Phrases with "narrow"

Anthony Trollope They had come out of the wood, and were descending, by a steep and narrow path, to the village in which stood the hotel at which the party was staying. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Cooped up, as they were, within a narrow quarter of the city, their position favoured such an attempt. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing This way and that, along the broad and narrow walks, he hurried in torment, until of a sudden, at a great distance, he descried a figure seated on a bench. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Too narrow for anyone to pass through. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

D. H. Lawrence So he smiled to himself, for a dangerous phenomenon in the world is a man of narrow belief, who denies the right of his neighbour to be alone. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

We had to travel mainly in the sandy bed, as this proved the best travelling ground in general, the valley being both narrow and stony. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing The end of their walk was the entrance to a narrow passage, which, at a few yards’ distance, widened itself and became a street of four-storeyed houses. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

A row of first-storey windows looked down upon the alley, but the only opening on the ground floor was a narrow door, heavy and studded. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Walter Scott He arrived at length in a narrow and secluded cleuch, or deep ravine, which ran down into the valley, and contributed a scanty rivulet to the supply of the brook with which Glendearg is watered. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

When this had been done to his satisfaction, he heaved a deep sigh, and exclaimed: “It is time to start!” Slowly he ascended the narrow staircase leading to the loft. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

William Godwin He ascertained the true length of the solar year; and his theory was afterwards brought into general use, but upon a narrow scale, by Pope Gregory XIII, nearly three hundred years after his death. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Charles Kingsley By the side of this waterfall a narrow path climbs upward from the beach; and here it was that the two brothers expected to meet the messenger. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

At the crest I found I had no view of the Reascuill valley — only a narrow corrie blocked by a shoulder of hill and the bald top of Stob Coire Easain beyond. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

You enter by a long and narrow vestibule, on the floor of which is the image of a dog in mosaic, with the well-known ‘Cave canem’— or ‘Beware the dog’. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Virginia Woolf She dreamt that she was walking down a long tunnel, which grew so narrow by degrees that she could touch the damp bricks on either side. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle The openings were about eighty feet above the ground, and were led up to by long stone stairs, so narrow and steep that no large animal could mount them. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Nellie Bly Their bed is a piece of matting, their pillows, narrow blocks of wood, probably six inches in length, two wide and six high. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

This red thing flashed out of the cabinet, darted across the room, passing chest-high through the narrow space between the suddenly — embodied Fifth Presence and myself and vanished. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Robert Green Ingersoll And I know lots of Republicans so mean and narrow that the only decent thing about them is that they vote the Republican ticket. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

It is charmingly situated, in the midst of handsome villas and orchards, whose high walls, overtopped by fruit-trees, border the narrow lanes. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Larose waited until he had gone about fifty yards and then darted into the narrow pathway. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Henry Fielding His face was thin and pale; the shape of his body and legs none of the best, for he had very narrow shoulders and no calf; and his gait might more properly be called hopping than walking. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

George Gissing That poor, narrow bed—there she had slept with Lyddy; there, too, she had longed vainly for sleep, and had shed her first tears of secret sorrow. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Theodore Dreiser What a narrow place to walk, he thought. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thence, the sturdy Roman matron led the sculptor across a narrow passage, and threw open the door of a small chamber, on the threshold of which he reverently paused. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Thomas Hardy Its outline was soon visible to her — a narrow opening in the outer wall of the prison precincts. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Eliot I cannot say that the interior of Hayslope Church was remarkable for anything except for the grey age of its oaken pews — great square pews mostly, ranged on each side of a narrow aisle. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charles Dickens Presently, we came into a narrow street, where, besides one line of carriages going, there was another line of carriages returning. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Elizabeth Gaskell Underneath the windows is a narrow flower-border, carefully tended in days of yore, although only the most hardy plants could be made to grow there. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Eliot But again she shrank from impressions that were alluring her within the sphere of visions and narrow fears which compelled men to outrage natural affections as Dino had done. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Hardly enough to knock a man on the head for from behind, I must confess; but that the skipper had a narrow escape the governor himself could not deny afterwards. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Presently it began to descend steeply in a narrow green gully, where the going was bad, and Dickson, weighted with pack and waterproof, had much ado to keep his feet on the sodden slopes. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

