Phrases with "overcome"

Sir Walter Scott He made an effort or two to overcome my prejudice; but, prepossessed as I was, I placed them to a wrong motive. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Wilkie Collins I might have overcome those obstacles, with little trouble, among a people so essentially good-tempered and courteous as the Italians, if I had tried. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Virginia Woolf One after another they came out on the flat space at the top and stood overcome with wonder. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Ford Madox Ford So, as she looked at the red flush on Fittleworth’s face, an almost mad moment of impatience had overcome her. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

James Anthony Froude The essence of it is always the same—the effort of the higher nature to overcome the lower. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

When she had overcome about half the distance I chanced to look forrard. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jules Verne Sleep, which keeps all sorrow in abeyance, soon weighed down their eyelids; they slept in each other’s arms, overcome by exhaustion and prolonged watching. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The clicking of the scissors was the only noise in the room, so I concluded that Marguerite had been overcome by fatigue and was dozing. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

William Morris They gazed on her, and were overcome by her loveliness and grace, and by the kindness and valiancy of her heart. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

For the most trifling reasons she is so overcome by joy or sorrow that I grow alarmed. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

In human nature there are antipathies to be overcome — sympathies which may be forced. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

James Hogg Tell me this, has he overcome you, or has he not?” “He has not, my dear father,” said I. “in the strength of the Lord, I hope I have withstood him. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Sinclair Lewis When Sondelius perceived this grudgingness he tried to overcome it by being more noisy and complimentary and enthusiastic than ever. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing My good Decius, I am so overcome with misery that I forget even to ask how you sped on the sea. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Jules Verne Captain Nemo had somewhat rallied from the prostration which had overcome him, and his eyes shone with their wonted fire. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Theodore Dreiser How was he overcome so easily? He had not intended to go. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jane Austen She could not determine how her mother would take it; sometimes doubting whether all his wealth and grandeur would be enough to overcome her abhorrence of the man. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Walter Scott He related the steps he had taken to overcome the prejudices of her parents, and especially of her mother, and expressed his hope they might prove effectual. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He could not overcome his surprise, and said M. de St. Germain must be worth millions, especially if he possessed the secret of making large diamonds out of small ones. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Ford Madox Ford Of course a little person trained to Ju Jitsu can’t overcome an untrained giant if he expects it. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Rufus Dawes, overcome by this last cruel stroke of fortune, sat down in the stern of the boat, with the child in his arms, speechless. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

D’Artagnan could not overcome his surprise at finding this man, with his heavy eyebrows and low forehead, display so much sound knowledge and cheerful spirits. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The entire public, overcome by the mounting wave of excitement, hummed strangely and dully. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He tolerates provisionally what he has not created, and then with endless patience tries to overcome it and live it down. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing Hence, if every man were truly wise, he would mortify all his passions, settle down to a condition of absolute inactivity, and so overcome evil by the complete extinction of life. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It must have taken tremendous character to overcome her initial disadvantages. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

He regretted having mentioned the girl; but the thing was done, his repugnance had been overcome in the heat of his argument against the absurd bandit. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman And, to show you what puzzles me, I’ll tell you that in our theory great stress is laid on the forced exertion of the child’s mind; we think it is good for him to overcome obstacles. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

George Gissing They gazed eagerly into each other’s eyes, and seemed too much overcome for ordinary words of greeting. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Jane Austen His remembrance can be overcome by no change of circumstances or opinions. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Jules Verne There was not a trace of Ayrton. Had the unhappy man been dragged away by his former accomplices? Had he resisted, and been overcome in the struggle? This last supposition was only too probable. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The handicap is too great to be overcome and the men born cruel and the men born kind, no matter what their education and environment may be, cruel and kind they will remain until the end. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence If he could have overcome her he would have been mad to marry her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan He no longer moved, overcome with surprise, with a pang of desire, holding his breath with a strange poignant emotion. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

