Phrases with "narrow"

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

Thomas Paine Wherefore, I reprobate the phrase of Parent or Mother Country applied to England only, as being false, selfish, narrow and ungenerous. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Edith Wharton His head was covered by a new Panama hat, and his narrow black tie, half undone, dangled down on his rumpled shirt-front. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Amory was beyond that now; he turned off the street and darted into an alley, narrow and dark and smelling of old rottenness. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

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]

Each of the four walls had, at ground level, a narrow entrance, plastered without a trace of woodwork. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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]

Nikolai Gogol How many carriages and waggons were there! One was wide behind and narrow in front; another narrow behind and wide in front. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Richard and the Signora took care to conceal the poignancy of their regret at parting with the girl who had brought such new brightness into their narrow lives. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He’s had escapes without number and escapes by so narrow a margin that it’s quite incredible how he’s managed so many times to get away. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Edgar Allan Poe It was most narrow at its northern extremity, opening out as it tended southwardly, but with no very precise regularity. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton Tony dashed through the gate, his rescuer slammed and bolted it, and the two stood in a narrow paved well between high houses. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Up the steep, narrow lane we ran with that bedlamite crowd at our heels. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Algernon Blackwood I moved through the long, narrow room, keeping close beside the wall, taking up my position finally about halfway down, where I could command the six tall windows and the door. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson The way is so narrow that you can lay a hand on either wall; so steep that, in greasy winter weather, the pavement is almost as treacherous as ice. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

His mouse-coloured grosgrain suit was trimmed with a narrow edging of silver braid, his waistcoat buttons were filigree silver. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The sidewalk was narrow where she stood; presently a great wave of people, pouring out of the theater, came flooding along it, and she and little Billy were swept along with the crowd. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

A big old hind, barren by her grey muzzle and narrow flanks, broke from the wood, and behind her the covert was suddenly filled with a babel of noise. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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

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]

Jules Verne The entrance into this metallic tower was by a narrow aperture contrived in the wall of the cone. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Byrne watched him step out on a narrow path. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

She stepped into the room and saw a man sitting up on a narrow bed. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Theodore Dreiser She stood before a short, narrow mirror that surmounted a shabby bureau, thinking. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Radclyffe Hall In this room had been placed a narrow camp-bed to which Jamie retired when she felt extra sleepless. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle Rebecca followed her, and noticing the change, interpreted it in her own narrow fashion. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

John Lewis Burckhard After continuing in the Wady for an hour beyond the defile, we entered a narrow inlet in the east­ern chain, and rested near a spring called Abou Szoueyr (ﺮﻳﻮﺻ ﻮﺑﺍ). Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Then we got into narrow steep streets which descended to a kind of big canal. Greenmantle by John Buchan

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

However, I saw that while pitying the “narrow spirit” of the Nikonites, these old people willingly and with great satisfaction kept one another within narrow bounds. In the World by Maksim Gorky

That scarcely appealed to him, and he ran on round the curving rim, following the narrow path that intervened between the line of thrones and the mire. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Motionless, with a grave face, he raised his hands slightly at me in a gesture which meant clearly, “Heavens! what a narrow escape!” Narrow indeed. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Henry James In each of these rigid receptacles was a narrow table — a table expected under stress to accommodate no less than four pairs of active British elbows. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Henry James The little Ludlows had not yet, even from the American point of view, reached the proper tourist-age; so that while her sister was with her Isabel had confined her movements to a narrow circle. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Henry Bragg The α radiation was limited by lead stops to a narrow pencil, and the ionisation chamber made wide and shallow. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

It was very narrow, — so narrow that only two could walk abreast without falling into the ditch which ran along each side. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

But even that narrow escape did not steady me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They crossed Shaftesbury Avenue, traversed another narrow street for a short distance, and then turned abruptly to the right. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Wilkie Collins Clean shaven, with the exception of narrow half-whiskers’— and so on. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Kate Chopin So small a place, that with his desk and his clerk’s desk, a narrow bed in one corner, and two chairs, there was scant room for a man to more than turn himself comfortably about. At Fault by Kate Chopin

There was a kind of narrow platform along the center. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

He turned into narrow by-roads and zig-zagged repeatedly to right and left all the time, proceeding at such a pace that the heart of his companion beat most unpleasantly. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Here the white marble ledge broadened before what seemed to be a deep, narrow niche. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arnold Bennett The shop was narrow and lofty. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope It is a small and narrow point that turns the rushing train to the right or to the left. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

