Phrases with "miles"

The edge of the wood was near, for I could see the winter wheat, like green scenery in a theatre, stretching for miles across the cliffs, crude as painted grass. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Jules Verne The balloon had been bearing about thirty miles to the northwest during the last two hours. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

T. H. Huxley Imagine to yourself a heap of this material more than one thousand miles long, and several miles wide. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Rudyard Kipling A village of any size is about three miles long in the main street. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Two Croatian priests, who shared our compartment of the railway carriage, first drew our notice to the place, and were enthusiastic about it for many miles after it was out of sight. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Henriques succeeded in crossing the road three miles east of Main Drift. He had probably left the kraal early in the night and had tried to cross farther west, but had been deterred by the patrols. Prester John by John Buchan

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was a curiously entertaining morning and the feeling of wandering about in the same house with other people but at the same time feeling as if one were miles away from them was a fascinating thing. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

That red short-horn heifer belongs to the Butterfly Red Rose tribe; she was carried thirty miles in front of a man’s saddle the day she was calved. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Virginia Woolf Owing to one cause and another civilisation shifted its centre to a spot some four or five hundred miles to the south, and to-day Santa Marina is not much larger than it was three hundred years ago. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Isabella Bird This Kirrind valley must be fully twenty miles long by from two to five broad, but there was only one village inhabited and two in ruins. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The place is miles away from everything. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

One midsummer night a farmer’s boy living about ten miles from the city of Cincinnati was following a bridle path through a dense and dark forest. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Walter Scott When Robin Oig left the door of the alehouse, seven or eight English miles at least lay betwixt Morrison and him. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Charles Dickens Our bore was in that express train on that railway, when they made (unknown to the passengers) the experiment of going at the rate of a hundred to miles an hour. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

After leaving Rangiora, which is about 8 miles from Kaiapoi, I followed the Harewood road till it became a mere track, then a footpath, and then dwindled away to nothing at all. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Isabella Bird I rode twenty-four miles before one o’clock today, over a level uncultivated plain, bordered as usual by ranges of mountains. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson IN a little place called Le Monastier, in a pleasant highland valley fifteen miles from Le Puy, I spent about a month of fine days. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Horizons were widening; a stranger from a village five miles away was no longer looked upon as ‘a furriner’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

A. E. W. Mason Four miles on he came to the track opposite a little bay of the Lough, and, turning into it, he rode past a few white cottages up to the purple hollow of the hills. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Isabella Bird Some miles from Shashgird, far from the road, there is a large salt lake over which some stationary mists were brooding. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

D. H. Lawrence And the horrible energetic strain of peddling a bicycle over miles and miles of high-way did not attract Alvina at all. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Their father took them to the exhibition, miles and miles of weary paintings. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I did the long two miles from Windsor to and fro after dark for the one or two bright hours I spent there. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

It was during the wet season, when the commingled floods from the Murray and Tully Rivers race past the sand-spit at the rate of about four miles an hour. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle There is a caravan route, I remember, which runs parallel to the river, about seventy miles inland. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Jules Verne An hour after this it was on the banks of the Irtych. Omsk was now only fourteen miles distant. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

M. P. Shiel Twenty hours later we met behind the great saddle-shaped hummock, some six miles to the S.E. of the ship. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Jules Verne Some miles farther the wheels of the wagon plowed deep into the alluvial soil, where irregular creeks murmured in their beds, half hidden among giant reeds. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

