Phrases with "middle"

William Makepeace Thackeray And that pretty, roguish, demure, middle one. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the middle of the morning. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. John Picardo was no longer a stout and choleric gentleman of somewhat past middle age. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Ostensibly the characters are working-class people, but their habits, the interiors of their houses, their clothes, their outlook and, above all, their speech arc entirely middle class. Collected Essays by George Orwell

A woman of middle height, with a fine figure, a wealth of fair hair, and an aquiline nose of the true patrician type, her admirers said. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He awoke to instant action and, seizing the big axe, hurled it into the middle of the stream. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Not the least of her attractions, in the eyes of a male relative of middle age, was a certain solid sanity that showed through every crevice of her wayward nature. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Jules Verne They can’t be here till about the middle of the night, so the best thing we can do is to get a good bed and a good supper ready for them. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The truth was that all the impressions of a last day at home were bitten in on his brain as by acid, in the very middle of his swaggering gusto. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Olaf Stapledon In the early middle period of the world empire, while innovation was still possible, a group of physiologists and surgeons had devized a method which, it was hoped, would settle the matter for ever. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Jacques Futrelle He was a little beyond middle age, pleasant of face, white of hair, and blessed with guileless blue eyes. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

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 Maupassant I caught hold of the bridle, led the horse to the ferryboat, made him walk into it, and pushed the boat into the middle of the stream. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I am now at middle age, well, well, a step or two beyond the midmost point, and I care not a fig who knows it! — a bachelor, with no very decided purpose of ever being otherwise. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Baldwin Spencer In the above tradition and in those concerned with the middle Alcheringa period, we can see how this is accounted for by the natives. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Neither marry in middle life, when a woman is seen to be but a woman and her talk a weariness, so you will not be burdened with a wife in your old age. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

H. G. Wells The middle ones were so thick they kept putting out groups of stars. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

He was of noble appearance: a large, handsome head with silver grey hairs setting off a portly figure well above middle height. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Mark Twain Leaving New York about June 1st, a middle and pleasant route will be taken across the Atlantic, and passing through the group of Azores, St. Michael will be reached in about ten days. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing But you’re a man of middle age, and I should like to see you in some fixed way of life before I go. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

It was the middle of December, when Cortes, having completed all his arrangements, set out on his return to Tlascala, ten or twelve leagues distant. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Eliot It was a moment as delicious to me as the waking up to a consciousness of youth after a dream of middle age. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

See you not I am talking to the mistress?” Marion resumed her elasticity with a grimace, made two little bounds into the middle of the floor, and there turned a pirouette. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

In middle life the absence of reason begins perhaps to be felt; but why in youth take thought for such a far-off morrow! “I hope he will,” said Ruth, half to herself. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

H. G. Wells The decisive struggle which persuaded him to despair of me, turned upon the measurement of the vibrations of a tuning fork giving the middle C of an ordinary piano. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He was a little below middle height, and all muffled in a thick coat with a fur collar. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Jack London His newspapers were published in all the large cities, and they appealed to the perishing middle class and to the proletariat. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Visions of Ancient Mariners and Christabels do not revisit the mature man, and the Toryism of middle life will hardly inspire odes to anything. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There would be no middle course. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Virginia Woolf The person, whatever the name or sex, was about middle height, very slenderly fashioned, and dressed entirely in oyster-coloured velvet, trimmed with some unfamiliar greenish-coloured fur. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

William Morris I will go straightway if thou wilt, lady; but give me a length of twine so that I may tie my catch about my middle when I swim back again. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Arthur Morrison The High Mobsmen moved up toward the middle of the court, and some from the two groups spread and pushed back the crowd. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was the middle window of the laboratory. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Mark Twain We cleared everything out of the way, about four or five foot along the middle of the bottom log. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf It was the middle of February. The roofs of Hampstead Garden Suburb lay in a tremulous haze. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was considerably beyond the middle age, rather corpulent, with a broad, fat, tallow-complexioned countenance. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

