Phrases with "moments"

From my own experience may be drawn proof of the contention that birds do practise defensive and offensive tactics, and also that they have their moments of unreflecting play. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anna Katherine Green The moments he had spent in hiding behind one pedestal had evidently failed to suggest that another man might have been in hiding behind the other. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

D. H. Lawrence His moment of sheer thrill with the two Chatterleys, when he simply carried Connie and Clifford away, was one of the supreme moments of Michaelis’ life. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton There were moments when he would have liked to affirm his freedom in however commonplace a way: moments when the vulgarest way would have seemed the most satisfying. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Virginia Woolf Of all the moments in the day he liked this best, when he stood and looked out into the garden. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Gissing Yet there came moments of revolt, when she rose and looked at herself in the mirror, and asked——But for Olga, she would have tried to shape her own destiny. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Her visage was habitually doleful, but contracted itself at moments into a grin of quaint drollery, which betrayed her for something of a humorist. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins Speaking from a mother’s experience of him, I know that he must have written the passages produced in moments of uncontrollable depression and despair. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Caroline Lamb Many moments passed in entire silence. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Got it all right? Good!” Mainwaring was not followed, and so in a very few moments after the half-hour, Belt was pouring out his tale. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

After sleeping, my retrospection is as perfect as it is between two successive waking moments of my time. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Kate Chopin As their stay at Grand Isle drew near its close, she felt that she could not give too much time to a diversion which afforded her the only real pleasurable moments that she knew. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Nay, there are moments when I think I can conquer all selfish feeling and rejoice for her sake that she has escaped me. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

In preparation for or against that form of action the States of Europe are spending now such moments of uneasy leisure as they can snatch from the labours of factory and counting-house. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jules Verne During the few moments of calm she began to ascend, but the heavy pull soon drew her back, and she sunk like a ship as she founders. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Frances Hodgson Burnett In moments of fatigue I revert to the days of Queen Anne with pleasure. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton Her habit of resolutely facing the facts, in her rare moments of introspection, did not now allow her to put any false gloss on the situation. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Henry James The moonbeams and silver threads presented at moments all the vision of what poor she might have made of happiness. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

George Elio It seemed as if playing massive chords — bringing out volumes of sound, would be the easiest way of passing the long feverish moments before twelve o’clock. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

And you say in his leisure moments the worthy man was a poacher?” “Yes, monsieur, and it was he who taught me to lay a snare and ground a line. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James He was surprised that he shouldn’t be in love with Miriam Rooth and considered at moments of leisure the causes of his exemption. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

It had the power to drive me out of my conception of existence, out of that shelter each of us makes for himself to creep under in moments of danger, as a tortoise withdraws within its shell. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Lorenzo, before He could determine on his reply, past some moments in reflection. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Henry James The moments stood before him in their turn; each one was distinct. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Women find their inspiration in the stress of moments that for us are merely awful, absurd, or futile. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Gissing Far below sounded the rushing Ure, and at moments there came upon the fitful breeze a deeper music, that of the falls at Aysgarth, miles away. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Those aspects of her face which had answered to the purest moments of his rapturous youth were as present as if she had been his daily companion. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The living together through these few thrilling moments of adventure could scarcely fail, at any rate, to foster the spirit of comradeship. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Virginia Woolf The English dictionary, to which we always turn in moments of dilemma, confirms us in our doubts. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Henry James The young men, her companions, gazed at her and grinned: I could see there were very few moments of the day at which young men, these or others, would not be so occupied. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

George Eliot But the determination was kept latent in these first moments by the heart-crushing sense that now at last she and Tito must be confessedly divided in their wishes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Bram Stoker At moments some mountainous mass of flesh surged up through the narrow orifice, as though forced by a measureless power through an opening infinitely smaller than itself. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

H. G. Wells He stared stupidly for some moments at these things and then stood up abruptly; he grasped the arm of this shouting person. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Gissing At moments she fancied so; she saw her position as wholly reasonable, void of anxiety; she was about to marry the man she liked and respected—safest of all forms of marriage. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Paxton–Smith, as the tense moments flew by, felt full of admiration for his beautiful client. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Henry James At moments it seemed to her that she believed him, and that to do what she was doing, a girl must indeed be bad. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