One shall set you on your way; it is not two miles hence. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Jules Verne Soon she was within two miles of the sand-banks, which were still veiled from time to time in thick mist. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have been travelling all night, and in the still grey dawn of the winter’s morning I drive over from the junction seven miles away. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Andrew Lang While he was still about four miles distant from his palace, he noticed a white wolf squatting on the roadside, and, behold! on the head of the wolf, there was a wreath of wild flowers. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Richard Burton I resist, and we continue like children till the camels are at their speed, though we have eighty-four miles before us, and above us an atmosphere like a furnace blast. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Roberta had no more complaints to make of “sixty miles an hour and never touched the horn. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope In the afternoon they, as many of them as pleased, were to walk as far as Gobblegoose Wood, which was only three miles from the house. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope As has been before said, Medlicot’s plantation was about fourteen miles distant from the house at Boolabong, and the distance from the Gangoil house to that of the Brownbies was about the same. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Eighteen weary monotonous miles over the same plains, covered with the same tussock grass, and dotted with the same cabbage-trees. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Robert Louis Stevenson For ten miles of length, and from a depth varying from three miles to half a mile, this belt of barren country lay along the sea. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne The coast of Japan still remained less than two hundred miles to leeward. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

There was not a cloud in the sky, and every top for miles round stood out clear, except the Haripol peaks which were shut off by the highest part of the ridge I stood on. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Herman Melville Some miles brought me nigh the hills; but out of present sight of them. The Piazza by Herman Melville

William Godwin That day he dined four miles out of town, on the side of the metropolis, which was furthest from us. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

We had performed a distance of forty-two miles in three hours, and lost a fourth hour upon the wretched five miles of cross-road. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

John Lewis Burckhard The circuit of this ancient city may be about two miles and a half or three miles. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Wolfe Can you not see us now? The continental wall juts sheer and flat, its huge black shadow on the plain, and the plain sweeps out against the East, two thousand miles away. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The noise of the explosion was heard at the city of Guatemala, four hundred miles to the westward, and at Jamaica, eight hundred miles to the north-east. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle For example, the temple of Jupiter Ammon, which was one of the most considerable shrines in the world, was hundreds of miles from anywhere. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

The largest delta at present known is the Nigerian, whose base measures 155 direct geographical miles between the Rivers Kontoro east, and Benin west. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

M. P. Shiel Barc-la-Foret is a village two miles north of Coutances. I hope your friend, Mr. Rowland–Jones, continues well?,,,. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch From Porthlooe to Troy Ferry is a good six miles by the cliffs, and when he had accomplished about half the distance, he was hailed by name. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Watkin Tench Walked on to the second settlement, about two miles farther, through an uncleared country. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jules Verne There were not 20,000 miles between the comet and the earth! The calculated time of impact was 2 hours 47 minutes 35. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now that they are scattered over five miles or so, it may be a harder job. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Jules Verne The bottom of the ocean then formed a valley about 100 miles broad, in which Mont Blanc might have been placed without its summit appearing above the waves. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Mary Webb She had left it until so late that her heart shook at the idea of the many miles she must cover alone if her aunt did not ask her. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Rudyard Kipling That naygur-man dhruv miles an’ miles — as far as the new railway line they’re buildin’ now back av the Tavi river. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

It was still full two miles away; but it looked enormous—showing from this distance as a massive, low-browed, sharply defined mass of dead-white masonry. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Rudyard Kipling The first halt which the detachment of invalids made was some miles from their barracks, on the Amritsar road, and ten miles distant from my house. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson The moment he had waited for had come; and now he wished himself miles away. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Reuter’s was thirty miles ahead; two evening pennies upon camels were twenty miles behind. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells The shop windows of London were an unending marvel to me; and they would be to you too if you could remember them as I do; there must have been hundreds of miles of them, possibly thousands of miles. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Richard Burton To the South-west the plain is bounded by ridges of scoriaceous basalt, and by a buttress of rock called Jabal Ayr, like Ohod, about three miles distant from the town. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Tell me, now, how many miles will you cover in a day?’ I told him thirty at a stretch. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Isabella Bird I was half-dead with the journey of twenty-two miles at a slow foot’s pace, and was aching and cramped from the intense cold, for as twilight fell the mercury sank to 3° below zero. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He is known as the Curtal Friar of Fountain Abbey, and dwelleth in Fountain Dale.” “But,” quoth Robin, “Fountain Abbey is a good hundred miles from here. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Snaasen belongs to the big farm two miles upstream, which carries with it the best beat on the Skarso. Also there is said to be first-class ryper-shooting later in the year, and an occasional bear. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Rudyard Kipling I took a gun and went into the hot, close patch, believing that it would be an easy thing to unearth one pig in ten square miles of jungle. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Joseph Furphy So between genuine sympathy and the chance of making £500, the bush was fairly alive with people; and everyone within thirty miles was keeping a look-out. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Rudyard Kipling When one takes Heather, one must obey one’s Pict — but that wretched smoke was twenty miles distant, well over on the east coast, and the day was as hot as a bath. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Thomas Hardy They would be able to see for miles and miles from the windows. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson A couple of miles out his horse cast a shoe, and it was evening before he reached home. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Jacques Futrelle Smuggling, after all, is simple with the thousands of miles of unguarded coasts of this country. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Isabella Bird But I can only write of things as I found them, and on this journey of 300 miles from Hamadan to Urmi I heard comparatively little grumbling. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