The middle of the hand — didn’t you know? That’s where the god goes in and out. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Radclyffe Hall If you won’t consent to coming to London I shall have to go somehow, just the same, but I shan’t go until the middle of August, and I want you to think it over in the meantime. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

T. H. Huxley 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. Essays by T. H. Huxley

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]

Anthony Trollope Arkwright had his baby sleeping in his arms, but he sat there for hours — into the middle of the long night — without speaking a word to any one. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

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

Arnold Bennett After all it was scarcely conceivable that they should be living in the very middle of a dirty, ugly, industrial town simply because Constance mulishly declined to move. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Andrew Lang You must go on along this road till it forks into three; take neither the right hand nor the left, but the middle path. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett This room too was a bedroom, rather smaller than the middle one, and having only one window, but furnished with the same dubious opulence. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

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 Kingsley Even while he looked a big tear fell plump into the middle of A H; so the Doctor came quietly in and said — “Can’t you manage it, Sam?” Sam shook his head. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Gertrude Stein It is eleven weeks from the middle of September. Total recollect others. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

William Godwin When Mary had arrived at about the middle of her work, she was seized with a temporary fit of torpor and indolence, and began to repent of her undertaking. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

You don’t know the middle classes as well as I do. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Tobias Smolle His thighs and middle were cased in a monstrous pair of brown trunk breeches, which the keeper bought for his use from the executor of a Dutch seaman who had lately died in the jail. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Elfrida had taken half a dozen steps into the middle of the room, steps so instinct with effect that already as many heads were turned to look at her. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Wilkie Collins Sir Jervis explained again: ‘She’s all to pieces in the morning’ (he invariably called his sister ‘She’); ‘and gets patched up toward the middle of the day. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. Rider Haggard His revolver he strapped on round his middle outside the armoured shirt. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

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]

H. G. Wells They are indeed largely a squeezed-out middle class, restless, impatient and as we shall see extremely dangerous. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins In my present critical situation, no such refuge as a middle course lay before me — even if I had been inclined to take it. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Julia’s soul is in a very ticklish state; she wavers as yet between this world and the other world; and it won’t do; it won’t do; there is no middle path. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You, in your sedate middle age, do need a little looking after, sometimes, you know—somebody with the common sense of youth. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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]

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]

Dona Rita from the middle of the room asked me recklessly loud: “Tell me! Wasn’t he born to be laughed at?” I didn’t answer her. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

So one can with Dickens, but what emerges, as usual, is that he is more inclined to identify himself with the middle class than with the proletariat. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Miles Franklin The sash was so long and my middle inches so few that I had to put the sash twice around me, and then it covered me to the armpits, and the ends of the big bow fell to the hem of my skirt. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He was rather over the middle size; because he was slight made, he always looked rather tall than not. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The Stagyrite most justly, and possibly with a view to my case, placed virtue in the [Greek: to meson] or middle point between two extremes. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was a man of something apparently less than middle age, with smooth fair hair and face, which the hand of time seemed to have treated kindly. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

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]

We know from internal evidence that Tristram Shandy was begun in the early days of 1759; and the first two volumes were probably completed by about the middle of the year. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Karl Philipp Moritz Into this boat my guide desired me to step, and lay myself down in it quite flat; because, as he said, towards the middle of the river, the rock would almost touch the water. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

William Hope Hodgson It was our middle watch on deck, and the ship was full of the blow and hum of the wind aloft. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James I’m awfully conservative and I know what respectability is, even when I meet people of society on the accidental middle ground of either glowering or smirking. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Then he passed into the front room, and spoke for some minutes with Michael Hanborough, a steady little man of middle age, who had been with Mr. Paul over twenty years. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Samuel Johnson The only difficulty is in the choice of examples and illustrations; and it is not easy in such exuberance of matter to find the middle point between penury and satiety. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins Mine was the middle watch that night. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

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]

The page may come in the very middle of the book, perhaps; perhaps almost at the end. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

She was a clean, tidy woman of middle age, never seen out of a muslin cap with a wide border and a black bow, a handkerchief crossed over her shoulders, and a checked apron. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

