature, well-knit, and, in the latter part of his life, somewhat inclined to be corpulent. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He differed from the healthy type that was essentially middle class — he never seemed to perspire. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle On we went, working like maniacs, slinging barrels, cheeses, and boxes pell-mell into the middle of the room. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Olaf Stapledon The outer and middle layers of a mature star apparently consist of “tissues” woven of currents of incandescent gases. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The fall left him with a bruised limb, which confined him to his room from the 7th of December till the middle of February (1787). Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli The middle classes, half a century ago, had little distraction from their monotonous toil and melancholy anxieties, except, perhaps, what they found in religious and philanthropic societies. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Eliot But he was already past the middle of life, and I was not his only son. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Watkin Tench He was a man of middle age, with an open cheerful countenance, marked with the small pox, and distinguished by a nose of uncommon magnitude and dignity. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Andrew Lang At length she saw the only way to carry the mortar was to tie it in the very middle of her bundle, and had just unfastened her sticks, when she heard her companions’ voices. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe The old bathrobe he was wearing had all the buttons missing, and the corded rope that belonged to it was also gone and George had lashed a frayed necktie round the middle to hold the thing together. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins After passing through the iron gates he stopped, and pointed with his whip to the disused middle wing of the building. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Her discontented face showed that she was one of the many victims of arrested development, still hampered in middle age by the egotistic longings of youth. The Understudy by Mary Cholmondeley

Arthur Machen The plates and cups and saucers are whirled from the dresser into the middle of the kitchen, no one can say how or by what agency. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Olaf Stapledon I know also, and can hold together for comparison, the feel of Paul the child, Paul the boy, Paul the young man, stiffening into middle age, and Paul awaiting death in helpless senility. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

One night, about the middle of December, I awoke, suddenly aware that some noise had fallen like a heavy stone into my dreams. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

James Joyce Beware of what you wish for in youth because you will get it in middle life. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was that of a young girl of extreme beauty; evidently of middle rank. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

R. D. Blackmore But Mrs. Carroway, most fidgety of women, and born of a well-shorn family, was unhappy from the middle to the end of the week that she could not scrub her husband’s beard off. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing Only when he had reached middle age did John marry; the experiment could not be called successful, and Mrs Yule died three years later, childless. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

In middle life, I despised only myself. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

The house surgeon had drawn near, and was pulling Coupeau into the middle of the mattress. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Mark Twain But the feature of the place is a short column that rises from the middle of the marble pavement of the chapel, and marks the exact centre of the earth. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope It’s never any use trying to hunt here after the middle of March.” “You’re rather short of foxes, are you not?” said the rector, making an attempt to join the conversation. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan It was a stupid business altogether! He took up a penknife which lay open within reach, and deliberately stuck it into the middle of the printed name, as if he were stabbing some one. Coward by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett She felt as though she was stepping into the middle age. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Virginia Woolf Following his steps so closely as to be slightly puzzled by his gestures came two elderly women of the lower middle class, one stout and ponderous, the other rosy cheeked and nimble. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell Like most Welsh women, she was of middle size as to height, but beautifully made, with the most perfect yet delicate roundness in every limb. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

This takes place about the middle of the night, save when the nights are shortest. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Ford Madox Ford It was extravagantly green, sunk in greenery, and the grass that came nearly to Mrs. Pape’s middle was filled with hiding profusions of flowers turning to seed. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

The population of the earth’s surface was at first very similar in all parts, and only from the middle of the Tertiary epoch onwards, began to show a distinct distribution in zones. Geological contemporaneity and persistent types of life by Thomas Henry Huxley

Guy de Maupassan The air was cool, although it was the middle of August; the wind was from the north, and the sun blazed down unpityingly from the blue sky. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Frances Hodgson Burnett She married early and was widowed in middle life. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James Then there are long corridors defended by gusts of hot air; down the middle swoops a pale little girl on parlour skates. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Baldwin Spencer The tinder is always made up into the form of a minute nest, so that the red-hot powder tumbles down right into the middle of it. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Maria Edgeworth Instead of which I saw a gay looking man, of middle age, with quick sparkling black eyes, and altogether a person of modern appearance, both in dress and address. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Sigmund Freud Moreover, here once again there is a person in a high position as a middle term between the aristocrat and the musician who is justified in raising high hopes. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