They set off through a wood, keeping close to its border, so that for a mile or more they were within sight of the long, narrow lake that flowed beside it. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Claire de Wissant was standing before a long, narrow mirror placed at right angles to a window looking straight out to sea. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Walter Besant Jenny folded a paper into a kind of narrow tube and gave it him, muttering something in a low voice. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson He had a pale, longish face, with thin lips, which might indicate either narrow prejudice or a fanatic tenacity. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Hope It was a narrow failure, for Rupert, as his laugh told me, was in the house in the Konigstrasse when I set out from Strelsau, and Rischenheim arrived there at half past four. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

As I get older, I find that I take less narrow views of literature — that is, of course, of light literature — and that — that —” Celia mercifully stopped him. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

His hair was of a tawny red and thickly matted, falling over his shoulders and completely covering his narrow brow. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The lawn was divided by a narrow middle gravel path, to which you gained access from the portico of the house. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Olaf Stapledon Further, he must subject his own free-roaming spirit to the hideous effects of a narrow specialism, both of body and mind. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Long and very narrow strips of yellow paper were placed by way of markers in various parts of the volume. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Donne But extend this vapour, rarefy it; from so narrow a room as our natural bodies, to any politic body, to a state. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Lord! how cold the house was! A narrow wooden stair led higher, so on he went, the hounds following, crowding one another on the stair but making no sound. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anton Chekhov When we reached the forest this prince and I got out of the chaise and walked along a narrow woodland path which was hidden among huge ferns. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Ms. Sloane 1367, is a narrow octavo volume, for instance, containing “My Lady Rennelagh’s choice Receipts: as also some of Capt. Gvilt’s, who valued them above gold. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Victor Hugo She had a narrow forehead, sensual lips, fleshy cheeks, large eyes, short sight. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Florence Dixie The ravine side was so steep that we had to dismount and lead our horses down by a narrow track made by the wild horses. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

At last it became so narrow that the fugitive tried in vain to proceed. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Caroline Lamb It gratifies all the little errors of a narrow mind, under the appearance of a notable and domestic turn. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Angela peered in at an old church in a narrow court, holding the door a little way ajar, and looking along the cold grey nave. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Olaf Stapledon In that age the nebulae, which in man’s day are like birds at large in the sky, were confined, as it were, within a narrow aviary. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

You’ll excuse me, Miss Kilburn.” Annie saw her run off to the baggage-car, from which the baggage-man was handing out a narrow box. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

It was the most picturesque of woods, for the ground sloped steeply to a narrow river, on the further side of which there was a rugged bank, topped by a grove of fir-trees. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith Is it any waste of time to write of love? The trials of life are in it, but in a narrow ring and a fierier. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell There were two windows reaching up nearly to the ceiling, but very narrow and with deep window-seats in the thickness of the wall. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Thomas Hardy A patch led from the second bridge over the highway (so often mentioned) to these Hatches, crossing the stream at their head by a narrow plank-bridge. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy The lane was sometimes so narrow that the brambles of the hedge, which hung forward like anglers’ rods over a stream, scratched their hats and curry-combed their whiskers as they passed. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Walter Scott Through great deserts we wandered on our way — Forward we passed on narrow bridge of trie, O’er waters great, which hediously did roar. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Guy de Maupassan A narrow grated window, placed so high that one could not reach it, lighted this sinister little room. A Tress of Hair (One Phase of Love) (Le Chevelure) by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle With the universal pass-key of imagination we open the dingy door, pass down a dark passage and up a narrow stair. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The fish-cart, helped by half a crown to the driver, took me past the outlying small-villadom, between long lines of workmen’s houses, to narrow cobbled lanes and the purlieus of great factories. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Of actual desert, however, there is here but a narrow strip, forming a first step, as it were, above the alluvial plain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Mrs. Gaskell Mrs Jamieson had the sedan-chair, which had squeezed itself into Miss Barker’s narrow lobby with some difficulty, and most literally “stopped the way. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Robert Green Ingersoll There is one little narrow belt running zigzag around the world, in which men and women of genius can be raised, and that is all. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