But they could discern nothing but a man of middle height, dressed in black, apparently of a certain age, for the end of a gray beard peeped out from the bottom of the mask that hid his features. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Give them a little more time, for there’ll be your greatest danger; the appendix when they’re young, ulcers in middle age and growths as they grow old. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing The middle girl, dear Grace — she is thought very clever in water-colours, and I am quite sure, if it were necessary, she could pursue the arts in a professional spirit. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The middle of the room, he judged, and took another step forward, a step which landed his chin sharply against the jutting edge of the mantelshelf over the fireplace. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Jules Verne He was broad-shouldered and of middle height, and though his features were coarse, his face was so full of intelligence and energy and decision, that he gave one a favorable impression. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

But they would get it because in English law there was no middle course. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Elizabeth Gaskell Her eyes were on that late-blowing rose as she was trying to answer; and she had caught the idea of the vivid beauty of the feathery leaves of the carrots in the very middle of his last sentence. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald That — is the great middle class!” The big man with a broad grin on his face leaned over and smiled at the little man. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Baldwin Spencer The majority of them had the down plastered over their chests, shoulders, and upper parts of their arms and backs and a line of white running down the middle of the abdomen (Fig. 29). Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Rudyard Kipling As luck ‘ud have it, there was a fishing-party in the bay, and we walked slam into the middle of ’em — a most ungodly collection of local talent. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

H. G. Wells Elizabeth walked along the passage towards the staircase that ascended to the motionless middle way, too dulled by misery to think. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jacques Futrelle A closed cab came wriggling and squirming up Fifth Avenue. As it reached the middle of Thirty-fourth Street Mr. Wynne raised his hand, and the cab drew up beside him. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Guy de Maupassant The road with a gentle winding reached the middle of the forest. The Corsican Bandit by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

The frontiers are so vague that one is obliged to recognize a middle species, or rather a middle magnitude, which paradoxically, but necessarily enough, we call the novelette. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

If you would not serve with Wallingham the greatness of Britain you were held to favour going over to the United States; there was no middle course. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

M. P. Shiel So, looking round the globe toward the middle of November, he could observe scarcely a nation which he could not, by scribbling a telegram, crush out of recognition. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Sir Walter Scott The dress of this monarch, together with his personal appearance, is thus described by a contemporary:— “He was of a middle stature, more corpulent through [i. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

As nearly as I can remember it occured in August — about the middle of August, 1869 or ’70. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

So far I had not had much opportunity of observing him; now, however, I found him a tall, well-set-up young Englishman of the higher middle class. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson It was here long and solitary; with a man-o’- war’s boat drawn up about the middle of the prospect, and an officer in charge and pacing the sands like one who waited. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

He is about the middle height. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

William Morris The said wardens, both carle and quean, were goodly folk of middle age, stalwart, and kind of face. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Henry James The implements of the little feast had been disposed upon the lawn of an old English country-house, in what I should call the perfect middle of a splendid summer afternoon. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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 Eliot Some middle course might be possible, which would be a less evil than a costly lawsuit, or than the total renunciation of the estates. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Samuel Johnson These geese seem to be of a middle race, between the wild and domestick kinds. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

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

He was of middle size and of ordinary build. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Charles Dickens But she lost her youth in a very few months; she looked set and middle aged long before she ought to have done; and rarely smiled and never sang again. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Henry James He was a man of middle age, clad in a greasy bonnet with false-looking ear-locks depending from its sides. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

The Ravensbrook went meandering across the middle of these, now between steep banks, and now with wide shallows at the bends where the cattle waded and drank. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon But I can’t help fearing that the general stiffening that sets in in middle age will reverse the process. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

So he became the assistant of a doctor with a large panel practice in the industrial district of West Ham. His employer, Dr. Harvey Brice, was a bustling, merry little man of middle age. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Ivan Turgenev In the very middle of an astoundingly dirty square rises a diminutive yellowish edifice with black holes in it, and in these holes sit men in big caps making a pretence of buying and selling. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Francis Bacon The rays of the sun in what is called the middle region of the air do not give heat; for which there is commonly assigned not a bad reason, viz. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