John Lewis Burckhard From each side of the entrance, through the middle of the room, runs a row of seven pillars, like those described above; at the further end, this colonnade is terminated by two Corinthian columns. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The newcomer was of middle height, very slight and graceful. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope This, however, in his anger he failed to consider; he was never known, either in early or in middle life, to consider in his anger those points which were probably best worth his consideration. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle In order to remedy this dangerous defect, in some measure, they found an artist some years ago, who has removed a middle pier, and thrown two arches into one. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope Mr Comfort had been regarded as a Calvinist when he was young, as Evangelical in middle life, and was still known as a Low Churchman in his old age. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Once more the youth did just as he had done twice already; jumped down from the tree, ran by a short cut through the wood, and again hanged himself in the very middle of the road before him. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But today it is as brimming as if it were the middle of May.” He went over the map with me — an inch-to-a-mile one I had got in London — and showed me the lie of the land. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Jules Verne He is of middle height and slight build, and has a small head, which he has a habit of holding a little over his left shoulder. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Antichrist was a middle — to high-brow monthly, Socialist in a vehement but ill-defined way. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Dampier The middle of the island is laid down in latitude 12 degrees 16 minutes. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Margaret Oliphant I am perfectly safe—nobody can possibly be safer than such a woman as I am, in poverty and middle age,” said his strange acquaintance. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

It seemed that the fever was rising, as it might very well be, but the middle sister was not moved from her notable calm, and the eldest did not fear. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle No smallest estimate of his character is fair which does not make due allowance for the terrible experiences of his youth and early middle age. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

As to men of middle age — say from fifty to sixty — why, they all looked fit to personate the Last of the Hittites, or the Madagascarene Methuselah, in a museum. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang When he got to about the middle of it he slipped along a branch till he sat just above the sleepers, when he threw down one stone after the other on the nearest giant. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Crane In forming the leaf shape one begins with a light pressure, if at the point, and proceeds to increase it for the middle and broader end. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

George Gissing I gravely advise people, if they possibly can, to write of the wealthy middle class; that’s the popular subject, you know. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The plumber was a jolly, rosy-cheeked fellow of middle age, with laughing eyes and a keen sense of humour. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

He was spare, of middle height and middle age; his hair was grey, his face pale and impassive; the light over-coat he wore was of fashionable English cut. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson He caught himself remembering that he was, after all, only in middle age, with at least fifteen years of energy and activity before him. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassan Mme. Forestier had not returned; she lingered at Cannes. He, however, received a letter from her announcing her return about the middle of April, but containing not a word as to their parting. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Henriette and Jules fell down flat against the wall; whilst Lalie, terrified, remained standing in the very middle of the curtsey. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James In capital preservation he had the freshness of middle life — he would have been young indeed to the eye if his large harmonious spread hadn’t spoken of the lapse of years. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

H. G. Wells Men of the upper or middle classes were put up to these things by their parents; they were properly warned against involving themselves in this love nonsense before they were independent. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

The middle of the day he had to himself. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was rather above the middle height, slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against the absolute pallor of her skin. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

But gradually the sleepless suspicion of the great middle class to which Ted and I belonged was lulled to rest. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Francis Bacon And these places we call the upper region, account the air between the high places and the low as a middle region. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

G. K. Chesterton Quite suddenly he turned at right angles from the pavement, hurled himself, bag and all, into the middle of the road and appeared to pin or throttle the gentleman with the beard and the large hat. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

H. G. Wells Few human beings are able to change their primary ideas after the middle thirties. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

He was a man about forty, middle height, thin, but broad-shouldered. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Part of it you know—the middle part. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

