Phrases with "nocturnal"

Being obliged to cross the Oiselle to reach the Reche, and fearing the ferryman would notice his frequent nocturnal voyages, the baron had an old boat repaired which he had not used for years. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells So that even the gold on the table was handled by Mr. Ledbetter. This nocturnal packing was peculiar. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

In the stillness beyond the window the nocturnal noise of the city heaved wearily, and cold air blew on their faces and shoulders. Mother by Maksim Gorky

A few exceptional cases, however, of bright-coloured nocturnal species have been recorded. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Father has handed down to son, and author to author, that this nocturnal thief subsists by milking the flocks. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arnold Benne But remember, at the start, those ninety nocturnal minutes thrice a week must be the most important minutes in the ten thousand and eighty. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Edith Wharton And after a while he ceased to feel anything except that he was obscurely, infinitesimally a part of this great nocturnal splendour . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Nisus observ’d the discipline, and said: “Our eager thirst of blood may both betray; And see the scatter’d streaks of dawning day, Foe to nocturnal thefts. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Victor Hugo Thus it sometimes happens that the belated nightingale prolongs her nocturnal song till dawn. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arnold Bennett And across the yard he had a momentary glimpse of those nude nocturnal forms, unconsciously attitudinizing in the bakehouse. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle That one dint in the short, green grass was the only material witness left of this inexplicable nocturnal flight. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Wolfe Sometimes, through the still air, a shot, the letting of nocturnal blood. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edgar Rice Burroughs During this period Tarzan paid many nocturnal visits to the village, where he often renewed his supply of arrows. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The Romantic heroine is a peculiar creature, much given to swooning and weeping, yet always impeccably clad in no matter what nocturnal emergency she is surprised. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. G. Wells A nocturnal newspaper reporter, mistaking my brother for the traffic manager, to whom he bears a slight resemblance, waylaid and tried to interview him. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

It was this nocturnal adventure which had affected the character of Peyrol's forenoon talk with the lieutenant. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Virginia Woolf But were the chickens safe? Was that some one moving downstairs? Rebecca with the toothache? No. The nocturnal women were beating great carpets. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps some religious order such as normally employ nocturnal watches and the relieving of guard would protect such a place. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells And yet that nocturnal tramp along the Maidenhead Road, which I took whenever I could, is real and living to me still. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Walter Scott Somnambulism and other nocturnal deceptions frequently lend their aid to the formation of such phantasmata as are formed in this middle state, betwixt sleeping and waking. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Kate Chopin Perhaps the only night in the year that some or other of the negroes did not lurk in fence corners, or make exchange of nocturnal visits. At Fault by Kate Chopin

On the relative colours of diurnal and nocturnal Lepidoptera, see ibid. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Gaston Leroux We did not wish to suggest in any way that Mademoiselle Stangerson had been expecting her nocturnal visitor. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Jeremy Bentham Even nocturnal irruption into the house would neither be so dangerous nor so alarming, when the individual, warned by threats, was able to take measures for escape or defence. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Arthur Conan Doyle I had nothing to do with my host going off upon a nocturnal excursion and meeting so sad an end. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The usual array of nocturnal refreshments stood upon the great round table, and Haslam was officiating as host to Fraser and his young Russian friend. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Edith Wharton In his own brain was the same nocturnal quiet and serenity. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Sigmund Freud With other persons it is often much easier to prove the complete analogy between the nocturnal dream and the day-dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jules Verne The Victoria ascended to a height of five hundred feet, and, during her nocturnal trip of about sixty miles, the gentle slumbers of an infant would not have been disturbed by her motion. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

These considerations somewhat lightened my inquietude upon her account: But the impression left upon my mind by my nocturnal Visitor grew stronger with every succeeding moment. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

H.P. Lovecraft The nocturnal barking of the dogs whenever the moon. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

G. K. Chesterton The phrase is a fine one, and suggests a mystic, elvish, nocturnal hunting. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