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

Samuel Johnson She is a woman of middle stature, soft features, gentle manners, and elegant presence. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The house was of two stories, long and low, and stood in the very middle of the garden. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

George Eliot In that dark time of December, the sale of the household furniture lasted beyond the middle of the second day. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

D. H. Lawrence He seemed settling down to an easy contented middle age, when the unrest on the farm and development of his children quickened him with fresh activity. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

We walked slowly down the shady west side, near the middle of which my companion halted. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

His upper vestment was discarded, and a whitish apron flowed gracefully down his middle man. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

D. H. Lawrence But, being solid Scotch middle class, she loathed any ‘lowering’ of oneself or the family. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

He found her a hard-faced angular woman of middle age, with cold fish-like eyes, and thin lips, pressed very tightly together. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Reuben looked at Reuben. The bear was fastened to the post by a rusty chain that went round his middle and his foot. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H. G. Wells Most people in this world seem to live “in character”; they have a beginning, a middle and an end, and the three are congruous one with another and true to the rules of their type. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Its mighty machinery was forged and put together, not on middle earth, but either above or below. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He was apparently of middle age, dark and uncommonly handsome. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

This was the middle of November and the light was gray, filtered through gray clouds. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Sir Richard Burton Presently the ship anchored and landed ten slaves, blackamoors, bearing iron hoes and baskets, who walked on till they reached the middle of the island. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Andrew Lang And she had heard the middle voice of the Middle Bear, but it was only as if she had heard someone speaking in a dream. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Vanel was visibly overcome, and advanced into the middle of the cabinet, bowing to everything and everybody. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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

It represented a small yacht at anchor below some woods, with the owner standing on deck in his shirt sleeves: a well-knit, powerful man, young, of middle height, clean shaved. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

T. E. Lawrence To hold a middle point of the railway would be expensive for the holding force might be threatened from each side. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

M. P. Shiel There seemed no middle course now: if there was a wind, it was a storm: if there was not a storm, no leaf stirred, not a roughening zephyr ran the water. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

You’d knock him into the middle of next week in no time. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Wilkie Collins The lieutenant was of middle age, tall and comely. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

James Joyce Has he not nearer home a seedfield that lies fallow for the want of the ploughshare? A habit reprehensible at puberty is second nature and an opprobrium in middle life. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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]

I take it that Alexander, as usual, has the wrong end of the stick — from the look of him he appears to have felt both ends of it, and the middle too. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

D. H. Lawrence It stood above, aside, a very pleasant stucco building from the middle of the eighteenth century. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

The middle period must fight for itself. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Abraham Merri Out from the middle of this ring stretched a tentacle — writhing, undulating like a serpent of steel, four score yards at least in length. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

I caught it, and hurled it into the middle of the room. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

It is from Swanson, and notifies us that a record of a marriage between Benjamin Orcutt — Mr. Orcutt’s middle name was Benjamin — and Mary Mansell can be found in the old town books. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

James Hogg The moment that Robin saw them, he kenned, by their movements, that they were craws o’ some ither warld than this; so he signed himself, and crap into the middle o’ his bourock. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

H. G. Wells There is a quite excellent middle way. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Aubrey describes him as of middle stature, strong, well-set, with quick, fiery hazel eyes, and thick curly hair. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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

The middle classes have got it screwed into their cultivated heads that education levels class differences. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Sigmund Freud For the present, I will only remark that one thing that strikes us middle — class plebeians about the aristocracy is that they like to put themselves in the driver's seat. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

There was no middle state between that intense activity of brain and the coma or semi-delirium which resulted from opiates. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Leon Trotsky In Lenin’s eyes, our victory over Yudenich took on even greater importance because toward the middle of October he had thought it quite out of the question. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Morrison When they came about the middle of the bridge, the woman turned suddenly. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy It is only a month today to the time!” She did not answer, but, without lifting her dress, waded between the dewy rows of tall potato-green into the middle of the plot where he was. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Rafael Sabatini They were seated upon a sort of staircase that followed the slope of the oar, running from the gangway in the vessel’s middle down to the shallow bulwarks. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