She died in middle age and her husband wrote a memoir of her. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Alfred Ainger I do not mean that I want to be poor, but there was a middle state,” so she was pleased to ramble on, “in which I am sure we were a great deal happier. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Arnold Bennett As she descended, the conviction that it was the middle of the night grew upon her, and she stepped more softly. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Beyond it lie dazzling blocks of pure crystallized salt; and the middle of the pond is open, tenanted by ducks and waterfowl, and visited by doves and partridges. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Will you promise me, if you are afraid, to come to this place? It is in the very middle of the town, only five minutes from here. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

But in his Fourth Book of Things Possible, having supposed a certain middle place and middle region, he says that the world is situated there. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

They looked very different from the barman who was a round-faced simple-looking man of middle age. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Jules Verne Of middle height and geometric breadth, his figure was a regular trapezium with the greatest of its parallel sides formed by the line of his shoulders. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

D. H. Lawrence A drug-like numbness possessed her spirit, and at the very middle of her, she couldn’t care what happened to her chickens. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

William Dampier The road is on the south-west side, near the middle of the island; where there is a pretty deep bay runs in. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

The roofs of the Tsala tents are nearly flat, and the middle has an opening six inches wide along its whole length. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Wilkie Collins I steered a middle course between the Objective side and the Subjective side. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James The Marquise was a very pretty woman, fair and slender, of middle age, with a smile, a complexion, a diamond necklace, of great splendour, and a charming manner. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

For, though many of her characteristics were most often found among the middle classes, in other respects — in her manners, for instance — Victoria was decidedly aristocratic. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Down upon the middle Of his legs fell Twaddle And astonished Mr. Twiddle, Who began to lift his noddle. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Walter Scott So, the voice replied, and bid me open directly, without which he would blow the folding leaves of the door into the middle of the hall. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Thus the apparently opposed views, which have been battling with one another ever since the middle of the last century, have proved to be each half the truth. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Gray twitched and coloured more than ever; but plunged into the middle of his subject at once. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Theodore Dreiser He walked to the window, snapping his thumb and middle finger and looking eagerly at the floor. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James She has begun too late, she’ll never get on the true middle of the note. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Maria Edgeworth Determined, however, as she was, to get at the truth, without preface, or even smoothing her way to her object, she rushed into the middle of things at once. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

William Henry Bragg It is found that the two middle steps have disappeared and the highest step soon follows suit. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anatole France Large tables, alternated with globes and astronomical apparatus, occupied the middle of the gallery. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Alfred Tennyson As in some mystic middle state I lay; Seeing I saw not, hearing not I heard: Though, if I saw not, yet they told me all So often that I speak as having seen. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

It was the middle of summer, and though no annoyance from rain was apprehended, the heat in the middle of the day was most oppressive. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The middle one divides and re-divides, and bears the flowers; ultimately it grows half as long again as the two other modified branches. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Of his seven sons, the youngest was of more than middle age, and none had legitimate offspring. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells There are piles of wood along the quays, along the middle of the main streets, in the courtyards, and in every place where wood can be piled. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Lupton occupied the middle distance with a garden fork, with the evident intention of jabbing it into my stomach. My First Aeroplane by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells In America the dominant home tradition is that of the transplanted English middle class. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Advancing in a line, they couch their spears; And less and less the middle space appears. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Elizabeth Gaskell In the very middle of the pond the sky was mirrored clear and dark, a blue which looked as if a black void lay behind. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Walter Scott The middle one, which is the most entire, has a door towards the north, and I suppose another opposite one toward the south, which I could not see without crossing the water. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope He began at once, jumping again into the middle of things by a reference to her husband. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

A. E. W. Mason There was only a black strip across the middle of the face. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Theodore Dreiser A large opal ring graced her left middle finger, and turquoises of vivid blue were pendent from her ears. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Margaret Oliphant This idea rather exasperated him, and he dwelt upon it with a natural perversity because he hated to identify himself as one of that stolid middle class which is above or beneath fanciful impulses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

D. H. Lawrence They had gone into the middle room. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Their eyes grew clear and bright; a dark shade deepened among their silvery locks: they sat around the table three gentlemen of middle age and a woman hardly beyond her buxom prime. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope He was now hardly beyond middle life, and he assumed for himself the character of a man of taste. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She understood now that there was a middle path. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

