Phrases with "past"

Florence Dixie I can’t do more than try and atone for my past wasted, selfish life, can I, Glorie ? Will you forgive me for all my past neglect, and help me to be a man ?” She threw her arms round his neck. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Sinclair Lewis But I guess it’ll be just the same thing that’s been becoming of you this past couple of years. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing It happened more than once that they saw Widdowson, who walked past the house at least every other day; he didn’t approach them, and had he done so Monica would have kept an obstinate silence. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells I took some brandy and water, and then went up past my impromptu bag — he was lying quite still — to the room containing the old clothes. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Charles Kingsley Their shallow and bigoted views of past history are enough to damp our faith in their discernment of the future. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

But of a sudden, as he thus stooped, drinking, something hissed past his ear, and struck with a splash into the gravel and water beside him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

The usual throngs of indifferent persons were hurrying past me in that crowded thoroughfare, but I felt convinced that not one of these had spoken to me. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It meant that he had slipped into an imaginary golden past in which such vulgar things as butchers’ bills simply did not exist. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

I asked that the money should be sent to the post office at Meningie. Finally, I rode openly through the township, and right past the Meningie hotel when I knew Dice would be on the veranda there. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

The family medical man was there at three minutes past and the Bishop was only just dead. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

His past was so utterly gone from him that the dwelling which belonged to it appeared to him incongruous standing there intact, neat, and cheerful in the sunshine of the hot afternoon. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

In some way or other the past comes home to him; and he suffers for it, if not in his own person, in that of his children. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Benjamin Disraeli She has given thee the best of friends, and thou valuest not the gift of exceeding price until the griefs are past even friendship’s cure. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Bide till tonight is past and then speir your question. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

It is the language of one who lives in the companionship of the great and the wise of past time. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Henry James You may therefore imagine what it was — when he couldn’t patch it on conveniently to ANY of those he goes in for! But the whole past was between them. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Rubini came on and sang a song out of ‘Anna Boulena’ QUITE BEAUTIFULLY. We came home at 1/2 past 11. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

The past can never be recalled or redeemed in this world — its remembrance alone remains. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

Then, for a moment, the veil of self-deception was lifted, and he saw his past life as it had really been — selfish, dishonourable, cruel beyond measure in reckless injury of others. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence And emerging on the other side, past the last cottage, we find ourselves again facing the open country, on the gentle down-slope of the rolling hill. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Gissing At a few minutes past the hour he looked landward, and saw her figure against the golden sky. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

As I understand it, all the past still exists and it’s merely a matter of choosing your point of view. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

D. H. Lawrence He slowly followed the road away from the town, past the olives, under which purple anemones were drooping in the chill of dawn, and rich-green herbage was pressing thick. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I’ve been schemin’ to slip over there by the ‘bus some day; but they’d ask questions at ‘ome past endurance. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

He was by my side in an instant — the double captain slipped past the stairs — through a tiny dark passage . The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The light which I had observed from the sea was moving backwards and forward past the lower floor windows, the shutters of which had been removed. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Anthony Trollope She had not dared to dream that he could in this way be taught to forget the past autumn and all its charms. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Besides, the ridge is the critical point when you’re crossing on a falling tide, and you want to know when you’re past it. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anatole France Panels of old print cloth, with figures of Comedy, gave to the walls the sadness of past gayeties. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The Jacobites had still a hold upon the Press, and the past years had been fruitful of examples of the danger of trying to crush sedition with the arm of the law. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

It might be that for her the past was utterly past; so completely forgotten that she could afford to indulge herself in the latest whim of the moment. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Walter Scott Thou, Sir Philip, possessed of the wisdom of present and past times, canst teach how to become great without ceasing to be virtuous. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Edith Wharton But Vance could only say that the book was gone past recovery . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle And so, on a beautiful July day, holiday makers upon the Kentish downs saw the beautiful craft as she swept past the Goodwins — never to be seen again, save once, by human eyes. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

Frances Hodgson Burnett The sun was deepening the gold of its lances, the bees were going home and the birds were flying past less often. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Olaf Stapledon Of the early explorers who successfully emerged from ‘the point of view of eternity’ into some past epoch, many returned insane. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell I wish that anything that Roger could do, or that I could do, or that any one could do, would comfort you; but it is past human comfort. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Wolfe He realised that much of his torment of the years past had been self-inflicted, and an inevitable part of growing up. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