The Academy was situated down a narrow street far removed from the main thoroughfares. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

John Lewis Burckhard A narrow ditch was also carried along its whole extent, to increase the means of defence; and thus Djidda enjoys, in Arabia, the reputation of being an impregnable fortress. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne Its position was impregnable, a narrow road running between a marsh and a thick wood being the only channel of approach to it. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

He raised his eyes, and right against him, like a long dull sword, lay the narrow steel-blue reach of the harbour from which he had escaped. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

One I found to be an honest woman, but a narrow thinker, a coarse feeler, and an egotist. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Andrew Lang So Houarn went down to the sea, and found a boatman who engaged to take him to the isle of Lok. The island was large, and lying almost across it was a lake, with a narrow opening to the sea. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James Rowland was not shaped for an acrobat, and his enterprise was difficult; but he kept his wits about him, made the most of narrow foot-holds and coigns of vantage, and at last secured his prize. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The genus is known to be self luminous — a decided advantage in so dark and narrow an habitation. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

A narrow life no doubt, yet not without much to be said for it. Signa by Ouida

Willa Cather She was staring up at the far wall of the canyon with a troubled expression that drew her eyes narrow and her mouth hard. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton She felt like a traveller crawling along a narrow ledge above a precipice; a glance forward or down might plunge her into the depths. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy A narrow life in Budmouth might have completely demeaned her. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Jack London But Spitz, cold and calculating even in his supreme moods, left the pack and cut across a narrow neck of land where the creek made a long bend around. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

There seemed to be scarcely her own breadth free from danger; but that narrow inlet lay right ahead. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Don’t you make any mistake — this dog was intended to die and he’s had a narrow escape, I can tell you. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

H. G. Wells It led up a miniature valley and through a pretty dell in which we had been accustomed to meet, and so through the hollies and along a narrow path close by the wall of the shrubbery to the gardens. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells There were those narrow and intense moods of fear and hatred, from which he never freed himself. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the right side was a small wooden thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the tradesmen’s entrance. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H.P. Lovecraft It lay on the second story, on the southeast corner of the house, and had an immense east window and narrow south window, both devoid of panes or shutters. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

George Meredith She listened gravely, conceiving the infinity as a narrow dwelling where a voice droned and ceased not. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Pu Songling They went up three steps, then, pushing a narrow and straight door, they entered. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Then the gentleman in the white satin doublet turned out from the road taken by the majority of the company, struck into a narrow footpath, and describing a curve rode back toward the gibbet. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

The only drinkable water lies a very long mile down the southern (left) bank, above the old aqueduct, in a deep and narrow gorge of trap. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Edith Wharton Her small face, withered as a dry medlar, was full of an ancient wisdom: Mrs. Blandhorn had certainly been right in trusting Myriem. A narrow house-front looked upon the court. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Such a narrow view of the nature of education has nothing to do with my firm conviction that a complete and thorough scientific culture ought to be introduced into all schools. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

The narrow roads of the plain are covered by an almost endless procession of these wheelbarrows, which are often preceded by one man pulling in addition to the man behind. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

H. G. Wells The man was obviously poor, and the dark, narrow eyes in his white face were quick and evasive. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is hard to make you understand, I suppose,” he went on, “because I am naturally stupid and I suppose I have a narrow way of looking at things. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rudyard Kipling Ameera’s room and the other one where Tota had lived were heavy with mildew; and the narrow staircase leading to the roof was streaked and stained with rain-borne mud. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. F. Benson The sketch was long and narrow in shape, and the chimney of the kiln appeared against a dark sky. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