What could that awful sound mean at ten o’clock at night? For some moments the little parlour-maid was completely overcome by terror. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jack London Mention was made in one or two of the papers that he had been overcome by his feelings. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Guy de Maupassan A few days before she thought she could not live there, she was so overcome with grief, and now she felt that she could never live anywhere else but there where her serious character had been formed. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

She would have given all she possessed to be able to overcome it. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was that sense of being hopelessly in the wrong that I had so often felt in early youth when my short legs’ utmost effort failed to overcome the fact that I was late to school. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Anthony Trollope The ten miles along the road, which had been done in little more than an hour, had almost overcome her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Percy Bysshe Shelley Wild with passion, she clasped Verezzi to her beating breast; and, overcome by an ecstasy of delirious passion, her senses were whirled around in confused and inexpressible delight. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding and his companions were astounded on seeing that, overcome by some terrible emotion, his teeth chattered like those of a person in a fever. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sir Richard Burton And the troops obeyed him not, nor did he overcome the men of might, save by means of the ring. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

H. Rider Haggard As for the man, he appeared to be overcome with fear and wonder, and for a while hovered round our canoe, but would not approach. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing The same in kind; no reasoning would overcome it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence But tonight it did not overcome him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim For a moment or two he seemed too overcome to speak. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Nellie Bly There was a hasty kiss for the dear ones, and a blind rush downstairs trying to overcome the hard lump in my throat that threatened to make me regret the journey that lay before me. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

But Angle was exceeding ill thought of for this work of his, as soon as folk knew that Grettir had been overcome by sorcery. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Andrew Lang His return was the signal for great public rejoicings, and the King was so overcome that he became quite speechless, and did nothing but embrace his son. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing He imagined her overcome by his generosity. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Abraham Merri He told himself that he might have fallen upon the floor, overcome by the strange perfumes — he knew that he had not. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

As he had said, on a camp bed, dressed in his black doublet, booted, unbelted, with his felt hat beside him, lay the king, overcome by sleep and fatigue. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Margaret Oliphant With that he could brave all, overcome all; for that he could be content to fathom any depths of wretchedness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Perry was almost overcome by the hopelessness of our situation. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope All these particulars he remembered in that moment of agony, and resolved what he would do to overcome the difficulties which they threw in his way. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Unjust fears were overcome while yet he was undistracted by society of his kind. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Isabella Bird However, this morbid frame of mind was overcome by firm dealing, and Aziz attended to him all night, and salol, etc. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope I had no special gifts that way, and had not studied the art early enough in life to overcome natural difficulties. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Theodore Dreiser She was so overcome she could not speak. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassant The cows lying down in the fields, overcome by the heat, raised their heads heavily and lowed feebly at the two passers-by, as if to ask them for some green grass. The Devil (Le Diable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

As, I will own to thee, overcome with horror at this second visitation, I fell back on my pillow almost bereft of the use of my faculties, I remember the clock struck three. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Elizabeth Gaskell When I reached the inn, I staggered in like one overcome by wine. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

H. Rider Haggard Tap, tap, went old Gagool’s stick down the passage, as she trotted along, chuckling hideously; and still overcome by some unaccountable presentiment of evil, I hung back. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Madame de Lescure tried to control herself; but in such moments the feelings of the heart overcome the reason, and the motions of the body are governed by passion alone. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser It may be that Mr. Cowperwood is strong enough to overcome all that. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He had vaguely thought of certain rather severe remarks, which were to overcome the old nobleman, and bring him to a sense of his position. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather They expected Tillie to be overcome with joy, but, on the contrary, she seemed embarrassed. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Virginia Woolf As she took her place in the little group behind the coffin and walked up the church, she was relieved to find that she was overcome by some generalised and solemn emotion. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Leon Trotsky When my father came to see me for the first time, he imagined that I was always kept in that narrow box and was so overcome at the thought that he could not speak. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope But before Crosbie had come among them, it was a thing fixed in her mind that such love as she had felt must be overcome and annihilated. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin The whole town of Mohra became subject to the infection, and were overcome with the deepest affliction. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Virginia Woolf By this device, however, and it was a simple one, needing only three lumps of sugar and a sufficiency of flies, the embarrassment of conversation was overcome and the necessity of marriage avoided. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Florence Dixie But against numerous difficulties they struggle, for they know they are fighting to overcome a great wrong. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