G. K. Chesterton At seventeen minutes past eleven this morning I left the vicarage to keep certain appointments and pay certain visits in the village. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Gissing The past twelve months had added several years to Edwin Reardon’s seeming age; at thirty-three he would generally have been taken for forty. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Radclyffe Hall Elizabeth glanced at the clock; it was long past tea-time. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Alfred Ainger I have destroyed every vestige of past vanities of that kind. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anna Katherine Green But I thought our past so completely hidden — our identity so entirely lost under the accepted name of Averill.” “You thought!” He towered over her in his anger. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The past came back to him in pictures: his boyhood’s past first of all. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

So, gilded by the glow of youth, Our varied life looks fair and gay; And so remains the naked truth, When that false light is past away. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

Arthur Conan Doyle They still live with their old servants, who probably know so much of Rucastle’s past life that he finds it difficult to part from them. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Much to my gratification she replied that such a gentleman had certainly arrived within the past half-hour, and was now at supper in the coffee-room. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle Hullo, Merryweather, hullo!” The engineer, a small, compact man with a pointed red beard, had made as though he would ride past their camp without word or halt. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle The past and the present are within the field of my inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

George Meredith The duchess’s maid, ivory-faced Aennchen, was flying past him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

She did not wait for the doctor, but brushed past him on the threshold, and was scarce conscious of crossing the width of a larger room than she had ever seen. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Then they kissed again, a long embrace, suddenly not caring for the Captain. She came out into the light, walked right past him, through the window into the house. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. G. Wells In my past it was my dream to fly. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Ford Madox Ford Marie Léonie was rushing past a white, breeched figure, saying: “Vous, une étrangére, avez osé. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The street lamps were lighted and a few people were to be seen walking past unhurriedly. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Theodore Dreiser He did not do so now because he did not believe it was wise to question the past as to one’s failures and errors. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jack London This memory of all my past that I write now is the memory of my love of woman. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

D. H. Lawrence The very tea-cups and the old silver was a bond between Hermione and Birkin. It seemed to belong to an old, past world which they had inhabited together, and in which Ursula was a foreigner. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

M. R. James Grandmother: And where’s that, Charles? Charles: Why, in the little lane that goes up past Collins’s cottage. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

I acknowledge it now; it is the only retribution I have to offer for a past I am ashamed of. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson A man’s claim to his own past is yet less valid. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald The clock would tick on, past eleven, past twelve, and then Mrs. Cary would call down gently over the banister — beyond that he saw only to-morrow and despair. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Wilkie Collins The clock struck the quarter past eleven. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Olaf Stapledon If we accept the theory of evolution, we must certainly admit that our desire for food is in part the product of past eatings and past food. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton And the woman with a past is generally a woman angry about the past she never had. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Charles Kingsley But now we seem to have a proof of it which is past gainsaying. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Frances Hodgson Burnett You could not actually stare at a girl because your eyes chanced to get entangled in hers for a second as you danced past her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope The simple fact is, that you and I must forget each other, or simply remember one another as past friends. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

The past rose before her at the sight and sound of the water, and the crinkling and circling of the eddies of yellow foam. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Virginia Woolf It roars; the lighted strip of history is past and our Kings and Queens; we are gone; our civilization; the Nile; and all life. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is past ten, however, and quite time that we started. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jonathan Swif I was not sleepy to-night; I resolved I would not; yet it is past midnight at this present writing. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

He told me about his past life, as if it were a thing very far away. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Algernon Blackwood But the simulacra of certain ghastly events that took place under that roof in past days still continue. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing Wives, themselves scarcely past childhood, balanced shawl-enveloped bantlings against heavy market-baskets. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope They did not dine till past eight, and the ladies and gentlemen all left the room together. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth With shame I confess to you, my dear Margaret, that notwithstanding all my past experience, I did expect that she would have done as I am afraid I should have done in her situation. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Andrew Lang Then he called the fox, and told him to mount guard over the dead ox, and if a bird came past and tried to peck at the flesh he was to catch it and bring it to the lion. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James He gave a cry — it was the face of Mary Garland. Her glance flew past him to Roderick, and in a second a startled exclamation broke from her own lips. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Gissing A bee hummed past him, and this sound — of all the voices of nature that which most intenerates — filled his heart to overflowing. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

It’s past nine, and I dare say Mr. Grimstone is waiting for us. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The next few seconds seemed to last for ever so long; a black abyss of time separating what was past and gone from the reappearance of the governess and the reawakening of fear. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