The road brought us through a narrow and wooded glen. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne John Bunsby had requested his passengers to go below; but this imprisonment in so narrow a space, with little air, and the boat bouncing in the gale, was far from pleasant. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton In her small narrow head the only marked prominence was that of the brow projecting roundly over pale spectacled eyes. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Gissing True, this also might mean nothing but a sense of relief from narrow means; a girl would naturally adorn herself a little under the circumstances. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

It yielded at once to my touch and disclosed a flight of narrow stairs. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells A man seated in a little open-work cradle shot by from some point still higher than the little narrow bridge, rushing down a cable as swiftly almost as if he were falling. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Now, she need never know what her uncle was and what a narrow escape she herself had. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Thomas Hardy Your wide heaven of study, young man, will soon reduce itself to the miserable narrow expanse of her face, and your myriad of stars to her two trumpery eyes. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

One night when Margaret had gone up to her room, I put on a light overcoat, went out into the night and prowled for a long time through the narrow streets, smoking and thinking. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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

T. E. Lawrence The winter rains had cut this into a channel four feet deep, narrow and winding, which served us as an admirable approach till within three hundred yards of the line. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Turning sharply to the left, she followed a narrow wagon road, serving to avoid a dark body on the ground. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

They also descended the Champs-Elysees, plunged into the long narrow streets of the Saint-Germain district, and at a bound filled up all the open spaces and deserted squares. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope Here the road passes through the water, the accommodation of a narrow wooden bridge having been afforded for those on foot. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Beyond the cape a river has its entrance, and through the jungle of that land there is a narrow path. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Crefton finished his dressing and made his way to the head of a narrow staircase. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Anthony Trollope After a while the door was opened, and those who were passing might have seen Captain Boodle, slowly and with hesitating steps, enter the narrow passage before the lady. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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]

They selected a cottage whiter and neater than the others, which stood at a corner, where a narrow lane turned southward. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Olaf Stapledon By now the bomber was over the narrow sea. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

John Morley Burke was now rewarded by the discovery that his labours had earned for him recognition and gratitude beyond the narrow limits of a rather exclusive party. Burke by John Morley [1879]

John Lewis Burckhard E. On the other side we descended N.E. into a narrow valley on the declivity of the mountain, where we alighted, after a long day’s march of twelve hours and a quarter. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

But lingering near the jail I heard a whistle, and there was Cul de Jatte at a narrow window twenty feet from earth. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The carriage-drive wound sharply round to a shallow flight of steps, and a broad door with a narrow window upon each side of it. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

Edgar Rice Burroughs How could I sleep with that ferocious thing prowling about the narrow confines of our prison? Should I close my eyes it might be to open them again to the feel of those mighty jaws at my throat. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Jules Verne I was resting in a narrow bunk with coverings over me. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

The occupants of these airy pinnacles took advantage of their situation to shower down stones and arrows on the troops, as they defiled through the narrow passes of the sierra. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

A secret door existed also in this chamber, hidden behind muslin hangings; it led down the same narrow staircase already mentioned to the kitchen, and thence out into the yard. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a narrow road, and nothing that I could have done would have averted an accident. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Abraham Merri At the base of the cliff was a long and narrow pool, like a small dosed stream. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant The full moon made a narrow path of silver, a long bright line, which fell on the yellow sand, between the round, opaque crowns of the dark trees. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

The path ran along the bottom of a narrow canyon and wherever weeds could get a purchase in its steep banks they flowered in purple, blue and yellow. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Arthur Conan Doyle You’ll hardly believe me, but I’ve seen at the distance of five hundred yards the bullets humming through the narrow slits as thick as bees. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

The barrel of the ribs was as narrow as that of a skeleton: the legs had shrunk so that the knees were thicker than the thighs. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The aperture of the window was so narrow that there was barely space for their two heads together, and she found her smooth cheek grazing his harsh one. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

William Cowper Lands intersected by a narrow frith Abhor each other. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Elizabeth Gaskell At last she said, and I think the tears were in her eyes: “My poor little fellow, you have had a narrow escape with your life since I saw you last. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Arthur Schopenhauer But the years of youth allotted to a man are short, and memory is, in general, bound within narrow limits; still more so, the memory of any one individual. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

