Phrases with "past"

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

For some time past now he had been cherishing a private expectation that Mr. Tamlyn would be taking him into partnership, giving him probably a small share only at first. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

The fish-cart, helped by half a crown to the driver, took me past the outlying small-villadom, between long lines of workmen’s houses, to narrow cobbled lanes and the purlieus of great factories. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Wilkie Collins My way through the town led me past the Minister’s house. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Most of the women who filed past to the summons of the bell were going down as they were, in cotton blouses and serge skirts, in tweed caps or anything, as to a kind of family prayers. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Jules Verne Happily, it was under these latter conditions that the jangada was to proceed; but, cumbrous in its movements, it could not keep up to the speed of the current which ran past it. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

H. G. Wells No little form now went from him and flitted past a gas lamp down a foggy vista, taking his desire with her. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

I told him that I did not want to hear any more about what was past and gone. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

D. H. Lawrence What time is it, Manfredi?” “Half past six. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I can only remember now that it was towards the latter part of July. We all know the difficulty, after a lapse of time, of fixing precisely on a past date unless it has been previously written down. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Adams At past fifty, Adams solemnly and painfully learned to ride the bicycle. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle There he remained until past eleven at night. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Olaf Stapledon Increasingly it carries the past forward with it, and refers to this stored past for light upon the present and the future. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wherever I go fishing it won’t be in the Thames. The crowds swarmed past me. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Jonathan Swif Then I went and sat with Mr. Lewis till just now, and it is past eleven. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Montenero, past the age of romantic extravagance, could not sympathize with this enthusiasm, but he bore with it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

As the dinner came to an end, her poor wearied frame sank down on the chair, and she sat there like some bent, aged woman, with the dim eyes of one of those old maids for whom love is past and gone. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He had walked past the Weekley cottage to where a stile led into the first of the fields that lay between the village and the river bend. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Gissing With her grandfather she was reconciled; she had become convinced of his kindness to her, and the far-off past was now seldom in her mind. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The past —— But what have I promised myself and you? Not the past, then, but my present will and determination made the ordeal easy. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

He asked Rosamond several questions about her father’s past life; but on that subject she could tell him very little. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Margaret wrote back to say that she would be at home at ten minutes past two on the day named. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Olaf Stapledon The law, in fact, is a sort of graph, near which all the past data fall, and all future data may be expected to fall. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton The remembrance roused a whole train of association, and she lay in the darkness reconstructing the past out of which her present had grown. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

The air sang past him on either side of the mica screen, which prevented his breath being taken away. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

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]

With a shout of joy I dived, seized the dog, drew him down and past the combing, and in a moment had him safe in the free air. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

They’ve all of them got to have a long string of past successes recorded about them, or else you’ve got to foretell blissful things about them and yourself in the future. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Anthony Trollope In that case, you form one of a long row of eaters who proceed through their work with a solid energy that is past all praise. North America by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer At the same time it is not by any means improbable that at some time past some such custom associated with secret killing was even largely practiced, and formed a kind of endless vendetta. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

These three years past be had seldom resorted thither, and then commonly but to bear away some or other of his books to study in his own lodging. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

What! The start is not often long delayed and we shall know for certain by ten minutes past three! Goodness gracious! as soon as that! Well, good-bye, my boy. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Rudyard Kipling I had reason fer thinkin’ that way — till I met Annie Bragin. ‘Time an’ agin whin I was blandandherin’ in the dusk a man wud go past me as quiet as a cat. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James He had spent most of his time, for the past week, in walking up and down. The American by Henry James [1877]

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

Arnold Bennett George Cannon, who always kept an eye on her, had said teasingly: “I suppose it’s your journalistic past that makes you interested in that?” “I suppose it is,” she answered. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

I will admit that your life has not been that which I would have chosen for the woman I love; and that to remember your past history is pain to me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Several old cannon, relics of past wars, adorned the corners and stood at either side of the northward entrance. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Her suspicions and jealousy are incessant, and torture me past endurance. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

William Hope Hodgson And we past then round the Mighty Corner-place of the Gorge, and went forward, somewhat stumbling, into the gloom. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

George Meredith O nightingale! ’tis this, ’tis this That makes thee mock the dove! That thou hast past thy marriage bliss, To know a parent’s love. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