James Joyce He had a quiet toneless voice and urbane manners and on a finger of his plump clean hand he displayed at moments a signet ring. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Edith Wharton But even at such moments — moments which he invited and caressed — she did not bring him nearer to his wife. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Margaret Oliphant He took some moments to recover himself, ere, with a pang in his heart, he began his dull sermon. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope She had devoted herself to this old man who was now dead, and there had been moments in which she had thought that that sufficed. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

These were precious moments in her eyes, worth all the pain they occasioned, — well worth the struggle she made for the repetition. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence With Mrs. Morel it was one of those still moments when the small frets vanish, and the beauty of things stands out, and she had the peace and the strength to see herself. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James I did see her again; I see her now; I shall see her always; I shall continue to feel at moments in my own facial muscles the deadly little ache of her heroic grin. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

George Gissing Such moments do not come often to the best of us, perhaps in very truth do not repeat themselves. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Algernon Blackwood And this strange youth has spent his time, his best years, mark you his creative years, feeling with the elemental forces of Nature until he has actually becomes at moments one with them. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Fewer are about, and they spend leisure moments on the top of or near the nests, while others pop in and out. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton The external aspect of the situation had vanished for him as completely as for her: he felt it only as one of those rare moments which lift the veil from their faces as they pass. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Mersham took some moments to adjust himself to the new situation. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Of late years these morbid moments of disillusionment had begun to be more frequent. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In those few moments the greater tragedy scarcely existed for him. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Gaston Leroux Ah, Sire, there were moments when on her mystic face one could read the wild joy and devotion of the martyr. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Here was a piece of excitement indeed; never in my most imaginative moments had I thought of anything so mysterious as this. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope But now no allusions whatever were made to his powers of speech, and Phineas in his modest moments began to be more amazed than ever that he should find himself seated in that chamber. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Victor drew close to the table, and listened for some moments to the breathing of the sleeper. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence The moments of relaxation are rare and most carefully chosen. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon But at the same time it was necessary to observe him closely, for the moments of his life which would be of supreme interest to me were now at hand. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

What on earth is only in the happiest moments of friendship or love was now normal. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Willa Cather Nothing made the McGregors so uncomfortable and so wrathful as the tender moments which sometimes overtook the Marselluses in public. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Edith Wharton Every heightening of emotion produced for her a new effusion of beauty in visible things, and with it the sense that such moments should be lingered over and absorbed like some unrenewable miracle. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Trollope So thus there had been moments in which Linda had felt that it would be comfortable to be always ill. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Radclyffe Hall The staunchest of allies, the most fickle of lovers, she seemed likely enough to end up in a workhouse, with her generous financial apologies which at moments made pretty large holes in her savings. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall You never knew it, but at moments I did; you were helping the place to hold me. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Leslie Stephen And, indeed, with all his delinquencies, and with all his affectations, there are moments in which we forget to preserve the correct tone of moral indignation. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Ann Radcliffe After many weary moments of impatience to Alleyn, and of expectation to the Earl, the night at length arrived on which hung the event of all their hopes. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Ivan Turgenev You have helped me to bear terrible moments . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Ann Radcliffe She arose, and tenderly embracing Emilia, their tears for some moments flowed together. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Virginia Woolf She lost herself sometimes in such deep reverie that Cassandra, pausing, could look at her for moments unperceived. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

It was, in short, one of the worst fires he had ever known, and the heat and blaze had at moments evidently dazed him. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Thomas Hardy Henchard, who treated her kindly, except in moments of irritation, sent at once for the richest, busiest doctor, whom he supposed to be the best. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope The period at which these monthly missives arrived were moments of intense anxiety, and the letter was seized upon with eager avidity. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford There were moments when he seemed to be coming back to her; there were moments when she was within a hair of yielding to her physical passion for him. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing At moments he was possessed with the desire of going straightway to London, and making Earwaker the confidant of all his folly. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy Throughout the meal Louis sat like a spider in the corner of his web, observing them narrowly, and at moments flinging out an artful thread here and there, with a view to their entanglement. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Marcel Prous Parfois ma jalousie renaissait dans des moments où je ne me souvenais plus d’Albertine, bien que ce fût d’elle alors que j’étais jaloux. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