George Eliot And if life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie? Nothing but poverty and the companionship of her mother’s narrow griefs, perhaps of her father’s heart-cutting childish dependence. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

The virtues of narrow natures such as George’s seem of no use to anyone except possibly to their owner. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Finding this impassable, we made our way through a breach in the battlemented wall, and thence up a narrow road down which had been poured a cataract of débris. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Osman Aga’s house was situated in a narrow lane, leading out of the street which leads into one of the principal bazaars. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Henry Handel Richardson This was the first railway journey she had made by herself, and there was an intoxicating sense of freedom in being locked in, alone, within the narrow compass of the compartment. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

As we glide towards the anchorage two features attract my attention: the Morro or hill-ridge on the mainland, and the narrow strip which forms the harbour. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Richard Burton An islet of limestone rock defends the entrance, leaving a narrow passage to the south. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle Our cabs were dismissed, and, following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

What, of all these villains, may I only attack one, and can’t I imprison even him, as he has me? Such narrow law encourages men to violence, who burn under wrongs like mine. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

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]

Seven hours left! He paces the narrow limits of his cell with rapid strides, cold drops of terror starting on his forehead, and every muscle of his frame quivering with agony. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

The roads, in these regions, were in some places so narrow and broken, as to be nearly impracticable for cavalry. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edgar Allan Poe The philosopher’s amazement did not prevent a narrow scrutiny of the stranger’s dress and appearance. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

A narrow paved passage took them into what had once been the garden room, where the lady of the house had arranged her flowers, and the tennis racquets and croquet mallets had been kept. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Charles Dickens So we advanced into this ghostly city, continuing to hold our course through narrow streets and lanes, all filled and flowing with water. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

William Henry Bragg A narrow pencil of X rays passes upwards through apertures in lead plates at A and B, along the axis of the ionisation chamber, and out into the open. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Andrew Lang This he unlocked, and found himself in a narrow passage closed by another door, which he also opened. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He seemed, nervous and undecided, and the car had some very narrow escapes; indeed many times it was only by a matter of mere inches that they escaped disaster. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Cresset arrived a few minutes afterwards and Roland Martin, not content with his narrow escape of the morning, only entered the carriage when the train was on the point of leaving. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H.P. Lovecraft The vault had been dug from a hillside, so that the narrow ventilation funnel in the top ran through several feet of earth, making this direction utterly useless to consider. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Rafael Sabatini You have had a narrow escape, sir. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

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

Three narrow windows upon one side of this room looked towards the shrubbery and grove at the back of the house, and the trunks of the trees looked gaunt and black in the spring twilight. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton The rain had ceased, and under the clear evening sky the restaurant garden opened green depths that skilfully hid its narrow boundaries. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Madame Seraphine’s house was at the end, a narrow house, with tall old-fashioned windows curtained with amber satin. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

John Lewis Burckhard At one hour and three quar­ters the valley is contracted into a narrow pass, between low hills of sand-stone, bearing traces of very violent torrents. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

T. E. Lawrence In foreign politics he betrayed a mind as narrow as it had been broad in unworldly things; with much of that destructive tendency of little men to deny the honesty of opponents. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope He was right in this, for about half-way home, at a narrow turn, he came upon Mr. Arabin, who was on horseback. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

What he wanted was to catch one glimpse of that empty space from his present standpoint, and he was both astonished and relieved to note how narrow and inconspicuous it looked. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Close by the stage-door, which was in a dark, narrow passage, stood a woman with veiled face, a shawl muffling the upper part of her body. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

As though led by a guide at his elbow he turned up a dark and narrow street that was as silent as an empty pocket. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

We followed a narrow shelf on its left side (or ‘true right’, as mountaineers would call it) until we could go no farther. Prester John by John Buchan

Arnold Bennett You moved about in narrow alleys among upstanding, unyielding metallic enormities, and you felt fragile and perilously soft. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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]

Its quivering stopped, and the faint noise of thunder ceased all at once, as though the ship had steamed across a narrow belt of vibrating water and of humming air. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Sir Walter Scott A brook, which issued from a narrow glen among the hills, entered, at Westburnflat, upon the open marshy level, which, expanding about half a mile in every direction, gives name to the spot. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The andirons were of indifferently polished steel, and on either side of the fireplace two Ionic pilasters of dark oak supported a narrow mantel-ledge. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Willa Cather Paul was tall for his age and very thin, with high, cramped shoulders and a narrow chest. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