D. H. Lawrence And it became more and more difficult, such a strange pressure was upon him, as if the very middle of him were a vacuum, and outside were an awful tension. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The Arabs, having invaded Egypt towards the middle of the seventh century, were long in the land before they began to cultivate literature; and for more than three hundred years history is silent. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Besides these, a casket of magnificent goldwork, with the same arms as the sword and the portrait, formed a middle ornament to the mantelpiece, and assorted badly with the rest of the furniture. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Adams He felt his middle ages and the sixteenth century alive. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Sir Walter Scott His employment had been rolling up into the form of a coiled snake the long lash of his horse-whip, and then by a jerk causing it to unroll itself into the middle of the floor. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Elizabeth Gaskell Here you read, or have lessons, or otherwise improve your mind, till the middle of the day; take a walk before lunch, go a drive with your aunt after, and have some kind of engagement in the evening. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Ivan Turgenev In the very middle of this garden, on a green lawn, grew an extraordinary-looking tree. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I held a middle ground, highly scientific, of course, and used to argue learnedly about the physiological limitations of the sex. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

It is only in middle age that we seem to have nothing of interest to communicate. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H. G. Wells Suppose you are just tumbling the contents of the grate into the middle of the room. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Gertrude Stein This was quite like the middle ages, so many things used to happen, there, in a very simple middle age way. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

If we may trust the memory of the third earl, writing when in middle life, Locke’s care was extended to his brothers and sisters as well as to himself. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Every one hurried towards the middle window, which had a balcony outside, from which all the details of the slow and formal preparations for departure could be seen. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

She stood right in front of it, her forehead bent forward against its middle pane. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Gissing In middle age he frequented the race-course, but, for sufficient reasons, dropped that pursuit entirely before he had turned his fiftieth year. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

She walked slowly down the middle of the roadway till she reached No. 6. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

D. H. Lawrence He was a man of middle stature, quick, finely made, and of whimsical charm. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George MacDonald Next to her was the stalwart figure of a man of middle age. Lilith by George MacDonald

As it was useless to repeat that experience, she ought really now to try the middle door — if only she could bring herself to do so. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hugh Crombie was one for whom most of the wise men, who considered the course of his early years, had predicted the gallows as an end before he should arrive at middle age. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Now, Mr. Gover,” he went on briskly, “will you be well enough to take another motor journey, say, about the middle of next week? I shall want Mr. Barton here to drive the car. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells There’s black blood there, and also near the middle where the Czechs are up against the Germans. Now the English and Germans have even stopped sniping . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

In the very middle shot up a tall, stately tree, with a black trunk and branches, and transparent, crystal leaves. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

It was now, in his sober middle age, that the thing he had longed for was granted to him, and it seemed all the more precious because of the delay. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James Miss Spencer’s visitor was a very large woman, of middle age, with a plump, dead-white face, and hair drawn back a la chinoise. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

M. P. Shiel It attacks its victims about the period of middle age—the age at which the deaths of all the Orvens who died mysteriously occurred. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

H. G. Wells It is perhaps terrestrial of us that we do not think of reading the Utopian literature that lines the middle part of the train. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells Champagne. Me and you, Smith, me and you and the middle classes generally; we don’t get pianos. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Wilkie Collins The new neighborhood offered house-accommodation — accepted at the higher prices as yet only to a small extent — to three distinct subdivisions of the great middle class of our British population. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Mrs. Morgan was the kind of person to make one realize how distressing a medium is middle age. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Henry Lawson A big rubbish heap lies about a yard to the right of the door, which opens from the middle of one of the side walls; it might be the front or the back wall — there is nothing to fix it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Edgar Allan Poe Her dress is of orange-colored linsey-woolsey, made very full behind and very short in the waist — and indeed very short in other respects, not reaching below the middle of her leg. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott At length it ended, as is usual with timid minds placed in such circumstances, in his adopting a mezzo termine — a middle measure. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

H. G. Wells Stock keeping, showing goods and clearing up, were the middle duties of the day. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arnold Bennett On the landing were two stoutish, ill-dressed men, of middle age, apparently waiting. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