We burnt the flats as we rode down, and made a smoke which was noticed between fifty and sixty miles off. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Florence Dixie The next day was spent in shooting wild-fowl down by a big lake which lay about a couple of miles distant from the camp. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Isabella Bird The common rate of speed is from 22 to 30 miles an hour, but there are express trains which are warranted to perform 60 in a like period. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Then in a few weeks a big factory had sprung up, but in such a position that no one on the mainland can get within two miles of it. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

He had not walked twelve miles since he was a boy, but he would force himself to finish the course, however painful it might be. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Meredith The distance between Cronidge and Moorsedge was two miles and a quarter. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

I was slowing down through Maldon, about four miles from Tollesbury Hall, when Lord Michael himself happened to come out of a shop there and, recognising me, waved to me to stop. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a good seven miles from Eyford Station.’ “‘Then we can hardly get there before midnight. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Hope Hodgson Yet had I feared that we were surely a dozen great miles off; and now I to learn that we did be scarce of two or maybe three, as I did judge. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Louis Stevenson I soon became a popular figure, and was known for miles in the country. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray It was then almost two o’clock, and we were four hours going to that place, which was about two miles from Welsh’s house. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

D. H. Lawrence He said very brusquely, in his soft mutter, No. She came from a village some miles away. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope The hounds meet tomorrow at Cecilstown, within three miles of him, and he will not leave home till near eleven. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Clement’s Green creek on River Crouch, nearest water about — say nine miles away. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Henry Kingsley Cuthbert had promised to send horses to Crediton, and a relay forty miles nearer home. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Mark Twain I was so hungry I had to stop two miles below here at a farm; so I ain’t hungry no more. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

It is situated on a level platform 9 miles north of Nkulu, and they find the stream still violent. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

William Dampier Between this low land and Point Casivina there are two considerable high islands; the southermost is called Mangera, the other is called Amapalla; and they are two miles asunder. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Jonathan Swif I cannot bid you good-night now, because I shall be twenty-five miles from this paper to-night, and so my journal must have a break; so good-morrow, etc. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

We had not brought a sufficient supply with us, and twenty-two miles to and from the Wady Dahal was a long way for camels, to say nothing of their owners and the danger of prowling Ma’ázah. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

About El–Haurá, I have said, the volcanic formations, some sixty miles inland on the parallel of El–Muwaylah, approach the coast. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