One of the girls gave me an account of a nocturnal visit which the robbers paid them last winter. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Victor Hugo The uneasiness of nocturnal fear, increased by the spectral houses, increased the weight of the sad burden under which he was struggling. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jack London Every night, regularly, at nine, at twelve, at three, they lifted a nocturnal song, a weird and eerie chant, in which it was Buck’s delight to join. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Victor Hugo The lady was covered with nocturnal glitterings, like a milky way. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Isabella Bird Such walls are no real protection, but serve to keep the flocks and herds from nocturnal depredators. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells The young man in the village was, if possible, more perplexed, round-eyed and generally inconclusive than anyone else in this series of nocturnal disturbances. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edith Wharton The sound was so unnatural, breaking in on the deep nocturnal dumbness of dim trees and starlit sky, that she drew back startled. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Edith Wharton In the mysterious nocturnal separation from all outward signs of life, she felt herself more strangely confronted with her fate. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft Surely the end was near; for my bower was discovered, and the objective of my nocturnal journeys revealed. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle We had never before seen them save at night, and indeed they are nocturnal animals save when disturbed in their lairs, as these had been. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

These nocturnal illusions, these imaginary sights and sounds, come of brooding on a single idea, and often usher in a calamity one trembles to think of. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne Diurnal or nocturnal observations gave the exact position of the island, and consequently of the ice-field. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells At the sight of her my nocturnal eloquence became preposterous and all the moral values altered altogether. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft Couches were brought down by the servants, who were told not to mind any nocturnal actions of the cats, and Nigger–Man was admitted as much for help as for companionship. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

He indulged in some rowing and polo, he was master of the drag-hounds, he worried his neighbours by nocturnal practising of the horn. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Ralph Waldo Emerson As gas-light is found to be the best nocturnal police, so the universe protects itself by pitiless publicity. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Sigmund Freud This I absolutely and unconditionally believe to be the case, apart from the dreams of children, and perhaps the brief dream-reactions to nocturnal sensations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells Then, those large eyes, with that capacity for reflecting light, are common features of nocturnal things — witness the owl and the cat. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arnold Bennett In that hall, though exterior nocturnal life was but just stirring into activity, it seemed that the middle of the night had come, and that these two women alone watched in a mansion full of sleepers. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He quitted the house at nine o’clock, walked down to the riverside, and paced along the deserted quays in the dense nocturnal darkness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arnold Bennett It was in this order, no longer under the spell of the changing beauty of nocturnal landscapes, that they finished the journey. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Borrow This nocturnal journey endured so long that I almost lost all hope of reaching the town, and had closed my eyes in a doze, though I still trudged on mechanically, leading the horse. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

E. F. Benson If he wanted to run the risk of being the prey of the legendary nocturnal monster, or quietly drink himself to death, it was his affair. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

Walter Scott He was disappointed; not the slightest sound reached his ear; and the nocturnal visitor, if still in the room, appeared determined on silence. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Edith Wharton He held a match to the candle, and in a moment or two a faint circle of light fell on the pale aguish heads that started out of the shadow like the heads of nocturnal animals. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Bram Stoker I am beginning to feel this nocturnal existence tell on me. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft Her nocturnal listening had bred some morbid hallucinations which she confided to the doctor with hesitancy, and which he ridiculed in talking to her, although they made him ponder deeply when alone. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

H. G. Wells Then quietly the electric lights came on again, and an uproar of nocturnal newsvendors began in the streets. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Edith Wharton His nocturnal flight down the river had carried him to Ponte di Po, the point where the Piana flows into the Po, the latter river forming for a few miles the southern frontier of the duchy. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

He was thinking of Dain’s return, of Dain’s nocturnal interview with Lakamba, of its possible influence on his long-matured plans, now nearing the period of their execution. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope Therefore Dolly did not put out her candle, and arrayed herself for bed in the costume with which she was wont to make her nocturnal visits. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Machen I began my investigations into the case of James Roberts and his nocturnal visitant. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells Darkness recaptured the nocturnal town. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Marie de France, the Anglo-Norman writer,153 tells of a werewolf that is by day a gallant knight and kindly gentleman, yet goes on nocturnal marauding expeditions. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Arthur Conan Doyle In this way we should be able to watch our man if he struck a light, and see what his object was in this stealthy nocturnal visit. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Olaf Stapledon Though swarms of them had migrated outward into the forest and the frost to escape the nocturnal terror, many remained. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Caroline Lamb Your nocturnal rambles, your daily visits to the western cliff, your altered manner—all have been observed by me and Buchanan” “Oh, say not, at least, that he accuses me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H.P. Lovecraft An indication of my poor nervous health can be gained from my response to an odd discovery which I made on one of my nocturnal rambles. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Anthony Trollope He had no confidence in his dress coat, which he was aware had been damaged by nocturnal orgies. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

With Uncle Ned he held long nocturnal conversations, and the old man told him his simple and hard story of exile, suffering, and injustice among cruel whites. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells London ten years ago was much less nocturnal than it is now. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jules Verne With nightfall had begun the nocturnal concert of animals driven from their hiding-places by hunger and thirst. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Thomas Wolfe The streets were deserted, save for an occasional taxi-cab that drilled past on some urgent nocturnal quest. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells Sometimes, however, when I could not fix my attention upon my books, I would slip off to Wilton Street and Victoria Street where there was a nocturnal promenade under the electric lamps. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

To put one’s self into a passion; to stroll out on a nocturnal frolic, and alarm a neighbourhood, or to create a disturbance in any shape, was to flare up. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edith Wharton The cold brief daylight had vanished in a blaze of nocturnal illumination. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James Laura Wing was conscious of her own ignorance; nevertheless she presumed to believe that she could have taught Geordie and Ferdy the alphabet without anticipatory nocturnal researches. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Victor Hugo This nocturnal procession stepped through the wicket in file, like a procession of penitents, without any solution of continuity, with a funereal care to make no noise — gravely, almost gently. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle The nocturnal visitor was a young man, frail and thin, with a black moustache, which intensified the deadly pallor of his face. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton Archer had the nocturnal perspective of Fifth Avenue almost to himself. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle What inhuman hypocrisy, what hateful depth of malice against his successor must underlie these sinister nocturnal labours. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Caroline Lamb My own disgrace I can easily support: but oh my Elinor! “What nocturnal meetings have taken place at St. Mary’s and St. Alvin’s?” said Lady Trelawney, with a face of eager curiosity. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

But if honey is said to be sweet, an olive-branch bitter, hail cold, wine hot, and the nocturnal air dark, there are many beasts, things, and men that testify the contrary. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Tales variously credible of nocturnal meetings with savage animals in lonely roads were sometimes current, passed through the customary stages of growth and decay, and were forgotten. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Another accident had revealed this nocturnal move. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Machen And it is a question as to how far the rumor of this melancholy, nocturnal summons got abroad at all. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Andrew Lang The story would be better if Mr. Wilkins, junior, like Laud, had kept a nocturnal of his dreams, and published his father’s letter, with post-marks. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Victor Hugo Suddenly, in the silence of those great deserted rooms, bursts of indistinct exclamations reached him, a sort of nocturnal clatter unusual in such a place. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charles Dickens Mr. Pumblechook (not improved in appearance by his late nocturnal adventure) was waiting for me, and addressed me in the following terms:— “Young man, I am sorry to see you brought low. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson Even Modestine was inspired by this purified nocturnal sunshine, and bestirred her little hoofs as to a livelier measure. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Boston seemed to him big and full of nocturnal life, very much awake and preparing for an evening of pleasure. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton Glennard, under his wife’s composure, detected a sensibility to this manoeuvre, and the discovery was like the lightning-flash across a nocturnal landscape. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

I was mobilised to gather caterpillars on several occasions, and assisted in nocturnal raids upon the slugs by lantern-light that wrecked my preparation work for school next day. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft Common tongues would not dissociate his household from the vampirism of the previous summer, while the nocturnal comings and goings of the motor trucks provided their share of dark speculations. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anthony Trollope Late hours, nocturnal cigars, and midnight drinkings, pleasurable though they may be, consume too quickly the free-flowing lamps of youth, and are fatal at once to the husbanded candle-ends of age. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft What I did succeed in doing was to overhear the nocturnal playing of the dumb old man. The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

William Henry Hudson I resolved to say nothing about my nocturnal visitor, not wishing to begin the day by furnishing fresh instances of what might seem like crass stupidity on my part. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

H.P. Lovecraft Here was a nocturnal suicide in London, where a lone sleeper had leaped from a window after a shocking cry. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Arnold Bennett I have little fancy for nocturnal escapades two nights together. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

James Joyce The nocturnal rat peers from his hole. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]