H. G. Wells Twice we heard unseen creatures howling and shrieking past our little band, and once the little pink sloth-creature appeared and stared at us, and vanished again. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

William Hope Hodgson And sudden, as I did go past one of the fire-pits, I saw that the fire made a dull shining upon some monstrous thing that did move before me, upon the far side of the fire. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle The iron-men cheered and groaned, according to their humour, as they whirled past their antagonist. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Maurice de Crespigny, who for some years past had not been known to take an interest in anything, exhibited a very great interest in Gilbert Monckton’s young wife. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If she could believe in your repentance and reform, if any atonement for the past were possible and were generously offered, I cannot tell what the result might be. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

When you got back to the camp, at half past six or thereabouts, you squatted down by the stream that ran past the huts, and washed your face, probably for the first time that day. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

But by this time she was past speaking; but she pointed to a drawer, and her mother knew what to look for: it was two gold angels thou hadst given her years ago. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

Till now no confession had escaped them; preserving silence, their intimacy had only been marred for a few days past by a vague sensation of discomfort. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Jules Verne Hatteras is a madman; all his past career proves it. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Olaf Stapledon But in this my last aeon, when all my powers were waning, and the burden of my decaying body pressed heavily on my enfeebled courage, an obscure memory of past lucidity still consoled me. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He was carried past me insensible, his comic face horribly flushed and as if swollen, breathing stertorously. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

David Hume It is still open for me, as well as you, to regulate my behaviour, by my experience of past events. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

The path runs between quickset hedges, rather high, for a long distance, past houses, and ends within fifty yards of the railway station. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle As I passed the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my skirt, and a low voice whispered, “Walk past me, and then look back at me. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Willa Cather The past was physically shut off; that was his illusion. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing On Saturday night Arthur had walked past Carrie’s window as usual, and had been troubled to see no light there. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Rudyard Kipling Then they come slidderin’ past Fairlight in a great smoky pat vambrished with red gun-fire, and our ships flyin’ forth and duckin’ in again. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Thomas Love Peacock Scythrop stalked about like the grand inquisitor, and the servants flitted past him like familiars. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Elizabeth Gaskell You are looking as white as a sheet; you’ll be ill if you don’t get some rest; and it’s past two o’clock, and you’re shivering with cold. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Charles Dickens I looked at my watch, and it showed me, by the blue-light, ten minutes past two. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Algernon Blackwood I heard the deer go past me, I heard them on the soft, sweet grass, I heard their breathing and the beating of their hearts. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

That past obligation was often on his conscience. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Foremost of them rode an elderly gentleman in scarlet, and by his side a young lady who might be a few years past twenty. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

George Meredith She betrayed no infirmity of footing as she walked past Arlington in the hall; and she was alive to the voice of Skepsey presently on the door-steps. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Jonathan Swif The Parliament meets to-morrow, and will be prorogued another fortnight, at which several of both parties were angry; but it cannot be helped, though everything about the peace is past all danger. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

William Hope Hodgson You see, it’s a reasonable little haul is a hundred pounds of saccharine; though what’ll make them hot will be to nab us for our past flutters. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Charles Dickens At length we prevailed, and finally the Jury returned into Court at ten minutes past twelve. The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens

Wilkie Collins At that point, Fleetwood flung up one hand in the air with a gesture of triumph; and bounded past Delamayn with a shout of “Hooray for the North!” The shout was echoed by the spectators. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He seemed to be telling something rather than asserting himself or accusing her; portraying a past fact or defining a situation; and she waited immovably silent till he had finished. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Henry Handel Richardson Steps in the passage made her note subconsciously that Ned had arrived — Jerry had been in the house for the past three weeks, with a sprained wrist. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

In the cold ashes of that hateful and miserable past she would find the sign of love, the fitting expression of the boundless felicity of the present, the pledge of a bright and splendid future. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Guy de Maupassant As soon as Emma was dressed, without even stopping to button her boots, she rushed past the landlady and ran down stairs. My Landlady (La Patronne) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Anthony Trollope In days now past there were moments when I was almost rash enough to hope that I might have said even more than that. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Most of us stare through the glass at them, wonder vaguely for a moment at that half-savage, half-animal past of our race, and pass on. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

George Gissing Before her was the towering ugliness of the Grand Stand; this she had seen and admired when driving past it with her friends; it did not now attract her. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

We jogged back in the short winter twilight, past the wooded grounds of white villas, held up every few minutes by transport-wagons and companies of soldiers. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Do you love me now — today? If so, give me your hand, and the past be buried in silence. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She snatched at the minutes as they slipped past twelve like fishes, and snarled at the parson, and would have kept him standing till one P.M., if Janet had not turned on her heel. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This incident is very essential towards bringing together the past time and the present, and the two ends of the story. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

George Meredith I say we strive and fail, but we strive on, while you remain in a past age, and are proud of it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope Let the hospital have the filthy lucre! He would let the money go, and would show the world that he loved for the sake of love alone! He looked at his watch, and found that it was already past two. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The other villain, hastening to meet Brown, called to his companion to come along, ‘for that one’s content,’ meaning, probably, past resistance or complaint. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

At this moment we see our own Government, in its desperate economic straits, fighting in effect against its own past propaganda. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry Fielding I will omit, likewise, the tender scene which past between Amelia and myself previous to my departure. Amelia by Henry Fielding

The car swung through little villages, past vineyards and pine-woods and the blue of lakes, and over the gorges of mountain streams. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Joseph Furphy Then I sneaked the bullocks through the fence, and out past that bit of a swamp; and they had just settled down to feed, when I saw some one riding toward me. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

SWEET LITTLE ROSY WENT BEAUTIFULLY!! We came home at a 1/4 past 1 . Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Robert Louis Stevenson There was yet another stoppage! And we drove at last into Calistoga past two in the afternoon, Fanny and I having breakfasted at six in the morning, eight mortal hours before. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

I dare say I am compelled — unconsciously compelled — now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea voyage after voyage. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Zona Gale St. George contented himself with walking past the house, for the mere assurance that the place existed dictated his next step. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

William Morris Once there went past a great funeral of some king going to his own country, not as he had hoped to go, but stiff and colourless, spices filling up the place of his heart. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Several times in the night I heard him murmuring, ‘M—— you are past redemption,’ as though the phrase appealed to him. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

During the recent past some tangible changes have taken place in the scope of college and university teaching. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing Then he flung himself into bed, but got no sleep until past dawn. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Maria Edgeworth For several months past you have, by your own account, put her temper and her love to the most severe tests, yet she has never failed for one moment, never reproached you by word or look. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Ford Madox Ford She trotted smartly past him and cantered beautifully down the slope. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle But what is this that they are bringing forward?” “It is as I feared,” growled Du Guesclin. “They will burn us out, since they cannot win their way past us. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Morgan Robertson The little white figure, which had just darted past the three watchers, stood at his feet. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

On the left there was a chest of drawers, on the right a mantelpiece surmounted by a damaged clock without a pendulum, the hands of which marked ten minutes past ten. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Rafael Sabatini Up and down the gangway paced Larocque and Vigitello, two renegade boatswains, one French and the other Italian, who had sailed with him on every voyage for the past two years. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Robert Louis Stevenson TWO days later a gig from Crossmichael deposited Frank Innes at the doors of Hermiston. Once in a way, during the past winter, Archie, in some acute phase of boredom, had written him a letter. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

D.H. Lawrence Later, in the wet Sunday afternoon, I went on to the little lake, past many inert, neutral, material people, down an ugly road where trams ran. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Francis Bacon Others fear from past example that movements and changes in philosophy will end in assaults on religion. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Thomas Wolfe As the car wheeled smoothly past the palace, he felt his last hope slipping away. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf He strolled alone past the trees. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is past four, and I must dress and go to my uncle — he said five. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

The momentum of his motion carried him past her, but an invisible force made up of surprise and curiosity and desire spun him round as soon as he had passed. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Beards are unshaven, a black stubble covering the lemon-coloured countenance, which occasionally bears a look of sulky defiance, as if its owner were, like Juliet, “past hope, past cure, past help. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Olaf Stapledon And bitterly he despised himself for his past obtuseness. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins I looked at the clock; it pointed to ten minutes past eleven. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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]

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]

