Phrases with "overcome"

H. Rider Haggard It is to you I look to overcome that objection. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

She was too overcome to speak. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

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]

George Gissing It would delight him to enrage Rhoda, and then to detain her by strength, to overcome her senses, to watch her long lashes droop over the eloquent eyes. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope He had often doubted, hesitated as to the practicability of his present plan, but not once had he made the faintest effort to overcome the wish to have the deed done. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

H. G. Wells Suppose we overcome that primitive jealousy. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins When I did see him he looked awfully overcome by it, to be sure. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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]

You overcome the evil in the world — overcome it absolutely. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Percy Bysshe Shelley One evening, overcome by long watching, he sank to sleep, for almost the first time since his confinement, when he was aroused by a loud crash, which seemed to burst over the cavern. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

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]

George Gissing The long, slouching strides with which he went up from the Embankment to the Strand gave him the appearance of a man partly overcome with drink. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle For a moment he was too overcome to speak. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In the foreground I saw the youth who had discovered us, and I could tell from the way he carried himself that he was quite overcome by his own importance. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Andrew Lang The Princess was quite overcome with terror and joy, and fell fainting at the feet of her deliverer. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

John Morley The second had to overcome the virulent opposition of the tyrannical Protestant faction in Ireland, and the disgraceful but deep-rooted antipathies of the English nation. Burke by John Morley [1879]

But oil, because purely liquid, by reason of its subtility, is overcome by the fire, and so changed into flame. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle Having turned over all these things in my mind I began to doze upon my horse’s back, overcome by the fatigue of the journey and the drowsy lullaby of the waves. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Ivan Turgenev When they began to get close to the hut, Avdotya was so overcome with terror that her knees began to tremble. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

I will try to overcome it this time, I bravely said to myself, and not allow the fear to keep me halting outside the door as it has done before. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

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]

Sir Walter Scott A knight thus overcome was not permitted to take farther share in the combat. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

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

Henry David Thoreau As he made no compromise with Time, Time kept out of his way, and only sighed at a distance because he could not overcome him. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilkie Collins He undertook to see them, in your absence, and to ascertain —” He was unable to overcome his reluctance to pronounce the next words. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence And by sheer non-human power, electric and paralysing, she could overcome the brawny red-headed fellow. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thus the brave knight was overcome by Dietrich. Noble Gunther gan wail thereat. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Edith Wharton She lacked the adventurous curiosity which seeks its occasion in the unknown; and though she could work doggedly for a given object the obstacles to be overcome had to be as distinct as the prize. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

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]

Virginia Woolf I cannot hold this — I cannot express this — I am overcome by it — I am mastered. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Ah! can I ever forget it?’ With a strong shudder Jack Darent buried his face in his hands, and seemed too much overcome for some minutes to be able to proceed. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

The sincerity of their mutual preference would overcome the petty obstacles of time and distance. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope She had very heavy troubles, but they did not overcome her. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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 Gissing Had she been overcome with weariness? Had she slept and dreamt? One of the children stirred and uttered a little wailing sound. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They sat together on the sofa, overcome by each other’s presence, beyond all except fragmentary endearments. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

I feared the vengeance of the disappointed fiend, yet I was unable to overcome my repugnance to the task which was enjoined me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Gaston Leroux We were all overcome by emotion and even Monsieur de Marquet had tears in his eyes. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Margaret Oliphant She it was, though she was not emotional, who was overcome with feeling. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I wouldn’t be saying all this to a stranger, sir,” added my informant, overcome with a sudden fear lest he had gone too far. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle It was some time before she could overcome her agitation sufficiently to deliver the note, and when she did so her mistress, as we have seen, noticed that her manner was nervous and wild. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

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

Sigmund Freud Nevertheless, the barrier erected by repression can fall before the onslaught of a violent emotional excitement produced by a real cause; it is possible for a neurosis to be overcome by reality. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Now he was the sole protector of Marie-Anne, who, pale and overcome with fatigue and emotion, trembled on his arm. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Ann Radcliffe He was anxious that his family should not perceive the skeleton; an object, which would, probably, excite a degree of horror not to be overcome during their stay. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Though the “coo-hoo” is imperative and proud, to overcome the space of a mile the unison of thousands is necessary. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Virginia Woolf I see that you have overcome your difficulty, whatever it was; the pen is once more in action, and having torn up the first poem you are at work upon another. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Having tied himself into an intricate knot, he was so overcome by the warmth of his own body that he fell asleep, and did not wake until nightfall. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