William Dampier The 19th day, being in latitude 3 degrees 25 minutes south, the south-west point of the island Nassau bore north about five miles distant. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I trotted him once for a wager ten miles against a beast double his own height, and brought him in eight minutes before the other without a hair turned. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Here were found two water-pits in a well-defined valley; the nearer some ten miles south-west of the Jebel el-Abyaz, the other about two miles further to the north-west; making a total of twelve. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Gissing Two years ago he would have walked twenty miles on a day like this, with eyes for nothing but the beauty and joy of earth. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was still a mighty noise on the distant wing, where the Prussians were pushing their way onwards, but that was two miles away. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Ben was years older than I, miles taller and broader, and it sounded like the mouse attempting to help the lion. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He wanted to be out in some cool and bitter breeze, miles above the cities, and to live serene and detached back in the corners of his mind. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Two miles farther there may be rest, if there is not shelter. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Anyone who was strong enough used to wander for miles over the downs in hopes of meeting girls. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence Then I remounted, for the last eight miles into Tafileh, where I gave Zeid his letters and some money, and went gladly to bed . Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Ann Radcliffe It is a lone dwelling on the beach, and concealed from travellers, among the forests, which spread for many miles along the coast. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George Meredith Why, you’re as quiet heer, sir, as if you was miles away, in a wood cottage, and ne’er a dog near. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne They were on the shore of Baffin’s Bay, now half-frozen over; that is to say, on the road to Europe, and three miles off the waves were dashing noiselessly on the sharp edges of the ice-field. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Andrew Lang It began at a farm called the Woods, some ten miles from Shrewsbury. First a saucepan full of eggs “jumped” off the fire in the kitchen, and the tea-things, leaping from the table, were broken. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The wind had dropped down dead at last, and in the stillness he felt as if he could have heard a mouse stir miles away. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

He was sitting in the bedroom on the second floor of a house in Tremont, over fifty miles from the Atlantic shore. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Just as we should travel down if we began our existence fifty miles above the earth’s surface. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The talk of the party was too desultory, too evanescent to follow, but at last they came to the subject of the tramp nuisance, one that had of late vexed the plantations for many miles around. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Florence Dixie Regardless of his arguments and imploring looks we rode away, determining to risk the improbable intrusion of the Indians, whose camp lay at least twenty miles distant from our own. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

I walked twenty-five miles in a vile temper, enraged at my Dutchmen, my natives, and everybody. Prester John by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence The air was full of a soft yellowness when we stepped down from the train at Cossethay. My mother insisted on walking the long two miles to the village. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson I meant to go a couple of miles down—I did indeed. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

D. H. Lawrence And then you see the desert, away below, go miles and miles, and where the canyon go, the crack where it look red! I know, I been there, working a cattle ranch. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Boots and clothes ought indeed to be strong and well made, for crossing some hundreds of miles under such circumstances. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

The Squire used to tell us of the commotion it caused, all the gentlemen for miles and miles round bestirring themselves to search out the murderers. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli Although a morning’s stroll from Cherbury through the woods, Cadurcis was distant nearly ten miles by the road, and that road was in great part impassable, save in favourable seasons. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Thomas Hardy This spot is visible for miles by day, although it does not seem so now. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Joseph Furphy Next day I would reach the station in good time, thus completing a loop journey of thirty-odd miles in four days. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

William Morris Hear a wonder! that two men of Swevenham know the wilds more than twenty miles from their own thorp. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

We were up in the bush a long way beyond Lake Frome, and more than 150 miles from the nearest hospital. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Up the Delaware swept such a tide as she had not known in all her history, and the lower part of even Tremont, over fifty miles from the coast, was inundated by its far-flung rage. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

But not the Countess. Some days ago she took the bit between her teeth, and started to march on Krovolin. My information is that to-night she is encamped less than ten miles from this city. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

It’s at least twenty-seven miles to Portaway, but we needn’t get there to-night. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Jack London And ever out of the north-east the brave wind blows, driving us on our course two hundred and fifty miles between the dawns. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H. G. Wells Mr. Barnstaple used it to come up to the office from Sydenham because it did thirty-three miles to the gallon and was ever so much cheaper than a season ticket. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Was she not the richest heiress for miles and miles around? No slander can tarnish the brilliancy of a fortune of more than a million in hard cash. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

A younger man who had been at school with him, having come out for his health, travelled some hundreds of miles to see Carmichael, whose conversation struck him absolutely dumb. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