George Eliot But they had come to be the one unshaken resting-place of her mind, the one narrow pathway on which the light fell clear. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Rafael Sabatini That cell of Balbi’s communicated with a narrow corridor, no more than a shaft for light and air, which was immediately above Casanova’s prison. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne But, seeking carefully, Captain Nemo soon found a narrow opening, through which he boldly slipped, knowing, however, that it would close behind him. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

When Sir Philip came forth, towards the dawn, he followed him, saw him enter a narrow street, came up to him, seized him by the arm, demanded all he had about him. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The chairs were painted—some French, some Heppelwhite. Over the low mantelpiece was framed a long, narrow piece of exquisite embroidery. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Walter Scott At length he suddenly turned into a narrow court, and knocked at an arched door, which seemed to belong to a building of some antiquity. My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror by Walter Scott [1828]

Robert Louis Stevenson She was already near madness, when she broke suddenly into a narrow clearing. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Blake For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake [1790-93]

D.H. Lawrence When they turned on to a narrow path by the side of the field he went ahead. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Gaston Leroux He could distinguish clearly in the soft earth of a narrow glade the prints of Natacha’s two little boots among all the large footprints. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

But a nunnery, if it was a narrow world, was also a placid one. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

T. E. Lawrence The narrow plots were divided by fences of palm-ribs or by mud walls, with narrow streams of sweet water in raised channels round them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Tobias Smolle The country from Sarzana to the frontiers of Tuscany is a narrow plain, bounded on the right by the sea, and on the left by the Apennine mountains. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Charles Dickens Bend your steps through the narrow and thickly-inhabited streets, and observe the sallow faces of the men and women who are lounging at the doors, or lolling from the windows. Sunday Under Three Heads by Charles Dickens [1836]

It was about twenty feet in length, narrow in proportion, and all closed round, save, near the roof, there were small round holes through which might be seen a red light. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

A little later on, in a narrow copse crowning a miniature, insulated peak, they fell in with a man. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Edith Wharton Evelina, without seeming to notice the gesture, threw back the jacket from her narrow shoulders. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

After this, I found by what she said there was a narrow sea to pass, and a prodigious mountain, before she reached her own country; and that her father’s was but a little beyond that mountain. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

William Makepeace Thackeray I don’t like the expression of Bullock’s narrow green eyes, as they follow the elder Champion, who does not seem to know or care how much the other hates him. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

I opened rapidly door after door, peered into empty chambers, went blundering on, when to the right, down a narrow passage. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Rudyard Kipling What a narrow shave though! And that angel would never have forgiven it. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was only one window, which had no glass in it, and was so narrow that one could not so much as get one’s head through. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arnold Bennett There is an entrance to it at the back, from a narrow lane. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson For what cause I know not, just as it used to be in the old days that the feverish child might be the better served, a peep of gas illuminated a narrow circle far below me. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Hope Hodgson And, in verity, I did not want to go up the gorge, in that it was so dreary a place and narrow and horrid and drear-seeming, after the light and wideness of the Country in which I did yet stand. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Sir Walter Scott When they emerged from this narrow path, they found themselves in front of the old Tower, the gates of which were hospitably open for their reception. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The day was windy and he was going along a narrow street, when something floated down from a window above past his head. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather But a narrow upper jaw gave her face a pinched look, and her eyelids were heavy and relaxed. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Jules Verne A narrow ridge, left bare by the retreat of the water, allowed them to approach it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

It was on a dark evening, in a narrow side-street near one of the big railway stations. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

He crossed the stream by the stepping stones, Flo splashing after him, and turned into a narrow track he knew, which led through the bushes. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassant You go up by a slope planted with firs, then you enter a narrow gate, and stop at the foot of the walls, in the first inclosure, in full view of the entire country. A Humble Drama (Humble Drame) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Henry James It is not surprising that among such reveries as this he should have been conscious of a narrow range in the tone of his old workfellows. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Meredith An order was tossed to the waiter, and both gentlemen screwed their lips in relish of his heavy consent to score off another bottle from the narrow list. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry James The wedge should have a narrow end, which Gaston now made sure he had found. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