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

Maria Edgeworth Leaving orders with his servant, on whose punctuality he could depend, to awaken him at the proper hour, he lay down, overcome with fatigue, and slept — yes — slept soundly. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

D. H. Lawrence He could not bear being overcome by death. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Percy Bysshe Shelley Ugo and Bernardo, overcome by the extreme fatigue which they had undergone, and strong as the assassins were, fell fainting on the earth. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

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]

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]

Washington Irving Those who live only for the world, and in the world, may be cast down by the frowns of adversity; but a man like Roscoe is not to be overcome by the reverses of fortune. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

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

John Galsworthy No! Her own dress and hat — like yesterday! Keep the rest until —! She hastened to her ‘bus, overcome alternately by heat and cold. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Caroline Lamb Calantha, on the other hand, scarce could overcome her terror and confusion when addressed by those with whom she was little acquainted. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Virginia Woolf She sighed profoundly; she was absolutely silent, and apparently overcome by her thoughts. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

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

She nursed herself in a pleasant warmth, her bodice sticking to her back, overcome by a feeling of comfort which benumbed her limbs. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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]

Washington Irving He had been so overcome by his apprehensions that, at the preparatory dinner he could hardly utter a word, and was so choked that he could not swallow a mouthful. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

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

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]

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]

Henry Handel Richardson Ultimately they find their chief delight in the adroitness with which they themselves overcome imaginary obstacles. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

David Hume Our modern education and customs instil more humanity and moderation than the ancient; but have not as yet been able to overcome entirely the disadvantages of that form of government. Of Civil Liberty by David Hume

Ford Madox Ford Well, Julius was so overcome with grief at being left behind that he must needs go and drop the precious grip. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Arthur Conan Doyle I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing His acquaintance with Allchin enabled him to disregard his lack of grocery experience; with Allchin for an assistant, he would soon overcome initial difficulties. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Leon Trotsky For a long time, he refused to believe in our ability to overcome the breakdown of the country. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

George Eliot He had seated himself again, and as he drew, was thinking what he could say to Tom, and trying to overcome his own repugnance to making the first advances. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

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

Wilkie Collins I WENT back to the fishing-place with a heavy heart, overcome by mournful thoughts, for the first time in my life. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Louisa May Alcott No persuasions or enticements could overcome her fear, till, the fact coming to Mr. Laurence’s ear in some mysterious way, he set about mending matters. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Elizabeth Gaskell I had several opportunities of perceiving how this nervousness was ingrained in her constitution, and how acutely she suffered in striving to overcome it. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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]

There I emptied my bottle, and was so overcome by it that I did not return home till noon the next day. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

What could be done to overcome this foolish obstinacy, as blind and unreasoning as a brute’s? M. Segmuller hesitated. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

First trip and therefore in the nature of a trial trip; and I can’t overcome a certain gnawing emotion, for it is a trip that MUSTN’T fail. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

M. R. James Even Mr. White, who was what you might call a hard nature of a man, was quite overcome and said a prayer for strength in the garden. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

George Gissing And at last she found herself uttering the name involuntarily, overcome by something stronger than her dread. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle All argument failed to overcome his ungracious objections, and finally the plan had to be abandoned. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

The stoical soldier, the impassive man-at-arms, overcome by fear and sad presentiments, had yielded, for a few moments, to human weakness. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Gissing For all her versatility, she was not in appearance emotional; no one seemed less likely to be overcome by passion. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

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]

Louis, as if overcome by this burning glance, passed his hand across his forehead, and pressing the sides of his horse with his knees, made him bound several paces forward. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Adams Inertia of sex could not be overcome without extinguishing the race, yet an immense force, doubling every few years, was working irresistibly to overcome it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

For a few days he kept aloof, unapproachable, overcome by the ruin of his work. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Colbert yielded, overcome by the inequality of the struggle. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope But she would overcome his stupidity. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Even the warm studio and Jonathan could not overcome the sense of that other thing which, ever since he had left the house in Holborn, had run cold in his blood. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Percy Bysshe Shelley If you have one spark of compassion, let me not sue in vain—reject not one who feels it impossible to overcome the fatal, resistless passion which consumes her. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Mark Twain I was resisting the soft influences of the climate as well as I could, and endeavoring to overcome the desire to be indolent and happy. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing Vivian struggled furiously, but was overcome by the other’s strength. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