We supposed that we should be carried in chairs six miles through the jungle to a point where a gharrie could meet us, and that we should reach the Residency by nine tonight at the latest. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Rudyard Kipling A cool breath from the snows met us about five miles out of Kalka, and she whined for her coat, wisely fearing a chill on the liver. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

They were married at the Cathedral by the archdeacon and now live ‘hunneds and hunneds’ of miles out-back. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jules Verne It was on the 17th of May, about 500 miles from Heart’s Content, at a depth of more than 1,400 fathoms, that I saw the electric cable lying on the bottom. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Ford Madox Ford Imagine doing it with lorries, that could be heard five miles away! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Could hardly be other to his old Franklin. But what’s the good? Eyes, voice, everything’s miles away. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The hostler had not long to wonder why the rider pushed his beast at so furious a pace, and how he came to have heard him, as he now calculated, at least three miles away. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Isabella Bird Everywhere, even twenty miles inland, and up among the woods, ships may be seen in course of construction. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Isabella Bird At the gate we learned that it was two miles farther to the British Legation, and that there was no way for me to get there but on horseback. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope I used to hear that the six miles had been done in fifteen minutes. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

She would stay every inch of the three miles easily; my only fear was that she had a very nervous temperament and was liable to get easily upset, especially in the early part of the journey. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

It seemed a wonderful thing to get this news of my old friend out of the darkness four thousand miles from where I had known him. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Meredith This was not Rose’s fault but there is no doubt among the faculty that love is a contagious disease, and we ought not to come within miles of the creatures in whom it lodges. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Cartridges were handed out, fifty to a man, and then the ranks were formed and we strapped our kits on our backs and set out for the front line, about three miles away. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

It was very pleasant to see a man walking gravely in one street, and as quick as thought to see him over the rock, settled in another, perhaps two miles distant. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

He lived ten miles from the road; but hearing of our approach, he had sent these men to take his dues. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Locusts are sometimes blown to great distances from the land; I myself caught one 370 miles from the coast of Africa, and have heard of others caught at greater distances. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Edgar Rice Burroughs Far ahead, miles and miles away, I saw a great valley and mighty woods, and beyond these a broad expanse of water. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

These roll superbly through enormous sheets of sand, unite and approach the mainland in one stately stream three miles in breadth. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Thomas Hardy Yet all the while King George and his court were at his favourite sea-side resort, not more than five miles off. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne During the four hours of daylight that still remained, the travelers rode about twenty-one miles from the river mouth. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Against these we beat slowly up to Santa Barbara — a distance of about ninety miles — in three days. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H.G. Wells My house lies yonder not a couple of miles from here. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Isabella Bird She contains more miles of railway than all the rest of the world put together. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

R. D. Blackmore It is not like the summer nights, when I can see you six miles off, with the moon upon the sails, and the land out of the way. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins I shall be thousands of miles from England and English news at that date. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Rudyard Kipling There are low hills on every side, and twelve miles away bearing south the blue bulk of the holy hill of Parasnath, greatest of the Jaim Tirthankars, overlooks the world. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Virginia Woolf At their age, he thought, he had been alone on a farm sixty miles from a white man, in control of a herd of sheep. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells There are wide regions of London, miles of streets of houses, that appear to have been originally designed for prosperous-middle-class homes of the early Victorian type. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope And about twenty miles beyond Nobble were the new and now much reputed Ahalala diggings, at which they purposed to make their first debut. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

We might take Oxford by a bold stroke, but we should be scattered long before we were twenty miles on the London road. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

William Dampier There are 2 or 3 small low sandy keys or islands within this reef, about 3 miles from the main island. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Henry James The fatigue of traversing, as I habitually do, three or four hundred miles at a bound, is of course considerable; but there is usually much to feed the mind by the way. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Wilkie Collins Simple Sally, miles away in the Home, made her appearance in the library, nevertheless. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jack London Always, they broke camp in the dark, and the first gray of dawn found them hitting the trail with fresh miles reeled off behind them. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

We may safely assume that under such circumstances their rate of flight would often be 35 miles an hour; and some authors have given a far higher estimate. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

