Phrases with "nights"

Elizabeth Gaskell What makes her walk about for hours and hours o’ nights when she used to be abed and asleep? I sleep next room to her, and hear her plain as can be. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Boxer would even come out at nights and work for an hour or two on his own by the light of the harvest moon. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

M. P. Shiel They came up with it the same night; and two nights later arrived at the rendezvous given by the Swingoni—a mountain-road, where, in a grove, four gods of wood stood under four marulas. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nowhere was there any trace of that lonely man whom I had seen on the same spot two nights before. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

I’ve known them sit for days and nights without stirring from round a corpse, not taking a bite or sup the whole time. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis Rainy nights with folks sneaking through the rain to get at ’em, and all sorts of thingsready for anything, long as they just stuck together. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

But, on the other hand, I never knowed thieves break into a house two nights running, and both times go away empty-handed. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Robert Louis Stevenson I am one of Northmour’s oldest friends; and three nights ago, when I addressed him on these links, he stabbed me in the shoulder with a knife. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Elio But at last those five long days and nights were at an end, the funeral was over, and the carriages were returning through the park. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

George Elio But those agitated nights were producing a more fatal effect than was represented by these slight outward changes. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

John Galsworthy Don’t touch me!” They held each to the rail of the big bed where they had spent so many years of nights together. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Then in the hot nights of the south-west monsoon she slept dreamlessly under the bright stars on the platform built outside the house and over the river. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Among a certain small section air-raid nights afforded occasions for pyjama parties. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Arnold Bennett What a change! What a change that had seemed impossible until its full accomplishment! For months before the birth, she had glimpsed at nights and in other silent hours the tremendous upset. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Radclyffe Hall When the city seemed to be growing too airless, they motored off happily into the country, spending a couple of nights at an auberge, for France abounds in green, pleasant places. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

That night I sat smoking with Mr Wardlaw in his sitting-room, where a welcome fire burned, for the nights on the Berg were chilly. Prester John by John Buchan

Edgar Allan Poe It was one of those terrific nights which are only met with once or twice during a century. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

H. Rider Haggard Once more they beheld the face of the sun, and rejoiced in its warmth as only those can rejoice who for days and nights have lived in semi-darkness, wet to the skin and frozen to the marrow. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy Here on Saturday nights from seven till ten he took an almost innumerable succession of twopences from the farm laborers who flocked thither in crowds from the country. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing What can have possessed me to think of being an artist? Then I should have spent my days and nights in useless labour, and after all been miserably dependent upon the rich and proud. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Sinclair Lewis Why, my boy, you won’t need to sit up nights using your hands in this wasteful way, but just think things out and take up possible extensions of the work-cover all the possible fields. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The last of those airless nights passed. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

But he was hopelessly lost, and, all efforts to find it proving futile for three days and nights he had wandered despairingly in the bush with death facing him nearer and nearer every hour. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Arnold Bennett For five thousand nights she had wakened infallibly every time he stirred, and rearranged him by the flicker of a little oil lamp. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing Left to herself, Marcella had but slender support against a grim temptation already beckoning her in nights of sleeplessness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The climate was very delightful at this season, and the nights so cold I had to wrap myself well up in flannels. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

E. F. Benson But it is close on the hour when on two successive nights I saw what I have already told you, and an apparition usually occurs at the same time. In the Tube by E. F. Benson

His hammock from the ship had been hung for him on a side verandah, and he spent his nights in it on his back, his hands folded on his chest, in a sort of half conscious, oppressed stupor. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was much in this that might at times have entertained me; but for our misfortune, the weather was extremely harsh, the days were in the beginning open, but the nights frosty from the first. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

And no more of these mysterious murders, I suppose, which baffle t’police and keep me awake o’ nights thinking of ’em. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassant Formerly, he had been strong, lively, and gay, giving all his days to sport and all his nights to festive gatherings. Duchoux by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell She saw it in dreams more vivid than life, and as she fell away to slumber at nights her memory wandered in all its pleasant places. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

D. H. Lawrence For her Friday nights and her French lessons were gone. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft Cloudy nights keep up, and moon waning all the time. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Summer nights are often chilly. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He had an apartment in the house; he went in and out when he pleased; he passed his nights in gaming and drinking; he cut up so with the actresses that the police had to interfere. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells For all that week the days were cloudless, and the nights, nights of starry glory, that were invaded each a little more by a crescent moon. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

William Godwin She has even laid whole nights upon the landing-place near their chamber-door, when, mistakenly, or with reason, she apprehended that her father might break out into paroxysms of violence. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two nights later they met outside the town, all three armed, and one of them carrying a sack stuffed with the powder which was used in the quarries. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