G. K. Chesterton It was a long, narrow parallelogram, which had a flat wall at one end and ought to have had a flat wall at the other; but that end was broken by a wedge or angle of space, like the prow of a ship. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Meredith She cannot see widely, and is one of the wild while the fit lasts; and, after it, that savage narrow vision she had of the unbeloved retains its vivid print in permanence. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

It was in trying to get a nearer look at this that I stumbled, and, looking down, saw at my feet a flight of narrow stone steps green with moss and mildew. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

I had what is called, I believe, a narrow escape. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

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

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]

Edmund Burke In that Constitution, elective, temporary, local judges, such as you have contrived, exercising their dependent functions in a narrow society, must be the worst of all tribunals. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

H. Rider Haggard Down this the stone rushed like an arrow from a bow, till it reached the narrow waist of the bridge, whereof the general conformation bore some resemblance to that of a dead wasp lying on its back. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Ann Radcliffe Still more she was so, when, having traversed it, she perceived one extremity terminate in a narrow stair case, that appeared to lead to other chambers. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

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]

It was situated at the back of the house, and its windows, deeply recessed and heavily curtained, derived their light from a narrow court. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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]

Jules Verne They would be less formidable in a narrow space, and there would not be the same risk of suffocation from cold. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Francis Bacon Such instances not only accelerate and strengthen the exclusive process, but also drive the affirmative or form itself into a narrow compass. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Her sorrows had followed each other in gloomy succession, with only narrow intervals of peace between them. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James It had a narrow garden, in the manner of a terrace, productive chiefly of tangles of wild roses and other old stone benches, mossy and sun-warmed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray Irving had such a small house and such narrow rooms, because there was a great number of people to occupy them. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Gertrude Stein IN BETWEEN. In between a place and candy is a narrow foot-path that shows more mounting than anything, so much really that a calling meaning a bolster measured a whole thing with that. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

But the flock was heading right, narrow in front, marshalled by vigilant four-footed watchmen, with the leaders making straight for the narrow pass. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

George Eliot At one end of the room was an archway opening into a narrow inner room, hardly more than a recess, where the light fell from above on a small altar covered with fair white linen. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

E. T. A. Hoffmann We descended a flight of steep, narrow stairs, and came to a narrow postern, which he unlocked, and let us out into the court-yard. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

John Lewis Burckhard A juvenile Osiris, with a narrow beard, and a tiara on his head, accompanied by two small upright figures, about four feet in height, one on each side of his legs. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

The islands were mountain summits; or, more accurately speaking, the country was a high tableland, fissured everywhere by narrow and apparently bottomless cracks. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Mark Twain It is pushed out into the sea on the end of a flat, narrow strip of land, and is suggestive of a “gob” of mud on the end of a shingle. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had been threading his way swiftly, and with the air of one well acquainted with the neighborhood, through a network of narrow streets and courts, filthy and poverty stricken. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Jules Verne The bit of strand was only a few square yards in area, quite a narrow strip. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The all-powerful Mahars of Pellucidar are great reptiles, some six or eight feet in length, with long narrow heads and great round eyes. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

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]

G. K. Chesterton There is really, in a narrow but intense way, a tradition of Emily Brontë: as there is a tradition of St. Peter or Dr. Johnson. People talk as if they had known her, apart from her works. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Our narrow kingdom here the Tiber bounds; That other side the Latian state surrounds, Insults our walls, and wastes our fruitful grounds. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Guy de Maupassant He was a strong young man, bearded, healthy-looking, with wide shoulders, narrow mind, and joyous disposition. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Rafael Sabatini He led her to an obscure wine-shop mid-way down a narrow street. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

A narrow ledge, sprinkled with green snow, wound along the cliff to the right; it was the only available path. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

G. K. Chesterton In a narrow street, in a den of vice, you do not expect civilization, you do not expect order. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Francis Bacon To the side of the glass there should be affixed a strip of paper, narrow and oblong, and marked with as many degrees as you choose. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Jack London I drift with the crowd out of the square into a tangle of narrow streets, where the public-houses are a-roar with drunkenness, men, women, and children mixed together in colossal debauch. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

John Galsworthy She plucked a basket full of the best blossoms, took them up to Dinny’s narrow and conventual bedroom, and disposed them in bowls by the bedside and on the window-sill. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

The narrow life to which she doomed herself, the self-immolation which she called duty, left her a prey to this one thought. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Scott It was now withdrawn, however, and showed a narrow recess, with steps which ascended on one side into the thickness of the wall. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

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

Her ideas run in such a narrow groove. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

The Widow Ryan’s three children were playing, as I have said, upon the narrow old road in front of her door. The Child that went with the Fairies by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle The narrow passage led us into a quadrangle paved with flags and lined by sordid dwellings. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Then he crossed the yard, lifted the rusty latch of a narrow wooden door set in a plastered wall, and went into a dismal stone court, where one lonely hen was moulting in miserable solitude. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

A larger desk, used by MacEveril and young Batley, crossed the lower end of the room, facing the window; and near it was the narrow door that opened to Mr. Paul’s room. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

The narrow Strait was very calm, and the hot, fiery light of the tropic evening resting upon it, made it look like oil rather than water. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle This narrow margin of grass between the path and the flowerbed. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Uncle Silas raised himself, and looked with a hard, narrow scrutiny at the unknown young lady. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle She is a tall, slim girl, with a wealth of auburn hair, through which a narrow gold band, circling her head, was entwined. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Charles Stur From its original depth of nine feet, it now scarcely measured two, and instead of extending from bank to bank it occupied only a narrow line in the centre of the channel. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

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

Guy de Maupassan Four trellised arbors covered with honeysuckle and clematis formed the four corners of the garden, which was divided into little beds of vegetables separated by narrow paths bordered with fruit trees. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Perhaps he might feel a sort of narrow local patriotism in recalling these scenes to public notice by description, at a time when they had been irretrievably extinguished as realities. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Marjorie Bowen My lord watched these carts go by until the sun was above the chimney-pots and shining down the narrow street. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

We got over the stile upon the narrow road that skirts the churchyard. Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle They passed by a narrow and winding track, through the great wood of Nouaille, and found before them a marshy valley down which ran a sluggish stream. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

For the first time in my narrow and concentrated life another human being had really thrust into my being and gripped my very heart. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edmund Burke Paris is compact; she has an enormous strength, wholly disproportioned to the force of any of the square republics; and this strength is collected and condensed within a narrow compass. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Willa Cather He spoke Spanish fluently, and the sunny warmth of that tongue kept him from being quite as hard as his chin, or as narrow as his popular science. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I’ll finish cutting out that sleeve for you, and I’ll give you some trimming for it I have some narrow satin ribbon of a colour that will just match it’ ‘You’re very kind, miss. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

From this balcony we looked down on Petrarch’s garden, which, presently speaking, is but a narrow space with more fruit than flowers in it. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle But always I had the same feeling that the heart of Maracot was not in the job, and that other plans were in that queer high, narrow Egyptian mummy of a head. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

The space was limited, and the cups of tea were crowded together, narrow grey napkins with long fringes lying between each two. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Ivan Turgenev In the corners, Chinese censers were smoking, on the floor lay brocaded cushions along a narrow rug. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Machen There were lights shining within the sanctuary, through the narrow archway. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

G. K. Chesterton A denunciation of harmless sports did not always mean an ignorant hatred of what no one but a narrow moralist would call harmful. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Julian Hawthorne I remember one feature that particularly impressed me — a narrow cleft or chasm of considerable depth, into which the old fellows are said to have thrown their prisoners when they became refractory. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Chief Inspector Heat raised his eyebrows at the black, narrow back, which remained obstinately presented to his intelligence and his zeal. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Eliot You may’s well try to turn a waggon in a narrow lane. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

A. E. W. Mason The narrow meagre strip of green close by the water’s edge upon each bank was the only response which the Soudan made to Spring and Summer and the beneficent rain. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Gissing Whilst she was getting ready he took John aside into the parlour, to impart a strange piece of news he had brought from Clerkenwell. ‘Mrs. Peckover has had a narrow escape of being poisoned. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

We went to the mouth of the shaft called the Dolores, which has a narrow opening, and is entered by perpendicular ladders. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

John Galsworthy A narrow spiral staircase wormed into it at the far corner, and a subdued light radiated from a single green-paper-shaded bulb hanging in the centre. Over the River by John Galsworthy

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]

Mark Twain There are one hundred and sixty catacombs under Rome, each with its maze of narrow passages crossing and recrossing each other and each passage walled to the top with scooped graves its entire length. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain