Phrases with "painful"

His weakness had soured his life, and the memory of it was always painful even after all these years. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Sir Walter Scott Edward paced on under the painful and yet not altogether embittered feelings which separation and uncertainty produce in the mind of a youthful lover. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, as the cab moved off, he leaned his head against the man’s shoulder and went into a shadowy, painful torpor. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Nothing in provincial Egypt is so painful to witness as the neglected condition of very young children. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Was not the figure which we all saw before this painful episode a white figure?” “Yes, it was. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

At night my eyes were so much inflamed and so painful with ophthalmia, that I could scarcely see. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He would dig thus in frozen snow on the coldest winter day, when urged inwardly by painful emotion, whether of nervous excitation, or, sad thoughts of self-reproach. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

They were indeed agonising moments for Larose. It was not the fear only of what might be coming for him that was making his breathing painful and his mouth go dry. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Gissing She had to walk some distance before she could find a conveyance, and all the way she suffered from a painful fluttering of the heart, an agitation like that of fear. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Benjamin Disraeli The suspense, however, at length became so painful to Iduna, that she proposed to the Prince of Athens that they should, without further delay, proceed to that city. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Leslie Stephen Johnson gives a painful account of his physical defects, on the authority of an old servant of Lord Oxford, who frequently saw him in his later years. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Charles Dickens But Miss Haredale, though she would know it to be so, would be disturbed by it if it reached her ears; it is too nearly connected with a subject very painful to us all, to be heard with indifference. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Our halt at the ford here was cut short by the increasing sickness of the Hottentots, and the painful fact that Captain Grant was seized with fever. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Fanny Fern My story is to me a painful one; it would doubtless interest you; were it written and published, it would be a thrilling tale. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

These thoughts were painful indeed, and added to my despondency. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

He had been under the painful necessity of spending one day away from town; he could not possibly survive through two. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

The name of Geraldine Challoner was always painful to her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

But in a little while the water increased in their prison to such an extent that they were obliged to adopt very painful positions in order to keep their heads above it. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Thomas Love Peacock MR. MAC QUEDY. Now, sir — REV. DR. FOLLIOTT. Pray, sir, let your science alone, or you will put me under the painful necessity of demolishing it bit by bit, as I have done your exordium. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

The painful impressions of yesterday were too vivid to be at once erased; and I could not help feeling some dim foreboding of coming annoyance and evil. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

To one of another sex, the name of loneliness can never convey the idea of desolation and disregard, which gives it so painful a meaning in a woman’s mind. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton I sent the college porter for a ladder, and he succeeded in detaching the Warden from his painful position. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anatole France She recalled his smothered complaints, his sudden fits of sadness, and the painful mystery of the words which he repeated frequently: “I can forget you only when I am with you. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens At length Nathan said, “No!” “What did you do then? (My lord I am compelled to ask these painful questions. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing It was with a painful shaking of the nerves that he knocked for admission. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing It was a painful visit, and on her return home Irene talked of it to her father. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

After a short pause, painful enough to all concerned, the Coroner, perceiving that very little could be done with the witness under the circumstances, adjourned the sitting till afternoon. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Washington Irving There can be no exhibition of far-gone wretchedness more striking and painful than to meet it in such a scene. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

His wife was at his side, and George Gerard looked at her with painful interest. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells Parkson, by-the-bye, had not spoken to Lewisham since their painful misunderstanding. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

George Gissing To go straight to the house might result in painful embarrassments; it would at all events be better first to make inquiries elsewhere. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Virginia Woolf She was elderly and fragile, but her childlessness seemed always to impose these painful duties on her, and to revere the family, and to keep it in repair, had now become the chief object of her life. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Eliot It was his painful knowledge of this which had given the most exasperating sting to Adam’s reproaches. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The next stage was down a sort of “chimney”— a long irregular fissure; and so with scratches many and painful and bruises not a few, we finally reached the stream. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Benjamin Disraeli I think there is nothing more painful than parting with old friends; but when we have parted with them, I am half afraid they are lost. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

It was just as though there had been no break in their acquaintanceship, just as though no painful episode, in which they were antagonistic actors, had ever occurred between them. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Wilkie Collins My old friend sighed, and warned me that I had touched on a painful subject. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Victor Hugo Let us add that a child has the faculty of quickly accepting the conclusion of a sensation; the distant fading boundaries which amplify painful subjects escape him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins She suddenly became silent; the most painful embarrassment showed itself in her face and manner. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Meredith For some few painful moments the farmer could not speak, and his hand was raised rejectingly. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

We can say that we are aware of a painful place, filling a certain bigness in our organism, or we can say that we are inwardly in a ‘state’ of pain. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

M. P. Shiel Unfruitfulness, painful existence, early destruction, these are her curses, the tokens of her displeasure. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Bram Stoker It will be a painful task for you, I know, old friend, but it is for her sake, and I must not hesitate to ask, or you to act. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H. G. Wells And so they went through these factories and places of toil, seeing many painful and grim things. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry Adams Thus the question of getting into — or getting out of — society which troubled young foreigners greatly, settled itself after three or four years of painful speculation. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Again, Euripides saith, How can that man be called a slave, who slights Ev’n death itself, which servile spirits frights? the like whereof may be said of hard labor or painful sickness. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Robert Louis Stevenson When I returned to her again, I had a faint, painful impression as of a buckle slipped, so coldly she returned the packet. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson She sat down on her bed in a state of painful agitation. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

George Gissing Shergold looked at him, with a painful embarrassment in his features; then suddenly he bent forward. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

George Eliot And the whole bent of her mind now was towards doing what was painful rather than what was easy. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Baldwin Spencer The spears are supposed to carry away with them Arungquiltha from the stones, and this produces an eruption of painful boils in the individual or individuals towards whom they are thrown. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The ward was filled with an effluvia that caused my heart to heave with painful qualms. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing To be sure, the interview before him would have its disagreeableness, but Buckland was not one of those over-civilised men who shrink from every scene of painful explanation. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He looked at it with curious, painful interest, but without remorse, even in the knowledge that she saw it too, and suffered. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Something painful was happening in Dorothy’s diaphragm. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

George Eliot Five days after delivering Arthur’s letter, he had ventured to go to the Hall Farm again — not without dread lest the sight of him might be painful to her. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

John Morley My eyes dreaded a single glance towards a man so accused as Mr. Hastings; I wanted to sink on the floor, that they might be saved so painful a sight. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Edward Jenner These circumstances must naturally create in every instance some degree of painful solicitude for its consequences. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Henry Handel Richardson When, however, Mrs. Gurley had given the signal, and the fifty-five had pushed back their chairs and set them to the table again with the same racket as before, Laura’s position was a painful one. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Yet it had been such a painful shock to himself that he could well understand how it would affect her. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Anthony Trollope Words must be spoken which would be painful in the speaking, and regrets must be uttered by me which could not certainly be shared by him. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The monkey saluted militarily, but with painful suggestions of his foregone drilling in the ceremony. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There are really no limits to this conceit, though brighter men among them make painful efforts to be candid. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson You will say, perhaps, I am too sensitive, that sights as painful abound in cancer hospitals and are confronted daily by doctors and nurses. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell In short, it never was accounted for; and left a painful impression on many minds. Disappearances by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

She tried to talk, and by a painful effort contrived now and then to utter some commonplace remark. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins There was a painful expression of anxiety in her face which made me fear that her mind, on first recovering itself, was not at ease. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Robert Green Ingersoll He was frequently forced to the painful conclusion (and it is the most painful to which any human being ever was forced) that the right did not always prevail. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Beside Victoria, he presented a painful contrast. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Benjamin Disraeli There were some painful associations with the St. Jerome family, and yet they had many charms. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arnold Bennett But it was more than a stout old lady, it was more than Mrs. Povey that waddled with such painful deliberation through the streets — it was a miracle. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

G. K. Chesterton If you ask me how a war-horse came on the scene in our simple pedestrian warfare, I am reduced to the necessity, so painful to a special correspondent, of recounting my experiences. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing Refusal will, of course, drive me to the most painful extremities. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Wolfe It was a painful situation, and one which is now amusing to look back on. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Then, with a painful feeling of self-rebuke and fear, he hastened to reassure her, “Of course I will! Not that there’s anything to be careful about. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

He thought it extremely probable that the Romans of the higher classes were specially predisposed to painful rheumatic affections. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Jules Verne It was Torres who, in a hollow voice, and with his customary impudence, broke the painful silence. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The latter end of this enterprise, involving (as it did) shipwreck, confiscation, and a lawsuit with the underwriters, was too painful to be dwelt upon at length. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope But yet she wanted time, and above all things, she wished to find words which would not be painful to him. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

So much pressing and squeezing and involuntary hurting went on on these occasions that a sudden and not too painful blow would not be noticed. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides, was it not enough to know that he was guilty of this terrible offence? Her love for her father seemed to return with painful force, mixed up as it was with horror at his crime. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Jules Verne But at length a painful sensation drew them from their watchings. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry James He sat a long time with his head in his hands, lost in a painful confusion of hopes and ambiguities. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

I shall do so no more; and, if I should have occasion to glance at so painful a subject, I shall always call him “that other creature. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Willa Cather It seems scarcely legitimate to go on without asking her to give some sort of grace to my proceedings, yet I feared the whole subject might be painful to her. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Robert Louis Stevenson His sterling, jovial acquiescence in man’s destiny was a delight to Fleeming. ‘My visit to Stowting has been a very strange but not at all a painful one,’ he wrote. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was a painful episode, and I had hastened to forget it. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Besides, I wish at once to tell you my wishes and expectations, and then never again to revert to so painful a subject. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy By this time he would approximate to a man’s full judgment, and that painful aspect of her as one who had deluded his raw immaturity would have passed for ever. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Jules Verne The ascent was painful enough. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anatole France It was a painful moment for him. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Let me hear from you now and again and if you ever need a friend, you know where to find me!” As we shook hands I realised that parting could be as painful as the tearing asunder of flesh. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Thomas Hardy He had said not a word to show that he was free to remain out of camp, for the reason that there was painful work to be done, which it would be best to do in secret and alone. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Tobias Smolle This last penance, painful as it was, seemed most eligible to my reflection at that time, and therefore I resolved to undergo it. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Olaf Stapledon And there were those few who were bewilderingly stimulated to a painful real advance in sensibility. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

After that most painful silence, he walked to the table at which it was his habit to sit, and began to read a newspaper. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing She resembled Godwin, and this time it was not painful to remark the likeness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing To rise from her chair cost her a painful effort, and after crossing the room her limbs became as feebly tremulous as though she had but just risen from a long illness. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Caroline Lamb But though this be a painful truth, experience every day confirms, that a noble and confiding husband is too often, and too easily deceived. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Ann Radcliffe Madame La Motte was also sensible of it, and it renewed a painful sensation. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Benjamin Disraeli With some men, to remember is to be sad; and unfortunately for Vivian Grey, there were few objects which with him did not give rise to associations of a painful nature. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H.P. Lovecraft My reabsorption into normal life was a painful and difficult process. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Benjamin Disraeli It would be painful and disagreeable to have to change one’s manner at a perhaps advanced period of life, and become liable to the unpopular imputation that you had grown arrogant and overbearing. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Like the magistrate he exclaimed, “Claire!” He hesitated to receive her, fearing a painful and disagreeable scene. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I had a great mind to ask you, do you know; it would have been less painful than being obliged to beg of Lord Mount Severn.” “I hope it would,” he answered, in a low, earnest tone. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

John Galsworthy We do hope the poor little chap is over the painful part by now. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

William Hazlitt There was, if we mistake not, something of modesty, and a painful sense of personal propriety at the bottom of this. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

But the question of his health was a painful one to contemplate. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

William Makepeace Thackeray Passing from this painful subject, we come, we regret to state, to a series of prints representing personages not a whit more moral. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton He had grown very pale, and was pushing the hair from his forehead with the gesture habitual to him in moments of painful indecision. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Wilkie Collins Whether he was afraid of wearying me, or whether some painful recollection had occurred to him, it was of course impossible to say. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Charles Dickens The day would pass away, in a series of enjoyments which would awaken no painful reflections when night arrived; for they would be calculated to bring with them, only health and contentment. Sunday Under Three Heads by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope There are not many more painful things in life than when an honest, gallant young fellow has to look about him in such a frame of mind. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope All this was just as Ayala would have it, because it enabled her to ask questions, and saved her from subjects which might be painful to her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

In my excited condition of mind there was no course left but to become a convert, and it was in a state of the most painful nervous exaltation that I left the medium’s house that evening. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Isabella Bird It is painful to see how far a man whose life has been spent in total disregard of the principles of truth and integrity should have earned for himself popularity and fame. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Edgar Rice Burroughs My arrow pierced the fleshy part of his thigh, inflicting a painful but not disabling wound. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Jules Verne The rarefaction of the atmosphere produced that painful oppression known by the name of PUNA. Drops of blood stood on the gums and lips, and respiration became hurried and difficult. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

After a lengthened and painful musing he pauses before an hour-glass: “Ah! ah!” says he, “I forget to turn it; and perhaps the sand has all run through a long time ago. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Benjamin Disraeli The system of paying visits at the opera then flashed upon his intelligence, as some discovery in science upon a painful observer. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells The rhythm of the train became insistent, and the streaming landscape outside became at last quite painful to the eye. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

John Galsworthy His behaviour, indeed, was exemplary, except when he fell into tense and painful silences, or gazed at her till her hands itched to shake him. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Ann Radcliffe This interval was, perhaps, the most painful he had ever experienced. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

The world was a painful and hard-tasking school. Lodore by Mary Shelley

But the small strife of the theatres, and the contentious and envious revilings, and the men and women with whom he had to do were all painful to him: too rough, too real, too coarse for him. Signa by Ouida

Walter Scott To aggravate the King’s painful feelings, he saw, as he crossed the courtyard, one or two bodies, over each of which had been hastily flung a military cloak. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

H. G. Wells Why ask a painful thing like that? All that is dead. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

There followed a painful silence between the two women. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

There was a sleepless tumult in Lodore’s heart; it was a waking dream of the most painful description. Lodore by Mary Shelley

T. E. Lawrence The rest of us climbed up Dhifran: a painful climb, for the hills were of knife-sharp strata turned on edge and running in oblique lines from crest to foot. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Virginia Woolf They knew that they could not separate; painful and terrible it might be, but they were joined for ever. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry Lawson She woke with a painful start, and lay still, expecting to hear Arvie get up; but he made no sign. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins If I am wrong, it will be my painful duty to lose no time in placing the matter in the hands of the police. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Kenneth Grahame So we called him the funny man, meaning only that he was different from those others who thought it incumbent on them to play the painful mummer. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Sir Walter Scott At length, recovering himself as if with a sudden and painful effort, he asked Cuddie “if Lady Margaret Bellenden still lived. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Hence, “the sight of another person enduring hunger, cold, fatigue, revives in us some recollection of these states, which are painful even in idea. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry Handel Richardson Particularly the people: they were as ugly as the areas of roof and stone, off which the soft white coating had slid; their contours were as painful to see. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

It may be painful to ourselves, and irritating to him, but depend upon it, it is the proof of friendship. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Leon Trotsky I considered that it would have brought such a demoralization in our ranks that we would have had to pay too painful a price for it even in case of victory. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope As she offered no advice in regard to the disposal of the gentleman up-stairs, Michel was obliged to go upon his painful duty, trusting to his own wit. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was an embarrassing situation for her and a painful one for him, this encounter with the girl who had jilted him publicly in the face of all Washington society and eloped with his rival. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Inside the gate on a stool was sitting a slim, pale-faced, elderly woman, one of whose cheeks had a painful twitch. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing It isn’t painful to me—oh! anything but painful!” They sat down. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins What really surprised me was to see, as I now plainly saw, that she had some painful association with my old home. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

We feel this dilemma to be a painful one, because we see the need of engaging in politics while also seeing what a dirty, degrading business it is. Collected Essays by George Orwell

In my case it cast a merciful haze over much of the next hour, which I can truthfully describe as one of the most painful of my whole existence. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

But my music is founded on painful tones; and thus its symmetry is wild, and difficult to discover; its emotion is bitter and terrible. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope I have known authors whose lives have always been troublesome and painful because their tasks have never been done in time. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I’m afraid it would be painful to her now. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The painful voice in the fog said: “Let them be. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli I found it impossible to keep away without subjecting myself to painful observations. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Elio But a process was going forward in two other minds, which ultimately saved Milly from having to perform this painful task. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

George Gissing The lowering of his features in this moment caused her a painful flutter at the heart; she became mute, and for a minute or two neither spoke. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Willa Cather Thea sat in the dark a good deal those first weeks, and sometimes a painful bump against one of those brutally immovable pedestals roused her temper and pulled her out of a heavy hour. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Benjamin Disraeli He had a clear and painful recollection of a brief, hurried, unkind glimpse caught of it in his very earliest boyhood. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Lucy Maud Montgomery There was not much of either laughter or chatter in Billy. He was a big, fat, stolid youth of twenty, with a round, expressionless face, and a painful lack of conversational gifts. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

As she lay there, feeling physically so ill and weak, while yet her mind worked so clearly and quickly, she set herself to solve a painful puzzle. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

William Hope Hodgson I knew what he was going to do, and suddenly he jerked out, with a painful attempt to grin, an explanation of his bandaged finger. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope When this was done, she seated herself on the sofa, and plucked up all her courage to go through the painful conversation which she knew she was to endure. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Charles Kingsley Meanwhile there was one, at least, of the party, who was watching Lucia with most deep and painful interest. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

He grasped my hand affectionately:—“Thank you,” he said, “you have relieved me from a painful dilemma, and are, as you ever were, the best of my friends. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Not feeling it disagreeable, or being in the least aware of painful consequences, as I had been barefoot for months, I neglected to put on a pair of short stockings which I had with me. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The subject was a painful one. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Still, a glance at his client’s face, now filled with a painful expression of suspense and acute anxiety, showed that this matter was of great moment to him. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Still more inconvenient, painful and annoying is another little pest called the chegoe. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Anthony Trollope Why should she ever mention to her aunt again a name so painful to her as that of Mr. Gilmore? The thinking of him could not be avoided. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

You don’t put a man into such an awkward position,” complained Fyne. “It made me speak much more strongly against all this very painful business than I would have had the heart to do otherwise. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

It is painful to me to be unjustly accused, and I shall see that I am not. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Hardy Phillotson’s hair was brushed to a painful extent, and his shirt collar appeared stiffer than it had been for the previous twenty years. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope It would be painful to both of us and could have no good result. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

A stronger tinge of annoyance possessed her when she heard the voice of Henry Greech raised in painful prominence at Lady Caroline’s end of the table. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Henry Handel Richardson And yet, painful as was this fresh overthrow of her pride, it was neither the worst nor the most lasting result of the incident. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson He abstracted himself from those painful reflections for a moment and listened more attentively. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Ann Radcliffe Oh! what moments of painful impatience were those in which I awaited your arrival! ‘At length you appeared. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Each one felt a painful recollection of the recent scene, upon the theatre of which we mere soon to appear, and where something not less terrible would probably occur. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Guy de Maupassant She was trembling with grief, so painful was this step to her, and I was sure that her throat was full of sobs. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Charles Kingsley And his bigotry stands in painful contrast to the genial and comprehensive spirit by which Mrs. Jameson seems able to appreciate the specific beauties of all schools and masters. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

It was very painful and somehow it was suffocating. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Arnold Bennett Now he was on the first floor! She rushed to the bed, and sat on it, as she had been sitting previously, and waited in the most painful and irrational agony. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

And then he has those painful hallucinations — that idea of falling down a precipice, for instance, which are oftenest seen in fatal cases. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing For a few seconds his mind was in the most painful whirl and conflict; a hundred impressions, arguments, apprehensions, crowded upon him, each with its puncturing torment. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

How are you going to stop him?” “I’m going to make riding under trees a painful experience for him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Maria Edgeworth She would sometimes walk up and down the empty magnificent saloon, absorbed in thoughts seemingly of the most painful nature. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

To-day she was out of spirits, and came to the library for some relief from those vaguely painful thoughts that had oppressed her lately. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Ann Radcliffe Emilia and Julia dreaded the arrival of the marchioness, whose influence they had long been sensible of, and from whose presence they anticipated a painful restraint. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Henry James The perception, if she had it, would be painful and terrible — might even be fatal to the process. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

The consequence was, that at least fifty pairs got covered with numerous small bleeding wounds, all dreadfully painful from the saltpetre contained in the powder. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I know how painful it would be to you if the king—” Mazarin listened, dying as he was, as ten living men could not have listened. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Paine It is painful to behold a man employing his talents to corrupt himself. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Neefit took himself to the examination of certain completed articles which adorned his shop, as though he were anxious to banish from his mind so painful a subject. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sigmund Freud I will therefore select a few dreams which have painful contents, and endeavour to analyse them. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope The desolation had been notorious, and very painful to Florence,—but the promise had been kept, and she was grateful. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anatole France The letter written from Dinard had already softened his painful impressions. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

In what light his irregular course was regarded by the government or the nation was still matter of painful uncertainty. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Lewis Carroll The solitary wrong answer is from Nell. To be thus “alone in a crowd” is a distinction — a painful one, no doubt, but still a distinction. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Jane Austen A fire! it seemed too much; just at that time to be giving her such an indulgence was exciting even painful gratitude. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope The woman assumed a look of painful solicitude, and declared that “Madame did not look quite her best. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon I used to wonder with painful anxiety how those dear to me were faring, and what changes I should discover if I were ever to return. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Or there might be some variation in the flowing of the blood about his heart which might make a massacre of citizens a pleasing diversion or a painful process to him; but there was no conscience. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Dr. Lewis arrived at it more like a baby than a bridegroom, helpless and nervous to a painful degree. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]