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]

D.H. Lawrence The waves staggered in, and fell, overcome at the end of the race. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo O tragical enigma of life! Behold what pitfalls! A child, he had wrestled against the night, and had been stronger than it; a man, he had wrestled against destiny, and had overcome it. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Gustave Flauber They had taken the two little beds, and the wardrobe had been emptied of Virginia’s belongings! Felicite went upstairs, overcome with grief. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

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

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

The two old washerwomen, who are seated on the little bench to the left of the bar, are rather overcome by the head-dresses and haughty demeanour of the young ladies who officiate. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

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

George Gissing But in one respect your natural kindness has overcome the severity of your creed. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

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

George Meredith Only Victor could have overcome them! I had to think it better for my girl, that she was absent. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Then my heart gave a leap, for the man standing on the left of the rails was without a doubt my brother Max. Quite overcome by my emotion, I continued to stare at it until my eyes ached. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Gissing She sank upon a low chair as if overcome with weariness. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Jack London But even his tremendous will could not overcome the dissolution that assailed it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

George Meredith She could have been very little perceptive, for she did not understand his casual allusion to Beauchamp’s readiness to overcome ‘a natural repugnance,’ for the purpose of making her his wife. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

In spite of Lady Audley’s fascination, and in spite of Robert’s very unqualified admiration of her, the barrister could not overcome a vague feeling of uneasiness on this quiet September evening. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

And Homer brings in the best men neither feeble nor altogether fearless nor devoid of pain, but yet differing from the worst in not being overcome extravagantly by their feelings. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

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]

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]

Willa Cather Instinctively one went to the rescue of a creature who had so much to overcome and who struggled so hard. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The gentleman, overcome by this deportment, and urged forward by the general feeling, threw his arms round Cristoforo’s neck, and gave and received the kiss of peace. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Wilkie Collins And do for once overcome your constitutional indolence. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

But he was not so surprised nor so overcome by the skill the prisoner had displayed in fencing with this point. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

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]

John Galsworthy He looked like a man excessively tired or overcome with drink; his hair was disordered and his lips drawn back so that his teeth showed. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

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]

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

E. F. Benson As for Irene, she was so overcome with remorse at having ever doubted Lucia’s word, and so overwhelmed by her nobility in forgiving her, that she burst into tears, and forgot to answer at all. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

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

If he had not been forced to mix with those of his own age, and if he had not resolutely set himself to overcome this feeling, he might have grown into a student and a recluse. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Gissing I might have overcome that grief if I had sympathised with the ends. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens Drivers, both of horses and mules, had come in that evening after dark, and had reported nothing more difficult to be overcome than trials of patience, harness, wheels, axles, and whipcord. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

He’s overcome with happiness. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

If I overcome that peril, you will not be my heir; my testament will be remodelled; this letter will be recalled and destroyed. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. Rider Haggard Indeed some of the Settlement men were so terrified that they openly lamented having suffered their sense of shame and loyalty to overcome their determination to retreat. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

It was a condition of affairs clamouring for remedies, but there was an immense amount of indifference and prejudice to be overcome before any remedies were possible. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

And of course, in a sense she did not want to overcome it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton She had even overcome the Cardinal’s scruples when he heard that Mrs. Manford was chairman of the Birth Control committee . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

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]

George Gissing But a way offered itself if she could overcome the poor lingering vestiges of pride and shame which hitherto had seemed to render it impossible. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Virginia Woolf I’m overcome by a sense of futility — incompetence. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle With sword or pistol I am at home, but here I only understood that I must struggle with this fat Englishman and do what I could, in spite of these great puddings upon my hands, to overcome him. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Wilkie Collins Completely overcome by the new hope that she had inspired, Mirabel was unable to answer her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells We overcome the greater things and are conscience-stricken by the details. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

She possessed the courage to overcome every difficulty. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Willa Cather She had been overcome at last. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Virginia Woolf She was next overcome by the unspeakable queerness of the fact that she should be sitting in an arm-chair, in the morning, in the middle of the world. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

James Joyce O, the day I heard that, that he was dead!” She stopped, choking with sobs, and, overcome by emotion, flung herself face downward on the bed, sobbing in the quilt. Dubliners by James Joyce