William Hazlitt It exercises the understanding upon things out of ourselves, while it leaves the affections unemployed, or engrossed with our own immediate, narrow interests. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

She wore a narrow black ribbon round her neck, with a locket, or a cross, or a miniature, perhaps, attached to it; but whatever the trinket was, she always kept it hidden under her dress. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassan He had worked all day in the yellow light of a small jet of gas, far in the back of the store, on a narrow court, as deep as a well. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Was it something more than a common fainting fit?” “It is useless to conceal it now,” replied Mr. Speedwell. “He has had a narrow escape from a paralytic stroke. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Richard Burton Built on the edge of a sunburnt plain that extends between the mountains and the sea, it fronts the northern extremity of a narrow winding creek. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

It was very dark: a narrow bow-slit in the thick wall admitted the only light they had to guide them. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing It took him a couple of hours to discover the ideal garret; it was found at length in a narrow little by-way running out of Upper Street. The rent was half-a-crown a week. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Crossing a narrow creek, we peered silently through the screen of ferns and banana plants, where in a secluded glade were the wanderers in happy festival. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Charles Dickens Within, there is one long narrow cabin, the whole length of the boat; from which the state-rooms open, on both sides. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Jules Verne The detachment went at full trot into the narrow street. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli The opposite bank of the river was the termination of a narrow plain, which led immediately to the mountains. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Isabella Bird They concern themselves about the requirements of religion in this life and about the future of the soul as little as is possible, and they narrow salvation within the limits of the Shiah sect. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It was a dark, narrow thoroughfare he told us. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Andrew Lang At the bottom the king found a narrow grassy ledge by the brink of the stream, across which the light from a rude lantern in the mount of a cave shed a broad beam of uncertain light. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Now it was the gaslight on the first floor which seemed a distant star at the bottom of a narrow well six stories deep. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

R. D. Blackmore The boy had forgotten that the moor just here was broken by a narrow glen, engrooved with sliding water. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Virginia Woolf A drunken man slipping in a narrow passage outside the public house, cursed it. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Edgar Allan Poe He brought me, at length, after creeping and winding through innumerable narrow passages, to an iron-bound box, such as is used sometimes for packing fine earthenware. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

A broad verandah surrounded it on two sides, and at the rear was a sort of narrow terrace, on which, as I turned the corner, two men were standing. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was a small man, of quick and unquiet gestures, about fifty years old, with a narrow forehead, all wrinkled and drawn together. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Gustave Flauber The latter led into a narrow passage. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

They all waited patiently every day, like so many slaves, in a body, in a narrow and stifling room; for the risk they ran if they absented themselves was most serious. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

John Lewis Burckhard On both sides is a narrow pavement. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Sarah Orne Jewett More than one face among the Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking,—a narrow set of circumstances had caged a fine able character and held it captive. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

H. G. Wells The door has a knocker (with an appeal to realities, “ring also”) and it opens into a narrow passage, perhaps four feet wide, which still retains the title of “hall. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson Damnation take the brute! Was he, because of it, to sit for ever on this hard, narrow seat, chasing incoherencies round an empty brain? . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope The wings, which in themselves are by no means devoid of beauty, are joined to the center by passages so narrow that from exterior points of view the light can be seen through them. North America by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Every evening he had studied the sky from his narrow yard, which resulted curiously in the gift in later years of a great reflecting telescope to a famous university. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence Wild, narrow valleys, with trees, and brown-legged cork trees. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Bram Stoker The hole is a narrow one, and is some hundreds of feet deep. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Flinging it open, he emerged into a short, narrow passageway. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

All up and down the Calle Grande they went, sowing the sharp burrs carefully in the sand, along the narrow sidewalks, in every foot of grass between the silent houses. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

D. H. Lawrence And there was a very successful tall miss in a narrow hobble-skirt of black satin and a toque with ospreys. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Charles Dickens He was coming round a narrow corner. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

She touched the door: It turned slowly upon its grating hinges, and a narrow winding staircase of black marble presented itself to her eyes. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Abraham Merri Closer we came — it was a narrow alcove from which sound and light poured — into it we crept — and went no further. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The old soldier carried under his arm a long and narrow package, enveloped in a piece of green serge. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Washington Irving The narrow defile up which we were passing is called, according to Mateo, el Barranco de la tinaja, or the ravine of the jar, because a jar full of Moorish gold was found here in old times. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope If this beneficent agency did not from time to time disencumber our crowded places, we should ever be living in narrow alleys with stinking gutters, and supply of water at the minimum. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant looked for Susan, but she had hurried on with young Lancaster. On deck they found that they were already headed for the narrow opening between the red and green lamps of the harbour. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jules Verne The party was then in a narrow gorge between huge icebergs, over which the storm raged with fearful fury. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence Then the trail laddered up again, and they emerged on a narrow ridge-track, with the mountain slipping away enormously on either side. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Only a narrow passage-way separated the church from the pastorate — a fine new brick residence standing flush upon the street. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Abraham Merri Before us stretched a narrow gorge, a sword slash in the body of the towering giant under whose feet the tunnel crept. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Save for the sighing of the wind in the branches of the trees outside the narrow window, all was as silent as the grave within the dungeon. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charles Dickens They have even within these narrow limits, what many well-endowed hospitals would not give them, a comfortable room of their own in which to take their meals. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Jules Verne They were in unknown regions of the mine; narrow passages crossed each other like the windings of a labyrinth. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

It was bluff in colour with a narrow longitudinal streak of fawn, while the blades of grass whereon it rested momentarily were green. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

One beautiful evening, they were wandering on the side of the Beatenberg, in the little narrow paths traced by the tread of the goats and their herdsmen. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Henry Adams Even within these narrow seas the navigator lost his bearings and followed the winds as they blew. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing The wind wails above their narrow tenements; the sandy soil, soaking in the rain as soon as it has fallen, is a symbol of the great world which absorbs their toil and straightway blots their being. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

John Lewis Burckhard The cella is entered from the pronaos through a narrow chamber; on either side of the cella is an apartment, equal to it in depth, but narrower; there is no adytum. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Stur The deep and narrow channel I had so frequently visited, and which I had hoped might still contain water, had long been dry, and thus was our retreat cut off in that quarter also. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Arthur Conan Doyle By the time that we had finished, the lugger had been run into a narrow creek, with shelving sandy banks on either side. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle How many others, outside those narrow limitations, may have added their presence and their blessing — who shall say? One last scene before we close the record. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle Down swooped the great cog into the narrow channel which was the portal to safety. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle A narrow door beyond opened into the residential part of the establishment. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

William Dampier Beyond which, further in still, the shore on each side closes so near with two points of low mangrove land as to make a narrow or strait, scarce half a mile wide. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Once Laura met him in a lonely spot between trees and she felt afraid, for the path was narrow and she was alone. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The war endorsed its every word for me, underlined each warning indication of the gigantic dangers that gathered against our system across the narrow seas. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Not so with Man, who, both from the vastness of his propensities and the vastness of his powers, feels himself chained and beset in a field too narrow for him. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sinclair Lewis A narrow concrete walk up to it. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

A narrow race of water runs between them with sweeping tides and tremendous tide-rips tumultuous in wild weather. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Jules Verne Obliquely to the oval of the island ran a stream through a wide meadow falling into the sea on the west by a narrow mouth. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells That means a narrow close struggle. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

The narrow pavements were smeared with a quantity of dogs’ excrement that was surprising, seeing that there were no dogs in sight. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Most of the locomotion in these parts is done by boats, and the residents look to the sea, with its narrow creeks, as their best highway from their farms to their best market. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri They turned and went back along the narrow way between the benches. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Gaston Leroux I calculated that we were in a narrow circular gallery, probably running all round the Opera, which is immense, underground. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman A narrow crack ran along the lowest curve. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]