T. E. Lawrence As usual, the edges of the bed of hard sand were bare; and the middle bristled with hamdla-asla trees, in grey, salty, bulging scabs. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Machen The romances of chivalry that is, do not picture the thirteenth century as Dickens, Thackeray, and Trollope between them very fairly pictured the earlier and middle nineteenth century. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

He is a good-looking, slight young man of middle height, with a fair refined face and honest eyes, blue as they tell me Sir Peter’s used to be. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Olaf Stapledon He dimly recalls that within one stretch of rapids in the stream’s middle reaches a single fixed swirl of ripples was seen to be his own whole life in time. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

All the girls save the cook were well under thirty, and she was a pleasant-looking woman of middle age, whose direst deed in life had probably been the wringing of a fowl’s neck. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Edith Wharton It was as if she had flung a boulder into the very middle of the garden-plot she had just been at such pains to lay out. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

They don’t want to have a good time, they merely want to slump into middle age as quickly as possible. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was an April day, as already hinted, and well towards the middle of the month. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This restores to each term its right relation to the others, and provides a link or middle term between either prince and people, or prince and Sovereign, or, if necessary, both at once. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

T. E. Lawrence Abd el Kerim was a man of middle height, thin and coal black, but debonaire, twenty-six years old; though he looked less, and had only a tiny tuft of beard on his sharp chin. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Andrew Lang Woe to him who chooses the middle path! if he had a thousand lives he would not save one; it is very hazardous; it leads to the Caucasus, and is an endless road. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Few middle class people have more than one. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

There was a wood-cutter’s road up the hill among the stumps of larches felled in the War, the kind of road where the ruts are deep and the middle green grass. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

R. D. Blackmore I am not going up to my middle for nothing; I know that you want to laugh at me. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Walter Scott In the year 1814 accident placed me, then past middle life, in a situation somewhat similar to that which I have described. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

G. K. Chesterton To miss that climax is like missing the last sentence in a good anecdote, or putting the last act of Othello into the middle of the play. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James Perhaps it did, but all the same, six weeks later, toward the middle of June, the moment when Mrs. Prest undertook her annual migration, I had made no measurable advance. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

It was most alarming, and I must confess that, seeing the strength of the wind, I was a little surprised when, about the middle of the morning, Alie appeared on deck. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

A moment later I tried to touch her gently with my middle finger as I had touched E: ’twas a mistake: I no longer held her sex and at once Lucille whirled round and was free. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Willa Cather The middle finger twitched slightly. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Fyne explained to me with precision that he evidently belonged to what is most respectable in the lower middle classes. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Schopenhauer Happy are those who have kept the middle course — medium tenuere beati. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Jack London The middle class is a pygmy between two giants. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Gissing Her left arm rested on the desk, and the thumb and middle finger of the hand pressed her forehead; with the end of the penholder she tapped her chin. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

It is a fact of common observance that in this lower middle class there is no pretense of leisure on the part of the head of the household. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Abilities and virtues are absolutely necessary to raise men from the middle rank of life into notice; and the natural consequence is notorious, the middle rank contains most virtue and abilities. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Mark Twain The farmer was occupying the middle of the road with his wagon, leaving barely fourteen or fifteen yards of space on either side. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Guy de Maupassan The middle class has also a large contingent. The Magic Couch by Guy de Maupassan

Gertrude Stein That one being loving was then telling stories having a beginning and a middle and an ending. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Edith Wharton Don Gervaso was still chaplain of Donnaz; and Odo saw with surprise that the grave ecclesiastic who had formerly seemed an old man to him was in fact scarce past the middle age. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Jules Verne All went well till they reached the middle of the Wimerra, but then the hollow deepened, and the water rose to the middle of the wheels. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas Hardy A gentleman of middle age alighted from the vehicle. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Now was the middle of night, when over half the world nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse men’s minds asleep, and none but the wolf and the murderer is abroad. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Walter Scott Her head touched the roof-tree of the house; Her middle ye well mot span: Each frighted huntsman fled the ha', And left the king alone. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]