And as each name was mentioned the bearer turned outwards from the middle of the ring and, still holding hands with the others, went on revolving. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Guy de Maupassan The middle shelf held all her linen, and on the upper one there was a box of Albert biscuits, a drop of brandy at the bottom of a bottle, and a few small lumps of sugar in a cup. The Debt (Fanny) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Antony and Lepidus were men old in craft — Antony in middle life, and Lepidus somewhat older. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

As he looked hard at us in rotation, especially at the guard and station-master, who had not been in the carriage, the lady gave a shriek, and threw the dog into the middle of the room. Going through the Tunnel by Ellen Wood [1869]

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

He sat down on a tombstone until it was the middle of the night. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

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]

Rudyard Kipling We came through in the early mornin’ havin’ been awake the night through, and we dhruv sheer into the middle av the mess. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

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

Baldwin Spencer The middle series has two dark red bands, and, between them, a broader light red crossed by white lines. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Andrew Lang By drinking this liquid, says the old Frenchman, one is insensibly brought back from old to middle age, and to youth and boyhood. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

But she intimated further that should the promenade extend into the middle of next week all the better. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It was the same landlady also; I knew her as soon as she opened the door; a slender, faded woman, long past middle life, with a pink flush on her thin cheeks, and something of the lady about her. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Ah! what a day of disappointments it was! The figure which, after a moment’s pause in the doorway, now advanced somewhat hesitatingly toward him, was that of a man a little past middle age. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

George Gissing I should rather like to live in the very middle of the town, like this. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

D. H. Lawrence I am young still, Madeleine, not even come to middle age. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

The middle man is frequently ignored, the trust dealing directly, or nearly so, with the consumer. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

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

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]

Jack London As regards their political and governmental power, I’ll take that up later, along with the political and governmental power of the whole middle class. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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]

But it was just as if a crime-riddled man of middle age were suddenly confronted with his own photograph as an earnest, idealistic youth. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Andrew Lang Then she stole back, and went down to the parlour fire, and put the hide into the middle of it till it was all fine ashes. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Suddenly, in the very middle of saying something, I felt — it is very hard to describe what I felt, though I remember it with the utmost vividness. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But the great bulk of the party, and the Cabinet, with Mr. Gladstone at their head, preferred a middle course. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Olaf Stapledon For, though I had no further use for him as an exploratory instrument, it was my intention to watch the way in which his Neptunian tincture would influence him in middle age and senility. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope He was well made, active, and somewhat broad in the shoulders, though rather below the middle height. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton My own ancestry, as far as I know, was purely middle class; though my family belonged to the same group as this little aristocratic nucleus I do not think there was any blood-relationship with it. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

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

The portrait was that of a man who might be somewhat advanced in middle life, perhaps forty-seven or forty-eight. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

George Meredith Lakelands feared nothing: the entry into Lakelands was decreed for the middle of April. Those good creatures enclosed the poor woman and nourished her on comfortable fiction. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Walter Scott He was of middle stature, strong and coarsely made, with harsh and severe features, indicative, however, of much natural sagacity and depth of thought. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

G. K. Chesterton The whole glory of that old English middle class was that it was unconscious; its excellence was entirely in that, that it was the culture of the nation, and that it did not know it. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Gissing After tea the company was joined by a lady of middle age, who, for about two years, had acted as governess to the girls. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The wall in front, which dates from the middle ages, is eight feet thick; it has been hollowed out inside, so as to provide a secret chamber twenty feet in height but only two in width. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

D. H. Lawrence It had a long handle, and a piece of brown paper round the middle of it, like a waistcoat. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

When used for special purposes, the upper part rests in the hollow of the palm with the fore and middle fingers protruded. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Many came to Mrs. Courtenay for comfort and sympathy in the servitude with hard labour of middle age, and none came in vain. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He was a happy-looking man of middle age and it was evident, from his surroundings, that Fate and Life were dealing kindly with him. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

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