It was long past eleven, and Sir Oswald was sitting brooding before the fire, when he was startled from his reverie by the sound of a woman’s voice singing in the market-place below. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling I’m talking like a cur, I know: but I tell you that, for the past three months, I’ve felt every hoof of the squadron in the small of my back every time that I’ve led. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Algernon Blackwood We heard him stumbling away among the boulders, and then the sounds suddenly ceased as he topped the ridge and went down past the fire on the other side. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The hour just past had been Ruth’s hour. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins As he returned to the place that he had left, the silence was broken by the chimes of the distant church clock, striking the three-quarters past ten. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells He went on past Trinity, past the ruddy brick of St. John’s. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells The past is a curiosity — or waste paper. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edith Wharton The air was bitter, and the horses’ hoofs struck sharply on the road as they trotted past the slumbering houses and halted at the gateway through which Odo had first been carried as a sleepy child. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Victor Hugo This repose succeeding all the past exasperations and paroxysms was, for the poor creatures so long tossed about, an unspeakable comfort. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hardy They talked of past days, his old attachment, which she had then despised, being now far more absorbing and present to her than to himself. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The past tense can figure in the humanist’s world, as well of belief as of representation, quite as harmoniously as in the world of any one else. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Olaf Stapledon The cultures of the states, though both crude and crazy, were such as could not have existed save as products of a past civilization. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle I crouched low among the bushes, for I knew from past experience that with a single cry the creature could bring a hundred of its loathsome mates about my ears. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

It was long past his regular dinner-hour, and he was very hungry indeed. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Wilkie Collins In the moment while it lasted, in the moment when she again took up the pencils that had been laid aside, she almost looked like the Laura of past days. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. G. Wells She went a few paces past the corner, came in sight of the run containing the giant chicks and stopped again. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

That subject was one of which Lavendale was keenly anxious to know more—the experimentalist’s past life. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

D. H. Lawrence The gipsy clawed his way up this terrace to the dry level of the path, dragging her after him, and sprang with her past the windows to the porch steps. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne It certainly belonged to past times. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope It was all known and thoroughly understood; and men in Baslehurst talked about the result as though the matter were past a doubt. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The past year had added a trifle to her stature; it could not add to her natural grace, but her manner of entering showed that diffidence had been overcome by habit. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Olaf Stapledon Every phase of his whole past lay open to him. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells At once the eyes darted sideways, and something white ran past me. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arnold Bennett Enlightened by that conviction, he was able to reduce the physical and mental tragedy of the death-bed to its right proportions as a transiency between the heroic past and the inconceivable future. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jonathan Swif However, we appointed to sup at Mr. Masham’s, and there stayed till past one o’clock; and that is late, sirrahs: and I have much business. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Virginia Woolf At last the door opened, and some one — it must have been the woman herself — came right past me. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

As she threaded her way past rickyards and cowsheds and long blank walls, she started suddenly at a strange sound — the echo of a boy’s laughter, golden and equivocal. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

At length, when the hand got round to half-past eight, I grew weary of waiting, took up my hat, ran home, went to bed, and slept proloundly until past four in the afternoon. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

Thomas Paine There was a time when Britain disdained to answer, or even hear a petition from America. That time is past and she in her turn is petitioning our acceptance. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Ann Radcliffe It was now past midnight, and the storm continued with unabated fury. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Henry Handel Richardson She was never off her feet — from seven in the morning till long past midnight. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Friedrich Schiller Comforted, nevertheless, and in tranquillity, he looked back upon the past as the remembrance of a fearful dream. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

Edith Wharton His past seemed to look at him with unrecognising eyes, to bar the door against his knock; and he rode away saddened by that sense of isolation which follows the first encounter with a forgotten self. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

M. P. Shiel It must have been very swift, for we were swift, but it rolled pressingly past us, showed its hind wheels, and travelled on out of our sight. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Anthony Trollope It was now about eleven o’clock; it had been past ten when he left Ballycloran, and in the interval he had traversed above five Irish miles. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Virginia Woolf She now turned the ring round and round, with superstitious reverence, taking care lest it should slip past the joint of her finger. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle I fear, Watson, that she will be past Charlington before we can possibly meet her. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

If the worst, I would at once turn my back upon Genoa, upon her, upon all the pursuits and purposes of my past life, and begin the world anew. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