How my blood was stirred! I lay awake of nights whispering in the darkness for her. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Bram Stoker I gave her my nights and days, before death, after death, and if my death can do her good even now, when she is the dead UnDead, she shall have it freely. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing In the dread nights she wondered if such a thing were possible. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Robert Green Ingersoll Well, I told them I hadn’t thought much about it — that I had never sat up nights on that question. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Machen A couple of nights ago, I went for a stroll after my dinner; a beautiful night, with the moon shining, and a nice, clean breeze. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Arthur Morrison Two nights later Lizerunt was going with a jug of beer, when somebody sprung from a dark corner, landed her under the ear, knocked her sprawling, and made off to the sound of her lamentations. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins Long afterward — in the dark Arctic days, in the dreary Arctic nights — he remembered how coldly and how passively that hand lay in his. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Some nights she could hear them going out together, and then she lay awake for their return from their long walk. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Jack London But the longest nights are the cold nights when a man shivers and lies awake. Lost Face by Jack London

Thomas Hardy So matters stood till three nights ago; I was then walking home from the pottery, and came up to the railway. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton When the moon had waned, and the nights were fresh or cloudy, they sat by the fire, and talked and talked, or turned over new books and reviews. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

G. K. Chesterton He would spend days and nights in the meadows stripping the shameless crimson coronals off the lilies of the field. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

One man had brooded over such tales till he became firmly convinced that the wild nights of his own fancy were realities. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Four nights his light slumber had been unbroken, but on this fifth night he suddenly awakened, every sense alert in the black darkness. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Willa Cather In some way the chill of her disillusionment would quiver through the long, black line which reached from the box-office down to Seventh Avenue on nights when she sang. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Miles Franklin Around the camp fires far out this gentleman could have heard the work of these poets he despised enlivening the bare nights of the unfurnished pioneer life. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

The first, when Policeman Holthusen was killed on the park lands, and the second, only two nights gone, when the unknown man escaped, so easily, from the Vice-regal gardens. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jonathan Swif Lord Treasurer told Mr. Lewis it should be done to-night; so he said five nights ago. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The picture of these studious nights spent in brooding over the figures in a share-list, the pages of a bank-book, chilled her soul. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

D. H. Lawrence She was a bad sleeper, and her nights were a torture to her. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Of days and nights it is demonstrative, That, like some aged star, gleam luridly. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Rudyard Kipling The heat from the thick brick walls struck him across the face as if it had been a hot towel; and he reflected that there were at least five nights and four days of this travel before him. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Daniel Defoe In a word, that God had destroyed Moses, or he was starved to death for want of food, having been forty days and forty nights absent. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Andrew Lang Three nights after that, the people of Barcelona were awakened by cries of “Fire!” The house and shop of the man who had bought “Ordinacions per los gloriosos reys de Arago” were blazing. The Library by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, dear Hollingsworth, your own vocation is evidently to be a priest, and to spend your days and nights in helping your fellow creatures to draw peaceful dying breaths. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Two nights ago she had crept into the shed, and lain there, unsuspected, ever since. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

Charles Dickens Though days and nights circled as regularly as when time was young, and the evening and morning were the first day, other count of time there was none. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Then for the last three nights he had lain expectant with his comrades upon the gravel pit side — waiting and waiting for the man who never came. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing Cecily saw this, and partly understood it; her heart was heavy through the long anxious nights passed in watching by the cradle. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis He did not lie awake, the two nights after his dream of terror. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling When I was upon a certain duty last month, I lay three nights in a grave-yard. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Victor Hugo In the summer, when the nights were fine, he slept outside with Homo. When thirteen, Dea had not yet become resigned to the arrangement. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Of all the nights in the previous seven years, that one only saw the unhappy son at home for a half hour’s meeting with his mother and sister. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

The nights were colder than ever. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Guy de Maupassant One might really think that it was one o’clock in the morning, and that I spent my nights away from home. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

H. G. Wells He would sneak out on moonless winter nights and stare up at the stars, and afterwards find it difficult to tell his father where he had been. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Arthur Machen On black winter nights he had seen the sparse lights glimmering through the rain and drawing close together, as the dreary road vanished in long perspective. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell I used to fancy you would forget me while I was away at aunt Shaw’s, and cry myself to sleep at nights with that notion in my head. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

James Joyce Lpf! Folty and folty all the nights have falled on to long my hair. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Dark are the days, and the nights are long, And sweet and fair was Snaebiorn’s song. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Edith Wharton Besides, the wandering man in him, the man used to mountains, to long lonely tramps, to the hush and mystery of nights in the open, felt himself in the toils of the old magic. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The hat was a gentleman’s hat, but it had been lying three days and nights in a bog. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

It is my belief that these women lie awake at nights thinking of new ways to torment their servants. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The summer assizes were now proceeding at Lancaster: in consequence of which, for three nights and three days, he had not lain down in a bed. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Wilkie Collins For three days and three nights the Fortuna ran before the storm, at the mercy of wind and sea. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

He made his choice with so much deliberation, and after such long nights and days of earnest thought, that he may be forgiven if he believed he had chosen wisely. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope We stay two nights at Saulsby, and then go on to Scotland, leaving papa at home. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Three nights had gone by; he hated himself; he thought of the boy without bitterness and with longing; he felt as if he were not worthy to meet the clear eyes of a child. Signa by Ouida

In the starlit nights the curlew came in from the sand-bars by twos and threes; I could hear their faint call as I lay in bed thinking. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Andrew Lang For three days and three nights she struggled through it, but could find nothing. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bath nights at Candleford Green were conducted on the old country system. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing Love would be affected by subtle sympathies; yet she slept peacefully through those nights when he wrestled with anguish; when he called upon her, she was deaf to the voice she should have heard. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Edgar Allan Poe Among other things, this: I had been nervous — drank too much strong green tea, and slept ill at night — in fact, for two nights I could not be properly said to sleep at all. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

He spent his nights at the different Hollywood churches, drawing the worshipers. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

James Joyce On Sunday nights there would often be a reunion in Mrs. Mooney’s front drawing-room. Dubliners by James Joyce

Andrew Lang Very good; you may have her if for three nights following you can prevent her making her escape. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Then the second sepoy, who had been enjoying the pipe all the time, told a tale, the purport of which was that the dead in the tombs round the lake were wont to get up of nights and go hunting. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The nights were pleasantly warm, the days blazing hot, the mosquitoes were becoming a nuisance, and in spite of the clean clothes we had brought from Barcelona we were almost immediately lousy. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle When at last we reached the door and peeped through we found him crouching at the window, candle in hand, his white, intent face pressed against the pane, exactly as I had seen him two nights before. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The nights and mornings are for the most part bright and clear. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

He seemed to have lived years since he had run along, with the angel’s gift, by the Greve water three nights before. Signa by Ouida

D.H. Lawrence Now, nights and days go racing over us like cloud-shadows and sunshine over the sea, and all the time we take no notice. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

James Joyce On nights when he came in very late it was she who warmed up his dinner. Dubliners by James Joyce

Meanwhile Jimmy Wilson would be elsewhere in the train, busy with his lessons for the morrow; for Jimmy had to help in the Emporium of nights — his father kept him to the grindstone. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

George Gissing I’d a deal rather have him doing this than spending all his nights at that club in Westminster Bridge Road, talking nonsense, and worse. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing My sleep was sound; I have passed nights of dreamless repose on beds which it would now make my bones ache only to look at. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Also, the misty nights might have been made for the thieves. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Meredith He remembered the needed refreshment of the sea-breezes aboard his yacht during the week following the sleep-discarded nights at Scrope’s and the green tables. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Dickens By slow but sure degrees, the terrors of that hateful corner swell until they beset him at all times; invade his rest, make his dreams hideous, and his nights dreadful. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

A. E. W. Mason It was one of those nightmare faces which had used to grow big and had come so horribly close to him in the dark nights of his boyhood as he lay in bed. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The aimless days and waking ghosts of nights came and went, came and went, until his misery became greater than he could bear. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Maria Edgeworth Mrs. Luttridge’s nights could not be passed without deep play. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Virginia Woolf It is a strange reflection that by travelling two days and nights you are in the heart of Italy. Accidental villas among olive trees appear; and men-servants watering the cactuses. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

It was one of those blue and lavender nights when the luminous color seems to have been blown over the scene with an air brush. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Robert Louis Stevenson Scores of us come here among the woods and dance for nights together, and are none the worse. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gaston Leroux When he’s working at that, he sees nothing; he does not eat, drink, or breathe for days and nights at a time . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Jules Verne The nights at this time of the year are very short, and as they are lighted by the moon, the route over the steppe is practicable. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Miles Franklin It gives me days and nights of agony. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Guy de Maupassant When the police searched the girl Prudent’s room they discovered a complete infant’s outfit, made by Rosalie herself, who had spent her nights for the last three months in cutting and sewing it. Rosalie Prudent by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli I pass the time chiefly these cold nights with a few holy-minded friends at our devotions. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