For a long minute, as she told everyone afterwards, she stood as still as a block of stone, so overcome in horror that she could not scream as she wanted to. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

He panted; but the magistrate’s stern glance harassed him, and urged him on, like the whip which flogs the negro slave overcome with fatigue. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I believed your heart noble enough to enable a friendship of twenty years to overcome an affront of a quarter of an hour. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Washington Irving Sir William, after a little hesitation, ventured to ask the cause of his retreat, fearing he had been overcome by the heat of the room. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell Can filial piety be so overcome by the rights of justice and truth, as to demand of me that I should reveal my father’s guilt. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Rudyard Kipling He bowed his head the better to overcome the ascent, and naturally took his left. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Belike, though, he would have overcome yon fellow before this had he been in his former trim. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Andrew Lang The man was so overcome by terror that he clung on to Inverawe’s plaid, 94 imploring him not to leave him alone. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It continually needed a strong effort for him to overcome this distaste and to act up to his sense of duty. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H. Rider Haggard Thou art strong and fair, and hitherto thou hast overcome me. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Ann Radcliffe Soon after the men suddenly appeared from behind a dark grove within a small distance of them; and, upon their nearer approach, Julia, overcome with fatigue and fear, sunk breathless from her horse. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

I was so bewildered by your departure and so overcome with grief at our separation, that I am sure I was able to but very feebly express all the affection and gratitude I feel toward you. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Ann Radcliffe She resolved, however, to overcome an attachment which would produce so much distress to her family and to herself. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Anthony Trollope For a moment he was so overcome that he had burst into tears. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing I know from experience exactly what it means to be overcome in a struggle with the modern spirit. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Fallen in their efforts to overcome the old, half-sordid savagery of the lower stages of creation, and win to the next stage. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe He was incapable of thanking her, but sighed deeply as he pressed her hand, and, overcome with joy, supported himself against the grate that separated them. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

John Galsworthy There were not, and he went out again, to wander among the gravestones, overcome by a sense of unrealityeverything underground, and each gravestone, older than the last century, undecipherable. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

When overcome by the dignity of any one you chance to meet, try to have this fable about you. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The viands that were set before him were homely but abundant; nor were Edward’s griefs and perplexities so absorbing as to overcome the appetite of youth and health. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

George Meredith Do you doubt my having absolute control of myself to bear whatever they put on me to bear, and hold firmly to my will to overcome them! Oh! no delays. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Guy de Maupassant Then, as soon as he dozed, overcome by fatigue, he heard the voice which made him leap to his feet. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A summons to celebrate with scholars a literary festival, is so alluring to me, as to overcome the doubts I might well entertain of my ability to bring you any thought worthy of your attention. Literary Ethics by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1838]

Sir Richard Burton After the meats were removed and they had washed their hands, King Shahryar turned to his brother and said: “My mind is overcome with wonderment at thy condition. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Jules Verne Ayrton stole carefully along the between-decks, strewn with numerous sleepers, overcome more by drunkenness than sleep. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson Later on, when time brought wisdom, he saw that what had driven the blood to his head, his heels to flight, was shame: the shame that was always to overcome him in face of another’s shamelessness. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing Self-centred, but painfully self-distrustful, he struggled to overcome his natural defects of manner. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Florence Dixie As he entered the dense wall of wreathing flame and smoke, however, he felt his horse stagger and sway to and fro as if overcome with a sudden faintness. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Niccolo Machiavelli Whoever does not make provisions necessary to live (eat), is overcome without steel. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

I have tried, but in vain, to overcome the feeling you saw dawn in me, increase, and take entire possession of me. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Guy de Maupassan What harm? She did not understand nor try to understand, overcome by the cruel grief of seeing him suffer, yet that grief was almost happiness. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope The fear cannot be overcome by will. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan He refused to go to bed when his wife, overcome with sleep, came to fetch him. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Yes, he had been overcome by the magistrate’s certitude, he had told himself that what was most unlikely was true; and he had bowed his head. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing For this, I well know, he will have his reward in the eternal life; but when I note his aspect, I am overcome with fear lest we should lose him too soon. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The Colonel was so overcome with grief that he couldn’t wait to see it disappear, but I did and, as I say, it took about twenty minutes. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Maria Edgeworth In a similar situation I should have been silent, entranced, absorbed, in my sensationsovercome by them, perhaps — dissolved in tears. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Edith Wharton But on the way back to the hotel she was overcome by the irony of adding this mental panacea to the other. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle For my part, I felt that it would be unworthy of the Hussars of Conflans if I could not overcome such a difficulty as this. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

D. H. Lawrence The peculiar, half-veiled surety, as if nothing, nothing could overcome him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser When he felt the first symptoms he thought that his indisposition would be a matter of short duration, and tried to overcome it by taking a hot bath and a liberal dose of quinine. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Ann Radcliffe Left once more alone, she tried to overcome apprehension by prayer; and after offering up her vespers with a fervent heart, she became more confiding and composed. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Sometimes, when nature, overcome by hunger, sank under the exhaustion, a repast was prepared for me in the desert that restored and inspirited me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Gissing Whilst Emily spoke, he was for the moment overcome by a vision of vague glories; reflecting on her words, he interpreted them as merely emphasising her determination to wed one only. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. Rider Haggard Moreover, here in the south we hold men of small account, however great and rich they be, who do not shame to seek to overcome a foe by foul means. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Ivy did her best to overcome the restraint of the situation, and for a quarter of an hour something like conversation was maintained, but, of a sudden, Miss Mumbray rose. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

H. Rider Haggard For a space he struggled against this unholy fascination; then, overcome by dread, he strove to fly, back to the pool or anywhere out of reach of those devilish orbs. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Marie Corelli The man shouted an affirmative, and they clattered away through the streets, Varillo shrinking back in the carriage overcome by panic. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Thomas Hardy I confess I thought yours divine; but, after so long an absence, there could not be left sufficient warmth to overcome the too natural first aversion. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

The mother was overcome with unendurable sadness as she listened to the simple sketch. Mother by Maksim Gorky

But the person who had first spoken was so overcome that he could scarcely drag himself along; and his companions were obliged to take him to a little restaurant close by. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The reaction had overcome him, and he could not bring himself to pretend that it was not so. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy Further provocation was required to overcome my aversion to the dirty work; and this provocation was forthcoming in ample measure. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Isabella Bird It was a hot, sultry day in August, and the British, scattered and sauntered on their toilsome way, till, overcome by fatigue or curiosity, they sat down near the margin of the precipice. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope Miss Broughton is still so young that I hope she may live to overcome her fault in this direction. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft Had some bravely-suppressed fear risen to overcome him and bring on sudden heart-failure? Blake stooped over the gleaming bones and noted their peculiar state. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

He was convinced his difficulties were now over in one direction, and that he had only to bide his time to overcome those in the other. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The pain I suffered was intense, but it only served to spur me to greater efforts to overcome my antagonist. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

William Henry Hudson Once more I got up and pressed on until I reached her, and then sank down on the grass, overcome with fatigue. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Andrew Lang She sank down on the threshold, overcome with weariness, but in a moment was on her feet again, fumbling with the lock of the chest. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

With the young woman playing the clinging ivy to his oak Soapy walked past the policeman overcome with gloom. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

You are chilled and galled, sick at heart, overcome by excess of the emotions which but one hour’s liberty has produced in you. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope Such was the lady’s feeling when she was left alone; but Lord George went away from the meeting almost overcome by the excitement of the occasion. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Robert Green Ingersoll It is often said of this or that man that he is a self-made man — that he was born of the poorest and humblest parents, and that with every obstacle to overcome he became great. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Mark Twain He had something which he thought would overcome us. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence Dropping off his clothes, he got into bed, and lay like a man suddenly overcome by drunkenness, the darkness lifting and plunging as if he were lying upon a black, giddy sea. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing She appeared to have forgiven Adela, overcome by the latter’s goodness, but her nature was not of the kind to grow in liberal feeling. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Green Ingersoll The obstacles presented by nature must not be so great that man cannot, by reasonable industry and courage, overcome them. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon The difficulty was overcome as follows. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser Alas, how was his cunning and foresight — even his — to overcome the drift of life itself? How was he to make himself appealing to youth? Braxmar had the years, the color, the bearing. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim The madman’s strength was more than human, and desperately though he had struggled, Lord St. Maurice was lying exhausted and overcome in his arms. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Anthony Trollope But he gave himself no praise for his constancy, looking on himself as being somewhat weak in that he could not overcome his longing. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins Now the rumbling and the whistling would reach their climax of loudness, and would overcome the resonant notes of the shouting voice. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

W. H. Hudson And presently flinging up her arms, she burst forth into shrieks so terrible in the depth of agony they expressed that overcome by the sound I sank upon the earth and hid my face. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Eliot If the impression from Naldo’s command had been much more recent than it was, the constraining effect of Romola’s mysterious authority would have overcome it. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I thought that if you knew, you would try and overcome it. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Anthony Trollope These ruffians from America have come and told them that they shall pay no rent, and their minds have been so filled with the picture that its magnificence has overcome them. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Guy de Maupassan The Chambertin, the cider brandy and the cigars had certainly made me drunk, but not so as to overcome me altogether. Violated (Violé) by Guy de Maupassan

Sidney Colvin Lovers in prose romances of that date are constantly overcome in like manner. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

H. G. Wells I had brought these men into a danger they didn’t understand, I was fiercely resolved to overcome their opposition and bend and use them for my purpose, and I hated the men. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Andrew Lang The King was so distressed when he heard it that he was almost overcome by grief. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens To overcome the difficulty of getting past that monosyllable, I took it from her, and said, repeating it with emphasis, “Well! Then, that is why it makes me wretched. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Guy de Maupassan Her complexion was almost transparent, her lips were half open, as if she were dreaming, and she seemed so overcome with sleep, that I felt much emotion when I looked at her. Mad by Guy de Maupassan

William Morris The difficulty in it necessary to be overcome was the making of a pure and true flexible line, not over thick, with little bits of glass or marble nearly rectangular. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Pu Songling The despair of the son was greater every day; at last, overcome by his fatigue, he fell asleep and dreamt that he saw his father. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

At length, overcome by weariness, we both fell asleep. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Virginia Woolf Struggling by her side, Helen was suddenly overcome by the spirit of movement, and pushed along with her skirts wrapping themselves round her knees, and both arms to her hair. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins My restlessness was a torture to me; and yet I could not overcome it. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She went straight up to Briggs. “I owe you so much,” she said, overcome by the sudden realization of all she did owe him, and ashamed of her churlishness in the afternoon and at dinner. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Jules Verne Last night, however, overcome by fatigue, I managed to rest for several hours. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

However, she threw it in, and then, overcome by an impulse of remorse, threw herself into the stream to recover it, and as she did so she uttered a cry. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

He was too weak to explain; but he said it was not her fault, and was overcome when speaking of her. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Andrew Lang This went on for some time till, one day, the servant who removed the dish was so overcome with curiosity, that he could not resist carrying it off to his own room. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson There were players as composed as the most hardened virtuosi; others, again, who were overcome by stage-fright to such an extent that they barely escaped a total fiasco. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The next obstacle to be overcome consisted in the difficulty of copying the names of the rooms, which were printed inside the squares. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, overcome by his own superstitious fears, he gave a yell of terror and rushed madly from the room. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Andrew Lang Then he gave the youth the following instructions how to overcome the Dragon of the North: ‘You must have an iron horse cast, which must have little wheels under each foot. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then, overcome by fatigue, I lay down among some straw and fell asleep. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