Two policemen escorted Samoylov past her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith Woods were flying past the carriage-windows. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing Maud shrank from any direct reference to the change in herself, and Miss Bygrave spoke no word which could suggest a comparison between past and present. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Nikolai Gogol Akakiy Akakievitch went on in a happy frame of mind: he even started to run, without knowing why, after some lady, who flew past like a flash of lightning. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

The river stretched past along the field on one side; a wooden fence bounded it on the other. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

It had been past midnight when they came home, and it was a quarter to one when William Carley came into the parlour. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson But her joy in it was short-lived, for now, past question, her mother was making ready to go. The Coat by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy Gusts in innumerable series followed each other from the northwest, and when each one of them raced past the sound of its progress resolved into three. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri Wondering still, I turned from my point of observation and made my way back to our pavilion, hoping that Larry, who had been with Yolara for the past two hours, had returned. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Meredith I repeat, it is past all hope, all chance of moving them. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Virginia Woolf Cabs piled with boxes went past her. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Arnold Bennett And Daniel — to his cousin a sort of Christ between thieves — was hurried past the privileged loafers in the corridor, and down the broad steps. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

So back he ran with all speed, and had gotten safely past the thickets, when the seven men came forth into the open road. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Robert Louis Stevenson The barometer for some days past had been falling from 29. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was looking at him, and yet past him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Willa Cather The deluge of sound poured on and on; I never knew what she found in the shining current of it; I never knew how far it bore her, or past what happy islands. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

William Morris But in those days past over did life and death seem one; Yea the life had we attained to which could never be undone. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Wilkie Collins He had seen, or dreamed of seeing, the ghost during the past night. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

He roamed about the park in the cold starry night, brooding over past and future. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was almost past him when she glanced up, and he caught a glimpse of a pale, thin face, and a pair of sad, lustreless eyes. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Sinclair Lewis He felt that he natively belonged to this house with its resounding memory of past grandeur and of the epoch when a man’s goodness could be exactly measured by the number of his millions. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Nikolai Gogol No one had yet sat down to the table, although it was long past two o’clock, an hour before which in Mirgorod, even on ceremonial occasions, every one had already dined. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Thomas Hardy He duly sped past it, and half-an-hour after through the little town of Warborne. Onward, a mile farther, was the house of his entertainer. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Henry James It was the Past that one touched in her, the American past of a preponderant unthinkable queerness; and great would seem the fortune of helping on the continuity at some other far end. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Arnold Bennett The existence of Aunt Maria, after being rather a “trial” to the Baineses, had for twelve years past developed into something absolutely “providential” for them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry David Thoreau You may tell by looking at any twig of the forest, ay, at your very wood-pile, whether its winter is past or not. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilkie Collins For some time past I have been living in an atmosphere of deception, to suit your convenience. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He took up all the dropped threads of past years, ambitious plans formed in the fulness of vigour, and laid aside, but not abandoned. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Isabella Bird For some time past the ruling dynasty has been of the Haft Lang division; Aziz also belongs to it, and we have been almost entirely among its tribes hitherto. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray For my friend or my child of past days is still my friend or my child to me here, or in the home prepared for us by the Father of all. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Charles Kingsley They run in a line through the plantation past the lodge, along the park palings; one or two are in an adjoining field. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He knew that he was doing a very odd thing in calling at past nine o’clock; but the occasion was anomalous, and Mr. Longcluse would understand. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Olaf Stapledon Though infinite and eternal, it had limited itself with finite and temporal being, and it brooded on a past that pleased it not. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Having drank and woke, I thought all was over: the end come and past by. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Without changing his position he kept his eyes upon the beautiful white yacht as she drew swiftly near, and came opposite to Coralio. Then, sitting upright, he saw her float steadily past and on. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

M. R. James The light of the moon just caught the cornice of the temple and the curve of its leaden dome, and Humphreys had to own that, so seen, these conceits of a past age have a real beauty. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

E. Phillips Oppenheim Can’t you see it’s past five o’clock?” “That’s all right, Masters,” the man whom he had addressed as Sir Richard declared soothingly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anne Bronte It is deplorable to see how completely his past life has degenerated his once noble constitution, and vitiated the whole system of his organization. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Henry James There never had been a more attractive female speaker before the American public; she would walk right past Mrs. Farrinder, and Mrs. Farrinder knew it. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Full many a withered year Whirled past us, eddying to its chill doomsday; And clasped together where the blown leaves lay, We long have knelt and wept full many a tear. The House of Life by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

It made her suffer; she would fain have concerned herself with the sight of Paris, and have sought to regain her life-peace by turning on that sea of roofs the tranquil glances of past days. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Nikolai Gogol At all events, it was almost past the belief of all that Ivan Nikiforovitch could, in so brief a space of time, have attired himself like a respectable gentleman. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Henry Fielding Many congratulations now past from Mrs. Bennet to Amelia, which were returned with the most hearty acknowledgments from that lady. Amelia by Henry Fielding

William Makepeace Thackeray I had not perused it for the past 3 days, my etention being engayged elseware. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Conan Doyle Standing by the beck which purled past the door of my cabin, I cooled my heated brow, and thought the matter over. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Bacon was now past thirty, Essex a few years younger. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

No; the privilege of my past existence would revive; I should revel in a luxury of contempt, I should despise you, I should mock you, and I should be once more what I was before I knew you. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Abraham Merri And how long was the pass, the tunnel, through them? And then how far this place of the armored men? It had been past dawn when Drake had frightened the black eunuch with his pistol. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The GEM and MAGNET, which are much the oldest of these papers, are of rather different type from the rest, and they have evidently lost some of their popularity during the past few years. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell For three years past trade had been getting worse and worse, and the price of provisions higher and higher. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Virginia Woolf Couples began to twist and turn slowly past them. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Mary Webb If you don’t come often enough, I shall walk past the house and look in. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edith Wharton It was now past midnight, and the throng on the stands was dispersing, while the long trails of red-lit boats scattered and faded beneath a sky repossessed by the tranquil splendour of the moon. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

William Hope Hodgson Then, on a sudden, I saw that the sun was changing shape, and growing smaller, just as the moon would have done in past time. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Henry Lawson He was looking, sphinx-like, past them towards the city. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Rudyard Kipling In this fashion and step by step, all the day’s Convoy were piloted past that danger-point where the Lower Establishment are, for reasons not given us, allowed to ply their trade. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Marjorie Bowen Mastino’s thoughts were centred on one thing — Visconti. There was no reflection in them; neither the past nor present had meaning. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson By half-past one, when the storm was already somewhat past its height, the Doctor was awakened from a troubled slumber, and sat up. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

To look back upon the past is interesting, if not always pleasing. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Sigmund Freud But Dora had at that moment a violent feeling of disgust, tore herself free from the man, and hurried past him to the staircase and from there to the street door. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Olaf Stapledon As they fled past I distinguished only a cry which might be translated, “The Big Bad Wolf.” My fear left me, for now I recognized that this was a flock of very young creatures. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling One day when he was retrieving his firewood as usual, he saw a log drift past that took his fancy. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

John Locke Because man comprehends not in his knowledge or power all past and future things: his thoughts are but of yesterday, and he knows not what tomorrow will bring forth. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton She knew a good deal about art and literature, but next to nothing about life, though she thought herself a past mistress in its management. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Olaf Stapledon It was dissatisfied with some past creation, hidden from me; and it was dissatisfied also with its own passing nature. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins The sails flapped, the main boom swung over with a thump, and the stagnant water, stirred at last, bubbled merrily past the vessel’s sides. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Edith Wharton It was a late spring afternoon, and she and Paul had lingered on till long past the hour sacred to his grandfather’s nap. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Eliot Tom, now, get the pen and ink ——” While Mr. Glegg was speaking, a tall dark figure was seen hurrying past the window. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Abraham Merri So it was no conquering hero, no redeemer, no splendid warrior from the past who rode through Karak that day. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

For some time past she had not teased her mother to be allowed to go with her; still she gazed after her as she went out with a longing look. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Joel slept until eleven, then he read a newspaper to catch up with the past week. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

In past days there had been, said history, an awful crisis in the fate of Labassecour, involving I know not what peril to the rights and liberties of her gallant citizens. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

It is a humiliating confession, Monica, but I am past feeling that. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence It was a few minutes past nine. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe It was half past five; I could easily walk to the insurance office in five minutes; and my usual post prandian siestas had never been known to exceed five and twenty. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins They are both of them, I am certain, quite as ignorant of who the woman is, and of what her past history in connection with us can be, as I am myself. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Embroidered garments of showy colors, enormous periwigs, gold-laced hats, and silver-hilted swords glided past him and dazzled his optics. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Jonathan Swif They got here but yesterday; and he must have been past hopes, or past fears, before they could reach him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins It was then past eleven o’clock. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James She had made up her mind as to there being on the whole no decent pretext to justify her flitting casually past at three o’clock in the morning. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]