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

Thomas Hardy The obstacles he had encountered, though they did not reanimate his dead passion for Leonora, did certainly make it appear indispensable to his peace of mind to overcome her coldness. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope The poor lady knew but one way to overcome these difficulties at the very threshold of her enterprise, and to this she resorted. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Dr. Ferguson, still cold and impassible, talked of this, that, and the other; but he strove in vain to overcome this infectious gloominess. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Margaret Oliphant If you marry a pretty lady, we’ll all be so kind to her! We shan’t grudge her our minister; we shall——” Here Miss Phœbe paused, overcome by her emotions. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Guy de Maupassant They make no effort to conquer events, to overcome resistance, to overturn obstacles. Madame Hermet by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

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]

When she had overcome the first novelty of her position, Katherine adapted herself to it with marvellous celerity. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Louisa May Alcott I took care that the right people saw them, and they made a nice little sum of money for us,” returned May, who had overcome sundry small temptations, as well as Amy had, that day. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

The thought of talking to you tonight will support me through luncheon at the Palace.” “Won’t Rosemary be any support?” Robert asked, overcome by his baser self. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

George Gissing But for that love, how much easier it would have been to me to overcome the world and myself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy No sooner did she reach Bob than, overcome by the excitement of the moment, she flung herself into his arms. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Before he had proceeded very far up-stream he found the current too strong to be overcome without a ruinous consumption of coals. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

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

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

Wilkie Collins When he had gone the president, addressing himself partly to Trudaine and partly to the audience, said: “The Citizen Superintendent Danville has been overcome by the heat in the court. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

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]

Marjorie Bowen I have not the strength to reject it without making a last effort to overcome my sad history. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

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]

Quite ashamed of this self-betrayal, she exerted herself to overcome her emotion. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Here at last was “an object at once large and distinct enough” to overcome his “constitutional idleness. Memories and Studies by William James

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]

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

Anne Bronte I sometimes fear she’ll overcome me after all. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Do not allow yourself to be overcome by a feeling of irritation. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing Of a sudden her need became powerful enough to overcome all obstacles; she knew that she must see Jane Snowdon, that she could not go home till she had done so. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ann Radcliffe When the news of the Earl’s situation reached her, she was overcome with affliction, and pined in silent anguish. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Sigmund Freud At this, overcome by strange emotions, I try to tell Fl that P (cannot possibly know anything, of course, because he) is not alive. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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

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

Benjamin Disraeli You have allowed yourself to be overcome by that which Providence intended as a lesson of instruction, not as a sentence of despair. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Virginia Woolf Here her difficulties are more apparent, and the method she took to overcome them less artfully concealed. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope He was, however, too much overcome with joy to be able to do anything rationally. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She knew the weakness of her position, and inclined ever more to make an ally of the man who had overcome her in battle and carried her off in his arms. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

D. H. Lawrence But most men bruise themselves to death trying to fight and overcome their own new, life-born needs, life’s ever-strange new imperatives. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Mrs Varden was obdurate, and being so was not to be overcome by mortal agency. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Guy de Maupassan She took Julien’s hand and squeezed it, overcome with a longing for love in presence of the beauty of nature. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Olaf Stapledon This gave an impression as of a person habitually straining to overcome short-sightedness, or constantly suffering from a headache, or perhaps struggling to understand some awkward problem. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

David Hume Secondly, This sentiment of an endeavour to overcome resistance has no known connexion with any event: What follows it, we know by experience; but could not know it a priori. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Ann Radcliffe At the same time, La Motte ridiculed her concern so unmercifully, that she was almost ashamed to have mentioned it, and tried to overcome the remembrance of its cause. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Thomas Hardy She was so overcome that she turned and left the room as if she had forgotten something; when she reentered she was visibly pale. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Ann Radcliffe Philosophy had strengthened, not hardened, his heart; it enabled him to resist the pressure of affliction, rather than to overcome it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

George Gissing And, according to this creed, it can only be overcome by abnegation, by the denial of the will to live. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing And for several hours after his disappointment he could not overcome the impression of calamity. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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

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

Elizabeth Gaskell The part I regret is, that it may require some short time to overcome a little prejudice which the story may excite against you. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

For some minutes the girl sat with her face buried in her hands, too much overcome with horror at the narrowness of her escape even to thank her preserver. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

George Gissing She had sunk upon a chair, and looked to the girl as if overcome with physical weakness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

At last, being gradually overcome by the Fumes of his Liquor, he fell fast asleep. Zadig by Voltaire