But now another name was uttered; and a man, who had pushed rudely past her to gaze or to listen, shrieked out a howl of despair and rage. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Thus there is not a shadow of a reason for believing that the physical changes of the globe, in past times have been effected by other than natural causes. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Wilkie Collins At last my jealous curiosity was pacified; and Benjamin was free to dismiss the past from further consideration, and to approach the more critical and more interesting topic of the future. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Theodore Dreiser A telegraph messenger in blue dashed past her and up the few steps that led to the entrance and disappeared. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Once she’s past that we’re all right. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

He was recalling a past vision: that of his delicate wife, dying of consumption before her time; he seemed to see a future vision: that of his daughter, dying as she had died. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

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

You have a soldier’s career before you, and you are young enough to redeem the past — at any rate, in the eyes of the world, if not before the sight of heaven. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Olaf Stapledon Their tradition is embodied in a huge mass of verbal and other symbolism, created by past generations of individuals, and interpreted by the present generation. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

Robert Burns Enthusiasm’s past redemption, Gaen in a gallopin’ consumption, Not a’ the quacks, wi’ a’ their gumption, Will ever mend her. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

George Meredith They will be wholesale and past help. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

To begin with, he does not write about the proletariat, in which he merely resembles the overwhelming majority of novelists, past and present. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

D.H. Lawrence It is past the time to cease seeking one Infinite, ignoring, striving to eliminate the other. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Theodore Dreiser When he stepped down from the train he was met by Amy, who was glad to see him in spite of all their past differences. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

She must be past any such folly as that. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

M. R. James At last, some time past midnight, he was disposed to turn in, and he put out his lamp after lighting his bedroom candle. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

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

George Meredith On the surface she will witch, Rendering Beauty yours, but gaze Under, and the soul is rich Past computing, past amaze. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Algernon Blackwood The past seemed already indistinguishable from the present. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is still only a few minutes past one when I reach my destination, and select a small table in the darkest corner of the room facing the door. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Complected. Anticipatory past participle of the verb “to complect. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Why, they 9 have come past the cities which were rained on with an evil rain; have they not seen them?—nay, they do not hope to be raised up again. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Wilkie Collins For the first time, she associated those possibilities with the past conduct and characters, with the future lives and fortunes of the orphan sisters. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith The night went past as a year. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry James At last I took my way home again, slowly getting all but inextricably lost, as I did whenever I went out in Venice: so that it was considerably past midnight when I reached my door. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins Outraged by this time past all endurance, I spring out of bed and seize the water-jug. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Guy de Maupassant Well, on Saturday, July 8, we left by the twenty-five past five train and before dinner we went to set bait as usual. The Fishing Hole (Le Trou) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then for two hours his mind raced like a high-power engine here and there through his life, past and future, through fear and laughter. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thus long, I have cradled my heart in retrospection of past happiness, when hope was. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

He was chewing betel from a lacquered box on the table, and thinking about his past life. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis Now that I am past fifty, I cannot get along with three hours as I used to, and yet I have found so many new things that I want to talk about. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

He was amazed to find how much of his past this man was able to reveal to him, a past made up of struggles and of obstacles overcome, and he joyously accepted predictions that assured him victory. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Steele Rudd And wouldn’t Bess bend to it once she got up the hill, and fly past with Dave in the stirrups watching her shadow! — when there was one: she was a little too fine to throw a shadow always. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

E. Phillips Oppenheim May I beg that until that time you eliminate from your mind the existence of that lady so far as I and my past life are concerned. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

As the memory of past misfortunes pressed upon me, I began to reflect on their cause — the monster whom I had created, the miserable daemon whom I had sent abroad into the world for my destruction. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

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]

Bram Stoker It will take him time to arrive here, see it is twenty minutes past one, and there are yet some times before he can hither come, be he never so quick. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Rudyard Kipling By the time that he changes his creed, as did McIntosh, he is past redemption. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell On October the 9th, she thus writes:— “The past three weeks have been a dark interval in our humble home. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jane Austen Sir John had dropped hints of past injuries and disappointments, which justified her belief of his being an unfortunate man, and she regarded him with respect and compassion. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

It was now past two o’clock, and the dawn had begun; so that I had no further trouble from want of light. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

F. Scott Fitzgerald As Rosemary came onto the beach a boy of twelve ran past her and dashed into the sea with exultant cries. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton It simply slipped past his mind and was lost in later and utterly different events; nor did he even recover the memory till he had long afterward discovered the meaning. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

W. W. Jacobs At ten minutes past six Mr. Glover rose and with great unwillingness said he must go. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Rudyard Kipling I’ve lost it since a thousand times, but never past return. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith That condition awakened his unsatisfied past days to desire positive proof of her worthlessness. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Dickens Confiding in past experience, his choice fell unhesitatingly upon the excellent woman who mended Obenreizer’s stockings. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

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

Zona Gale Once more the slim-trunked trees flew past them with the fringes of light expressing the borders of the dusk. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Anthony Trollope You see I am very frank, Harry.” She wished to make him talk freely about himself; his future days, and his past days, while he was simply anxious to say on these subjects as little as possible. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon In past times the bitter-sweet race had earned a reputation of cunning and self-seeking, and had been periodically massacred by its less intelligent neighbors. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon One essential link with the past was preserved. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells He walked through the door of communication and up to his study, past the first-floor room in which, as he was acutely aware, Rud, Bodisham and the others awaited him. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Funny sort of place for you and me, eh? Do you know what my friends say to me? They say, “M—— you are past redemption. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell She gave me a kindly welcome, and poured out all the small domestic news of the fortnight past upon me, and, in return, I told her about my own people and my visit at home. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

For some time past he has been in vain endeavouring to break himself of it. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

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]

One bullet sang past my head; a second did my business for me. Prester John by John Buchan

Henry Adams To one who, at past sixty years old, is still passionately seeking education, these small, or large, annoyances had no great value except as measures of mass and motion. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Unfortunately, Centeno had been for the past week ill of a pleurisy, — so ill, indeed, that on the preceding day he had been bled several times. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Oscar Wilde In fact, everywhere that Shakespeare turned in London, he saw the apparel and appurtenances of past ages, and it is impossible to doubt that he made use of his opportunities. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne For some time previous his mind had been confused, wavering doubtfully between the past and the present, and hovering forward, as it were, at intervals, into the indistinctness of the world to come. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

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]

Arnold Bennett And he thought in the same mood of Tertius Ingpen, who was now understood to be past hope. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Ah, well! Half past one! And an uneasy sleep till at last it is five o’clock. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Radclyffe Hall All that she had written that day she would destroy, and now it was well past midnight. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing With you at my side — Silwell grant me this chance, that I may know the joy of satisfied love! I am past the me to hope that. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Here and there, a sullen fish consented to take them, and a circle spread, telling of past excitement. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Andrew Lang The troll made a whole crowd of women go past them, one after the other, but all these were nothing but shadows and deceptions. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There was not any future that I could conceive, and the past seemed to be cut off from me by a narrow, very dark tunnel through which I could see nothing at all. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

For some time past I have devoted myself to this case. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry Kingsley Crowd close, little snipes, among the cup-moss and wolf’s-foot, for he who stalks past you over the midnight moor, meditates a foul and treacherous murder in his heart. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell I used to be reckoned a good master, but that is past now! Osborne was once a little boy, and she was once alive — and I was once a good master — a good master — yes! It is all past now. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Kate Chopin For two weeks past he had sought her society eagerly and persistently. Short stories by Kate Chopin

George Eliot For years there had been a deep silence about the past between them: on her side, because she remembered; on his, because he more and more forgot. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Elio The earliest and the longest has still the mastery over us; and the only past that linked itself with those glazed unconscious eyes, was the past when they beamed on her with tenderness. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Andrew Lang The clock on the landing pointed to twenty minutes past one. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

James Joyce He swung himself violently forward past Katey and Boody Dedalus, halted and growled: — Home and beauty. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Gissing When it was a few minutes past five, and no foot had yet sounded in the corridor, all other feeling was lost in the misgiving that he might have changed his mind. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

A big bronze-winged beetle whizzed past him, z — z — ip! “like a bullet,” he thought, and pressed both hands now on his hip. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Ford Madox Ford He hissed — he really hissed because he was trying to speak under his breath: ‘Come past the next traverse. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

John Galsworthy The lane bent to the right, past a blacksmith’s forge. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

He pushed right past me and marched straight into your room, and said he’d wait until you came. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

You can lead him up to the house, Bill, my lad!” The groom touched his hat, and rode past Mary on his errand. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]