But her bad moments were not many. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Edith Wharton Vance looked at her as if he were looking for the first time; there was a veiled radiance in her face which he had seen in it only once or twice, in moments of passionate surrender. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edith Wharton There were even moments when she was conscious of having to pay her way. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Tous les grands élèves s’étaient assis comme lui sur la table, à revers, les pieds sur le banc, ainsi que nous faisions dans les moments de grand répit et de réjouissance. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Victor Hugo At moments we seem to discern a reclamation of the elements, some vain effort of chaos to reassert itself over creation. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James But meanwhile, as I say, her heart beat faster; and if she sat for some moments thoughtful — she presently forgot Mrs. Touchett’s observation — it was not because she had lost an admirer. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I had at one time spent some rather soulful moments with him, but these had not lasted long and had somehow been suddenly clouded over. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

His face purpled with a rage greater than that awakened by the presumptuous Numbers, his mouth worked horribly, and it was some moments before he could sufficiently control his voice to speak. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Borrow Oh, what dreary moments I passed! My only amusement — and it was a sad one — was to look at the things which once belonged to my beloved, and which were now in my possession. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Edith Wharton Husband and wife had grown closer to each other since they had come to St. Moritz, and in the brief moments she could give him Undine was now always gay and approachable. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Henry James He looked at Bernard for some moments intently, with a singular expression. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope But in moments such as those, soft words may be spoken and hands may be pressed without any of that meaning which soft words and the grasping of hands generally carry with them. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis These moments of driving were the only times when he was alone. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James He has his moments — when he seems to say his prayers to me; but we’ve had some success in cutting them down. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope Something, however, was arranged in those intercalary moments between the raising of the glasses. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Nay, in moments like this I almost do believe. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Henry James It was some moments before he was able to speak. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Ann Radcliffe Bonarmo sprang to meet him; he was pale and breathless, and some moments elapsed before he could speak, or appeared to hear the repeated enquiries of his friend. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Wilkie Collins In his present state of depression, feebleness, and solitude, there were moments when he doubted of his own recovery, in spite of all that the doctor could tell him. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Zoé, dans les moments de répit, entrait pour préparer la toilette de madame. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

He was up, however, again in the early moments of the dawn, and his first proceeding was to thoroughly explore the house. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Radclyffe Hall She herself would be rather bewildered at moments — she did not love Stephen, she was quite sure of that, and yet the very strangeness of it all was an attraction. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

It was some moments before Mr. Ram could resume. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

But I am plain and uninteresting-looking and no man has arrived to give me those mad moments for which I crave. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Meredith This is one of the lightning moments of life for the woman, at the meeting of the two men between whom her person has been in dispute, may still be; her soul being with one. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

People come up to the great moments of passion crudely unaware, astoundingly unprepared as no really civilised and intelligently planned community would let any one be unprepared. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

It is not a question of a moments trouble. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I have spent more enjoyable moments in my life than watching the strain upon that root. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D. H. Lawrence And she remained for some moments looking only at the small buds out of which the red flickers of the stigma issued. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Georgina, as she stood there, turned her face to her lover, and rested her eyes for some moments on his own. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

D. H. Lawrence At moments Alvina caught her lip between her teeth, it was so screamingly funny, and so annihilating. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton But all his moments were not lonely. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Yet there were moments when her royal anguish would brook no restraints. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope She might even assist her cause by her languor; but, though she should die for it, she would not waste her precious moments by absolute rest. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Those moments of quickened consciousness which were his seemed to make his brain in the intervals more lethargic, less able to give orders. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Though the breasts of males are vivid, the backs of all conform to the tints of vegetation, so that during moments of stillness the gift of invisibility is theirs. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Too shrewd not to discern the trap that had been set for him, he endured some moments of horrible hesitation in the prison-van. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Yet it was the thought of her which kept youth alive in him, and in his dreariest moments gave him a lift of the heart. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Andrew Lang The moments seemed long while she and Death stood gazing up into the air, waiting to know whose prize the prince would be. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Miss Fowler, in moments of irritation, had called Mary deadly methodical. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Yet I trust you will agree that any young thing, moving in that dank daylight, that devilish darkness, is fully justified in taking her moments of gaiety as and when she may. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Once he threw up the window, which he had shut some time since, and stood for some moments leaning out into the fog which filled the Albany courtyard. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Thomas Wolfe So the naked philosophy of tooth and claw, which in moments of security and comfort was veiled beneath a velvet sheath, now became ragingly insistent. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy Damon, what do you mean to do about me?” “Do about you?” “Yes. Those who don’t like you whisper things which at moments make me doubt you. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Somewhere far away sounded a long-drawn whistle, now faint, now clearer, a modulated wail broken at moments by a tremolo on one high note. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing And when he was gone, there came the weakest moments her life had yet known; a childish petulance, a tearful fretting, an irritable misery of which she was ashamed. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Guy de Maupassan He had his moments of impatience, soon repressed, but frequently recurring. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson It was only at moments like the present that she could indulge such a dream. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James His voice was soft and flat, his pleasant eyes, his simple tones tending to the solemn, achieved at moments that effect of quaintness which is, in certain connexions, socially so known and enjoyed. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

Mark Twain I have had glimpses of its meaning, it moments when I was not as ignorant with weariness as usual, but this is the first time the whole spacious idea of it ever filtered in sight. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Not quite always, because at moments he shows signs of a fairly ordinary kind of literary nostalgia. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

There were odd moments when Frank, in spite of himself, would look back at those seven years; and he did not at all like the retrospect. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Radclyffe Hall Can’t you sleep if I keep you safe in my arms?’ For at moments such is the blindness and folly, yet withal the redeeming glory of love. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was fortunate for his work during the winter that those moments of ecstasy came infrequently. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing Amiable as the smile was, it betrayed weakness, and at moments Martin became unpleasantly conscious of indisposition to examine his own mind on certain points. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He, too, has his moments of misgiving, apparently in regard to his nobility, and his acceptance of Newman on the basis of something like “manhood suffrage” is very charming. Henry James by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells At last I got back to bed and snatched some moments of sleep — moments of nightmare rather — in which I fell and fell and fell for evermore into the abyss of the sky. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked at it for several moments before opening it. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Wilkie Collins In her delirious moments the name of your aunt, Lady Janet Roy, frequently escaped her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope He had been at St. Laurent some few hours, and was aware that his precious moments were fast ebbing. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But when the moments came in which such confidence might be made, her courage failed her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells On the Pincio the two had a few precious moments together, while Helen marched Fanny off to see the muro Torto, and he spoke at once plainly. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope With his official career Alaric was, as we have said, well contented; in his stock-jobbing line of business he also had had moments of great exaltation, and some moments of considerable depression. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells But Amanda is alive and Benham has his moments of vitality. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim He sat still, gripping the moments of agony. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Maria Edgeworth After waiting some moments for a reply, but in vain, she threw open the door, and they saw, hung before the wall opposite to them, a green curtain. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Nathaniel Hawthorne A very few moments afterward it was announced to the guests that an unforeseen circumstance rendered it necessary to put a premature close to the festival. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Henry James Several moments after she had ceased speaking he became conscious that the expression of his face presented a perceptible analogy to a broad grin. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson And he tormented himself with such a question as: should a new crisis in her life arise, would she, now that she knows you, turn to you? And in moments of despondency he answered no. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson But she knew that these were black moments indeed, in her good Paulchen’s life. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Oscar Wilde But moments such as these were rare. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

These moments of uncertainty were already so painful, he desired only to shorten them. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

It was, in any case, very soon after that day that some of the worst and unhappiest moments of her life confronted her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Then at moments her wit crystallised; the cataract threw off a shower of radiant jewels, which one caught as one might. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton For some incredible moments stars and space and planets seemed to shoot up past him as the sparks fly upward; and yet in that sickening descent he was full of some unnatural happiness. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Virginia Woolf The furtive days of secrecy and hiding, the revelations on staircases, moments of terror and ecstasy. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Henry James It was indeed amusing work to be scrupulous for Frank Saltram, who also at moments laughed about it, so far as the comfort of a sigh so unstudied as to be cheerful might pass for such a sound. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

He had had moments of intense and poignant emotion that very morning, and mentally he was fretted and chafed with the bitter memories of failure and disappointments on every side. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Those moments were some of the worst I ever spent. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Caroline Lamb And it is there that for some moments we must leave them. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing He let his head fall back, and stared upwards; remaining rapt in that posture for some moments after the music ceased, and at length recovering himself with a sigh. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

But it is not to be known; and, after all, these were the little moments of their lives, sacred to themselves. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

George Meredith At moments his eyes wandered and shut. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Only, she knew that the moments were fleetly lapsing away, and that his heart must call her soon, or the voice would never reach her. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing At moments it vexed her, for she did not like to be mystified; at others, it touched a chord of sympathy in some very obscure corner of her being. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Ann Radcliffe My poor Theodore!” — His voice was convulsed with sorrow, and some moments of unutterable anguish followed. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Nellie Bly It did not seem many moments until I was rudely awakened and told to get up, the window being opened and the clothing pulled off me. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Bearded men gazed upon him; childlike eyes blinked in fierce, wild faces; at moments some one sighed, and this seemed to emphasize the triumphant power of the music. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Ann Radcliffe Ellena, after some moments had thus passed, requested an explanation of what she witnessed, and Beatrice at the same time demanded the cause of all this emotion. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Theodore Dreiser There had been moments between him and Berenice — little approximations toward intimacy — which had led him to believe that by no means was she seriously opposed to him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins The report of her drunken moments produced something worth hearing. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edward Bellamy Dr. Leete did not reply till after several moments of meditative silence. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

There can only have been a score at the most; but the moments drag if a cord is gripping your throat. Prester John by John Buchan

George Gissing If he could but feel at all times as he had felt at moments in Maud’s presence. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Tobias Smolle Reflection and remorse often invaded her in the midst of their guilty pleasures, and embittered all those moments they had dedicated to mutual bliss. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Edith Wharton There were even moments when he read a furtive gratitude in Mrs. Lethbury’s eye. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

As I drew the one long deep breath that in tense expectant moments one always takes, there came up to me a choking blast of the strong ammonia I had been pouring away. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Nellie Bly These pages have been written in the spare moments snatched from the exactions of a busy life. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

It was von Ravenheim, the Baltic Ambassador! A few shuddering moments passed and then he saw von Ravenheim stop to exchange greetings with some members of a party at a large table. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Those few thrilling moments of the voyage out had never been repeated—seemed, indeed, to call for no repetition. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope There have been moments when my regard for that woman has been too much for me. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He felt at moments as if there were never anything to do for them that was worthy — to call worthy — of the personal relation; never any charming charge to take of any confidence deeply reposed. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Marjorie Bowen Mademoiselle looked back at the Hotel du Boccage, the crowd had increased even in the few moments since her arrival. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Edith Wharton Meanwhile the last moments of the performance seemed to gain an added brightness from the hovering threat of the curtain. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Keep moving, sir! The moments are all that you can call your own. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

D. H. Lawrence She walked without passion, like a shade, tormented into moments of love by the child. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot The moments of silence were expanded by gathering com- punction and self-doubt. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Thomas Hardy After the first moments of paralyzed reverie the familiar tune in the familiar rendering made her laugh and shed tears simultaneously. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

It was some moments before she could be convinced that superfluity of light was really blinding to this stranger from the outer world. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Then for some moments nothing but a minute muffled confusion from the direction of the rat-holes, and then again a wild yell . The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson After the long, dead day, Louise was consumed by a desire to drain such moments as these to the dregs. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim There have been moments when you have been even more than troubled; you have been frightened. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

H. G. Wells For some brief moments it seemed to him that the afternoon had been a failure. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. G. Wells It seems now there were only a few busy moments before the fighting began. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope There had been moments in which she had told herself that she ought to marry Larry Twentyman and adapt herself to the surroundings of her life. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Two moments of agonising suspense ensued for Larose as the big iron bar outside quivered ominously against the door. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James She’s an old habit; there are moments when he needs her, but on the whole he wouldn’t miss her if she were removed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James At moments she discovered she was grotesquely wrong, and then she treated herself to a week of passionate humility. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Oscar Wilde It haunts me in my moments of pleasure. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy In her unfriendly moments there seems a feline fun in her tricks, begotten by a foretaste of her pleasure in swallowing the victim. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Virginia Woolf By conviction an atheist perhaps, he is taken by surprise with moments of extraordinary exaltation. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anatole France He observed the little shake which at moments her obstinate head gave to the holly on her toque. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Virginia Woolf For these reasons, and for others, Katharine had her moments of despondency. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Edith Wharton And I should really like another glimpse of little Charlotte.” He stood before her, his hand in his beard, with the gesture he had in moments of perplexity. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Life and death during those last few moments seemed to have lost their full significance. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Benjamin Disraeli There were few moments in the day in which her image did not occupy his thoughts, and which, indeed, he did not spend in her presence. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]