D. H. Lawrence But she only lay silent and child-like and remote, like a child that is overcome and cannot understand, only feels lost. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan I get up overcome by the fatigue of this sleep in a hot bath, and for an hour or two I walk about before a white canvas, with the intention to draw something. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

She paused at times, overcome by grief; she clasped me convulsively, and her tears rained on my face. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

And yet in her regard there was something of fear that so slim a young man should have overcome such a giant as her son. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Early afternoon tea was served in the lounge, and Polkinghorne was so overcome with emotion that he had to retire and was seen no more. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Guy de Maupassant She grew sad as she thought of it, while he, with one fixed idea in his head, rubbed against her with a kind of a shiver, overcome by desire. The Story of a Farm-Girl (Histoire d’une fille de ferme) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

I have retired to my own room, overcome with grief and fatigue, sire; and I implore your majesty to grant me the favor of an audience, which will enable me to confess the truth to my sovereign. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Guy de Maupassan She took his body back to “The Poplars,” so overcome that her grief was numbness rather than despair. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

George Eliot She pinched her own hand to overcome her tremor, and said, in a tone of scorn — ‘I ought to be very much obliged to you for giving me your confidence so freely. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jane Austen She was ashamed of herself, quite ashamed of being so nervous, so overcome by such a trifle; but so it was, and it required a long application of solitude and reflection to recover her. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Ann Radcliffe Ferdinand was alarmed by no appearance, and at length, overcome with anxiety and watching, he sunk to repose. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Tobias Smolle For the more remedies that were administered, her convulsions became the more violent; and in spite of all his endeavours, he could not overcome the obstinacy of the distemper. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Percy Bysshe Shelley Sleep fled not, as usual, from her pillow; but, overcome by excessive drowsiness, she soon sank to rest. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

The good lady folded poor Ethel in her arms, overcome by the likeness she saw to her beloved brother Henry, in his youthful days, before passion had worn and misfortune saddened him. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Andrew Lang They rode on their way for several miles, but the day was hot, and the sun’s rays smote fiercely on them, so that the Princess was soon overcome by thirst again. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Mrs. Churley’s very sorry she was so overcome when you came the other day; she’d be glad to see you again. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Eliot If you can really cling to me with all your heart, every obstacle will be overcome in time; we need only wait. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope The love which he had seen in her eyes and had heard from her lips had been so sweet to him, that their savour had overcome whatever strength her words possessed. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope When the frost came it seemed as though the army had overcome one of its worst enemies. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Our doctors say there is absolutely no ground for fear, and gladly I give them my faith; but it tortures me to see my dear father so overcome with pain. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

D.H. Lawrence It contains also this Christ of the heavy body defiled by torture and death, the strong, virile life overcome by physical violence, the eyes still looking back bloodshot in consummate hate and misery. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Olaf Stapledon But by now he has almost completely conquered his evil will, and largely overcome his frailty. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky The Stalin faction was in a hurry, and for this there was reason enough: it had to overcome not only political but physical obstacles as well. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Coconnas entered the room, unable to overcome the constraint which he had mentioned to D’Alençon, and which he had always felt in the presence of the queen. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

For overcome is every foe And home to-morrow shall we go. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Jules Verne Quite overcome by his emotion, he took the child in his arms, and straining him convulsively to his heart, pressed his lips on his forehead, while tears he could not restrain streamed down his cheeks. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing When he had dropped into an easy chair, he let his arms hang, and, with head drooping forward, stared at his feet stretched out before him: the posture suggested a man half overcome with drink. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

A little trouble and attention, however, enabled us to overcome this difficulty, and to reconcile the new system to our favourite theory. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]