I’m nearly as impolite and disagreeable and ill-mannered as these two old Knickerbocker gents on each side of me that can’t sleep of nights because I bought in between ’em. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Did he spend sleepless nights because for months he vilely deceived Lord Newhaven? No. Rectitude was not in him. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Maria Edgeworth But I have these nights constantly now. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Borrow I sometimes passed nights without closing an eye; I took opiates, but they rather increased than alleviated my malady. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

The bare rocks in this glen and the walls of stone that form it become so heated during the day that the nights passed in it are most oppressive. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He then resumed his vigils as before, and persevered in observing them for many nights together. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

H.P. Lovecraft Thereafter, on the cloudy nights when I could not sleep, I saw the city often; sometimes under the hot, yellow rays of a sun which did not set, but which wheeled low in the horizon. Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft [1918]

He did not go off for nights at a time as he had done at Doncaster. That might come later — but at present it was as though the place cast a spell upon him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The baron was still young; he was not yet fifty, but anxiety, work, and long nights passed in struggling with the most arduous difficulties of the imperial policy, had made him old before his time. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne The nights seem even longer than the days. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Dr. Mallison said you ought to have a servant specially to wait upon you, that in your sleepless nights you might not be left alone. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence The big horn lantern which stood at nights at the end of the corridor she held in her hand. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Back from the edge of the floe! For our white and our excellent nights —— for the nights of swift running. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Rudyard Kipling I walk about daytimes thinkin’ o’ it till I sweats my underclothes wringin’, an’ I lie abed nights thinkin’ o’ it till I sweats my sheets all of a sop. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Andrew Lang This happened several nights running, and the Princess could not understand it at all. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling The door was shut; and it’s sound-tight for reasons connected with the last nights of the condemned. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Not a room assuredly for the occupation of an invalid—not a room in which to suffer sleepless nights and long hours of dull, wearing pain. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells It was black on the moonless nights and eerie by moonlight and often it was misty from the river. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Margaret Oliphant The nights are cold at this time of the year, and it is not always easy to strike our bit little landing in the dark; so we have to content ourselves with a poor offering to our friends. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Adam Lindsay Gordon In that truce the longest and last of all, In the summer nights of that festival — Soft vesture of samite and silken pall —   The beginning came of the ending. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Only fourteen nights of such bliss, and all the other nights of the year blank, and this not for one year, but for six or seven or eight. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Meanwhile Dr. Morrell came to call the night after their tea at the Putneys’, and he fell into the habit of coming several nights in the week, and staying late. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

I turned, and through days and nights I swam tirelessly, jubilantly; with terror wakening in me, too, and a whisper through my being that I must reach Ireland or die. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

I fancy even that concession cost her nights of agony. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

A. E. W. Mason I could have spoken—there was an opportunity on one of the Crimean nights at Broad Place, and a word might have been of value—and I held my tongue. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Such for three days and nights appeared the consummation which fate had decreed for my labours, and I became haggard and spectre-like, through anxiety and watching. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Willa Cather Last night reminded me of smothery May nights in Washington.” Mrs. St. Peter glanced up. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Pity we can’t manage to end every volume with a tidbit! Would it be dishonest to transfer a tale from one night or nights to another or others? I fancy not, as this is done in various editions. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

H. Rider Haggard But as to these men it is otherwise; we have followed them for nights and days, and must kill them. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Most melancholy at that time, O Friend! Were my day-thoughts, my nights were miserable. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Maria Edgeworth How little did I imagine, when I used to sit up at nights studying my old master’s books, that one of them would be the means of procuring me such honour. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London Two days and nights saw us near to perishing on that cliff, for there was way neither up nor down. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

And at the end of seven days and seven nights the lady came to him and bade him wish, for he had well deserved it. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Richard Burton In Egypt the summer nights and mornings are, generally speaking, pleasant, but the forenoons are sultry, and the afternoons are serious. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Zona Gale But yet all nights are good — save the night of the heart. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

H. G. Wells About dawn, perhaps, and in the morning sunshine, I sleep! The nights this last time were very short, never more than twilight, and I saw the glow of the sun always, just over the edge of the world. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells Most of my time was spent doing things for Uncle Frapp, and my evenings and nights perforce in the company of the two eldest of my cousins. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins My nervous system is shattered; my nights are nights of horror. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Willa Cather They surely looked forward to their Saturday nights in town. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

These poor people had sold everything, even their stove, and since the setting in of winter had spent their days and nights alike without a fire. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The nights which end with bacon and eggs and coffee offend me. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The ship has never come back, but somehow as people grow older they seem to think that one of these windy nights she’ll come sailing in over the hedges with all the lost ghosts on board. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Between the foresaid hills also is another water that on nights freezes hard and on days is no frost seen thereon. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Afterwards, when she looked back upon that time, days and nights merged themselves together so that she could never remember with perfect certainty how many of them there had been. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

On the darkest nights innumerable fire-flies flash their intermittent lights as they pass amongst the low bushes or herbage, making another twinkling firmament on earth. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Nevertheless in these days his nerves were frayed, he lay awake of nights listening anxiously for noises without, and he would awake suddenly in the sweat of a nameless terror. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Zona Gale But it’s easy to sleep, sir, no matter how warm the days are if only the nights are cool. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Sparkling streams dash through limestone fissures, the air is clear, and the nights are fresh and cool. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Now, on returning, without anything to excite the mind, and having always pitched the tent at night, I enjoyed cooler nights and perfect rest. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Lewis Carroll Now here, we mostly have days and nights two or three at a time, and sometimes in the winter we take as many as five nights together — for warmth, you know. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Three nights at most; and, as for your aunt’s money and the Church — my love, we must use no influence to hinder any sickening soul from making peace with heaven. Signa by Ouida

Jules Verne The difficulty of finding the way in the darkness through the labyrinth of icebergs can well be imagined! It took no less than four days and four nights to get back to the island. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

All that went on during those days and nights flowed aVay into space. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins But the bed-furniture was destroyed; and the room, as a matter of course, was rendered uninhabitable, for that night at least, and probably for more nights to come. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Hardy The nights were getting short at this season, and soon the dawn appeared, and the first rays of the sun. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Dickens Twelve nights and eleven days we had been driving in the boat, when old Mr. Rarx began to be delirious, and to cry out to me to throw the gold overboard or it would sink us, and we should all be lost. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

George Gissing If I ask, she only retorts by asking me where I spend the nights when I am with you, and laughs contemptuously when I tell her the truth. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy He had anticipated much pleasure in this afternoon’s reading, under the quiet roof of his great-aunt’s house as formerly, where he now slept only two nights a week. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anatole France I passed many nights and days on the divan of the deckhouse, turning always the same ideas in my mind. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Frederick Marryat The nights were dark and long, and their oil for their lamp was getting low. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

November 1943-February 1944 Three nights later old Major died peacefully in his sleep. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But what I say is—why not stay in his bed like a Christian at nights instead of traipsing all over the place? What does he want to do it for? That’s what I ask myself. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton If a lover can separate the joys of love from its setting, he felt a separate delight in knowing that his first days and nights with Halo were to be spent at sea. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Andrew Lang The following morning the marriage ceremony took place, and for three days and three nights there was nothing but feasting over the whole kingdom. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On Saturday nights about a third of the male population of the quarter was drunk. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Edith Wharton It isn’t so bad on Italian nights — then she comes late, and there’s time to digest. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Many’s the night I was in and out of those attics, following my poor uncle when he had a bad turn on him — the horrors, y’ know — there were nights he never stopped walking through the house. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

H. G. Wells And the women I work with day after day! I lie awake at nights and think how I may be growing like them . A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry James Poor man, fancy your having a ‘side’— you, you — and spending your days and your nights looking at it! I’d as soon pass my life looking at an advertisement on a hoarding. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. G. Wells My days I devote to reading and to experiments in chemistry, and I spend many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

William Hope Hodgson The three following nights passed quietly; and then, on the fourth, all those curious signs and hints culminated suddenly in something extraordinarily grim. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

John Lewis Burckhard My guide, in constant dread of the Sheygya, would not allow me to light a fire, although the nights were now very cold. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

The Chief Commissioner of Police silently accepted my challenge, and two nights later three of my patrols espied Detective Spratt hiding in a ditch. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Sigmund Freud If you stayed at L—— for four nights longer, the dream might have occurred four times over. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Arthur Machen At all events, he would think no more of that sad house in the field; he would return to those long struggles with letters, to the happy nights when he had gained victories. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Margaret Oliphant She closed her eyes in that wonderful consciousness of some great mercy that had happened to her; the first time she had closed them voluntarily for many nights and days. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Sir Walter Scott They had no tents to striket having generally, and by choice, slept upon the open field, although the autumn was now waning and the nights began to be frosty. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Charles Dickens Sixteen nights and fifteen days, twenty nights and nineteen days, twenty-four nights and twenty-three days. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Isabella Bird The nights were more glorious than the days, when the broad full moon would shed her light upon the water with a brilliancy unknown in our foggy clime. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

I was right, for two nights ago Roger Moreland, who was an intimate friend of Whyte’s, called on me, and produced the marriage certificate, which he offered to sell to me for five thousand pounds. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume