Phrases with "mood"

He was in a mood which puzzled himself, for gentleness seemed to have come upon him and driven out his jealous wrath. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Her mood was one of unutterable excitement and reckless audacity; she appeared to herself to be laughing and sobbing under her breath . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing His mood was sluggish; he wished to sit still and think idly over the course of events. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Virginia Woolf Kit was in high feather, rather drunk, which he easily became, and in a mood to say silly things. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

When Esther was in such a mood as this it was best to supply the fire with fuel, that, through the very violence of the conflagration, it might the sooner burn itself out. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

T. E. Lawrence It considered the capacity for mood of our men, their complexities and mutability, and the cultivation of whatever in them promised to profit our intention. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sinclair Lewis He had come, in a mood of solemn parental patronage, to look on. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

It fell in the evening, when Christina’s mood became conspicuously sentimental; but Swift happened to be one of the last young men in the world to take advantage of any mere mood. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

George Gissing In a mood of much cheerfulness he turned for ever from party uproar, and focused his mind upon those interests of humanity which so rarely coincide with the aims of any league among men. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing With someone she must talk freely; Olga would only harm her; in Helen she might find the tonic of sound sense which her mood demanded. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Arnold Bennett Latterly he was always surprised when, as to-night, he caught a glance of mild benevolence on that face; yet he would never fail to respond to such a mood eagerly, without resentment. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then the symbolic mood faded and as he sipped his third highball his imagination yielded to the warm glow and he lapsed into a state similar to floating on his back in pleasant water. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith She reached Milan in a mood to bear the idea of temporary defeat. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

James Joyce Perhaps she had felt the impetuous desire that was in him, and then the yielding mood had come upon her. Dubliners by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence So Alvina sat on the cliffs in a mood of exasperation. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Clare’s nervousness gradually subsided, and she lapsed into a low-voiced mood which seemed like an answer to his secret thought. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. G. Wells What on earth had it all been about? By two o’clock he was on his way to Vigours’, and his mood was acute remorse. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

She did not understand the mood of that man clearly. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

G. K. Chesterton No one I think ever went to it in that mixed mood of a tired tenderness and a readiness to believe and laugh in which most of Dickens’s novels are most enjoyed. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He wore the air of a man who was ready to return to business whenever the wayward mood of his interlocutor permitted. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Franz had some intensity of purpose at the moment that fought through any superimposition of mood on Dick’s part. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing Later, when he saw Nancy again, he experienced a revival of that humaner mood which accompanied his pledge to marry her, the mood of regret, but also of tenderness, of compassion. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing You know that mood in which simple, every-day matters are seen in their miraculous light. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing I don’t feel in a mood for beating about the bush any longer. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arnold Bennett Cyril, while attending steadily to the demands of his body, was in a mood which approached the ideal. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Hannah sustained, in the tone of her spirits, by the extremity of her anger, a mood of feeling which I did not share. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Elizabeth Gaskell Not a mood of his but what found a ready sympathiser in Margaret; not a wish of his that she did not strive to forecast, and to fulfil. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Sir Walter Scott The Queen’s eye found the Earl in no mood to accept the implied offer of conciliation. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing So Will listened rather than talked, and was sometimes too obviously in no mood for any sort of converse. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Charles Dickens But he was less than ever in a mood for asking questions, and he thought, “I shall see something on it to know it by. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

George Gissing The girl’s beauty stirred in him no mood but that. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. F. Benson There might only be a minute or two of this, for his mood changed so quickly: it was as if he was not strong enough to remain steady in one attitude for more than a few seconds. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Meanwhile in the prefects’ room at the other end of the passage, Comus Bassington and a fellow prefect sat also waiting on time, but in a mood of far more pleasurable expectancy. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Ford Madox Ford The image came over him with the mood of repulsion at odd moments — at the very oddest; without suggestion there floated before his eyes the image, the landscape of greyish forms. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells I was in a mood just now — a stupid, inconsiderate mood. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins I was in no mood for remaining in an empty house, in no mood for calling on any of my friends — I was fit for nothing but a gallop through the rain. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing Thyrza’s mood was purely of admiration, and of joy in being deemed worthy to visit such scenes. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Meredith He had taken Dahlia to his lodgings, whither, when free from Edward, Rhoda proceeded in a mood of extreme sternness. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Bothwell was in a mood to ride somewhere, were it only in the hope of riding away from his own impatient thoughts. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

John Galsworthy He felt in no mood to tolerate his uncle’s conversation. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Gissing For a while he talked jestingly, and at length fell into a mood of silence. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells His mood changed with the mood of his adventure. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. G. Wells The mood then was often extraordinarily brave and tender. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The afternoon was of the very mood for such a visit, and we passed it there in these walks and bowers, and the black cypress aisles, and the trees and vines yellowing to the fall of their leaves. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

As he walked his anger grew less violent, but his mood could not fundamentally improve. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Something of this rare mood lingered with me in the morning, and it was not until I reached the Meat Market that I realised the extent of my misfortune. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Edith Wharton And in his present mood of stony inaccessibility he might say something even coarser. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence The clear-as-daylight mood disappeared as daylight is bound to disappear. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf They brought themselves by these means, acting on a mood of profound happiness, to a state of clear-sightedness where the lifting of a finger had effect, and one word spoke more than a sentence. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing To-day I am in a very strange mood indeed; very malicious, very wicked. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis Martin was in a mood of determined hospitality. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Radclyffe Hall The mood that had incubated in the motor was now become extremely aggressive, so that he fidgeted about on his chair, making his little inadequate gestures. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

He was in this successful mood when word came to him that Mrs. Lapham was going; Tom Corey seemed to have brought it, but he was not sure. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy But she had given no signal, and it was too evident to him that her latest mood had grown to be her fixed one, proving how well founded had been his impulse to set her free. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Ivan Turgenev His absurd production, solemnly bawling voice, his presence altogether, had put Kolosov into a mood of sarcastic irritability. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Alas, how loose the ring had become since it had first been placed there! “Consider the future, Valentine,” continued the girl, hopeful of mood while her hand rested in his. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Oscar Wilde There is no mood or passion that Art cannot give us, and those of us who have discovered her secret can settle beforehand what our experiences are going to be. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser You have, perhaps, pictured to yourself the mood of some general who has perhaps suffered a great defeat; the employee who after years of faithful service finds himself discharged. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Though he wished to be charmed, he was hardly yet in a mood to be playful in return. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Unasked, however, I was in no mood to do or say anything. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

They had each two or four passengers seated with the driver; passengers clustered over the top and packed the inside, but every one was in the joyous mood of people going home for the day. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

How many coins, how much money was cast, the couple were in no mood to estimate. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arnold Bennett It seemed impossible that a being so young and fresh could have really experienced the mood of which her gestures had been the expression. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing Yet he would not have been Piers Otway had this mood contented him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf Does it need an effort? Yes. These changes of mood wear us out. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

But we were in no mood for reflection at the time. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Meredith When very young, at the age of thirteen, a mood of religious fervour had spiritualized the dulness of Protestant pew and pulpit for him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing We have reached the point of studying each other in a mood of scientific impartiality—surely the most horrible thing in man and wife. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H. G. Wells Nevertheless, Lewisham’s spring-tide mood relapsed into winter. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

He was not in a mood to worry about a few jostlings and elbowings. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jules Verne All were in such a mood that they found it impossible to continue their work. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Virginia Woolf His theory was that every mood has its meter. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry James This mood lasted long, and when he emerged from it his fish was cold; but that mattered little, for his appetite was gone. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson The fourth roused him to a mood of murderous fury, as, utterly without shame, it shrilled through the house. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Rafael Sabatini But his new mood of prudence, and his resolve to avoid intrigues, kept him aloof from all partisanship. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Thomas Hardy He waited yet longer, passing from impatience into a mood which failed to take any account of the lapse of time. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

John Galsworthy In this laudable mood and the Place de la Concorde he was nearly run down three times. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell But you’re not in a mood for wisdom or virtue, I see; so I’ll go and get ready for dinner, and leave you to your vanities of dress. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

John Galsworthy His mood inclined to melancholy and retrospection. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Gissing He noticed that her hand felt feverish, and that the dark mood had fallen upon her as badly as ever to-night. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Thomas Hardy His mood was no longer that of the rebellious, ironical, reckless misadventurer; but the leaden gloom of one who has lost all that can make life interesting, or even tolerable. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Mind you, I wasn’t in the same mood all the time. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Gissing Her mood and the weather decided an excursion. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Everyone knows the reserved aspect and taciturn mood of the house, one of whose rooms is tenanted by that mysterious guest. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Kingsley Knowing what he was in this mood, and knowing also the mood Adelaide was in, he dreaded some scene. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope In his present mood he was able to assure himself most confidently that such was the truth. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

I know you, queen, to be so wroth of mood that ye do give me and Hagen meagre greetings. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

George Gissing In the book she was carrying, a French volume arrived by post this morning, she had found things which troubled her mind and her temper; she was in no mood for submitting to harsh dictatorship. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

M. P. Shiel It is a ruin in the older Norman mood in the midst of Goodford Manor demesne. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson A boundless depression seized him: a sheerly intolerable flatness, after the mood of joyous elation that had gone before. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

She refused at first, she was in no mood for laughing. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

We are to change our mood from laughter to tears upon a sudden discovery that the character belonged to a man of genius; and this we had already known from the beginning. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

But I was in a mood to transgress all rules and even to forget the rights of lovers. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells His mood was a singular mixture of fear and exultation. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Charles Dudley Warner He had been talking in the sprightliest mood before, but he sunk at once into utter silence, and in a few moments got up and left the house. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

My mood is bold but forbears to boast o’er this battling-flyer. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Virginia Woolf A mood of revelry suddenly took possession of her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

I waited at the verandah railings with my revolver ready, peering into the darkness to see if I could make out the approach of any figure, for I was in just the mood to kill any man who showed fight. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Ruby’s frock of white muslin and Ruby’s small sandal shoes were bewitching, but Ruby’s mood passed his intelligence. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

He saw also that a generation inflamed by the passions of conflict, and looking in breathless suspense for the issue of battles, was not in a mood to attend to poetry. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Mary Webb His mood could be judged only by the piano or forte effects. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edith Wharton Ralph looked up yearningly at the long walls overhead; but Undine’s mood was hardly favourable to communion with such scenes, and he made no attempt to stop the carriage. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Thomas Hardy He was in a mood of jollity, and watched Elfride down the hill with a smile. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Charles Dudley Warner His mood is calm and unexaggerated. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Kate Chopin The mood will pass, I assure you. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton With Ronald’s telegram in his hand he was in a mood to count his mercies. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Theodore Dreiser The atoms of our so-called being, in spite of our so-called reason — the dreams of a mood — know where to go and what to do. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence But all in a mood of superficial, mocking facility. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim In such a mood as this he was content to die—at any rate, he did not fear death. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing This mood had been frequent with him in earlier years, and his sister was delighted to see that he preserved so much of youth. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Sinclair Lewis And in that religious mood he noted the placards of a woman evangelist, one Sharon Falconer, a prophetess of whom he had heard. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton At the hotel, alone in her room, a few tears came to soften her seared vision; but her mood was too tense to be eased by weeping. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Edith Wharton To this new mood he clung as to an inviolable refuge. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Rudyard Kipling There is no human emotion or mood which it is forbidden to assault — there is no canon of reserve or pity that need be respected — in fiction. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Her heart warmed to the young man, for Mrs. Bunting was in a mood which seldom surprised her—a mood to be pleased with anything and everything. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Gissing Sounds seemed unnaturally audible; she often stayed her horse to listen, finding something very consonant with her mood in the voices of the resting year. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson But he was still in too detached a mood to be happy; he felt, throughout, as if all this were happening to some one else, not to him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing His mood changed from fear and indignation to a grim fury; within a few hours he made many resolute enemies by his reckless vehemence and vituperation. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells The evacuation of the centres of population under the mere exaggerated threat of air raids has been carried out by the authorities in a mood of frantic recklessness. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Scattered upon the flimsy dresser scarf were half a dozen hairpins—those discreet, indistinguishable friends of womankind, feminine of gender, infinite of mood and uncommunicative of tense. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

George Meredith Did he think it, or a dash of something like it? His mood was luxurious. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Theodore Dreiser He did manage to bring himself into the mood to go out to Carrie, but when he got in Ogden Place he thought he saw a man watching him and went away. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Algernon Blackwood The mood of the town was reproducing itself in him. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

In fact, when he regarded his past, he saw it strewn with images of tasks too vagrant or too taxing ever to have been accomplished; but now they were all possible, even in a mood of idleness. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

George Gissing Arnold Jacks had never known a mood so jubilant. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Ivan Turgenev She gave him a smile of welcome, but warned him at the same time that he would be dull with her today, as she was not in a mood to entertain him. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

John Galsworthy And she let herself go on her mood, and her mood was of love. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing He was in no mood for any company but his own. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

T. E. Lawrence It was triumph, and a mood of enlargement; we had avoided our sultry selves, conquered our geometrical completeness, snatched a momentary ‘change of mind’. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy She was leaning back in the chair, in a more hopeful mood than she had enjoyed since her marriage. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Probably the agnostic’s mood was one of half-tolerant disdain. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

G. K. Chesterton But Syme was in no mood for delicacies, and he stood up in his own cab shouting, “Stop thief!” until crowds ran along beside his cab, and policemen began to stop and ask questions. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope How long shall this Juno mood serve to sustain her? Ah! how long? “Has he gone?” said Miss Baker, as she looked at her niece. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Rafael Sabatini His mood was growing exultant, buoyant, and joyous, and this was the first expression of it. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Gaskell Her father she knew might be expected home any minute, and she was in no mood for a meeting with him. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James His mood made the spectacle unwelcome, and for a moment he felt like uttering an uncivil speech. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

She seemed to be in a mood between distress and fear. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Margaret was in the happy mood so usual to her, and chatted gaily to her uncle as they drove along. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

I have watched her when she was most natural, most lively, and most lovely: my judgment has pronounced her beautiful: beautiful she is, at times, when her mood and her array partake of the splendid. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was only this morning I felt I had to tell him — he took it excitedly, although he has been in a very religious and resigned mood from the beginning of his illness. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells This mood of reaction prevailed with me all that afternoon. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Cleverest had not come here alone, and it looked as if the guards were in a mood to fire upon them and clear the cell of life forthwith. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Meredith He helped nowhere to a lead; and so quick are the changes of mood at such moments that she was now far from him under the failure of an effort to come near. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Edith Wharton He could understand that, in the long run, the atmosphere of Givre might be suffocating; but in his present mood its very limitations had a grace. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

John Galsworthy It all seemed to balance on the knife-edge of mood and temper. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

But I am in no mood to-night to listen to words of love from any man. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson But already his mood was on the turn: it seemed as if, in the physical effort of putting the words to paper, his rage had spent itself. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Nor could he end it for them; angry of mood 39 they grew. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The licentiate, on his arrival, did not find Almagro in as favorable a mood for an accommodation as he could have wished. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Bram Stoker Then, lest the mood of his listener should change with delay, Sir Nathaniel began at once: “I don’t propose to tell you all the legends of Mercia, or even to make a selection of them. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

He did not again have recourse to wine for curing his griefs, but even in his sober mood he soon showed that the iron of jealousy had entered into his soul. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Thomas Hardy With the departure of the sun the calm mood of the winter day changed. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf He used to write poetry; now the mood had come again as he stood there waiting. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells I found myself at last pacing the deck under the dawn in a mood of extreme exasperation. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

He was in no mood for conversation, and was wishing Jones would let him eat his meal in peace, but Jones was not to be denied and ambled on. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells But the black mood of the replete dyspeptic had come upon him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Hardy This mood continued till she heard quick, smart footsteps without; she knew whose footsteps they were. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Sir Walter Scott He was supported and excited by kindred spirits, who felt the same impulse of mood and time; and even those of more cold and calculating habits were hurried along by the torrent. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

H. G. Wells For a time a mood of shyness followed our first avowals, then Hetty talked of her home and of her place in the world. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

None dare leave or enter Woodilee. One afternoon, in a mood of despair, he climbed the Hill of Deer for a glimpse of the outer world. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

James Joyce And he can cantab as chipper as any oxon ever I mood with, a tiptoe singer! He’ll prisckly soon hand tune — your Erin’s ear for you. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

George Meredith Her mood was to think Nevil Beauchamp only too quick, too adventurous and restless: one that wrecked brilliant gifts in a too general warfare; a lover of hazards, a hater of laws. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James When not in the right mood he could fall as low as any one, saved only by his looking at such hours rather like a demoralised prince in exile. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Do you think Dr. Walsingham, of his charity, would give the poor fellow free quarters at the Elms?’ She was going to make answer with a jest, satirically; but her mood changed quickly. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing In talk with Polly he always rose to hilarious anticipations, partly the result of amorous fervour; but this mood did not survive their parting. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