It was away south in Bavaria, and so far as I could make out less than fifty miles from the Danube. That cheered me enormously. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Two or three square miles of ground brought up out of the sea, down by the village of Cayme and out towards Land’s End. The stuff is out there. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson As I came out, to ride home, the search-lights of the curacoa were lightening on the horizon from many miles away, and next morning she came in. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

When his wife died he was curate-incharge of a remote Lincolnshire parish, not twenty miles from that watery region at the mouth of the Humber, that Epworth which John Wesley’s renown had glorified. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Everything was strange and silent and she seemed to be hundreds of miles away from any one, but somehow she did not feel lonely at all. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Now, since she had come two thousand miles and had passed without a sign, not even his unconscious self need cling to the past any longer. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was flat for six miles along the plain to the city: and you see for the greater part of the way the purple mount on which the Acropolis rises, and the gleaming houses of the town spread beneath. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Karl Philipp Moritz We were still two-and-twenty miles from Birmingham, and ninety-four from London. I need not tell you what our feelings were, on thus setting our feet on classic ground. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu We must now see how Sir Reginald’s little dinner-party, not a score of miles away, went off only two days later. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jules Verne It must be owned, we have been strangely unfortunate thus far! And when I think of six hundred miles to cross with women and a child!” . The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Ford Madox Ford Five miles out, under his nose . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

John Lewis Burckhard The island, as far as I could judge, is about eight miles in circumference; on its north-east side, and close to it, is a much smaller one. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Rudyard Kipling It was going some five miles across country to bring home from church some one — I could not catch the name — because his own carriage-horses were lame. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Arthur Machen Which way did the girl go?” “Her path would take her right across those wild hills above the house: the nearest point in the track must be about two miles from here. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

Miles Franklin There was one gate to go through, about four miles from the house. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins After walking two miles or a little more, they altered their course, and made for the high-road to Manchester, entering on it at a point some thirty miles distant from the city. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

The chase was a long one, and when my aunt at last ran the bird to a standstill she was nearer home than she was to the shooting party; she had left that some five miles behind her. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Considering that Cairo was 450 miles away, that 268 miles of this distance had to be done on foot, and that the trains went only once a day, we thought this a very creditable speed. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have never been very friendly with this Charpentier; and now for twenty miles of the way I could not draw a word from him. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Algernon Blackwood The soundlessness of ocean, miles below the surface, was about him. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Their nearest neighbour towered high above them on the other side of the valley, due south, some five miles distant. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle No French force was within fifty miles of him, and yet morning after morning he had to listen to a black report of sentries found dead at their posts, or of foraging parties which had never returned. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Thirty miles of forest shut it off from the sight of an indifferent world, and the noise of the white surf along the coast overpowered the voice of fame. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

An aeroplane from Southend, only eight miles distant, was telephoned for to fetch them in the morning. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

The house stood almost on the summit of a swell of moorland which crowned a sort of plateau, and there was no higher point nearer than the big hills six miles off. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Willa Cather Blake stayed with the cattle about fifteen miles to the east, where the grass was still good, and Rapp and I went down to air out the cabin and stow away our winter supplies. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jules Verne The level of the waters was sensibly rising, and less than two miles off the gigantic wave reared its crested head. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Sinclair Lewis In this land of new houses and new red barns and blazing miles of wheat, it seemed mysterious with antiquity. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

T. E. Lawrence She took two days to reach Wejh. Feisal, with Joyce, Newcombe, and all the army, was at Jeida, one hundred miles inland. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The nearest inhabited schloss of any historic associations, is that of old General Spielsdorf, nearly twenty miles away to the right. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Dare and he seemed many miles apart. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Jules Verne Seven miles to the southwest of Callander opened a slanting tunnel, adorned with a castellated entrance, turrets and battlements. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

It stands on the eastern bank, close against the river, about two miles south of Karnak and nearly opposite the famous sitting Colossi of the Western plain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]