He was in a much worse mood than before he had ridden to Heckleston. But after a week or so ruminating upon the occurrence, he wondered that Feltram spoke no more of it. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Gissing Having raised his hat and turned on his heels, Barfoot strolled away in a mood of peculiar satisfaction. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells He went back to Solomonson with a mood of thoughtful depression giving place to a growing passion of indignation. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Willa Cather Now that he was on his way to her, his stronger feeling unaccountably changed to a mood that was playful and tender. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Marjorie Bowen My lord, in no mood for the unrestrained gaieties of the crowd, stepped into the garden and heard the chimes of St. James’s Church that Miss Chressham listened to in her darkened drawing-room. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Algernon Blackwood A peculiar melancholy, a mood of shyness never known before, lay still upon him. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

But she also hastened her steps, telling herself, with wondering pain, that he was evidently in no mood for her company. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Charles Dickens But, the English on shore were in no mood of exultation when they heard the news. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing By this time much beer had been consumed; the audience was in a mood for enjoying good things. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton Their timidity appeared to infect Odo’s mother, who, from her habitual volubility of temper, sank to a mood of like submissiveness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Olaf Stapledon On the other hand, the mind is obviously influenced continuously by the impact of the external world on the body in perception, and less obviously so in changes of mood and intellectual capacity. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton Her heart began to beat oppressively: she was in a mood when the simplest things seemed ominous. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence You see I wrote that screeching letter in a mood which won’t come again for some time. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy But indignation was not natural to her, and having been so worn and harrowed by late events, she lost any powers of defence that mood might have lent her. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft He spoke to me without invitation, noting my mood and glances as I studied certain knockered doorways above iron-railed steps, the pallid glow of traceried transoms feebly lighting my face. He by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Vanaman was in no mood to tolerate even silent insolence of that sort; his fists clenched, and in passing he half turned. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Mr. Goodman had been ill the night before, and was in no mood to see strangers. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Newman wished Madame de Cintre so well that nothing he could think of doing for her in the future rose to the high standard which his present mood had set itself. The American by Henry James [1877]

G. K. Chesterton When she went out on to the veranda the steep garden and plantation were grey in the moon, and a certain greyness spread over her own spirit, a mood of fatalism and of dull fear. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

The wine cost five guineas, but Ransome was so pleased with himself that in his present mood he would not have minded if it had been ten. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Thomas Hardy This he did; but because I would not pay him for his news, he left me in a mood of vindictiveness. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Algernon Blackwood The mood of an ancient and divining prophecy lay in the sight, linking Nature with human-nature in natural harmony when the lion and the lamb might play together, and a little child might lead them. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I might be compared to him; and so might everybody else who is in the same mood that I was in; every touch was then fatal. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells I remember most distinctly my mood of grim elation that at last I had to deal with accessible persons again. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My mood to-night is as new as my gown. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

H. G. Wells For the most part the doomed thousands of their crews must have been in a mood of grim horror at the stupendous thing they were doing. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Gissing I believed just then that my love for Constance was hopeless; my mood impelled me to the conviction that the best thing I could do was to marry Janet and settle down to a peaceful domestic life. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne You have interrupted me in my mood of thought, and must pay the penalty by suggesting other thoughts. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne It may have been the cause, in part, that I suddenly found myself possessed by a mood of disbelief in moral beauty or heroism, and a conviction of the folly of attempting to benefit the world. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Thomas Hardy Meanwhile, on the Budmouth side of the hill the very mood of men was in contrast. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yet what would my father say if he knew I’d married a Frenchwoman? In his present mood he’d disinherit me, if that is possible; and he’d speak about her in a way I couldn’t stand. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing Lilian did not dislike it, rather was drawn by it into a mood of grateful confidence. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy They retraced their steps, and found him with his coat buttoned up and his hat on, awaiting their advent in a mood of self-satisfaction at having brought his search to a successful close. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing Come to the Bilboes. Don’t know the Bilboes? What a mood you’re in today. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

D. H. Lawrence The mood seized me to write to you. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence